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USA TODAY’s daily news podcast, The Excerpt (formerly 5 Things), brings you a curated mix of the most important headlines seven mornings a week. We also deliver special deep-dive episodes on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons on the most compelling topics in culture, entertainment, sports, politics, and more. Give us fifteen minutes a day, we'll give you all of the headlines, none of the chaos. Hosted by Taylor Wilson and Dana Taylor.

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USA TODAY’s daily news podcast, The Excerpt (formerly 5 Things), brings you a curated mix of the most important headlines seven mornings a week. We also deliver special deep-dive episodes on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons on the most compelling topics in culture, entertainment, sports, politics, and more. Give us fifteen minutes a day, we'll give you all of the headlines, none of the chaos. Hosted by Taylor Wilson and Dana Taylor.

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English


Episodes

SPECIAL | Meet the T-rex of the sea: The Pliosaur

2/29/2024
The discovery of the fossilized jaw and skull of a pliosaur, a giant prehistoric marine reptile, has set enthusiasts on fire. What might these new bones teach us about how this ancient creature lived? One man with a front row seat to it all was legendary paleontologist Steve Etches, a plumber-turned-scientist who has been collecting fossils, from what’s known as the Jurassic Coast in southern England, for over 40 years. Steve joins The Excerpt to share the extraordinary story of finding and collecting this rare fossil, currently on display at the Etches Collection Museum of Jurassic Marine Life. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:12:18

Supreme Court will consider immunity in April, delaying Trump election interference trial

2/29/2024
The Supreme Court will consider presidential immunity in April, delaying former President Donald Trump's election interference trial. Plus, a judge rules Trump must post a bond for the full $454 million judgment against him. And an Illinois judge has ruled Trump is disqualified from the state's 2024 election ballot. USA TODAY Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page looks at the legacy of Sen. Mitch McConnell, as he announces he'll be stepping down from his leadership post. Hunter Biden denies President Joe Biden was involved in family business. USA TODAY White House Correspondent Joey Garrison previews President Joe Biden's trip to the border. Lawmakers reach a short-term solution to avoid a partial government shutdown. Leap year baby Mary Lee Forsyth turns 25 (but is really 100). Episode Transcript available here Also available at art19.com/shows/5-Things See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:12:00

SPECIAL | Alabama's controversial IVF ruling means that embryos are children

2/28/2024
The ethical and legal issues of IVF, or in vitro fertilization, are complicated. For many, IVF is more than a medical procedure; it's about the profound desire for parenthood. Each year, IVF contributes to around 100,000 births nationwide. In a recent decision, the Alabama Supreme Court described embryos as, "embryonic children...kept alive in a cryogenic nursery.” In other words, frozen embryos are children. Lindsay Heller, an IVF mom and partner at the law firm Fox Rothschild LLP in New Jersey, joins us to discuss how this decision might impact IVF patients and providers across the country. Episode Transcript available here Also available at art19.com/shows/5-Things See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:12:49

Trump beats Haley, while Biden faces toughest opponent yet — 'uncommitted' in Michigan primary

2/28/2024
Former President Donald Trump beat former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, while President Joe Biden faced his toughest opponent yet in the Michigan primary. USA TODAY National Correspondent Trevor Hughes looks at the potential impact of Alabama's IVF ruling on voters. President Joe Biden met with Congressional leaders amid government shutdown talks. USA TODAY Health Reporter Karen Weintraub talks about the lack of treatments for long COVID. A Texas nuclear weapons facility has suspended operations due to nearby wildfires. Episode Transcript available here Also available at art19.com/shows/5-Things See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:10:57

Supreme Court skeptical of laws to regulate social media companies

2/27/2024
The Supreme Court appeared skeptical Monday of controversial laws to regulate social media companies. USA TODAY Supreme Court Correspondent Maureen Groppe reports. In international news, the Palestinian prime minister and Cabinet have resigned which could make way for a technocratic government to run post-war Gaza. Meanwhile President Biden says a Gaza ceasefire could come by 'end of the weekend.' And Hungary's Parliament voted yesterday to ratify Sweden's bid to join NATO. USA TODAY Money and Personal Finance Reporter Medora Lee looks at several Congressional fights that could affect your wallet. A New York City journalist's death is the city's latest lithium-ion battery fire fatality. Episode Transcript available here Also available at art19.com/shows/5-Things See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:12:26

