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Join Shumita Basu and Duarte Geraldino every weekday morning as they guide you through some of the most fascinating stories in the news — and how the world’s best journalists are covering them.

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    Who gets to claim self-defense in fatal shootings?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 9:58

    Closing arguments have concluded in the trial of the three white men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man who was out jogging. The Washington Post reports that many people across the U.S. are viewing the jury’s decision as a test of the movement for racial justice. Teachers have experienced intense burnout during the pandemic. Unlike workers in many other industries, however, K–12 educators have not left their jobs in alarming numbers. FiveThirtyEight explores why. With the TSA expecting the number of airline passengers traveling for Thanksgiving to reach pre-pandemic levels this year, USA Today has a guide for any mishaps that may arise along your route. And be warned: Not all Thanksgiving food can fly in your carry-on bag. Travel & Leisure lists what you can bring. The Wall Street Journal looks at research showing that reconnecting with old friends can boost mood, self-esteem, and confidence.

    How a $2 trillion plan could transform the social safety net

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 9:40

    House Democrats passed President Biden’s $2 trillion spending plan to revamp the country’s health-care, climate policy, education, and tax laws. The Washington Post breaks it down. Vox reports that more than 140,000 kids have lost a caregiver during the pandemic. Experts worry that the loss, combined with interruptions to social support systems, will result in a generation of traumatized children. The U.S. has millions more job openings than people looking for work. The CEO of the world’s biggest job portal tells Fortune why he thinks killing the résumé could help address the issue. We’re bombarded by notifications all day long — and it’s likely making us much less productive. The Wall Street Journal offers tips on how to regain control.

    In Conversation: Jelani Cobb on the backlash to critical race theory

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2021 21:48

    The New Yorker’s Jelani Cobb says conservatives weaponizing critical race theory aren’t acting in good faith. He speaks with Apple News Today host Shumita Basu about his recent piece for the New Yorker about the founder of the concept, Derrick Bell. Cobb says that Bell could have predicted today’s backlash and that real critical race theory can help us understand today’s debate over false depictions of this term.

    Why it's time to check in on Europe's unusual border crisis

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 9:11

    The House has approved a bill containing around $1.9 trillion in social spending. The key part of President Biden’s agenda faces obstacles in the Senate. CNN reports. There are big new developments in the unusual immigration fight playing out in Europe. The Washington Post breaks down what’s important to understand. There are new concerns about the safety of Peng Shuai, a Chinese tennis star who accused a powerful leader of the Communist Party of sexual abuse then vanished. The Los Angeles Times looks at how women’s tennis is rallying to support her. And USA Today examines the very different responses to her disappearance from the Women's Tennis Association and the International Olympic Committee. Is your boss secretly watching your computer? The Los Angeles Times reports on how the increase in working from home has led to more companies using monitoring software to track employees. The birth of 10 Komodo dragons in a Texas zoo is a big win toward conserving the endangered species. The Washington Post spoke to people who helped make it possible.

    House votes largely on party lines to censure Paul Gosar

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 8:41

    The House censured Rep. Paul Gosar after he posted an anime video depicting him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The Washington Post has the story of the first vote of its kind in more than a decade. FiveThirtyEight reports on how the national shortage of school-bus drivers is hurting workers, students, and their families. Cryptocurrency fans are raising money to buy a rare copy of the U.S. Constitution, and it looks like they may pull it off. The Wall Street Journal got several organizers to reveal their names and speak on the record. The longest partial lunar eclipse in nearly 600 years is about to take place. Accuweather explains how to see it.

    Fears for U.S. medical system as health-care workers quit

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 8:43

    Doctors and nurses are quitting at alarming rates, raising questions about the future of the U.S. medical system. The Atlantic tells their stories. If your Thanksgiving plans involve air travel, NPR warns, you can expect long security lines, canceled flights, and angry passengers. Ever wondered why the week has seven days? The New Yorker looks at a new book on how a fairly arbitrary system came to dominate our lives. Armadillos are being seen farther and farther north, possibly because of climate change. They’re doing damage as they expand, so a North Carolina community hired a hunter to deal with them. The Guardian joins him out in the field.

