What A Day

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A good summary of the news of the day, great guests to expand on topics but most important for me, adding in humorous breaks so I don't just crumble at the weight of it all. I'm able to keep myself informed & also able to keep listening.

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What A Day cuts through all the chaos and crimes to help you understand what matters and how you can fix it—all in just 20 minutes. Hosts Tre’vell Anderson, Priyanka Aribindi, Josie Duffy Rice, and Juanita Tolliver 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 people whose parents read to them as children. New episodes Monday through Friday at 5 a.m. EST.

Episode Date
Honoring The Legacy Of The Clotilda Descendants
00:21:09

To kick off our series on Black History Month, What A Day host Juanita Tolliver sits down with Veda Tunstall and Emmett Lewis, descendants of enslaved people brought to Alabama aboard the Clotilda, the last known slave ship in American history, and whose stories are featured in the Netflix documentary "Descendant." 

What A Day is taking a short break, with a new episode on Tuesday, February 7th.

Show Notes:

Crooked Coffee is officially here. Our first blend, What A Morning, is available in medium and dark roasts. Wake up with your own bag at crooked.com/coffee

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Feb 03, 2023
Remembering Tyre Nichols
00:22:31

Tyre Nichols was remembered at a funeral service in Memphis, Tennessee on Wednesday. His family spoke about their grief in the company of political figures from around the country — including civil rights leader Reverend Al Sharpton, who gave the eulogy, and Vice President Kamala Harris.

And in headlines: the College Board unveiled the official curriculum of its AP African American studies course, the Fed said it will raise interest rates by a quarter of a percent, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady said he’s retiring again.

Show Notes:

Crooked Coffee is officially here. Our first blend, What A Morning, is available in medium and dark roasts. Wake up with your own bag at crooked.com/coffee

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Feb 02, 2023
COVID Is Over! (If You Want)
00:22:42

The Biden administration announced it will end the national and public health emergency declarations for COVID on May 11th, marking a new phase in the government’s response to the pandemic. Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, host of Crooked’s “America Dissected” podcast, tells us  about the potential health care consequences of the decision, and the benefits that will likely cease later this year.

And in headlines: U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in the occupied West Bank, the I.M.F. released a slightly more optimistic report for the global economy, and House Republican George Santos said he plans to temporarily step down from his committee assignments.

Show Notes:

Crooked Coffee is officially here. Our first blend, What A Morning, is available in medium and dark roasts. Wake up with your own bag at crooked.com/coffee

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For a transcript of this episode, please visit

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Feb 01, 2023
The Calm Before the Stormy
00:18:40

The Manhattan district attorney’s office started presenting evidence to a grand jury about former President Donald Trump’s role in paying hush money to adult film actress Stormy Daniels in 2016. Journalist Andrea Bernstein, who covers democracy for ProPublica and Trump legal matters for NPR, joins us to discuss the investigation – and whether it will bring criminal charges.

And in headlines: two more Memphis police officers involved in the violent arrest that led to Tyre Nichols’ death were relieved of duty, a suicide bombing at a crowded mosque in Pakistan killed at least 59 people, and former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is seeking a six-month tourist visa to remain in the U.S. 

Show Notes: 

Crooked Coffee is officially here. Our first blend, What A Morning, is available in medium and dark roasts. Wake up with your own bag at crooked.com/coffee

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For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday 

Jan 31, 2023
Bearing Witness To Police Brutality
00:23:07

Memphis authorities released video footage of the violent arrest of Tyre Nichols, who was pulled over during a traffic stop on Jan. 7 and died three days later. The release of the videos triggered nationwide protests over the weekend, and led to Memphis police disbanding the so-called SCORPION crime unit, whose officers are accused of murdering Nichols.

And in headlines: Utah became the first state this year to pass a ban on gender-affirming healthcare for trans youth, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in Israel amid a surge in Israeli-Palestinian violence, and Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin spoke out publicly for the first time since his on-field collapse.

Show Notes:

Crooked Coffee is officially here. Our first blend, What A Morning, is available in medium and dark roasts. Wake up with your own bag at crooked.com/coffee

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For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday

Jan 30, 2023
Five Memphis Cops Charged In Death Of Tyre Nichols
00:24:23

Five former Memphis police officers have been charged with second degree murder for the killing of Tyre Nichols, a Black man who died days after he was violently arrested on Jan. 7th.  Footage of the incident is set to be released Friday night — and lawyers for Nichols’ family, who have seen the video, compared it to the infamous police beating of Rodney King in 1991.

And in headlines: Israeli forces killed 9 Palestinians during a raid in the occupied West Bank, the College Board said it will revise its pilot AP course on African American Studies, and Virginia Democrats defeated three Republican attempts to restrict abortion in the state.

Show Notes:

Crooked Coffee is officially here. Our first blend, What A Morning, is available in medium and dark roasts. Wake up with your own bag at crooked.com/coffee

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For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday 

Jan 27, 2023
Tanks Giving
00:18:22

After weeks of pressure, President Biden announced he would send Ukraine M1 Abrams tanks. The decision clears the way for Germany to send over a dozen of their own tanks to help Ukraine defend itself against Russian forces.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Pope Francis called laws that criminalize homosexuality “unjust.” It’s the latest statement he's made in support of the LGBTQ+ community — though he maintained the Catholic Church’s view that being gay or lesbian is a sin.

And in headlines: India forced Twitter and Youtube to take down a documentary critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Meta announced that it will reinstate Donald Trump's Facebook account, and Justin Bieber sold his share of the rights to his music catalog for $200 million.

Show Notes:

Crooked Coffee is officially here. Our first blend, What A Morning, is available in medium and dark roasts. Wake up with your own bag at crooked.com/coffee

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Jan 26, 2023
Senate’s Got Bad Blood
00:23:28

Fani Willis, the Georgia prosecutor investigating Donald Trump's alleged attempts to overturn the 2020 election results in that state, said criminal charges are "imminent." During a hearing over whether to unseal a special grand jury's final report on the matter, she argued it should remain secret – for now.

The Senate Judiciary Committee held its highly anticipated hearing into Ticketmaster’s parent company, two months after the Taylor Swift ticket sale meltdown. Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar joins us to discuss why the fiasco goes beyond the live music market.

And in headlines: the U.S. plans to send dozens of M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, the man accused of killing 23 people at an El Paso Walmart in 2019 will plead guilty to federal hate crimes charges, and the Justice Department sued Google over its online ad business.

Show Notes:

Crooked Coffee is officially here. Our first blend, What A Morning, is available in medium and dark roasts. Wake up with your own bag at crooked.com/coffee

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For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday

Jan 25, 2023
A Look At Mt. Meigs' Dark Past
00:19:36

Host Josie Duffy Rice tells us about “Unreformed,” her investigative podcast series about Mt. Meigs — a juvenile reform school outside of Montgomery, Alabama, where thousands of Black children were subjected to abuse for decades. The series follows the stories of former students who were sent to Mt. Meigs as children during the Civil Rights era — and how their time at the facility impacted their lives as adults.

And in headlines: the death toll from the mass shooting in Monterey Park, California rose to 11 people, four more Oath Keepers were found guilty of seditious conspiracy for their role in the Capitol riots, and Microsoft said it will invest billions of dollars in the research startup behind the AI chatbot system ChatGPT.

Show Notes:

Crooked Coffee is officially here. Our first blend, What A Morning, is available in medium and dark roasts. Wake up with your own bag at crooked.com/coffee

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For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday

Jan 24, 2023
Another American City In Mourning
00:19:25

The city of Monterey Park, California is reeling after a gunman opened fire inside a dance studio Saturday night, killing 10 people and injuring 10 others. Though authorities have not determined a motive, the mass shooting happened on Lunar New Year’s Eve in one of the largest Asian American communities in the U.S.

Sunday marked 50 years since the landmark Roe v. Wade decision – and nearly seven months since the current Supreme Court overturned it. Morgan Hopkins, the president of All Above All, joins us to discuss the state of abortion access across the country, and the policies we need to protect it.

And in headlines: six people were arrested in Atlanta during protests over a controversial police training facility, Ron Klain plans to step down as President Biden’s chief of staff, and officials in Peru closed off access to Machu Picchu amid growing political unrest.

Show Notes:

Crooked Coffee is officially here. Our first blend, What A Morning, is available in medium and dark roasts. Wake up with your own bag at crooked.com/coffee

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Jan 23, 2023
A SCOTUS Whodunnit
00:22:28

As expected, the U.S. government ran up against its legal debt limit of $31.381 trillion on Thursday. In response, the Treasury Department sent a letter to Congressional leaders stating that it has started taking “extraordinary measures” to avoid the government defaulting on its financial obligations.

The Supreme Court announced that it has been unable to identify who leaked the draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade last May. Leah Litman, co-host of Crooked’s Strict Scrutiny, tells us more about the investigation and its findings.

And in headlines: New York lawmakers rejected Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul’s nominee to lead the state's highest court, 1 million people in France protested plans to raise the retirement age, and Lunar New Year will be a California state holiday this year for the first time ever.

Show Notes:

Crooked Coffee is officially here. Our first blend, What A Morning, is available in medium and dark roasts. Wake up with your own bag at crooked.com/coffee

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Jan 20, 2023
There Will Be Blood (And PFAS)
00:21:32

Thinx, one of the most recognizable brands for period underwear, agreed to pay out $5 million to settle a class action lawsuit alleging that its signature product contains PFAS — despite having advertised the underwear as safe.

A recent New York Times investigation revealed that the National Restaurant Association coerced millions of restaurant workers nationwide into unknowingly funding the lobbying efforts that keep their wages low. Saru Jayaraman, the President of One Fair Wage, joins us to discuss the effort to end the sub-minimum wage and improve working conditions in the service sector.

And in headlines: Ukraine's interior minister was among at least 14 people killed in a helicopter crash outside Kyiv, Microsoft announced that it will lay off 10,000 employees, and former President Donald Trump’s campaign asked Meta to reinstate his Facebook account.

Show Notes:

Crooked Coffee is officially here. Our first blend, What A Morning, is available in medium and dark roasts. Wake up with your own bag at crooked.com/coffee

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Jan 19, 2023
Debt On It
00:21:22

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen says the U.S. is on track to hit its debt ceiling by Thursday. The federal government has never defaulted on its debt, but House Republicans say they won’t lift the ceiling without spending cuts or other concessions.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy reinstated coveted committee assignments to far-right members of his party – including Reps Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar. Both lawmakers were booted off their respective panels in the last Congress over controversial posts they made on social media.

And in headlines: a jury was seated in a case brought by Tesla shareholders against Elon Musk, China’s population dropped for the first time in decades, and climate activist Greta Thunberg was briefly detained during a protest in Germany.

Show Notes:

Crooked Coffee is officially here. Our first blend, What A Morning, is available in medium and dark roasts. Wake up with your own bag at crooked.com/coffee

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Jan 18, 2023
Hawai'i: An American Coup
00:22:16

Today marks 130 years since the United States illegally overthrew the Hawaiian monarchy. Healani Sonoda-Pale, an O’ahu-based community organizer and member of the Ka Lāhui Hawai’i political action committee, tells us what this day means to Native Hawaiians and the movement to restore Hawai’i’s sovereignty.

And in headlines: a Russian missile strike killed at least 40 civilians at an apartment complex in Ukraine, the family of a man who died after an LAPD officer repeatedly Tasered him is demanding answers, and the CDC hopes to track new Covid variants by analyzing lavatory waste from international flights.

Show Notes:

Crooked Coffee is officially here. Our first blend, What A Morning, is available in medium and dark roasts. Wake up with your own bag at crooked.com/coffee

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For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday

Jan 17, 2023
Joe's Garage
00:22:11

Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel to investigate how classified documents turned up at President Biden's home, and at an unsecured private office he used after his time as vice president. Dan Pfeiffer, co-host of Crooked's Pod Save America, joins us to unpack what we know so far, and how the discovery compares to Donald Trump's case. 

And in headlines: an L.A.-based bank agreed to pay $31 million to settle allegations of lending discrimination, thousands of New York City nurses ended their three-day strike, and FTX co-founder Sam Bankman-Fried defended himself on the newsletter platform Substack.

Show Notes:

Crooked Coffee is officially here. Our first blend, What A Morning, is available in medium and dark roasts. Wake up with your own bag at crooked.com/coffee

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Jan 13, 2023
Liar Liar Santos On Fire
00:20:13

Thousands of flights across the U.S. were canceled or delayed early Wednesday morning after a Federal Aviation Administration computer outage. Officials are calling it the largest national grounding of flights since 9/11, though there’s no evidence to suggest that it was the result of a cyberattack.

New York Republican leaders publicly called for Representative George Santos to resign from Congress, following revelations that Santos fabricated many key aspects of his resume. Meanwhile, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is standing by him, even as Santos faces formal ethics complaints and potential criminal investigations.

And in headlines: President Biden’s lawyers reported finding classified materials at his former office space, Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin was released from the hospital, and Naomi Osaka announced that she’s expecting her first child.

