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Join Shumita Basu every weekday morning as she guides you through some of the most fascinating stories in the news — and how the world’s best journalists are covering them.


Israel reaches a critical moment amid mass protests

A massive tornado on Friday killed at least 25 in Mississippi. NBC News has the latest. First Citizens acquired much of the failed Silicon Valley Bank, the Wall Street Journal reports. CNN has the story on protests that are erupting across Israel as pushback continues against a planned judicial overhaul. A Nebraska state senator vowed to filibuster every bill for the rest of the legislative session after a bill was advanced that would ban gender-affirming care for people under 19. Her son is trans. Salon has more.  Most trans adults say transitioning made them more satisfied with their lives. That’s according to a Washington Post and Kaiser Family Foundation survey, one of the largest to date of U.S. transgender adults. Senior care is crushingly expensive. Boomers aren’t ready. The Washington Post spoke with families who have been forced to put their retirement plans on hold.  A group of surprising teams have advanced to the Final Four in the men’s NCAA tournament. Yahoo Sports has more. ESPN looks at one major contender gone on the women’s side.
27/03/23·10m 40s

How TikTok’s CEO answered tough questions on data security

It’s Friday, March 23. On today’s show:  The U.S. carried out a series of airstrikes in Syria on Thursday night against Iran-aligned groups. Reuters explains more. Israeli parliament passed a controversial law protecting the prime minister, according to CNN. The U.S. and Canada reached a new immigration deal. The Los Angeles Times has details. Members of Congress grilled the CEO of TikTok about data security on the world’s most popular app. NPR recaps the big moments. And Fox Business takes a closer look at all the information TikTok says it can gather on users in its terms of service.  Physicians in states that have banned abortion procedures say they feel like they’re working under a microscope. The Idaho Capital Sun, Slate, and the Guardian talked with doctors in Idaho, Texas, and Alabama, which have some of the strictest bans in the country.  Lab-grown dairy is here. The Washington Post reports on its potential to shake up the future of animal dairy and plant-based milks. 
24/03/23·10m 11s

Why SCOTUS is considering a case about dog-toy poop jokes

It’s Thursday, March 23. On today’s show:   A Trump lawyer was ordered to hand over notes in the Mar-a-Lago documents inquiry. The Guardian has more.  Southern California was hit by a tornado as the state’s severe weather continues. The Los Angeles Times has the story.  Reuters reports on the U.N.’s first conference on global water security in almost 50 years.  The Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday in a surprisingly difficult case about dog toys and potty humor — also, free speech and judicial humility. Vox explains what’s at stake.  Sports Illustrated previews the next March Madness match-ups for the women’s tournament. And the Ringer looks at the men’s tournament. Millennials made “uncool” sneakers trendy. The Atlantic writes about how that may be saving America’s feet. 
23/03/23·9m 51s

They make $25,000 a year in L.A. Now they’re striking.

It’s Wednesday, March 22. On today’s show:   The Federal Reserve will announce its next move on interest rates today. The Wall Street Journal explains why this will be its toughest call yet. And Bloomberg looks at two possible actions Chair Jerome Powell could take.  The Guardian explains why the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Putin over the relocation of thousands of children from Ukraine to Russia.  Bus drivers, custodians, teachers, classroom aides, cafeteria staff and other workers in the U.S.’s second-largest school district are striking for better wages and benefits. The Los Angeles Times is following their walkout.  Japan beat the U.S. in the championship game of the World Baseball Classic. USA Today has more.
22/03/23·9m 9s

The strongest evidence yet that COVID started with an animal

It’s Tuesday, March 21, 2023. On today’s show:  Biden signed a bill ordering the director of national intelligence to declassify  information related to the Wuhan Institute of Virology as a potential origin of COVID-19 within 90 days. USA Today has more.  Meanwhile, the Atlantic details the strongest evidence yet that an animal started the pandemic.  U.S.-led forces invaded Iraq 20 years ago. CNN reports on what life is like for ordinary people there now.  American veterans won justice for burn-pit exposure. The Washington Post reports on how Iraqis were forgotten.  Gas bills are on a roller-coaster ride with no end in sight. The Wall Street Journal examines the reasons for the turbulence. And, Houston, we have a space-trash problem. Time reports on the scientists sounding the alarm over the jaw-dropping amount of human-made debris circling Earth. 
21/03/23·10m 57s

What happens next if Trump is indicted

Time looks at what happens next if Trump is indicted.  China’s Xi and Russia’s Putin are set to meet. The Washington Post previews the high-profile summit. Xi may also talk to Ukraine’s Zelenskyy at a later date, the Wall Street Journal reports. NPR reports that Swiss officials brokered a last-minute emergency takeover of the troubled bank Credit Suisse by rival UBS.  In March Madness news, No. 16 seed Fairleigh Dickinson defeated No. 1 seed Purdue in the men’s tournament. CNN has the story. Meanwhile, the Stanford women’s team, also a No. 1 seed, got knocked out. The San Francisco Chronicle has more. The Washington Post profiles digital news outlet Iran Wire, which has provided critical insight as protests have swept the country over the last six months.
20/03/23·10m 47s

Why we don’t really know how many guns are in America

The Trace, a newsroom dedicated to covering gun violence, tries to pin down the number of guns in the United States. The biggest banks in the U.S. swooped in to rescue First Republic Bank with a flood of cash totaling $30 billion, the Wall Street Journal explains.  The French government has been forced to push through unpopular pension reforms, amid weeks of protests. BBC has more. USA Today has a fact check on a claim about retirement in the U.S.  The Los Angeles Times looks at a Ukrainian military’s surrender hotline, which is enticing some Russian soldiers to quit the battlefield as the war drags on. In a divorce settlement in Spain, a woman’s ex-husband was ordered to pay her back for 25 years of housework. The Miami Herald has the story. 
17/03/23·11m 25s

Sneak Peak: Havana syndrome looks very real on brain scans. Why is it still a mystery to the U.S. government?

In 2016, U.S. government officials began reporting a mysterious set of symptoms. They first appeared in Havana, but then showed up in other countries around the world. For Vice World News, reporters Adam Entous and Jon Lee Anderson explain everything they’ve learned about what’s now commonly called Havana syndrome, and why the U.S. still can’t explain what causes it. On this week’s episode of Apple News In Conversation, Entous and Anderson discuss their reporting with host Shumita Basu. This is a preview of that conversation.
16/03/23·3m 16s

The abortion-pill case in a Texas court, explained

A federal judge heard a challenge to the FDA’s approval of an abortion drug. The Texas Tribune was in the courtroom. The Wall Street Journal reports that the U.S. is threatening to ban TikTok if its Chinese owners don’t sell their stakes. They thought loved ones were calling for help. It was an A.I. scam. The Washington Post has the story. As March Madness gets underway, the Ringer has a guide to possible upset winners in the men’s tournament. And ESPN has predictions for the women’s matchups.
16/03/23·9m 42s

How the U.S. military isn’t ready for Russia and China

The Wall Street Journal investigates the readiness of the U.S. military for a potential large-scale conflict with China and/or Russia. More than 300 bills that would limit transgender rights are under consideration in U.S. statehouses. Grid tracked them. The BBC reports on the deadly destruction of Cyclone Freddy. Bloomberg looks at how sensors pinned to basketball jerseys could help teams prevent injuries.
15/03/23·9m 20s

Bank collapses shine light on loosened regulations

NBC News reports on how recent bank collapses are putting a new spotlight on a Trump-era law. Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen spoke to a Manhattan grand jury yesterday. The Wall Street Journal has more. The Washington Post reports on how the former president’s legal problems are intensifying as he also faces a perilous moment politically. Biden approved a controversial oil project in Alaska. The Guardian has local reactions. The Wall Street Journal offers a whimsical way to build an NCAA bracket, with data.
14/03/23·10m 50s

What to know about the fall of Silicon Valley Bank

Regulators are making big new moves following Silicon Valley Bank’s collapse. The Wall Street Journal has details. CNN reports on dangerous flooding in store for millions of people in California and Nevada. Vox has answers to key questions about the threats to ban TikTok in America. Apple News has the best stories on the biggest moments of the 2023 Oscars.
13/03/23·9m 15s

As key jobs numbers come in, working women stand out

As new employment data comes in, a deeper look shows women are returning to the workforce and piling momentum on the hot economy. The Wall Street Journal has the story. The American who’s been held in Iran longer than any other appealed to Biden in a rare interview with CNN from the country’s most notorious prison. Reuters explains why Egypt is bringing back daylight saving time. An Oscar insider shares some of the most shocking moments in Academy Awards history on the new episode of In Conversation.
10/03/23·9m 59s

Biden’s budget kicks off fight in Congress

Biden is set to unveil his budget. USA Today explains what to know. The kidnapping of four Americans in Mexico highlights the dangers of cartel violence, as NPR explains. And CNN reports on the rise of medical tourism in the country. Rising temperatures and climate change have upended ecosystems. Inside Climate News reports on how that’s resulting in more frequent clashes between humans and wildlife. Oscar nominee Ke Huy Quan is receiving lots of love from other former child actors. The Wall Street Journal talks to several of them.
09/03/23·10m 53s

It’s a crucial week for the U.S. economy. Here’s why.

CNBC reports on what the Fed chair says about the economy ahead of a high-stakes jobs report. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz will testify in the Senate later this month, as the company faces accusations of labor law violations related to union drives. Bloomberg has the story. Previously, Vox reported on the union drives. More younger patients are getting colorectal cancers. Doctors don’t understand why. The Wall Street Journal takes a look. The Washington Post explains why Utah’s Department of Natural Resources is urging residents to hunt and eat bullfrogs.
08/03/23·11m 17s

Preventing the next toxic train derailment

Norfolk Southern has new safety proposals. Politico explains why they’re unlikely to satisfy the Biden administration. Meanwhile, Vox looks at what’s inside a bipartisan bill in Congress focused on train safety. Legislators voted to fix a Utah law that makes it hard for some sexual-assault survivors to sue. ProPublica has that story, along with the investigation that led to the change. America is trying to electrify but there aren’t enough electricians. The Wall Street Journal examines the problem. The Washington Post looks at why certain foods taste better the next day.
07/03/23·10m 11s

Inside the “zombie war” for Ukraine’s Bakhmut

The Wall Street Journal has an in-depth look at how Russian Wagner troops are posing a unique threat to Ukrainian forces. A landmark deal has been reached to safeguard ocean life in international waters. The Washington Post has the story. The Athletic looks at why 2023 may be the year when Formula One racing breaks through with American fans. CBS News has the story of a man who found a Jurassic-era insect while shopping at Walmart.
06/03/23·8m 50s

Murder convictions seal Alex Murdaugh’s downfall

Alex Murdaugh has been found guilty of murdering his wife and son in 2021. The State has full coverage. Is China providing Russia with military support? Time explains why it’s so hard to tell. A Reuters investigation finds that a shoe-recycling program created in part by U.S. chemical giant Dow seems to be falling short. Chris Rock is hosting a live Netflix special tomorrow where he’s expected to talk about being slapped by Will Smith at the Oscars. The Wall Street Journal has more.
03/03/23·9m 55s

America’s growing child-labor problem

The Biden administration is cracking down on child labor following investigative reporting and an increase in violations. Reuters is on the story. The Washington Post reports on a U.S. intelligence review that says “Havana syndrome” was not caused by an energy weapon or foreign adversary. Wired explains how tech layoffs are fueling a new startup surge. DCist looks at a new reality show that partners MTV with the Smithsonian in a search for “the next great artist.”
02/03/23·9m 10s

What a lawsuit against Fox is exposing about election lies

Fox News is facing a defamation suit related to the airing of false claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen. Court documents show that top executives including Rupert Murdoch knew the claims were untrue. The Los Angeles Times has more. A pandemic-era boost to food aid is ending today, just as grocery prices remain high. ABC News talked to people affected. Iran is investigating the poisoning of hundreds of schoolgirls with toxic gas. The BBC reports. NPR looks at the company responsible for the unique patches NASA astronauts wear. 
01/03/23·9m 23s

Why the Chicago mayor’s race matters nationally

Politico explains the national implications of today’s election for mayor of Chicago. A new USA Today investigation raises questions about the effectiveness of Amber Alerts in locating missing children. Adidas has truckloads of unsold Kanye West sneakers and a bunch of bad options on what to do with them. The Washington Post has the story. The Atlantic writes about why you might think you’re younger than you are.
28/02/23·9m 56s

Biden’s student-loan plan faces Supreme Court showdown

The Supreme Court will this week hear two cases that could determine the fate of Biden’s plan to forgive chunks of federal student loans. Bloomberg has a preview. NBC News explains how a train derailment and release of hazardous chemicals 40 years ago holds clues for the future of East Palestine, Ohio. Texas Monthly reports on the professor who says his product cures hiccups.
27/02/23·8m 21s

Looking back on one year of the war in Ukraine

It’s one year since Russia invaded Ukraine. Millions of people have been displaced, thousands of civilians have been killed, and Putin won’t take nuclear options off the table. The New Yorker has the story — and also examines how Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s leadership changed the trajectory of the war. Ozempic, a diabetes medication, has become popular as a weight-loss drug — and now diabetes patients are struggling to find it. The Wall Street Journal breaks it all down. The Washington Post reports on how the outcome of a Texas lawsuit could block access to a key abortion drug across the country.  The horror comedy film ‘Cocaine Bear‘ is in theaters starting today. Variety explains what you should know before buying your tickets. 
24/02/23·12m 0s

Understanding the latest research into long COVID

The most common, persistent, and disabling long-COVID symptoms are neurological. Scientific American explains how that’s shaping the way we think about treatment. CNN hosted a town hall for residents of East Palestine, Ohio, to question officials about the area’s recent train derailment. Vox explains how renewable energy in Europe overtook electricity from natural gas in less than a year.  Americans over 50 are picking up and crushing extreme sports like never before. The Washington Post talks with older endurance athletes, surfers, weightlifters, and more to find out why.
23/02/23·9m 47s

The fight over AP African American studies goes national

A battle in Florida over an AP course in African American studies is now spilling over into other states. The Washington Post reports. Rail workers tell Vice that there were known issues with the train route where the recent Ohio derailment and toxic spill took place. Vox has stories of forgotten victims of the Adderall shortage. Data from the largest-ever trial of four-day workweeks shows that men who took part did a lot more child care. CNN breaks it down.
22/02/23·7m 44s

Calls for more oversight over U.S. aid to Ukraine

The U.S. has sent tens of billions in aid to Ukraine. USA Today reports on concerns that some of it may be landing in corrupt pockets. More earthquakes hit the Turkey-Syria border region, threatening an already-struggling recovery. Reuters reports. The Supreme Court hears two cases this week that could upend the internet as we know it. CNN explains what’s at stake. Edits to Roald Dahl’s children’s books have sparked a heated debate about language. The Washington Post has the story.
21/02/23·10m 28s

Biden’s surprise visit underscores U.S. support for Ukraine

CNN reports on Biden’s surprise visit to Kyiv, and on Pentagon efforts to ramp up ammunition production for Ukraine’s military. The Hechinger Report looks at why thousands of high-paying U.S. jobs that don’t require a college degree are going unfilled. The Wall Street Journal details new research that explains what makes slow-motion ads so effective at selling luxury goods.
20/02/23·8m 58s

DeSantis’s education moves and the backlash, explained

USA Today reports on protesters who are challenging Florida governor Ron DeSantis’s moves to ban an AP course on African American studies and gut college diversity programs. CNN has key takeaways from a Georgia grand-jury report on Trump and the 2020 election. The seven states that depend on water from the Colorado River are arguing over supply, as levels get dangerously low. The Los Angeles Times has the story. Don’t lose your credit card. Getting a new one could take months. The Washington Post explains why.
17/02/23·9m 30s

How one Turkish town survived the earthquakes with no deaths

Hundreds of residents packed a gym in East Palestine, Ohio, to question officials after a train derailment and fire released toxic chemicals. Reuters is on the story. Vox tackles the question of who is responsible for buildings in Turkey being unable to stand up to the earthquakes. NBC visits one tiny Turkish city that avoided the death and destruction. The Atlantic looks at how ChatGPT and similar A.I. technology could destabilize white-collar work.  The women's field-hockey coach for the University of North Carolina is a 22-year-old who just finished playing for the team. Sports Illustrated spoke to her.
16/02/23·9m 29s

Inside the environmental disaster threatening a U.S. town

NPR reports on how residents of East Palestine, Ohio, are concerned for their health after a train derailment and fire led to a release of toxic chemicals. For some Michigan State students who lived through Monday’s mass shooting, it wasn’t the first they’d experienced. NBC is on the story. Meanwhile, a Washington Post analysis finds that more than 338,000 U.S. children have been exposed to gun violence at school since 1999. NATO says a major new Russian offensive is underway, while Ukraine wants the West to provide it with fighter jets. The Wall Street Journal has more. The Washington Post looks into the mystery of the disappearing vacation day.
15/02/23·9m 44s

Syrians feel forgotten. These are their earthquake stories.

Aid has been slow to reach earthquake survivors in Syria. But one NPR reporter did and is telling their stories. The Washington Post investigates how the NFL avoids paying disabled players — with the help of their union. In Conversation explores how money can ruin marriages, with tips on how to avoid common problems.
14/02/23·12m 26s

The U.S. keeps shooting down UFOs. What’s going on?

A U.S. fighter jet shot down an airborne object over Lake Huron yesterday, in the fourth such recent incident. CNN has details. The death count keeps rising from the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, as aid workers try to protect survivors from the bitter cold. Reuters is covering developments. Vox reports on the biggest animal-welfare crisis you may never have heard of. Apple News has collected the best Super Bowl coverage, including the Kansas City Chiefs’ win over the Philadelphia Eagles, Rihanna’s halftime performance, and the very expensive ads.
13/02/23·9m 36s

They survived ongoing civil war. Now they face earthquakes.

Syrians have been displaced many times in their country’s decade-long civil war. This week’s earthquakes are making the situation worse. The Washington Post reports. Vox has a step-by-step guide to a new federal program that allows Americans to sponsor refugees from all over the world and help them resettle in the U.S. Apple News has everything you need to know about the Super Bowl as the Philadelphia Eagles take on the Kansas City Chiefs. Rihanna talked to Apple Music about how headlining the Super Bowl stage is personal.
10/02/23·9m 17s

Earthquake victims say aid is too slow

Syrians say earthquake relief isn’t reaching them fast enough. CNN looks at how aid is being distributed. California wants to lower the price of insulin by producing its own. Vox explains the state’s plan. They depend on Machu Picchu to survive. They shut it down anyway. The Washington Post tells their story. Donna Kelce will make history as the first mom to have two sons play against each other in the Super Bowl. NBC talked to her.
09/02/23·11m 2s

Can Biden get his State of the Union proposals passed?

An Apple News collection has what you need to know about the deadly earthquakes in Turkey and Syria — and the desperate search for survivors. The Wall Street Journal recaps key moments from Biden’s State of the Union speech. An ex-Memphis police officer took and shared photos of Tyre Nichols after the beating, documents say. USA Today has the story. U.S. intelligence officials said the Chinese balloon shot down on Saturday was part of a vast spying operation that has spanned five continents over several years. The Washington Post explains. LeBron James passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to become the NBA's all-time scoring leader. ESPN has more.
08/02/23·12m 17s

Inside the urgent search for earthquake survivors

The Washington Post reports on the international effort underway to find survivors and prevent a broader humanitarian crisis after powerful earthquakes struck Turkey and Syria. The Post also explains how to help people affected by the disaster. USA Today previews Biden’s State of the Union address. A neo-Nazi leader was among two people arrested over a plot to attack Baltimore’s power grid. NBC News has the story. The Los Angeles Times reports on how Lakers ticket prices are skyrocketing as LeBron James nears a career scoring record. Despite a near-fatal stabbing and decades of death threats, Salman Rushdie won’t stop telling stories. He gave his first interview since the attack to the New Yorker.
07/02/23·12m 13s

Why the China balloon spying story isn’t over

The Wall Street Journal reports on new intelligence revelations about prior Chinese balloon incursions over the U.S. NPR examines how limited obesity training in medical school leaves docs ill-prepared to help patients. A biologist talks to Vox about the real-life fungal infections that inspired ‘The Last of Us.’ Rolling Stone recaps the big moments from this year’s Grammys, including Beyoncé making history, an award for an Iranian protest song, and more.
06/02/23·9m 33s

Why we’re all implicated in the “shoplifting epidemic”

Heard that there’s a spike in shoplifting? The actual story is far more complicated, and more interesting. New York Magazine tells it. Democrats are set to vote on a primary schedule reshuffle that could have major effects on the 2024 presidential race. Reuters explains what’s going on. Wired reports on how activists are worried that Iran’s government is using facial-recognition technology to help it crack down on protesters.
03/02/23·12m 52s

Inside the GOP’s struggle to move past Trump

Lots of Republicans want Donald Trump to disappear from politics. Their main strategy is hope. The Atlantic explains. CNN has a rare look inside a brutal Russian mercenary army, in an interview with a former commander who fled the battlefield in Ukraine. WNBA players say they should have similar access to private jets as their NBA counterparts. USA Today looks at the issue. You might be wasting money, time, and energy on your home appliances. The Washington Post has tips on how to get the most out of them.
02/02/23·11m 27s

How to stop violent crime before police arrive

Community-based crime-reduction programs are attempting to stop violence before it happens. The New Yorker and ProPublica report on the challenges these efforts face. Monday’s deadly suicide bombing in Pakistan highlights the multiple crises the country is facing right now. The Guardian explains. Against the odds, searchers found a tiny, dangerous radioactive capsule that had gone missing along a long stretch of road in Australia. The BBC has the story. Airlines are upgrading their Wi-Fi service. The Washington Post asks whether it would really be a good thing if we can’t be offline while flying
01/02/23·10m 50s

Why Florida’s governor wants an AP course banned

The Washington Post explains the growing backlash against Florida governor Ron DeSantis’s decision to block an AP course on African American studies. Things are hard out there for job seekers. Vox details how the job-interview process keeps getting longer, while the Wall Street Journal looks into the proliferation of hiring scams. The Academy is looking into whether Andrea Riseborough’s surprise Oscar nomination for Best Actress came after a campaign that broke rules. The BBC has the story.
31/01/23·10m 53s

New calls for change after Tyre Nichols’s killing

The Memphis Police Department disbanded its controversial SCORPION unit after Tyre Nichols’s death. USA Today explains why. The Washington Post has family remembrances of Nichols. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is visiting the Middle East as new violence has flared between Israelis and Palestinians. The Guardian has more. ABC details the FDA’s plans to ease blood-donation restrictions on gay and bisexual men. The Philadelphia Eagles will face the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl. ESPN has a preview. Novak Djokovic and Aryna Sabalenka are the new Australian Open champions. Sports Illustrated has key tournament takeaways.
30/01/23·9m 48s

Former officers face murder charges in Tyre Nichols’s death

Former Memphis police officers face second-degree murder charges in the death of Tyre Nichols, as the nation braces for the release of video of the violent encounter. CNN has details. The Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle tell the stories of those who died in Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay. The Monterey Park victims died on a dance floor. The Times also explains the importance of ballroom dancing to older Asian American immigrants. The Chronicle also reports on how the shootings at the farms are leading to a new focus on conditions for farmworkers. In Conversation looks at the real problem with elite-college admissions. Pizza boxes haven’t changed in 60 years. The Atlantic explains why they’re bad for the quality of your pie.
27/01/23·10m 57s

The bill that could boost starting teacher salaries to $60K

A new federal bill aims to raise teachers’ starting salaries to $60,000. The Christian Science Monitor has the story. CNN looks at the potential impact of sending U.S. and German tanks to Ukraine to fight Russia. An author used A.I. to write and illustrate a children’s book. Human artists aren’t happy. The Washington Post reports. Vox explains why more people are using subtitles when watching TV and movies at home.
26/01/23·11m 2s

Reconsidering gun laws after California’s mass shootings

California has low levels of gun violence and strict gun-control laws. Vox looks into why those laws didn’t stop recent mass shootings. CNN reports that classified documents were found at the Indiana home of former vice president Mike Pence. The Wall Street Journal looks at how chaotic White House transitions and wide-reaching classification policies make it difficult to track government secrets. The State has key details in the case of Alex Murdaugh, the prominent South Carolina resident accused of killing his wife and son. The Hollywood Reporter explains how to cast and direct a film where a donkey is the main character.
25/01/23·10m 35s

Deadly shootings shock Asian American communities

At least seven people were shot to death in Half Moon Bay, California. CNN is covering the story. ABC7 Los Angeles reports on how the Asian American community of Monterey Park, California, is working to move forward following the mass shooting there. The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the failed promise of online mental-health treatment. The Senate is holding hearings today on Ticketmaster’s failures over the sale of Taylor Swift tickets, and its market power. Variety has the story. Everyone hates Ticketmaster. The Los Angeles Times asks, is everyone wrong?
24/01/23·12m 3s

New details in the deadly California mass shooting

The Los Angeles Times lays out what’s known about the deadly Lunar New Year mass shooting in Monterey Park, California. Following the overturning of Roe, abortion-rights activists are focusing on states. USA Today reports on their marches around the country yesterday. Meanwhile, the Atlantic looks into what opponents of abortion rights are doing. A longtime observer writes in the Atlantic about how the Supreme Court justices don’t seem to be getting along very well. The prestigious Hawaii big-wave competition the Eddie returned after a seven-year hiatus. The Evening Standard has the story.
23/01/23·12m 0s

The charges Alec Baldwin faces over the ‘Rust’ shooting

Alec Baldwin and the weapons handler on the ‘Rust’ film set are facing charges of involuntary manslaughter in the deadly shooting. The Los Angeles Times has details. California’s extreme weather is almost over. But few homeowners there have flood insurance, meaning they could struggle to pay for cleaning up. Grist has the story. Vox’s Recode reports on the growing prospect of TikTok being banned in the U.S.  The Wall Street Journal explains why it’s the most wonderful time of year for goats, who enjoy eating discarded Christmas trees.
20/01/23·9m 53s

Understanding the debt-ceiling stalemate in Congress

The Biden administration and House Republicans are still far apart on a deal to raise the debt limit and avoid a messy default, Politico reports. After lifting its strict lockdown policies, China has sharply revised its COVID death toll for the latest outbreak up to 60,000. Many experts think the true number is higher. The Washington Post has the story. NPR looks at how a new suicide hotline has shown some promising results.
19/01/23·11m 37s

New details on former GOP candidate accused of shootings

A former Republican candidate in New Mexico has been charged with masterminding a series of shootings targeting Democratic lawmakers’ homes. USA Today examines the case. Vice is covering a case in U.S. federal court where a former top law-enforcement official in Mexico is accused of helping the drug trafficking he was supposed to prevent. The Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft says it’s laying off 10,000 people, as the technology sector continues to shed jobs. CBS News explains why eggs are so expensive right now.
18/01/23·9m 7s

Why Elon Musk is in court over tweets

Elon Musk is heading to court in a case that goes back to a series of tweets about Tesla from 2018. The Wall Street Journal explains. Defector argues that Damar Hamlin’s injury is a moment to rethink health care for NFL players. The Washington Post reports on why tens of thousands of Israelis are taking to the street to protest their country’s new government. Novak Djokovic’s road to potential redemption begins now at the Australian Open. ESPN has the story.
17/01/23·9m 53s

Why Western tanks could transform the war in Ukraine

The Wall Street Journal explains the importance of the U.K.’s promise to send tanks to Ukraine. Searchers now have the voice and flight data recorders from the plane in the deadly Nepal crash, Reuters reports. China has reported nearly 60,000 COVID-related deaths since early December. NBC News has the story. More severe weather struck California, but the Los Angeles Times says forecasters see a break later in the week. Biden commemorated Martin Luther King Jr. at Dr. King’s Atlanta church. ABC News has the key moments. Evanston, Illinois, launched a reparations program for Black residents. Most of the promised funds haven’t been distributed. The Washington Post looks at the plan’s impact. The Atlantic explores how technology and the pandemic made tipping super weird.
16/01/23·9m 55s

Why you’re hearing so much about gas stoves right now

Vox explains the uproar over gas-stove regulation. The man accused of killing four Idaho college students appeared in court yesterday. The Idaho Statesman has the story. NPR covers a new report showing the ozone layer is on track to recover. Black coaches are still underrepresented in the NFL. In Conversation talks to one of the authors of a hard-hitting investigation into this persistent problem.
13/01/23·10m 29s

Who’s accountable when a 6-year-old shoots a teacher?

