What A Day

What A Day

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What A Day cuts through all the chaos and clickbait to help you understand what matters and how you can fix it—all in just 15 minutes. Comedian Akilah Hughes and reporter Gideon Resnick break down the biggest news of the day, share important stories you may have missed, and show you what “Fox & Friends” would sound like if it were hosted by two people whose parents read to them as children. New episodes Monday through Friday at 5 a.m. EST.


This Land Is Your Land
Jul 10 • 18 min
Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled that much of eastern Oklahoma is Native American tribal land, and that the state of New York has the power to subpoena Trump’s financial records. The WHO has revised some past positions on coronavirus spread, and is now…
The Endless Summer
Jul 9 • 18 min
As the summer weeks go by, and the virus rages on, the big question remains: How to go back to school in the fall. Trump caused a minor crisis by criticizing the CDC’s recommendations on school reopenings and threatening to cut federal funding for schools…
Operation Warp Speed Ahead
Jul 8 • 18 min
The Trump administration officially started the process of withdrawing from the World Health Organization. “Operation Warp Speed,” the government’s program to fast-track Covid-19 vaccine development, signed its largest deal so far, allocating $1.6 billion…
Aid In America
Jul 7 • 18 min
Emergency unemployment benefits included in the CARES Act are set to expire at the end of the month. With that deadline looming, and the health crisis raging, we look at what the next potential aid package might include. Some colleges and universities…
Captain America: Culture War
Jul 6 • 18 min
Scientists worldwide want the World Health Organization to take a stronger stance on airborne transmission of COVID-19. In the US, records were set last week for the highest number of daily cases, with hotspots that led some governors to halt re-openings…
Your Antibody Is A Wonderland
Jun 26 • 18 min
New antibody data from the CDC indicates that only 1 in 10 COVID-19 cases in the country have been identified. That still means more than 90 percent of the country hasn’t had the virus. Incidences of police brutality continue to be reported around the…
It Takes Two Bills To Make Reform Go Right
Jun 25 • 18 min
Democrats in the Senate blocked a Republican police reform bill yesterday, and Democrats in the House are expected to bring their police reform bill to the floor today. In Colorado, millions are calling for a new investigation into the death of Elijah…
Meat The Packers
Jun 24 • 18 min
An estimated 25,000 cases of COVID-19 are tied to U.S. meatpacking plants, where employees work in close quarters and enclosed spaces. We speak with a Smithfield Foods employee out of South Dakota about what it’s been like at her facility. Dr. Fauci says…
Visas Banned in DC
Jun 23 • 18 min
Trump signed a new executive order yesterday temporarily barring new foreign workers from coming to the US until the end of the year. The tech industry has warned that this order hinders their ability to recruit top talent. In Minneapolis, a city council…
To The Left, To The Left
Jun 22 • 20 min
New York, Virginia, and Kentucky have primaries on Tuesday. We speak with two progressive candidates for congress: Jamaal Bowman, who’s running against incumbent Rep. Eliot Engel for New York’s 16th congressional district, and Charles Booker, who’s…
DREAM On
Jun 19 • 21 min
The Supreme Court ruled that Trump can’ t immediately end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA, because his administration’s reasons for ending it are not sufficient. We explain what comes next. Today is Juneteenth, a day that commemorates the…
The Amazing Trace
Jun 18 • 19 min
COVID-19 cases have plateaued in the US at around 20,000 a day as some states are seeing outbreaks grow. That hasn’t stopped Texas governor Greg Abbot from enforcing his executive order that bans cities from making face coverings mandatory. The police…
Disqualified Immunity with Rep. Ayanna Pressley
Jun 17 • 22 min
Trump signed a fairly inconsequential executive order yesterday that is supposed to incentivize police departments to adopt reforms. Across the country, local officials are continuing to respond to protests against police brutality and systemic…
Pride And Joy
Jun 16 • 18 min
Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled that the Civil Rights Act protects LGBTQ+ employees from workplace discrimination in a 6-3 ruling. This is the first major case involving transgender rights, and it comes from a decidedly conservative court. We get into…
Black Trans Lives Matter
Jun 15 • 19 min
Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed by a white officer in Atlanta this weekend, in another horrific instance of police violence. Atlanta’s police chief subsequently announced she would step down and the officer who shot Brooks was fired. Tens of thousands…
CHAZ Good As It Gets
Jun 12 • 20 min
Police in Seattle abandoned their East Precinct building and ceded about six blocks of the city to protestors, who have now set up the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone or CHAZ. Some conservatives are comparing that area to “Lord of the Flies,” while those on…
More Police Money, More Police Problems
Jun 11 • 23 min
More than a third of states are seeing increases in Covid-19 cases in the last week. It’s hard to draw conclusions about what’s behind that trend—among states that reopened early, some are seeing cases plateau, while others are seeing cases ramp up. Plus,…
Georgia In My Line
Jun 10 • 20 min
Georgia held its primary yesterday, and in a state where officials have been accused of voter suppression, the elections were rife with issues. Polling stations saw hours-long lines that invariably led some voters to give up. Raquel Willis, writer and…
Extreme Cop Makeover
Jun 9 • 23 min
Democrats in Congress introduced the Justice In Policing Act yesterday, which includes a ban on chokeholds, a ban on no-knock warrants, and makes it easier to prosecute police officers. Plus, what New York’s legislature is doing to reform policing in…
MPD Unplugged
Jun 8 • 24 min
Minneapolis City Council members have said they intend to disband the Minneapolis Police Department and replace it with a community-based public safety model. On the federal level, Democrats will introduce reform legislation today that, among other…