Show Notes:

Crooked Coffee is officially here. Our first blend, What A Morning, is available in medium and dark roasts. Wake up with your own bag at crooked.com/coffee

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Jan 12, 2023
The Wettest Coast
00:24:55

Another intense winter storm slammed into California Tuesday, bringing heavy rain, wind, and intense wind to the Golden State. It's the latest in a series of atmospheric rivers that have led to the deaths of at least 17 people since late last month, and put millions of Californians under flood warnings.

California Rep. Katie Porter announced she's running for Senator Dianne Feinstein's seat – even though Feinstein, a longtime incumbent, has not signaled her intention to retire.

And in headlines: at least 17 people were killed Monday in southern Peru during anti-government protests, the U.S. will train Ukrainian troops to operate the Patriot missile system in Oklahoma, and the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that could limit how unions go on strike.

Show Notes:

Crooked Coffee is officially here. Our first blend, What A Morning, is available in medium and dark roasts. Wake up with your own bag at crooked.com/coffee

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For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday

Jan 11, 2023
All That Glitters Isn't Globe
00:21:27

The first federal death penalty trial under the Biden administration began in New York on Monday against Sayfullo Saipov. Saipov faces murder and terrorism charges for allegedly using a rented truck to kill eight people on a bike path in 2017.

The Golden Globes makes its return to TV tonight after a year off the air. The organization behind the annual awards ceremony faced sharp criticism in 2021, after an investigation revealed it had no Black members, along with numerous instances of ethical misconduct. Jacqueline Coley, the Awards Editor for Rotten Tomatoes, tells us how Hollywood is responding to the comeback. 

And in headlines: the Georgia special grand jury looking into whether former President Trump and his allies interfered in the 2020 election completed its investigation, Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin was released from the hospital, and the TSA said a woman tried to bring a 4-foot boa constrictor onto a plane in Tampa.

Show Notes:

Crooked Coffee is officially here. Our first blend, What A Morning, is available in medium and dark roasts. Wake up with your own bag at crooked.com/coffee

Follow us on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/whataday/

For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday 

Jan 10, 2023
The Jan 6th Of The Tropics
00:20:24

After four days and 15 rounds of voting, Rep. Kevin McCarthy was finally elected Speaker of the House early Saturday. But in order to get enough votes, he had to cut some deals with the most conservative and hardline members of the GOP.

Backers of Brazil's far-right former president Jair Bolsonaro stormed the country's congressional building, the presidential residence, and its Supreme Court on Sunday, days after leftist Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was sworn into office. Lula blamed his predecessor's baseless allegations of election fraud for riling up his supporters.

And in headlines: Iran executed two more prisoners for their involvement in anti-government protests, President Biden traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border for the first time since taking office, and Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin continues to make progress in his recovery.

Show Notes:

Crooked Coffee is officially here. Our first blend, What A Morning, is available in medium and dark roasts. Wake up with your own bag at crooked.com/coffee

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Jan 09, 2023
Kevin's 11
00:21:39

Once again, Rep. Kevin McCarthy failed to secure the votes he needed in the eleventh round of voting for Speaker of the House – even after offering new concessions to the far-right Republicans who continue to oppose him.

President Biden announced a major change to border policy, aimed at discouraging migrants from entering the U.S. from Mexico. It expands on a pandemic-era program used by the Trump administration to expel migrants from Cuba, Nicaragua, Haiti, and Venezuela who illegally cross the southern border.

And in headlines: South Carolina’s Supreme Court overturned the state’s six-week abortion ban, Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin's condition is improving, and the Federal Trade Commission proposed a ban on non-compete clauses in job contracts.

Show Notes:

Crooked Coffee is officially here. Our first blend, What A Morning, is available in medium and dark roasts. Wake up with your own bag at crooked.com/coffee

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Jan 06, 2023
Kevin Knows He's Miserable Now
00:15:29

The House of Representatives adjourned for a second day without electing a new speaker, after Rep. Kevin McCarthy failed to convince 20 of his Republican colleagues to support his bid. He lost another three rounds of voting Wednesday, leaving no indication when the stalemate will end. 

California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency amid a potentially catastrophic storm that’s bearing down on the Golden State. It's now the third atmospheric river to hit the state in just two weeks.

And in headlines: the FDA finalized a rule change that will make abortion pills more accessible, the organizer of the "Varsity Blues" college admissions cheating scandal was sentenced to federal prison, and Salesforce said it would lay off about 10% of its staff.

Show Notes:

Crooked Coffee is officially here. Our first blend, What A Morning, is available in medium and dark roasts. Wake up with your own bag at crooked.com/coffee

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For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday

Jan 05, 2023
McCarthy Schism
00:21:36

Republicans made history on Tuesday by failing to select a new House Speaker on the first vote for the first time in 100 years. Rep. Kevin McCarthy couldn’t get enough support from his own party in three rounds of voting, as his colleagues clashed over who should get the speaker’s gavel.

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin remains in critical condition after he collapsed on the field during his team’s highly-anticipated game against the Cincinnati Bengals Monday night. Lindsay Jones, the senior NFL editor at The Ringer, walks us through what happened, and how it could impact the league.

And in headlines: Ukraine said that Moscow may step up its use of drone attacks, Southwest Airlines said it would give out  frequent-flier miles to travelers impacted by last week’s holiday meltdown, and Sam Bankman-Fried pleaded not guilty to defrauding FTX investors.

Show Notes:

Crooked Coffee is officially here. Our first blend, What A Morning, is available in medium and dark roasts. Wake up with your own bag at crooked.com/coffee

Follow us on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/whataday/

For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday 

Jan 04, 2023
2023 And Me
00:24:10

For our first episode of 2023, we talk about the big stories our hosts are watching this year. Stories include: the ongoing war in Ukraine, the effort to reform America’s childcare system, the release of some potentially game-changing films, and the ongoing battle over President Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan. 

Show Notes:

Crooked Coffee is officially here. Our first blend, What A Morning, is available in medium and dark roasts. Wake up with your own bag at crooked.com/coffee

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Jan 03, 2023
WAD Wrapped 2022
00:25:26

As the year comes to a close, we look back at the stories we thought were most memorable in 2022. We talk about the rising momentum of the labor movement, the politicization of drag, the overturning of Roe v. Wade, and the historic gains Democrats made in the midterm elections.

Show Notes:

WAD will be on a two-week break for the winter holidays. We’ll have a new episode on Tuesday, January 3rd!

Crooked Coffee is officially here. Our first blend, What A Morning, is available in medium and dark roasts. Wake up with your own bag at crooked.com/coffee

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Dec 16, 2022
The Wheels On The Omnibus
00:21:08

Lawmakers introduced a bipartisan agreement on a spending bill to keep the government funded — but it’s bringing out the claws among Republicans. Rep. Kevin McCarthy went after Sen. Mitch McConnell for supporting the spending package, in what may be a move to muster support for his bid to become House Speaker.

The Federal Reserve hiked its target interest rate by half a percentage point on Wednesday. This is the seventh time the central bank has raised rates this year, and warned that more increases could come in the new year.

And in headlines: survivors of the Club Q shooting testified before Congress, an autopsy report revealed that American soccer journalist Grant Wahl died of an aortic aneurysm, and Oregon Governor Kate Brown commuted the sentences of 17 people on the state’s death row.

Show Notes:

Crooked Coffee is officially here. Our first blend, What A Morning, is available in medium and dark roasts. Wake up with your own bag at crooked.com/coffee

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Dec 15, 2022
It’s Not Easy Being Sam Bankman-Fried
00:20:29

Federal authorities officially charged FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried with multiple counts of criminal fraud and other financial crimes. It follows the stunning collapse of what was once the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange – while $8 billion in customer funds remain unaccounted for.

Twitter abruptly dissolved its Trust and Safety Council, the volunteer advisory group formed in 2016 to address online safety, harassment, and other issues on the platform. And since Elon Musk’s takeover in October, rates of hate speech on Twitter have skyrocketed.

And in headlines: today marks 10 years since the Sandy Hook shooting, President Biden signed the Respect for Marriage Act into law, and Megan Thee Stallion told an L.A. jury about the night that rapper Tory Lanez allegedly shot at her feet.

Show Notes:

Crooked Coffee is officially here. Our first blend, What A Morning, is available in medium and dark roasts. Wake up with your own bag at crooked.com/coffee

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Dec 14, 2022
The Questions Surrounding The Death Of Grant Wahl
00:24:23

The sports world continues to mourn American soccer journalist Grant Wahl, whose body was returned to the U.S. after he died while covering the World Cup in Qatar. Although whatever caused his sudden death remains a mystery, his family hopes that a pending autopsy will give them answers.

Over half a million people have signed a petition calling for New York Governor Kathy Hochul to grant clemency to Nikki Addimando. She's been in prison since 2017 for fatally shooting her longtime partner, which she claims was self-defense.

And in headlines: Iran carried out its second execution tied to the mass protests over Mahsa Amini,  China rolled back more of its strict “zero Covid” policies, and scientists have reportedly achieved a major clean energy breakthrough.

Show Notes:

Crooked Coffee is officially here. Our first blend, What A Morning, is available in medium and dark roasts. Wake up with your own bag at crooked.com/coffee

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Dec 13, 2022
We Need To Talk About Kevin De Leon
00:25:05

Congress has until Friday to reach an agreement on a spending package that will fund the government through the next fiscal year, but lawmakers are clashing over what to prioritize. Republicans want to invest heavily in military spending, but Democrats want to put more money toward the social safety net.

Karen Bass was officially sworn in as the mayor of Los Angeles yesterday, making her the first woman to serve in the role. Meanwhile, embattled LA City Councilmember Kevin de León is facing more scrutiny after he was involved in a fight with a local community activist.  

And in headlines: American soccer journalist Grant Wahl died while covering the World Cup in Qatar, NASA successfully wrapped its historic Artemis 1 mission, and the city of Richmond, Virginia began removing its last city-owned Confederate monument.

Show Notes:

Crooked Coffee is officially here. Our first blend, What A Morning, is available in medium and dark roasts. Wake up with your own bag at crooked.com/coffee

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Dec 12, 2022
Welcome Home, Brittney Griner
00:23:49

WNBA star Brittney Griner is finally free from Russian imprisonment, 294 days after she was first arrested. U.S. officials negotiated her release, which involved a 1-for-1 prisoner swap for notorious arms dealer Viktor Bout.

And in headlines: the House passed a landmark bill to protect same-sex and interracial marriages, tens of thousands of academic workers in the University of California system continued their strike, and the FTC sued to block Microsoft from acquiring Activision Blizzard.

Show Notes:

Crooked Coffee is officially here. Our first blend, What A Morning, is available in medium and dark roasts. Wake up with your own bag at crooked.com/coffee

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Dec 09, 2022
Donald Trump Presents: Storage Wars
00:21:37

The Washington Post reported that a team hired by former President Donald Trump’s lawyers found at least two documents marked “classified” inside a storage unit in West Palm Beach, Florida. It’s the first indication that more potentially sensitive material was, or could still be, at one of Trump’s properties.

China is reportedly easing some of its strict “zero COVID” policies, following mass protests over the government’s response to the pandemic. But there are questions about how the rollback will be implemented, as China faces an increasing number of new infections. 

And in headlines: Peruvian lawmakers swore in their first female president after ousting her predecessor, German authorities arrested 25 people accused of plotting a far-right coup, and hundreds of New York Times journalists will stage a historic 24-hour strike.

Show Notes:

Crooked Coffee is officially here. Our first blend, What A Morning, is available in medium and dark roasts. Wake up with your own bag at crooked.com/coffee

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Dec 08, 2022
The Art Of Warnock
00:25:36

Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock is heading back to D.C. for a full 6-year term, after defeating Republican challenger Herschel Walker in Tuesday’s special runoff election. Warnock’s victory now gives Democrats an outright majority in the Senate with 51 seats, and brings a whirlwind midterm cycle to a close.

And in headlines: the suspect in the Club Q mass shooting was charged with over 300 counts, a Manhattan jury convicted the Trump Organization of tax fraud, and Indonesia’s parliament passed a controversial new criminal code.

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Dec 07, 2022
Revisiting The Ongoing Red Hill Water Crisis in O’ahu
00:22:08

Today is election day in Georgia’s Senate runoff. Voters are headed to the polls to decide between Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock and Republican challenger Herschel Walker, in a race that could give Democrats an outright majority in the Senate.

This Wednesday marks one year since the state of Hawai’i ordered the U.S. Navy to defuel its Red Hill fuel facility, after thousands of gallons of jet fuel contaminated the local water supply. Keoni DeFranco, an O’ahu-based community organizer, joins us to discuss the ongoing fight to shut down the facility for good.

And in headlines: the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that could undercut LGBTQ rights, authorities said a “targeted” attack on power substations over the weekend left thousands of people in North Carolina without electricity, and Michael Avenatti was sentenced to 14 years in prison for embezzlement.