NPR looks at the difficult questions the justice system is facing in the case of a 6-year-old school-shooting suspect in Virginia. The Hill reports that a search by Biden’s legal team uncovered more classified documents in his Delaware home. More severe winter weather is headed for California. CNN has details. The Wall Street Journal reports on the broader impact on the FAA glitch that grounded flights. The New Yorker embedded with foreign volunteer fighters to tell stories from the front lines of the war in Ukraine. Starting tonight, a green comet is passing by Earth for the first time in 50,000 years. Insider explains how to watch for it.
12/01/23·9m 6s

California braces for more deadly storms

California is bracing for more damage from another round of powerful winter storms, after already suffering severe flooding, extreme winds, and mudslides. The Los Angeles Times is on the story. CNN explains the major differences between the Biden classified-documents case and Trump’s hoarding of secret records. Hundreds of flights across the U.S. were delayed or canceled because of an FAA computer outage. NBC has details. The Washington Post reports on a new study that suggests the T. rex may have been a lot smarter than many people previously thought.
11/01/23·9m 30s

What to know about Biden’s new immigration moves

Biden visited the southern border Sunday and is meeting with North American leaders this week in Mexico City, amid criticism of his immigration policy. The Texas Tribune has the story. Vanity Fair discusses the impact of Prince Harry’s bombshell memoir. The Wall Street Journal explains why public schools lost more than a million students during the pandemic.   Sports Illustrated reports on positive developments in Damar Hamlin’s recovery. Fox Sports has key takeaways from Georgia’s 65-7 national-championship win over TCU.
10/01/23·9m 30s

How Trump and allies are connected to Brazil’s unrest

Hundreds of people were arrested in Brazil after supporters of former president Jair Bolsonaro attacked government buildings. The BBC reports on the aftermath, and explains the Trump connection. The Federal Trade Commission wants to do away with noncompete clauses for workers. The Washington Post has more.  The Atlantic looks at how better architecture can play a role in preventing suicides. The world’s first vaccine for honey bees received U.S. government approval. The Independent lays out how it works.
09/01/23·8m 19s

How the historic House-speaker stalemate could end

Kevin McCarthy is still not speaker of the House, despite multiple attempts to elect him this week. Vox explains the ways the stalemate could end, while the Washington Post reports on how C-SPAN’s live coverage of the proceedings has given Americans insight into a process they don’t typically see.  Biden will award the Presidential Citizens Medal —  the second-highest civilian honor in the country — to officers who defended the U.S. Capitol during the January 6 attack. ABC has the story.  A past domestic-violence allegation recently surfaced against the coach of the U.S. men’s soccer team. ESPN reports that the source was the mother of a benched player. Apple News sports editor Shaker Samman joins us to discuss the story.  This week’s In Conversation sees one longtime journalist explores what it means to retire, and how to be emotionally ready.
06/01/23·11m 59s

Damar Hamlin’s collapse tests NFL’s mental-health commitment

The Wall Street Journal reports that some NFL athletes are reluctant to play after Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed during a game and received emergency treatment on live television. The Los Angeles Times has the latest on the extreme winter storms slamming California.  The expertise of coroners — who investigate the cause of criminal and unexplained deaths — varies dramatically across the country. In some cases, they’re not required to have ever taken a science course. Kaiser Health News looks at why.   The Washington Post details the long-term health benefits of participating in “Dry January,” a monthlong abstention from alcohol, while NPR argues that we’re living in a golden age for drinkers of nonalcoholic beer, wine, and spirits.
05/01/23·10m 24s

Why the House still has no speaker — and what happens next

After three rounds of voting, Rep. Kevin McCarthy fell short of earning enough votes to secure the House Speaker position. The Hill explains how the failure has embarrassed GOP lawmakers and delayed the 118th Congress.  After lying about his personal background and professional experience, Rep.-elect George Santos is set to be sworn in as a member of Congress. The Washington Post looks at his efforts to deceive voters and the possible punishment he may face. The Post also explains why prosecutors in Brazil are reopening a criminal fraud case against Santos from over a decade ago. The Wall Street Journal looks at how blurred lines between video games and gambling may have contributed to an increase in addictive behavior among young men and boys. In 1923, experts made predictions for what the world would look like 100 years later, including forecasts of 300-year lifespans and four-hour workdays. NPR looks at which came true. 
04/01/23·11m 14s

Inside Kevin McCarthy’s scramble to win House speaker

The House of Representatives votes on a new speaker today. How it will go is anyone’s guess. The Wall Street Journal explains. Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest in Monday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals and is hospitalized in critical condition. ESPN is tracking his health status.  The number of babies being born is expected to increase following the overturning of Roe v. Wade. The Atlantic warns that the surge in births will be concentrated in states with poor infant and maternal health outcomes.  Studies suggest that practicing optimism can help keep our bodies healthier. Kaiser Health News explains how. 
03/01/23·11m 8s

How Congress is overhauling retirement-saving rules

The Washington Post reports on the final January 6 committee report, the Senate’s vote to pass a spending deal to avoid a government shutdown, and the changes to retirement-savings policy included in that bill. Recode reports on Elon Musk’s controversial leadership of Twitter. Time looks at the legacy of Dr. Anthony Fauci, as he prepares to step down from his government post after decades leading the fight against infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS and COVID. The Wall Street Journal reveals how “white elephant” gift exchanges got that name.
23/12/22·11m 52s

The Arctic blast pummeling the U.S.

Reuters reports on the winter storm that’s bringing dangerous conditions across the country and threatening holiday travel. The Atlantic explains the obvious answer to homelessness and why everyone’s ignoring it. The Wall Street Journal looks at the Taliban move to bar Afghan women and girls from schooling. BBC News looks at protests against the move. MarketWatch has the story of why we’re seeing more Hanukkah movies lately. Vulture categorizes the 153 new holiday movies out this year.
22/12/22·9m 37s

As Zelenskyy meets Biden, a look at a key Ukraine battle

As Ukrainian president Zelenskyy visits Washington, Reuters analyzes the fierce battle for the eastern city of Bakhmut. Politico has a preview of today’s final report from the January 6 committee. Read more at Bloomberg, including the document’s executive summary. Stat investigates why incarcerated people keep dying from hepatitis C, despite the existence of an effective cure. The Washington Post breaks down research that shows that you don’t need to drink eight cups of water a day.
21/12/22·9m 29s

What’s next for immigration after a big Supreme Court move

The January 6 panel said Trump should be charged with four crimes related to the Capitol attack. Reuters has details. USA Today reports on the Supreme Court temporarily pausing the lifting of Title 42, a Trump-era immigration policy targeted by the Biden administration. Meanwhile, many American communities say they’re struggling to provide for incoming migrants. The Texas Tribune describes the situation in El Paso. China is experiencing a COVID surge that could see 800 million people infected over the next few months. NPR has the story. Bloomberg crunches the numbers on how the global bird-flu outbreak is helping drive up the cost of eggs. And Vox asks: Why don’t we vaccinate more chickens and turkeys? ‘Titanic’ director James Cameron is sick of hearing fans complain that Jack didn’t have to die. He tells the Toronto Sun that he has scientific proof that Jack and Rose couldn’t have both survived the shipwreck.
20/12/22·10m 59s

A World Cup final that lived up to the hype

Argentina defeated France in a thrilling World Cup final. After the Whistle recaps a memorable end to the tournament. The final public hearing of the January 6 committee is expected to include a vote on whether to recommend that Trump be prosecuted. Bloomberg has more. Even though billions were pledged to bolster Puerto Rico’s infrastructure, residents continue to lose water and power after hurricanes. The Washington Post investigates. A new law in France requires owners to cover large parking lots with solar panels. Time break down what that would look like in America.
19/12/22·9m 11s

What microplastics are and why you should worry

Microplastics are everywhere. This week’s In Conversation discusses what that means for your health. The Wall Street Journal examines alleged campaign-finance violations by disgraced crypto star Sam Bankman-Fried. Online retailers have many tricks to get you to buy more. Vox has tips on how to avoid being manipulated. After the Whistle previews the World Cup final between France and Argentina.
16/12/22·10m 45s

More severe weather expected after deadly tornadoes

As tornadoes rip through the South, CNN reports on how the climate crisis may be changing the way they behave. USA Today looks at Biden’s announcement of trade and infrastructure investments in Africa, which took place at a summit with the continent’s leaders. NPR explains how the event comes as the leaders are also being heavily courted by China, Russia, and other nations. The Atlantic breaks down why the housing market is so tough right now. Have you ever wondered what Mars dust devils sound like? Popular Science has the tape, and explains why scientists are so excited.
15/12/22·8m 21s

How Washington’s failures exacerbated the fentanyl crisis

A Washington Post goes inside U.S. government failures to address the fentanyl crisis — and the missteps that allowed it to get significantly worse. Ten years after the Sandy Hook shooting, gun-safety advocates can point to some wins. NBC News takes stock, while the Trace looks at how victims’ families turned their grief into advocacy. Babies who were born into pandemic lockdowns and extreme-hygiene rules will have different microbiomes. But does different mean bad? The Atlantic has the story. There’s a new phenomenon in air travel: the holiday-travel blob. And airlines and hotels are ready to cash in. Wired explains.
14/12/22·12m 2s

FTX founder charged with defrauding investors

Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder of the collapsed FTX cryptocurrency exchange, was arrested in the Bahamas and will face criminal charges from U.S. prosecutors. The Washington Post has the story. The Guardian reports on new civil charges from the SEC saying Bankman-Fried defrauded investors and customers. The Washington Post reports on a breakthrough in the quest to harness nuclear fusion for mass consumption. Vox reports on the upswing in pedestrian fatalities, which has come as vehicles have got larger while U.S. city design continues to prioritize drivers over those on foot. After the Whistle breaks down everything you need to know about the World Cup semifinals. 
13/12/22·11m 10s

New drone strikes reveal growing Russia–Iran military ties

NBC reports on drone strikes by Russia that plunged more than 1.5 million people in Odesa, Ukraine, into darkness over the weekend. The Wall Street Journal explores warnings from U.S. officials that military ties between Russia and Iran are deepening.  Vox explains why the U.S. keeps running out of medicine.  The Atlantic pays tribute to Grant Wahl, the renowned American soccer journalist, who died covering the World Cup from Qatar. The Washington Post reports on changes in animals’ mating behavior as climate change warms the planet.
12/12/22·10m 4s

Iran escalates plots to kidnap, assassinate critics

Western intelligence officials say Iran is escalating efforts to kidnap and assassinate journalists, activists, and government officials who have spoken out against the regime. The Washington Post has the story. Kyrsten Sinema talks to Politico about switching her party affiliation from Democrat to independent. The move is shaking up the Senate. Thousands of nursing homes across the U.S failed to meet federal staffing requirements, putting residents at risk. A USA Today investigation finds that nearly all of them are getting away with it. NPR explains why South Koreans are about to instantly get a year younger. Yahoo Sports ranks the World Cup quarterfinalists.
09/12/22·12m 10s

WNBA star Brittney Griner freed in prisoner swap

WNBA star Brittney Griner has been released from Russian detention in a prisoner swap. She is now in U.S. custody. CBS has the story.  The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that could impact 2024 races. Reuters reports on how justices reacted. Peru’s president was removed from office and charged with “rebellion” after attempting to shut down Congress. The Guardian reports from Lima. A Washington Post reporter investigates a string of overdose deaths in her hometown of Greenville, North Carolina. Hyperallergic has some things to consider before you jump on the A.I.-portrait trend.
08/12/22·11m 51s

What Raphael Warnock’s win means for the Senate and Georgia

Incumbent Democrat Raphael Warnock won Georgia’s Senate runoff election. The Los Angeles Times takes a look at what that means. A jury found the Trump Organization guilty of tax fraud for engaging in a 15-year scheme in which top executives accepted off-the-books perks. Bloomberg has the story. Meanwhile, Vox argues that while the case may be embarrassing for Donald Trump, his real legal dangers lie elsewhere. A major climate conference that begins today aims to stop the decline of ecosystems and wildlife. Vox lays out its goals. The Atlantic explains why most food-expiration dates are actually meaningless.
07/12/22·10m 22s

Georgia voters pick their next senator: Warnock or Walker

Voters in Georgia are heading back to the polls to decide the final Senate contest of the year, as Sen. Raphael Warnock faces Republican challenger Herschel Walker in a runoff. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has been following both candidates’ campaigns.  Venice was recently saved from a flood by an engineering marvel. The Washington Post reports on the expensive barrier system — and warns that rising sea levels mean it is not a permanent solution. Taylor Swift fans are suing Ticketmaster after the presale for the singer’s upcoming tour crashed the site, leaving fans waiting for hours and many without the coveted tickets. The Verge has the story.  Bloomberg Businessweek breaks down how Duolingo distinguished itself by gamifying language-learning, and its struggles to to turn free users into paying customers.
06/12/22·10m 43s

Iran official’s claims of change spark hope, skepticism

CNN reports on skepticism in and out of Iran over comments from a key official that the hijab law is under review and the feared “morality police” have been disbanded. Unusual shooting attacks targeting power stations left tens of thousands of people without electricity in North Carolina. The Charlotte Observer has the story. Dave Matthews took to the stage to support Raphael Warnock ahead of Georgia’s Senate runoff. New York Magazine explains why so many Democratic candidates have been calling on the jam-band icon to rally voters. The Wall Street Journal looks at kids who’ve made their families millions by playing with toys in YouTube videos.
05/12/22·8m 37s

Why Biden’s student-loan relief plan is in danger again

The Supreme Court is putting Biden’s student-loan forgiveness plan on hold until it can hear a challenge to its legality, ABC News reports. USA Today looks at legislation that could help borrowers in a different way, by changing how people with debt can save for retirement. CBS News reports on Biden’s proposal for a major shake-up to the presidential primary calendar. NPR goes inside scientists’ efforts to save Florida's coral reef before it's too late. National Geographic reports on the legend of a demon cat who is said to have haunted the U.S. Capitol for more than 100 years.
02/12/22·9m 33s

Why Biden asked Congress to stop a rail strike

NPR reports on how Congress is moving to block a strike by railway workers, and Politico goes inside Biden’s decision to go against key union allies on the issue. Migrant workers who helped build Qatar’s World Cup infrastructure want compensation for the dangerous and sometimes deadly conditions they experienced. USA Today spoke to some. People say they’re worried about a recession in America, but they’re still spending. The Washington Post explains how economists are watching that disconnect for signals as to where things may go. Want a four-day workweek? Show this Bloomberg article to your boss.
01/12/22·11m 34s

What the Oath Keepers guilty verdict means for Jan. 6 cases

Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes was convicted of seditious conspiracy, in the highest-profile Capitol-attack case yet. CNN has the story. NBC reports on how top Democrats in the House are stepping down from key posts to make way for younger politicians, and how House Republicans are battling over who will lead them when they take over the chamber. Decades after the Americans With Disabilities Act became law, many people with disabilities say much of medical care is still inaccessible to them. The Atlantic and Undark detail the problems. Our soccer podcast After the Whistle With Brendan Hunt and Rebecca Lowe looks at how the U.S. team’s narrow win over Iran has kept the Americans in the tournament.
30/11/22·12m 0s

The U.S. faces Iran in a politically charged World Cup game

The U.S. faces Iran today in a World Cup match that has political implications that go far beyond the game itself. CNN has the story. USA Today reports on the Supreme Court’s first major immigration case of the term, in a case that could test the limits of Biden’s executive power. The number of Americans attending college is about to crash. Vox explains how that will change higher education forever. Shirley Wheeler had an illegal abortion in 1970 — and was charged with manslaughter. In Conversation explores how Wheeler’s case is a warning of what’s to come after the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
29/11/22·10m 43s

Why the Georgia Senate runoff matters

The Hill looks at what early voting numbers tell us about the Georgia Senate runoff. And Vox explains why the contest matters, even after Democrats have clinched Senate control. Protests have erupted across China against strict COVID-lockdown and quarantine policies. CNN has journalists on the ground. Married couples are richer than cohabiting unmarried couples. The Wall Street Journal looks into why. Bloomberg Businessweek explores how seizing a Russian superyacht is much more complicated than you think.
28/11/22·9m 45s

A look ahead at a divided Washington

Republicans will have a slim majority in the House. The Wall Street Journal looks at their goals and how a divided Washington could run. Elon Musk says Twitter employees need to be “extremely hardcore.” The Guardian reports on how tons of people are quitting. Time profiles a Native American chef who’s working to get more people aware of her culture’s cuisine and the true story of Thanksgiving. The World Cup begins this weekend. The Apple News Original podcast After the Whistle With Brendan Hunt and Rebecca Lowe has you covered on how to act at a watch party.
18/11/22·8m 57s

What Dems want done in their last weeks with House control

A bill protecting marriage-equality rights passed a key Senate hurdle. Grid explains what’s in it. Democrats have a lot more they want to get done before they lose control of the House. Vox takes a look. Wired reports on how Qatar will be using an unprecedented level of surveillance at the World Cup. Fast-fashion companies promote recycling programs for old clothes. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, mostly the practice ends up overwhelming developing countries with trash. Who’s legally the “Queen of Christmas?” Not just Mariah Carey, apparently. The Washington Post has the story.
17/11/22·12m 4s

He’s running. What next for investigations into Trump?

Former president Donald Trump, who tried to overturn the results of the 2020 election, said he’s running again in 2024. The Washington Post covers both the announcement and his ongoing legal baggage, which includes an investigation into his handling of classified documents. A missile killed two people in Poland, near the Ukrainian border. NATO says it likely came from Ukrainian forces defending against Russian attacks. CNBC is on the story. Tens of thousands of tech-industry workers have been laid off, as some companies in the sector struggle. NPR has more. Turkey is more expensive this year, which has some people rethinking what to put on the table for Thanksgiving. America’s Test Kitchen and KCRW have some alternative ideas.
16/11/22·9m 41s

Why abortion-rights activists are taking the fight to states

Apple News has the latest election results, along with analysis. And NPR looks at how ballot-measure wins have abortion-rights advocates looking to do more in other states. The Washington Post reports on how protesters arrested in Iran face a court system stacked against them. A nudge by the Biden administration helped Ukraine change a key condition for peace talks with Russia. Politico explains. Smithsonian has the story of how NASA’s latest mission honors a champion for diversity in space exploration.
15/11/22·10m 45s

After disappointing midterms, new GOP criticism of Trump

Disappointing midterm results have some Republicans blaming Trump for losses — and searching for an alternative presidential candidate for 2024. The Washington Post takes a look. CNN reports on Biden’s first face-to-face meeting as president with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. We have vaccines for COVID and the flu, so why not the common cold? Popular Science explains. The Los Angeles Times examines the surprisingly dangerous love lives of tarantulas.
14/11/22·9m 39s

How strong youth turnout affected the midterms

Forbes crunches the numbers on how young voter turned out in the midterms, and identifies the issues that motivated them. Biden is in Egypt for a major climate conference, where some delegates want the U.S. to do more to cut emissions. The Washington Post reports on new research showing the world has less than a decade to avert catastrophe. The Wall Street Journal and Reuters report on the collapse of FTX, a popular cryptocurrency exchange that went bankrupt after the digital equivalent of a bank run this week. The Los Angeles Times tells the story of a beloved gas-station owner who is getting $1 million for selling the record-breaking Powerball ticket. Apple News In Conversation looks at the dangers of using lottery programs to fund government services.
11/11/22·10m 31s

The latest election news, as Georgia heads for a runoff

Apple News has the latest election results, and what to know about the decisive ones that are still to come. The Washington Post explains why Georgia keeps having runoffs. And 538 has analysis of what may happen in the latest one, which could determine who controls the Senate. CNN reports on Hurricane Nicole, which struck Florida’s east coast early this morning. The Supreme Court is considering a case that involves adoptions of Native American children and could have far-reaching implications on tribal sovereignty. The Guardian has the story.   Technology has arrived that lets us speak virtually to our dead relatives. MIT Technology Review tested it out.
10/11/22·10m 55s

Where we stand after an unusual election night

Apple News has coverage and analysis of all the races and reaction, along with up-to-the-minute results from all the contests.
09/11/22·11m 55s

Republicans are already suing over mail-in ballots

The Washington Post reports on how Republicans are already issuing lawsuits to challenge ballots. CNN explains why we likely won’t know a lot of election results tonight, and why that’s normal. Marijuana could be legal in nearly half of the U.S. if voters pass ballot measures, Time reports. CNBC looks into how reparations are on the official agenda of the U.N.’s flagship climate conference for the first time. And National Geographic explains how powerful new computer modeling is making a scientific case for such payments. In the Atlantic, Ken Burns picks six photos that tell the history of American voting.
08/11/22·8m 12s

Closing arguments in the midterm campaigns

The Washington Post reports on each party’s closing arguments in the midterm campaigns. NPR looks at concerns over violence around Election Day, and what’s being done to keep politicians, voters, and poll workers safe. Apple News Today has a conversation with politics watchers in the final days of the 2022 campaigns. A ProPublica and Texas Tribune investigation found that several churches appear to be breaking the law by endorsing candidates in elections — while the IRS looks the other way. As Egypt hosts world leaders for a climate conference, there’s increased focus on the country’s most famous political prisoner, who is on a hunger strike. The Washington Post has the story.
07/11/22·11m 33s

After mass layoffs at Twitter, what will Elon Musk do next?

The Verge reports on Elon Musk’s latest move at Twitter: mass layoffs. NPR explains why voters in five states are deciding whether to go further than the 13th Amendment on slavery. Nearly 100,000 people have been displaced by gangs in Haiti, and cholera is spreading, the Miami Herald reports. There are also concerns about safety over Haitian skies after an attempted kidnapping of air traffic controllers. Some people who got special “temporary” tattoos have discovered that the ink is much longer-lasting than they thought. The San Francisco Chronicle spoke to them.
04/11/22·10m 29s

Which party will control Congress? Three experts weigh in.

This episode is part of a special series from Apple News Today exploring the lead-up to the 2022 midterm elections. Which party will control Congress? What are the most crucial races to watch? What do voters say they want? Apple News editor Gideon Resnick put these questions and more to a panel of election watchers: Amy Walter, the editor-in-chief of the Cook Political Report, Errin Haines, the editor-at-large for the 19th, and Mike Madrid, a GOP consultant and co-host of the Latino Vote podcast.
04/11/22·29m 42s

Biden wants lower gas prices. Here’s why it won’t be easy.

Biden says he’ll impose higher taxes on energy companies if they don’t help lower consumer prices. Bloomberg explains why that will be a hard threat to carry out. The Wall Street Journal looks at how the U.S.-Saudi relationship is straining. The Parkland school shooter was sentenced to life in prison without parole after victims delivered emotional statements. NBC News has the story. Ethiopia and the Tigray People’s Liberation Front have agreed to a truce in the two-year war that displaced millions of people. The Guardian reports. Kanye West can’t sell White Lives Matter shirts without risking a lawsuit from the two Black men who own the rights to the phrase. Capital B spoke to them.
03/11/22·9m 19s

Behind the spread of false theories about the Pelosi attack

CNN reports on how prominent conservatives pushed a false theory about the assault on Paul Pelosi, and has new details from law enforcement that provide hard facts about the suspect and his motivations. Politico lays out the national implications of the Texas attorney-general race. The Washington Post explains how the shortage of Black sperm donors in America is leading to difficult choices for Black women who need a donor to conceive. For Día de los Muertos, communities are honoring victims of the elementary-school shooting in Uvalde. NBC News has the story.
02/11/22·9m 29s

What the housing-market shift means for you

NPR details how rising mortgage rates are affecting would-be buyers and the market overall. BuzzFeed News looks into why people are questioning the viability of homeownership. And the Wall Street Journal reports on how it’s tough out there for renters too. Hospital beds are full as children’s hospitals across the country see a surge in cases of common respiratory illnesses. Grid has the story. Apple News breaks down how the Supreme Court could reimagine the future of the Voting Rights Act. A Mondrian painting has been hanging upside down for decades. The Guardian explains why the curator isn’t flipping it.
01/11/22·10m 46s

Where voting rights stand going into the midterms

A major case before the Supreme Court could impact the future of voting rights and many states will be voting after restrictive laws passed since the last presidential election. In this episode of Apple News Today’s special series exploring the most important issues affecting voters, editor Gideon Resnick talks with Janai Nelson, the president and director-counsel of the Legal Defense Fund.
01/11/22·24m 37s

Fears of political violence grow after attack on Paul Pelosi

There are fears of an increase in politically motivated attacks after the husband of House speaker Nancy Pelosi was attacked in the family home. The Wall Street Journal has more. Brazil’s former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva made a comeback win in a contentious election. The BBC has details. South Korean authorities are investigating a crowd crush during Halloween celebrations on the streets of Seoul that killed more than 150 people. The Guardian has on-the-ground reporting. The deadly collapse of a bridge in India came days after it reopened after renovations, NPR reports. Dozens of people are dead in a tropical storm in the Philippines that brought heavy rain, triggering landslides. Reuters is following the story. The Washington Post lays out how the Supreme Court will weigh the question of affirmative action in higher education in two separate cases. And it takes a closer look at the facts and history of one of the cases, brought against UNC. CNN tells the surprising rescue story of how a Colorado train passenger looked out the window and spotted a missing, injured hiker.
31/10/22·9m 31s

How Elon Musk’s Twitter buy could affect elections

Bloomberg reports on Elon Musk firing top Twitter executives after closing his $44 billion deal. And the Washington Post looks at how his ownership could affect the midterm elections. Early-voting numbers are strong ahead of November 8, which may indicate massive turnout. ABC News examines the data. Apple News has full coverage of the midterms, along with details on how to vote where you live. has key storylines to watch in the World Series as the Houston Astros take on the Philadelphia Phillies. A man played dead hundreds of times on TikTok in a macabre campaign to land a part as a corpse on a TV show or movie. It worked. The Louisville Courier-Journal tells his story.
28/10/22·9m 1s

Hear from swing-state voters on the midterms

The Washington Post asks swing-state voters to weigh in on the midterm elections. The Wall Street Journal explains how winter could affect Russia’s war in Ukraine. A U.N. report says countries are not doing enough to fight climate change. NBC News has more. New federal money is helping schools make the switch from diesel buses to electric. CNN has the story. 
27/10/22·8m 36s

Inside the post-Roe underground abortion-pill network

The Washington Post goes inside the covert network providing abortion pills to states where abortion is now banned. Rolling Stone looks at how Kanye West’s latest controversies are much more problematic than previous ones. The latest episode of Apple News Today’s special election series examines the Democrats’ mad dash to Election Day.
26/10/22·9m 38s

Inside the Democrats’ mad dash to Election Day

The Democratic Party and President Joe Biden are facing a lot of headwinds going into the final weeks of the midterm campaign. In this episode of Apple News Today’s special series exploring the most important issues affecting voters, editor Gideon Resnick talks with Gabriel Debenedetti, a national correspondent for New York Magazine covering the Democratic Party.
26/10/22·27m 45s

Now we know how much the pandemic hurt kids’ learning

CNN reports on new nationwide test scores from fourth and eighth graders that show major declines during the pandemic. The Wall Street Journal has what you need to know about Rishi Sunak, the U.K.’s third prime minister in seven weeks. How many Van Gogh masterpieces is one Earth worth? Vox takes a counterintuitive look at recent climate protests that targeted famous artworks. The Guardian looks at how Singapore is tackling the strange problem of an exploding otter population.
25/10/22·8m 52s

New details from Ron DeSantis’s controversial voter arrests

Newly obtained video offers insights into Florida governor Ron DeSantis’s program to arrest felons who voted in the state. The Miami Herald and Tampa Bay Times have the story. The Washington Post goes inside the rescue of nearly 4,000 beagles from a breeding facility. The Guardian looks a recent study suggesting there is a potential risk that melting glaciers will release frozen viruses and bacteria into the wild. Early-Hollywood actor Anna May Wong will be the first Asian American featured on U.S. currency. NPR tells her story.
24/10/22·8m 45s

What you might not know about the Iran protests

Iranians tell CNN how they were tortured by government forces for taking part in protests. In Conversation speaks to a scholar on feminist movements in Iran for insight into the country’s recent demonstrations. A Miami Herald investigation reveals new details about Florida governor Ron DeSantis’s controversial program to fly migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard. Recode reports on Instagram’s new strategy to combat toxic speech on the platform: telling people not to act like jerks.
21/10/22·9m 16s

Why midterms polling sites are boosting security

British prime minister Liz Truss resigned after a short and chaotic time in office. NBC News has details. Election officials are responding to threats from 2020-election deniers by beefing up security at polling places so workers and voters stay safe. Reuters is on the story. Apple News has a guide to voting in the midterms, including specifics for every state. PBS NewsHour reports on how Russia’s attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure have civilians facing blackouts. Bloomberg looks at potential new steps by the E.U. to deal with the emerging energy crisis caused by Russia’s cutoff of critical gas supplies. A Washington Post investigation finds that hundreds of retired military personnel have been taking big-money jobs with foreign governments, primarily countries known for human-rights abuses and political repression. CNN has details of a new study that suggests dogs can smell stress in humans.
20/10/22·10m 41s

