What Next

What if the U.S. Just Didn’t?

America has an opportunity to take a back seat and embrace global collaboration.


Episode Notes

As Joe Biden assembles his Cabinet, he has an opportunity to remake America’s image on the global stage. What if the U.S. were seen as a cooperative partner rather than a big-footed global leader?

Guest: Peter Beinart, contributing opinion writer to the New York Times and editor-at-large for Jewish Currents.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Danielle Hewitt, Elena Schwartz, and Davis Land, with help from Frannie Kelley.


About the Show

The problem with the news right now? It’s everywhere. And each day, it can feel like we’re all just mindlessly scrolling. It’s why we created What Next. This short daily show is here to help you make sense of things. When the news feels overwhelming, we’re here to help you answer: What next? Look for new episodes every weekday morning.

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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.