Still Marching After All These Years
Jun 5 • 25 min
Trump’s former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis published a scathing indictment of his presidency, and he’s been backed up by Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski. Lawmakers in the Congressional Black Caucus are preparing a piece of police legislation that will…
No Statues For Bad Men
Jun 4 • 18 min
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison has upgraded charges against George Floyd’s killer Derek Chauvin by adding a charge of second-degree felony murder. The three officers on the scene who did nothing to protect Floyd have also been charged, with…
Presidential Insurrection
Jun 3 • 18 min
Trump’s threat to deploy military to states to help squash unrest would require him to use the Insurrection Act of 1807. We discuss that law’s history and whether Trump would need support from governors to invoke it. Former VP Joe Biden spoke on Monday,…
Curfew Enthusiasm
Jun 2 • 19 min
Protests against racial violence continued in well over 100 cities, leading local officials to continue to take drastic measures like curfews and calling up the National Guard. Police in Washington, DC charged a group of peaceful protestors so that Trump…
Protesting 1, 2, 3
Jun 1 • 20 min
Protests in response to the police killing of George Floyd continued throughout the weekend. There were demonstrations in over 75 American cities, leading local officials to activate the National Guard in at least 11 states, and impose curfews. At one…
Trump Orders You To Log Off
May 29 • 22 min
President Trump signed an executive order aimed at social media companies yesterday. We explain what’s behind it and why legal experts don’t think it’s going anywhere. Varshini Prakash is the co-founder and executive director of Sunrise Movement. She’s…
The Sisterhood Of The Traveling RNC
May 28 • 18 min
The planned site of the Republican National Convention this August is North Carolina, one of the states where coronavirus case numbers are currently on the rise. Governor Roy Cooper’s understandable concerns about this event going forward have led to a…
Racism Cont’d
May 27 • 25 min
George Floyd was killed by police officers in Minneapolis this week, in an abusive and excessive show of force. We discuss his murder and the incident in Central Park this Monday where a white woman threatened Christian Cooper, a black man, distorting the…
Dropping The Bolsonaro
May 26 • 19 min
The US has imposed a ban on flights from Brazil because of a dangerous surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths. This comes after Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro repeatedly dismissed the severity of the pandemic and mocked social distancing efforts… even as…
Grand Re-Opening, Grand Re-Closing
May 22 • 22 min
China’s leaders are poised to impose a controversial new national security law in Hong Kong. The law would reportedly ban secession, subversion of state power, foreign interference, and terrorism. All that will essentially put Hong Kong more under China’s…
We’ll CDC What Happens
May 21 • 19 min
The CDC has quietly posted a report with detailed suggestions about how to reopen. We dig into it and how the states might or might not use it. More than 900 children have been deported since March under a new pandemic border policy. Before, children had…
Contact Tracing: There’s An App For That
May 20 • 23 min
Contact tracing apps have been adopted in countries around the world to track the spread of COVID-19, but they’re not being used as much in the US. American tech companies are working to get these apps up-and-running… despite some privacy concerns.…
WHO’s Fault Is It Anyway?
May 19 • 16 min
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell will testify this morning about the economic crisis and response. We preview the hearing. A biotech company called Moderna reported preliminary results from a phase one trial of…
1-800-Grifthub
May 18 • 17 min
Democrats in Congress are launching an inquiry into Trump’s firing of an inspector general at the State Department. It comes after three other inspector generals were also removed from their positions earlier this year. GrubHub is doing great business…
How To Get Away With Burr-der
May 15 • 22 min
Today the House is set to vote on a $3 trillion coronavirus relief package that Senate Republicans say is dead on arrival. They’ll also vote on rules to allow for remote voting—which means we could be seeing a lot more technology barriers and funny Zoom…
Necessity Is The Mother Of Convention
May 14 • 18 min
Former vaccine chief Dr. Rick Bright will testify before a house subcommittee today—he’s the guy who says he was removed from his job because he didn’t want to push for widespread use of unproven anti-malaria drugs as a treatment for coronavirus. Bright’s…
The Wind Cries Fauci
May 13 • 20 min
Top U.S. health officials took questions from the Senate Health Committee yesterday on coronavirus. The partially teleconferenced testimonies featured weird background filters, quarantine beards, and one notable poster for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The…
The State Of South Dakota Vs. Common Sense
May 12 • 14 min
The governor of South Dakota threatened to sue two Sioux tribes over road checkpoints they have set up to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to their reservations. Members of the tribe say that establishing checkpoints is a matter-of-life and death. South…
The Covid Is Coming From Inside The White House
May 11 • 19 min
Top US health officials are self-isolating and quarantining after a couple White House employees tested positive for coronavirus. Plus, new data reveal a racial bias in enforcement of stay-at-home orders in the US. South Korea has been held up as a model…
It’s Not Easy Making Vaccine
May 7 • 18 min
The vaccine race is on, with several companies, governments, and academic labs working on lots of different potential options at once. We dig into the radical ideas to speed things along. Protestors and activist groups in Georgia are calling for the…
Don’t Be Like Mike
May 6 • 19 min
Vice President Mike Pence says the federal coronavirus task force could be disbanded within a month because of “the tremendous progress we’ve made as a country.” We discuss what that could possibly mean. Wisconsin’s Republican-controlled legislature is…