The big IRS changes that could reduce your tax bill

The IRS is making changes in response to inflation. Barron’s explains how they could reduce your tax bill. Biden is set to announce the release of more petroleum from the strategic reserve. The bid to ease gas prices comes ahead of elections where the cost of living is expected to be a key issue. The Washington Post has the story. Politico reports on how Democrats are worried about the Oregon governor’s race, which is shaping up to be closer than many people expected. Hundreds are dead in Nigeria’s worst flooding in a decade. CNN is covering the disaster. NPR explains why palm trees are so good at surviving powerful hurricanes.
19/10/22·7m 16s

How to access federal student-loan forgiveness

The website for student-loan forgiveness is now live. The L.A. Times takes a look. The 2022-23 NBA season tips off tonight. ESPN previews the new season’s contenders, stars, and big questions.    Bloomberg reports on Brazil’s upcoming presidential runoff election, where the stakes are high for just about every living thing on Earth.  In the latest episode of our special midterms series, NPR’s Sarah McCammon explains how the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has changed the dynamic of this year’s races. 
18/10/22·10m 58s

How abortion could affect the election

The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade over the summer changing the landscape across the country for abortion access. In this episode of Apple News Today’s special series exploring the most important political issues affecting voters, editor Gideon Resnick talks with NPR’s Sarah McCammon about how abortion politics and policy have changed the dynamics in this year’s races.
18/10/22·22m 26s

What a third term for China’s Xi Jinping would mean

With Xi Jinping poised to begin a likely third term as president of China, he used a speech to set out priorities for the nation. NPR has key takeaways. An NBC reporter’s comment about her interview with John Fetterman led to a media firestorm over his recovery from a stroke. New York magazine’s Rebecca Traister, who spoke with the Senate candidate for a recent profile, provides a different perspective. It’s an exciting time to be a bargain hunter: U.S. retailers are sitting on a record $732 billion of inventory — and now they’re desperate to sell. The Washington Post reports.  
17/10/22·9m 6s

What to know about big developments in Trump investigations

There have been several major recent developments in the legal investigations into Trump, his family, and his businesses. NBC reports on how the January 6 committee has voted to subpoena Trump. ABC explains why the New York A.G. is seeking a preliminary injunction against him. And the Washington Post reports on the Supreme Court’s decision to deny his request for it to intervene in the legal fight over the review of classified documents seized at Mar-a-Lago. NPR examined a strange pattern and found that hoax callers are reporting nonexistent active school shooters to police.  The Washington Post reports on how so-called swatting — fake reports of violence — forced Denver to shut down all 25 public-library branches.  Self-driving cars were the future once. One former evangelist for the technology told Bloomberg Businessweek that’s no longer the case.  NPR spoke to scientists hoping to teach A.I. how to use people’s voices and breathing patterns to diagnose illness.
14/10/22·11m 31s

How a secret tape of racist remarks is rocking politics

Racist remarks by prominent Latino politicians are rocking the Los Angeles City Council after secret recordings were leaked. The L.A. Times is on the story. Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones must pay nearly $1 billion in damages to Sandy Hook victims’ families for spreading falsehoods. NBC News has details. The Washington Post reports that today’s January 6 committee hearing is expected to introduce new evidence about Trump’s conduct on the day of the attack. The Atlantic explains why so many people are stealing parrots.
13/10/22·7m 49s

Jake Tapper wants you to know C.J. Rice’s story

C.J. Rice was found guilty of attempted murder in South Philadelphia and is now serving up to 60 years in prison. CNN anchor Jake Tapper investigated the case and found signs of a flawed investigation and inadequate legal counsel. His story is in the Atlantic. The Washington Post reports on multiple lawsuits that are aiming to stop Biden’s plan to cancel some federal student-loan debt. Time explains why car dealers have the upper hand over buyers in today’s market — and what that means for your wallet.
12/10/22·11m 36s

Why protests in Iran are gaining new energy

Amnesty International says a teenage girl was killed by security forces in Iran. Her death is giving new energy to anti-government demonstrators. The Guardian has more. And Reuters looks at why it’s important that some oil workers have reportedly joined the protests. A Supreme Court case could determine the fate of millions of pigs. Vox has the story. For the next episode of our special midterms series, Amy Gardner from the Washington Post warns Apple News Today that a majority of GOP nominees deny the 2020 results — and says that, if they win, they’ll be positioned to affect the outcome of future elections.
11/10/22·9m 3s

The “stunning and sobering” number of election deniers on the ballot this November

Joe Biden won the 2020 election, but many Republican candidates are campaigning on the lie that it was stolen. What could the consequences be if they win? In this episode of Apple News Today’s special series exploring the most important political issues affecting voters, editor Gideon Resnick talks with Amy Gardner, a reporter covering voting for the Washington Post, about the 299 election deniers running in the midterms.
11/10/22·20m 9s

What to know about Russia’s latest attacks on Kyiv

The Wall Street Journal reports that western Ukrainian cities such as Kyiv that have been mostly peaceful in recent months have come under attack. The Russian strikes are in retaliation for an explosion that destroyed a key bridge connecting Russia with Crimea. Harvey Weinstein’s latest trial on sexual-assault charges begins in Los Angeles today, the Guardian reports. It’s a key moment for the #MeToo movement, which was sparked by reporting on abuse allegations against him. Political misinformation is a growing problem. Vox looks at the waves of false information being aimed at Latino voters ahead of the midterm elections. Cheating scandals are rocking a variety of competitive events. The Independent looks at allegations involving judges of Irish dancing. And the Akron Beacon Journal covers a scandal where angling-contest officials found weights stuffed into fish.
10/10/22·9m 44s

Biden warns of “Armageddon” amid Putin nuclear threats

The joint winners of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize are civil-rights campaigners from Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine. Reuters has the story. Biden says Putin’s nuclear threats have the world as close to “Armageddon” as it’s been since the Cuban missile crisis. NBC News reports. CNN looks into why Biden is pardoning thousands of people with marijuana convictions. The Washington Post reports that federal agents believe they have enough evidence to charge Hunter Biden on failing to report all of his income and lying on paperwork to buy a gun. This week on In Conversation, we talk to a journalist who investigated the TSA’s two-decade history. Critics say the agency has made flying much harder, but not much safer. Netflix’s top show is about serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Vanity Fair looks at the problems of turning serial-killer stories into entertainment. ESPN breaks down everything you need to know as Major League Baseball starts its playoffs.
07/10/22·10m 14s

Understanding the controversy around Herschel Walker

Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker, an opponent of abortion rights, is alleged to have paid for an abortion years ago. The Wall Street Journal reports on how the claim — which he denies — is scrambling a tight race that could determine control of the chamber. Ian may be Florida’s deadliest hurricane since 1935. The Washington Post reports that most victims drowned, and spoke with families who are mourning loved ones. The U.S. is one of only six countries with no paid parental leave. Glamour followed eight women through their first 28 days postpartum to understand the impact that has. The Atlantic looks into why so many adults have nightmares about school, even decades after they left the classroom behind.
06/10/22·9m 47s

How Iran is cracking down as protests intensify

Protests against Iran’s regime are growing. More than 130 people have died in some of the worst street violence in years. The Independent reports. USA Today examines the very unusual legal defense the Oath Keepers are using in the biggest criminal trial related to the January 6 Capitol attack so far. Yankee Aaron Judge hit his 62nd home run of the season, breaking Roger Maris’s record. ESPN has the story. Popular Mechanics goes inside the cargo-ship disaster that sank $400 million worth of exotic cars.
05/10/22·8m 41s

How the 2022 midterms will test democracy

In the first episode of a special Apple News Today series, a Princeton historian explains how the 2022 midterm elections could serve as a referendum on democracy. Two American military veterans who were taken hostage by Russian forces while fighting for Ukraine spoke with the Washington Post about their time in captivity.  A new U.S. Soccer report says the women’s professional league has normalized abuse and misconduct. ESPN has the story.  Pumpkin-spice season is here. The Guardian explores how the flavoring became an American fall favorite.
04/10/22·12m 39s

Election 2022 Special: What’s at stake in the midterms?

With just a few weeks to go until the midterm elections, Apple News Today is launching a special series exploring the most important political issues affecting voters. In the first episode, Apple News Today editor Gideon Resnick talks with Princeton historian Julian E. Zelizer about the erosion of democratic norms and whether our institutions are strong enough to withstand this moment.
04/10/22·21m 17s

Why SCOTUS’s new term could be more impactful than its last

The Supreme Court starts a new term today. Vox argues that it could be even more consequential than the last.  As data shows that threats to Congress members are increasing, Rep. Pramila Jayapal recounts what happened when an armed man showed up at her house this summer. The Washington Post also has the story. Rescue and recovery continue to be key priorities for the Gulf Coast of Florida in the wake of Hurricane Ian. USA Today, the Miami Herald and CBS have been tracking the storm’s impact.  The National Park Service’s beloved Fat Bear Week competition is back. The Wall Street Journal previews this year’s contest and explains why so many people are enamored with the reigning champ — a four-time winner.
03/10/22·10m 38s

Both Ukrainians and Russians are fleeing Putin’s war

The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports on the people dealing with the major devastation Hurricane Ian has left in its wake. As Russia moves to illegally annex territory in Ukraine, many residents are fleeing, Reuters reports. And the Washington Post details how men in Russia are escaping the country to avoid being drafted to fight Putin’s war. Kaiser Health News explains how a recent Supreme Court ruling is affecting prosecutions of doctors accused of overprescribing opioids. Her death certificate says Queen Elizabeth II died of old age — something rarely listed as a cause of death in America. The Wall Street Journal looks at how the question of how to track deaths actually affects the living. Sports Illustrated has the story of how LeBron James is getting in on the pickleball craze, with a deal to own a pro team.
30/09/22·9m 22s

Tracking Ian’s path of destruction across Florida

Flooding is swamping parts of Florida after then-Hurricane Ian made landfall as one of the most powerful storms in American history. CNN reports. Incarcerated teens in Louisiana are set to be transferred to Angola, one of America’s most notorious adult prisons. The Louisiana Illuminator has the story. Vox unpacks the mystery of the suspected sabotage of underwater gas pipelines from Russia to Europe. Americans want electric cars with 300 miles of range, even though around 95% of US car trips are 30 miles or less. Bloomberg explains why that disconnect is important.
29/09/22·9m 28s

Hurricane Ian tests Florida’s DeSantis

Politico looks at how Hurricane Ian presents a high-profile test for Florida governor Ron DeSantis, a potential Republican presidential contender. A bill to change how Electoral College votes are counted in presidential elections aims to prevent another attempt to overturn results. The Hill reports on how the legislation now looks to have enough Republican support to become law. The White House wants to potentially put nutritional labels on the front of food packaging. It’s among various policy ideas the administration is exploring in a major conference on hunger and nutrition in America. NPR explains the event’s significance. More men are getting an intensive surgical procedure to get taller. GQ looks into it.
28/09/22·9m 5s

Florida braces for Hurricane Ian after it hits Cuba

After bringing heavy wind and rain to Cuba, Hurricane Ian takes aim at Florida. CNN is tracking the storm’s path. Money looks at what the current stock-market turmoil and recent Fed moves mean for the housing market. The Washington Post investigates into why the NFL still has very few Black head coaches, despite years of diversity programs. Icelanders throw thousands of baby puffins off cliffs at this time of year. Sound cruel? It’s actually saving the birds’ lives. NPR explains.
27/09/22·10m 6s

Why protesters are taking to the streets in Iran and Russia

The Wall Street Journal has on-the ground coverage of demonstrators in Russia who are pushing back against Putin’s moves to draft people to fight in Ukraine. Marchers are protesting in cities across Iran against what some see as a return to the hard-line policies of the earliest days of the Islamic Revolution. The New Yorker explains what’s going on. Several women who worked at Tesla have filed sexual-harassment lawsuits against the corporation. Rolling Stone is telling their stories. Many American cities have tried gun buybacks as a solution to violence. Fast Company lays out research that shows they don’t seem to work. NASA is about to deliberately crash a spacecraft into an asteroid. NBC News explains how it’s a test for how to save Earth from a theoretical deadly rock from space.
26/09/22·9m 6s

At U.N. assembly, world condemns Putin’s war escalation

World leaders gathered in New York this week for the U.N. General Assembly, even as Putin escalated the war in Ukraine. CNN breaks down what you need to know. Meanwhile, the Guardian reports on the humanitarian toll of the floods in Pakistan.  Insider identifies 72 Congress members who violated stock-trading law. A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to toughen the rules.  After a career that included 20 Grand Slam titles and 310 weeks as world No. 1, tennis great Roger Federer plays his last match tonight. Sports Illustrated offers a look at his legacy.  Professional baseball is preparing for players to hit some major milestones. NPR has the story, and Apple TV+ will have the highlights.
23/09/22·12m 20s

Why migrants flown to Martha’s Vineyard are suing DeSantis

Three of the migrants flown by Florida governor Ron DeSantis to Martha’s Vineyard last week filed a lawsuit alleging that he and other officials tricked them into leaving Texas. The Miami Herald reports. New York attorney general Letitia James accused Donald Trump and three of his children of fraud in a civil lawsuit seeking $250 million and to bar them from leading companies based in the state. Axios has some key takeaways. And Reuters explains where things stand in the other investigations and legal cases Donald Trump faces. For years, community activists have pushed for police departments to put an end to dangerous practices such as high-speed chases and chokeholds. The Washington Post reports on how an unlikely source is now forcing the hand of some departments: insurers. The world of elite chess is embroiled in a cheating scandal that took an enigmatic new turn this week. NPR breaks it all down.
22/09/22·9m 57s

Why Putin is mobilizing 300,000 Russia reserve troops

Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization of Russian military forces. Reuters and the Wall Street Journal report. The DOJ charged dozens of people over a massive alleged fraud scheme involving pandemic food aid intended for needy children. CNN has the story.  Protests erupted in Iran after 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died while in the custody of the country’s “morality police,” according to the Washington Post. Hadi Ghaemi, executive director at the Center for Human Rights in Iran, explains what’s going on.  “Quiet quitting” is the hottest labor narrative right now. The Atlantic argues that the concept is nothing new.
21/09/22·10m 50s

As Hurricane Fiona intensifies, Puerto Ricans remember Maria

Hurricane Fiona today intensified into a Category 3 storm. The Miami Herald is tracking its impact. Off-duty police officers in St. Louis are moonlighting as private security for wealthy neighborhoods. ProPublica explains how the practice is creating two unequal levels of policing.  More children need glasses, and scientists aren’t sure why. The Atlantic breaks down the solutions scientists are pursuing to correct myopic vision. A judge vacated the murder conviction of Adnan Syed, whose case was popularized by the hit podcast ‘Serial.’ NBC has the story.
20/09/22·8m 53s

The extreme weather lashing Puerto Rico, Alaska, and Japan

Hurricane Fiona knocked out power in Puerto Rico over the weekend. The Miami Herald is following the story. The Atlantic explains what long COVID has taught us about brain fog. Californians were promised that legalized cannabis would cripple the illegal market and generate billions in taxed sales. The Los Angeles Times reports on how the reality is quite different.  Scientists pumped these tomatoes full of antioxidants, giving them a purple hue. Will consumers bite? Wired explores.
19/09/22·10m 34s

Hear from families caught up in immigration politics

Republican governors are still moving migrants to Democratic strongholds. NPR has the latest. School closures during the pandemic led to immeasurable learning loss. For In Conversation, an education reporter told us what needs to change. The Los Angeles Times spoke with the owners of Toyota Priuses about how the cars are being targeted for precious metals.  Scientists think Saturn’s famed rings may have formed from a lost moon. CNET has the story. 
16/09/22·8m 22s

Why Democrats are helping the far right win GOP primaries

Democrats are spending big to amplify far-right GOP candidates. The Washington Post looks at why. Mississippi Today reveals text messages that show how NFL legend Brett Favre was involved in the misappropriation of welfare funds. The Wall Street Journal reports that prosecutors in Baltimore have asked a judge to vacate Adnan Syed’s conviction for the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee. Syed is serving life in prison. The BBC why the billionaire founder of outdoor-clothing retailer Patagonia is giving the business to a charitable trust.
15/09/22·9m 9s

Rail workers are set to strike. How that could affect you.

CNBC breaks down how a possible rail strike could snarl American shipping — and how that would affect you. Politico reports on how Lindsey Graham’s new anti-abortion bill has many Republicans worried it could cost them critical votes in the midterm elections. There’s a drug-overdose crisis at Fort Bragg, home to some of America’s most elite troops. Rolling Stone investigates. Human skulls, mummified animals, and deadly spiders could all be under your house. The Los Angeles Times speaks to a home inspector who has seen some scary things.
14/09/22·9m 27s

Signs that the Trump investigations are intensifying

CNN reports that the Justice Department has subpoenaed dozens of people in Trump's orbit in recent days as part of the January 6 probe. And Politico has the story of how Trump and the DOJ seem close to a deal on a third-party review of papers taken in the search of his Florida home. Residents of Jackson, Mississippi, still can’t drink safely from the tap. Federal investigators are looking into the failures of its water system. NBC News has the story. The Oaklandside looks at Oakland’s plan to give land rights to part of a park to Indigenous people. America has a rabid-raccoon problem. The Atlantic explains how solving it involves dropping millions of oral vaccines from the air, in flavors the wild animals want to eat.
13/09/22·7m 26s

One journalist’s mission to document Russian war crimes

A veteran war correspondent is on a campaign to empower journalists to collect evidence of Russian atrocities in Ukraine in a way that could stand up in court. She wrote about it for Vanity Fair. America’s currency is strong right now, which is creating a lot of problems abroad. Marketplace explains. Scientists are developing genetically modified pigs that could one day be personalized as a particular human’s organ donor. The Wall Street Journal looks at the difficult ethical questions. Parents everywhere sing silly songs to their babies. The Atlantic looks at the benefits.
12/09/22·11m 28s

How Queen Elizabeth II changed the monarchy

Apple News editors have curated the best journalism looking at the life and impact of Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning British monarch. With less than two months to go until Election Day, Democrats seem to have some momentum. PBS NewsHour takes a look. The latest episode of In Conversation looks at how to do nothing. It’s part of a special series on rethinking our outlook on life, work, and relationships.
09/09/22·11m 56s

Understanding America’s big electricity problem

Bloomberg reports on Californians answering a call to conserve power and major problems with the U.S. energy grid. One of America’s few all-trimester abortion clinics is set to open in Maryland. NPR reports. The NFL season begins today. The Ringer is out with predictions. New York City schools won’t have snow days this year. Their school system says virtual learning is better than canceled classes. The New York Post has the story.
08/09/22·9m 48s

Uvalde families speak out on return to school

Students in Uvalde, Texas, returned to classrooms for the first time since a gunman killed 21 people at Robb Elementary in May. The San Antonio Express-News spoke with parents and kids about what it has been like. The pandemic made it harder to access professional therapists, so more people turned to social-media sources for help. The Washington Post investigates the potential benefits and risks. The WNBA’s Sue Bird is retiring a legend and future Hall of Famer. ESPN and Sports Illustrated look at her legacy. Artists are honoring the Uvalde victims by painting murals of them, with cooperation and inspiration from their families. NPR has the story.
07/09/22·8m 50s

The deadly consequences of extreme heat waves

A federal judge approved Trump’s request for a special master, securing the former president a legal victory in the DOJ’s investigation into his handling of sensitive government documents. USA Today has the latest details in a roundup of major news from the holiday weekend. Twenty million U.S. homes are behind on energy bills — and hotter summers mean losing power could prove fatal for some people. Bloomberg Businessweek has the story. Extreme heat is making work more dangerous. The Washington Post reports on how industries are fighting safeguards for workers.  Some cities are better than others at enduring extreme temperatures. CNN explains what they're doing different.
06/09/22·10m 32s

Biden targets Trump and GOP in midterms speech

In a prime-time address, Biden said Trump and his Republican allies are a threat to American democracy. The Wall Street Journal has key takeaways from the speech. The Washington Post explains how the red-hot labor market has been helping union organizers. The Department of Transportation has a new website to help flyers understand their rights when cancellations and delays happen. Travel + Leisure takes a look. Thousands of cinemas are offering $3 tickets Saturday. Business Insider reports on how it’s a bid to get more people back to seeing movies in theaters, which haven’t fully recovered from pandemic lockdowns.
02/09/22·8m 34s

What to know about Palin’s surprise loss in Alaska

Democrat Mary Peltola defeated Sarah Palin in a closely watched special congressional election in Alaska. NBC News reports. The Washington Post explains how Biden’s student-loan forgiveness program will work, and how borrowers feel about it. Men have fewer friends than ever, and it’s harming their health. Vox illustrates the consequences. One of Hollywood's most prolific directors doesn't actually exist. Vice explains.
01/09/22·7m 50s

Understanding the latest twist in the Trump papers probe

The Los Angeles Times reports on how the Justice Department says it has evidence of obstruction of its investigation into Trump’s handling of classified government documents. Water-treatment failures have residents of Jackson, Mississippi, unable to adequately wash, cook, and flush toilets. NBC News has the story. Mikhail Gorbachev is dead at 91. As the final leader of the Soviet Union, he presided over its collapse and the end of the Cold War. He also led the country’s response to the 1986 explosion at the nuclear plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine. NPR looks back at his life. Meanwhile, there are fears of another potential nuclear disaster in Ukraine, at a plant occupied by Russian troops. U.N. inspectors are trying to find out if the facility is safe. The Wall Street Journal has background. Ars Technica reports on new research that may make it possible to recycle wind-turbine blades into gummy bears and other products.
31/08/22·8m 12s

America’s Afghanistan withdrawal, one year later

Twelve months on from America’s withdrawal, who’s to blame for Afghanistan’s tragedy? Everyone, Vox argues. Historic monsoon rain is threatening to put one-third of Pakistan underwater. The Guardian is covering the devastating flooding. ABC News has details of how a federal program providing free COVID home test kits is on hold because of a lack of new congressional funding. And Politico reports on how the FDA is expected to authorize new booster shots from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech. New research into a jellyfish that can reverse its biological clock may lead to insights about human aging. The Wall Street Journal has more.
30/08/22·7m 23s

Why NASA is going back to the moon

NASA postponed the Artemis 1 moon launch because of an engine problem but is expected to try again, ABC News reports. Wired explains how it could eventually lead to another moonwalk and lay the groundwork for putting astronauts on Mars. Bloomberg Businessweek investigates how deadly bacteria spread in a Similac factory — and caused the U.S. baby-formula shortage. Vox explains how California’s gas-car ban could change how every American drives. The U.S. Open will now let players be coached from the stands. The Wall Street Journal has the story.
29/08/22·8m 24s

What parents need to know about school-lunch bills

An affidavit sheds new light on the FBI’s search of former president Trump’s Florida home. The Wall Street Journal reports. Students are heading back to school, but unlike the last two years, not every child is eligible for free meals. NPR reports on how the change is straining family budgets. As California experiences a severe drought, some of America’s biggest celebrities are flouting water-usage rules. The Los Angeles Times broke the story. The Wall Street Journal explains why private-equity firms are investing in car washes. This week’s In Conversation looks at wellness advice, and how to know what’s real and what’s junk science.
26/08/22·10m 30s

What new trigger laws mean for abortion access

Nearly all of the country’s trigger bans on abortion will be in effect by the end of this month. The Washington Post breaks down what reproductive access will look like.  The Uvalde school board fired the police chief criticized for the slow response to the deadly shooting at Robb Elementary School. The San Antonio Express-News reports. The Los Angeles Times explains how Vanessa Bryant won a massive legal victory in a case involving the sharing of graphic photos of the helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant and their daughter. Ahead of the midterms, states are paying special attention to election security. Bloomberg Businessweek looks at Ohio’s effort to recruit tech professionals to combat election hacking. It costs close to $300,000 to raise a child. The Wall Street Journal spoke with families about how they’re cutting back on costs. NPR has some practical financial tips on how to prepare for a baby. Until recently, it was widely believed that there is no sound in space. The Atlantic explores how a new discovery has changed that thinking.
25/08/22·9m 55s

Understanding Biden’s moves on student debt

CNN has key takeaways from election results in Florida, New York, and Oklahoma. Biden is expected today to announce details on forgiving student loans and extending a pandemic pause on repayments, Bloomberg reports. The Washington Post has exclusive reporting on intercepted communications that reveal how Russian spies failed to predict Ukraine’s strength and misled the Kremlin. As buy now, pay later services continue to grow in popularity, experts say shoppers should be informed of the risks before they use them. Vox has the story. Australia’s Channel 9 reports on a new study that reveals how wild bunnies took over the country.
24/08/22·9m 34s

Why GOP insiders see Ron DeSantis as presidential material

Florida governor Ron DeSantis is spending a lot of time campaigning for Republicans in battleground states far from home. NBC reports on how this could lay groundwork for him to run for president in 2024. A New Yorker profile of DeSantis asks whether he can replace Trump as the dominant force of the GOP. USA Today explains what’s known about the videotaped police beating of a man during an arrest in Arkansas. Following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, OB-GYNs are reporting a surge in people requesting tubal ligations. The Washington Post has the story. The Wall Street Journal looks into why Americans are losing interest in having work friends, and what that means for the workplace.
23/08/22·7m 6s

Liz Cheney says she’s going after election deniers

After losing her primary, Rep. Liz Cheney discusses her plans in a new interview with ABC News. New rules on ghost guns are set to take effect this week, which has led some sellers of parts to rush to get rid of inventory, according to the Trace. Sports Illustrated takes a look at the unusual sport of competitive lifesaving, in which swimmers race to rescue manikins. HBO broadcast the premiere of its ‘Game of Thrones’ prequel ‘House of the Dragon’ last night. Some viewers had issues with the network’s streaming service, Bloomberg reports. Recode has more on the show’s importance as the streaming industry reconsiders its business model.
22/08/22·6m 21s

School’s starting. But districts are short on teachers.

Tens of thousands of teaching positions are vacant, and schools are trying unusual things to address the shortage. The Wall Street Journal takes a look. A key witness testified in the latest trial against convicted sex-offender R. Kelly. BuzzFeed News has the story. A conversation with the journalist who broke the story of R. Kelly’s abuses. CNN reports on how the American West’s historic drought is threatening the Hoover Dam’s ability to generate power for the region. The latest In Conversation looks at how uneven the share of housework still is for men and for women, and how to get to a better place.
19/08/22·9m 30s

Polio is back in America. Here’s what to know.

