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When Airbnb Takes Over Your Neighborhood

Short-term rentals are hollowing out places like Galveston, Texas.

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Episode Notes

Galveston is a small island off the southeast coast of Texas. It’s become a hot spot for short-term rentals through startups like Airbnb. But what the city has gained in tourism dollars, it’s also lost in actual residents.

Guest: Peter Holley is a senior editor at Texas Monthly.

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.