    What the jury must decide in the Rittenhouse trial

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 8:27

    The New Yorker explains what jurors have to decide in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse. Mugshots can stay online forever, embarrassing people for years. The Marshall Project looks at how some law-enforcement and media organizations are changing how they deal with them. Drunken-driving accidents kill about 10,000 people in the U.S. every year. Gizmodo reports that a little-known part of the recently passed infrastructure plan could lead to new monitoring tech in cars to prevent them from being started by impaired drivers. Jewish and Islamic authorities are figuring out how to deal with plant-based pork. Major certifiers have declined to give kosher or halal stamps of approval. The Wall Street Journal has the story.

    People with disabilities say flying is routinely dehumanizing

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 9:46

    Amid rising tensions between the U.S. and China, presidents Biden and Xi are to gather for a virtual summit. The Wall Street Journal has the story. Wheelchairs broken in transit, airport escorts who don’t show up, children with autism being separated from their parents: Three years after Congress mandated that airlines and TSA improve flying for people with disabilities, passengers tell NPR the same mistakes continue to be made. Extreme weather is pushing farmers to experiment with regenerative agriculture. Bloomberg News details how farmers are testing out drought-resistant seeds and plants that can survive harsh weather patterns. A new study finds that hand gestures may be the key to learning a new language. Scientific American explains the research.

    In Conversation: Does blood hold the key to the fountain of youth?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2021 13:20

    People have been searching for a way to delay or even reverse the effects of old age for centuries — and new research shows that our own blood may be the key. Journalist Kat McGowan wrote for Popular Science about recent studies that suggest something in blood could undo the effects of aging. McGowan spoke with Apple News Today host Duarte Geraldino about these promising findings.

    Election workers feel threatened, scared, and ignored

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 9:38

    A Reuters investigation into Trump supporters who threatened election workers finds that many of the harassers remain unrepentant, and that law enforcement often didn’t take this intimidation seriously. As part of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package, Amtrak will receive $66 billion in new funding to replace trains and modernize the heavily trafficked Northeast corridor. The Washington Post explains how it’ll work. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times reports that California officials are disappointed their state’s rail program will receive less. The U.S. has been neglecting or closing public bathrooms for decades. After the pandemic hit, things got really bad, as some cities locked their few remaining facilities for sanitation reasons. Bloomberg has the story. Children who received their coronavirus vaccines describe the experience to the New Yorker.

    How police officers punish their own

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 10:40

    There was emotion and tension in the courtroom as Kyle Rittenhouse testified at his homicide trial in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The Chicago Tribune has the story. Victims of Flint’s water crisis have been awarded a $626 million settlement, one of the largest in Michigan’s history. The Washington Post reports. Police culture incentivizes cops to keep quiet about bad behavior by their colleagues. A USA Today investigation finds that officers who speak up often face retaliation from inside the force. The Wall Street Journal explains why the New York Mets are struggling to find a general manager.Victims of Flint, Michigan’s water crisis have been awarded a major settlement. The Washington Post reports that a judge has approved more than $600 million, one of the largest in the state’s history. Police culture incentivizes cops to keep quiet about bad behavior by their colleagues. A USA Today investigation finds that officers who speak up often face retaliation from inside the force. The Wall Street Journal explains why the New York Mets are struggling to find a general manager.

    Starbucks pushes back against efforts to unionize

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 10:24

    Today, the National Labor Relations Board will mail union ballots to Starbucks employees at three locations in New York. Bloomberg explains that it could result in the first Starbucks union in the U.S. Leaked recordings from a 1999 NRA conference call following the mass shooting at Columbine High School show the organization once considered taking a sympathetic approach to these kinds of tragedies. NPR has the story. During the pandemic, teachers learned that many students are juggling outsize familial responsibilities in addition to homework. The Los Angeles Times found that educators are reevaluating how to grade assignments. Today, the National Labor Relations Board will mail union ballots to Starbucks employees at three locations in New York. Bloomberg explains how it could result in the first Starbucks union in the U.S. Leaked recordings from a 1999 NRA conference call following the mass shooting at Columbine High School show the organization once considered taking a sympathetic approach to this kind of tragedy. NPR has the story. During the pandemic, teachers learned that many students are juggling outsize familial responsibilities in addition to homework. The Los Angeles Times describes how educators are reevaluating the ways they grade assignments. For the first time since 1982, the NBA has swapped out Spalding basketballs for Wilson ones. CBS Sports reports that shooting is down as players struggle to adjust.