NBC News reports on why there are new concerns about polio in America. West Texas is a very dangerous place to be pregnant. Bloomberg Businessweek explains how the area is an example of how rural communities in America have very limited medical resources for expecting parents. Ukraine has telegraphed a big counteroffensive against Russian forces for months. It may finally be happening. Politico has a reporter on the ground. American Airlines is buying 20 supersonic jets, which could potentially fly twice as fast as conventional passenger planes on some routes. But there are questions about whether this bet on the future of air travel will pay off. CNN has the story.
18/08/22·9m 31s

How Trump-backed election deniers could control future votes

A new Washington Post analysis finds that GOP candidates who support Trump’s lies about the 2020 vote are winning more than half of primaries. They could hold significant power over elections if they’re voted in. The WNBA playoffs are beginning without star player Brittney Griner. Bloomberg looks at recent developments in the battle to free her from Russian custody. The Wall Street Journal reports on an FDA move that aims to lower the cost of hearing aids by allowing some to be sold over the counter. Ants can be better than chemicals at fighting pests, a study found. The Guardian takes a look.
17/08/22·8m 36s

What to know about the Democrats’ sweeping climate bill

The Democrats’ climate bill favors green-energy incentives over taxes on fossil fuels. Inside Climate News explains why, while the Washington Post explores how the bill could push climate-change tech into the future. The Wall Street Journal reports on how gun politics seem to be changing in Uvalde, Texas, following the deadly mass shooting at Robb Elementary School. For months, the governors of Texas and Arizona have been sending buses full of migrants to Washington, D.C., and New York. USA Today has more. Vox explains why the very slow heartbeat of the largest animal to have ever lived has a story to tell.
16/08/22·10m 3s

New fallout over classified docs found in Trump’s home

Key House Democrats are asking for a security-damage assessment after the FBI found top-secret documents in its search of Trump’s Florida home. Axios has updates. Reuters reports that acclaimed author Salman Rushdie is off a ventilator and recovering with serious injuries after being stabbed onstage in western New York state. Bloomberg explains why the snowballing U.S. rental crisis is sparing nowhere and no one. A new Apple TV+ podcast tells the story of a hidden chest containing $1 million in gold and jewels, and the treasure hunter who gave everything to find it.
15/08/22·8m 39s

New details about the FBI’s raid of Trump’s Florida home

The FBI searched Trump’s home to look for nuclear documents and other items, sources tell the Washington Post. Politico has a guide to the former president’s increasing legal threats. Documents show a Trump-backed Michigan attorney-general candidate was involved in a voting-system breach, Reuters reports. A new strategy to try to extend the limited supply of monkeypox vaccines has some experts concerned, according to the Atlantic. A new In Conversation series looks at how to reimagine work, home, relationships, and more.
12/08/22·9m 20s

Why an abortion case worries digital-privacy advocates

NBC News reports on how a mother and daughter were criminally charged after Facebook was ordered to turn over their chats relating to plans for an abortion. The Washington Post has tips on protecting your digital privacy. Inflation may have eased overall. But your grocery bill will still be painful. CNBC explains. School COVID-vaccine mandates are largely not happening. Vox has the story. People are trying to fight droughts by making rain via a process called cloud seeding. A Vox video shows how it works.
11/08/22·9m 18s

“Something’s got to give”: Serena Williams on leaving tennis

Trump pleaded the Fifth in a deposition at the New York attorney general’s office, CNN reports. The Hill has key takeaways from the latest primaries. USA Today lays out what we know about the suspect under arrest following a string of killings of Muslim men in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Writing in Vogue, Serena Williams explains why she is leaving professional tennis. The Cut introduces us to women who are taking on difficult work in Amazon warehouses in order to fund IVF treatments. A new study suggests that spiders dream. National Geographic explains why that’s a bigger deal than you might think.
10/08/22·10m 25s

What to know about the FBI raid on Trump’s house

The FBI searched Donald Trump’s Florida home as part of an investigation into his handling of classified information, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Atlantic details the surprising origins and devastating impact of the Trump administration’s family-separation policy. A string of murders of Muslim men in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has the community on edge. CNN breaks down what we know so far. Inflation is making back-to-school shopping painful for many families. NPR spoke to parents for some perspective.
09/08/22·9m 36s

Why the new spending bill is such a big deal

Vox explains why the spending plan just passed by the Senate will be one of the biggest bills to fight climate change, ever. And Stat looks at how it will cut drug costs by finally allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices with pharma companies. Israel and the Gaza militant group Islamic Jihad called a truce after days of deadly fighting. The Wall Street Journal reports. She’s 91 — and has around $330,000 in student debt. The New Yorker goes inside the new reality of older Americans with crushing loans. A London museum will return dozens of pieces of looted Nigerian art. NPR has details.
08/08/22·9m 20s

The federal government is scrambling to contain monkeypox

The Wall Street Journal reports that a major climate and health-care spending bill looks to be moving forward after Democrats cut a deal on taxes with their moderate colleague Senator Kyrsten Sinema. The U.S. just declared monkeypox a public-health emergency. Stat has the details. NBC News recently spoke to longtime activists who say the American public-health system is repeating dangerous mistakes from the early days of the AIDS crisis. A Senate investigation of the U.S. transplant system uncovered dozens of deaths and many donated organs wasted. The Washington Post reports. Vox looks at how several new films focus on love, but in a fresher, broader, and more interesting way than old-school romantic comedies. A confectionery company is paying an impressive salary for someone to eat dozens of pieces of candy all day. Fortune has the story.
05/08/22·9m 53s

Why the U.S. right loves Hungary’s leader

Bloomberg reports on Trump's meeting with Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán, which took place just days after Orbán made remarks that have been likened to Nazi rhetoric. The New Yorker asks, does Hungary offer a glimpse of America’s authoritarian future? As Brittney Griner’s case gets global attention, the family of another American in Russian custody worries he’s being forgotten. His wife spoke to the Washington Post. A new analysis estimates that 4 million people in the U.S. are out of work because of long COVID. NPR explains the implications for the job market and labor policy. The Los Angeles Times breaks down the DOT’s proposed rule aimed at making it easier to get refunds and vouchers for canceled flights.
04/08/22·10m 11s

Why the Kansas abortion vote gives Democrats hope

Politico has the key takeaways from an important primary night. The Senate passed a bill to help veterans affected by toxic trash-burning pits, legislation that Jon Stewart fought for. CNN has the story. Energy companies are reporting record profits as Americans struggle with high gas prices. The Washington Post looks at the impact. Lots of Americans who can work remotely have moved to Mexico City. The Los Angeles Times reports on how some locals want them to pack up and go home. An Oakland library collects the scraps of paper left behind in borrowed books. The librarian behind the project told NPR it’s like “reading people's secret diaries.”
03/08/22·10m 3s

Behind the strike that killed Ayman al-Zawahiri

CNN has the story of how Biden and his team decided to kill Ayman al-Zawahiri, the world’s most wanted terrorist. Vox breaks down why Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan is so controversial. Kansas voters will decide Tuesday whether the state’s constitution should guarantee the right to an abortion. Politico reports. Earth is spinning faster, and recently marked its shortest day on record. The Guardian explains what’s going on.
02/08/22·8m 53s

How climate change is making severe weather deadlier

This has been a year of deadly, extreme weather — and much more is expected to come. Wired explains why. These people in Florida were registered to vote by a government official. ProPublica investigates why they are now being charged with voter fraud. The Guardian reports on Annemiek van Vleuten, winner of the first Tour de France Femmes. And CNN looks at how the new race could change women’s cycling. The New York Post looks into what ‘The Jetsons’ got right — and wrong — about the future.
01/08/22·8m 48s

Are we in a recession? Try asking a better question.

U.S. GDP declined again, but that might not mean we’re in a recession. Vox explains. NPR has information about what to watch out for with, and how to protect yourself from, monkeypox. The Discord chat app has faced moderation questions due to its use by mass-shooting suspects. NBC News reports. Stores are confronting a new inventory problem: an excess of items consumers went crazy for at the height of the pandemic, such as air fryers. NPR looks at what’s going on.
29/07/22·10m 2s

Congress tackles climate change and same-sex marriage

Politico explains how a surprise change in position by Joe Manchin set the stage for a Senate deal that could lead to a record climate spending package, and profiles a Democratic senator who is lobbying Republicans to help write marriage-equality protections into law. CNN reports that the Biden administration is offering to exchange a convicted Russian arms dealer as part of a deal to free Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan from Russian custody. The last abortion clinic in North Dakota has been preparing for the end. The New Yorker was there to tell the story. With Ken Jennings and Mayim Bialik now officially the new hosts of ‘Jeopardy,’ the Ringer’s Claire McNear looks at how change may be on the way for the show. On In Conversation a while back, we talked with her about it.
28/07/22·7m 47s

How the DOJ’s Jan. 6 probe may be getting closer to Trump

The Washington Post reports that the Justice Department is asking very specific questions about Trump’s actions around January 6 as part of its criminal probe into efforts to overturn the 2020 election. GDP is one of the most influential economic indicators. But there are things it doesn’t capture, and some economists are working to cover these blind spots, as NPR explains. ProPublica reports on how closing courtrooms during the pandemic may have been a big driver of a rise in violent crime in America. Curbed speaks to a marine-life expert who argues that growing shark activity is a sign that conservation efforts are working.
27/07/22·9m 35s

Making Alex Jones pay for his Sandy Hook lies

A jury will determine how much conspiracy theorist Alex Jones will pay to a Sandy Hook family for defamation. He has denied the school shooting, spreading lies and claims that it was a hoax. The Austin American-Statesman has the story. The James Webb Space Telescope is already making major discoveries. One is an exoplanet with clouds made of sand, as the Atlantic explains. The Guardian examines why the Dallas Cowboys are one of the most valuable sports franchises, even though they haven’t won a Super Bowl in decades. A bizarre bond battle involves Elvis Presley, Wall Street, and the pandemic. CNN reports on what’s going on.
26/07/22·11m 7s

Why critics say the U.S. isn’t ready for monkeypox

Monkeypox is now a declared global emergency, CBS News reports. There are concerns that America isn’t doing enough. In extreme heat, air conditioning is a public-health necessity — but it can also help make climate change worse. Vox looks at efforts to make AC more sustainable. Some Americans who can’t afford homes in the U.S. are buying in Europe — and loving it. Bloomberg talks to some of them. Retired sprinter Allyson Felix was eating hot wings when her phone rang. Team USA needed her to run one more race. ESPN has the story of what happened next.
25/07/22·8m 1s

What to know from the latest Jan. 6 hearing

CNN has takeaways from the latest January 6 hearing, which took place in prime time and focused on Trump’s action and inaction on the day of the Capitol attack. Good luck with checked luggage these days. The Wall Street Journal explains just how bad it is out there. And in his farewell, the Journal’s longtime travel columnist says air travel has mostly gotten worse over the last two decades. The Atlantic looks at how Netflix is acting more and more like an old-school Hollywood studio. American Songwriter reports on a new documentary in which Don McLean debunks common theories about the lyrics to “American Pie.”
22/07/22·11m 33s

Will a jury convict an accused school shooter’s parents?

New York Magazine looks at why a Michigan prosecutor is taking the extremely unusual move of charging the parents of an accused school shooter. The Washington Post reports that the January 6 committee’s last planned public hearing is expected to include outtakes from a Trump message recorded that day in which he seems hesitant to condemn the violence. The Post also looks at the primary challenge facing Liz Cheney, one of the former president’s most outspoken GOP critics. The New Yorker explores the pandemic is driving the a boom in sales of luxury boats to the ultra-rich. She just got accepted to medical school. She’s 13. Read her remarkable story in the Washington Post.
21/07/22·11m 6s

As the world burns, how climate-change talks fell apart

Negotiations over climate action are falling apart in Congress, but it seems unlikely Biden will declare a national climate emergency when he delivers a speech about the crisis today. The Washington Post reports. Politico reports how the Secret Service is coming under fire after it revealed it lost text messages sent around the days of the January 6 attack at the Capitol. During the war in Ukraine, there have been multiple reports of women and girls being raped by Russian soldiers. The New Yorker spoke with psychologists who say the victims are suffering unimaginable trauma.  The Wall Street Journal explains how the new BA.5 Omicron subvariant is forcing doctors and researchers to reevaluate how long immunity lasts after a COVID infection.
20/07/22·10m 28s

Steve Bannon is back in court. Here’s what to know.

NPR explains why former Trump adviser Steve Bannon is on trial. The Atlantic calls him an American Rasputin in a profile, and explains how he is still scheming and still a threat to democracy. A homeless mother’s experience demonstrates how difficult it is to raise a child without access to stable housing and adequate social services. The Los Angeles Times tells her story. The New Yorker explains why so many younger couples are now signing prenups, even if they don’t have much in the way of money or property. The Wall Street Journal reports on how new shoe technology seems to be helping elite runners put in faster times.
19/07/22·10m 6s

New insights in a report on the Uvalde school shooting

CNN has five key takeaways from the new report on the deadly school shooting in Uvalde. Texans worry that their power grid won’t be able to handle demand in extreme hot weather. The Texas Tribune looks at how some are cutting their own power use. Can Target gift cards help people stay off meth? The Los Angeles Times examines a program trying that. Why don’t woodpeckers get concussions? The Atlantic reports on a study that provides a surprising answer.
18/07/22·8m 42s

A Texas mother’s agonizing choice over abortion

Texas Monthly has the story of a mother who was forced to choose between an out-of-state abortion or letting her baby die an agonizing death. Starting Saturday, people who need mental-health counseling can dial 988 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. NPR reports on concerns about whether there will be enough staffers to meet the need. Many gas-station owners dislike high oil prices. The Wall Street Journal explains why. An art critic at the Washington Post breaks down how a newly discovered Van Gogh self-portrait may reveal fresh insights about the artist.
15/07/22·10m 10s

What parents can do if their kid is planning violence

Parents whose children talk about attacking schools often struggle with whether to contact police. The Wall Street Journal spoke to some who have done it. The eldest members of Generation Z are turning 25, meaning they’re old enough to run for Congress. NPR asked some who are candidates why they want to serve. Best-selling author Delia Owens is wanted for questioning in the murder investigation of a suspected poacher nearly three decades ago in Zambia. The Atlantic explains. The Verge looks into how the future of automobiles may be an expensive subscription nightmare, as carmakers try to get drivers to pay monthly fees for features.
14/07/22·10m 28s

New Uvalde-shooting footage reveals the slow police response

The Austin American-Statesman and KVUE obtained exclusive video from inside Uvalde’s Robb Elementary. It shows officers’ delayed response to the deadly mass shooting at the school. The Washington Post has key takeaways from the latest January 6 hearing, focused on the connection between the actions of the Capitol attackers and Trump’s words. Politico argues that the real winner of Biden’s meeting with Saudi Arabia’s controversial crown prince is Israel. NPR introduces us to Ada Limón, the new U.S. poet laureate.
13/07/22·10m 23s

“A new age for astronomy.” What the Webb telescope shows us.

We’re finally seeing just what NASA’s Webb telescope is capable of, and the imagery is stunning, providing the deepest view of the universe ever. National Geographic is on the story. A massive investigation led by the Guardian draws on leaked documents to shed light on how Uber skirted laws, exploited violence against its drivers, and aggressively lobbied governments to help it expand. Lawyers for Twitter said Elon Musk’s effort to pull out of his deal to buy the platform is “invalid and wrongful.” The Wall Street Journal explains how this could become one of the most unusual legal battles in corporate-takeover history. SB Nation reports on how a group of people in India is accused of faking an entire cricket league to con Russian gamblers out of their money.
12/07/22·9m 53s

How state constitutions could protect abortion rights

After the Supreme Court overturned Roe, the decision to guarantee or restrict access fell to states. BuzzFeed News reports on how abortion-rights advocates are digging through state constitutions in search of ways to block bans. This weekend, protesters in Sri Lanka overtook the home of the president and torched the prime minister’s private residence. Now both government officials say they’ll resign. The Wall Street Journal explains how the country’s economic crisis turned political, and why it’s a warning for other nations.  The Verge explains how the U.S. housing crisis has left many Afghan refugees and immigrants struggling to find permanent homes. NPR has the story of how a woman became an internet legend after sweeping nearly all the awards at a county fair.
11/07/22·10m 27s

Former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe assassinated

Former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe died after being shot during a speech. The BBC reports. Biden is expected to sign an executive order related to abortion access and privacy, but full federal protection of abortion rights would require bigger moves by Congress. The Wall Street Journal has more. LGBTQ clubs are havens for young students. The Washington Post looks at how they’re under pressure from politicians and activists who want to prevent them from meeting. Sunscreen is way better in Europe and Asia. The Atlantic explains why Americans are missing out. The Los Angeles Times details how Wimbledon players choose their tennis balls.
08/07/22·9m 33s

How the U.S. economy is super weird right now

The Wall Street Journal looks at how the U.S. economy is a bizarre mix of a hot job market and slowing economic growth. Experts are confused. The Guardian reports on how British prime minister Boris Johnson is stepping down after a series of scandals and political setbacks cost him the confidence of his party. Schools are using sophisticated digital surveillance to monitor students’ online activity as a way of preventing violence, but the impact is unclear. The Texas Tribune reports. National Geographic details the surprising ways in which animals are adapting to urban life, as humans expand into more and more natural spaces.
07/07/22·8m 39s

New revelations about the deadly July 4 shooting

The suspected gunman in the Highland Park July 4 attack is facing seven counts of first-degree murder. CBS News reports. Reuters explains how Russia’s latest victory in Ukraine came at a high cost, with tougher fighting ahead. Al Jazeera explores what it’s like living in Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine. CNBC looks at how a strong dollar is pushing down the value of the euro and other global currencies. Pickleball is not just a way to get some low-impact exercise. The sport is also a snakepit of business intrigue, as entrepreneurs fight to cash in on its growing popularity. Sports Illustrated has the story.
06/07/22·8m 51s

“Like a battle zone.” A deadly shooting at a July 4 parade.

Police arrested a man following a deadly shooting at a July 4 parade in an Illinois suburb north of Chicago. Here’s more from the Chicago Tribune. Time reports on how anti-abortion pregnancy centers are collecting data that could be used against women. A 10-year old abuse victim had to cross state lines for an abortion after the Supreme Court’s recent ruling blocked her from getting the procedure in her home state. The Indianapolis Star has the story. The Washington Post explains why an upcoming Supreme Court case has democracy advocates very worried. NPR breaks down why inflation has wiped out the dollar pizza slices but not other, similar offers.
05/07/22·8m 48s

What Biden and Democrats can do about abortion

Politico looks at what Democrats can — and might — do in Congress to fight the end of Roe. ESPN has answers to key questions about American basketball star Brittney Griner’s trial in Russia, while the Wall Street Journal has a preview of the unusual case. Twenty-five years since China took control of Hong Kong from Britain, the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg get perspectives on how life has changed in the territory from residents born around the time of the handover. The Washington Post explains why Fourth of July weekend travel may be crazy — and suggests what to do about it.
01/07/22·11m 15s

How John Roberts lost control of the Supreme Court

Politico looks into how Chief Justice John Roberts lost control of the Supreme Court. NPR reports that disease experts are worried about the spread of monkeypox in the U.S., in part because testing is lacking. In Stat, an STD expert looks at what America needs to do to better handle such outbreaks. An unserved warrant related to the 1955 lynching of Emmett Till is reopening the case. USA Today has the story. The Guardian explains how the climate crisis is causing shortages of hot peppers, coffee, wine, and other things we love to eat and drink.
30/06/22·9m 56s

Former aide testifies about Trump’s rage on Jan. 6

The Washington Post reports on new testimony from a former White House aide who said Trump sought to lead an armed mob to the Capitol on January 6. Fortune explains how a Supreme Court ruling could severely limit the power of the EPA and other federal agencies to tackle climate change. Vox has in-depth legal analysis. As Russia continues to attack Ukraine, NATO is moving to expand. The Wall Street Journal has details. Marketplace has the surprisingly long, tangled story behind country-of-origin labels.
29/06/22·10m 56s

What the Supreme Court may do next after overturning Roe

Politico looks at how Chief Justice John Roberts lost control of the Supreme Court. And SCOTUSblog has analysis of the court’s decision to overrule Roe v. Wade, and what to understand about the concurring and dissenting opinions. The Texas Tribune reports on dozens of migrants found dead in San Antonio in one of the deadliest human-smuggling incidents of its kind. In Scientific American, a researcher explains how parents’ traumatic experiences can affect their children’s genes. No matter what happens at Wimbledon this year, Sports Illustrated argues that Serena Williams’s legacy as someone who changed tennis forever is secure.
28/06/22·9m 56s

What’s next for patients as abortion clinics shut down

The Washington Post was inside an abortion clinic to report on the chaos and tears as it abruptly shut down after Roe was overruled. The New Yorker argues that the decision to remove the constitutional right to abortion doesn’t send America back to the time before Roe, but somewhere worse. ‘Project Unabom,’ a new podcast from Apple TV+, has fresh reporting on the story of Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber. The labor market remains hot. But some businesses are now rescinding job offers they made. The Wall Street Journal has the story.
27/06/22·11m 9s

Roe is overturned. Here's what that means for abortion.

The Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, upending half a century of American abortion law. The Wall Street Journal is on the story. Slate explains why it’s important to remember Shirley Wheeler, who was convicted of manslaughter for getting an abortion in the days before Roe. The Washington Post reports on the latest January 6 committee testimony, which focused on how Trump pressured the Justice Department to help his effort to overturn the 2020 election.
24/06/22·11m 42s

Latest from Afghanistan as the earthquake death toll rises

An update from NPR on Afghanistan’s deadliest earthquake in 20 years.  The Supreme Court hands down a major decision on gun rights.  The Washington Post reports how abortion providers are racing to train the next wave of specialists in the field in anticipation of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade. Title IX  was intended to level the playing field for men’s and women’s athletics. Fifty years on, USA Today looks at the huge disparities that still exist.
23/06/22·12m 8s

Inside Trump’s plan to overturn his loss using fake electors

The Washington Post reports on how the latest January 6 hearing revealed Trump’s involvement in a plan to use fake electors to undermine the 2020 presidential-election results, and also has background on the plot. Hundreds of people are dead following a powerful earthquake in Afghanistan. The Wall Street Journal has the story. Biden will ask Congress to suspend the federal gas tax for three months, USA Today reports. The Hill provides key takeaways from Tuesday’s races in Alabama, Georgia, and beyond. The Senate made its first move to advance a bipartisan gun-safety bill. Politico explains. A civil jury found Bill Cosby liable in a sexual-assault case. CNN has details. NBC News reports on concerns for the fate of several Americans who are in Russian hands. Vice lays out how extreme drought revealed the remains of an ancient lost city.
22/06/22·10m 36s

These little-known elections could determine abortion access

Politico explains how state supreme court races, typically obscure, are a critical election battleground in the fight for the future of abortion law in the U.S. The Texas Tribune’s detailed review of evidence from the Uvalde school shooting shows that law enforcement was well-equipped to take on the gunman, raising new questions about why officers waited so long to confront him. A wide range of companies say the shipping industry is charging excess fees that are driving up the cost of everything Americans buy. ProPublica investigates. A record-breaking 661-pound stingray is the largest freshwater fish ever discovered. National Geographic reports on how catching and releasing it may help save special underwater creatures everywhere.
21/06/22·8m 26s

New details about Trump’s plans to overthrow the election

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Department of Justice says the January 6 committee isn’t sharing key witness transcripts. Watergate happened 50 years ago. The Washington Post explains how its legacies are still with us, and Woodward and Bernstein look at parallels between Trump and Nixon. The Golden State Warriors beat the Boston Celtics to win the NBA title. ESPN has the story.
17/06/22·9m 38s

COVID vaccines for toddlers are close. Here’s what to know.

An FDA advisory panel is backing Pfizer and Moderna COVID shots for children as young as 6 months old. Stat has the story. The Wall Street Journal reports on how the UK is under fire for a policy to deport some asylum seekers all the way to Rwanda. Millions of Americans who never graduated college are still stuck with large student-debt bills. Teen Vogue explains. The murder trial is underway in the killing of rapper Nipsey Hussle. NPR previously stepped back to look at his legacy and service to his community.
16/06/22·9m 12s

Why 49 million people face famine now

A South Carolina congressman who voted for impeachment will fall to a Trump-backed challenger, while another incumbent who defied Trump will survive the primary, CNN projects. The Washington Post reports on how worsening climate disasters and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine are among the reasons 49 million people are facing famine. Florida recently passed some of the nation’s most restrictive abortion laws. It also has one of the highest rates of abortion nationally. Politico looks at the coming clash between politics and practice. Data shows that American adolescents aren’t getting enough sleep, in part because many schools start very early. California educators are making a big move to require later start times. The Atlantic has more. One of the world’s most unusual land disputes, between Canada and Denmark, has concluded peacefully. BBC News has the story of the end of the “Whisky Wars.”
15/06/22·8m 36s

How the experts got inflation wrong

As markets tumble, the Wall Street Journal looks at what the experts got wrong about inflation. The New Yorker on what to make of all the former Trump officials whose January 6 committee testimony says they tried to tell him the truth about the election he lost. The Washington Post takes a detailed look at the available evidence around the killing of Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. As travel bounces back, some resorts and hotels are catering to people looking to get away following pandemic divorces and breakups. The Wall Street Journal explains.
14/06/22·8m 21s

What’s in the Senate gun-safety plan, and what isn’t

The Wall Street Journal reports on how a bipartisan group of senators has reached a deal on a framework to make changes to gun laws. It falls short of what many shooting victims have been calling for. A new Washington Post poll shows how rising prices are causing Americans to make major changes to how they live. Bloomberg Businessweek has the story of an unusual new platform that lets investors make big wagers on almost anything. Paleontologists tell ABC News what the ‘Jurassic Park’ series gets right and wrong about dinosaurs.
13/06/22·8m 32s

The Jan. 6 hearing, in under 7 minutes

Politico looks at how the January 6 committee opened its first public hearing by laying out its case that Trump fueled that day’s violence at the Capitol, and the Wall Street Journal has key takeaways from the hearing. The chief of police for the Uvalde school district tells his side of the story to the Texas Tribune, in his first extended comments since the shooting at Robb Elementary School. CNN reports on another deadly shooting in America, this time at a plant in Maryland. The Grand Rapids police officer who killed Patrick Lyoya is facing second-degree murder charges. The Washington Post has the story.
10/06/22·8m 49s

Why many Republican voters are supporting Jan. 6 apologists

As televised hearings about the Capitol attack begin, Bloomberg examines primary results and polling data that show many politicians who embraced Trump’s election lies have public support. If Roe v. Wade is overturned, experts warn there could be major impact on access to IVF. Stat has the story. Saudi Arabian money is funding a controversial upstart golf tour, and despite the country’s poor human-rights record, some big-time golfers are taking the cash. Slate takes a look at what’s going on. ESPN reports on how the PGA Tour is suspending athletes who are taking part in the Saudi-backed event. These are the most overpaid CEOs in the Fortune 500.
09/06/22·9m 35s

What Uvalde and Buffalo families want Congress to do on guns

ABC News reports on congressional testimony from families affected by the Uvalde and Buffalo shootings, including a fourth grader who survived the attack in Texas. Vox explains why new weapons the U.S. is sending to Ukraine indicate that the conflict there is entering a more difficult phase. Wall Street Journal reporting reveals that hundreds of Russian soldiers have resisted orders to join the war in Ukraine. Thousands of British workers are taking part in the world’s largest trial of a four-day workweek. BBC News takes a closer look. USA Today reports on how figure skating’s governing body is raising the minimum age for the 2026 Olympics to 17, following the doping controversy centered on 15-year-old Kamila Valieva.
08/06/22·9m 59s

Proud Boys leader faces serious new Jan. 6 charges

Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio faces serious new charges connected to the January 6 insurrection. NBC News has the story. The Los Angeles Times reports on how several of California’s primary races have national implications, highlighting a very different storyline than in other states. Doorbell cameras are becoming more ubiquitous, raising tough questions about the privacy rights of the people they record. Wired breaks the issue down. The Wall Street Journal goes inside the small but growing movement of sports fans who fill stands to root for the referees.
07/06/22·8m 33s

The Uvalde police chief who’s gone into hiding

Nearly two weeks after the school shooting in Uvalde, many unanswered questions remain over the police response. The Texas Tribune describes Pete Arredondo, chief of the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Police Department, as a man in hiding.  Students lost the equivalent of months of in-person instruction during the pandemic. In the Atlantic, a group of education experts propose a controversial plan to address the loss by extending the school year.  After a weekend of celebrations for the Queen’s Jubilee, the national mood has turned in the U.K., after Conservative lawmakers triggered a no-confidence vote that could oust Prime Minister Boris Johnson. NBC News has the latest. After nearly three months, a lost Iditarod dog has been found — 150 miles from where he went missing. He is now back with his owner. The Daily Mail has the story.
06/06/22·9m 28s

Why it’s so hard to change gun laws

President Biden demanded Congress take action to prevent the next mass shooting. NPR breaks down the hurdles to legislative change.  Sanctions on Russia for the war in Ukraine have exacerbated supply-chain woes and pushed the price of commodities up. Bloomberg News explains how Russia still benefits from the shortages.  A New Yorker reporter tried to understand the rise in child suicides.  Harini Logan won the Scripps National Spelling Bee after the competition went to a spell-off. USA Today describes the dramatic finish.
03/06/22·12m 0s

What happens to school buildings after mass shootings?

