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Inside the Capitol Under Siege

“The real fear came from the lawlessness of it.”

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Episode Notes

On Wednesday, as Democrats celebrated wins in Georgia that gave them control of the Senate and as U.S. lawmakers convened to certify Joe Biden’s election win, President Donald Trump addressed supporters gathered outside the White House. He told them to walk to the Capitol and tell Republicans to “take back our country.” Two Slate correspondents were there: one walking with the violent mob as it stormed the Capitol, and another in the building as it went on lockdown.

Guests: Aymann Ismail, staff writer for Slate, and 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.


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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.