Leaky Projectors
May 5 • 17 min
A leaked government projection shows the US daily death toll from Covid-19 reaching 3,000 by June, which would almost double the current rate. Both the model’s creator and the White House say that number shouldn’t be taken at face value. The FDA announced…
Businesses Are People Too
May 4 • 21 min
As dozens of states reopen, Senator Mitch McConnell wants liability protections for businesses, so that employers won’t face the possibility of lawsuits if an employee gets COVID-19. Critics say that puts the economic wellbeing of businesses over the…
Mega-Strike May Day
May 1 • 23 min
It’s the first of the month, which means rent is due for millions of Americans, workers are going on strike, and more states are reopening. We bring you the latest on strikes from renters and workers. Plus, what’s up with Trump pushing intel agencies for…
The Incredible Shrinking Economy
Apr 30 • 18 min
New GDP data show the economy shrank at a 4.8% annual rate in January, February and March. That’s the worst quarterly decline since the 2008 recession, and unfortunately, the current quarter is probably going to be worse. There’s an experimental drug…
Hamburger Help Us
Apr 29 • 24 min
Trump signed an executive order aimed at keeping meat-processing plants open by designating them as “critical infrastructure.” The union representing workers at these plants is concerned about being compelled to stay open without proper safety equipment,…
The Great British Vaccine Off with Jon Favreau
Apr 28 • 20 min
Scientists at Oxford University have developed at Covid-19 vaccine that’s safe and effective in monkeys. Now, they’re moving into wide-scale human trials, and are hoping to test thousands of people by the end of May. In the US, the small business loan…
Trump Gets De-Pressed
Apr 27 • 19 min
President Trump might be doing away with his hour-plus daily coronavirus briefings, which is a relief for so-called “privately concerned Republicans” who think they might scare away voters in November. The White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr.…
The Mitch Get Mitcher
Apr 24 • 18 min
Senator Mitch McConnell thinks states should declare bankruptcy rather than get bailed out by the federal government. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp gives the green-light to reopen some essential businesses today, including bowling alleys. Some northern…
Whistleblow While You Work From Home
Apr 23 • 22 min
The doctor in charge of US government’s effort to develop a coronavirus vaccine was dismissed this week. He says it has to do with his opposition to untested treatments for Covid-19 pushed by President Trump. School closures nationwide have created a…
Trump’s Red Light on Green Cards
Apr 22 • 20 min
Trump is preparing an executive order that will suspend the issuing of green cards for 60 days. We speak to Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, who says following through on Trump’s order would amount to turning our backs on…
Mind Your Small Business
Apr 21 • 17 min
As Congress continues to negotiate their next relief bill, Democrats are pushing for a requirement that the administration develop a national testing strategy. Meanwhile, the National Restaurant Association is pushing for an industry bailout. Then, an…
You Can’t Always Test Who You Want
Apr 20 • 20 min
Congress is nearing a deal on a new round of funding for small businesses, hospitals and to ramp up testing — which experts say is still in too short supply. Plus, the latest on antibody tests and why they are so unreliable. Around the world, Norway…
Full Contact Tracing
Apr 17 • 23 min
The Trump administration is now saying what everyone else knew all along: it’s up to the states to determine how and when they begin easing out of lockdowns. The CDC is going to hire hundreds of people to ramp up efforts at contact tracing. And the White…
Stimulus Check, Please!
Apr 16 • 16 min
Over 80 million Americans should have seen their coronavirus stimulus payments deposited in their bank accounts yesterday. For the rest of us, we’ll have to wait for the mail version. Small businesses are seeing their loan program, which has been…
Governors Of The World, Unite!
Apr 15 • 16 min
After suggesting that he had “total authority” to determine when states reopen their economies, Trump now says the states can decide. Governors are making their own plans, with California, Oregon, and Washington forming a west coast group that will…
Leftward Joe with Rep. Ilhan Omar
Apr 14 • 22 min
We interview Congresswoman Ilhan Omar about what progressives want from presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and what steps Congress should take next to address the pandemic. Neighboring states are forming coalitions to make plans to lift…
Minding The Race Gap
Apr 13 • 16 min
States are trying different approaches to address coronavirus racial disparities, from forming a task force in Louisiana to opening new testing centers in New York City. We speak to Dr. Abdul El-Sayed about what he’s seen in Detroit, and how structural…
Viruses Are Taking Our Jobs
Apr 10 • 17 min
Another 6.6 million people filed for unemployment benefits last week, meaning that more than 16 million jobs have been lost in the last three weeks. That puts more pressure on Congress to sort out more economic relief. The White House is reportedly going…
Exit Sandman
Apr 9 • 22 min
Senator Bernie Sanders has dropped out of the 2020 presidential race, but his ideas may live on. Vice President Joe Biden is now the presumptive democratic presidential nominee. We look at how we got here. Then, we talked to Clare Malone, senior political…
Relief Reloaded with Rep. Pramila Jayapal
Apr 8 • 16 min
Lawmakers are considering a second relief package to provide assistance to people who were left out of the last bill. Some also want to add a rent moratorium, Medicare and Medicaid expansion, and more. We talk to Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) to…
Wisconsin’s Pandemic Primary
Apr 7 • 18 min
Wisconsin will be moving forward with in-person voting today, despite efforts to postpone the election for the sake of public health. We check in on what’s happening there and in other states set to vote soon. Plus, we interview Wisconsin Lieutenant…
