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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.

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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.

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English


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How Harris is taking control of the Biden campaign

7/23/2024
Politico reporter Eugene Daniels on how Kamala Harris is converting the Biden campaign into her own. American physicians Feroze Sidhwa and Mark Perlmutter, who both recently returned from Gaza, write in Politico about the child casualties of Israel’s war on Hamas. The Washington Post reported on how the ATF traced the Trump rally shooter’s gun using records opposed by some in the GOP. The results of the biggest study yet on guaranteed-income programs are finally in. The 19th has more. Paris 2024 sets a milestone as the first Olympics to achieve full gender parity, as NBC Sports explains. Allyson Felix introduced a nursery for athlete moms. CBS News has details. Today’s episode was hosted by Shumita Basu.

Duration:00:18:29

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Biden gets out, Harris steps up, Trump pivots. Now what?

7/22/2024
Biden ended his reelection bid and backed Kamala Harris as the Democratic nominee. Reuters has details. The Atlantic looks at the problems Biden’s withdrawal creates for the Trump campaign. And USA Today explains how the Trump campaign is turning its focus to Harris. Harris’s life has been filled with milestones and firsts. Now she is close to becoming the Democratic nominee for president. The Los Angeles Times, which has covered her for years, explains what you need to know about her. The Washington Post and Politico go behind the scenes of Biden’s decision to drop out, and the Wall Street Journal looks back at his 50 years at the center of power. Today’s episode was hosted by Shumita Basu.

Duration:00:14:41

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What was new and what was the same in Trump’s speech

7/19/2024
The Wall Street Journal covers Trump’s convention speech. And WSJ reporter Alex Leary explains how Trump won back control of the GOP. The Washington Post unpacks what’s known about the assassination attempt against Trump. In the wake of Hurricane Beryl, the Texas Tribune looks into why power outages keep happening in the state. Reuters reports on the global cyber outage that has grounded flights and also hit banks, media, and more. Russian prosecutors are seeking an 18-year sentence for falsely accused Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich. The Journal has more. Hunter Biden is calling for his conviction to be tossed out, citing the judge’s ruling in the Trump documents case. NBC News reports. Bob Newhart, groundbreaking comic and sitcom legend, died at 94. Rolling Stone describes his impact. Today’s episode was guest-hosted by Gideon Resnick.

Duration:00:15:21

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The mysterious health crisis plaguing a small Texas town

7/18/2024
CNN reports that Nancy Pelosi told Biden that polls show he cannot win, and ABC says Chuck Schumer privately urged him to step aside. The Washington Post covers JD Vance’s convention speech, in which Trump’s VP pick introduced himself to the nation. Food aid is piling up inside Gaza. NPR looks at why it’s not reaching those in need. Time reporter Andrew Chow investigates the “nightmare” health crisis of a Texas bitcoin-mining town. The Ringer has the winners and losers from the Emmy nominations. The Verge explains why NASA canceled a mission that was going to search for water on the moon. NBC News looks at how pricey Copenhagen is offering tourists free perks for going green. Today’s episode was guest-hosted by Gideon Resnick.

Duration:00:11:40

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Why Biden allies say he’s not getting the full picture

7/17/2024
The Wall Street Journal’s Annie Linskey reports on how some Democrats fear time is running out to change course before Biden gets the nomination. Throughout modern history, assassination attempts on U.S. presidents have led to changes in gun policy. But, Vox argues, that seems unlikely this time. Washington Post reporter Danielle Douglas-Gabriel explains why many universities are abandoning race-conscious scholarships worth millions. Sen. Bob Menendez is guilty. Politico lays out what happens next. The Atlantic looks into how a conservative policy blueprint could affect weather reports Americans rely on. Research shows that climate change is messing with time more than previously thought. CNN has the story. Today’s episode was guest-hosted by Gideon Resnick.

Duration:00:13:20

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Who is J.D. Vance? What to know about Trump’s running mate.

