What Next

New York State’s Redistricting Mess

The ongoing battle over New York State’s political map has national implications.


Episode Notes

An effort to counterweight GOP-friendly maps in Ohio and Florida in New York state has backfired on the Democrats.

How did Democratic state politicians bungle their redistricting process? Will the error cost the party nationally?

Guest: Dave Wasserman, U.S. House editor of the nonpartisan @CookPolitical Report.

If you enjoy this show, please consider signing up for Slate Plus. Slate Plus members get benefits like zero ads on any Slate podcast, bonus episodes of shows like Slow Burn and Dear Prudence—and you’ll be supporting the work we do here on What Next. Sign up now at slate.com/whatnextplus to help support our work.

Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Elena Schwartz, Carmel Delshad, Anna Rubanova, and Sam Kim.


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.

All episodes


  • 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.