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Dec 06, 2022
South Carolina Takes The Lead
00:25:43

The rule-making arm of the Democratic National Committee voted to reshuffle the presidential primary schedule, making South Carolina the first state to hold a primary in the 2024 elections. The new order will change which voters have an outsized voice in selecting the Democratic nominee for president, and the issues that candidates will center in their campaigns.

The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in Moore v. Harper on Wednesday, a high-stakes case that could endanger free and fair elections. The justices will decide if state legislatures have the power to regulate federal elections.

And in headlines: protesters in Iran are planning a three-day strike amid conflicting reports about the fate of the morality police, coal miners in Alabama hit the 20-month mark in their ongoing strike, and Georgia voters broke early voting numbers ahead of Tuesday’s Senate runoff.

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Dec 05, 2022
Remembering Shirley Chisholm, A Catalyst For Change
00:24:10

In this special bonus episode of What a Day, we look back on the life and legacy of Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to Congress, and the first woman to seek a major party nomination for president. She would have turned 98 earlier this week.

Host Juanita Tolliver sat down with Representatives Barbara Lee and Ayanna Pressley, and biographer Dr. Anastasia Curwood for a candid conversation about Chisholm's trailblazing legacy.

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Dec 03, 2022
Student Debt Forgiveness Goes To Court
00:24:20

President Biden’s student loan forgiveness program is headed to the Supreme Court. While the plan is blocked for now, the justices will hear arguments in February to decide whether the administration has the authority to cancel federal student loan debt for millions of borrowers.

Crooked’s new workplace advice podcast “Work Appropriate” covers everything from how to deal with pushy bosses, to the systemic issues that plague many industries. Host Anne Helen Peterson tells us how a period of burn-out made her think differently about the world of work.

And in headlines: survivors of the Uvalde school shooting sued law enforcement agencies in Texas over their response to the massacre, a federal appeals court dismissed the “special master” in the Mar-a-Lago documents case, and the Senate passed legislation to block a nationwide rail strike.

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Dec 02, 2022
Full Hakeem Ahead
00:24:35

House Democrats voted unanimously Wednesday to make New York Congressman Hakeem Jeffries their new leader – making him the first Black person to lead a party in Congress.

Meanwhile, the House passed legislation that would force rail companies and labor unions to accept a tentative deal to avert a nationwide rail strike — and while progressives pushed for a separate bill to guarantee paid sick leave, it faces an uncertain future in the Senate.

And in headlines: the FDA is reportedly planning to allow more queer men to donate blood, a House panel finally has access to former President Trump’s federal tax returns, and the French baguette was added to UNESCO’s cultural heritage list.

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Dec 01, 2022
Happy Birthday Ms. Chis
00:27:27

New York City Mayor Eric Adams issued a directive to city agencies on Tuesday to begin involuntarily hospitalizing unhoused people who are, presumably, suffering from mental illness – a move sharply criticized by mental health experts and homeless advocates.

Today would have been Shirley Chisholm’s 98th birthday. She was the first Black woman elected to Congress and the first woman to seek a major party nomination for president. Rep. Barbara Lee of California, Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Chisholm biographer Dr. Anastasia Curwood join us to discuss her life and legacy.

And in headlines: President Biden called on Congress to block the looming rail worker strike, the Senate passed the Respect for Marriage Act, and the U.S. men’s soccer team beat Iran to advance to the knockout round in the World Cup.

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Nov 30, 2022
Arizona Iced Election Results
00:25:00

Protesters in China continue to voice their discontent over the country's strict "zero Covid" policies. And while authorities have eased restrictions in some cities in an effort to quell public anger, Beijing isn't backing down from the overall strategy.

It's been three weeks since Election Day, but in one Arizona county and two in Pennsylvania, the GOP remains in a state of denial about the results.

And in headlines: the gunman who killed 10 Black people in a racist mass shooting in Buffalo pleaded guilty to murder charges, the World Health Organization announced a new name for monkeypox, and Hawai'i's Mauna Loa volcano is erupting for the first time in almost 40 years.

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Nov 29, 2022
Another Week of Gun Violence in the U.S.
00:21:07

A mass shooting left five people dead and dozens of others injured last week at Club Q, an LGBTQ+ bar that’s served as a safe space for the Colorado Springs queer community for over 20 years. Just days later, a gunman opened fire in a Virginia Walmart, killing six people. 

Both shootings have raised questions about the state of gun violence in the U.S. and how we can prevent such tragedies from happening again.

And in headlines: protestors took to the streets in China over the country’s strict COVID policies, the U.S. is once again facing a potential freight rail strike, and the Biden administration extended the pause on federal student loan payments.

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Nov 28, 2022
All About That Karen Bass
00:23:04

After leading congressional Democrats for over 20 years, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced she won’t be seeking a leadership role in the next Congress. Her decision to step down is expected to pave the way for a new generation of leaders to fill the caucus’s top ranks.

Congresswoman Karen Bass is the next mayor of Los Angeles, after beating out billionaire Rick Caruso. She will become L.A.’s first woman mayor, and the second Black mayor in the city’s 241-year history.

And in headlines: workers at over 100 Starbucks locations nationwide went on strike, Ticketmaster canceled the general ticket sale for Taylor Swift’s upcoming tour, and the executive who oversaw Enron’s bankruptcy called FTX’s collapse “unprecedented.”

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Nov 18, 2022
Florida Man Makes Announcement
00:18:29

Whether we like it or not, the 2024 campaign season has officially kicked off, after Donald Trump announced he’s running for president for the third time. But many of his allies are already eyeing the exits.

Tensions have eased after NATO officials said a missile that killed two people in Poland came from neighboring Ukraine – not from Russia as originally suspected, though world leaders say the Kremlin is still to blame for the deadly explosion.

And in headlines: a Senate bill to protect same-sex marriage cleared a major legislative hurdle, a federal judge struck down the controversial Trump-era border policy known as Title 42, and NASA finally launched its Artemis 1 moon mission.

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Nov 17, 2022
The Kids Are All Left
00:27:11

Republicans have essentially secured a House majority for the next two years. But the GOP is in disarray, as members vying for leadership positions point fingers at who's to blame for their midterm losses.

Young voters turned out in historic numbers this election cycle to support Democrats. Victor Shi, strategy director for the Gen Z-led nonprofit Voters of Tomorrow, explains how young people helped beat back the anticipated “red wave.”

And in headlines: President Biden said it’s “unlikely” that a missile that hit Poland was fired from Russia, a judge overturned Georgia’s “heartbeat” abortion ban, and the U.N. said the global population has reached 8 billion people.

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Nov 16, 2022
Academic Workers Of The World Unite
00:20:53

48,000 academic workers across the University of California’s 10 campuses walked off the job on Monday in the nation’s largest strike of the year. Labor historian and UCLA professor Toby Higbie tells us how we got here and what’s at stake.

As winter approaches, experts are warning of a “tripledemic” of RSV, COVID, and the flu. Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, host of Crooked’s “America Dissected,” explains why it’s happening, and what you can do to protect yourself and your community.

And in headlines: a shooting at the University of Virginia left three people dead, Google agreed to a $392 million settlement over deceptive location tracking practices, and Amazon plans to lay off thousands of employees. 

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Nov 15, 2022
We Did It Again, Joe
00:19:14

Democrats have officially retained their majority in the U.S. Senate, after incumbent Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto held off a challenge from her Trump-endorsed Republican challenger, Adam Laxalt.

Meanwhile, the governor’s race in Arizona is still too close to call, though Democrat Katie Hobbs holds a slim lead over Republican Kari Lake — and it could be days before a winner is declared. We explain why the vote count is taking so long, and why it’s not unusual to wait for results in Arizona.

And in headlines: the first death sentence was handed down to an Iranian protester involved in demonstrations over Mahsa Amini’s death, President Biden is set to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Ukrainian forces regained control of the city of Kherson.

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Nov 14, 2022
SCOTUS And The Future Of Indigenous Sovereignty
00:24:23

As the vote count continues from Tuesday's midterm elections, both parties are eyeing next month's Senate runoff in Georgia, but Arizona and Nevada are also in the spotlight. Democrats can clinch control of the Senate if incumbents win in at least two of those states.

The Supreme Court this week heard arguments in Haaland v. Brackeen, a case challenging the Indian Child Welfare Act. Rebecca Nagle, host of Crooked's "This Land" podcast, explains why it could ultimately upend other legal protections for Native Americans. 

And in headlines: a federal judge in Texas struck down President Biden's student loan forgiveness plan, Tropical Storm Nicole barreled through Florida and the Taliban has banned women and girls from using gyms and parks in Afghanistan.

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Nov 11, 2022
All Eyes On Georgia (Again)
00:24:30

Pollsters and pundits warned there would be a “red wave” of Republican victories on Election Day, but the results tell a different story. We share some of the big wins for Democrats that have been called so far.

Democrat Raphael Warnock is once again heading into a runoff election in the Georgia Senate race. Tia Mitchell, the Washington correspondent for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, tells us what voters in that state can expect in the weeks ahead.

And in headlines: Brittney Griner was transferred to a Russian penal colony to serve out her nine-year prison sentence, Moscow said it ordered a troop withdrawal from the city of Kherson, and Meta laid off more than 11,000 of its employees.

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Nov 10, 2022
Stuck In The Midterms With You
00:19:03

Election Day has wrapped, but now the wait begins as votes are counted and results pour in from across the country. We walk through what we know so far, and what to watch in some key races.

And in headlines: Tropical Storm Nicole is tracking toward Florida, the January 6th committee interviewed Donald Trump’s driver from the day of the insurrection, and someone in Southern California won the record $2 billion Powerball jackpot.

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Nov 09, 2022
The Midterm Voter's Guide To The Galaxy
00:22:48

Today is Election Day. And Shaniqua McClendon, Crooked’s political director, explains what you need to know if you’re voting today – from what to bring to the polls, to how to respond to voter intimidation.

And in headlines: Ukraine accused Russian forces of looting and occupying empty civilian homes in Kherson, a Russian oligarch close to Vladimir Putin admitted to interfering in U.S. elections, and Facebook’s parent company is set to lay off thousands of employees.

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Nov 08, 2022
A Twitter Pill To Swallow
00:24:49

Elon Musk, who recently acquired Twitter for $44 billion, laid off about half of the company’s staff on Friday. The move also impacted teams that moderate content on the site. New York Times technology reporter Mike Isaac says that’s raising concerns about how well the platform can combat misinformation ahead of the midterm elections.

And in headlines: the UN’s annual climate summit opened in Egypt, President Biden’s top national security advisor has reportedly been in talks with his Russian counterparts over the war in Ukraine, and the National Park Service issued an unusual warning about psychedelic toads.

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Nov 07, 2022
True Crime Rates
00:25:06

In the run-up to the midterm elections, Republicans have made crime a central issue in their attacks against Democrats. But the fear tactics aren’t backed up by facts.

North Korea tried to launch a powerful long-range missile on Thursday, following an intense volley of short-range missile tests earlier this week. And with tensions already high in the region, there’s concern that North Korea may attempt a nuclear weapons test.

And in headlines: former Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan was shot and wounded during a protest rally, U.S. Embassy officials met with Brittney Griner in Russia, and tens of thousands of student workers across the University of California system voted to authorize a strike.

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Nov 04, 2022
For God's Sake, Vote
00:24:41

President Biden on Wednesday made his closing argument to voters ahead of Election Day. In a speech delivered near Capitol Hill, where violent extremists attempted to overturn the 2020 election, he warned that America’s democratic traditions are on the line this midterm cycle.

For our final installment of WAD The Vote, Rep. Sean Casten, the first Democrat to represent Illinois’ 6th Congressional District in decades, tells us how he entered politics, and why he’s running for a third term.

And in headlines: a surprise ceasefire was reached to end two years of civil war in Ethiopia, the Federal Reserve raised its key interest rate by another 0.75%, and hospitals are reporting an alarming surge in R.S.V. cases among young children. 

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Nov 03, 2022
Who Watches The Poll Watchers
00:24:23

As Democrats make their final push on the campaign trail ahead of Election Day, election deniers are making their presence known in person. In Florida, two former members of the Proud Boys were hired as poll workers in Miami-Dade County – a third was dismissed because he’s facing charges for his involvement in the Jan. 6th riot.

School board elections have a huge impact on local communities, but rarely get the same coverage as other, higher-profile races. Maria Salamanca, a progressive school board candidate for Orange County Public Schools in Florida, tells us why she’s running.

And in headlines: Migos rapper Takeoff was fatally shot in Houston, Benjamin Netanyahu held an early lead in Israel’s latest general election, andSenator Lindsay Graham must testify before a Georgia grand jury investigating efforts to overturn the 2020 election results in that state.

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Nov 02, 2022
Affirmative Action’s Last Stand
00:22:01

The Supreme Court heard arguments Monday over two cases that will decide the fate of affirmative action at American colleges and universities. Jay Willis, the editor-in-chief of Balls & Strikes, tells us what’s at stake if the justices decide to overturn decades of precedent on the issue.