    The clean-water crisis that huge new spending may not fix

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 8:32

    Congress has approved major funding to fix aging water infrastructure. But frustrated people in Jackson, Mississippi, are skeptical their dilapidated systems will finally get the investment they need. The Washington Post tells their stories. U.S. hospitals are running seriously short of nurses, just ahead of flu season and a potential COVID surge driven by cold weather. Vox explains why. The Wall Street Journal reports on how the ultrarich could drive $1.6 billion in art sales in the next two weeks. The retirement-community sport of pickleball is winning celebrity followers including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, and the Kardashians. Vanity Fair looks at what’s happening.

    Experts fear Astroworld won't be the last deadly concert

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 7:32

    The deadly crowd surge at the Astroworld Festival was just the latest fatal concert incident. Safety experts tell the Washington Post it won’t be the last. Without guaranteed paid federal bereavement leave, American workplaces aren’t prepared for the level of loss brought on by the pandemic, the Atlantic argues. Professional athletes are using new technology to compete for longer than ever before. Sports Illustrated looks at how their success may have lessons on aging for the rest of us. There’s a possible new clue in the case of sightings of people flying jetpacks, reported by pilots in California. The Miami Herald lays out a new theory: What the pilots saw wasn’t human.

    In Conversation: How an opioid addiction drove one engineer to rob banks

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 6, 2021 19:37

    When Tony Hathaway was arrested outside of a KeyBank in Seattle, police and the FBI had been looking for him for months. Hathaway had robbed 30 banks in a single year. Before he became a notorious bank robber, Hathaway was a top design engineer at Boeing; he fit the profile of a loving family man, he made six figures, and flew around the world in business class. That all unraveled when he was prescribed OxyContin for a back injury and developed an addiction to opioids. Journalist Josh Dean wrote an article for Bloomberg Businessweek about Hathaway in 2019. His reporting is the basis of a new podcast series from Apple TV+, called Hooked. Apple News Today host Shumita Basu spoke with Dean about Hathaway’s story.

    "Hooked" episode 1: The Fatal Funnel

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 6, 2021 41:44

    Apple News Today: In Conversation is bringing you a special episode — the first installment of Hooked, a new podcast series from Apple TV+. When Tony Hathaway was arrested outside of a KeyBank in Seattle, police and the FBI had been looking for him for months. Hathaway had robbed 30 banks in a single year. Before he became a notorious bank robber, Hathaway was a top design engineer at Boeing; he fit the profile of a loving family man, he made six figures, and flew around the world in business class. That all unraveled when he was prescribed OxyContin for a back injury and developed an addiction to opioids. Journalist Josh Dean wrote an article for Bloomberg Businessweek about Hathaway in 2019. His reporting is the basis of Hooked. Host Shumita Basu spoke with Dean about Hathaway’s story on Apple News Today: In Conversation.

    Could your neighborhood be a cancer hot spot?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 8:32

    The EPA allows polluters to turn neighborhoods into “sacrifice zones” where residents breathe high levels of carcinogens. ProPublica reveals where these places are, in a first-of-its-kind data analysis. The trial of three white men accused of killing Black Georgia jogger Ahmaud Arbery will have a nearly all-white jury. The Washington Post breaks down how that happened. NPR looks at the citizen’s arrest law at the heart of the case. Snowbirds are getting younger during the pandemic, as Money Magazine explains. Now that many people are more able to work from home, a much younger demographic is buying second homes in more moderate climates. Turning back your clocks shouldn’t be too hard this weekend. But that’s not the case for the British royal family's staff. Travel + Leisure looks at the special challenge of setting hundreds of clocks manually.

    Island nations, at risk of disappearing, urge climate action

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 7:48

    Rising sea levels are an existential threat to island nations. CNBC looks at how their leaders are stepping up the fight to get big countries to do more about climate change. Axios reports on how New York taxi drivers scored a victory after a two-week hunger strike, earning relief from debt that has brought many of them close to financial ruin. An investigation from the Marshall Project found that police hurt thousands of teenagers every year, including a striking number of Black girls. The Wall Street Journal has the story of a marathoner aiming to finish her sixth marathon in six weeks. She’s running on two rebuilt knees.

