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Episodes

We’re About to Learn How Seriously We Should Take Trump 2024... and More Stories

1/27/2023
Included in this episode: 1. We’re About to Learn How Seriously We Should Take Trump 2024 2. Intel CEO: AI Will Push Us Forward—If We Use It Responsibly 3. U.S. Military Kills Senior Islamic State Official in Somalia 4. The Fight Over Non-Competes Is Heating Up. The FTC Must Stand Strong .

Duration:00:22:07

Biden Just Promised Abrams Tanks to Ukraine. They Won’t Get There for Months... and More Stories

1/26/2023
Included in this episode: 1. Biden Just Promised Abrams Tanks to Ukraine. They Won’t Get There for Months 2. A Boy, 6, Shot His Teacher. The School Was Warned About the Gun But Did Nothing, Lawyer Says 3. Why Gas Prices May be Set to Spike Again 4. American Offshore Wind Doesn’t Have a Plan. It Could Cost the Country $20 Billion 5. The University of Idaho Murders Show the Hidden Cost of America’s True Crime Addiction .

Duration:00:27:19

The Doomsday Clock Is Closer to Catastrophe Than Ever Before... and More Stories

1/25/2023
Included in this episode: 1. The Doomsday Clock Is Closer to Catastrophe Than Ever Before 2. Power Slap Has Competitors Slap Each Other as Hard as Possible. Yes, It Has Critics 3. Jacinda Ardern May Need Ongoing Security, Amid Torrent of Abuse and Threats 4. Denmark Has a Controversial Reason for Scrapping a Public Holiday .

Duration:00:20:43

Why Ukraine Might Soon Get the Coveted German-Made Leopard 2 Tanks... and More Stories

1/24/2023
Included in this episode: 1. Why Ukraine Might Soon Get the Coveted German-Made Leopard 2 Tanks 2. Former FBI Official Arrested for Taking Payments From Russian Oligarch 3. Trump Wants His Facebook Ban Lifted. Here's What That Would Mean for His 2024 Campaign 4. It’s Not Just You: The Flu Is Bad This Year

Duration:00:30:55

Spotlight: Maya Moore and Jonathan Irons on Their Improbable Love Story

1/24/2023
After Jeremy Irons' release from 23 years in prison, and Maya Moore's retirement from the WNBA, the couple look towards their future together.

Duration:00:09:15

Echoes of Benghazi Inquiry in House GOP Approach to Biden's Classified Documents... and More Stories

1/23/2023
Included in this episode: 1. Echoes of Benghazi Inquiry in House GOP Approach to Biden's Classified Documents 2. ‘Climate First.’ The New Debate on Protectionism in Davos 3. Column: Giving Cash to Africa is the Best Thing the U.S. Can Do For Both Africa and Itself

Duration:00:25:32

Exclusive: AWOL Navy SEAL Killed Fighting In Ukraine... and More Stories

1/22/2023
Included in this episode: 1. Exclusive: AWOL Navy SEAL Killed Fighting In Ukraine 2. Column: The Women of Afghanistan Won't Be Silenced Anymore 3. Column: What We Can Learn From Medieval Women in the Workforce 4. The 100 Envelopes Challenge Promises to Help You Save $5,000. It Will Also Cost You .

Duration:00:26:30

Moderna’s mRNA-Based RSV Vaccine Just Passed a Major Test... and More Stories

1/21/2023
Included in this episode: 1. Moderna’s mRNA-Based RSV Vaccine Just Passed a Major Test 2. Why Prosecutors Are Charging Alec Baldwin With Involuntary Manslaughter 3. Column: What Biden's Documents Reveal About the Confusing Classification System 4. What to Know About the Retirement Age Protests in France .

Duration:00:23:35

What the U.S. Hitting the Debt Ceiling Means for You... and More Stories

1/20/2023
Included in this episode: 1. What the U.S. Hitting the Debt Ceiling Means for You 2. Why a Possible Drag Queen Past Won't Loosen the GOP Grip of George Santos 3. AI Isn't to Blame for Layoffs at Microsoft and Other Tech Companies 4. Ukraine Is Getting British Tanks. What Its Military Really Needs Is German Leopard 2s .

Duration:00:29:47

Ukraine Is Top of the Agenda in Davos. But Some Fear Support From Businesses Has Peaked... and More Stories

1/19/2023
Included in this episode: 1. Ukraine Is Top of the Agenda in Davos. But Some Fear Support From Businesses Has Peaked 2. Ukraine's Finance Minister: What Russia's War Is Costing the World 3. Accused 'Mastermind' of New Mexico Political Shootings Left a Chilling Digital Trail 4. A New Doc Explores an Alleged Curse on 'Glee' .