Haley still running after loss in home state

2/26/2024
USA TODAY White House Correspondent Francesca Chambers looks at what's next for former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and the Republican presidential field after Haley's big loss to former President Donald Trump in her home state. Israel and the U.S. continue to differ on resolutions in Gaza. USA TODAY National Correspondent Trevor Hughes breaks down the high turnover rate plaguing election offices nationwide. Florida's surgeon general is under fire for defying CDC recommendations as measles cases spread in the state. Flaco, the New York City owl has died. Episode Transcript available here Also available at art19.com/shows/5-Things See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:11:17

Black History Month: Saving our historic Black churches

2/25/2024
This Black History Month we wanted to celebrate the role of Black churches in advancing a more just and progressive society. But why have so many historic Black churches been abandoned or fallen into disrepair? Juan Floyd-Thomas, Associate Professor of African American Religious History at Vanderbilt University, joins us on The Excerpt to discuss the effort to preserve these historic sites, part of the backbone of the Civil Rights Movement. Episode Transcript available here Also available at art19.com/shows/5-Things See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:12:33

Ukraine fights on 2 years after invasion

2/24/2024
It's the second anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. President Joe Biden sees a dip in his approval rating. USA TODAY Domestic Security Correspondent Josh Meyer reports on the latest from the decision on whether or not to disqualify Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis from the Georgia Trump election fraud case. The Gymnastics Winter Cup begins. Was the Bidens' now-banished dog Biter-in-Chief? Episode Transcript available here Also available at art19.com/shows/5-Things See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:09:21

Trump vows to support Christians during Tennessee speech

2/23/2024
Former President Donald Trump vowed to support Christians during a Thursday speech. USA TODAY Education Reporter Alia Wong discusses the divide over whether to include LGBTQ+ discussions in school. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is suing a Catholic migrant aid organization for alleged human smuggling. USA TODAY Personal Finance Reporter Daniel de Visé looks at a looming retirement crisis for younger Boomers. What happens during a mass cell service outage? We got a glimpse Thursday. Episode Transcript available here Also available at art19.com/shows/5-Things See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:12:40

SPECIAL | Now more than ever, we need the news. But can journalism survive?

2/22/2024
In the U.S., journalism has long contributed to the checks and balances of power, playing a crucial role in holding our elected officials accountable. But as people find alternative ways to get information and ad dollars move elsewhere, newsrooms continue to shrink. With two global wars and a presidential election approaching, is it time to sound the alarm? Jay Rosen, journalism professor at New York University and editor and owner of the blog PressThink, joins The Excerpt to share his insights. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:14:17

Trump expected to argue 'no victims' in appealing New York fraud case

2/22/2024
Former President Donald Trump is expected to argue 'no victims' in appealing his New York fraud case. USA TODAY Justice Department Correspondent Bart Jansen reports. House Republicans grill President Joe Biden's brother as they continue their impeachment investigation. USA TODAY Supreme Court Correspondent Maureen Groppe breaks down a fight over pollution rules. The Biden administration cancels more than $1 billion in student loan debt. Major League Soccer (along with star Lionel Messi) is back. Episode Transcript available here Also available at art19.com/shows/5-Things See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:12:19

SPECIAL | Can Beyoncé convince country music she belongs?

2/21/2024
Beyoncé showed up at this year’s Grammy awards dressed in rhinestones and an oil baron-sized white cowboy hat. That night she made the surprise announcement that she would be releasing a new album soon, and an even bigger surprise – that it would be a country music album. The first two singles “Texas Hold ‘Em” and “16 Carriages” dropped on Super Bowl Sunday. So far, Beyonce’s fan base, known as the Beyhive, has embraced her new sound. USA TODAY Music Reporter, Melissa Ruggieri joins The Excerpt to discuss if the country music establishment will follow suit. Episode Transcript available here Also available at art19.com/shows/5-Things See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:13:23

US vetoes UN resolution demanding cease-fire in Gaza

2/21/2024
The U.S. has vetoed a UN resolution demanding an immediate cease-fire in Gaza. USA TODAY Reporter Maureen Groppe looks at the potential implications of the Supreme Court's decision not to review a high school diversity case. Two men have been charged with murder in the Kansas City shooting. USA TODAY National Correspondent Trevor Hughes breaks down an Alabama court decision ruling that frozen embryos are children. Capital One is acquiring Discover Financial Services. Episode Transcript available here Also available at art19.com/shows/5-Things See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:09:38