Locked Up During Lockdown
Apr 6 • 25 min
We interview Keri Blakinger, a reporter at The Marshall Project who covers prisons, on how jails and detention centers are managing release of inmates to prevent the spread of coronavirus, and how the urgent push to get people out is affecting former…
The View From The ICU
Apr 3 • 24 min
We interview Dr. Shaoli Chaudhuri, a resident at Columbia Medical Center in Manhattan, about what she’s seeing in the Covid-19 epicenter as doctors treat a growing number of patients with the virus - and healthcare workers themselves are getting sick. An…
Repro Rights Are An Essential Service
Apr 2 • 20 min
We talk to acting President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Alexis McGill Johnson about the state of reproductive rights during the pandemic, and the efforts several Republican-governed states have taken to restrict abortion access as part of their…
Curve Your Enthusiasm
Apr 1 • 23 min
We interview New York Times reporter Caitlin Dickerson about the far-reaching effects the pandemic is having on people in our immigration system: asylum seekers, DACA recipients, undocumented workers, ICE detainees and more. The Trump administration has…
When They Furlough, We Go High
Mar 31 • 23 min
Efforts to bring unhoused people inside have been growing as the coronavirus outbreak takes hold, but advocates say there’s more to be done. We talk to Chris Ko, of the United Way in Los Angeles, to learn more about the situation in that city. Workers…
When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Mutual Aid
Mar 30 • 21 min
Mutual-aid networks, which allow neighbors and community members to pool resources, have blossomed during the coronavirus crisis. We interview Christine Gatson-Michalak, co-founder of the Claremont Mutual Aid Project, about the biggest needs right now.…
Live From The Epicenter
Mar 27 • 23 min
The United States now has the most known COVID-19 cases in the world. We discuss the areas that have been hit hardest and how they’re handling the outbreak Epidemiologist and host of “America Dissected” Dr. Abdul El-Sayed answers more of your most…
What’s In The Rescue Bill With Sen. Sherrod Brown
Mar 26 • 24 min
The senate approved a nearly $2 trillion relief package to respond to the coronavirus pandemic yesterday, after a day of delays and a lot of debate. We discuss what made it into the bill and what didn’t with Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown. And in headlines:…
Letters From The War On Covid-19
Mar 25 • 18 min
Equipment shortages, exposure, and empathy: we hear from healthcare workers who are fighting Covid-19 on the front lines. Plus, what Democrats are fighting for in the government coronavirus relief package and what Republicans are willing to concede. And…
Don’t Slow My Scroll
Mar 24 • 22 min
Is America’s internet prepared for all of us to be online all of the time? We interview FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel to get her answer. And we discuss how to close digital divide to make sure all students can continue their education online…
The Sick And The Testless
Mar 23 • 23 min
We interview Alexis Madrigal, staff writer at the Atlantic and founder of The COVID Tracking project, about the current state of coronavirus testing and why it took so long to get started. Congress still hasn’t reached a deal on the coronavirus relief…
An Epidemiologist Answers Covid-19 Questions (Part 2)
Mar 20 • 24 min
We’re joined once again by physician and former Detroit health commissioner Dr. Abdul El-Sayed to discuss Covid-19. We ask him how to evaluate the success of containment strategies, whether you can get coronavirus twice, and more. Congress is still…
Talking Cash With Cory Booker
Mar 19 • 21 min
Senator Cory Booker joins us to discuss a proposal he’s drafted with fellow senators to give payments to Americans to help them through the pandemic, and how the current situation reveals the flaws in America’s safety net systems. The Senate passed the…
If You Have A Stalled Economy And Need Cash Now
Mar 18 • 18 min
Yesterday, three states voted in the first post-pandemic-declaration elections of the presidential primary, and former Vice President Joe Biden won in all three. Plus, we interview Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon about switching to vote by mail as…
Pandemocracy!
Mar 17 • 28 min
Covid-19 has hit the US economy hard, devastating the stock market and prompting limited hours and layoffs around the country. We talk to Annie Lowrey, a staff writer at the Atlantic, to help us parse the economic impact of the virus. Florida, Illinois,…
The Social Distancing Network
Mar 16 • 21 min
Covid-19 continues to upend events, entire healthcare systems, and economies worldwide. We discuss the latest updates, including a new CDC recommendation on gatherings of 50 people or more and a bill working its way through congress that would help…
An Epidemiologist Clears Up Covid-19
Mar 13 • 24 min
Physician and former Detroit health commissioner Abdul El-Sayed comes on the show to discuss Covid-19. We ask him about the government response, how to avoid overloading our healthcare system, and what we can take from the way other countries have…
So… What’s The Plandemic?
Mar 12 • 18 min
The WHO has officially declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. And last night, President Trump announced new travel restrictions on foreign nationals coming from Europe. We tell you everything you need to know about where we’re at. Senator Bernie Sanders…
Here We Joe Again
Mar 11 • 17 min
It was another good night for former Vice President Joe Biden, who has taken command of the race for the democratic presidential. He won overwhelming victories in Mississippi and Missouri plus a victory in Michigan and Idaho. We discuss the results and…
The Economy Catches Coronavirus
Mar 10 • 19 min
Yesterday, US stock markets had their worst day since the financial crisis in 2008. So many investors were selling off assets that trading was temporality halted in the morning and by the day’s end, the Dow finished down nearly 8 percent. We discuss this…
Campaigning In The Time Of Coronavirus
Mar 9 • 15 min
The presidential primary is in full swing, and unfortunately, so is COVID-19. We look at the precautions campaigns are taking against coronavirus and what states are doing to ensure that voting goes smoothly. Women across Mexico are striking today, in…