And in headlines: federal prosecutors charged the man accused of attacking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Taylor Swift became the first artist ever to claim the top 10 slots on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, and Elon Musk is reportedly planning layoffs at Twitter.

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Nov 01, 2022
The Catastrophic Effects Of Climate Change Hit Nigeria
00:24:06

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s 82-year-old husband, Paul Pelosi, was attacked in their San Francisco home early Friday morning. The alleged assailant was reportedly looking for the Speaker – who was in Washington, D.C. at the time. The attack comes amid heightened fears of political violence before the midterm elections.

In Nigeria, more than 600 people have died and 1.4 million others have been displaced from their homes due to severe flooding since September. Mary Annaïse Heglar, co-host of Crooked’s Hot Take, tells us how climate change has contributed to the disaster.

And in headlines: a massive crowd surge in Seoul left at least 153 people dead, a pair of car bombings killed at least 100 people in Somalia, and leftist Lula da Silva won Brazil’s presidential election over right-wing incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. 

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Oct 31, 2022
Sayonara Bolsonaro (We Hope)
00:26:10

Brazilians will vote for their next president on Sunday — an election that could be the most decisive in that country’s democratic history. The choice is between leftist challenger Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and right-wing incumbent Jair Bolsonaro.

The U.S. economy grew 2.6% in the third quarter, but inflation is still driving up costs for essentials — including housing. Lindsay Owens, the executive director of the Groundwork Collaborative, tells us why it’s hitting renters harder, and why addressing the affordability crisis should be a top priority.

And in headlines: the Justice Department codified new protections for journalists, a Thai businesswoman and transgender advocate bought the Miss Universe Organization, and Mexico’s Senate voted to end daylight saving time for most of the country.

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Oct 28, 2022
Toxic Jobs May Be Hazardous To Your Health
00:22:45

Pennsylvania Senate candidates John Fetterman and Mehmet Oz met on Tuesday for one of the most highly anticipated debates of this midterm election cycle. They covered everything from abortion rights to fracking to immigration, in a race that could determine control of Congress.

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy recently released a report on how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed workplaces and its impact on workers' mental health. Dr. Murthy joins us to discuss those findings, and how businesses are responding.

And in headlines: Iranian protesters marked 40 days since Mahsa Amini's death, another woman claimed that Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker paid for her abortion, and Elon Musk made a splashy entrance to Twitter's headquarters just days before he's set to acquire the company.

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Oct 27, 2022
Feeling Frost In Florida
00:23:52

Arizona election officials have referred at least six cases of alleged voter intimidation at ballot drop-off boxes to the Justice Department. The complaints describe groups of people – some armed with guns and wearing tactical gear – harassing and taking pictures of voters.

Maxwell Frost, who is running for Florida’s 10th Congressional District, is on track to become one of the youngest members of Congress. He joins us to talk about his progressive platform, and what he hopes to accomplish if elected.

And in headlines: a Russian court rejected Brittney Griner’s appeal of her 9-year prison sentence, Adidas cut ties with Ye amid backlash from his antisemitic remarks, and former Trump aide Hope Hicks met with the January 6 committee.

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Oct 26, 2022
It's Rishi, Bitch
00:19:29

There’s growing concern among Western countries that Russia could be planning a false flag operation in Ukraine – by deploying a so-called “dirty bomb” there, while blaming Ukraine. The Kremlin could use such an attack to justify an escalation in the war.

Rishi Sunak won the fight to become Britain's next prime minister, making him the first person of color to serve in the role. This comes after Liz Truss’s abrupt resignation last week after just 45 days in office.

And in headlines: a school shooting in St. Louis, Missouri left two people dead and several others injured, Brittney Griner will formally appeal her nine-year Russian prison sentence, and Hollywood agency CAA dropped Kanye West over his antisemitic remarks.

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Oct 25, 2022
Debt Relief It Or Not
00:23:14

A federal appeals court has temporarily put a hold on the Biden administration’s student debt forgiveness plan. The challenge comes from six Republican-led states, though the White House said borrowers should still apply for relief.

The January 6th committee officially subpoenaed former president Donald Trump, a little over a week after the panel unanimously voted to issue it. It calls on Trump to hand over documents and appear for a deposition under oath – and could set up a historic legal fight if he doesn't comply.

And in headlines: Russia launched a new wave of attacks aimed at disabling Ukraine’s power grid, Hurricane Roslyn made landfall in southwest Mexico, and Chinese President Xi Jinping secured a historic third term.

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Oct 24, 2022
No Truss, No Fuss
00:28:44

Liz Truss abruptly resigned as Britain’s prime minister on Thursday, after just 45 days in office — making her the shortest-serving prime minister in the history of the United Kingdom.

Hundreds of anti-LGBTQ+ bills are moving through legislatures across the country,  many of which specifically target transgender people. Oklahoma House Representative Mauree Turner — the first out non-binary state lawmaker in the country and the first Muslim member of the Oklahoma Legislature — tells us how they’ve used their position to fight for their constituents and their communities.

And in headlines: Ukrainians face rolling blackouts in the wake of Russian drone strikes, disgraced actor Kevin Spacey was found not liable for battery in a civil sex abuse case, and L.A. city council member Kevin de Léon said he won’t resign.

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Oct 21, 2022
Defund The Florida Election Police
00:25:11

In August, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced the arrests of several people accused of illegally voting in the 2020 election. But newly released police body camera footage from some of those arrests debunk DeSantis' claims of mass election fraud.

Women-led protests in Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini are in their second month, and have become the biggest challenge to the Islamic Republic in a decade. Jasmin Ramsey, the deputy director of the Center for Human Rights in Iran, tells us what her group is hearing from activists and ordinary Iranians.

And in headlines: Russian President Vladimir Putin declared martial law in four illegally annexed Ukrainian territories, British Prime Minister Liz Truss faced more calls to resign, and actress Anna May Wong will become the first Asian American to appear on U.S. currency.

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Oct 20, 2022
One More Reason To Roe To The Polls
00:24:47

President Biden promised to codify abortion access into federal law next year if voters elect more Democrats to the Senate and maintain their majority in the House. Alexis McGill Johnson, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood, joins us to discuss the historic investments her organization is making to mobilize voters ahead of the midterm elections.

And in headlines: the U.S. will release another 15 million barrels of oil from its strategic reserves, Brittney Griner spent her 32nd birthday in Russian prison, and Amazon warehouse workers in upstate New York rejected a bid to unionize.

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Oct 19, 2022
Understanding Russia's "Kamikaze" Drones
00:23:33

Another deadly round of Russian attacks hit Ukraine’s capital Kyiv early Monday morning – this time, from so-called "kamikaze" drones believed to be made in Iran. Military analysts believe Russia is relying on those weapons because its stockpiles of other weapons are running low.

A new ACLU report found that Atlanta’s Fulton County jail is overcrowded — and many inmates haven’t even been charged with a crime. And as the city struggles to find a solution, the overcrowding issue has led to deteriorating conditions and more violence on the inside. 

And in headlines: extreme floods have killed more than 600 people in Nigeria, Arkansas' ban on gender-affirming care for trans youth went on trial, and rapper Kanye West said he will buy the right-wing social media site Parler.

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Oct 18, 2022
One Month Of Women-Led Protests In Iran
00:25:14

It’s been one month since women began burning their hijabs and leading daily protests in the streets of Iran over the killing of Mahsa Amini. In that time, Iranian security forces have reportedly killed at least 233 protesters — including 32 children.

The Biden administration soft-launched its student loan forgiveness application site over the weekend. This comes after President Biden announced the plan in August that would cancel up to $20,000 worth of federal student loans for individual borrowers.

And in headlines: China’s political leaders kicked off the 20th Communist Party Congress, thousands of demonstrators flooded the streets of Paris over inflation and rising energy costs, and Elon Musk said SpaceX will continue to pay for a critical satellite internet service in Ukraine.

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Oct 17, 2022
Don-Subpoena Relationship
00:25:06

The House select committee investigating the January 6th insurrection held its latest — and potentially last — public hearing on Thursday, and voted to question former President Donald Trump about his role in the attack on the U.S. Capitol. What a Day’s Juanita Tolliver recaps what we’ve learned so far, and what’s at stake with the midterm elections on the horizon.

And in headlines: the Parkland school shooter was sentenced to life in prison, Social Security recipients will get their biggest cost-of-living increase in more than 40 years, and Netflix is set to launch a new, ad-supported subscription tier.

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Oct 14, 2022
Angry White Guys Gone Wild
00:21:09

A jury in Connecticut ordered Infowars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to pay nearly $1 billion in damages to the families of eight victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting. The verdict is the largest award to date for those families, who say they've suffered for years because Jones has repeatedly claimed the massacre was a “hoax.”

Members of the Oath Keepers are currently on trial for seditious conspiracy, as more information comes to light about how right-wing, white nationalist militia groups allegedly helped plan and execute the attack on January 6. 

And in headlines: the Biden administration released its National Security Strategy Report, Nury Martinez resigned from her seat on the Los Angeles City Council, and the U.S. authorized updated COVID booster shots for young kids.

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Oct 13, 2022
No Country For Extremist Election Officials
00:27:16

John Fetterman, the Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania's open U.S. Senate seat, is hanging on to his lead over his Republican opponent, Mehmet Oz. But Republicans are sharpening their attacks by questioning Fetterman’s health and fitness for office, after he suffered a stroke earlier this year.

Things are heating up in Arizona's secretary of state race, where Democrat Adrian Fontes is squaring off against far-right MAGA Republican Mark Finchem to become the state’s top election official. Fontes tells us what's at stake, and why these offices are so important.

And in headlines: Baltimore prosecutors dropped charges against Adnan Syed, Nury Martinez announced she's taking a "leave of absence" from the L.A. City Council, and Tulsi Gabbard said she’s leaving the Democratic Party.

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Oct 12, 2022
No Digas Nada, Nury
00:20:01

Russia launched its biggest attacks against Ukraine in months, targeting at least 14 regions – including civilian areas – on Monday. Vladimir Putin said the strikes were retaliation for a blast that damaged the only bridge connecting annexed Crimea to Russia.

Nury Martinez stepped down as the L.A. City Council president, after she, two other council members, and a local labor leader were heard on a leaked recording making racist comments. Martinez is facing calls to resign, and the conversation has fueled concerns that some city leaders are trying to deplete the political power of Black Angelenos.

And in headlines: Hurricane Julia made landfall on Sunday in Nicaragua, a union of railroad workers rejected a tentative agreement with freight carriers, and rapper Kanye West was locked out of Twitter and Instagram for antisemitic posts.

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Oct 11, 2022
Kerch Strait Bridge Is Falling Down
00:20:20

Over the weekend, 20 Russian missiles hit civilian areas of Zaporizhzhia, killing at least 13 people and injuring 60 more. These air strikes followed an explosion on Saturday on the bridge between Russia and Crimea, which has both economic and symbolic importance.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams declared a state of emergency on Friday after the city’s primary shelter system became overloaded, due in part to the influx of asylum seekers from Latin America. We discuss what Adams is and isn't doing to help people in New York City find shelter... and the efforts of Republican governors like Texas's Greg Abbott and Arizona's Doug Ducey to exacerbate the city's houselessness crisis.

And in headlines: Nationwide protests in Iran over the death of Mahsa Amini entered their fourth week, Harvey Weinstein’s Los Angeles trial starts today, and a NLRB judge ruled that a Michigan Starbucks illegally fired one of its baristas for union organizing.

 

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Oct 10, 2022
Puff Puff Pardon
00:23:03

President Biden announced Thursday he will pardon federal marijuana convictions. The order will impact a few thousand people, since most cannabis convictions happen at the state level, but it will also revisit how cannabis is classified with other drugs under federal law.

As Ukraine's counteroffensive against Russia continues to gain ground, there are now signs of growing discontent from prominent Russian officials and supporters of the war. 

And in headlines: a mass shooting at a daycare center in Thailand left at least 36 people dead, a high ranking member of the Proud Boys pleaded guilty to seditious conspiracy for his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection, and Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse is expected to resign from Congress.

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Oct 07, 2022
Can Russia Take Its Foot Off My OPEC?
00:21:49

President Biden visited Florida on Wednesday to survey the damage from Hurricane Ian, which has left at least 100 people dead in that state. So far, many of those victims are older adults. Dr. Sue Ann Bell, a disaster researcher at the University of Michigan, tells us why older people are especially vulnerable during natural disasters.

The OPEC Plus coalition, led by Russia and Saudi Arabia, said it will cut oil production by 2 million barrels a day, which is expected to push energy prices higher around the world. The move would benefit Russia, and help finance its war against Ukraine.

And in headlines: anti-government protests in Iran entered a third week, actor Alec Baldwin agreed to settle with the family of Halyna Hutchins, and longtime lesbian icon Velma Hinkley comes out in the latest Scooby Doo movie.

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Oct 06, 2022
Herschel Walk Of Shame
00:25:46

Conservative leaders have rallied behind Republican Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker, following a report that he paid for an abortion for an ex-girlfriend. It's one of the first October surprises to drop ahead of the high-stakes midterm elections.

