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We bring you 5 stories that will get you up to speed and on with your day. Updates at 6am, 9am, 12pm, 5pm and 10pm Eastern, every weekday.


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We bring you 5 stories that will get you up to speed and on with your day. Updates at 6am, 9am, 12pm, 5pm and 10pm Eastern, every weekday.




10 PM ET: Debt limit talks, Alec Baldwin charged, new ChatGPT tool & more

We start with two big news events on tomorrow’s agenda: Tyre Nichols’ funeral and a meeting on the debt ceiling between President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. Plus, CNN sat down for an exclusive interview with the Israeli prime minister. Actor Alec Baldwin has been formally charged in connection to a shooting on a movie set that killed a cinematographer. Lastly, we’ll tell you about a new artificial intelligence feature that could help teachers catch cheaters. To learn more...


5 PM ET: Winter crashes, Santos’ committee recusals, Michael Jackson biopic & more

An ice storm is slamming parts of the US and impacting travel. Republican Congressman George Santos says he’s temporarily stepping aside from his assigned committees. We have an update on a drive-by shooting we brought you at the top of Monday’s 10 p.m. episode. We’ll also tell you where cases of mpox, formerly known as monkeypox, stand in the US. And, there’s a lot of buzz surrounding an upcoming Michael Jackson biopic and who’s playing the lead role. To learn more about how CNN protects...


12 PM ET: Police report contradictions, western water divide, workers’ wages & more

The initial police report from Tyre Nichols’ arrest in Memphis, Tennessee contradicts with what videos showed. Seven western states can’t agree on how to voluntarily cut their water usage. Wages didn’t keep up with inflation last year, as the Federal Reserve weighs what to do next. People are taking to the streets in France to protest pension reform. Plus, what could ending the Covid-19 emergency statuses mean for you? To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit...


9 AM ET: Ice storm incoming, Pakistan death toll, Covid-19 'baby bump' & more

Millions of people in the Southern and Central US are bracing for an ice storm. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is in the occupied West Bank today. The death toll from the Pakistan terror attack has reached 100. We'll tell you about a Covid-19 "baby bump" that's seen the US fertility rate increase. Plus, a New Zealand rugby player has made history by coming out as gay. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


6 AM ET: Potential Russian coup, US healthcare falls short, missing radioactive capsule & more

The fallout continues from the death of Tyre Nichols as more people are investigated. A former Wagner mercenary has spoken to CNN, while one former Russian ally says a coup could be coming. The US is paying a lot for its healthcare, but it's still getting poor results. A man has been charged with attempted murder for allegedly driving his wife and children off a cliff. Plus, Australian authorities are searching for a potentially deadly capsule that's no bigger than a coin. To learn more...


10 PM ET: Florida shooting, police beating fallout, Cindy Williams dies & more

We start with a drive-by shooting in Lakeland, Florida. Plus, two more Memphis police officers and three fire department personnel have been relieved of their duties following the death of Tyre Nichols. We’ll tell you how the White House is responding to Ukraine’s requests for fighter jets. We now know when Covid-19 national and public health emergencies in the US are set to end. Police say a man accused of kidnapping a woman and beating her unconscious is on the run. Lastly, actress Cindy...


5 PM ET: Memphis officer’s removal, children Covid-19 deaths, Super Bowl matchup & more

We start with the latest on the removal of a sixth Memphis officer involved in a police confrontation that led to the death of Tyre Nichols. We'll also tell you how where the battle between Ukrainian and Russian forces now stands. Then, we’ll give you an update on a deadly explosion at a mosque in Pakistan. We’ll explain where Covid-19 deaths among children rank in the US. And, we’ll tell you which two teams are going head-to-head in this year’s Super Bowl. To learn more about how CNN...


12 PM ET: Police reform calls, big economy week, Artemis II astronauts & more

Washington is under pressure to pass police reform after Tyre Nichols’ death. We now know more about the suspect’s motive in the Half Moon Bay shooting. We’ll learn more this week about where the economy is heading this year. Former President Donald Trump hit the campaign trail, and might have some competition soon. Plus, CNN got an exclusive look at NASA’s secret process to select astronauts for NASA’s next moon mission. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit...