You’re Gonna Liz Me When I’m Gone
Mar 6 • 16 min
Senator Elizabeth Warren exited the presidential race on Thursday following disappointing results in her home state and beyond on Super Tuesday. Now, like princes at a formal ball, both Biden and Sanders are vying for her affection. We reflect on Warren’s…
No Test For The Sicked
Mar 5 • 16 min
Super Wednesday kicked off with a bang: former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg dropping out of the race. Plus, the race in Maine was narrowly called for Biden. Now we wait as Senator Elizabeth Warren reassesses her path forward after a disappointing night. Some…
They Joe Up So Fast
Mar 4 • 15 min
Yesterday was Super Tuesday, where 14 states and one territory voted in the presidential primary. Former VP Joe Biden over-performed in what some (read: none) are already calling “Joebal Warming,” while Senator Bernie Sanders didn’t do as well as some…
Votin’ Up On A Tuesday
Mar 3 • 16 min
Today is Super Tuesday, where 14 states and one territory will vote. It’s the biggest day of the presidential nominating contest so far… and 1,357 delegates are up for grabs. Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in a major abortion rights case…
Don’t You (Forget About Pete)
Mar 2 • 20 min
The government is beginning to dole out COVID-19 testing kits, and hundreds of medical centers in the US have begun developing their own version of testing in the meantime. The South Carolina primary was this weekend, with former VP Joe Biden scoring a…
Biden Bets on South Carolina
Feb 28 • 18 min
South Carolina goes to the polls on Saturday. There are 54 delegates at stake and it’s the first state where black voters make up a majority of the electorate. More coronavirus updates: a whistleblower says more than a dozen federal employees in…
Czar You There Mike Pence? It’s Me, Coronavirus
Feb 27 • 15 min
President Donald Trump held a press conference yesterday in conjunction with the CDC to update the nation on the COVID-19 preparedness plan. That plan involves appointing Vice President Mike Pence to oversee the government’s response to the epidemic—but…
Dems Debate In The Palmetto State
Feb 26 • 18 min
Last night seven democratic presidential candidates took the stage in Charleston, South Carolina for the tenth debate of this election cycle and the last one before Super Tuesday. Overall, this one was a mess. We’ll talk you through the big moments, and…
That’s A Wrap On Harvey Weinstein
Feb 25 • 14 min
Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has been convicted on two counts of felony sex crimes. The convictions are the culmination of a month-long trial and testimonies brought by six women. The Supreme Court added a case to its docket on Monday, which…
I Felt The Bern In Reno
Feb 24 • 16 min
Bernie Sanders had a dominating win in the Nevada caucus on Saturday. As of Sunday night, he had captured nearly 47.1 percent of county convention delegates, with former VP Joe Biden in a distant second, followed by Mayor Pete, Senator Warren, and Senator…
Betting On The Nevada Caucus
Feb 21 • 15 min
The Nevada caucuses are on Saturday. It’s the third contest in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary and the first where voters of color will have a huge say in the outcome. We tell you everything you need to know about the “Big Bad Battle In The…
Debate Night Las Vegas
Feb 20 • 18 min
Six presidential candidates took the stage in Las Vegas last night for the last debate before the Nevada Caucuses on Saturday. And folks: it was a street fight. We discuss how Bloomberg fared on his first time out (spoiler alert: not well) and some…
Trump’s Eleven
Feb 19 • 14 min
President Trump went on a pardoning spree on Tuesday, giving commutations or pardon to 11 individuals convicted of white-collar crime. To make his picks, he took “recommendations” from Rudy Giuliani. Employees at Kickstarter voted to unionize yesterday,…
Bezos Gives Back
Feb 18 • 13 min
An extremely rich man wants to do a good thing: Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos announced a pledge of $10 billion to combat climate change. We discuss how he’s going to spend that money and reactions to the news. Over 73,000 people have been infected…
Meme-Lord Mike Bloomberg
Feb 14 • 17 min
Major US newspaper publisher McClatchy, which owns The Miami Herald and dozens of other daily newspapers around the country, has filed for bankruptcy. We discuss what we’re missing out on when local journalism outfits bite the dust. Former New York City…
The Barr Has Been Lowered
Feb 13 • 18 min
The sentencing recommendation for former Trump campaign advisor Roger Stone got shortened by the DOJ and it all feels awfully corrupt. We discuss what might’ve happened and how lawmakers are reacting to a possible overreach by President Trump. The…
Mr. Sanders Wins New Hampshire
Feb 12 • 14 min
Senator Bernie Sanders won the New Hampshire primary Tuesday night with around 26 percent of the vote, followed by Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, and Joe Biden. We talk to Sanders voters at his victory event and give the view on the…
Trump’s 4.8 Trillion Dollar Wish List
Feb 11 • 17 min
Today is the day of the New Hampshire primary, which will hopefully be the first totally worry-free candidate selecting event of the 2020 season. We’re on the ground in NH finding out what’s motivating voters. The Trump administration announced their 2021…
Vote Free Or Die
Feb 10 • 16 min
The New Hampshire primary is on Tuesday and we’re on-the-ground describing what the 2020 candidates are doing there. We’ll also talk you through a new law passed by the state’s Republican controlled legislature that is causing confusion amongst young…
Iowa Wish I Could Quit You
Feb 7 • 15 min
The Iowa caucuses took place on Monday night and more full results have finally started to come in. 100 percent of precincts have been reported, but most news outlets has yet to declare a winner. Bernie Sanders leads in vote totals and he and Pete…
Requiem For A Mango Vape Pod
Feb 6 • 15 min
Yesterday afternoon the Senate voted to acquit President Trump of two articles of impeachment. Senator Mitt Romney had his “Mitt savior” moment when he voted to convict, drawing the ire of Trump and GOP loyalists. A nationwide partial vape ban goes into…
Adiós Impeachment!