7/16/2024
The Wall Street Journal has what to know about Trump’s pick for running mate, Ohio Sen. J.D. Vance. The Atlantic’s David Graham explains Judge Aileen Cannon’s stunning decision to dismiss Trump’s classified-documents case. NPR follows firefighters in New Mexico as they scramble to save migrants from extreme summer heat. The AR-15, America’s most popular and despised rifle, is once again at the center of a national crisis. The Wall Street Journal looks at its divisive history. The San Francisco Chronicle examines how the 2007 baby boom will reshape college admissions in the coming years. The River Seine isn’t safe for swimming, but Paris’s mayor has nevertheless vowed to “dive in” ahead of the Olympics. The Athletic has the story. Today’s episode was guest-hosted by Gideon Resnick.

Duration:00:13:34

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New questions after the Trump assassination attempt

7/15/2024
Apple News has a collection of the best coverage and analysis of the shooting. Wall Street Journal senior political correspondent Molly Ball discusses how the incident is affecting the presidential campaign. Today’s episode was guest-hosted by Gideon Resnick.

Duration:00:10:37

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Texans planned for the heat — but not the chaos. Plus, what to know about kids and social media, and a big weekend in soccer

7/12/2024
Half a million people will remain without power until next week following Beryl’s trail of destruction across Houston. In the area’s brutal summer heat, outages can be a killer. The Texas Tribune’s Emily Foxhall spoke with residents who are sick of the uncertainty. On In Conversation, brain-science expert Mitch Prinstein explains what we know about how social media affects children’s brains — and shares advice for parents to help regulate their kids’ use. The Athletic shares what to watch for on a bumper day for international soccer fans on Sunday. First, in Germany, Spain and England go head-to-head in the final of Euro 2024. A few hours later, in Miami, Argentina and Colombia duke it out for the Copa América title.

Duration:00:15:06

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The family secret that upended Alice Munro’s legacy, world leaders brace for a potential Trump return, and more

7/11/2024
Washington Post reporter Emily Rauhala has the story of how fears of a Trump victory have NATO leaders looking to lock in support for Ukraine — and the alliance itself. Vox’s Constance Grady discusses recent revelations about Nobel Prize–winning author Alice Munro. NBC News reports on a breakthrough study on lupus that could point the way to new treatment. Today’s episode was guest-hosted by Yasmeen Khan.

Duration:00:11:49

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Inside a controversial new organ-donation technique, Democrats grapple with Biden’s candidacy, and more

7/10/2024
Semafor reporter Joseph Zeballos-Roig explains what Democrats are looking for from Biden, amid questions about the president’s campaign. NPR reports on the controversy over a new organ-recovery technique. New York magazine looks at how the NDA became the defining legal document of our time. Today’s episode was guest-hosted by Gideon Resnick.

Duration:00:11:00

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They lived on Mars for a year. Sort of.

7/9/2024
Hannah Knowles of the Washington Post reports on how Democrats are focusing attacks on Project 2025, a right-wing policy blueprint that’s being pushed by Trump allies. Channel 4 has the story of the Ukrainian children’s hospital that was hit in a Russian missile attack on Monday. NASA volunteers who lived in a simulation of Mars have emerged after more than a year. NPR has more. Today’s episode was guest-hosted by Gideon Resnick.

Duration:00:10:14

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Why one country just introduced a six-day workweek, and more Democrats call for Biden to drop out of the campaign

7/8/2024
ABC News has details on growing calls from congressional Democrats for Biden to step aside as a candidate. KFF Health News reporter Jazmin Orozco reports on how Idaho’s law criminalizing abortion drove an exodus of OB-GYNs from the state, forcing rural patients to leave their community for treatment. DW looks at Greece’s move to introduce a six-day workweek. Today’s episode was guest-hosted by Gideon Resnick.

Duration:00:10:51

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Is it time to ban fireworks? Plus, the drama in the world of competitive hot-dog eating.