Residents in Uvalde, Texas, are questioning whether to demolish and rebuild Robb Elementary after 21 people were killed there in a mass shooting. NPR looks at what other communities have done after these tragedies.   Sheryl Sandberg is leaving Facebook. The Wall Street Journal explains why that matters.    To understand how dire the formula shortage is, the Dallas Morning News followed a new mother in Texas as she spent hours tracking down formula for her baby.   Tonight, the Celtics will face the Warriors in the NBA Finals. The Ringer tells you what you need to know ahead of Game 1. 
02/06/22·10m 42s

Why arming teachers may not prevent school shootings

Vox looks at research finding that there’s very little evidence that giving teachers guns makes schools safer from mass shootings. HuffPost argues that the courtroom dispute between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard is more than just a social-media circus. Gangsters in Haiti are kidnapping physicians, causing hospitals to close. The Miami Herald reports. The Washington Post reports on the fascinating new discoveries archaeologists found in Egypt, dating back 2,500 years.
01/06/22·9m 10s

How a shooting long before Columbine changed the gun debate

As Uvalde families mourn, the Texas Tribune looks back at another mass shooting in the state that affects the gun-policy debate in America to this day. What a Wall Street Journal tax columnist learned about the IRS after having to wait more than five hours in line for assistance. American taxpayers have to spend a surprising amount of time navigating government bureaucracy to access the benefits they’re entitled to. The Atlantic examines of “the Time Tax.” Grist reports on new research showing climate change is seriously messing with our sleep. Tom Cruise runs a lot in his movies. ESPN asked elite athletes to critique his form.
31/05/22·9m 16s

What’s next for grieving families after the Texas shooting

Parkland and Newtown families reflect on how to support the parents who lost children in the Texas elementary-school shooting. The Washington Post spoke to them. USA Today reports on how the Texas and Buffalo shootings are overshadowing the confirmation process of Biden's ATF nominee. The New Yorker examines the digital spaces where the gunman in the Buffalo shooting developed his plans and built an audience. A conversation with a Vox journalist who survived a school shooting more than two decades ago, who spoke with others who lived through the first wave of this kind of gun violence. Apple News highlights some of the best journalism focusing on the week’s tragic events.
26/05/22·12m 51s

Here’s what has changed about gun policy in America

At least 19 students and 2 adults were killed in a shooting at a Texas elementary school. The San Antonio Express-News reports. Two years after George Floyd’s murder, the Washington Post reports on how the White House is issuing an executive order on policing and how Biden’s rhetoric around overhauling law enforcement has changed.
25/05/22·11m 6s

Why Georgia’s primary matters nationally

Georgia’s primary races have national implications. Trump is seeing mixed results in efforts to influence state politics. Vox looks at why Governor Brian Kemp, an enemy of Trump’s, looks set for a strong win. A Supreme Court ruling on Mississippi’s restrictive abortion law may pave the way for restrictions on abortion in other states. ProPublica reveals how the state does the least for new parents in need. No, video games don’t rot brains. Research shows that, in moderation, there are actually cognitive benefits. The Wall Street Journal breaks down recent data. AOL Instant Messenger launched 25 years ago this month. Smithsonian Magazine explains how the old-school messaging technology is a lot more influential than you might think.
24/05/22·9m 43s

Understanding Biden’s surprising China-Taiwan comments

Biden said America would be willing to use force to defend Taiwan against a possible Chinese attack, an answer that surprised observers from Washington to Beijing. Reuters reports. The Houston Chronicle has details of an extensive new report revealing Southern Baptist leaders routinely silenced sexual-abuse survivors and missed opportunities to make reforms. NBC News reports on the Russian soldier sentenced to life in prison in Ukraine’s first war crimes trial. NPR takes us inside the dramatic courtroom moment when a Ukrainian widow confronted the man who shot her elderly husband. Sports Illustrated profiles Rafael Nadal, who at 36 is aiming for another Grand Slam title, fighting injuries, age, and younger opponents.
23/05/22·7m 28s

A landmark study on abortion contains surprises

Oklahoma lawmakers have passed a bill that would be the strictest anti-abortion law in the nation. The Wall Street Journal has details. And NPR looks at a landmark study tracking the lasting effect of having an abortion, or being denied one. Politico explains Biden’s five big challenges on his first trip to Asia as president. The Washington Post introduces us to parents who refuse to give their kids smartphones. Popular Science looks at the facts behind common misconceptions about metals in the kitchen.
20/05/22·10m 22s

Here’s what people get wrong about baby formula

Reuters reports on Biden’s decision to invoke the the Defense Production Act to combat the baby-formula shortage. There are a lot of misconceptions about breastfeeding and formula feeding, so Vox supplies some facts. A USA Today investigation reveals major failures in the adoption system in America. Hear more on USA Today’s 5 Things podcast. NPR explains why monkeypox is in the news — and why you’re highly unlikely to catch it. The PGA Championship begins today without defending champion Phil Mickelson. ESPN tells the story of how things fell apart for the golf legend in just one year.
19/05/22·9m 38s

Good luck finding a theme in these primary results

Tuesday’s primary results paint a mixed picture of the electorate, the parties, and Trump's influence. Vox explains. Following the killing of Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, CBS News looks at the major questions remaining about her death. A friend and fellow reporter writes a remembrance of her for CNN. Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell tells the Wall Street Journal that inflation must be brought down — and that the bank has the resolve to do it. But Bloomberg’s visit to the Texas town with the highest inflation in the country reveals the limits of the Fed’s ability to help. A collegiate summer-league baseball team is reinventing the game and drawing huge crowds. The Los Angeles Times has the story.
18/05/22·10m 11s

Remembering the lives lost in the Buffalo mass shooting

The Washington Post tells the stories of the people who were killed in the Buffalo grocery-store shooting. Russia’s war is doing damage to Ukraine’s air and water that will have generational impact. Rolling Stone explains. Sports Illustrated reports on the NBA’s crackdown on player profanity. Congress is holding its first public hearing on UFOs in more than 50 years. The Wall Street Journal has a preview. And Esquire looks at the connection with that guy from Blink-182.
17/05/22·10m 12s

The racist conspiracy theory behind the Buffalo shooting

On Saturday, a gunman opened fire at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York — killing 10 people. Investigators believe the alleged gunman was motivated by a racist conspiracy known as “replacement theory.” The Washington Post reports on how this idea has moved from the fringes of the internet to mainstream media and politics.   A Time reporter traveled to the North and South poles to see the impact of climate change there for for herself.   Music-concert tickets have recently become way more expensive. Vice explains why.   Ukraine won the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest. NPR spoke with the frontman of Kalush Orchestra, the band behind the winning entry, who said it’s a huge responsibility to represent the country at a global competition.
16/05/22·10m 33s

What to know about the cryptocurrency meltdown

TerraUSD, a stablecoin that is supposed to be pegged to the US dollar, crashed this week. CNBC explains what that shows about the vulnerabilities of cryptocurrencies. And CNN says the panic over digital assets has gotten Washington’s attention. We spoke to Tina Brown about her new book’s inside look at the British royal family. Read the Vanity Fair excerpt. True-crime stories are everywhere these days. How does it feel for people to see their tragic family histories turned into entertainment? BuzzFeed News looked into this. Wired reports on how researchers have grown plants in dirt from the moon for the first time.
13/05/22·9m 39s

People who’ve never had COVID may hold the key to beating it

Scientists are studying people who have not yet caught the coronavirus for clues to how to better tackle it in future. The Washington Post investigates. One of Putin’s big issues with the West has been the expansion of NATO. Now his invasion of Ukraine has Finland ready to join the alliance, after decades of staying out. The Wall Street Journal explains. Creating the best NFL schedule involves thousands of computers. The Los Angeles Times got an exclusive look into the process. CNN tells the story of how a calm air-traffic controller helped a passenger with no flying experience safely land a plane at a Florida airport after the pilot became incapacitated.
12/05/22·8m 32s

Meet the woman behind the anti-abortion movement

Marjorie Dannenfelser has worked with a single-minded focus for decades to end abortion. On the cusp of her greatest triumph, New York Magazine has an in-depth look at her plans for the future.   As the CDC says a gun-violence surge in 2020 pushed the homicide rate to its highest in 25 years, NPR’s Fresh Air speaks with one journalist who’s focusing on what can be done to prevent mass shootings. The U.S. is experiencing a baby-formula shortage. The Wall Street Journal explains what that means for parents. The Ringer reports on an unexpected struggle faced by ‘Jeopardy’ super champions: finding new fun facts to share, day after day.
11/05/22·10m 41s

How the GOP stopped supporting rape exceptions for abortion

The Atlantic reports on the GOP’s surprising turn against allowing abortion for rape victims. An Andy Warhol artwork just sold for a record-breaking $195 million. Bloomberg has the story. Microplastics are in our bodies. But it’s not clear exactly how much they’re harming us. National Geographic looks at the science. Read some of the outstanding journalism that’s just been honored with Pulitzer Prizes, on Apple News.
10/05/22·8m 48s

Why Putin is throwing a parade while attacking Ukraine

As Russia seeks a propaganda victory with a huge military parade in Red Square, there is new concern about how Moscow views the U.S.’s evolving approach to the war in Ukraine. The New Yorker reports. Five members of Congress spoke to Elle about their personal abortion experiences. A Bloomberg Businessweek reporter embedded with a wedding planner for the ultrawealthy to find out what goes into planning a multimillion-dollar wedding. A $34.99 Goodwill purchase turned out to be a lost treasure from around the first century. The San Antonio Express-News has the story.
09/05/22·11m 32s

What to know as abortion battles move to states

Slate’s veteran Supreme Court watcher explains what comes next after a leaked draft indicated that justices are ready to overturn Roe v. Wade. A Time correspondent spent two weeks inside Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s secure compound. He witnessed a side of the Ukrainian president that the world rarely sees. As a new WNBA season begins, Sports Illustrated looks at how Russia has pushed the league to a crossroads. A physicist was fired by his daughter from brushing her tangled hair. So he used science to find the most pain-free way to do it. The Wall Street Journal has the story.
06/05/22·10m 1s

How the Supreme Court abortion news is upending elections

The Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade. The Wall Street Journal explains how that’s scrambling election plans for Republicans and Democrats. A photography project shows the reality of treatment inside abortion clinics — and it’s very different than what politicians and protesters portray. BuzzFeed News has the story. Rape has reportedly become a weapon of war in Ukraine. NPR reports on how victims may struggle to get justice. Recode looks into how America is trying to fix its microchip shortage. Following a ProPublica investigation, the maker of TurboTax will pay millions of dollars to people who were tricked into paying for it despite being eligible for a free version.
05/05/22·10m 38s

What abortion was like before Roe — and what it could become

With the Supreme Court poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, a woman who had an illegal abortion before the ruling tells her story to Vice and considers what the future might look like. Bloomberg reports on J.D. Vance’s Trump-backed win in Ohio’s GOP Senate primary. CNBC has tips for how to prepare for the Federal Reserve’s expected interest-rate raise today. San Francisco has spent millions to shelter homeless people in hotels. An extensive investigation by the San Francisco Chronicle reveals disastrous results. And now officials want millions in new funding following the revelations. What happened to Starbucks? Fast Company looks at how a coffee chain with a progressive reputation became a union battleground.
04/05/22·9m 19s

Inside the leaked SCOTUS abortion opinion

Our conversation with Politico senior legal-affairs reporter Josh Gerstein, who broke the story of a leaked draft opinion that shows the Supreme Court has voted to overturn Roe v. Wade.
03/05/22·10m 58s

Why Russia’s words about the war worry the U.S.

The Wall Street Journal reports on how Russia is recasting the fight in Ukraine as a broader conflict with the West. Bloomberg has the story of how Delta is breaking with competitors in its move to pay flight attendants during boarding. It comes as labor activists are trying to organize the airline’s flight attendants. Time has that angle. LAist explains how Los Angeles is going to construct the world’s largest wildlife crossing. And Curbed shows how this project may be very good for a very hot mountain lion. A toxic green pigment was used in some 19th-century book covers. National Geographic looks into the quest to hunt down the poisonous volumes.
02/05/22·11m 11s

Trump supporters accused of breaking into voting systems

An investigation from Reuters uncovers several attempts to breach voting systems by Republican officials or activists since the 2020 election. A contractor has pleaded guilty to fraud after being awarded $34.5 million in government money to provide N95 masks and producing none. ProPublica has the story. When a security researcher realized he had been targeted by North Korea, he decided to take down its internet. Wired spoke with him. These mechanics can turn your vintage gas guzzler into an EV. But, they tell the Los Angeles Times, there’s a long waiting list.
29/04/22·12m 17s

Three signs Russia’s war is getting bigger

Bloomberg reports on how the EU is trying to hold firm as Russia uses its energy supply to exert pressure. The New Yorker looks at a controversial plan to make Michigan the next space state that could include rockets over Lake Superior. The Washington Post visits the upstate New York town that claims to be the birthplace of basketball, despite historians recognizing another location. A 60-year-old love song written by a young sailor is a social-media sensation. People explains why.
28/04/22·10m 37s

Why Biden may be ready to cancel your student debt

The Washington Post reports on how Biden is signaling a new openness to canceling student loans. American Trevor Reed has been released from Russia in a prisoner swap. CNN has coverage. Families of crime victims are turning to TikTok and other social platforms to find justice. The Cut has the story. Leaders of countries with questionable human-rights practices often use sports to distract from problematic behavior. Sports Illustrated takes a look at the history of this pervasive practice, known as sportswashing. A group of MIT scientists went deep on the splitting of Oreos, in search of the perfect split of creme between wafers. Vice has their findings.
27/04/22·9m 41s

What to know about those Trump inner-circle texts

CNN obtained thousands of messages to and from Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows between Election Day 2020 and Biden’s inauguration. Here’s what they reveal about the communications of Trump’s inner circle in the weeks before and after January 6. Will the former president ever tweet again? CNBC looks at the selloff of stock tied to Trump’s social-media venture following news of Elon Musk’s deal to buy Twitter, which implies that some investors seem to think he will. And the Washington Post reports that even some of Trump’s own advisers don’t think he’ll be able to stay away. The Texas Tribune explains why a court halted the execution of Melissa Lucio. Earlier, the Marshall Project covered her story, including questions about her guilt. The Wall Street Journal shows how more women are breaking through to establish careers as professional baseball coaches.
26/04/22·9m 39s

Why the SCOTUS school-prayer case is a big deal

A high school coach who lost his job after praying on the field has taken his case to the Supreme Court. He spoke recently with ABC News. Texas Monthly profiles Greg Abbott. The two-term governor has influence far beyond his state — and may be the future of the GOP. Some people in Congress say the expanded child tax credit isn’t needed because of existing welfare aid for families. But an extensive ProPublica investigation into that aid reveals repeated failures. GQ profiles Nicolas Cage, calling him a great actor — and one of our most inscrutable, eccentric, and misunderstood stars.
25/04/22·9m 31s

The story of an environmental crisis the world fixed

On Earth Day, Vox has the story of a massive environmental crisis that the world actually solved. CNBC reports that a bill passed by Florida Republicans to dissolve Disney’s special district could leave local taxpayers with more than $1 billion in debt. The Atlantic goes inside the covert network of abortion-rights activists preparing for the end of Roe v. Wade. The summer of “revenge travel” is coming. The Washington Post warns that it will be expensive.
22/04/22·9m 3s

What to know about Putin’s “Satan” missile test

Putin just tested an intercontinental ballistic missile NATO has dubbed “Satan 2” — but that’s not the scariest move he’s making around nuclear arms. The Washington Post explains. The Post also looks into how the West is sending heavier weaponry to Ukrainian forces, and what that tells us about where the conflict is going. The Wall Street Journal reports on how homeowner associations are making controversial rule changes in order to stop investors from buying houses to turn into rentals. The people who care for our pets are having trouble taking care of themselves. NPR looks at the pandemic-driven mental-health crisis facing veterinarians. The Atlantic talks to a Stanford researcher who says he’s figured out why some bands are one-hit wonders and others have long careers.
21/04/22·8m 22s

Why Putin wants control of Ukraine’s Donbas region

BBC News explains why Russia is attempting to capture Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region. The Wall Street Journal takes us inside one of Shanghai’s mass quarantine centers, where there are no showers and lights are on 24/7. Reuters details how the city’s strict coronavirus policy is pitting neighbor against neighbor. It took Vice less than 24 hours to order an endangered tiger on Facebook. The Los Angeles Times introduces us to the guys who claim they created the term “420” half a century ago as code for smoking marijuana together. And they have proof.
20/04/22·8m 0s

What to know about changes to mask rules on planes

Many people are confused by the latest news about masking on planes and transit. USA Today breaks down what’s changed and what health officials recommend. Before Jerry Sandusky, Penn State football had another serial sexual predator. ESPN has the untold story of his crimes and the fight to bring him to justice. Politico visits Alaska to cover Sarah Palin’s congressional run and finds many people who express mixed feelings about her return to state politics. Kamala Harris is a Wordle fan. The Ringer asked her about how she plays.
19/04/22·8m 48s

Why you may be paying a higher tax rate than the wealthiest Americans

A Russian Orthodox bishop is justifying Russia’s invasion of Ukraine with religious dogma. The Washington Post reports that this religious figure is creating a rift in the global Orthodox Church.   An investigation by ProPublica looks into the tax filings of the top 400 earners in the U.S. — and lays out how the ultrawealthy are able to pay a much lower tax rate than most other Americans.    NPR explains why the families of gig workers who are killed on the job aren’t guaranteed survivor’s benefits.    The New Yorker profiles a professional baby namer who, for a few thousand dollars, will create a bespoke list of options for parents looking for creative and original names for their child.
18/04/22·9m 32s

Preview: She thought she knew her family — until she took a DNA test

When Amber van Moessner was growing up, she never questioned whether the man who raised her was her biological father. But when she was in her late 20s, she took a 23andMe genetic test and discovered that she was conceived via a sperm donor. Van Moessner’s story kicks off the podcast series BioHacked: Family Secrets, hosted by T.J. Raphael. Shumita Basu interviews Raphael and van Moessner about the donor-conception industry. This is a preview of that conversation. Listen to the full episode on Apple News In Conversation.
16/04/22·1m 43s

What’s Elon Musk’s endgame with Twitter?

Elon Musk has launched a hostile-takeover bid for Twitter. The Verge explores how Musk might change the app.   COVID is now the third leading cause of death in the United States. The Atlantic spoke to people who have lost loved ones to the virus and experienced intense isolation and a lack of societal support.    Today Major League Baseball commemorates the 75th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s first game. A former Los Angeles Times sportswriter arguesthat the annual celebration glosses over the fact that the bigotry that existed before Robinson joined the league was largely allowed to persist.   It’s been 50 years since giant pandas were introduced to the National Zoo. The Washington Post looks at the role their presence has played in diplomacy and conservation efforts.
15/04/22·11m 28s

Why it’ll be hard to prosecute Putin for war crimes

Holding Putin accountable for alleged war crimes may be difficult because of how the International Criminal Court works. Vox explains. The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows has been removed from North Carolina voter rolls while under investigation for potential election fraud. It follows a New Yorker story looking into questions around the address he registered at in 2020. The new Apple TV+ podcast ‘Run, Bambi, Run’ examines the murder trial and prison escape of Laurie Bembenek. Weddings that were postponed during the pandemic are crowding the calendar this year. The Washington Post looks at how the industry is struggling to keep up.
14/04/22·8m 54s

A survivor’s story from the Brooklyn subway attack

Police have named suspect in the shooting attack on the subway in Brooklyn. CNN has the story. Biden has a new plan to keep gasoline prices under control. Critics say it could damage the environment and some cars. Bloomberg explains. Many colleges waived standardized-testing requirements during the pandemic. NBC News checks in and finds that some universities say their classes have become more diverse, and that they're planning to make the change permanent. Inflation is sky-high. So how is AriZona iced tea still 99 cents? The Los Angeles Times has the answer.
13/04/22·8m 9s

What to know about the man leading Russia’s military

The Washington Post explains what the appointment of a new top commander says about Russia’s potential war plans in Ukraine. NBC News reports on his controversial battlefield reputation. Many polling officials are considering leaving their roles after a difficult couple of years. At an election workers conference in Georgia, NPR finds a new crop of public servants who are stepping in to fill the void. Companies in a booming Indiana county are facing problems finding workers. Bloomberg Businessweek visits to understand where jobs in America are at right now. The Washington Post tells the surprising story of Bruce Willis’s on-set double.
12/04/22·9m 8s

In Texas, a controversial murder charge over abortion

The Texas Tribune reports on what happened to the woman who was recently jailed and charged with murder over a self-induced abortion. America has a shortage of doctors. Vox looks into what’s holding so many medical-school graduates back from becoming physicians. Major political developments have been taking place in two countries that have major implications for the U.S. CNN reports on the first round of the French presidential election, while the BBC covers the unrest in Pakistan. It’s not just you. Many of us are more forgetful right now. The Wall Street Journal spoke with memory experts for recommendations on improving recall.
11/04/22·7m 6s

The trailblazer who paved the way for Ketanji Brown Jackson

The Wall Street Journal looks at Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s historic confirmation to the Supreme Court and some of the key cases she’ll hear in her first term. A half-century ago, pioneering civil-rights attorney Constance Baker Motley could have been the first African American justice on the highest court. Politico examines her career. Bloomberg explores how rising food and fuel prices are destabilizing governments worldwide. The Atlantic reports on how America seems to be heading into another coronavirus wave with little political will to adequately measure or respond to it. Major 401(k) changes are coming. CNN explains what to know.
08/04/22·8m 8s

How Ukrainian kids stay in school during the war

NPR reports on how millions of Ukrainian children are staying in school even as conflict rages. The return of Tiger Woods raises the stakes for the Masters. The Wall Street Journal sets the stage. Apple News has a complete guide to Major League Baseball’s Opening Day. A Rolling Stone reporter gets a look inside the lavish, top-secret world of super-private concerts, where rock stars earn millions playing for a few wealthy people at a time. The Washington Post profiles a carpet cleaner with a secret: He speaks dozens of languages.
07/04/22·10m 24s

A heroic Ukrainian mayor, executed and buried in a forest

The execution of a Ukrainian mayor is getting attention as the actions of Russian troops come under global scrutiny. The Wall Street Journal tells her story. An NPR investigation found that a federal program to help low-income people with student loans failed them in many ways. American nurses are speaking out against the conviction of RaDonda Vaught, who faces eight years in prison after a fatal medication mistake. Kaiser Health News reports. The CBS station in Minneapolis was just looking for some old footage. It found an interview with Prince at age 11.
06/04/22·9m 10s

How the U.S. is treating Ukrainian refugees differently

The Washington Post reports on the Ukrainian refugees trying to get into the U.S. by crossing its border with Mexico. The Cut speaks to an immigration advocate who says Ukrainians and Russians are receiving very different treatment than people from Latin American, Caribbean, and African countries. Bloomberg Businessweek has the story of how Trump’s favorite postmaster managed to hang on to his job when Biden took over. But now he has to save the Postal Service. National Geographic has the key takeaways from a new U.N. climate report. Researchers have finally decoded a full human genome. NBC News explains what the breakthrough could mean for science.
05/04/22·10m 13s

How new reports of Russian atrocities are changing the war

New evidence of war crimes is reportedly emerging as Russians retreat from areas around Kyiv. The Wall Street Journal has an on-the-ground dispatch. The City has the inside story of how NYC workers pulled off an unexpected labor victory over Amazon. Vox explains the role that local jails play in America’s mass incarceration. Afghan girls fear they won’t be able to continue their education after the Taliban backtracked on a promise to reopen schools for them beyond sixth grade. Time reports on the impact on families, while the Washington Post looks at how the situation is presenting international donors with a tough dilemma. Aggressive behavior is way up during the pandemic. Experts on psychology, crime, and sociology speak to the Atlantic about what’s going on.
04/04/22·9m 40s

Preview: Theranos’s Elizabeth Holmes was found guilty. Now her COO is on trial.

When it came to light that the blood-testing technology behind the biotech startup Theranos didn’t work, the enigmatic founder, Elizabeth Holmes, became the subject of intense scrutiny. While Holmes has been in the spotlight, there’s another person at the center of this story: Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani. Balwani and Holmes dated in secret for more than a decade, and he eventually became COO of Theranos. Balwani’s trial is now underway. Apple News In Conversation’s Shumita Basu spoke with Rebecca Jarvis, host of ABC Audio’s podcast on Theranos, The Dropout, about what to expect in this latest court case. This is a preview of that conversation. Listen to the full episode on Apple News In Conversation.
02/04/22·2m 37s

Taking new aim at Russia’s economy

Politico reports on new U.S. sanctions against Russian tech companies, and examines how the ruble’s recent rebound has some analysts wondering whether existing sanctions are tough enough. American workers are testing positive for drug use at the highest rate in decades. The Wall Street Journal explains why. What’s the point of all these new shows about scammers? A Vox critic has thoughts. Yahoo Sports shows how a men’s Final Four matchup Saturday is blowing up wedding plans.
01/04/22·8m 42s

What’s next for the SCOTUS conflict-of-interest controversy

Politico poses six questions about Justice Clarence Thomas, Ginni Thomas, and Supreme Court conflict of interest, and also looks at what Democrats might do next. Some politicians want to enact gas-tax holidays to make gas cheaper for drivers. The Wall Street Journal looks at how the debate cuts across the usual political divides. And Vice talks to an economist who says such moves have a mixed record when it comes to actually saving people money. Many Black neighborhoods have been left out of the current real-estate boom. The Washington Post reports on how the appraisal process may be part of the reason why. Astronomers have found the most distant star ever seen. National Geographic explains why it might hold the key to understanding the origin of the universe.
31/03/22·10m 9s

What you're getting wrong about the Great Resignation

The Atlantic argues that the so-called Great Resignation is more of a Great Job Switcheroo. Ukraine is offering to become a neutral country. Vox explores what that might look like. Children who fled Afghanistan without their families are now in federal custody, many in facilities that have struggled to meet their needs. ProPublica investigates. Politico looks at how the rise of NFTs is creating tax complications.
30/03/22·9m 38s

America’s long history of parents versus teachers

Culture wars over what’s taught in schools are nothing new. The New Yorker looks at how parents and teachers clashed in the 1920s. An anti-lynching bill is being signed into law after more than a century of failed attempts. The Washington Post has the story of how it finally got to the president’s desk. The war in Ukraine has seen a rise in hobbyist intelligence analysts who develop and share potential insights on social media. The Washington Post examines how their work can have both positive and negative impacts. The Wall Street Journal reports on how gyms say they’re seeing growing demand for classes and facilities that emphasize relaxation and recovery over sweat and struggle.
29/03/22·10m 8s

What’s different about Biden’s plan to tax billionaires

Biden is proposing a new minimum tax on America’s wealthiest families. The Washington Post has details of the plan. The sitcom that propelled comedian Volodymyr Zelenskyy to the Ukrainian presidency is now streaming again in the U.S. A critic writes in NBC News on the surreal experience of watching it while the war in Ukraine rages. Criminals are using cheap hardware sold online to convert guns into fully automatic weapons. Law enforcement is worried. The Trace investigates. The Oscars ceremony included a dramatic onstage slap, big wins for “CODA,” and many firsts. Apple News has the night’s best stories.
28/03/22·8m 6s

Preview: What happened when a man made a chatbot of his dead fiancée

Joshua Barbeau lost his fiancée, Jessica, nearly a decade ago. For Joshua, getting over her death felt impossible. He was still grieving when he came across a website that allowed him to feel like he was communicating with Jessica again — by creating a customized, A.I.-powered chatbot. San Francisco Chronicle journalist Jason Fagone spoke with Shumita Basu about how the Jessica bot helped Joshua process his grief. This is a preview of that conversation. Listen to the full episode on Apple News In Conversation.
26/03/22·2m 21s

They escaped other wars. They know what Ukrainians face.

Advocates want Biden to go further than his plan to allow 100,000 Ukrainian refugees into the U.S., Politico reports. NPR speaks to people who escaped other conflicts. The Washington Post uncovers text messages showing Ginni Thomas urged the White House to pursue unrelenting efforts to overturn the 2020 election. The New Yorker asks whether Thomas, wife of Justice Clarence Thomas, is a threat to the Supreme Court. Nearly half of the nominees for acting Oscars this year played real people. Vox looks at why this has been a proven path to winning. The Ringer explores whether the return of unvaccinated Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving to his home court could change the balance of power in the NBA.
25/03/22·11m 8s

Biden’s trip isn’t the only major war news today

CNN lays out five key questions for Biden's diplomatic trip to Europe, as the war in Ukraine rages. Brittney Griner met with U.S. officials for first time since her detainment in Russia began. ESPN has details. Moscow’s stock market partially reopened after a monthlong shutdown. CNBC has coverage of its early trading, including some wild swings. Vox explains what we learned from Judge Jackson’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing. The Washington Post details how retired Americans on fixed incomes are having trouble paying basic bills as inflation cuts into household budgets. New findings show that climate change is making pollen season longer and more intense, as explained in Fast Company. The Manhattan prosecutor who resigned over a stalled Trump probe says the ex-president committed felonies. The Washington Post has the story. Time remembers Madeleine Albright, a trailblazing secretary of state.
24/03/22·8m 9s

Food prices skyrocket because of Russia’s attack

The Wall Street Journal explains why Russia’s attack on Ukraine is causing the cost of food in many countries to skyrocket. Ketanji Brown Jackson’s experience as a Supreme Court clerk two decades ago suggests that much of the current court will be familiar to her, a longtime SCOTUS-watcher writes in the Atlantic. He was the last Afghan finance minister before the Taliban took over. Now he’s an Uber driver in America. The Washington Post tells his story. This is the first March Madness where college athletes can strike licensing deals. Some are scoring six-figure hauls, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.
23/03/22·10m 30s

Why thousands of Russians are fleeing their country

The Wall Street Journal breaks down the ongoing Senate confirmation hearings for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first Black woman nominee to the Supreme Court.   Bloomberg Businessweek reports that Russians are fleeing their country, leaving behind homes, savings, and cars because they say the Russia they once knew is becoming unrecognizable. Masha Gessen also writes about this exodus for the New Yorker.   Billions of dollars have been invested in developing COVID vaccines and doing other COVID research — and the funding will pay scientific and medical dividends for decades. Kaiser Health News explains.   The Washington Post has the latest updates on the conflict in Ukraine.   A rescue team is searching the area where a Boeing jetliner crashed in southern China yesterday. Reuters has the story.   Dangerous storms are forecast for parts of the U.S. over the next few days. Multiple tornadoes have already touched down in Texas and Oklahoma, where USA Today is reporting that tens of thousands of people were without power this morning. 
22/03/22·12m 8s

A Russian oligarch on what we get wrong about Putin

Can sanctioning Russian oligarchs influence Putin’s actions in Ukraine? Bloomberg Businessweek asks an oligarch, in an exclusive interview. As Afghanistan’s humanitarian crisis deepens, its young people are stepping up. National Geographic tells their stories. Russia’s war on Ukraine has dramatically increased the price of nickel. The Atlantic looks at how some Americans are now hoarding coins. NPR lays out what to expect in the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson. Tales from March Madness: ESPN has the story of number 15 seed Saint Peter’s, which pulled off another upset in the men’s tournament. And USA Today covers Lauren Jensen, who carried Creighton to its first Sweet 16 by beating her old team.
21/03/22·8m 55s

Preview: In Conversation with Jon Stewart. Plus, a bonus episode.