Feb 5 • 18 min
We are on to day three of the never-ending PTA meeting also known as the Iowa caucus and as of yet there is still no declared winner and the state’s Democratic party has not released 100 percent of the vote totals. We do a post-mortem on the event and…
Iowait The Results Of The Caucuses
Feb 4 • 16 min
The Iowa caucuses were a joyous affair, filled with high hopes, hard work, and spirited neighborly debate. Attempts to report the results of the caucuses were an unmitigated disaster. We talk you through the multiple “victory” speeches, the arguments…
Iowa: That’s What’s Happening with Tommy Vietor
Feb 3 • 25 min
Tonight is the night of the Iowa Caucuses, so if you haven’t been paying attention, here’s your opportunity to catch up. From a tasteful three-star hotel room in the heart of Des Moines, we discuss how caucusing works and where things stand among the 2020…
News Kids On The Medicaid Block Grant
Jan 31 • 22 min
The Trump administration unveiled a new Medicaid plan, which gives states the opportunity to convert part of the public insurance system into block grants. This so called “Healthy Adult Opportunity” could end up reducing health care benefits. Unless the…
The Cure For Coronavirus Panic
Jan 30 • 22 min
As of Wednesday night, there are more than 7,700 coronavirus cases in at least 20 countries, including 5 cases in the U.S. Still, it’s not time for you to freak out. We discuss how the media has historically reacted to would-be epidemics and why the CDC…
The Argument For Still Caring About Impeachment
Jan 29 • 22 min
President Trump’s impeachment defense has rested its case before the Senate. This after they only used 12 of 24 allotted hours to argue against the president’s removal, and after many experts pointed out that their defense of the president is…
Don’t Buy Bolton’s Book
Jan 28 • 19 min
President Trump’s legal team presented their defense in the Senate impeachment trial, charging on despite reports that Security Advisor John Bolton may have dropped bombshells in his upcoming book. We discuss which Republican Senators might break with…
’Twas The Week Before Iowa
Jan 27 • 18 min
There’s just one week until the Iowa caucuses, where voters will get their first chance to pick the candidate they’d like to see go up against Trump. We discuss the state of affairs and ask Pat Rynard, founding and managing editor of Iowa Starting Line,…
Trump Vs. Social Security
Jan 24 • 17 min
President Trump mentioned taking a look at cuts to Social Security. We discuss the implications and how the issue of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid are showing up in the presidential race. Trump’s White House is also rolling out a new rule to…
The Little Travel Ban That Could
Jan 23 • 16 min
Impeachment continued on Wednesday with House managers beginning to lay out their case for why President Trump should be convicted and removed from office. We discuss highlights and re-introduce you to the key Republican Senators who might be feeling the…
Milking Impeachment For All It’s Worth
Jan 22 • 17 min
The Senate impeachment trial for President Trump began on Tuesday, featuring debates over the rules, furrowed brows, at least one Senator who fell asleep, and no liquids besides water or milk. We discuss other highlights from a long day in court. Cases of…
Trump’s Stellar Legal Team
Jan 21 • 18 min
The impeachment trial for President Trump officially kicks off today in the Senate. We’ll see if it goes exactly the way Mitch McConnell wants it to or if justice can find a way. At yesterday’s Brown and Black Forum in Iowa, an impressively direct group…
The Florida Voter Suppression Project
Jan 17 • 16 min
Florida’s Supreme Court passed a ruling that will restrict voting rights for people who have been convicted of a crime, which effectively instates a poll tax. Crooked Media’s editor-in-chief Brian Beutler joins us for an impeachment update: the Senators…
Lev Parnas Alone!
Jan 16 • 19 min
The House of Representatives turned in the articles of impeachment to the Senate on Wednesday, kicking off the next phase of the trial of President DJT. That, plus a bombshell MSNBC interview with Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas, will give you twice…
Dems Debate In Des Moines
Jan 15 • 22 min
Last night was the seventh democratic debate featuring the smallest candidate pool yet. Just six candidates took the stage: Biden, Sanders, Warren, Buttigieg, Klobuchar, and Steyer. We discuss this somewhat uneventful night, along with the new Tom Steyer…
The Apple Of Bill Barr’s Eye
Jan 14 • 19 min
Attorney General Bill Barr wants Apple’s help unlocking the iPhone of a Saudi Arabian shooter who opened fire on a naval base last month. We discuss what Apple’s response means for data privacy. In this week’s 2020 update, Senator Cory Booker dropped out,…
Define “Imminent Threat From Soleimani”
Jan 13 • 16 min
In the days since the Trump administration killed Qasem Soleimani, there’s been little consensus on why the drone strike was necessary. We discuss Congress’ continuing response to this likely case of Presidential impulsivity. Texas Governor Greg Abbott is…
The Hitchhiker’s Guide To Impeachment
Jan 10 • 19 min
US and Canadian officials think the plane that crashed in Iran was struck by a surface-to-air missile. Further investigation will require lots of countries and agencies working together, and the current circumstances aren’t perfect for a group project.…
Avoiding War In Iran And Cancer In America
Jan 9 • 15 min
President Trump announced economic sanctions on Iran following Tuesday’s missile strikes, but he didn’t call for escalation. Congress is taking steps to block military action in the off chance he changes his mind. A new report from the American Cancer…
Between Iraq And An Earth Quake
Jan 8 • 16 min
Iranian forces launched ballistic missiles against two military bases in Iraq that house US troops. Stay tuned today for the White House’s official response. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to more forward with impeachment without hearing…
Confessions Of A Dangerous Bolton
Jan 7 • 16 min
Former White House National Security Advisor John Bolton said that if he’s subpoenaed by the Senate, he’d be willing to give up the goods. We discuss the GOP reaction and what else is new in Trump’s impeachment. Film producer and accused rapist Harvey…
New Year, New War?