7/3/2024
In The Atlantic, law professor Nicholas Bagley looks at a set of recent Supreme Court decisions that have fundamentally reshaped power in Washington. Outside magazine argues for banning fireworks for health and environmental reasons. CBS New York explains why Joey Chestnut is not on this year’s list of Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest competitors, despite being the reigning champion. Today’s episode was guest-hosted by Gideon Resnick.

Duration:00:09:52

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How the Supreme Court’s Trump ruling rewrote what it means to be president, wine’s dinosaur connection, and more

7/2/2024
The Supreme Court dealt a blow to prosecution of Trump by ruling that he has broad immunity. The Wall Street Journal’s Jess Bravin has the story. NPR spoke with Matthew Holehouse, a British political correspondent for The Economist, about the U.K.’s upcoming election. The Times of London reports on how new research makes a connection between the extinction of dinosaurs and the invention of wine. Today’s episode was guest-hosted by Gideon Resnick.

Duration:00:10:21

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How Biden’s changing course after a bad debate, Simone Biles wins another Olympic spot, and more

7/1/2024
Evan Osnos of the New Yorker discusses the Biden campaign’s attempts to manage the fallout from the president’s debate performance. The American release of the Donald Trump movie ‘The Apprentice,’ starring Sebastian Stan and Jeremy Strong, is in question, despite a distribution deal on the table. Jada Yuan from the Washington Post has the story. Simone Biles qualified for her third Olympic team. NBC Sports has details. Today’s episode was guest-hosted by Gideon Resnick.

Duration:00:15:56

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Should Democrats be worried after last night’s debate?

6/28/2024
Reuters has a recap of the first presidential debate, from Biden’s shaky performance to Trump’s barrage of falsehoods. Ari Saperstein of the Blind Landing podcast previews the U.S. gymnastics trials, as Simone Biles and others aim for spots on the Olympic team. Writer and critic Emily Nussbaum speaks to Apple News In Conversation about the history of reality TV. Today’s episode was guest-hosted by Gideon Resnick.

Duration:00:12:06

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A potential Alzheimer’s breakthrough, what to watch in the first Biden-Trump debate, and more

6/27/2024
Evan Osnos of the New Yorker describes what he’ll be watching for in tonight’s presidential debate. AI is exhausting the power grid. Tech firms are seeking a miracle solution. The Washington Post’s Evan Halper is on the story. The brain makes a lot of waste. Now scientists think they know where it goes. NPR reports. Today’s episode was guest-hosted by Gideon Resnick.

Duration:00:13:12

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Why everything’s about to get a lot more expensive, NBA teams consider drafting LeBron James’s son, and more

6/26/2024
The surgeon general declared gun violence a public-health crisis. Stat reporter Annalisa Merelli analyzes the move’s potential effects. Intensifying hurricanes, floods, and heat waves are wreaking havoc across the country, and on all of our bank accounts. Nitish Pahwa from Slate explains the increasing impact of climate change on the economy. The New Yorker reports on the father-son drama of LeBron and Bronny James. Today’s episode was guest-hosted by Gideon Resnick.

Duration:00:10:29

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Why scientists fear a second Trump term, how $4 bought an ancient Mayan artifact, freedom for Julian Assange, and more

6/25/2024
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is flying back to Australia after a 12-year legal battle. CNN explains what to know about his U.S. plea deal. Maxine Joselow from the Washington Post reports on why scientists fear a second Trump term, and what they’re doing about it. She thrifted this vase for $4. It turned out to be an ancient Mayan artifact. NPR has the story. Today’s episode was guest-hosted by Gideon Resnick.

Duration:00:10:35

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The fastest woman in the world

6/24/2024
The Wall Street Journal spoke to older voters about why they’re supporting Biden against Trump, while the Washington Post looks into how some younger voters who previously supported the president are turning on him. Many military service members and their families have a hard time receiving health care. NPR explains why. Sha’Carri Richardson won her spot at the Paris Olympics with a dominant performance, including the fastest 100-meter time this season. The Athletic has the story. Today’s episode was guest-hosted by Mark Garrison.

Duration:00:12:35