Duration:00:28:33

​​​​The Upcoming Lunar New Year Holiday Threatens a Grim COVID Toll in China... and More Stories

1/18/2023
Included in this episode: 1. ​​​​The Upcoming Lunar New Year Holiday Threatens a Grim COVID Toll in China 2. Ukraine’s Interior Minister Among 18 Killed in Helicopter Crash Near Kyiv 3. Maria Ressa, Philippine Journalist and Nobel Laureate, Acquitted of Tax Evasion Charges 4. Column: Why Businesses Must Stop Disregarding People With Disabilities 5. How the World Economic Forum Plans to Bring Leaders Together in the Metaverse .

Duration:00:23:34

Why the World Is Protesting America’s Climate Plan... and More Stories

1/17/2023
Included in this episode: 1. Why the World Is Protesting America’s Climate Plan 2. As COVID-19 Barrels Through China, Some Are Turning to Black Market Amid Drug Shortages 3. Column: The Dangers of Letting Donald Trump Back on Facebook 4. Column: 3 Shortcuts to Immediately Improve Your Work Life .

Duration:00:28:28

Spotlight: Mexico's Tourist Train Will Destroy Indigenous Land and Livelihoods

1/17/2023
The Maya Train has been touted as a jewel in Mexico’s infrastructure crown since it was first officially proposed in September 2018, but President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s promises to protect the environment and keep project costs to a minimum have already fallen short.

Duration:00:14:04

The New Ways Teachers Are Talking About Martin Luther King Jr.... and More Stories

1/16/2023
Included in this episode: 1. The New Ways Teachers Are Talking About Martin Luther King Jr. 2. At Least 68 Killed in Plane Crash in Nepal. Here’s What We Know So Far 3. Biden’s Classified Documents: A Timeline of What We Know So Far 4. What We Know About the Missing Massachusetts Woman Ana Walshe 5. How Gas Stoves Became the Latest Right-Wing Cause in the Culture Wars .

Duration:00:27:36

Europe Stops Getting Diesel From Russia Soon. What Happens Next?... and More Stories

1/15/2023
Included in this episode: 1. Europe Stops Getting Diesel From Russia Soon. What Happens Next? 2. Column: We Elected Biden to Be Better Than This 3. A Chaotic Congress Bodes Poorly for U.S. Climate Policy 4. Column: We Must Save the North Atlantic Right Whale to Save Ourselves 5. Many Long COVID Symptoms Resolve Within a Year, Study Suggests .

Duration:00:21:13

China’s COVID-19 Toll Isn’t Public. Satellite Images Seem to Show a Lot of People Are Dying... and More Stories

1/14/2023
Included in this episode: 1. China’s COVID-19 Toll Isn’t Public. Satellite Images Seem to Show a Lot of People Are Dying 2. Column: The Insurrection in Brazil Is Part of a Broader Crisis of Trust 3. The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Is Also a Looming Climate Disaster 4. Review: Spare Is Surprisingly Well Written—Despite the Drama Around It .

Duration:00:28:30

Attorney General Merrick Garland Names Special Counsel in Biden Classified Documents Case... and More Stories

1/13/2023
Included in this episode: 1. Attorney General Merrick Garland Names Special Counsel in Biden Classified Documents Case 2. President Biden, His Corvette, and the Latest Stash of Classified Documents 3. The Latest James Webb Image Reveals New Clues About the Origins of the Universe 4. Column: The Humanitarian Crisis in Nagorno-Karabakh Is a Textbook Example of Ethnic Cleansing .

Duration:00:20:41

Why the U.S. Nursing Shortage Keeps Getting Worse... and More Stories

1/12/2023
Included in this episode: 1. Why the U.S. Nursing Shortage Keeps Getting Worse 2. Why Bolsonaro Fled Brazil and What the U.S. Can Do About It 3. More and More Employers Are Using an Overtime Loophole to Pay People Less 4. Data Doesn't Support New COVID-19 Booster Shots for Most, Says Vaccine Expert .

Duration:00:22:58

A New Student Loan Plan Could Reduce the Burden for 10 Million Borrowers. Here’s How... and More Stories

1/11/2023
Included in this episode: 1. A New Student Loan Plan Could Reduce the Burden for 10 Million Borrowers. Here’s How 2. At Least 14 People Killed in Violent Flooding Across California. Here’s What to Know 3. Investigations, Distrust, and Stigma: Why George Santos May Not Get Much Done in Congress 4. Column: How to Make Gratitude Feel Less Like a Chore .

Duration:00:24:45

Why U.S. Bradleys Are Just the Fighting Vehicles That Ukraine Needs... and More Stories

1/10/2023
Included in this episode: 1. Why U.S. Bradleys Are Just the Fighting Vehicles That Ukraine Needs 2. Here Are the Implications of Prince Harry Saying That He Killed 25 Taliban Fighters 3. China Retaliates Against South Korea, Japan Over COVID-19 Restrictions 4. Column: Republicans Are Caught in a Paralyzing Trap of Orthodoxy 5. What Brazil’s Failed Coup Means for the Future of Its Democracy .

Duration:00:23:15