Jan 6 • 17 min
The US assassinated Iranian Major General Qassim Suleimani via drone strike last Friday. We discuss the repercussions and talk with California congressman Ro Khanna about the legislation he’s introducing to block funds being used for military actions…
Last Debate of the Decade
Dec 20, 2019 • 19 min
The last Democratic debate of 2019 was last night, featuring impeachment, wine caves, and some of the biggest out-and-out brawls we’ve seen so far. We discuss what stood out in this newly-narrowed field. And in headlines: Wakanda found, Christians against…
A Big Beautiful Impeachment
Dec 19, 2019 • 24 min
The House of Representatives voted to impeach Donald Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. But Pelosi isn’t giving up the articles just yet. We discuss what went down yesterday and where we go from here. We ask the Crooked team about their…
Impeachment Vote And New Findings From The Tulsa Massacre
Dec 18, 2019 • 18 min
Today House Democrats are expected to formally vote to impeach Donald Trump. He now joins Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton on the Mt. Rushmore of impeached presidents. Two mass graves have been found in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which are believed to hold the…
The (Voter) Purge: Election Day
Dec 17, 2019 • 17 min
Boeing announced it will stop making 737 Max Jetliners next month. We talk about what it means for the economy, jobs and the whole shabang. Wisconsin is purging hundreds of thousands of people from its voter rolls. Georgia could be next. Stacey Abrams is…
My Fair Juror (Starring Lindsey Graham)
Dec 16, 2019 • 17 min
The location of Thursday’s Democratic presidential primary is in question because food service workers at Loyola Marymount are striking. We discuss who will be on the stage (if there is one! We don’t really know!). Trump will probably be impeached this…
The FTC Won’t Let FB Be
Dec 13, 2019 • 15 min
The FTC is reportedly considering a court order to block Facebook from integrating WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger into a giant, terrifying “Facebook Megazord.” We discuss that, along with FB’s plans for a content supreme court. The Judiciary…
Boris Battles For Britain
Dec 12, 2019 • 17 min
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson defends his title today as the nation holds general elections. He’ll be facing threats from all sides, including UK Bernie Jeremy Corbyn. Harvey Weinstein’s lawyers announced that they’ve come to a tentative agreement…
Born In The USMCA
Dec 11, 2019 • 16 min
House Democrats have reached a deal with Trump on the United States Mexico Canada Agreement, which will replace the artist formerly known as NAFTA. We discuss what that means. A new report shows that Greenland’s ice sheets are melting fast. To get…
Special Report-a-thon: Russia and Afghanistan
Dec 10, 2019 • 15 min
A report from the Inspector General has revealed Trump’s claim that the FBI spied on him in 2016 to be false. We talk about what else we learned from this scorching hot doc. Report two is from the Washington Post, about how American officials repeatedly…
Warren Peace
Dec 9, 2019 • 18 min
On Saturday, the House Judiciary Committee released their impeachment report, which is essentially the legal roadmap they’ll be following from here on out. We tell you what’s coming as we begin… the final countdown. In 2020 updates, Warren and Buttigieg…
The Ghost of America’s Health Care Future
Dec 6, 2019 • 19 min
A multi-million-dollar lobbying group is running ads in early primary voting states against Medicare For All and the public option. In our “We Have Issues 2020” segment, we talk to congresswoman Pramila Jayapal about where the candidates stand on…
Trump’s “Screw Everyone That Isn’t Us” Mandate
Dec 5, 2019 • 19 min
The USDA released a new food stamp rule that would kick an estimated 755,000 people off food benefits. We discuss with US Senator from Michigan Debbie Stabenow and senior Urban Institute fellow Elaine Waxman. A flock of law professors descended on the…
Kamala’s Second Act
Dec 4, 2019 • 18 min
California Senator Kamala Harris suspended her presidential campaign on Tuesday. We discuss the factors that led her to this point, including ones many in the press seem to have overlooked. Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee released their…
Look Julian’s Talking
Dec 3, 2019 • 19 min
We talk to presidential candidate and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro about the way the DNC does primaries, whether the Democratic party needs to refocus on poverty, and how he likes his blueberry pancakes. California…
If The Quid Didn’t Hit, You Must Acquit
Dec 2, 2019 • 15 min
The Supreme Court will hear a major gun rights case today, which could lead to the expansion of the Second Amendment. We discuss how we got here, and where we’re headed. Impeachment moves to the House Judiciary Committee this week, marking the triumphant…
Turkey Confrontations And Opioid Reparations
Nov 27, 2019 • 16 min
Federal prosecutors have launched a criminal probe of opioid makers and distributors, a type of investigation that’s usually reserved for drug dealers and cartels. We discuss how this might develop. It’s Thanksgiving week! We remind you of the main points…
London’s Burning (Uber’s License)
Nov 26, 2019 • 16 min
A judge rules that White House lawyer Don McGahn must testify to congress despite Trump’s efforts to block him. Impeachment: Season 2 is gonna be good. The city of London is taking away Uber’s license to operate in London. Looks like you’re gonna have to…
China’s Detainment Camps and Bloomberg’s First Week
Nov 25, 2019 • 21 min
New leaked documents detail how far the Chinese government has gone to detain ethnic minorities and muslims. We discuss what the documents reveal. More on that, here: https://apnews.com/4ab0b341a4ec4e648423f2ec47ea5c47 Michael Bloomberg is gearing up to…
High High Hopes For Impeachment
Nov 22, 2019 • 23 min
Fiona Hill and David Holmes close out a week in testimonies and Schiff brings the gavel down with a fiery closing statement. Plus, Sondland’s famous “loves your ass” quote is officially confirmed. Out Magazine executive editor Raquel Willis joins us to…
Tyler Perry’s “Gordon Sondland”