The federal government has a history of underfunding our election infrastructure, even though the people who run state and local election departments play a critical role in our democracy. Tiana Epps-Johnson, co-founder of the Center for Tech and Civic Life, tells us why America's voting system needs an upgrade.

And in headlines: North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan for the first time in five years, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that could chip away at the Voting Rights Act, and European regulators voted to standardize charging cables for portable devices.

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Oct 05, 2022
L.A. Hopes For A New Sheriff In Town
00:17:15

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden visited Puerto Rico on Monday, weeks after Hurricane Fiona tore through the island. The trip – and the pledges of support – was markedly different from when then-President Trump arrived after Hurricane Maria five years ago.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who is up for re-election in November, is embroiled in another controversy – this time, over a probe targeting a prominent local official, an outspoken critic of the sheriff.

And in headlines: UK Prime Minister Liz Truss dropped a plan to slash the tax rate for the wealthy, Native American activist and actor Sacheen Littlefeather has died, and Kim Kardashian settled with the SEC over an alleged cryptocurrency "pump and dump" scheme.

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Oct 04, 2022
I'm Sorry, Justice Jackson
00:20:34

Florida's death toll from Hurricane Ian soared to at least 74 over the weekend, and hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses still do not have electricity. President Biden plans to visit the state Wednesday, after a stop in Puerto Rico to survey damage from Hurricane Fiona.

The Supreme Court begins its new term today, with Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson becoming the first-ever Black woman to serve on the bench. But she joins a divided, conservative-majority court, which is set to hear major cases on affirmative action, voting, and LGBTQ rights.

And in headlines: at least 125 people died in the chaos following an Indonesian soccer match, American prisoners were released from Venezuela and Iran, and the makers of Monster energy drinks won a lawsuit against rival Bang Energy for false advertising.

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Oct 03, 2022
Tracking The Devastation Of Hurricane Ian
00:15:21

After leaving a trail of destruction in southern Florida, Hurricane Ian is expected to make a second landfall in South Carolina on Friday. Officials in Charleston are bracing for intense rain, higher-than-usual tides, and a storm surge across the state’s coast.

Russian President Vladimir Putin today plans to formally annex separatist regions of Ukraine that supposedly voted to join the Russian Federation. Ukraine and its western allies have called it an illegal "land grab."

And in headlines: a group of Republican-led states sued the Biden administration over its plan to cancel some student debt, California made it easier for farm workers to join unions, and Ginni Thomas sat for an interview with the House January 6th committee.

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Sep 30, 2022
Hurricane Ian Makes Landfall In Florida
00:19:28

Hurricane Ian reached Florida Wednesday afternoon as one of the strongest storms to hit the U.S. mainland in decades. Some 2.5 million residents of Tampa and Fort Myers were ordered to evacuate, but thousands stayed behind – even in areas expected to be inundated by extreme storm surge flooding.

And in headlines: a human rights organization said at least 76 Iranian protesters have been killed in clashes with police since the death of Mahsa Amini, Russian-occupied territories in Ukraine “voted” in favor of annexation, and Megan Thee Stallion launched a mental health resource website for her fans and followers.

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Sep 29, 2022
Florida Prepares For Hurricane Ian
00:24:10

Hurricane Ian has knocked out power across Cuba and is barreling toward Florida, where it’s expected to intensify into a Category 3 or 4 storm. Mary Annaïse Heglar, co-host of Crooked’s “Hot Take,” explains how climate change is making hurricanes like Ian stronger, less predictable, and more dangerous.

Texas attorney general Ken Paxton is up for re-election on November 8, but his legal troubles and controversial policies have cast doubt over whether he's fit to be in office. Rochelle Garza, Paxton’s Democratic challenger, tells us about her campaign priorities, and why the race could have nationwide consequences.

And in headlines: Japan held a state funeral for former prime minister Shinzo Abe, more than 800,000 people were evacuated in Vietnam ahead of Typhoon Noru, and the Senate advanced a short-term agreement to avoid a government shutdown.

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Sep 28, 2022
The Pound And The Fury
00:16:57

The British pound hit a record low against the U.S. dollar on Monday. We discuss the economic plan by new U.K. Prime Minister Liz Truss that sent the currency tumbling, and how international markets are responding.

Nearly complete results from Italy’s election showed a clear victory for a right-wing coalition – making it almost certain that the coalition's leader, Giorgia Meloni, will be prime minister. Her party has its roots in a post-World War II neo-fascist movement in Italy.

And in headlines: Putin granted Edward Snowden Russian citizenship, Cuba voted to legalize same-sex marriage, and the CIA launched its own podcast.

 

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Sep 27, 2022
Move Over, Monkeypox
00:17:33

Almost 750 demonstrators were arrested in Russia on Saturday. They were protesting president Vladimir Putin’s declaration from last week of a “partial mobilization” or a draft in which some men are being called up to join the war. Plus, Ukraine's response to Putin's nuclear threats.

The number of new cases of monkeypox in the U.S. are down significantly since their peak just about a month ago. Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, host of Crooked’s “America Dissected,” tells us why.

And in headlines: an Arizona judge reinstated a near-total abortion ban from 1864, Hurricane Fiona hit eastern Canada, and Rihanna announced that she will headline next year’s Super Bowl halftime show.

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Sep 26, 2022
How Favre We've Fallen
00:20:36

Outrage continues in Iran over the death of a woman detained by that country's "morality police," and at least nine people have been killed in clashes with security forces.

Former N.F.L. quarterback Brett Favre has emerged as a key figure in one of the largest welfare fraud cases in Mississippi's history, after text messages revealed his connections to state officials involved in the scandal.

And in headlines: a judge temporarily blocked Indiana's near-total abortion ban, President Biden issued a disaster declaration for Puerto Rico, and Ginni Thomas agreed to meet with the House panel investigating the January 6th riot.

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Sep 23, 2022
A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Fraud
00:22:44

New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a $250 million lawsuit against former President Donald Trump and his three adult children, accusing them of "persistent and repeated" business fraud. Rolling Stone politics reporter Nikki McCann Ramirez joins us to discuss the case and what's at stake for the Trumps.

Russian president Vladimir Putin declared a “partial” military mobilization to shore up forces in Ukraine. It was the first such move since World War II, and was met with rare protests.

And in headlines: demonstrations in Iran continued over a woman who died in police custody, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates again, and a former Minneapolis police officer was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in the murder of George Floyd.

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Sep 22, 2022
You Can't Always Declassify What You Want
00:18:55

The legal battle over sensitive government documents seized from Mar-a-Lago continued on Tuesday, as lawyers for Donald Trump and the Justice Department met for the first hearing overseen by the special master appointed to review the materials.

The midterm elections are fast approaching and a lot of candidates and organizations are vying for financial support. Shaniqua McClendon, Crooked’s political director, shows us how you can make a difference with your donations – even if you don’t have a lot to give.

And in headlines: separatist regions in Ukraine moved closer to holding referendums to join Russia, Hurricane Fiona hit the Turks and Caicos islands, and world leaders gathered in New York for this year’s United Nations General Assembly.

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Sep 21, 2022
Nobody Puts COVID In A Corner
00:14:46

Queen Elizabeth II was laid to rest Monday, marking the end of the ten days of public mourning since her death on September 8th.

President Biden said in an interview that the pandemic is "over,” prompting swift criticism from public health officials. Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, host of Crooked’s “America Dissected,” tells us, there's still work to be done.

And in headlines: Hurricane Fiona left more destruction in the Caribbean, a Russian missile struck near another Ukrainian nuclear plant, and Adnan Syed, whose murder case was featured on the "Serial" podcast, was freed from prison.

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Sep 20, 2022
Fiona Leaves Puerto Rico In The Dark
00:18:02

The entire island of Puerto Rico is without power after Hurricane Fiona made landfall on Sunday. More than 3 million people are in the dark, nearly five years to the day that Hurricane Maria struck.

State officials in Alabama said they are not ready to use “nitrogen hypoxia” to execute people on death row – for now. They had planned to execute an inmate this week using the new and untested method, but will instead opt for lethal injection.

And in headlines: world leaders arrive in London for Queen Elizabeth II's funeral, Virginia put out new school guidelines targeting trans students, and a federal judge appointed a special master to review the documents recovered from Mar-a-Lago.

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Sep 19, 2022
Red-State Governors Use People As Props
00:23:55

The White House announced a tentative agreement with freight rail companies and the unions representing 100,000 workers on Thursday, averting a strike that would have had huge economic consequences.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said he paid to fly about 50 migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard – escalating a tactic used by other Republican governors to protest the Biden administration’s immigration policies.

A recent study found that Muslim characters on TV face an “epidemic of invisibility.” Al-Baab Khan, the study’s lead author, tells us how portrayals based on stereotypes fuel Islamophobia.

And in headlines: Vladimir Putin met with Chinese president Xi Jinping for the first time since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Mississippi officials lifted the boil water advisory for Jackson residents, and Cardi B pleaded guilty to assault charges stemming from a fight at a strip club in 2018.

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Sep 16, 2022
A Freight Knot
00:18:11

Tens of thousands of railroad workers could go on strike Friday, even as top-level negotiators and Labor Department officials met in Washington yesterday to try to reach a deal to avert it. Max Alvarez, editor-in-chief of the non-profit Real News Network, joins us to discuss what's at stake, and why the dispute has reached this point.

And in headlines: soldiers clashed at the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan, R. Kelly was convicted of multiple child pornography charges, and West Virginia lawmakers passed one of the strictest abortion bans in the country.

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Sep 15, 2022
No Vacation From Inflation
00:23:59

The latest Consumer Price Index report caught investors off-guard Tuesday, after it showed that inflation in August didn't cool off as much as economists had hoped. The disappointing news plunged the stock market to its worst day since June 2020.

The midterm elections are coming up, and we're here to help you WAD The Vote. Crooked's Jon Favreau joins us to discuss what’s at stake in November.

And in headlines: jurors began deliberations in R. Kelly’s federal sex crimes trial, athletes can now register as nonbinary for the Boston Marathon, and the NBA suspended Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver following allegations of racism and misogyny.

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Sep 14, 2022
Not Everybody Loves Royalty
00:16:42

Mourners are paying their respects to Queen Elizabeth II as her remains make the journey to London ahead of her funeral, but protesters are also turning out to hold the royal family accountable for the misdeeds of its past.

The Department of Justice filed papers on Monday signaling that it would accept one of the candidates that former President Donald Trump’s legal team recommended as a "special master" to review the documents taken from Mar-a-Lago last month.

And in headlines: Ukraine's military made more headway against Russia, a new rule in Montana bans birth certificate changes for trans people, and about 15,000 Minnesota nurses took to the picket lines.

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Sep 13, 2022
Ukraine On The Offensive
00:15:35

Yesterday marked 21 years since the September 11th attacks, which claimed nearly 3,000 lives and remains the deadliest act of terror on U.S. soil. 

Ukraine’s military says it has made significant gains in recent days after taking back some of its territory from Russia in a major counteroffensive.

And in headlines: thousands of railroad workers could walk off the job by the end of the week, the growing Cedar Creek wildfire continues to burn in Oregon, and Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin arrived in Scotland ahead of her state funeral next week.

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Sep 12, 2022
Britain Mourns Queen Elizabeth II
00:19:06

Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, passed away on Thursday. She was 96 years old. Kristen Meinzer, the cohost of Newsweek’s Royal Report podcast, joins us to discuss what made the queen such an important figure on the world stage.

And in headlines: Nevada police arrested a county official in the fatal stabbing of a Las Vegas reporter, the U.S. announced a new $2.8 billion military aid package for Ukraine, and Steve Bannon was indicted for his alleged role in the "We Build the Wall" scheme.

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Sep 09, 2022
Welcome To The Hot Hell California
00:17:24

As millions of Californians were trying to stay cool amid a scorching heat wave on Tuesday, overwhelming demand for electricity nearly forced the state to impose rolling blackouts. Katherine Blunt, who covers renewable energy and utilities for the Wall Street Journal, explains why California was so close to the brink.

And in headlines: Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey secured the Democratic nomination for governor, Steve Bannon is expected to surrender to New York State prosecutors today, and Kim Kardashian is launching a private equity firm.

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Sep 08, 2022
The Delayed Side Of The Moon
00:15:42

NASA was forced to scrub the test launch for its Artemis I moon mission for the second time on Saturday. Miriam Kramer, a space reporter for Axios, joins us to explain why Artemis has yet to take off. 

And in headlines: Liz Truss was appointed to replace Boris Johnson as the U.K. 's prime minister, Chileans rejected a new progressive constitution, and e-cigarette maker Juul agreed to a nearly $440 million settlement for false advertising.

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Sep 07, 2022
Going Into Labor Day
00:20:50

Labor Day weekend is coming up, and it's a great time to celebrate American workers. We check in with Labor Secretary Marty Walsh about unions, the state of the job market, and why so many people are “quiet quitting” their jobs. 