    Here's what the GOP's Virginia win could mean nationally

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 7:58

    Politicians across America are studying Tuesday’s races for clues on how to win in next year’s midterms. Politico has key takeaways. And the Washington Post looks at how Republican Glenn Youngkin won the Virginia governor’s race in part by apparently pulling off a balancing act with Donald Trump that turned out both Trump supporters and moderate voters. Today the Supreme Court reviews a major Second Amendment case. SCOTUSblog previews what could be the biggest gun ruling in years. World leaders are announcing “net-zero” climate targets. Vox explains how that might be misleading when it comes to understanding progress on reducing carbon emissions. The Atlanta Braves crushed the Houston Astros in Game 6 of the World Series, taking home the title for the first time since 1995. USA Today has a recap.

    The people who clean up after climate disasters

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 7:53

    Police reform is on the ballot today in Minneapolis, where George Floyd’s murder ignited a new debate over the role of law enforcement. FiveThirtyEight breaks down what voters are deciding. And the Washington Post looks at how many Democratic mayoral candidates have moved from talking about reducing or reallocating police budgets to focusing on “law and order.” With natural disasters becoming more frequent and intense due to climate change, cleaning up after floods, wildfires, and hurricanes is a multibillion-dollar business. The New Yorker tells the stories of some of the often-exploited workers who do that dirty work. Heterosexual married couples in the U.S. still almost always give their kids the father’s surname. The Atlantic examines why. London cab drivers are famed for memorizing the city’s complicated streets. The Washington Post reports on new research that is scanning their brains for clues that may lead to better understanding of Alzheimer’s disease.

    What to know as Supreme Court considers Texas abortion ban

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 7:46

    Today the Supreme Court hears cases challenging the new Texas law that prohibits almost all abortions. SCOTUSblog explains what to watch. The CDC is expected to recommend Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for children aged 5 to 11. But it’s a different dose than adults get, so rolling it out will require new steps. NPR has details. Concierge medicine promises better access to doctors for patients who pay a fee. Critics say it makes primary care harder to get for those who can’t pay. Scientific American takes a look. Like to sneak in a quick snooze during your commute to work? The Washington Post looks at a new bus service that takes it to the next level: a five-hour route to nowhere, expressly designed for napping.

    In Conversation: Kids were jailed for a crime that doesn't exist. How could that happen?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2021 26:48

    Nashville Public Radio’s Meribah Knight speaks with Shumita Basu about her reporting for ProPublica on the juvenile-justice system in Rutherford County, Tennessee. Knight reveals a disturbing pattern in which hundreds of kids — some as young as 7 years old — were being locked up every year. In many of these cases, the adults responsible acted illegally and faced no consequences.

    How China and the U.S. are falling short on climate action

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 10:23

    Ahead of the global environmental summit in Scotland, National Geographic looks at numbers showing that many of the world’s largest polluters aren’t on track to meet existing targets on cutting carbon emissions. NBC News reports on the impact of China, the largest source of greenhouse gases. A ProPublica investigation reveals how, in one Tennessee county, young Black children were jailed for a crime that doesn’t exist. The adults in charge faced few consequences. The trial of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes is around its halfway point. The Wall Street Journal reports on where things stand. The Washington Post explores how the popularity of a 12-foot-tall skeleton that retails for $300 has triggered something of a Halloween arms race among lovers of the bony lawn decorations.

    Paid leave appears dead in Congress. Here's what that means.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 9:19

    CNN reports that paid family and medical leave is out of the Democrats' spending package, as they make cuts designed to create a bill that can pass a tightly divided Congress. In the Atlantic, three professors argue that a lot of people got things wrong about what census data says about the white population of America. After striking it rich through vaccination lotteries, some lucky winners tell USA Today they have mixed feelings about cashing in. Several say they’re donating money to charity. Mel Magazine introduces us to a California man who found an unusual path to financial security: seven years of meals at Six Flags Magic Mountain, scored with an annual pass to the park.