Every weekend on Apple News Today, we’ve been bringing you interviews with some of the best journalists and experts. But now we’re changing things up a bit — and don’t worry, it’s good news. Apple News In Conversation is becoming its own podcast. Our latest episode is with Jon Stewart, and on it we talk about his new show on Apple TV+, ‘The Problem With Jon Stewart.’ This is a preview of that conversation.   Plus: If you want to hear more from Jon Stewart, we’re also bringing you a bonus episode from his podcast. The episode is called “Jon Talks Climate: It Gets Heated.”
19/03/22·1h 7m

China can influence Russia. Will it?

China can influence Russia, but no one should get their hopes up about Beijing being able to stop the war in Ukraine, Time argues. Recent bomb threats against historically Black colleges and universities are only the latest in a long, violent American history of attempts to keep Black people out of classrooms. The Atlantic lays out why, while ABC News examines what the White House and Congress are doing to address the threats. People have very little legal protection against weight-based discrimination in the workplace. Bloomberg Businessweek looks at moves to change that. Sleep experts tell the Washington Post that a Senate bill to make daylight saving time permanent gets it wrong. They want standard time all year. A Vox graphic shows what it would be like if American stopped changing its clocks. And Road & Track looks into how lack of sleep can lead to dangerous driving.
18/03/22·13m 20s

How Ukrainians are working to save art from Russian attacks

The Washington Post highlights the museums, libraries, and galleries in Ukraine that are rushing to protect the country’s history, culture, and artifacts from Russian attacks. Vox has key details from a data analysis of Texas primary voting, which shows the impact of restrictive new ID requirements. The state of Tennessee is taking over the finances of a small town, claiming a history of mismanagement. Local leaders say race is a factor. The Tennessee Lookout has the story. CNBC explains what the Fed’s rate hike means for your personal finances.
17/03/22·9m 35s

Zelenskyy’s emotional address to Congress for more help

Ukraine’s president pleaded for more U.S. help in a virtual address to Congress. ABC News covered his speech. Journalist Jason Rezaian was held hostage in Iran. He writes in the Washington Post about why he’s so concerned for the WNBA star Brittney Griner, who was arrested in Russia. One year after the murders targeting spas in Georgia, Asian American women say they feel increasingly unsafe. CNN looks at efforts to tackle the problem. CNN reports on rising COVID infection and hospitalization numbers in Europe that hint at a new danger the U.S. may face soon. NPR looks at White House concerns around running out of money to cover COVID tests and vaccines. The U.S. tried making daylight saving time permanent in the 1970s. Washingtonian looks at how much people hated it.
16/03/22·10m 49s

Mariupol is under siege. Civilians are paying the price.

The Washington Post explains how the Ukraine capital’s outgunned defenders have kept Russian forces at bay. And it has a story about a woman who’s trying to get back into the besieged city of Mariupol to help her trapped family. The Hill explains why many states are flush with tax revenue, two years after the onset of the pandemic. Marine plastic pollution is a big problem — and, Vox argues, some efforts to deal with it may actually be doing more harm than good. The NCAA is making new moves to address inequities between the women’s and men’s basketball tournaments. A USA Today columnist says it’s a start — but that much more needs to be done.
15/03/22·9m 1s

What it’s like to survive a Russian missile attack

Foreign fighters including Americans were at a military training facility in Ukraine when it was hit by a Russian missile strike. They tell BuzzFeed News what it was like — and provide exclusive video. The Wall Street Journal introduces us to more of the foreigners signing up to join Ukraine’s fight against Russia. They left one war and wound up in another. Yemenis, Afghans, and Syrians flee Ukraine. The Washington Post has their story. Heard about the truck-driver shortage during the pandemic? Time explains why the problem is not what you think — and why the rush to train new drivers could have terrible consequences. Tom Brady says he’s reversing his retirement decision and returning to the NFL for a 23rd season. ESPN has details, while USA Today lays out how the Super Bowl champ’s surprise move made a half-million-dollar sports collectible practically worthless.
14/03/22·8m 45s

In Conversation: Uncovering slave-ship wrecks, a diver puts lost souls to rest

During the trans-Atlantic slave trade, an estimated 12.5 million people who were enslaved traveled from Africa to the Americas, on 36,000 voyages. Roughly a thousand of these vessels sank, but only a few have ever been found. National Geographic explorer and diver Tara Roberts spoke with “Apple News Today” host Duarte Geraldino about her experience identifying and documenting the remains of slave-ship wrecks — and how she’s hoping to honor the lives of these people who have been all but forgotten by history.
12/03/22·18m 8s

War puts a spotlight on Ukrainian surrogates

Attacks on Ukrainian civilians are highlighting the country’s position as a major destination for couples seeking surrogate mothers. The Atlantic has the story. Communities have spent billions of dollars settling police-misconduct claims over the past decade. A Washington Post data analysis finds that thousands of officers who were repeatedly accused of wrongdoing were linked with multiple payouts. Time details how Hong Kong became China's biggest COVID-19 problem. It’s time to change the clocks again. The Washington Post dispels five myths about daylight saving time. ESPN breaks down everything you need to know about the labor deal that’s ending Major League Baseball’s lockout.
11/03/22·10m 7s

Why Russian moms call Ukraine to see if their sons are alive

A hotline helps Russians find out if family members in the military have been killed in Ukraine. It’s run by the Ukrainian government. CNN has the story. Bloomberg Businessweek explains why the next big legal fights over abortion access may center on mifepristone, a pill that can end pregnancies. The Wall Street Journal looks at what’s inside Biden’s new executive order on cryptocurrency and why it moved markets. If you’ve rented a car from Hertz, there could be a warrant out for your arrest. USA Today has stories of people whose lives were disrupted when they were accused of stealing rental cars that they say they returned.
10/03/22·9m 14s

A Ukrainian doctor on how it feels to treat Russian soldiers

BuzzFeed News has the story of a Ukrainian doctor whose professional ethics mean he must treat Russian soldiers who invaded his country. NPR reports on how Russia is arresting anti-war protesters by the thousands. The first January 6 defendant to go to trial has been found guilty on all counts. BuzzFeed News explains how the verdict could influence the next moves for hundreds of other people charged in the attack. The Biden administration is banning Russian energy imports. CNN looks at the key details of the move, and analyzes how shutting off Russian oil has the U.S. rethinking its relationships with other resource-rich countries, including those America has sought to isolate or avoid.
09/03/22·8m 9s

How Russia’s war destroyed decades of economic progress

The Kremlin spent decades improving its business ties to the West. The Washington Post shows how the invasion of Ukraine destroyed that progress in days. War videos from Ukraine, including very graphic ones, are overwhelming Americans’ social-media feeds in a way that few foreign stories do. The New Yorker examines the impact. The Hill reports on Biden’s planned visit to Texas to focus on “burn pits,” military-waste-disposal fires blamed by many veterans for devastating health problems. CBS News looks at how he addressed this issue in his State of the Union speech. The Athletic explains why it’s a big deal that the NFL slapped a strict suspension on a player who placed bets on games. And USA Today looks at pro football’s long, complicated relationship with betting. On International Women’s Day, Apple News has special collection of stories recognizing trailblazers and game changers, the extraordinary women reshaping the world.
08/03/22·10m 16s

“Morgues are full.” Ukraine’s struggle to bury the dead.

As the death toll rises in Ukraine, family members are struggling to bury their loved ones amid relentless shelling and danger. The Washington Post has the story. Gas prices are getting higher as Western countries consider banning Russian oil imports. The Wall Street Journal has details on a rare U.S. meeting with Venezuelan officials about possibly lifting oil sanctions on their country. Reuters reports on U.S. diplomats who are working to secure release of a basketball player detained by Russia.
07/03/22·7m 11s

How real is the threat of nuclear war?

NATO member states have been clear they will not directly intervene in the Russian invasion of Ukraine. But many Ukrainians are calling on the West to do more. Apple News Today host Duarte Geraldino talks with Ukrainian activist Daria Kaleniuk, who is urging NATO allies to declare a no-fly zone over Ukraine. In response, cohost Shumita Basu speaks with Vox senior correspondent Zack Beauchamp, who says any type of military intervention by the West would be catastrophic and could trigger a nuclear attack from Russia.
05/03/22·25m 37s

Why implementing a no-fly zone over Ukraine could be catastrophic

A Vox reporter lays out the risks of setting up a no-fly zone over Ukraine, and warns that doing so would be tantamount to going to war with Russia.  The New Yorker looks at Russia’s attempts to ban its remaining independent media outlets over their coverage of the war in Ukraine. And Reuters reports on why the EU banned two state-controlled Russian media outlets from broadcasting within its borders.  The Courier-Journal explains why the world will be watching Oksana Masters as the Paralympics get underway. She is the most decorated athlete on the U.S. roster — and was born in Ukraine.
04/03/22·8m 59s

A Ukrainian activist begs the West to do more

NPR looks at what Russia’s role in the Syrian civil war tells us about its strategy of targeting civilians during conflict.  The U.S. and its allies may have slapped economy-cratering sanctions on Russia, but some Ukrainian activists say it’s not enough. The Washington Post explains the kind of backup Ukraine is calling for.  Over the past week, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has become a household name across the world. The Wall Street Journal shares what you need to know about the man standing up to Putin.
03/03/22·10m 5s

Biden’s message to Putin: You won’t win

The Washington Post recaps Biden’s first State of the Union address. And Vox analyses what the war in Ukraine tells us about the limits of U.S. power abroad.
02/03/22·10m 21s

“This is terror”: Zelenskyy accuses Russia of war crimes

The L.A. Times has the latest updates from Ukraine, including the bombardment of Kharkiv, its second-largest city.    The Ukrainian government is recruiting volunteers to join an “I.T. army” to carry out cyberattacks on Russian sites. Wired has the story.    The State of the Union address typically highlights domestic achievements. The Washington Post explains why this year’s is likely to be different.   Bloomberg News talks with Jack Sweeney, a 19-year-old famous for creating a Twitter account that tracks Elon Musk’s private jet. Now he’s doing the same for the planes of Russian oligarchs.
01/03/22·9m 57s

How Ukrainian civilians are defending their country

Ukrainian civilians, many with no military training, are taking up arms to defend their country. The Washington Post explains how President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s willingness to defy Vladimir Putin and document it on social media has turned him into a national hero.  The Guardian and the Wall Street Journal report that newly announced sanctions on Russian financial institutions are poised to interrupt the country’s economy and undercut its ability to do business globally. Hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing Ukraine. Business Insider and The Globe and Mail look at how the warm welcome Ukrainians are receiving from neighboring countries compares to the treatment of migrants and refugees from the Middle East and Africa.
28/02/22·10m 26s

David Remnick on Putin’s endgame

This week, Russia launched an unprovoked attack on Ukraine — beginning what could be the largest war in Europe in decades. Apple News Today host Shumita Basu spoke with New Yorker editor David Remnick, a longtime expert on Russia, about how we got here and what this war means for the U.S. and the rest of the world.
26/02/22·22m 50s

Why China’s angle on Russia’s war matters

The Wall Street Journal reports on how attacks on Ukraine’s capital by Russian forces have intensified. World leaders are condemning Vladimir Putin’s actions. The New Yorker looks at why his attack on Ukraine may qualify him a as war criminal under the Geneva Conventions. Bloomberg looks at how China is being very quiet about what it thinks of Russia’s invasion. The Atlantic argues that the war in Europe may make it more likely that China will try to seize control of Taiwan by force.
25/02/22·9m 51s

Inside Putin’s attack on Ukraine

Russian forces invaded Ukraine by land, air, and sea. Reuters and BuzzFeed News report on the biggest assault by one state against another in Europe since World War II. Two Manhattan prosecutors resigned from an investigation into Donald Trump. The Wall Street Journal explains how this raises questions about the future of the years-long probe. Texas’s child-welfare agency says it will investigate instances of transgender youth receiving gender-affirming health care as possible child abuse. The Houston Chronicle has the story.
24/02/22·8m 47s

A war in Ukraine could push food prices up even more

CNBC explains how an invasion of Ukraine might disrupt supply chains and drive up your grocery bill. States are placing new restrictions on what schools can teach about race and gender issues. The Washington Post speaks with teachers who have begun censoring themselves as a result. Romance scams reached an all-time high last year. In Cosmopolitan, a woman tells the story of how she saved her grandmother from one. There’s one factor that makes you more likely to fall for a scam, no matter your age, income, or education level. AARP tells us what it is. A 16-year-old just made history by beating the world’s top chess player. CNN has the story.
23/02/22·8m 12s

What Putin really wants is bigger than Ukraine

Players from the women's national soccer team have settled their equal-pay lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation for $24 million. ESPN has the story. As Russian military forces threaten Ukraine, the Wall Street Journal explains how Putin’s larger goal is unraveling the post–Cold War agreements that humiliated his country. NBC News reports on how new voting rules in Texas are confusing some people, raising fears that many mail voters won’t have their ballots counted. Bloomberg Businessweek looks at how investors are seeing potential profits in helping low-income people sue companies accused of environmental damage. The Washington Post highlights the magic of today’s date, 2-22-22, and some of the ways people are marking it.
22/02/22·9m 26s

Biden’s open to meeting Putin. Here are the risks.

CNN analyzes why a potential meeting with Putin presents huge risks for Biden. Autocrats, not terrorists, are increasingly holding Americans captive abroad. The New Yorker reports on this trend. NPR has the story of a 16-year-old who wanted to get vaccinated against COVID — and had to hide it from his parents. The data shows Americans going out more and more — but not yet to offices. The Wall Street Journal breaks down why most people who have the choice are still working from home.
21/02/22·8m 55s

In Conversation: Did a Texas man confess to a murder he didn’t commit?

When 52-year-old Larry Driskill was questioned by Texas Ranger James Holland in 2015, he thought he was helping police solve a cold case. But within 24 hours, Driskill confessed to a murder he says he didn’t commit. He’s now in prison. Maurice Chammah spent a year looking into this case and others like it for the Marshall Project. He spoke to Apple News Today host Duarte Geraldino about the techniques used by law enforcement that can result in false confessions.
19/02/22·23m 21s

Why the West fears a Russian “false flag” plot

The Wall Street Journal reports on rising tension amid new accusations over Russian troop movements and possible ceasefire violations inside Ukraine. USA Today explains what a false flag operation is and why the West says Russia may launch one. A Texas jury found a former Los Angeles Angels employee guilty of supplying the drugs that led to the death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs. The L.A. Times has been following the case. The Texas Tribune looks into Corbevax, the low-cost, patent-free vaccine that could be key to protecting more people in the developing world from COVID. Middle schoolers launched a tiny vessel from New Hampshire in 2020. They thought it was lost. It was found in Norway 462 days later. CNN has the story.
18/02/22·7m 53s

Athletes complain of double standard in Valieva doping case

U.S. sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson has accused sports authorities of a double standard in how she and Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva were treated after positive drug tests. The IOC denies the claim, the Guardian reports. Deadspin argues that the handling of Valieva’s situation is setting a dangerous precedent. Texans are racing to get early appointments for abortions to get ahead of the six-week deadline set by the state’s restrictive law. The Washington Post looks at how clinics were unprepared for the influx. The suspension of avocado imports from Mexico highlights how the country’s cartels are violently targeting its farmers. Prices in the U.S. are expected to jump. Eater has the story. Lots of people can’t stand cold weather — including, as Sports Illustrated discovers, many Winter Olympians.
17/02/22·9m 45s

This legal argument could be the key to future gun lawsuits

Families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims won a rare settlement with a gun company. The Trace explains how the victory could be a template for suing gunmakers. The Guardian reports on Prince Andrew's settlement with Virginia Giuffre in the sexual-assault case she brought against him. The case highlighted his connection to sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and convicted sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell. George P. Bush was once seen as a potential president, like his uncle and grandfather. Now he’s facing an uphill race in Texas. Texas Monthly explains how Donald Trump may get the last laugh. NBC News has details of a breakthrough transplant that put one patient’s HIV into remission, and how it may be able to cure other people in the future.
16/02/22·7m 46s

Accountants drop Trump, call financial statements unreliable

Russia’s military says it’s pulling some troops back from near the Ukrainian border. NBC News explains why it’s not immediately clear if the move will de-escalate tensions. The Trump Organization’s longtime accounting firm says nearly 10 years of the company’s financial statements are unreliable. CNN covers the latest big development in the fraud probes of the business. Home births became more popular during the pandemic. Time explores the reasons why. Vox looks at a pilot program that’s trying something unusual to keep people from going back to prison: giving them money with no strings attached. A Harvard Business School class aims to teach managers to be happy. The Wall Street Journal describes how it’s proven especially popular during the pandemic.
15/02/22·8m 35s

Ukraine says the clock is ticking for diplomacy with Russia

CNN reports that the possibility of a diplomatic solution to escalating tensions between Russia and the West are slipping away. Over the weekend, foreign embassies withdrew staff from Ukraine, airlines suspended flights, and the U.S. urged its citizens to leave the country.    Thousands of Black employees at Tesla are suing the company over racism and harassment claims. The Los Angeles Times has the story.    Cosmopolitan explains what you need to know about trials that are underway for a new form of male birth control.    Romance is usually on display during the ice-dancing competition at the Olympics. The Wall Street Journal asks whether that’s something athletes should really be comfortable with.
14/02/22·10m 9s

In Conversation: Are we in the golden age of 'Jeopardy'?

When host Alex Trebek died in 2020, Jeopardy’s future was unclear. Could the game show continue to be successful without him? So far, the answer is yes. Claire McNear, a reporter at The Ringer and the author of Answers in the Form of Questions: A Definitive History and Insider’s Guide to Jeopardy!, spoke with Apple News Today host Shumita Basu about all things Jeopardy — from superfan online message boards to game strategy to Trebek’s legacy. 
12/02/22·20m 11s

Tensions rise as Canadian truckers block crossings into U.S.

Tensions are rising along the U.S.–Canada border, where protests against pandemic restrictions have now blocked a third crossing. CNN spoke with some of the demonstrators.    The Washington Post explains how the move by a number of Democrat-led states to lift mask mandates reflects a changing political landscape.   The International Testing Agency has confirmed that Russian figure-skater Kamila Valieva tested positive for a banned substance weeks before she competed in the Winter Games. An expedited hearing will determine whether she can continue to take part. Business Insider has the story.    Super Bowl LVI will mark the first time that more than 100 million Americans can legally bet on the game. Bloomberg Businessweek looks at a new era of sports betting. 
11/02/22·11m 15s

Why Ahmaud Arbery’s killers are back on trial

Anonymous sources at the National Archives and Records Administration tell the Washington Post that the agency is asking the DOJ to investigate Trump’s handling of White House records.   Jury selection is underway in the hate-crimes trial of Ahmaud Arbery’s murderers. As Vox explains, the government will need to prove that Arbery’s death was motivated by racial animus.    Sixteen young people in Montana are taking the state to court over climate change. They allege that its energy policies are infringing on their right to a clean and healthy environment. NBC News has the story.   At the Winter Games, NBC Sports reports that Chloe Kim and Nathan Chen won gold medals for Team USA. And ESPN has the latest on reporting that a Russian figure skater tested positive for a banned drug.
10/02/22·9m 3s

What to know about the DOJ’s massive bitcoin seizure

Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell criticized the Republican National Committee for censuring lawmakers participating in the January 6 investigation. USA Today reports on a growing divide in the GOP.     The Justice Department seized more than $3.6 billion in bitcoin last week that had been stolen by hackers — its biggest financial seizure ever. The Wall Street Journal looks at the couple who were arrested for attempting to launder the cryptocurrency haul.   Convoy protests in Ottawa are putting the city at the center of the far-right movement against vaccine mandates. As the demonstrations stretch into their second week, Politico explores how they’re disrupting trade along the U.S–Canada border.    Charles Dickens was a great writer, but one with terrible penmanship. The Guardian highlights the Dickens Code, a contest that asks people around the world to help decipher the Victorian-era author’s handwriting.
09/02/22·10m 10s

Go-bags and bunkers: Ukrainians brace for potential invasion

As tensions in Eastern Europe intensify, the Washington Post looks at how Ukrainians are preparing for a potential Russian invasion.   Winter Olympians who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 say they’re being subjected to substandard living conditions. USA Today has the story.   Americans have lost billions of dollars to fraudulent calls. One journalist writes for Wired about what happened when her mom fell victim to a phone scam.   Nominations for the Razzie Awards are out. The L.A. Times reports that, this year, the tongue-in-cheek answer to the Oscars made a whole category just for Bruce Willis films.
08/02/22·10m 58s

Why rents are likely to keep rising this year

Households across the U.S. are struggling to deal with climbing rental prices. The Washington Post reports that the rise is likely to continue this year.   Hospitals are filling staffing shortages by hiring nurses from overseas. But Bloomberg Businessweek spoke with foreign nurses who say they feel trapped in their contracts and taking legal action.   Traffic fines can have a devastating impact on the lives of poorer Americans. The Atlantic explores an argument for scaling them according to income.   Ice-skating fans are hoping to see a move at the Olympics that symbolizes how far athleticism in ice skating has come: the quadruple axel. No skater has yet landed one in competition. The Wall Street Journal explains why the jump is nearly impossible to land.
07/02/22·9m 35s

In Conversation: They survived school shootings. How are they 20 years later?

In 1998, a student opened fire at a middle-school dance, killing one teacher and wounding another teacher and two students. Journalist Marin Cogan was a sixth grader at the time, and she recalls the shock and horror she and her classmates felt. Back then, school shootings were far more rare; kids and educators didn’t have the language or the tools to talk about — much less process — their trauma. For Vox, Cogan recently connected with survivors of other school shootings that took place in the 1990s. She spoke with Apple News Today host Shumita Basu about coming of age in a world wholly unprepared to deal with the aftermath of mass school shootings.
05/02/22·19m 11s

States crack down on shoddy COVID-testing practices

Investigators are going after a COVID-testing company accused of “invalid, false and delayed” results. USA Today has the story. As a brutal winter storm slices through the U.S. and boosts demand for energy, CNBC talks to Texas bitcoin miners who are powering down to help the electricity grid. Time finds that a program that was supposed to speed up the resettlement process for Afghans fleeing to the U.S. has left thousands marooned in the system. The Ringer ranks Winter Olympic events by how terrifying they are.
04/02/22·8m 54s

Yes, teachers are quitting. Here’s where they’re going.

The Pentagon says U.S. special forces carried out a counterterrorism mission in Syria. The Washington Post reports on what’s known so far. You’ve probably heard that teachers are leaving schools. The Wall Street Journal looks at where they’re going. U.S. states and cities are backing an unusual lawsuit by Mexico against American gun manufacturers. The Trace explains. Health care in rural America had been deteriorating for years, as hospitals lost money and faced closure. Then the pandemic made everything worse. Bloomberg Businessweek has the story. Before athletes can compete in the Winter Olympics, they face a mundane challenge: getting skis, bobsleds, and other bulky winter gear on an airplane. The Los Angeles Times asks them how they do it.
03/02/22·8m 18s

A Black coach accuses NFL of racism in explosive lawsuit

A Black former NFL coach is suing the league and several teams, alleging racism in hiring. ESPN examines the lawsuit. As Black History Month begins, many books that examine racism are disappearing from school library shelves. NBC News looks at the growing trend of parents fighting to ban books. The Washington Post speaks to billionaire Leon Cooperman about the moral calculations of the extremely wealthy. You probably know rodents don’t make good weather forecasters, but it’s fun to read FiveThirtyEight’s running of the Groundhog Day numbers anyway.
02/02/22·8m 59s

Families face tough choices as extra child tax credit ends

The end of the enhanced child tax credit is forcing parents to make difficult choices. CNN tells some of their stories, while NPR crunches the numbers on the measure’s impact. Death doulas provide comfort in people’s final days. Time looks at how demand for the service grew during the pandemic. Chinese American freestyle-skiing Olympian Eileen Gu must walk a political tightrope, competing for China without making comments that anger the government and her corporate sponsors. Bloomberg Businessweek reports on the tough challenge she faces, all at the age of 18. The New York Times is buying Wordle. The Wall Street Journal reports on the deal, how the simple word game is sparking complicated debates about strategy, and how it’s inspiring some players to get their fix by digging out old childhood games.
01/02/22·8m 41s

Keeping score in the congressional-redistricting fight

FiveThirtyEight explains what you need to know about redistricting ahead of the midterm elections. Two of the men convicted of murdering Black Georgia jogger Ahmaud Arbery have reached plea agreements on federal hate-crime charges, CNN reports. An attorney for his mother says the family will oppose the deal. Americans aren’t just quitting jobs in record numbers. A Recode report pulls data showing they’re also starting their own businesses at the highest rate in years. Axolotls are quirky amphibian pets with special abilities that could lead to breakthroughs in human health. They’re also extremely rare in the wild. Vox has the story. The teams, the players, the ads, the halftime show. Apple News’s special Super Bowl collection has stories for football fans and everyone else.
31/01/22·10m 13s

In Conversation: David Wallace-Wells makes the case for climate reparations

Developing countries are bearing the brunt of the worst effects of our changing climate, despite contributing the least to carbon emissions. New York magazine’s David Wallace-Wells makes the case that wealthy nations should front the cost of cleaning up the environment — and that we should think of this as a form of climate reparations. Wallace-Wells spoke with Apple News Today host Shumita Basu about this idea.
29/01/22·22m 16s

How Russia’s military moves could raise your energy bill

It’s five years since then-president Donald Trump issued a ban on travel from several Muslim-majority countries. A HuffPost investigation finds lives forever changed in America and around the world. USA Today examines how a decision by Putin to invade Ukraine could affect American fuel and energy prices. The Washington Post explores how Europe’s reliance on Russian energy raises the question of whether the Kremlin might try to use its resources as a weapon against the West. When an iceberg bigger than Delaware broke off the Antarctic Peninsula in 2017 and drifted toward Argentina, melting as it went, the environmental consequences were devastating. USA Today explains why. A new generation of circus performers is using TikTok to redefine their field and reach new audiences. Input has the story.
28/01/22·10m 28s

How Biden’s Supreme Court pick could make history

President Biden has promised to nominate a Black woman to the Supreme Court. Vox looks at the leading contenders. Axios breaks down why so many American mayors are getting into cryptocurrency. People applying to become U.S. citizens are facing long waits, in some cases because key paperwork is locked underground in limestone caves. The Wall Street Journal explains. Elite-level wheelchair-tennis players tend to play to a surprisingly older age than their nondisabled counterparts. 538 crunches the numbers to work out why.
27/01/22·9m 24s

How inflation wipes out your pay raise

With prices rising faster than wages right now, even many people who’ve gotten raises lately are struggling to pay for basic needs. The Washington Post tells some of their stories. One of Vladimir Putin’s biggest enemies tells Time that the U.S. and allies are missing important things as they deal with the Russia–Ukraine crisis. A journalist told the president of Mexico she feared for her life. Then she was killed. The Los Angeles Times explains why covering the news there has become so dangerous. The Wall Street Journal reports on how Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens have been denied entry into baseball’s Hall of Fame. The Ringer calls the decision an awkward stalemate in the attempt to wrestle with the era of performance-enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball. In the Players’ Tribune, Allen Iverson reads his tribute to fellow NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who died two years ago today in a helicopter crash.
26/01/22·11m 2s

Why high meat prices might not just be a pandemic thing

What’s the deal with high meat prices? Is there more to them than just the pandemic supply-chain crunch? Reuters examines the Biden administration’s argument that the meatpacking industry is partly to blame. Political and legal fights over mask mandates are heating up across the country. The Wall Street Journal looks at the latest developments from New York and Virginia. Not long ago, earthquakes were unusual in Texas, which now sees hundreds of magnitude-2.5 quakes and above every year. Vox explains why seismologists blame the oil and gas industry. Calling all skygazers: NASA is calling for volunteers to help it monitor cloud coverage in our changing climate — and all you need is your smartphone. The Washington Post has the details.
25/01/22·8m 30s

Why federal funds for hungry kids aren’t reaching them

A pandemic program to help low-income kids in America get enough to eat is struggling. The Washington Post reports. NBC News looks at the options Biden is weighing for responding to a Russian invasion of Ukraine, including potentially moving U.S. troops to nearby countries. As electric cars grow in popularity, Inside Climate News shows how researchers are working to get better at recycling dead batteries. Input Magazine explores how some influencers who feature animals on their social-media accounts have started cloning the creatures, in part to keep followers engaged. Filing taxes will be rough this year. The Wall Street Journal explains why, and how to deal with it.
24/01/22·9m 31s

In Conversation: Nikole Hannah-Jones on the 1619 Project and reframing U.S. history

Nikole Hannah-Jones is a Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter for The New York Times Magazine and the creator of the 1619 Project. The project reframes American history around an important date that isn’t mentioned in many history books: 1619, the beginning of American slavery. Hannah-Jones has expanded on the idea and turned it into a book called The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story. Hannah-Jones spoke with Apple News Today host Shumita Basu about the project.
22/01/22·24m 30s

Why the “Havana syndrome” mystery still isn’t solved

The Washington Post has details of a new CIA report that says it is unlikely that a “worldwide campaign” by a foreign power is behind the condition known as Havana syndrome. The New Yorker has been covering this story for a long time. An extensive investigation by the Washington Post finds that more than 1,700 U.S. congressmen enslaved Black people. NPR explains why many low-income nations have COVID-vaccination rates of below 10%, while many wealthy countries have passed 80%. The hit soundtrack of Disney’s ‘Encanto’ is creating a whole new audience for Colombian music. Billboard speaks to singer Mauro Castillo.
21/01/22·11m 16s

How Biden could respond if Putin invades Ukraine

Reuters reports on Biden saying he thinks Vladimir Putin may “move in” on Ukraine, as well as potential actions the U.S. and allies might take against Russia if that happens. The Atlantic looks at how Democrats’ failure to pass sweeping new election legislation is a reminder of the limits of the very slim majority the party has in Congress. California was supposed to clear cannabis convictions. Tens of thousands of people are still languishing. The Los Angeles Times investigated. Supply-chain issues are making a new type of Girl Scout cookie hard to find. But one determined Washington Post reporter managed to get a taste.
20/01/22·8m 29s

How well has Biden handled the pandemic? Experts weigh in.