And in headlines: a U.N. report accused China of committing human rights violations against Uyghur Muslims, actress Lea Michele addressed rumors about her behind-the-scenes conduct on “Glee”, and Nicole Kidman’s AMC ad is getting a sequel.

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Sep 02, 2022
Boosting Makes Me Feel Good
00:21:05

The FDA authorized the first new versions of the Covid-19 vaccines since they were introduced in late 2020, and the updated formulations target the newest Omicron subvariants. Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, epidemiologist and host of Crooked’s “America Dissected,” tells us what we need to know about the new shots.

And in headlines: U.N. nuclear inspectors arrived in Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine, NASA announced a new launch date for the Artemis I mission, and a scorching heat wave continued its grip on the West Coast.

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Sep 01, 2022
Mississippi’s Crisis Over Troubled Water
00:17:54

The city of Jackson, Mississippi is under a state of emergency because of ongoing problems with its troubled water system, leaving residents without safe drinking water.

Officials in Pakistan say one-third of that country has been submerged by catastrophic flooding, which has left at least 1,100 people dead. And experts warn the worst of the disaster has yet to come.

And in headlines: the Biden administration wiped out $1.5 billion in federal student loan debt for students of a defunct for-profit college, former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev died in Moscow, and the West Coast is bracing for a Labor Day heat wave.

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Aug 31, 2022
Understanding Trump's Request For A "Special Master"
00:16:37

A federal judge has indicated that she may appoint a “special master” to review the documents that the FBI seized from Mar-A-Lago earlier this month. We go over what that means, and what it means for the Justice Department's investigation into former President Donald Trump.

NASA was set to blast off the debut flight of its Artemis I mission to the moon on Monday, but engineers were forced to delay the launch over apparent engine problems.

And in headlines: Iraqi leader Muqtada al-Sadr said he’s retiring from politics, the Federal Trade Commission sued a data broker for allegedly selling information that could track user locations, and teachers in Columbus, Ohio voted to end their days-long strike.

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Aug 30, 2022
Kaiser Mental Health Care Workers Strike For Change
00:20:28

The Justice Department released the affidavit that led to the FBI search on former President Donald Trump’s home at Mar-a-Lago. Although the document was heavily redacted, it does indicate that Trump had highly classified information about sensitive intelligence gathering, and that the FBI had reason to believe he was trying to obstruct the investigation into those records.

Over 2,000 Kaiser Permanente mental health workers in Northern California remain on strike. Today marks their 15th day since taking to the picket lines to protest huge caseloads and long wait times for their patients. Alexis Petrakis, a Kaiser therapist who’s on strike in the San Francisco Bay Area, tells us what changes she and her colleagues want to see from the health care giant.

And in headlines: flash floods and landslides in Pakistan have killed over 1,000 people since mid-June, deadly fighting broke out in Libya between two rival militias, and NASA plans to launch its most powerful rocket yet to the moon.

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Aug 29, 2022
Day Of The Affidavit
00:20:57

A redacted version of the affidavit that justified the FBI’s search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate is expected to be released to the public today. We recap how we got here, and what could come from the unsealed document.

It’s been two months since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, and at least a dozen states have enacted near-total abortion bans, with “trigger laws” taking effect in three states just this week.

And in headlines: the Russian-held Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant was briefly cut off from Ukraine’s power grid, a federal court ruled that gender dysphoria is protected by disability law, and some L.A. residents are protesting the new Fast & Furious movie.

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Aug 26, 2022
Student Debt, You’re Cancelled
00:21:37

President Biden announced on Wednesday a plan that would cancel $10,000 in student loan debt for millions of Americans, and $20,000 for Pell grant recipients. That will allow millions of borrowers to become debt-free, but critics say it won’t benefit those with larger balances nearly as much as full forgiveness – a goal that progressives have pursued for years. Braxton Brewington with the Debt Collective, an organization that works to empower student loan borrowers, joins us to discuss the decision’s impact, and why more needs to be done.

And in headlines: a Russian missile strike killed at least 22 people at a train station in central Ukraine, the Uvalde school district fired its police chief, and a new study shows that long COVID has taken out as many as 4 million Americans from the workforce.

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Aug 25, 2022
Ukraine Celebrates A Somber Independence Day
00:25:12

Today is Ukraine’s Independence Day, marking 31 years since it broke from the Soviet Union. It also comes six months since Russia launched its full-scale invasion, and Ukrainian officials are concerned that new strikes could come on the symbolic date.

California Governor Gavin Newsom vetoed legislation on Monday that would have allowed three California cities to open overdose prevention sites – though Newsom said during his campaign in 2018 he was “very, very open” to the harm reduction strategy.

And in headlines: prosecutors dismissed all charges against the two Atlanta police officers involved in the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks, a federal jury convicted two men for leading the plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, and a whistleblower alleged that Twitter misled regulators about how it fights hackers and spam.

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Aug 24, 2022
Protecting Your Data In A Post-Roe World
00:20:03

A teenager and her mother are facing criminal charges for allegedly violating Nebraska's abortion ban, and police used their Facebook direct messages as evidence to charge them. Sara Morrison, senior reporter for Vox's Recode, tells us how easy it is for law enforcement to obtain your personal data from the internet and use it against you — even when it comes to making a health care decision like abortion.

And in headlines: Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Imran Khan was charged under that country's anti-terrorism laws, nearly 4,500 school staffers in Columbus, Ohio went on strike, and Dr. Anthony Fauci announced he will officially step down from public service in December.

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Aug 23, 2022
Now That's What I Call Climate Chaos
00:19:09

Extreme weather is taking a toll around the globe, with intense storms battering parts of Europe, and historic drought revealing long-submerged relics in other regions. China is also wrestling with one of its hottest, driest summers on record.

A bitter recall campaign forced Chesa Boudin, San Francisco's progressive district attorney, out of office in June. But critics of his replacement, Brooke Jenkins, say her new policies are troubling.

And in headlines: a car explosion killed the daughter of a prominent Russian nationalist, Singapore will repeal a law that bans sex between men, and Rep. Liz Cheney said former Vice President Mike Pence should testify before the January 6th committee.

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Aug 22, 2022
Tip Of The Weisselberg
00:20:50

A federal judge in Florida announced Thursday he is "inclined" to release parts of the affidavit that led to the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago earlier this month. That means it could be made public, giving the Justice Department a week to submit its redactions. Meanwhile, Allen Weisselberg, the former chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, pleaded guilty to tax evasion – and agreed to testify in a broader investigation of the company.

And in headlines: Israeli forces raided the offices of seven Palestinian rights groups, the U.S. boost its supply of the Jynneos monkeypox vaccine, and a federal judge ordered Starbucks to re-hire seven employees fired for union organizing.

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Aug 19, 2022
Better COVID Messaging? We'll CDC About That
00:20:26

CDC director Rochelle Walensky announced Wednesday the agency is making big structural and cultural changes, following widespread criticism over its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, host of Crooked’s America Dissected, joins us to discuss what that overhaul will look like, and why it matters.

And in headlines: a deadly explosion erupted at a mosque in Kabul, Liz Cheney hints at a White House bid after her defeat in Wyoming's House Republican primary, and former Vice President Mike Pence said he’d consider testifying before the January 6th committee.

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Aug 18, 2022
A Gay Doctor Talks Monkeypox
00:19:13

The CDC recently reported that new monkeypox cases in New York City appear to be slowing down, though new cases are slowly rising nationwide. Dr. Carlton Thomas, an advocate for queer health and sex positivity, joins us to talk about the stigma surrounding the disease, and safer sex practices for people who are at higher risk for exposure.

And in headlines: President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law, former Trump White House lawyers were interviewed by the FBI over sensitive documents recovered from Mar-a-Lago, and millions of Americans can soon buy a hearing aid without a prescription.

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Aug 17, 2022
Georgia Grand Jury On My Mind
00:23:22

More allies of former President Donald Trump will have to appear before a special grand jury in Georgia in the coming weeks, as part of the criminal investigation over possible attempts to interfere in the 2020 election. Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal attorney, is now a target of that probe.

And as millions of people across the country face the effects of extreme weather, a new poll finds that fewer Americans are concerned about how climate change will impact them personally.

And in headlines: the U.K. became the first country to approve an updated Covid vaccine that targets the Omicron variant, Brittney Griner’s lawyers appealed her conviction for drug possession, and a second attempt to recall L.A.'s progressive district attorney has failed.

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Aug 16, 2022
Caught In The Espionage Act
00:24:47

The Justice Department is investigating former President Donald Trump for potentially violating three federal laws related to handling government documents, including the Espionage Act. That's according to the unsealed search warrant executed at his Mar-a-Lago residence last week. Leah Litman, co-host of Crooked’s Strict Scrutiny, joins us to discuss Trump's mounting legal problems.

Meanwhile, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security issued a joint bulletin warning of an uptick in violent threats against federal law enforcement since the search at Mar-a-Lago.

And in headlines: author Salman Rushdie is recovering after he was stabbed on-stage at an event in New York state, a UCLA study warns that California is due for a "megaflood," and New York City health officials are sounding the alarm over polio.

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Aug 15, 2022
Trump Gets Merrick-Rolled
00:18:05

Attorney General Merrick Garland made an unexpected announcement yesterday to address the FBI search for confidential documents at Donald Trump’s home at Mar-A-Lago. The Washington Post reports some of those documents involve nuclear weapons. Because of increasing online and in-person threats to FBI officials, Garland went to great lengths to emphasize that the search was in the public interest and not politically motivated.

The House is expected to vote on the Inflation Reduction Act today. It includes the largest burst of spending in U.S. history to specifically tackle climate change. And a new report backs up that action is needed now. It says warming of the Arctic is happening much faster than previously described.

And in headlines: the CDC says you no longer have to quarantine after COVID exposure, Disney+ will debut an ad-supported option, and there’s a new dating app for right-wingers.

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Aug 12, 2022
The 45th Pleads The 5th
00:18:27

Former President Donald Trump pleaded the Fifth Amendment during depositions for the civil case against him by New York state. The strategy could be advantageous for him since anything revealed could be used in the criminal case against Trump by Manhattan’s District Attorney.

Jury selection began Wednesday in Vanessa Bryant’s lawsuit against Los Angeles County. Vanessa Bryant is the widow of Kobe Bryant and the mother of Gianna Bryant, both of whom were killed in a helicopter crash in January of 2020. The suit claims that her rights were violated when some of the first responders, most notably L.A. Sheriff’s deputies, shared pictures of her family’s bodies.

And in headlines: Biden expands health care benefits for veterans, Sierra Leone imposes a nationwide curfew after deadly anti-government protests, and Elon Musk sells $7 billion in Tesla stock ahead of his Twitter trial.

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Aug 11, 2022
Winter White House Down
00:24:51

The FBI raided Donald Trump’s Florida property Mar-A-Lago on Monday. A New York Times source says agents were searching for classified documents the former President might’ve taken with him after he left the White House. But the event was just one of several developments in the past few days involving Trump records kept from the various teams investigating him. Ilya Marritz, co-host of the podcasts "Will Be Wild" and “Trump Inc,” helps us round up all of Trump’s mounting legal battles, including this one.

And in headlines: explosions hit a key Russian airbase on the Crimean Peninsula, the average price of gas dropped to $4 a gallon, and Serena Williams plans to retire after the U.S. Open.

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Aug 10, 2022
Ahmaud Arbery's Killers Sentenced In Federal Court
00:19:48

Three men were sentenced in federal court for their role in the February 2020 murder of Ahmaud Arbery. The man who shot Arbery, Travis McMichael, and his father Gregory McMichael were sentenced to life in prison. William Bryan, who was with the McMichaels that day, got 35 years.

A new study published in the Nature Climate Change journal found that climate change can worsen the spread of infectious diseases like malaria, cholera and anthrax. It also details how climate disasters can wreak havoc on healthcare infrastructure and make it harder to treat sick people.

And in headlines: a nuclear power plant in Ukraine was damaged, indirect talks between the U.S. and Iran concluded, and the FBI raided Mar-A-Lago.

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Aug 09, 2022
Highs And Lows of the Climate Bill
00:21:18

Hot Take’s Mary Annaïse Heglar joins us to talk about the Senate passing the Inflation Reduction Act on Sunday. It now heads to the House this week where it’s expected to pass. One of the main pieces of the legislation addresses the climate crisis, but the bill ultimately falls short of many activists’ demands.

And in headlines: Indiana’s banned nearly all abortions, President Biden is now negative for COVID, and Lake Mead revealed another set of human skeletal remains.

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Aug 08, 2022
Monkeypox Is Now A Federal Health Emergency
00:17:11

The U.S. declared a federal public health emergency over the monkeypox outbreak on Thursday after the states of New York, California and Illinois did the same recently.

A Russian court convicted WNBA star Brittney Griner of smuggling illegal drugs into the country and sentenced her to nine years in prison — all because she had less than one gram of cannabis oil in her luggage.