    Democrats want billionaires to pay up in new tax plan

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 7:55

    Democrats have tax proposals to raise money for big new spending. Bloomberg explains how one plan goes after billionaires. Thousands of American workers are on strike for better pay and working conditions. Time reports on how some are not just fighting their employers, but also their unions. During the pandemic, many millennial women in America decided to get more involved in investing. The Washington Post tells some of their stories. The Wall Street Journal looks at a $5 million lawsuit questioning whether there are enough strawberries in strawberry Pop-Tarts, claiming they actually contain more apples and pears.

    Here's what to watch in next week's governor's races

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 8:24

    Next week’s governor’s races in Virginia and New Jersey will be watched for national implications. Vox explains what to look out for, and why we should be careful not to read too much into the contests. A review of a migrant’s death by suicide raises questions about the treatment of people in American detention facilities. The Intercept has been following the story. NPR reports on why what’s happening in Sudan matters to the U.S. Even if you’re not a baseball fan, you might enjoy the World Series antics of Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale. The New York Post has details of his multimillion-dollar bet on the Houston Astros, his hometown team. And the Houston Chronicle covers how he’s buying tickets for dozens of nuns.

    What's driving the extreme weather on the West Coast

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 8:19

    USA Today reports on the furious storm unleashed from a “bomb cyclone” slamming the West Coast, bringing fierce winds and hazardous flooding. NBC Los Angeles explains how an “atmospheric river” is also drenching California and the Pacific Northwest with rain. Reuters reports that top political leaders in Sudan have been detained in an apparent coup. A leaked U.S. government report documents how people with medical conditions and disabilities were forced into the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” program. BuzzFeed News has the story. The Guardian reports on an analysis that finds only 14% of the COVID-vaccine doses promised to the poorest nations by wealthy ones have been delivered. The Washington Post looks into Pfizer’s contracts with countries and the difficulty of donating vaccines abroad. As Halloween approaches, Vox explains how concerns about ghosts can reduce a property’s value.

    In Conversation: Think the stock market is rigged? You may be right.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2021 15:27

    Data shows high-level execs often get unusually good returns trading their own companies’ stocks. But regulators say insider trading is hard to prove under current law. For Bloomberg Businessweek, Liam Vaughan explains why insider trading is more widespread than you might think — and why some experts argue the system is fundamentally unfair.

    Why the world is watching Congress's climate-change moves

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 8:39

    World powers are watching to see if the U.S. can pull off major action on climate change ahead of a global summit, Time reports. Countless murders were covered up during the Jim Crow era. Mother Jones looks at a program that aims to help victims’ families and set records straight. A cinematographer is dead and a director is injured, shot by a prop gun fired by Alec Baldwin in what the actor’s spokesperson called an accident. ABC News has the story. Vienna’s tourism board is posting images of explicit works from the city’s art museums on OnlyFans. The Washington Post explains the thinking behind the unusual marketing campaign, devised after some of the museums ran into problems posting art containing nudity to social media.

    Democrats ramp up unusual legal fight with Steve Bannon

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 8:23

    Trump ally Steve Bannon has defied a subpoena from the House committee investigating the January 6 Capitol insurrection. Democrats are set to hold him in contempt. Politico explains why things will get complicated from here. A new report lays bare the severe human toll of climate change, detailing how it is killing people and making them sicker. CNN has the key takeaways. Scammers on social media and dating sites swindled Americans out of a record $304 million as more people searched for love online during the pandemic. The Washington Post warns daters what to watch for. We now know who owns the sole copy of the Wu-Tang Clan album that recently sold for $4 million. Rolling Stone has the latest twist in the bizarre story.

    The problem of cops who won't get vaccinated

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 6:50

    Police officers are dying of COVID at alarming rates, but some are pushing back hard against getting vaccinated. USA Today looks at how communities around the country are dealing with the problem. The kidnapping of 16 Americans and a Canadian in Haiti highlights the country’s armed-gang problem. The Miami Herald reports. A breakthrough surgery that successfully attached a pig’s organ to a human offers live-saving hope to people on transplant waiting lists. USA Today takes us inside an operation that was years in the making. Authorities have been struggling to save dogs trapped near a volcano in Spain’s Canary |slands. CNN explains how rescuers are preparing to try a new idea: using a drone to scoop the dogs up and fly them out.

