What Next

What Biden Can Get Done

The new president has a very tangible task before him. Unlike in other national crises, our government’s success—or failure—will be plain to see.


Episode Notes

At his inauguration, President Joe Biden argued that “unity is the path forward.” But it’s still an open question whether he’ll be able to get anything done.

Guest: Jim Newell, Slate’s senior politics writer.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Davis Land, Danielle Hewitt, and Elena Schwartz, 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.