TIME's Top Stories-logo

TIME's Top Stories

US News

All of the things you need to know now from the editors of TIME

All of the things you need to know now from the editors of TIME

Location:

United States

Description:

All of the things you need to know now from the editors of TIME

Language:

English


Episodes

What a Giant Map of the World’s Fungal Networks Can Tell Us About Climate Change

12/5/2021
BERLIN — Scientists from the United States and Europe announced plans Tuesday to create the biggest map of underground fungal networks, arguing they are an important but overlooked piece in the puzzle of how to tackle climate change. By working with local communities around the world the researchers said they will collect 10,000 DNA samples to determine how the vast networks that fungi create in the soil are changing as a result of human activity — including global warming.

Duration:00:03:57

What Rising Oil Prices Can Teach Us About Climate Politics in the U.S.

12/5/2021
For decades, U.S. presidents have reacted harshly to high oil prices, using whatever limited power they had to try to push them lower and then publicizing said efforts in hopes that they would win political points. Ronald Reagan took credit for oil prices falling during his tenure, crediting his deregulatory agenda. Bill Clinton released oil from the federal government’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to try to stem prices, though retrospective analysis shows it had little effect.

Duration:00:05:34

Amanda Gorman on the Greatest Lesson She’s Learned This Year

12/5/2021
Amanda Gorman has had quite a year. The former National Youth Poet Laureate stepped onto the stage at President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ Inauguration on Jan. 20 and seized the world’s attention with “The Hill We Climb,” a stirring piece about the promise of America.

Duration:00:08:59

HR Departments Are Navigating Confusing COVID-19 Religious Exemption Requests

12/5/2021
As businesses across the country start imposing strict COVID-19 vaccine and testing requirements, some employees are claiming religious exemptions to avoid getting vaccinated—putting human resources departments on the frontlines of a fraught political issue that has already proven fertile ground for lawsuits.

Duration:00:09:29

Column: Why This Trans Boy Had More Rights a Century Ago Than Many Trans Children Today

12/5/2021
More than 100 years ago at Craigievar Castle in Scotland, Ewan Forbes’ mother realized her 6-year-old was a boy, despite it saying “female” on his birth certificate. Instead of sending him to boarding school like his brother and sister, Gwendolen Forbes homeschooled a young Ewan and let him dress and play as he wished. To avoid the trauma of Ewan going through the wrong puberty, Gwendolen took her teenage son on a remarkable tour of European doctors.

Duration:00:10:32

Climate Experts Say Vacuuming CO2 From the Sky Is a Costly Boondoggle. The U.S. Government Just Funded It Anyway

12/5/2021
Steve Oldham has had a pretty good past few weeks. He runs a company called Carbon Engineering, which plans to build huge machines to suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and store it underground. And last month, a pair of announcements from the U.S. government may have given his industry the public sector stimulus it’s been awaiting for years. “‘Awakening’ is a good word,” says Oldham, characterizing the moment.

Duration:00:09:48

Review: Steven Spielberg’s Extraordinary West Side Story Is an Exuberant Modern Fairytale

12/5/2021
Where does the past meet the present, and who’s in charge of moving the slide rule between the two? In the opening number of Steven Spielberg’s extraordinary version of West Side Story, the white-boy New York City street gang, the Jets—led by Riff, played by Mike Faist, an angry elfin specter turned earthling—steal a bunch of paint cans from a construction site. Their plan is to deface a public mural of the Puerto Rican flag representing their rival gang, the Sharks.

Duration:00:10:01

‘Cows Are the New Coal.’ How the Cattle Industry Is Ignoring the Bottom Line When It Comes to Methane Emissions

12/4/2021
One of the early, attention-grabbing announcements at November’s COP climate conference in Glasgow was a commitment by more than 105 countries to join a U.S.- and E.U.-led coalition to cut 30% of methane emissions by 2030. The potent greenhouse gas, which is up to 80 times more effective at heating the planet than carbon dioxide in the short term, has often been considered the lowest hanging fruit when it comes to slowing down global warming.

Duration:00:07:03

Does the Global Scramble to Contain Omicron Show that China’s COVID Zero Approach is Simply Better?

12/4/2021
Countries across the world scrambled this week to impose border and travel curbs after the new omicron variant emerged. In China, it was business as usual. While scientists race to figure out whether the Covid-19 variant first sequenced in South Africa will pose a bigger problem than the highly infectious delta strain, countries ranging from the U.K. and Israel to Japan erred on the side of caution.