    Why time may be running out for Biden's climate plan

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 7:41

    President Biden’s climate agenda seems to be in trouble, the Guardian reports. The Atlantic says he cannot declare victory on climate without one of two key policies, and the chances of passing either are getting slimmer. A Brooklyn apartment building was a peaceful home until residents started dying in brutal, mysterious ways. New York Magazine has the story. The Washington Post goes inside a new recruiting program for cybersecurity jobs that takes inspiration from the world of professional video gaming. Colombia is putting its hippos on birth control. CNN explains the effort to manage the invasive species, which was originally brought to the country by notorious drug trafficker Pablo Escobar.

    Murder trial begins in the killing of jogger Ahmaud Arbery

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 8:03

    Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man, was shot and killed while jogging in 2020. As the murder trial begins, NPR reports from the Georgia community where his killing happened. Colin Powell, America’s first Black secretary of state, who shaped American foreign policy in recent decades, has died from complications from Covid-19, CNN reports. He was 84. Reuters has a trove of internal documents revealing how Amazon created knockoff goods and manipulated search results to boost its own product lines in India. Democrats in Congress are working to pass an ambitious spending plan to further their agenda. Politico explains why the next few days are so important. The appearance of an Arctic walrus on European shores was fun at first. But scientists needed to convince him to head home, for his own sake and to stop the damage he’s been doing to boats. The Wall Street Journal has the story.

    In Conversation: Delivery workers feel exploited. They're fighting back.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2021 20:08

    Delivery workers are a vital part of New York City’s infrastructure, so much so that during the pandemic, they were hailed as heroes. But this class of workers is also abused, underpaid, exploited, and largely ignored. Now they’re fighting for protections and better working conditions — and making some headway. Investigations editor Josh Dzieza spoke with more than 20 delivery workers for this story, published by the Verge and New York Magazine. Thanks to Danilo Parra, New York Magazine, the Verge, and Vox Media for providing audio content for this episode. You can find their full video, “The Invisible 65,000,” here.

    What's holding up federal aid to renters?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 7:22

    Congress approved $47 billion to pay back rent and prevent evictions. NPR explains why so little of that money has made it to the millions of people who need it. The controversy over jokes about transgender people in Dave Chappelle’s Netflix special is reaching a critical point. Bloomberg lays out some key facts. Supply-chain issues are still causing problems for the automobile industry. Car and Driver reveals how the car shortage is so bad that dealers are putting unfinished vehicles on the lot just to fill space. A shredded Banksy painting sold for $25.4 million, a record. Quartz reports on how a surprise move by the mysterious artist to destroy the work wound up making it far more valuable.

    The latest moves in the Capitol-attack investigation

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 6:42

    The House committee probing the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol subpoenaed a former Justice Department official described as having been at the center of then-president Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election results. Bloomberg has details. An investigation from the Intercept found that a network of right-wing health-care providers made millions selling bogus COVID treatments. America’s national parks are drawing huge crowds, and the National Park Service is making changes to balance access and preservation. The Deseret News reports from Arches National Park in Utah. Only 33 living people have been the son or daughter of a president. People talked to some about the quirks and perks.

    Why so many American workers are on strike right now

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 8:01

    Supply-chain issues and labor shortages mean companies are fighting for workers. Time reports on how growing numbers of employees are testing their power, by striking to demand better pay and benefits. And the Washington Post looks at the battle lines in the dispute between cereal-plant workers and Kellogg’s. Many therapists don’t take insurance. The ones who do are often booked. The Wall Street Journal shows you why, and what you can do about it. There’s a dark side to free return policies. The Atlantic details how when you send back something you bought, there’s a good chance it’s going in the trash. Major League Baseball games are getting longer and more boring. Bloomberg Businessweek goes behind the scenes of experiments the league is quietly running to help speed up games and add more drama.

    NFL coach out after revelations of offensive emails

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 7:31

    Jon Gruden is stepping down as Las Vegas Raiders coach following revelations of racist, antigay, and misogynistic emails. The Wall Street Journal has more. An interpreter who helped rescue Joe Biden in 2008 had trouble getting out of Afghanistan with his family. The Wall Street Journal has the exclusive story of their narrow escape. After decades of success at increasing police diversity, forces across America are having trouble hiring young Black citizens. The Atlantic explains why. Matt Amodio finally lost on ‘Jeopardy,’ bringing to a close his 38-game run on the show, Variety reports.