9 AM ET: Blinken visits Israel, police unit disbanded, Pakistan blast & more

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken visits Israel amid growing tensions and violence in the country. A police unit has been disbanded over the death of Tyre Nichols. A suspected suicide attack has rocked Pakistan. More than 40 million people are under winter weather alerts from Texas to Illinois. Plus, a YouTube gives 1000 people their sight back. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


6 AM ET: Reform calls grow, Super Bowl lineup, cockroach ex shoutout & more

Calls for Police reform in the US are growing louder after a weekend of protests over Tyre Nichols' death. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is visiting Israel today. Students are returning to the school where a 6-year-old allegedly shot his teacher. We'll bring you the details of Djokovic's stunning Australian Open win, as well as which teams will face off in this year's Super Bowl. Plus, a zoo in Texas has an interesting way to send a message to your ex. To learn more about how CNN...


One Thing: Are Florida Students Getting the Full Story?

Earlier this month, the state of Florida announced it would block reject a proposed Advanced Placement course on African American Studies. The move follows laws passed in Florida and other Republican-led states aimed at restricting certain race-based coursework in the classroom, including so-called critical race theory. We examine how students, parents and teachers are reacting to this new era of partisan education. Guest: Leyla Santiago, CNN Correspondent To learn more about how CNN...


One Thing: On the Front Lines of the Western Water Wars

Despite recent rainstorms in California, the decades-long megadrought in the West shows no signs of easing. As a result, some states have been forced to pull back on the water they use from the Colorado River. In this episode, we hear the story of one Arizona community forced to take legal action against the city of Scottsdale after being cut off from its water supply – and why it could serve as a warning to the rest of the country as the climate crisis continues. Guest: Lucy Kafanov, CNN...


One Thing: The Biden Document Discovery (And How It Compares to Trump)

When we learned Obama-era classified documents were discovered in multiple locations used by President Joe Biden after his time as vice president, some Republicans were quick to draw comparisons to former President Donald Trump, who is also under investigation for mishandling government documents. But just how similar are the two circumstances? We break down what we know about each case, the special counsels tasked with investigating them, and the political ramifications ahead of a possible...


One Thing: Will Damar Hamlin Change How We Watch Football?

The sports world came to a standstill last Monday night after 24-year-old Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest and collapsed on the field during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals. In this week’s episode, a former NFL player weighs in on the league’s reaction and explains why he thinks this incident represents a turning point in the conversation around player safety and mental health concerns at all levels of the sport. Guest: Coy Wire, CNN Sports Anchor &...


One Thing: The Tech That Could Define 2023 (and Beyond)

The metaverse. Artificial intelligence. These technologies are here and already shaping our world in ways you may not realize. We take a closer look at how they are taking hold and tackle some commonly asked questions. See more on “Decoded”. Guest: Anna Stewart, CNN Reporter To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


One Thing: Hollywood’s ‘Last Movie Stars’ with Ethan Hawke

Earlier this year, CNN Films and HBO Max released “The Last Movie Stars”, a documentary detailing the love story and careers of legendary Hollywood icons Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. Its director, Ethan Hawke, stops by to talk about the film, how streaming has changed Hollywood, and what to watch if you have some downtime this holiday season. “The Last Movie Stars” is now streaming on HBO Max. Guest: Ethan Hawke, director of “The Last Movie Stars” To learn more about how CNN protects...


One Thing: Inside the Fall of a ‘Crypto King’

Sam Bankman-Fried promised to revolutionize the cryptocurrency industry through his exchange, FTX. Last week, he was arrested and charged with fraud, capping a month-long saga which saw the collapse of FTX along with his personal wealth. We examine how customers' money was allegedly stolen and what it all could mean for the future of the industry. Guest: Allison Morrow, CNN Business Senior Editor To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


One Thing: Just How Vulnerable is America’s Power Grid?

Thousands of central North Carolina residents spent much of last week in the dark following an attack on two electric substations. It follows years of warnings from the federal government that the power grid was an attractive target for extremists. We examine how this attack upended daily life and look at what can be done to protect the grid going forward. Guest: Whitney Wild, CNN Law Enforcement Correspondent To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


One Thing: Zero Patience for Zero-Covid in China

China has signaled it may adjust some aspects of its strict zero-Covid policy following a massive show of defiance in cities across the country, with some openly calling for the removal of Chinese leader Xi Jinping. We examine the financial and psychological ramifications of the restrictions and look at whether the protests could force more change. Guest: Selina Wang, CNN International Correspondent To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


One Thing: Understanding “The Assignment” with Audie Cornish

Over the past few years, once-sleepy local school board meetings have become passionate and occasionally rowdy venues for debate over issues like the pandemic, race, gender and more. We’ve also seen school board elections become more partisan than ever. We hear from two parents about why they decided to run for office and what changes they hope to make while in power. Listen to “The Assignment” here. Guest: Audie Cornish, CNN Anchor & Correspondent To learn more about how CNN protects...