And in headlines: the Justice Department charged four police officers for violating Breonna Taylor’s civil rights, the NFL appealed Cleveland Browns quarterback DeShaun Watson’s six-game suspension, and Alex Jones was ordered to pay $4.1 million in damages to the parents of a Sandy Hook victim.

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Aug 05, 2022
Keeping Up With The Alex Joneses
00:22:47

Far-right talk show host Alex Jones took the stand on Wednesday in one of his many defamation cases. Jones has spent the last decade lying repeatedly about the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting and claiming that it was a hoax.

In headlines: Republican Congresswoman Jackie Walorski died in a car accident, the Justice Department is investigating over 100 cases of threats made against election workers, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi left Taiwan.

And we chat with Zayd Dohrn, host of Crooked’s “Mother Country Radicals,” about his award-winning podcast.

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Aug 04, 2022
Yes We Kansas
00:22:55

Abortion access in Kansas will be preserved because yesterday the state overwhelmingly voted against a referendum designed to open the door to abortion bans. Meanwhile, the Justice Department sued Idaho on Tuesday over that state’s abortion law — the first lawsuit filed against a state’s anti-abortion law by the Biden administration since the Supreme Court overturned Roe.

California declared a state of emergency on Monday to combat the outbreak of monkeypox. New York and Illinois have done the same, along with the cities of New York and San Francisco.

And in headlines: the Senate passed the PACT Act, the defamation trial against InfoWars host Alex Jones continues, and the U.S. imposed more sanctions on Russian individuals and companies.

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Aug 03, 2022
Kansas Votes Today To Protect Abortion Access
00:21:26

Kansas votes today on whether the state’s constitution should still explicitly protect the right to an abortion. Ashley All, a spokesperson for Kansans for Constitutional Freedom, joins us to discuss how she’s been organizing ahead of the vote.

And in headlines: the U.S. killed Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri, Cleveland Browns quarterback DeShaun Watson was temporarily suspended, and Capitol rioter Guy Reffitt was sentenced to over seven years in prison.

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Aug 02, 2022
Biden's Rebound Relationship With COVID
00:16:45

Indiana state lawmakers on Saturday moved one step closer to banning nearly all abortions. The vote puts the state on track to be one of the first in the nation to enact new abortion restrictions after Roe V. Wade was overturned.

President Biden tested positive for COVID again over the weekend. He had one of the uncommon “rebound” cases after taking Paxlovid.

And in headlines: Ukraine’s President ordered a mass evacuation from the Donetsk Province, Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell passed away, and Donald Trump hosted the Saudi Arabia-funded LIV Golf Tournament.

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Aug 01, 2022
One Small Step For Manchin, One Giant Leap For Mankind
00:18:57

Senate Democrats reached a deal on a historic climate spending package – thanks to a surprise reversal from West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, who previously rejected the measure.

Judges in North Dakota and Wyoming both put temporary holds on abortion bans that would have taken effect in those states this week.

And in headlines: the U.S. economy shrank again, torrential rains triggered devastating floods in eastern Kentucky, and Pope Francis ends his week-long tour of Canada today.

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Jul 29, 2022
Biden’s Plan To Get Brittney Griner Home
00:13:15

The U.S. announced Wednesday that it has officially proposed a deal to Russia for the release of WNBA star Brittney Griner as well as former Marine Paul Whelan. Griner also got the chance to speak for herself in court during her trial.

The Federal Reserve raised interest rates by 0.75% on Wednesday, continuing its efforts to bring down inflation without causing a recession. This is the fourth rate increase this year, and it comes as inflation continues to hit record levels.

And in headlines: the suspect in the Fourth of July parade shooting near Chicago was indicted, President Joe Biden and China’s President Xi Jinping will talk one-on-one today, and over 780,000 doses of the monkeypox vaccine will soon be available in the U.S.

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Jul 28, 2022
Brittney Griner’s Defense
00:15:19

WNBA star Brittney Griner is set to testify in Russian court today for the first time since being detained back in February at a Moscow airport. Her defense team hopes that her guilty plea will be taken into account by the court as a mitigating factor in its sentencing.

Russia said on Tuesday that it will pull out of the International Space Station after 2024. This would end decades of partnership between the country and NASA – which is led by the United States – and Russia will reportedly build its own space station after 2024.

And in headlines: another January 6th rioter was sentenced to prison, the principal of Robb Elementary was placed on paid leave, and the Biden administration proposed a new rule that would make it illegal for healthcare providers to discriminate against LGBTQ+ patients.

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Jul 27, 2022
Indigenous Reactions To The Pope's Apology
00:13:12

Pope Francis apologized on Monday to a crowd of survivors, advocates and others in Alberta, Canada, for the Catholic Church’s historic role in the mistreatment, abuse and even death of Indigenous children throughout the country. We wanted to put the spotlight on Indigenous people and how they reacted to the Pope’s apologies after decades of working for this moment.

And in headlines: a sixth, lesser-known co-defendant in the Central Park Five case was exonerated; Myanmar’s military executed four democracy activists; and a Brooklyn pastor was robbed during church services.

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Jul 26, 2022
Tour De Francis
00:20:16

About 71 million Americans live in places that were dangerously hot on Sunday. Temperatures from Texas to Arkansas, from Washington DC to Massachusetts faced temperatures that were so high that they were a public health risk.

Pope Francis arrived in Canada on Sunday for what he has called a “pilgrimage of penance” to acknowledge and apologize for the wrongdoing done to Canada’s Indigenous people by the Roman Catholic Church. One of his focuses is the historical abuse that children endured at the country’s residential schools.

And in headlines: the WHO declared monkeypox as a “public health emergency of international concern,” the Justice Department is investigating Houston for environmental racism, and Vince McMahon will retire as the CEO of the WWE.

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Jul 25, 2022
Hot Insurrection Hearings Summer
00:23:23

President Biden tested positive for COVID. He’s fine, but remember — everyone 6 months and over is eligible for vaccination, so get yours today.

The January 6th Committee met in prime time last night for its final hearing of the summer. They went moment-by-moment over the 187 minutes where former President Donald Trump failed to stop the mob. Brian Beutler, Crooked’s own Editor-in-Chief and host of the pod Positively Dreadful, joins us to recap the hearings so far.

And in headlines: the House passed legislation to codify access to contraception, a judge blocked Louisiana’s abortion ban for the third time, and New York state health officials discovered the first known polio case in the U.S. in nearly a decade.

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Jul 22, 2022
Pox News
00:19:41

A bipartisan group of senators announced a new bill on Wednesday that aims to protect election integrity. The legislation would make it clear that former President Donald Trump’s attempt to overturn the 2020 election was not okay.

Monkeypox cases are spreading throughout the U.S. and the vaccine rollout has hit some bumps. Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, host of Crooked’s “America Dissected,” tells us what we need to know about the outbreak.

And in headlines: President Biden issued executive orders to address the climate crisis, Sri Lanka’s Parliament elected a new president, and Quidditch is changing its name.

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Jul 21, 2022
The Haunted Manchin
00:19:52

The House passed the Respect for Marriage Act on Tuesday with bipartisan support. The law would mandate that all states recognize same-sex marriage and formally repeal the Clinton-era Defense of Marriage Act, which federally outlawed same-sex marriage.

Meanwhile the White House is hoping to pass a “slimmed down” version of Biden’s domestic policy bill through Congress soon. But to do it, they need the support of West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin — the same man who dealt a huge blow to the President’s climate agenda last week.

And in headlines: the White House said that Russia plans to forcefully annex more Ukrainian territory, the Secret Service said it can’t recover agents’ deleted text messages from January 6th, and a judge fast-tracked Twitter’s lawsuit against Elon Musk.

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Jul 20, 2022
Location Sharing With Homeland Security
00:21:36

Heat waves are devastating people in Europe and North America this summer. In the U.K. it’s hotter than the Sahara Desert, and in the U.S. 35 million Americans are currently living in places with excessive heat warnings this week.

The ACLU published “thousands of pages of previously unreleased records” on Monday about the government surreptitiously collecting people’s private information without a warrant. The report shows that the Department of Homeland Security — including border protection and ICE — buys access to data from hundreds of millions of phones.

And in headlines: a West Virginia judge blocked the enforcement of the state’s 150-year-old abortion ban, Uber settled a discrimination lawsuit, and Steve Bannon’s trial started.

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Jul 19, 2022
Nearly 400 Cops Failed At Uvalde
00:18:44

None of the 400 law enforcement officials on location at the Uvalde mass school shooting in May did anything for over an hour to stop the gunman who eventually killed 21 people, mostly children. That’s according to a new report released by Texas officials on Sunday.

Patients around the country are reportedly having medical care delayed or denied over concerns from doctors and hospitals. Those providers fear that treating some pregnancy-related medical emergencies would run afoul of the abortion bans that have gone into effect after Roe v. Wade was overturned.

Show Notes:

Crooked Coffee is officially here. Our first blend, What A Morning, is available in medium and dark roasts. Wake up with your own bag at crooked.com/coffee

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Jul 18, 2022
The Very Uphill Battle To Protect Abortion In Congress
00:21:20

The House will vote on the Women’s Health Protection Act today in an effort to codify abortion rights — but without a Democratic majority in the Senate as well, it probably won’t go anywhere. Congresswoman Barbara Lee joins us to discuss what Democrats can actually do on a federal level to protect access to abortion right now.

A 10-year-old rape victim in Ohio had to cross state lines to Indiana a few weeks ago to get an abortion. Her story has garnered national attention recently, specifically from conservatives who sought to discredit it.

And in headlines: the gunman in the Buffalo, New York shooting was charged with 27 counts of federal hate crimes, a Russian airstrike killed at least 23 people in Ukraine, and Texas is suing the Biden administration over its new abortion guidance.

Show Notes:

Crooked Coffee is officially here. Our first blend, What A Morning, is available in medium and dark roasts. Wake up with your own bag at crooked.com/coffee

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Jul 15, 2022
Lost In Inflation
00:14:28

Consumer prices are up 9.1% over this time last year, according to new inflation data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s the highest inflation rate in 40 years.

President Biden landed in the Middle East on Wednesday and will be there until the end of the week. His administration is focused on building support among Israeli leadership for the Iran Nuclear Deal.

And in headlines: School surveillance video of the Uvalde school shooting was released, Sri Lanka’s freshly ousted president fled his own country, and Microsoft joined forces with Netflix as business partners.

Show Notes:

Crooked Coffee is officially here. Our first blend, What A Morning, is available in medium and dark roasts. Wake up with your own bag at crooked.com/coffee

  • NY Times: “What Has 6 Legs, 2 Eyes and 158,500 Votes? This ‘I Voted’ Sticker.” – https://nyti.ms/3ANXJAT

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Jul 14, 2022
COVID Burnout Notice
00:20:00

As the U.S. sees another rise in COVID cases, White House officials are working to give all adults access to a second vaccine booster shot. Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, an epidemiologist and host of Crooked’s “America Dissected,” tells us what we need to know about the Omicron sub-variants driving the current surge in cases.

And in headlines: California residents can now sue gun companies when their products cause harm, Twitter officially sued Elon Musk, and this year’s Emmy nominations were announced.

Show Notes:

Crooked Coffee is officially here. Our first blend, What A Morning, is available in medium and dark roasts. Wake up with your own bag at crooked.com/coffee

  • Washington Post: “Pandemic fueled surge in superbug infections and deaths, CDC says” – https://wapo.st/3O3hzes

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Jul 13, 2022
Jan 6th Back, Alright!
00:17:45

The House Select Committee investigating January 6th is back in action with another hearing today. Dan Pfieffer, co-host of Crooked’s “Pod Save America,” gives us a refresher on what we’ve learned so far and what to watch for today.

And in headlines: Russia is ramping up its attacks on eastern Ukraine, a Minnesota judge struck down most of the state’s abortion restrictions, and actress Lea Michele will replace Beanie Feldstein in the Broadway revival of "Funny Girl."

Show Notes:

Crooked Coffee is officially here. Our first blend, What A Morning, is available in medium and dark roasts. Wake up with your own bag at crooked.com/coffee

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Jul 12, 2022
Shinzo Abe's Assassination And What It Means For Japan
00:17:03

President Biden signed an executive order on Friday to try to protect access to abortion, but it’s not the solution many reproductive rights advocates were seeking. Then on Saturday, hundreds of demonstrators protested the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade over the weekend in D.C. to pressure Congress to codify abortion-related care into law.

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was shot and killed on Friday while giving a speech in the Japanese city of Nara. Now, as the country grieves, we look at what his killing means for Japan’s political future.

And in headlines: Sri Lanka’s president and prime minister announced their resignations, Steve Bannon told the January 6th House committee that he’s willing to testify, and the Wisconsin Supreme Court outlawed ballot drop boxes.

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Jul 11, 2022
The Great British Boot Out
00:20:12

Embattled UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that he’ll be stepping down after three years in office. This comes after many members of the government have lost confidence in his leadership over several scandals throughout his career.

After 140 days in custody, WNBA star Britney Griner appeared before a Russian judge and pleaded guilty to the criminal charges against her. As charged, she faces up to 10 years in a Russian penal colony.