    Why U.S. child care is in crisis and what to do about it

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 7:17

    Day-care providers are struggling with a worker shortage while federal relief has been slow to help. USA Today looks at what’s happening, as well as possible solutions. Many of the smugglers who bring migrants into the U.S. are Mexican teenagers. One of them tells his story to the Washington Post. CNN reports on a Maryland husband and wife accused of attempting to sell U.S. nuclear secrets to another country in exchange for cryptocurrency.After nearly 80 years of marriage without a wedding photo due to World War II, a couple finally has one. NBC News shows how hospice workers decided to fix things.

    In Conversation: Is bipartisanship dead?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2021 18:34

    For the past few decades, it seems like Congress has been stuck in a perpetual state of gridlock. Lawmakers may say they want to work together, but when push comes to shove, the party that’s in the majority often ends up going it alone. For FiveThirtyEight, Lee Drutman breaks down why bipartisanship in Congress is dying — and what that means for democracy. You can read Drutman’s article in FiveThirtyEight now on Apple News.

    Journalists share Nobel Peace Prize for press-freedom fight

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 6:25

    The Nobel Peace Prize went to journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov for their work fighting for press freedom under dangerous circumstances. BBC News has more. Divorced parents are going to court over whether their kids should be vaccinated against COVID. The Washington Post has the story. The Wall Street Journal explains how Trump’s trade war and the pandemic have driven cotton prices to sky-high levels.Bloomberg reports on how a cameo in a James Bond film can increase a car’s value by 1,000 percent.

    A new twist in the fight over the debt ceiling

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 7:00

    A judge has the controversial Texas abortion ban on hold. The Texas Tribune explains why it’s not clear the new ruling will actually increase access to the procedure. Senators seem to have become more optimistic about a deal to prevent the U.S. defaulting on its debt. The Washington Post reports on the talks. The Wall Street Journal has the story of a lawsuit that says computer outages from a cyberattack led hospital staff to miss troubling signs, resulting in a baby’s death. The hospital denies the allegations. If proven in court, it would be the first confirmed death from a ransomware attack. The Verge details how Taylor Swift fans are getting caught up in the Virginia governor’s race. Printed books are getting harder to find because of growing demand for reading material and pandemic-driven supply and labor shortages. Vox has details.Abdulrazak Gurnah is the latest winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. BBC News has more.

    What role did pharmacies play in the opioid crisis?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 7:12

    NPR reports on a high-profile civil trial that focuses on the role pharmacy chains may have played in America's deadly opioid epidemic. Several people are under arrest, suspected of running a smuggling ring that moved Haitians, including children, from Chile to Mexico and the U.S. The Miami Herald has the story. Many children rely on school meals as their primary source of nutrition. Right now, pandemic food and labor shortages are making it hard for schools to feed students, the Washington Post explains. A Russian actor and a producer are at the International Space Station to shoot the first feature-length film in space. The Verge takes a look at the mission.

    Understanding the global impact of the Facebook outage

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 8:38

    Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp have started to come back online after a massive outage. CNN and the Washington Post have more on the cause and the impact. CNN has the story of the newest winners of the Nobel Prize in physics. They include scientists who did groundbreaking work on predicting climate change. As crews race to clean up the massive oil spill in California, the L.A. Times reports on how a previous spill in the state drove policy changes about offshore drilling that had nationwide impact. Many people say work has taken over their lives during the pandemic. The Wall Street Journal looks at how to gain perspective and fight burnout. Premium economy has turned into the most profitable section of the plane for many airlines. Bloomberg Businessweek explains why they’re giving us the hard sell to trade up.

    Pandora Papers reveal how elites hide vast fortunes

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 9:57

    The Washington Post reports on the newly revealed Pandora Papers, which detail an opaque financial universe where global elites shield their riches from taxes, criminal probes, and public accountability. Vox explains how the Supreme Court’s new term will include a number of cases that could alter the trajectory of our legal landscape. Issues on the docket include abortion and gun rights. National Women’s Soccer League players are speaking out and calling for change as accusations of sexual abuse and coercion, reported in The Athletic, rock the organization. National Geographic has the story of the first comprehensive survey of America’s public monuments, which has surprising findings at a time of debate over who should be honored with statues.