'Additional sanctions' against Russia being considered after Navalny death

2/20/2024
President Joe Biden is considering additional sanctions on Russia. USA TODAY Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page breaks down polling data ahead of the South Carolina primary. Eight states enacted laws in 2023 restricting sex ed. More are set to pass bills this year that would ban teaching about identity and relationships. USA TODAY National Correspondent Elizabeth Weise looks at whether plastic bag bans actually work. Animal shelter populations are soaring. And dogs are paying the price. Episode Transcript available here Also available at art19.com/shows/5-Things See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:10:19

Young Russians mourn death of opposition leader Navalny

2/19/2024
Young Russians in particular are mourning opposition leader Alexei Navalny amid suspicions of Russian President Vladimir Putin's involvement in his death. Former USA TODAY Correspondent and current Managing Editor of the Harvard Crimson Miles Herszenhorn reports on the reaction inside Russia. Plus, listen to Sunday's episode on Putin's ambitions. How concerning is deepfake advertising? USA TODAY Health Reporter Karen Weintraub relays some of the latest guidance around COVID-19. A new program hopes to create more Black veterinarians. 'Barbie' wins big at the People's Choice Awards. Episode Transcript available here Also available at art19.com/shows/5-Things See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:13:36

Putin's Russia flexes its muscles

2/18/2024
Russian President Vladimir Putin has been making international headlines this week, just six days from what will be the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Stories about troop buildup and the possibility of nuclear space weapons are just two of many. Are Russia’s ambitions in Europe shifting and how worried should the United States, arguably his biggest foe, be? USA TODAY Pentagon Correspondent Tom Vanden Brook joins The Excerpt to share his insights on recent military developments. Episode Transcript available here Also available at art19.com/shows/5-Things See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:07:21

Trump hit with $453.5 million penalty in New York real estate fraud lawsuit

2/17/2024
Former President Donald Trump has been hit with a $453.5 million penalty in his New York real estate fraud lawsuit. USA TODAY Justice Department Correspondent Bart Jansen puts the ruling in context. A second Fani Willis hearing saw her father testify. Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny has died. USA TODAY Breaking News and Education Reporter Zach Schermele has the latest from the Education Department's FAFSA headache. Marijuana is in legal limbo. Episode Transcript available here Also available at art19.com/shows/5-Things See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:13:56

Fani Willis fights push to remove her from Trump Georgia case

2/16/2024
Fani Willis fights the push to remove her from the Trump Georgia election fraud case. USA TODAY Domestic Security Correspondent Josh Meyer reports. A former FBI informant has been indicted for lying about Joe and Hunter Biden's alleged business dealings. Police offer more details about the Super Bowl victory shooting in Kansas City. Black, female online gamers face rising abuse. USA TODAY Sports National Correspondent Lindsay Schnell discusses the greatness of Caitlin Clark. Episode Transcript available here Also available at art19.com/shows/5-Things See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:12:16

SPECIAL | Can Jon Stewart make The Daily Show must-see TV for a new generation?

2/15/2024
With a bit more gray in his hair, but the same amount of sarcasm and satire, Jon Stewart is back in the anchor chair at the Daily Show. The comedian, turned news and culture phenomenon, helped put the show on the map while serving as host for 16 years. Signing off last in 2015, he is back to voice his outrage and humor as executive producer and host of the show every Monday through the 2024 election. But why did he decide now was the time to return? USA TODAY Entertainment Reporter Marco Della Cava joins The Excerpt to talk about whether the Stewart of old can still capture the hearts and minds of audiences of today. Episode Transcript available here Also available at art19.com/shows/5-Things See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:11:12

At least 21 shot after Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl parade

2/15/2024
A shooting broke out after the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl parade. USA TODAY Investigative Reporter Nick Penzenstadler looks at the stores that sell the most guns used in crime. The Fani Willis hearing could decide the fate of former President Donald Trump's Georgia election case. Watch it here. USA TODAY Congress, Campaigns and Democracy Reporter Rachel Looker explains what would hypothetically happen if President Joe Biden or former President Donald Trump were to drop out of the presidential race. Syphilis is on the rise. Experts worry people don't care. What's the best restaurant near you? Episode Transcript available here Also available at art19.com/shows/5-Things See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Duration:00:13:47