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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.




5 PM ET: Hush money probe, Biden’s first veto, American hostage freed & more

Three House GOP chairmen want Manhattan’s district attorney to testify about his investigation into a hush probe scheme – we’ll explain. President Joe Biden has vetoed his first bill. A jury convicted some people affiliated with the Oath Keepers today – we have the latest. A controversial law that would raise France's retirement age can move ahead. And, an American held hostage for more than six years has been freed. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit...


12 PM ET: Xi-Putin meeting, GA 2020 election probe, climate time bomb & more

China’s leader Xi Jinping is in Moscow today where he’ll be discussing the war in Ukraine with Vladimir Putin. Regulators and banks across the world have been working hard to avoid a global financial crisis - and so far it seems to be working. Former President Donald Trump could face more legal troubles in Georgia related to efforts to overturn the 2020 election. Alex Murdaugh’s murder case prompted a private autopsy. Plus, the UN says we’re running out of time to avoid climate...


6 AM ET: Xi's Moscow trip, Trump's arrest claims, world's happiest country & more

China's leader Xi Jinping is visiting Russian President Vladimir Putin today in Moscow. Credit Suisse is being rescued by its biggest competitor. Former President Donald Trump says he's going to be arrested this week. Miami Beach introduced an emergency curfew after Spring Break celebrations turned deadly. Plus, we'll tell you which countries are the happiest places to live. To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


One Thing: Breakdown of a Bank Collapse (and What It Means for You)

The Federal Reserve is scheduled to meet this week for the first time since the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank. The key question: will the largest failure of a US bank since 2008 change its approach to fighting inflation? In today’s episode we look at how we got here, the emergency response, and if the average customer can have faith in their money going forward. Guest: Christine Romans, CNN Chief Business Correspondent To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit...


One Thing: Planes, Trains & Big Mistakes

The FAA is scheduled to hold an industry-wide safety summit this week after a series of aviation safety incidents around the country, including a number of close calls on the runways of our nation’s busiest airports. In today’s episode, we take a closer look at these runway incursions and hear why some pilots say the system is as stressed as it's ever been. Guest: Pete Muntean, CNN Transportation Correspondent To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


One Thing: Will the Supreme Court Flunk Biden’s Student Debt Plan?

Last week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two challenges to President Joe Biden’s student debt forgiveness plan. While we wait for a ruling, millions of eligible borrowers remain in limbo, wondering just how much they will owe when payments resume. We break down how the justices responded and look at why another Biden administration repayment plan could provide even more relief in the long run. Guest: Katie Lobosco, CNN Politics Writer Take our short listener survey here. To...


One Thing: The People Fueling Ukraine’s ‘Will to Win’

It’s been one year since Russia invaded Ukraine, setting off the bloodiest land war in Europe since World War II. Since then, the bravery and ingenuity of the Ukrainian people has been on full display while its military has defied the odds and inflicted staggering losses on the Russian army. In today’s episode, we hear some of their stories and look at what comes next as the conflict drags on. Guest: Clarissa Ward, CNN Chief International Correspondent Take our short listener survey...


The War in Ukraine, One Year On

It's been one year since Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The country's President Volodymyr Zelensky marked the anniversary, saying 2023 "will be the year of our victory." In this special episode, we take a deep dive into the conflict. We'll look back at how we got here, the toll it's taken on Ukrainians and how Russia got this far into the war. Is peace in Ukraine on the horizon? To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


One Thing: Dr. Sanjay Gupta on Screens & Teens (Including His Own!)

Screens and social media touch nearly every part of our lives. They have also disrupted the ways we interact with each other, work, learn, and even grow up. Like many parents, this topic is personal for Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who has been reporting on this topic in the new season of his podcast, “Chasing Life.” In this episode, he shares personal conversations with his daughters and breaks down what experts say we could all do to have better relationships with our phones. Listen to “Chasing...


One Thing: Inside the Race for Earthquake Relief in Turkey and Syria

When a series of massive earthquakes struck Turkey and Syria, relief organizations from around the globe sprung into action. Our CNN team got exclusive access to one of these groups, flying in to one of the hardest-hit areas in southern Turkey. We hear what survivors are facing now and how politics are complicating the relief efforts on both sides of the border. Guest: Becky Anderson, CNN International Anchor To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit


One Thing: What Tyre Nichols Could Change About Policing

Calls for police reform have grown louder in the wake of the brutal beating that led to the death of Tyre Nichols in Memphis - especially after we learned that the first police report in the case did not match the video footage released by authorities. We examine why some are calling the quick decision to charge the officers involved a “blueprint” and look at the role specialized crime fighting units can sometimes play in these deadly encounters. Guest: Shimon Prokupecz, CNN Senior Crime...


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