Nov 21, 2019 • 25 min
During his impeachment hearing, Gordon Sondland confirms the quid-pro-quo and says his orders came from the top dog: El Presidente. We discuss that and the testimony of Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Laura Cooper. Ten democratic candidates faced…
The Four Horsemen Of The Impeachment
Nov 20, 2019 • 18 min
In an epic 12 hour impeach-a-thon, four witnesses took the stand, including Lt. Colonel Vindman, Pence aid Jennifer Williams, former special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker, and Europe and Russia special expert slash spokesman for drinking milk Tim Morrison.…
Russiagate Reloaded
Nov 19, 2019 • 19 min
The trial of Roger Stone has led Democrats to dust off their old yellowed copies of The Mueller Report, and broaden the impeachment inquiry to crimes Trump may have committed outside of the Ukraine ones. Joe Biden’s recent comments about weed as a…
Mayor Pete’s Buttibump
Nov 18, 2019 • 23 min
Pete Buttigieg is surging in Iowa, and Michael Bloomberg is kicking off his late-blooming campaign by apologizing for his racist “Stop & Frisk” policy. We discuss this and more in our 2020 primary update. Texas death row inmate Rodney Reed was granted an…
Battle For The Bayou
Nov 15, 2019 • 19 min
Two candidates for Louisiana Governor face off in a runoff election on Saturday. We introduce you to Republican Eddie “Stickers” Rispone and Democrat and incumbent Governor John “Across The Aisle” Bel Edwards. A high school in Santa Clarita was attacked…
What To Impeach When You’re Impeaching
Nov 14, 2019 • 15 min
The Trump impeachment made its TV debut on Wednesday, featuring a colorful cast of characters and one shocking Shyamalan twist. We discuss the very biggest moments and the very best bow-tie (hint: George Kent’s). And in headlines: Starbucks goes big,…
Ghosts Of Impeachments Past And Present
Nov 13, 2019 • 15 min
The impeachment inquiry makes its television debut today. We discuss how previous impeachments were understood once they hit the small screen (TV). Stephen Miller’s emails got leaked and the results are in: they suck! We talk about his correspondence with…
DREAMers Go To Washington
Nov 12, 2019 • 22 min
Today the Supreme Court will hear arguments about whether DACA can be ended by the Trump administration. We ask immigration activist Justino Mora how this all feels as a DACA recipient. Republican congressman and proud Islamophobe Peter King has announced…
The Real World: Ukraine
Nov 11, 2019 • 16 min
Public impeachment hearings begin this week. We tell you who’s taking the stand and how to tell them apart using some high-art, elevated cultural touchstones. A public defender supported by the co-founders of Black Lives Matter was elected as San…
Bloomberg’s Billions
Nov 8, 2019 • 18 min
A judge orders President Trump to pay $2 million for using donations to his charitable foundation (good) for personal and political purposes (so bad!). So far, two billionaires have lined up to challenge Donald Trump in 2020 and Michael Bloomberg could be…
Richie Rich and Mitchie Mitch
Nov 7, 2019 • 17 min
Coming off Tuesday’s elections, we look ahead at key 2020 races, including a vote on Mitch McConnell and the return of Jeff Sessions. Bill Gates pushes back against Senator Elizabeth Warren’s proposed wealth tax. We examine why billionaires might not want…
Trump Suffers The Greatest Defeat In The History Of The World
Nov 6, 2019 • 19 min
The voting results are in from Kentucky, Virginia, and Mississippi! We go over the results in our first annual ‘2019 Election A-WADs.’ It’s a Beshear pleasure. Today in impeachment news, Sondland flips, Lindsay Graham will see no evil and speak no evil,…
We’ll Always Have The Paris Agreement
Nov 5, 2019 • 20 min
Washington votes today on whether to repeal the state’s ban on affirmative action. We discuss the effects of these bans and what keeps them on the books. Trump formally tells the United Nations he’s backing out of the Paris Climate Agreement. Square-jawed…
Beto’s Fate and Bevin Can Wait
Nov 4, 2019 • 21 min
Democratic presidential candidates continue to fight for Iowa, with one less tall, counter-standing, former member of the band Foss crowding the field. We discuss what’s new in our 2020 primary update. Kentucky elects its governor this Tuesday! We examine…
Virginia Is For Voters
Nov 1, 2019 • 16 min
In today’s big impeachment update, the House votes to endorse the impeachment inquiry. Next up, public hearings. Uh… who needs Disney Plus? The whole Virginia state legislature is up for re-election next Tuesday, and Democrats need to flip four seats to…
Morrison Talks and Deadspin Walks
Oct 31, 2019 • 18 min
Big impeachment updates: Alexander Vindman tells Congress that the White House hid details of Trump’s perfect call, and we tell you what’s to come in must-see T (T is testimonies). Deadspin writers resign en masse following a letter from their corporate…
Boeing 737 Max, NCAA Fat Stacks
Oct 30, 2019 • 15 min
The NCAA votes to start the process of allowing college athletes to get money while they get an education. We get presidential candidate Andrew Yang’s take on the news. Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenberg faces the Senate Commerce Committee to answer questions…
Impeachment Rules and Facebook Drools
Oct 29, 2019 • 17 min
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces a resolution that will formalize the impeachment inquiry. Expect more Rudy. You know who else isn’t cool with Facebook’s policy of allowing politicians to lie in paid ads? Facebook employees. We discuss their open…
Baghdadi and Blackouts
Oct 28, 2019 • 17 min
ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi died in a raid by U.S. special forces in Syria. President Trump announced the success his favorite way: a press conference that will haunt our dreams. California wildfires are causing massive evacuations and blackouts. We…
Introducing “What A Day” (launching Monday, October 28th)
Oct 15, 2019 • 1 min
Can’t keep up with the flood of news every morning? We got you covered: What A Day, a new podcast from your friends at Crooked Media, will cut through all the chaos and crimes to help you understand what matters and how you can fix it - all in just…