What Next

What Happened to Simone Biles?

Is this the end of an era?


Episode Notes

On Tuesday morning, Simone Biles, the most decorated gymnast of all time, withdrew from the team all-around competition at the Tokyo Olympics, citing mental health concerns. Biles’ move shocked most watchers, but it may reveal a deeper cultural shift happening within USA Gymnastics.

Guest: Rebecca Schuman, former gymnast and the author of Schadenfreude, A Love Story.

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


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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.