Duration:00:08:19

Biden’s ‘Free’ At-Home COVID Test Plan Isn’t as Straightforward as it Sounds

12/4/2021
As the Biden Administration prepares to tackle the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic this winter, part of its strategy is to expand access to rapid, at-home coronavirus testing free of charge—something that many public health experts have said is key to controlling spread of the virus.

Duration:00:06:41

What Researchers Have Learned About Whether it’s Possible to ‘Cure’ HIV

12/4/2021
It’s the news that the HIV community has been waiting four long decades for: the hint that maybe, just maybe, HIV can be cured. Dr. Xu Yu, a principal investigator at the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital, MIT and Harvard, as well as an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, had to check and recheck her results to be sure. In one of her patients, test after test to detect evidence of HIV in the woman's blood came up empty.

Duration:00:08:07

Mayors, Borough Bosses and Land Commissioners: Why Donald Trump Is Making Extremely Local Endorsements

12/4/2021
During their local mayoral race in early November, town residents in Hialeah, Florida, population 230,000, heard a familiar voice in a campaign ad for the city’s election. “Steve Bovo,” boomed former President Donald Trump’s voice, in an ad spliced with video of Trump name checking the Republican candidate during a rally in 2020.

Duration:00:08:47

How the Enron Scandal Changed American Business Forever

12/4/2021
It's the kind of historic anniversary few people really want to remember. In early December 2001, innovative energy company Enron Corporation, a darling of Wall Street investors with $63.4 billion in assets, went bust. It was the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history. Some of the corporation's executives, including the CEO and chief financial officer, went to prison for fraud and other offenses.

Duration:00:08:33

Independent Musicians Are Making Big Money From NFTs. Can They Challenge the Music Industry?

12/4/2021
A version of this article was published in TIME’s newsletter Into the Metaverse. Subscribe for a weekly guide to the future of the Internet. It’s brutally hard for most musicians to make money in the streaming era. Artists get paid fractions of pennies per stream, with many struggling to find sizable audiences at all: Data from 2019 and 2020 shows that 90% of streams go to the top 1% of artists.

Duration:00:12:23

School Shooting Shows That COVID-19 Isn't the Only Thing American Kids Need Protection From

12/3/2021
When a 15-year-old opened fire on Tuesday at a high school in Oxford Township, Mich., killing four students, it marked the deadliest school shooting since May 2018—and became a sign that schools are now contending with one public health crisis on top of another. "Gun violence is a public health crisis that claims lives every day," Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in a statement after the shooting at Oxford High School, which also left seven others injured.

Duration:00:05:05

Arctic Rain Will Soon Be More Common Than Arctic Snowfall

12/3/2021
When rain—not snow—fell on the highest point of Greenland’s ice sheet this August for the first time in recorded history, it was considered a worrying anomaly related to the regions’ changing climate. Now, a new study led by Canada’s University of Manitoba and co-authored by scientists at the U.S.-based National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) shows that it’s not an outlier but a harbinger of things to come.

Duration:00:04:26

New Study Explores if a Vaccine Can Prevent Breast Cancer

12/3/2021
Harnessing the immune system to target cancer has long resided on doctors’ wish lists, with very little promise of becoming reality. Because cancer cells are normal cells that mutate to grow out of control, directing the body to destroy these cells is a risky endeavor with potentially dangerous outcomes.

Duration:00:05:39

Supreme Court Signals It’s Ready to Limit Abortion at Historic Arguments

12/2/2021
The Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed ready to uphold a Mississippi law that bars abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, a move that would significantly curtail the right to abortion in the United States. The law in question directly contradicts what has been the central holding of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that established the constitutional right to abortion and said that states cannot ban the procedure before fetal viability, which occurs around 24 weeks of pregnancy.

Duration:00:09:52

Congress Can’t Agree on How to Reform Big Tech. Frances Haugen Says That’s What Facebook Wants

12/2/2021
A House hearing on Wednesday, which included new testimony from Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen, laid bare the deep partisan divisions that continue to hamper any legislative or regulatory reforms to hold tech platforms accountable for how they amplify dangerous content.

Duration:00:07:28

WTA Suspends Tournaments in China Over Lingering Concerns About Peng Shuai

12/2/2021
The suspension of all WTA tournaments in China because of concerns about the safety of Peng Shuai, a Grand Slam doubles champion who accused a former government official there of sexual assault, could result in cancellations of those events beyond 2022, the head of the women's professional tennis tour told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Duration:00:07:58