NPR speaks to medical experts for a report card on how President Biden has managed the pandemic in the last year. New York’s attorney general says there’s evidence Donald Trump and his company falsely valued assets. The Wall Street Journal breaks down the latest court filing. Recode’s Rebecca Heilweil explains the fight between airlines and wireless carriers about the rollout of expanded 5G technology that could speed up smartphone downloads. America’s fertility rate sank during the pandemic. Meanwhile, many Nordic countries had a baby boom. National Geographic looks into what’s going on. Vox speaks to researchers who say a child’s baby teeth are a potential gold mine of information about their physical and mental development.
19/01/22·10m 42s

How cryptocurrency became a big political issue

Cryptocurrency is becoming a bona fide issue in American politics, influencing candidates and their campaigns. Politico has the story. Who betrayed Anne Frank and her family to the Nazis in 1944? Reuters reports on an extensive investigation that has revealed a surprising new suspect. New surveys detailed in the Washington Post show how COVID made it hard for scientists to do their jobs, particularly women. The Wall Street Journal explains how “Baby Shark” became the first YouTube video to pass 10 billion views.
18/01/22·8m 44s

On MLK Day, new urgency over voting rights

The Washington Post looks at how setbacks on voting rights fit among the many challenges President Biden is facing as he seeks to advance his agenda. Bloomberg Businessweek reports on the ways young women’s health, education, and independence are suffering as the pandemic erases decades of progress in developing nations. Tonga is recovering after it was hit by a devastating volcanic eruption and tsunami over the weekend. Reuters has the latest on the aftermath. National Geographic looks at the science behind the blast. The Wall Street Journal crunches the numbers to show how TikTok’s top stars are earning more money than CEOs of some of the world’s biggest companies.
17/01/22·10m 9s

In Conversation: How one journalist helped her dad die

If you’re suffering from a terminal illness and have only a few months to live, should you be allowed to choose how and when to end your life? Ten states in the country allow patients to do just that — a practice referred to as medical aid in dying — under highly regulated laws. In April 2020, Bloomberg journalist Esmé Deprez’s father became the second person to end his life under the Maine Death with Dignity Act. Deprez speaks with Apple News Today host Duarte Geraldino about that experience and a California case making its way through the courts now that could expand the scope of the law.
15/01/22·28m 2s

Inside Afghanistan’s hunger crisis

The New Yorker reports from Afghanistan, where more than 20 million people are on the brink of famine. NBC News explains how recent deadly home fires in New York City and Philadelphia underscore the systemic racism in urban planning. Sales of vinyl records overtook those of CDs last year, a sign of the changing attitudes of music fans. Quartz looks into what’s going on. A U.S. court ruled that gruyère-style cheeses made in America can be called gruyère. Swiss and French cheesemakers plan to keep fighting in court. Food & Wine has the story.
14/01/22·9m 19s

Why so many U.S. grocery shelves are empty

CNN explains why so many Americans are finding empty shelves when they go to grocery stores. Reuters reports on how money is pouring into secretary-of-state races in swing states. The winners will oversee rules and certification of future elections. And an NPR analysis shows that many Republican candidates running to oversee state elections are supporters of Trump’s failed attempt to overturn the election he lost. The Wall Street Journal has the story of a kidnapping negotiator who faced his biggest test: saving his own wife from bandits. The Washington Post looks at the growing popularity of tool libraries, lending hubs that allow people to take home tools and appliances then return them.
13/01/22·9m 35s

“Wild Things" episode 1: What Went Wrong?

Apple News Today is bringing you a special episode — the first installment of Wild Things, a new podcast series from Apple TV+. Over the course of nearly half a century, Siegfried & Roy performed 30,000 shows for 50 million people and generated well over $1 billion in ticket sales. Although the German-born illusionists and pop culture icons were mega-famous, much about their private lives, eccentric public personae, and tragic final show remained shrouded in mystery…until now. Emmy®-winning filmmaker and journalist Steven Leckart, in his very first podcast, takes you behind the velvet curtain to reveal shocking moments, surprising details, and hidden truths about two men who were lionized by millions of fans, lampooned by the media, criticized by animal welfare advocates, and endlessly scrutinized by the public.
12/01/22·41m 28s

The one change that could cut school shootings in half

School shootings hit a record high last year, fueled by children with access to guns. The Washington Post has the story. The government is warning us to expect a frustrating tax season. Politico explains why, and how to deal with it. The reasons ‘Jeopardy’ players are racking up impressive win streaks lately might not be the ones you think. The Ringer looks into possible explanations. Want a spoon that’ll make your food taste better? The Wall Street Journal reports on some interesting new technologies that are in the works.
12/01/22·8m 58s

What happens when everyone calls out sick at the same time

The Atlantic explains how the Omicron surge is hitting hospitals, which are already struggling to deal with cases from previous COVID waves. A big problem is there aren’t enough doctors and nurses. Bloomberg looks at how millions of American workers calling out sick during is hurting the U.S. economy. President Biden is making a voting-rights speech in Georgia today. NBC News explores what activists want to hear. He was held at Guantanamo Bay and never charged with a crime. He’s now finding life after detention is its own kind of prison. The Washington Post tells his story. Coach Kirby Smart steered Georgia to the college-football national championship by finally beating long-time rival Alabama, led by his own mentor. Sports Illustrated looks at how it happened.
11/01/22·9m 39s

The unexpected impact of banning Trump from social media

One year after Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube banned Donald Trump, the Wall Street Journal reports on how he and they have benefited from his removal. Tennis star Novak Djokovic won his fight to stay in Australia to defend his Australian Open title, despite not being vaccinated against COVID. Reuters has the story. Fifteen people died at the Rikers Island jail complex last year. New York Magazine tells their stories. After 76 years, an American World War II soldier’s letter was finally delivered. CBS News brings us his widow’s reaction.
10/01/22·7m 40s

In Conversation: Feeling burned out? Here’s how to rethink work.

How’s your relationship to your job? Does it feel healthy? Sustainable? For a lot of people, it got worse during the pandemic. One survey in 2021 found that more than a third of the men and nearly half of the women feel burned out. So what’s going wrong here? Apple News Today host Shumita Basu speaks with Anne Helen Petersen about her new book, Out of Office: The Big Problem and Bigger Promise of Working From Home, coauthored with Charlie Warzel. It’s all about how we can adjust the role our jobs play in our lives and focus more time and energy on the things we care about the most.
08/01/22·24m 40s

We understand Omicron better now. Here’s what to know.

We know a lot more about the Omicron COVID variant than we did. NPR has the latest information on its symptoms and severity. And National Geographic has answers to nine big questions about it. CNN breaks down what’s happening in Kazakhstan and why it matters for the rest of the world. The Washington Post reports on new research showing climate disasters are affecting more Americans than many thought. Bloomberg covers a new study showing the 10 worst climate disasters caused $170 billion in global damage last year. There are tons of new TV shows coming out, and you won’t have time to watch them all. Vulture shares what its experts are most looking forward to.
07/01/22·9m 21s

Hear why January 6 was just the beginning

One year after the Capitol attack, journalism on what happened and the enduring impact on American democracy from Vox, the Washington Post, the New Yorker, Politico, and the Wall Street Journal. Many people in the U.S. can’t access dentists, because they don’t have the money or the right insurance. The New Yorker has the story of a nonprofit that’s doing something about it. NBA stars who test positive for COVID have to stay off the court for a period. The Wall Street Journal explains how that’s giving golden opportunities to some minor-league players.
06/01/22·12m 32s

Why Chicago’s COVID school-safety fight matters nationwide

Chicago public schools are closed today as teachers and administrators fight over whether learning should be remote. CNN and the Chicago Tribune report on a debate with national implications. Sentencing for people who stormed the Capitol a year ago has been inconsistent. BuzzFeed News crunches the data to discover how judges are grappling in real time with what the consequences should be. NBC News asks top forecasters with skin in the game what the economy could have in store over the year ahead. Engaged couples are often surprised to discover that many of the best wedding hashtags are taken. The Wall Street Journal reports on how some are even paying consultants for unique ideas.
05/01/22·7m 58s

Startup star to criminal: The downfall of Elizabeth Holmes

Elizabeth Holmes was found guilty on four of 11 charges in her fraud trial. The Wall Street Journal reports on the downfall of a startup founder who claimed to revolutionize the blood-testing industry. Capitol Police officers were attacked and beaten by insurrectionists. The Washington Post details how the force is trying to recover and do its job amid low morale and a wave of resignations. A Wall Street Journal tech columnist recommends you activate this iPhone feature before you die. There’s snow on the ground in parts of America. Is it safe to eat? NPR checks with scientists. Short answer: Yes, but think about a few things first.
04/01/22·9m 10s

Why 2022 might not be defined by the pandemic

COVID isn’t gone, but 2022 may be the first year since its arrival that isn’t defined by the pandemic. The Washington Post looks at what else could define the next 12 months. As we near the anniversary of the Capitol attack, Politico reports on how the January 6 committee is getting new information about what happened. A new law aims to end costly surprise medical bills. CNBC explains how it could affect you. With supply-chain issues pushing chicken prices way up, restaurants are serving up more chicken thighs, which are cheaper than breasts. The Wall Street Journal has the story.
03/01/22·9m 8s

Good-news stories you may have missed in 2021

Wally Funk tried for decades to become an astronaut, at a time before NASA allowed women into orbit. This year she finally flew to space at age 82. The Atlantic shares her remarkable story. Two women broke barriers in football in 2021. Sports Illustrated has what you should know about Sarah Thomas, the first woman to officiate a Super Bowl. And NPR introduces Maia Chaka, the first Black woman to officiate an NFL game. It started with a few kids biking to school together for safety. It turned into a mass movement that touched hearts around the world, NPR reports. Two fierce rivals were neck-and-neck for Olympic gold. Sports Illustrated shows what happened next: Instead of going on to a tie-breaking round, they made the surprising decision to share victory. Zaila Avant-garde captured the nation’s attention as the first African American winner of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. But Variety found there was much more to her. In a year with its share of dark times, goofy moments on social media helped give us all a lift. Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Gay lists some favorites. Apple News Spotlight editors put together a special collection of the best good-news stories of the year.
23/12/21·9m 5s

How the pandemic is killing non-COVID patients

A primary-care doctor told the Wall Street Journal she’s seen more than three times as many deaths among her patients this year as in 2020. None were from COVID. NPR examines Joe Manchin’s concerns about the climate spending in Build Back Better. And the New Yorker looks at how West Virginians feel about the senator’s latest moves. The Wall Street Journal’s Middle Seat columnist reflects on how air travel has changed in the last two decades. Mostly, it’s gotten worse. Wired reports on a new study showing lemurs have rhythm when they sing, and explains how it could help us solve a longstanding mystery about humans and music.
22/12/21·9m 34s

What to know now that Omicron is dominant in the U.S.

Omicron is now the dominant variant of coronavirus in the U.S. CNN reports on what doctors and governments are warning us about. A Wall Street Journal investigation finds NYU is top-ranked — in loans that alumni and parents struggle to repay. When it comes to confirming federal judges, President Biden is on pace with Ronald Reagan’s record. The Washington Post explains why it could get harder from here. Finally, a millipede that lives up to its name, and then some. National Geographic looks at the discovery of the first millipede species with more than a thousand legs.
21/12/21·7m 57s

What’s next for Biden’s agenda after Manchin’s “no”

The Atlantic explores what Joe Manchin’s ”no” on the giant spending bill means for Biden’s economic agenda. Democrats in Georgia helped flip the U.S. Senate and turn the state blue. Politico reports on how Republican state lawmakers are trying to dilute those gains. The Omicron coronavirus variant is spreading. The Wall Street Journal explains how to decide whether to change your holiday travel plans because of COVID. A Pulitzer Prize–winning science reporter canceled his 40th birthday party because of the Omicron variant. He writes in the Atlantic about how he came to the decision. Electric cars are expected to be a part of reducing global carbon emissions. But mining the nickel needed for their batteries can itself be very environmentally damaging. NBC News has the story. A Deadspin writer explains why he’s outraged that the New York Giants’ Fan Appreciation Day gift was a medium-sized fountain drink.
20/12/21·10m 52s

In Conversation: Did Marilyn Manson hide his abuse of women in plain sight?

In the past year, more than a dozen women have accused Marilyn Manson — whose real name is Brian Warner — of psychological or sexual abuse. Four women have filed civil lawsuits. Warner has denied all of the allegations. For Rolling Stone, Jason Newman and Kory Grow spent nine months reporting on these claims and talked with several of the women who have come forward. They spoke with Apple News Today host Duarte Geraldino about their investigation.
18/12/21·24m 46s

Biden’s big spending bill is still stuck. Here’s why.

The Washington Post explains why it’s looking unlikely that Democrats will pass the president’s nearly $2 trillion spending package ahead of the holidays. Waves of star athletes are testing positive for the coronavirus, disrupting games. ESPN reports on new COVID protocols being introduced by the NFL and NBA. Claudette Colvin was arrested in 1955 for refusing to give up her bus seat for a white person — nine months before Rosa Parks’s act of defiance. Nearly 70 years later, Colvin’s record has finally been cleared. She talks to CBS News. Are brain surgeons and rocket scientists smarter than the rest of us? Not necessarily, according to a new study. The Guardian has the story.
17/12/21·8m 3s

Special Episode: Looking back on the making of 'Hooked'

The Apple Original podcast Hooked tells the story of Tony Hathaway. He went from working as a design engineer at the aerospace company Boeing to robbing 30 banks in a single year after becoming addicted to opioids.   In November, Shumita Basu spoke with Hooked host Josh Dean about the podcast when it was just getting started. Now that the final episode has aired, Basu and Dean are joined by Hathaway to reflect on the series as it comes to an end.
16/12/21·20m 19s

Kamala Harris takes stock of a historic, turbulent year

One year into her history-making role, Vice President Kamala Harris reacts to recent controversies and looks ahead to 2022, in an extensive interview with the San Francisco Chronicle. Vox looks at the good and bad news about the Omicron coronavirus variant so far. Pandemic student-debt relief is set to end in a few weeks. Business Insider reports on how some Democrats say the Biden administration should do more to help. It also speaks to a woman with $163,000 in student debt who says she feels “betrayed” by the president. The Washington Post has the story of the woman who traded a bobby pin up to a house in 28 steps — and documented the process on TikTok.
16/12/21·9m 26s

Stories of hope and resilience after the deadly tornadoes

A tornado destroyed a Kentucky nursing home. USA Today has the story of how all its residents survived. Bloomberg looks at the major risks to the economy over the next year. Many people named Alexa say Amazon’s voice assistant with the same name is changing the way people interact with them for the worse. Some are fighting back. The Washington Post talks to dozens of real-life Alexas. Steph Curry broke the NBA’s 3-point record. Along the way, he has transformed how basketball is played. ESPN reports on the history-making moment.
15/12/21·8m 55s

Why is the U.S. defense bill so large? No one seems to know.

Slate columnist Fred Kaplan, a longtime observer of military spending, asks whether anyone actually looked at the $778 billion U.S. defense budget before passing it. The January 6 panel recommended holding Trump’s former chief of staff in contempt, on a day of big revelations about the Capitol attack. CNBC has the key details. California plans to use a measure modeled on Texas’s controversial anti-abortion law to try to get guns off the streets. Vox explains. When it comes to gift giving, is it really the thought that counts? Not quite, psychologists tell the Washington Post. In the Players’ Tribune, WNBA star A’ja Wilson shares a powerful message for young Black women.
14/12/21·7m 47s

What we know about climate change and deadly tornadoes

Scientists are examining the role climate change may have played in the twisters that killed dozens of people in recent days. PBS NewsHour looks at what’s known and what’s not yet clear. Many parents of school shooters ignore glaring warning signs. The Washington Post has the story of one grandmother who didn’t. NASA is sending its new telescope to a very special parking spot a million miles away. The Atlantic explains why. A guy threw half a billion dollars in bitcoin in the garbage. The New Yorker speaks to him about his unusual quest to get it back.
13/12/21·8m 21s

In Conversation: Inside the secret prisons where migrants are tortured and beaten

For the New Yorker, journalist Ian Urbina traveled to Libya to report on an EU-funded shadow immigration system that holds migrants in brutal detention centers. While reporting this story, Urbina was kidnapped, beaten, and detained himself. Now safely back home, he spoke with Apple News Today host Shumita Basu about how this shadow system works and the horrific conditions inside the detention centers.
11/12/21·25m 27s

Why the Starbucks union vote is such a big deal

The Wall Street Journal reports on how the Starbucks union vote is about much more than Starbucks. BBC News is covering a deadly truck crash in Mexico that killed dozens of migrants from Central America trying to get into the U.S. Bloomberg explains how President Biden’s massive spending bill would increase the credits available to electric-car buyers. And the Washington Post looks at how Black and Hispanic communities worry they’re being left behind in the shift to electric vehicles because many of their neighborhoods have few charging stations. Vice has the story of how New Zealand’s government is planning to ban the sale of cigarettes to all future generations.
10/12/21·7m 54s

Why Biden’s spending plan may not solve the housing crisis

There’s a lot of money in Biden’s spending plan targeted at the affordable-housing crisis. Vox looks at why it may not do much about skyrocketing real-estate prices. The Senate and White House are backing arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Critics say this could worsen the deadly conflict in Yemen. Reuters has the story. Dozens of previously unrecognized U.S. soldiers will receive Purple Hearts after being injured in an attack in Iraq nearly two years ago. A CBS News investigation helped them finally get their awards. Cybercriminals can ramp up activity during the busy holiday season. The Wall Street Journal explains how to avoid the latest scams online.
09/12/21·7m 22s

Was Elizabeth Holmes’s testimony enough to save her?

The case of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes may turn on her testimony. The Wall Street Journal looks at the moments that might sway jurors. Forbes explores how Biden’s massive spending plan would change tax policy. Chalkbeat reports on how the enhanced child tax credit has done a lot for families, but says Congress may not keep it. The recent Michigan killings are reigniting a debate over school safety. The Intercept has the story. Ballet companies are reinventing The Nutcracker. CBS New York reports on how Brooklyn Ballet is adding in new dance styles. And BBC covers how the Scottish Ballet is making subtle changes in a bid to erase old stereotypes.
08/12/21·9m 35s

Here’s what happens if Biden’s immigration overhaul passes

The Build Back Better bill touches many areas. Yahoo News explains how it would change the American immigration system. In a crucial week for President Biden’s foreign policy, CNN looks at why the stakes are high for his call with Putin today. And Time explains why he decided on a diplomatic boycott of China's Winter Olympics. A doctor shortage has made abortion services difficult to access for many people in the U.S., clinics say. The Washington Post has the story of one physician who commutes 800 miles to provide them. Is your cat a psychopath? Probably, researchers say. Vice has the story.
07/12/21·8m 42s

How Biden’s spending plan could transform U.S. health care

The Washington Post looks at how the roughly $2 trillion spending bill Congress is debating would overhaul U.S. health care. A jail term is the latest twist in the complicated story of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize winner who was later ousted as leader of Myanmar. BBC News reports. The pandemic turned Americans into super savers. The Wall Street Journal explains what to consider if you’ve got extra cash saved up. The world’s first living robots can now reproduce, in a way unlike any known animal or plant. Don’t be afraid, scientists tell CNN.
06/12/21·8m 26s

In Conversation: America’s child-care system is broken. Can we fix it?

The pandemic exposed something every working parent in the U.S. already knew: This country’s child-care system is broken. Even after more than $50 billion in COVID-relief funding, the industry is still in crisis. Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Claire Suddath talks with Apple News Today host Duarte Geraldino about the fundamental issues that exist in the U.S. child-care system today, some possible fixes, and how we got here.
04/12/21·20m 24s

Why Delta is still dangerous as Omicron variant spreads

The Omicron variant of the coronavirus is getting lots of attention, but many hospitals are still struggling to deal with the effects of Delta. The Washington Post has the story. Alabama’s prisons are extremely dangerous and troubled. Politico reports on how the facilities are so unsafe that the federal government may take control. This week’s In Conversation is with the Bloomberg Businessweek reporter who looked into how child care became the most broken business in America. NPR has the story of how a Business Insider report that MLB used two different kinds of balls is throwing a wrench into baseball’s bitter labor dispute.
03/12/21·9m 3s

The untold story of Mississippi’s sole abortion clinic

The story of how Mississippi ended up with only one abortion clinic matters across America, regardless of how the Supreme Court rules in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The Washington Post visited the state to see what happened. CNN explains why the suspected Michigan school shooter has been charged with terrorism. A new California law aims to get people faster access to therapists. Kaiser Health News reports on concerns about how much it will actually help. A typo led some high school kids to a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with Tom Brady and his Super Bowl champion teammates. NBC has the story.
02/12/21·9m 13s

How activists are preparing for a post–Roe v. Wade America

As the Supreme Court hears a major abortion case, Politico looks at how activists on both sides of the issue are already planning for a world where Roe v. Wade is overturned. New York City has introduced America’s first government-run drug-injection sites, in a new effort to reduce opioid-overdose deaths. NPR has the story. The Guardian reports on American librarians who say there’s a major rise in organized efforts to ban books in schools. The New Yorker explains why the battle over what kids read in class may not end anytime soon. Hiring a Santa Claus is a tough task this year, after COVID hit the Santa community hard. The Washington Post uncovers the lengths people are going to in order to find one.
01/12/21·7m 58s

The brutal shadow system keeping migrants out of Europe

In an extensive investigation, the New Yorker takes a look inside the coastal patrols and brutal, secretive detention centers that Libyan forces use to keep migrants from Africa and the Middle East out of Europe. A little-known Supreme Court clerk quietly and single-handedly transformed American abortion law for decades. The Washington Post has the untold story of Roe v. Wade. The market for starting pitchers is on fire, even as Major League Baseball heads toward a lockout. The Wall Street Journal explains. At midnight, Barbados cut its last remaining ties to the British monarchy, removing Queen Elizabeth II as head of state. CNN has the story.
30/11/21·9m 14s

What we know — and don’t — about the Omicron variant

There are lots of questions about the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus. The Atlantic breaks down what we know so far. And Fox News interviews National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins. Opening arguments begin today in the sex-trafficking trial of Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell. USA Today previews what it may reveal. A new book looks into how changes at Boeing may have led to the design flaws implicated in the 737 Max crashes, which killed hundreds of people. Bloomberg Businessweek has an exclusive excerpt. Canada’s maple-syrup cartel is tapping its reserves of the sweet topping amid supply issues and strong demand. The Washington Post has the story.
29/11/21·8m 41s

Who gets to claim self-defense in fatal shootings?

Closing arguments have concluded in the trial of the three white men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man who was out jogging. The Washington Post reports that many people across the U.S. are viewing the jury’s decision as a test of the movement for racial justice.   Teachers have experienced intense burnout during the pandemic. Unlike workers in many other industries, however, K–12 educators have not left their jobs in alarming numbers. FiveThirtyEight explores why.   With the TSA expecting the number of airline passengers traveling for Thanksgiving to reach pre-pandemic levels this year, USA Today has a guide for any mishaps that may arise along your route. And be warned: Not all Thanksgiving food can fly in your carry-on bag. Travel & Leisure lists what you can bring.   The Wall Street Journal looks at research showing that reconnecting with old friends can boost mood, self-esteem, and confidence.
23/11/21·9m 58s

How a $2 trillion plan could transform the social safety net

House Democrats passed President Biden’s $2 trillion spending plan to revamp the country’s health-care, climate policy, education, and tax laws. The Washington Post breaks it down.   Vox reports that more than 140,000 kids have lost a caregiver during the pandemic. Experts worry that the loss, combined with interruptions to social support systems, will result in a generation of traumatized children.    The U.S. has millions more job openings than people looking for work. The CEO of the world’s biggest job portal tells Fortune why he thinks killing the résumé could help address the issue.    We’re bombarded by notifications all day long — and it’s likely making us much less productive. The Wall Street Journal offers tips on how to regain control.
22/11/21·9m 40s

In Conversation: Jelani Cobb on the backlash to critical race theory

The New Yorker’s Jelani Cobb says conservatives weaponizing critical race theory aren’t acting in good faith. He speaks with Apple News Today host Shumita Basu about his recent piece for the New Yorker about the founder of the concept, Derrick Bell. Cobb says that Bell could have predicted today’s backlash and that real critical race theory can help us understand today’s debate over false depictions of this term.
20/11/21·21m 48s

Why it’s time to check in on Europe’s unusual border crisis

The House has approved a bill containing around $1.9 trillion in social spending. The key part of President Biden’s agenda faces obstacles in the Senate. CNN reports. There are big new developments in the unusual immigration fight playing out in Europe. The Washington Post breaks down what’s important to understand. There are new concerns about the safety of Peng Shuai, a Chinese tennis star who accused a powerful leader of the Communist Party of sexual abuse then vanished. The Los Angeles Times looks at how women’s tennis is rallying to support her. And USA Today examines the very different responses to her disappearance from the Women's Tennis Association and the International Olympic Committee. Is your boss secretly watching your computer? The Los Angeles Times reports on how the increase in working from home has led to more companies using monitoring software to track employees. The birth of 10 Komodo dragons in a Texas zoo is a big win toward conserving the endangered species. The Washington Post spoke to people who helped make it possible.
19/11/21·9m 11s

House votes largely on party lines to censure Paul Gosar

The House censured Rep. Paul Gosar after he posted an anime video depicting him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The Washington Post has the story of the first vote of its kind in more than a decade. FiveThirtyEight reports on how the national shortage of school-bus drivers is hurting workers, students, and their families. Cryptocurrency fans are raising money to buy a rare copy of the U.S. Constitution, and it looks like they may pull it off. The Wall Street Journal got several organizers to reveal their names and speak on the record. The longest partial lunar eclipse in nearly 600 years is about to take place. Accuweather explains how to see it.
18/11/21·8m 41s

Fears for U.S. medical system as health-care workers quit

Doctors and nurses are quitting at alarming rates, raising questions about the future of the U.S. medical system. The Atlantic tells their stories. If your Thanksgiving plans involve air travel, NPR warns, you can expect long security lines, canceled flights, and angry passengers. Ever wondered why the week has seven days? The New Yorker looks at a new book on how a fairly arbitrary system came to dominate our lives. Armadillos are being seen farther and farther north, possibly because of climate change. They’re doing damage as they expand, so a North Carolina community hired a hunter to deal with them. The Guardian joins him out in the field.
17/11/21·8m 43s

What the jury must decide in the Rittenhouse trial

The New Yorker explains what jurors have to decide in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse. Mugshots can stay online forever, embarrassing people for years. The Marshall Project looks at how some law-enforcement and media organizations are changing how they deal with them. Drunken-driving accidents kill about 10,000 people in the U.S. every year. Gizmodo reports that a little-known part of the recently passed infrastructure plan could lead to new monitoring tech in cars to prevent them from being started by impaired drivers. Jewish and Islamic authorities are figuring out how to deal with plant-based pork. Major certifiers have declined to give kosher or halal stamps of approval. The Wall Street Journal has the story.
16/11/21·8m 27s

People with disabilities say flying is routinely dehumanizing

Amid rising tensions between the U.S. and China, presidents Biden and Xi are to gather for a virtual summit. The Wall Street Journal has the story. Wheelchairs broken in transit, airport escorts who don’t show up, children with autism being separated from their parents: Three years after Congress mandated that airlines and TSA improve flying for people with disabilities, passengers tell NPR the same mistakes continue to be made. Extreme weather is pushing farmers to experiment with regenerative agriculture. Bloomberg News details how farmers are testing out drought-resistant seeds and plants that can survive harsh weather patterns. A new study finds that hand gestures may be the key to learning a new language. Scientific American explains the research.
15/11/21·9m 46s

In Conversation: Does blood hold the key to the fountain of youth?