    In Conversation: Bob Woodward and Robert Costa on the final months of Trump's presidency

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2021 26:07

    What was it like inside the White House when Donald Trump lost — then denied losing — the election? Journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, authors of the new book Peril, sat down with Apple News Today host Shumita Basu to discuss the chaotic period, which they consider one of the most dangerous in American history. Peril is available now on Apple Books.

    The government didn't shut down, but Dems are divided

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 10:18

    Congress avoided a government shutdown on Thursday, sending a stopgap spending bill to President Biden’s desk with funding for another nine weeks. Meanwhile, Politico reports that Democrats were unsuccessful in efforts to advance their legislative priorities, leaving a pair of infrastructure bills in limbo. Russell Berman in the Atlantic says they have plenty of time to turn things around. While there is no law preventing judges from owning stocks, they are barred from hearing cases where they or their family have an interest. A Wall Street Journal investigation finds that some have violated this rule. Vaccine mandates may have had controversial beginnings, but a Washington Post analysis finds that anecdotal evidence tells us they’re working. A modern-art museum gave a Danish artist $84,000 to be used in a work of art. Instead of delivering a piece that incorporated the cash, he gave the museum two blank canvases titled “Take the Money and Run.” CBS News reports.

    Lawmakers go to bat over looming shutdown deadline

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 8:39

    The U.S. government faces a looming shutdown if Congress can’t pass a spending bill by midnight tonight — but that didn’t stop lawmakers from enjoying their annual baseball game. ABC News has the story. Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reports that President Biden’s legislative agenda is under threat, even as House Democrats are expected to vote on a key infrastructure bill today. Britney Spears is free from her father’s legal oversight, a major development in the singer’s quest for independence. The L.A. Times reports. Salmon is the most popular fish in the U.S. But, according to National Geographic, Americans seeking out sustainably raised salmon might not be getting what they paid for. Netflix says Korean drama Squid Game is likely its most popular show of all time. Variety explains the success of the series, whose violent and dystopian plot sees hundreds of cash-strapped contestants compete in children’s games for a chance at millions.

    Biden's agenda is on the line. Here's who may hold the key.

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 8:34

    Politico reports on how Democratic senators Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin are frustrating some in their party by continuing to offer few specifics on what they would support in the broad spending bill being considered by Congress. The NBA season is set to begin. Rolling Stone describes one of the league’s biggest problems: players who refuse to get COVID-19 shots. The arrival of thousands of Afghans has split a rural Virginia community. The Washington Post looks at how some residents have rushed to help the new arrivals, while others have been unwelcoming. U.S. officials say the ivory-billed woodpecker is officially extinct after years of futile efforts to save it. The Washington Post has the story of a new report that also declares 22 other species extinct.

    A trillion-dollar coin? How to end the debt-ceiling debate.

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 7:58

    Senate Republicans blocked a bill that would suspend the debt ceiling, forcing Democrats to devise a new strategy. As the U.S. runs the risk of default, Vox looks at unusual moves that could end the debt-limit debate forever. CNN previews Gen. Mark Milley’s congressional testimony, which could be highly charged. Senators are expected to press him over his conduct during the Trump administration following revelations in Bob Woodward’s new book. Following R. Kelly’s guilty verdict, the New Yorker looks at questions about the singer’s actions over the decades that remain unanswered. Bitcoin is going nuclear. The Wall Street Journal explains why cryptocurrency miners are increasingly partnering up with nuclear-power plants.

    Here's what you need to know about booster shots

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 8:17

    Mixed messages on COVID-vaccine booster shots are leaving Americans with lots of questions. The Wall Street Journal has some answers. National Geographic reports on how lawmakers are pushing to compensate survivors of the first atomic-bomb test, which took place in New Mexico. Many people who lived near the blast site have had serious health issues. The latest weapon in the war on drugs is a predictive A.I. on your doctor’s computer. Wired shows how it can determine who receives treatment for pain — and who doesn’t. The Times of London details new research showing that when pandas are too happy with their environment, they don’t go out looking for mates. The key to encouraging pairings that create future generations may be habitats that are a little less comfortable.

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