People have been searching for a way to delay or even reverse the effects of old age for centuries — and new research shows that our own blood may be the key. Journalist Kat McGowan wrote for Popular Science about recent studies that suggest something in blood could undo the effects of aging. McGowan spoke with Apple News Today host Duarte Geraldino about these promising findings.
13/11/21·13m 20s

Election workers feel threatened, scared, and ignored

A Reuters investigation into Trump supporters who threatened election workers finds that many of the harassers remain unrepentant, and that law enforcement often didn’t take this intimidation seriously. As part of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, Amtrak will receive $66 billion in new funding to replace trains and modernize the heavily trafficked Northeast corridor. The Washington Post explains how it’ll work. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times reports that California officials are disappointed their state’s rail program will receive less.  The U.S. has been neglecting or closing public bathrooms for decades. After the pandemic hit, things got really bad, as some cities locked their few remaining facilities for sanitation reasons. Bloomberg has the story. Children who received their coronavirus vaccines describe the experience to the New Yorker.
12/11/21·9m 38s

How police officers punish their own

There was emotion and tension in the courtroom as Kyle Rittenhouse testified at his homicide trial in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The Chicago Tribune has the story.  Victims of Flint’s water crisis have been awarded a $626 million settlement, one of the largest in Michigan’s history. The Washington Post reports. Police culture incentivizes cops to keep quiet about bad behavior by their colleagues. A USA Today investigation finds that officers who speak up often face retaliation from inside the force. The Wall Street Journal explains why the New York Mets are struggling to find a general manager.Victims of Flint, Michigan’s water crisis have been awarded a major settlement. The Washington Post reports that a judge has approved more than $600 million, one of the largest in the state’s history. Police culture incentivizes cops to keep quiet about bad behavior by their colleagues. A USA Today investigation finds that officers who speak up often face retaliation from inside the force. The Wall Street Journal explains why the New York Mets are struggling to find a general manager.
11/11/21·10m 40s

Starbucks pushes back against efforts to unionize

Today, the National Labor Relations Board will mail union ballots to Starbucks employees at three locations in New York. Bloomberg explains that it could result in the first Starbucks union in the U.S. Leaked recordings from a 1999 NRA conference call following the mass shooting at Columbine High School show the organization once considered taking a sympathetic approach to these kinds of tragedies. NPR has the story. During the pandemic, teachers learned that many students are juggling outsize familial responsibilities in addition to homework. The Los Angeles Times found that educators are reevaluating how to grade assignments. Today, the National Labor Relations Board will mail union ballots to Starbucks employees at three locations in New York. Bloomberg explains how it could result in the first Starbucks union in the U.S. Leaked recordings from a 1999 NRA conference call following the mass shooting at Columbine High School show the organization once considered taking a sympathetic approach to this kind of tragedy. NPR has the story. During the pandemic, teachers learned that many students are juggling outsize familial responsibilities in addition to homework. The Los Angeles Times describes how educators are reevaluating the ways they grade assignments. For the first time since 1982, the NBA has swapped out Spalding basketballs for Wilson ones. CBS Sports reports that shooting is down as players struggle to adjust.
10/11/21·10m 24s

The clean-water crisis that huge new spending may not fix

Congress has approved major funding to fix aging water infrastructure. But frustrated people in Jackson, Mississippi, are skeptical their dilapidated systems will finally get the investment they need. The Washington Post tells their stories. U.S. hospitals are running seriously short of nurses, just ahead of flu season and a potential COVID surge driven by cold weather. Vox explains why. The Wall Street Journal reports on how the ultrarich could drive $1.6 billion in art sales in the next two weeks. The retirement-community sport of pickleball is winning celebrity followers including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, and the Kardashians. Vanity Fair looks at what’s happening.
09/11/21·8m 32s

Experts fear Astroworld won’t be the last deadly concert

The deadly crowd surge at the Astroworld Festival was just the latest fatal concert incident. Safety experts tell the Washington Post it won’t be the last. Without guaranteed paid federal bereavement leave, American workplaces aren’t prepared for the level of loss brought on by the pandemic, the Atlantic argues. Professional athletes are using new technology to compete for longer than ever before. Sports Illustrated looks at how their success may have lessons on aging for the rest of us. There’s a possible new clue in the case of sightings of people flying jetpacks, reported by pilots in California. The Miami Herald lays out a new theory: What the pilots saw wasn’t human.
08/11/21·7m 32s

In Conversation: How an opioid addiction drove one engineer to rob banks

When Tony Hathaway was arrested outside of a KeyBank in Seattle, police and the FBI had been looking for him for months. Hathaway had robbed 30 banks in a single year. Before he became a notorious bank robber, Hathaway was a top design engineer at Boeing; he fit the profile of a loving family man, he made six figures, and flew around the world in business class. That all unraveled when he was prescribed OxyContin for a back injury and developed an addiction to opioids.   Journalist Josh Dean wrote an article for Bloomberg Businessweek about Hathaway in 2019. His reporting is the basis of a new podcast series from Apple TV+, called Hooked. Apple News Today host Shumita Basu spoke with Dean about Hathaway’s story.
06/11/21·19m 37s

"Hooked" episode 1: The Fatal Funnel

Apple News Today: In Conversation is bringing you a special episode — the first installment of Hooked, a new podcast series from Apple TV+.   When Tony Hathaway was arrested outside of a KeyBank in Seattle, police and the FBI had been looking for him for months. Hathaway had robbed 30 banks in a single year. Before he became a notorious bank robber, Hathaway was a top design engineer at Boeing; he fit the profile of a loving family man, he made six figures, and flew around the world in business class. That all unraveled when he was prescribed OxyContin for a back injury and developed an addiction to opioids.   Journalist Josh Dean wrote an article for Bloomberg Businessweek about Hathaway in 2019. His reporting is the basis of Hooked. Host Shumita Basu spoke with Dean about Hathaway’s story on Apple News Today: In Conversation.
06/11/21·41m 44s

Could your neighborhood be a cancer hot spot?

The EPA allows polluters to turn neighborhoods into “sacrifice zones” where residents breathe high levels of carcinogens. ProPublica reveals where these places are, in a first-of-its-kind data analysis. The trial of three white men accused of killing Black Georgia jogger Ahmaud Arbery will have a nearly all-white jury. The Washington Post breaks down how that happened. NPR looks at the citizen’s arrest law at the heart of the case. Snowbirds are getting younger during the pandemic, as Money Magazine explains. Now that many people are more able to work from home, a much younger demographic is buying second homes in more moderate climates. Turning back your clocks shouldn’t be too hard this weekend. But that’s not the case for the British royal family's staff. Travel + Leisure looks at the special challenge of setting hundreds of clocks manually.
05/11/21·8m 32s

Island nations, at risk of disappearing, urge climate action

Rising sea levels are an existential threat to island nations. CNBC looks at how their leaders are stepping up the fight to get big countries to do more about climate change. Axios reports on how New York taxi drivers scored a victory after a two-week hunger strike, earning relief from debt that has brought many of them close to financial ruin. An investigation from the Marshall Project found that police hurt thousands of teenagers every year, including a striking number of Black girls. The Wall Street Journal has the story of a marathoner aiming to finish her sixth marathon in six weeks. She’s running on two rebuilt knees.
04/11/21·7m 48s

Here’s what the GOP’s Virginia win could mean nationally

Politicians across America are studying Tuesday’s races for clues on how to win in next year’s midterms. Politico has key takeaways. And the Washington Post looks at how Republican Glenn Youngkin won the Virginia governor’s race in part by apparently pulling off a balancing act with Donald Trump that turned out both Trump supporters and moderate voters. Today the Supreme Court reviews a major Second Amendment case. SCOTUSblog previews what could be the biggest gun ruling in years. World leaders are announcing “net-zero” climate targets. Vox explains how that might be misleading when it comes to understanding progress on reducing carbon emissions. The Atlanta Braves crushed the Houston Astros in Game 6 of the World Series, taking home the title for the first time since 1995. USA Today has a recap.
03/11/21·7m 58s

The people who clean up after climate disasters

Police reform is on the ballot today in Minneapolis, where George Floyd’s murder ignited a new debate over the role of law enforcement. FiveThirtyEight breaks down what voters are deciding. And the Washington Post looks at how many Democratic mayoral candidates have moved from talking about reducing or reallocating police budgets to focusing on “law and order.” With natural disasters becoming more frequent and intense due to climate change, cleaning up after floods, wildfires, and hurricanes is a multibillion-dollar business. The New Yorker tells the stories of some of the often-exploited workers who do that dirty work. Heterosexual married couples in the U.S. still almost always give their kids the father’s surname. The Atlantic examines why. London cab drivers are famed for memorizing the city’s complicated streets. The Washington Post reports on new research that is scanning their brains for clues that may lead to better understanding of Alzheimer’s disease.
02/11/21·7m 53s

What to know as Supreme Court considers Texas abortion ban

Today the Supreme Court hears cases challenging the new Texas law that prohibits almost all abortions. SCOTUSblog explains what to watch. The CDC is expected to recommend Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for children aged 5 to 11. But it’s a different dose than adults get, so rolling it out will require new steps. NPR has details. Concierge medicine promises better access to doctors for patients who pay a fee. Critics say it makes primary care harder to get for those who can’t pay. Scientific American takes a look. Like to sneak in a quick snooze during your commute to work? The Washington Post looks at a new bus service that takes it to the next level: a five-hour route to nowhere, expressly designed for napping.
01/11/21·7m 46s

In Conversation: Kids were jailed for a crime that doesn’t exist. How could that happen?

Nashville Public Radio’s Meribah Knight speaks with Shumita Basu about her reporting for ProPublica on the juvenile-justice system in Rutherford County, Tennessee. Knight reveals a disturbing pattern in which hundreds of kids — some as young as 7 years old — were being locked up every year. In many of these cases, the adults responsible acted illegally and faced no consequences. 
30/10/21·26m 48s

How China and the U.S. are falling short on climate action

Ahead of the global environmental summit in Scotland, National Geographic looks at numbers showing that many of the world’s largest polluters aren’t on track to meet existing targets on cutting carbon emissions. NBC News reports on the impact of China, the largest source of greenhouse gases. A ProPublica investigation reveals how, in one Tennessee county, young Black children were jailed for a crime that doesn’t exist. The adults in charge faced few consequences. The trial of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes is around its halfway point. The Wall Street Journal reports on where things stand. The Washington Post explores how the popularity of a 12-foot-tall skeleton that retails for $300 has triggered something of a Halloween arms race among lovers of the bony lawn decorations.
29/10/21·10m 23s

Paid leave appears dead in Congress. Here’s what that means.

CNN reports on President Biden’s outreach to Democrats on Capitol Hill, as he works to push his economic and climate agenda forward. In the Atlantic, three professors argue that a lot of people got things wrong about what census data says about the white population of America. After striking it rich through vaccination lotteries, some lucky winners tell USA Today they have mixed feelings about cashing in. Several say they’re donating money to charity. Mel Magazine introduces us to a California man who found an unusual path to financial security: seven years of meals at Six Flags Magic Mountain, scored with an annual pass to the park.
28/10/21·9m 32s

Democrats want billionaires to pay up in new tax plan

Democrats have tax proposals to raise money for big new spending. Bloomberg explains how one plan goes after billionaires. Thousands of American workers are on strike for better pay and working conditions. Time reports on how some are not just fighting their employers, but also their unions. During the pandemic, many millennial women in America decided to get more involved in investing. The Washington Post tells some of their stories. The Wall Street Journal looks at a $5 million lawsuit questioning whether there are enough strawberries in strawberry Pop-Tarts, claiming they actually contain more apples and pears.
27/10/21·7m 55s

Here’s what to watch in next week’s governor’s races

Next week’s governor’s races in Virginia and New Jersey will be watched for national implications. Vox explains what to look out for, and why we should be careful not to read too much into the contests. A review of a migrant’s death by suicide raises questions about the treatment of people in American detention facilities. The Intercept has been following the story. NPR reports on why what’s happening in Sudan matters to the U.S. Even if you’re not a baseball fan, you might enjoy the World Series antics of Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale. The New York Post has details of his multimillion-dollar bet on the Houston Astros, his hometown team. And the Houston Chronicle covers how he’s buying tickets for dozens of nuns.
26/10/21·8m 24s

What’s driving the extreme weather on the West Coast

USA Today reports on the furious storm unleashed from a “bomb cyclone” slamming the West Coast, bringing fierce winds and hazardous flooding. NBC Los Angeles explains how an “atmospheric river” is also drenching California and the Pacific Northwest with rain. Reuters reports that top political leaders in Sudan have been detained in an apparent coup. A leaked U.S. government report documents how people with medical conditions and disabilities were forced into the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” program. BuzzFeed News has the story. The Guardian reports on an analysis that finds only 14% of the COVID-vaccine doses promised to the poorest nations by wealthy ones have been delivered. The Washington Post looks into Pfizer’s contracts with countries and the difficulty of donating vaccines abroad. As Halloween approaches, Vox explains how concerns about ghosts can reduce a property’s value.
25/10/21·8m 19s

In Conversation: Think the stock market is rigged? You may be right.

Data shows high-level execs often get unusually good returns trading their own companies’ stocks. But regulators say insider trading is hard to prove under current law. For Bloomberg Businessweek, Liam Vaughan explains why insider trading is more widespread than you might think — and why some experts argue the system is fundamentally unfair.
23/10/21·15m 27s

Why the world is watching Congress’s climate-change moves

World powers are watching to see if the U.S. can pull off major action on climate change ahead of a global summit, Time reports. Countless murders were covered up during the Jim Crow era. Mother Jones looks at a program that aims to help victims’ families and set records straight. A cinematographer is dead and a director is injured, shot by a prop gun fired by Alec Baldwin in what the actor’s spokesperson called an accident. ABC News has the story. Vienna’s tourism board is posting images of explicit works from the city’s art museums on OnlyFans. The Washington Post explains the thinking behind the unusual marketing campaign, devised after some of the museums ran into problems posting art containing nudity to social media.
22/10/21·8m 39s

Democrats ramp up unusual legal fight with Steve Bannon

Trump ally Steve Bannon has defied a subpoena from the House committee investigating the January 6 Capitol insurrection. Democrats are set to hold him in contempt. Politico explains why things will get complicated from here. A new report lays bare the severe human toll of climate change, detailing how it is killing people and making them sicker. CNN has the key takeaways. Scammers on social media and dating sites swindled Americans out of a record $304 million as more people searched for love online during the pandemic. The Washington Post warns daters what to watch for. We now know who owns the sole copy of the Wu-Tang Clan album that recently sold for $4 million. Rolling Stone has the latest twist in the bizarre story.
21/10/21·8m 23s

The problem of cops who won’t get vaccinated

Police officers are dying of COVID at alarming rates, but some are pushing back hard against getting vaccinated. USA Today looks at how communities around the country are dealing with the problem. The kidnapping of 16 Americans and a Canadian in Haiti highlights the country’s armed-gang problem. The Miami Herald reports. A breakthrough surgery that successfully attached a pig’s organ to a human offers live-saving hope to people on transplant waiting lists. USA Today takes us inside an operation that was years in the making. Authorities have been struggling to save dogs trapped near a volcano in Spain’s Canary |slands. CNN explains how rescuers are preparing to try a new idea: using a drone to scoop the dogs up and fly them out.
20/10/21·6m 50s

Why time may be running out for Biden’s climate plan

President Biden’s climate agenda seems to be in trouble, the Guardian reports. The Atlantic says he cannot declare victory on climate without one of two key policies, and the chances of passing either are getting slimmer. A Brooklyn apartment building was a peaceful home until residents started dying in brutal, mysterious ways. New York Magazine has the story. The Washington Post goes inside a new recruiting program for cybersecurity jobs that takes inspiration from the world of professional video gaming. Colombia is putting its hippos on birth control. CNN explains the effort to manage the invasive species, which was originally brought to the country by notorious drug trafficker Pablo Escobar.
19/10/21·7m 41s

Murder trial begins in the killing of jogger Ahmaud Arbery

Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man, was shot and killed while jogging in 2020. As the murder trial begins, NPR reports from the Georgia community where his killing happened. Colin Powell, America’s first Black secretary of state, who shaped American foreign policy in recent decades, has died from complications from Covid-19, CNN reports. He was 84. Reuters has a trove of internal documents revealing how Amazon created knockoff goods and manipulated search results to boost its own product lines in India. Democrats in Congress are working to pass an ambitious spending plan to further their agenda. Politico explains why the next few days are so important. The appearance of an Arctic walrus on European shores was fun at first. But scientists needed to convince him to head home, for his own sake and to stop the damage he’s been doing to boats. The Wall Street Journal has the story.
18/10/21·8m 3s

In Conversation: Delivery workers feel exploited. They’re fighting back.

Delivery workers are a vital part of New York City’s infrastructure, so much so that during the pandemic, they were hailed as heroes. But this class of workers is also abused, underpaid, exploited, and largely ignored. Now they’re fighting for protections and better working conditions — and making some headway. Investigations editor Josh Dzieza spoke with more than 20 delivery workers for this story, published by the Verge and New York Magazine.   Thanks to Danilo Parra, New York Magazine, the Verge, and Vox Media for providing audio content for this episode. You can find their full video, “The Invisible 65,000,” here.
16/10/21·20m 8s

What’s holding up federal aid to renters?

Congress approved $47 billion to pay back rent and prevent evictions. NPR explains why so little of that money has made it to the millions of people who need it. The controversy over jokes about transgender people in Dave Chappelle’s Netflix special is reaching a critical point. Bloomberg lays out some key facts. Supply-chain issues are still causing problems for the automobile industry. Car and Driver reveals how the car shortage is so bad that dealers are putting unfinished vehicles on the lot just to fill space. A shredded Banksy painting sold for $25.4 million, a record. Quartz reports on how a surprise move by the mysterious artist to destroy the work wound up making it far more valuable.
15/10/21·7m 22s

The latest moves in the Capitol-attack investigation

The House committee probing the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol subpoenaed a former Justice Department official described as having been at the center of then-president Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election results. Bloomberg has details. An investigation from the Intercept found that a network of right-wing health-care providers made millions selling bogus COVID treatments. America’s national parks are drawing huge crowds, and the National Park Service is making changes to balance access and preservation. The Deseret News reports from Arches National Park in Utah. Only 33 living people have been the son or daughter of a president. People talked to some about the quirks and perks.
14/10/21·6m 42s

Why so many American workers are on strike right now

Supply-chain issues and labor shortages mean companies are fighting for workers. Time reports on how growing numbers of employees are testing their power, by striking to demand better pay and benefits. And the Washington Post looks at the battle lines in the dispute between cereal-plant workers and Kellogg’s. Many therapists don’t take insurance. The ones who do are often booked. The Wall Street Journal shows you why, and what you can do about it. There’s a dark side to free return policies. The Atlantic details how when you send back something you bought, there’s a good chance it’s going in the trash. Major League Baseball games are getting longer and more boring. Bloomberg Businessweek goes behind the scenes of experiments the league is quietly running to help speed up games and add more drama.
13/10/21·8m 1s

NFL coach out after revelations of offensive emails

Jon Gruden is stepping down as Las Vegas Raiders coach following revelations of racist, antigay, and misogynistic emails. The Wall Street Journal has more. An interpreter who helped rescue Joe Biden in 2008 had trouble getting out of Afghanistan with his family. The Wall Street Journal has the exclusive story of their narrow escape. After decades of success at increasing police diversity, forces across America are having trouble hiring young Black citizens. The Atlantic explains why. Matt Amodio finally lost on ‘Jeopardy,’ bringing to a close his 38-game run on the show, Variety reports.
12/10/21·7m 31s

Why U.S. child care is in crisis and what to do about it

Day-care providers are struggling with a worker shortage while federal relief has been slow to help. USA Today looks at what’s happening, as well as possible solutions. Many of the smugglers who bring migrants into the U.S. are Mexican teenagers. One of them tells his story to the Washington Post. CNN reports on a Maryland husband and wife accused of attempting to sell U.S. nuclear secrets to another country in exchange for cryptocurrency.After nearly 80 years of marriage without a wedding photo due to World War II, a couple finally has one. NBC News shows how hospice workers decided to fix things.
11/10/21·7m 17s

In Conversation: Is bipartisanship dead?

For the past few decades, it seems like Congress has been stuck in a perpetual state of gridlock. Lawmakers may say they want to work together, but when push comes to shove, the party that’s in the majority often ends up going it alone. For FiveThirtyEight, Lee Drutman breaks down why bipartisanship in Congress is dying — and what that means for democracy. You can read Drutman’s article in FiveThirtyEight now on Apple News. 
09/10/21·18m 34s

Journalists share Nobel Peace Prize for press-freedom fight

The Nobel Peace Prize went to journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov for their work fighting for press freedom under dangerous circumstances. BBC News has more. Divorced parents are going to court over whether their kids should be vaccinated against COVID. The Washington Post has the story. The Wall Street Journal explains how Trump’s trade war and the pandemic have driven cotton prices to sky-high levels.Bloomberg reports on how a cameo in a James Bond film can increase a car’s value by 1,000 percent.
08/10/21·6m 25s

A new twist in the fight over the debt ceiling

A judge has the controversial Texas abortion ban on hold. The Texas Tribune explains why it’s not clear the new ruling will actually increase access to the procedure. Senators seem to have become more optimistic about a deal to prevent the U.S. defaulting on its debt. The Washington Post reports on the talks. The Wall Street Journal has the story of a lawsuit that says computer outages from a cyberattack led hospital staff to miss troubling signs, resulting in a baby’s death. The hospital denies the allegations. If proven in court, it would be the first confirmed death from a ransomware attack. The Verge details how Taylor Swift fans are getting caught up in the Virginia governor’s race. Printed books are getting harder to find because of growing demand for reading material and pandemic-driven supply and labor shortages. Vox has details.Abdulrazak Gurnah is the latest winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. BBC News has more.
07/10/21·7m 0s

What role did pharmacies play in the opioid crisis?

NPR reports on a high-profile civil trial that focuses on the role pharmacy chains may have played in America's deadly opioid epidemic. Several people are under arrest, suspected of running a smuggling ring that moved Haitians, including children, from Chile to Mexico and the U.S. The Miami Herald has the story. Many children rely on school meals as their primary source of nutrition. Right now, pandemic food and labor shortages are making it hard for schools to feed students, the Washington Post explains. A Russian actor and a producer are at the International Space Station to shoot the first feature-length film in space. The Verge takes a look at the mission.
06/10/21·7m 12s

Understanding the global impact of the Facebook outage

Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp have started to come back online after a massive outage. CNN and the Washington Post have more on the cause and the impact. CNN has the story of the newest winners of the Nobel Prize in physics. They include scientists who did groundbreaking work on predicting climate change. As crews race to clean up the massive oil spill in California, the L.A. Times reports on how a previous spill in the state drove policy changes about offshore drilling that had nationwide impact. Many people say work has taken over their lives during the pandemic. The Wall Street Journal looks at how to gain perspective and fight burnout. Premium economy has turned into the most profitable section of the plane for many airlines. Bloomberg Businessweek explains why they’re giving us the hard sell to trade up.
05/10/21·8m 38s

Pandora Papers reveal how elites hide vast fortunes

The Washington Post reports on the newly revealed Pandora Papers, which detail an opaque financial universe where global elites shield their riches from taxes, criminal probes, and public accountability. Vox explains how the Supreme Court’s new term will include a number of cases that could alter the trajectory of our legal landscape. Issues on the docket include abortion and gun rights. National Women’s Soccer League players are speaking out and calling for change as accusations of sexual abuse and coercion, reported in The Athletic, rock the organization. National Geographic has the story of the first comprehensive survey of America’s public monuments, which has surprising findings at a time of debate over who should be honored with statues.
04/10/21·9m 57s

In Conversation: Bob Woodward and Robert Costa on the final months of Trump’s presidency

What was it like inside the White House when Donald Trump lost — then denied losing — the election? Journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, authors of the new book Peril, sat down with Apple News Today host Shumita Basu to discuss the chaotic period, which they consider one of the most dangerous in American history. Peril is available now on Apple Books.
02/10/21·26m 7s

The government didn’t shut down, but Dems are divided

Congress avoided a government shutdown on Thursday, sending a stopgap spending bill to President Biden’s desk with funding for another nine weeks. Meanwhile, Politico reports that Democrats were unsuccessful in efforts to advance their legislative priorities, leaving a pair of infrastructure bills in limbo. Russell Berman in the Atlantic says they have plenty of time to turn things around. While there is no law preventing judges from owning stocks, they are barred from hearing cases where they or their family have an interest. A Wall Street Journal investigation finds that some have violated this rule. Vaccine mandates may have had controversial beginnings, but a Washington Post analysis finds that anecdotal evidence tells us they’re working. A modern-art museum gave a Danish artist $84,000 to be used in a work of art. Instead of delivering a piece that incorporated the cash, he gave the museum two blank canvases titled “Take the Money and Run.” CBS News reports.
01/10/21·10m 18s

Lawmakers go to bat over looming shutdown deadline

The U.S. government faces a looming shutdown if Congress can’t pass a spending bill by midnight tonight — but that didn’t stop lawmakers from enjoying their annual baseball game. ABC News has the story. Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reports that President Biden’s legislative agenda is under threat, even as House Democrats are expected to vote on a key infrastructure bill today. Britney Spears is free from her father’s legal oversight, a major development in the singer’s quest for independence. The L.A. Times reports. Salmon is the most popular fish in the U.S. But, according to National Geographic, Americans seeking out sustainably raised salmon might not be getting what they paid for. Netflix says Korean drama Squid Game is likely its most popular show of all time. Variety explains the success of the series, whose violent and dystopian plot sees hundreds of cash-strapped contestants compete in children’s games for a chance at millions.
30/09/21·8m 39s

Biden’s agenda is on the line. Here’s who may hold the key.

Politico reports on how Democratic senators Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin are frustrating some in their party by continuing to offer few specifics on what they would support in the broad spending bill being considered by Congress. The NBA season is set to begin. Rolling Stone describes one of the league’s biggest problems: players who refuse to get COVID-19 shots. The arrival of thousands of Afghans has split a rural Virginia community. The Washington Post looks at how some residents have rushed to help the new arrivals, while others have been unwelcoming. U.S. officials say the ivory-billed woodpecker is officially extinct after years of futile efforts to save it. The Washington Post has the story of a new report that also declares 22 other species extinct.
29/09/21·8m 34s

A trillion-dollar coin? How to end the debt-ceiling debate.

Senate Republicans blocked a bill that would suspend the debt ceiling, forcing Democrats to devise a new strategy. As the U.S. runs the risk of default, Vox looks at unusual moves that could end the debt-limit debate forever. CNN previews Gen. Mark Milley’s congressional testimony, which could be highly charged. Senators are expected to press him over his conduct during the Trump administration following revelations in Bob Woodward’s new book. Following R. Kelly’s guilty verdict, the New Yorker looks at questions about the singer’s actions over the decades that remain unanswered. Bitcoin is going nuclear. The Wall Street Journal explains why cryptocurrency miners are increasingly partnering up with nuclear-power plants.
28/09/21·7m 58s
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