And in headlines: Derek Chauvin was sentenced to 21 years in federal prison, former Theranos President Sunny Balwani was found guilty of fraud, and President Biden honored 17 Americans with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Jul 08, 2022
The Victims Of The July 4th Highland Park Shooting
00:20:41

During an Independence Day parade this Monday, a 21-year-old man in Highland Park, Illinois shot and killed at least seven people and injured many more. We discuss the latest developments and the stories of the victims, who ranged in age from 8 to 88 years old.

Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the Mississippi abortion provider at the center of the case that brought down Roe, officially closed its doors after a judge refused to block the state's trigger law from going into effect. Laurie Bertram Roberts, co-founder and executive director of the Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Fund, joins us to discuss what comes next.

And in headlines: A Georgia grand jury subpoenaed seven of Donald Trump’s close allies, the Justice Department sued the state of Arizona over its new voting law, and several members of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government resigned.

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Jul 07, 2022
The Courts v. Climate (From our friends at Hot Take)
01:43:24

The Supreme Court issued a ruling on Thursday that limits the ability of the Environmental Protection Agency to combat climate change. Our friends at Crooked’s Hot Take podcast recorded such a great episode about climate and the courts this week that we decided to share the episode in this feed too. We’ll be back with our regular episodes next week - until then, check out this week’s Hot Take and be sure to look out for new episodes of that show every Friday.

https://crooked.com/podcast-series/hot-take/

Jul 01, 2022
SCOTUS Ends A Low Term On A Low Note
00:19:47

The Supreme Court issued more rulings on Wednesday — one of which dramatically increased the power that states have over Native American tribes and tribal lands. We walk through what was decided yesterday and what’s still to come as the court finishes up its term.

In headlines: Ukrainian and Russian officials agreed to the largest prisoner exchange since the war began, R. Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison, and Britney Griner’s detention in Russia was extended for the fourth time.

And Gideon bids farewell to the WAD Squad for his last episode on the show.

Show Notes:

WAD will be on break for the July 4th holiday. We’ll have a new episode on Wednesday, July 7th

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Jun 30, 2022
Ketchup On The Latest January 6th News
00:26:15

The latest House January 6th hearing was perhaps the most explosive to date with testimony from Cassidy Hutchinson, the top aide to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. We walk through some of our biggest takeaways from the surprise hearing.

The fight to preserve abortion access continues in several states. Kelley Robinson, the executive director of Planned Parenthood’s Action Fund, joins us to discuss what advocacy organizations like hers are doing on the ground to protect access. And we hear more from you, our listeners, about how you’re feeling right now.

And in headlines: dozens of dead migrants were found dead in an abandoned truck in Texas, Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced to 20 years in prison, and Turkey said it no longer opposes Finland and Sweden joining NATO.

Show Notes:

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Jun 29, 2022
Drag Queen History Hour
00:34:18

The Supreme Court issued more rulings on Monday. There have also been several legal challenges to the trigger laws set to go into effect in states like Louisiana and Utah once the court overturned Roe last Friday.

Today is the 53rd anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. In honor of the drag queens of color like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera who were central to the fight for LGBTQ equality, we walk through the history of drag and politics.

We talk to actor and activist Terence Smith about his iconic presidential campaign as his drag persona, Joan Jett Blakk. RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Peppermint tells us about how she’s used her platform to advocate for the queer community. And Taylor Alxndr of Southern Fried Queer Pride explains how they use drag as a tool for political organizing in their community.

Show Notes:

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Jun 28, 2022
The Fight For Abortion Rights Isn't Over
00:25:24

The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to overturn Roe v Wade on Friday, and throughout the weekend people took to the streets. We hear from you, our listeners, about how you’re affected by the news. And Leah Litman, co-host of Crooked’s Strict Scrutiny, joins us to answer some of the big legal questions we have about the ruling.

In headlines: Russian forces rampaged across Ukraine, G7 leaders announced a $600 billion global infrastructure program, and the melting-down of a bronze Robert E. Lee statue was halted.

And we hear from some people and organizations fighting for abortion access right now about how they’re staying hopeful.

Show Notes:

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Jun 27, 2022
SCOTUS Shoots Down A NY Gun Control Law
00:28:34

The Supreme Court announced more rulings on Thursday — one of which dealt a huge blow to gun control advocates. The court struck down a New York State law that had a strict permitting process for people who wanted to carry concealed guns in public. Leah Litman, co-host of Crooked’s Strict Scrutiny, joins us to discuss what this ruling could mean for the rest of the country.

The January 6th House committee held its final hearing of the month on Thursday. The focus was on how former President Donald Trump tried to weaponize the Justice Department to push the Big Lie. Brian Beutler, Crooked’s editor-in-chief, joins us to unpack what we learned from this last month of hearings.

And in headlines: Ukraine took its first step toward joining the European Union, the Education Department will cancel $6 billion dollars of federal student loan debt, and Netflix laid off 300 employees.

Show Notes:

  • Crooked’s “Strict Scrutiny” – https://crooked.com/podcast-series/strict-scrutiny/
  • Crooked’s “Positively Dreadful” – https://crooked.com/podcast-series/rubicon/

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Jun 24, 2022
Ready, Aim, Bipartisan Gun Control Deal
00:19:27

The Senate unveiled a highly-anticipated, bipartisan gun control bill on Tuesday. The chamber voted 64-34 in a procedural vote to allow for its quick passage, which some hope will happen as soon as Saturday. Chip Brownlee, a reporter at The Trace, a nonprofit newsroom that focuses on gun violence in America, joins us to discuss key parts of the legislation.

And in headlines: a huge earthquake in Afghanistan left over 1,000 people dead, Cleveland Browns quarterback DeShaun Watson settled with most of his accusers, and the White House plans to reduce the amount of nicotine in cigarettes sold in the U.S.

Show Notes:

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Jun 23, 2022
The "Abject Failure" Of Law Enforcement At Uvalde
00:21:31

The January 6th House committee held its fourth hearing on Tuesday, and we learned more about the effort to overturn the election by former President Donald Trump himself as well as two Republican congressmen.  Arizona’s House of Representatives Speaker Rusty Bowers testified that the pressure applied by Trump and his team was continuous, and that they weren’t taking no for an answer.

It’s been a month since the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas, but we’re still learning more about how responding officers allowed so much time to pass before entering the classroom and shooting the gunman. Steve McCraw, head of the Texas Department of Public Safety, testified to a state Senate committee that the police response was an “abject failure.”

And in headlines: Colombia elected its first leftist president, healthcare providers began giving the first dose of COVID vaccines to young children, and the Supreme Court ruled that Maine can't exclude religious schools from state funding.

Show Notes:

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Jun 22, 2022
Some VP That I Used To Know
00:21:08

We're about halfway through the January 6th committee hearings scheduled for this month. Yesterday, the committee focused on former President Trump’s efforts to pressure then Vice President Pence to not certify the 2020 election results. Dan Pfeiffer, co-host of Pod Save America, joins us to discuss what we learned from the new evidence the committee presented.

In headlines: the Abbott baby formula plant in Michigan shut down again, Pakistan’s government asked citizens to lower their tea consumption, and Netflix settled a lawsuit with the legendary comedian Mo'Nique.

And we hear from some of you, our listeners, about how you plan to celebrate Juneteenth, the day commemorating the emancipation of enslaved Black people in America.

Show Notes:

WAD will be taking off to celebrate Juneteenth, and will be back with a new episode on Wednesday, June 22nd.

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Jun 17, 2022
Goodbye, Yellowstone Road
00:17:22

The Supreme Court released opinions on Wednesday in six different cases across a range of issues including veterans’ benefits, Medicare reimbursements, and gambling on tribal lands. Those six decisions did not include the case that could overturn Roe v. Wade, but in the meantime abortion access has already ended in many states.

A disastrous combo of warm weather and rain in recent days caused unprecedented flooding and mudslides in Yellowstone National Park. Homes near the park were swept away into the water and brown river water engulfed roads.

And in headlines: Advisers to the FDA voted unanimously to authorize COVID vaccines for toddlers, President Biden signed an executive order to combat anti-LGBTQ+ bills, and the Federal Reserve raised interest rates.

Show Notes:

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Jun 16, 2022
The Bear Market Necessities
00:24:53

Inflation is at a four-decade high, and on Monday, stocks fell to their lowest levels since March 2021. We break down what’s happening in the economy, why, and what you need to know about what the Federal Reserve might do in response at its meeting today.

Russian troops are reportedly in control of as much as 80 percent of the Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk. Jack Crosbie, a correspondent for Rolling Stone, joins us to discuss what he saw on the ground when he was in eastern Ukraine last week.

And in headlines: the House passed a bill to increase security for Supreme Court justices, BTS is going on an indefinite hiatus, and an appeals court ruled that a 51-year-old Asian elephant named Happy was not a person.

Show Notes:

Jack Crosbie on Twitter – https://twitter.com/jscros

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Jun 15, 2022
The Bitter Reality Of Tennessee's Mandatory Minimums
00:25:34

The second public January 6th hearing was yesterday. The House committee focused on the lie that the election was stolen and how that fueled the attack on the Capitol.

A 16-year-old was essentially sentenced to life in prison in 1996 under Tennessee’s harsh criminal justice system. Our very own Josie Duffy Rice shares her work that follows the story of Almeer Nance, who was sentenced to 51 years in prison for felony murder despite never having pulled the trigger.

In headlines: Ohio pursues a 'more guns' approach to fighting gun violence in schools, the Supreme Court issued five rulings, and Jennifer Hudson reached EGOT status.

And we interview Taegen Meyer, executive director of Trans Lifeline, to discuss how attacks on trans rights have led to a spike in the number of folks looking for help.

Show Notes:

  • “51 Years Behind Bars” by Josie Duffy Rice on Al-Jazeera – https://bit.ly/3NTzeX0
  • Trans Lifeline – https://translifeline.org/

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Jun 14, 2022
Gun Control Deals N' Roses
00:22:00

Protesters in hundreds of cities around the country rallied against gun violence, last weekend. And on Sunday, a bipartisan group of Senators announced a deal to increase gun safety measures. If passed, it would lead to enhanced background checks, pave the way for additional red flag laws in states, and more. The overall scope of the Senate package, however, falls short of the strong measures that President Biden and others demanded.

San Francisco voters recalled progressive District Attorney Chesa Boudin last week after a targeted campaign claimed his position on criminal justice reform led to an increase in crime. Some in the media have claimed that his ouster in a liberal city is a bad omen for progressive DAs everywhere, but we explain how the stats don’t back that up.

And in headlines: Idaho police arrested 31 suspected White nationalists they say were going to riot at a local Pride event, gas topped a record $5 per gallon, and the January 6th House committee hearings continue today.

Show Notes:

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Jun 13, 2022
Live From DC It's January 6th!
00:25:01

Last night was the first of several public hearings by the January 6th House committee, with the purpose to get the insurrection and the bigger effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election back on people’s radars. Congressman and committee member Adam Schiff, joined us before the hearing to explain what he hopes Americans will learn. And Andrea Bernstein, co-host of the “Will Be Wild” podcast, joined us afterwards to discuss her takeaways.

And in headlines: the Justice Department launched a civil rights investigation into Louisiana’s State Police Department, 42 million people are on excessive heat watch ahead of an upcoming heatwave, and Britney Spears' ex-husband interrupted her wedding.

Show Notes:

“Will Be Wild” from Pineapple Street Media and Wondery – https://apple.co/3HcFEO5

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Jun 10, 2022
Don't Touch That Dial, The Coup Hearing Is On
00:20:57

The January 6th House committee finally begins its hearings tonight. The committee intends to lay out what happened on the day of the insurrection, the larger effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election and future elections. Dan Pfeiffer, co-host of Pod Save America, joins us to discuss what to expect and look out for.

And in headlines: the House voted to advance stricter gun control measures, Moderna is seeking FDA approval for an Omicron-specific COVID booster, and San Francisco voters recalled progressive district attorney Chesa Boudin.

Show Notes:

Dan Pfeiffer – https://twitter.com/danpfeiffer

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Jun 09, 2022
Achy Breaky World Economy
00:20:45

Congressmembers yesterday and today are hearing from the family members of the victims of recent mass shootings across the country. They’re there to essentially beg lawmakers to act on both gun violence and white supremacy.

The World Bank issued a bad prognosis for the global economy yesterday, saying that a recession is going to be difficult to avoid for a number of countries. This is happening as a result of a lot of conditions: Russia’s war in Ukraine, international supply chain issues, inflation, and more.

And in headlines: the NFL welcomed its first openly trans cheerleader, the U.S. is set to approve a new COVID vaccine, and the U.S. seized a Russian oligarch’s yacht.

Show Notes:

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Jun 08, 2022
Can Austin City Limit Abortion Criminalization?
00:17:26

As abortion access continues to decline on the local level, lawmakers and advocates across the country are devising new ways to protect abortion access as much as they can, where they can. Chito Vela, an Austin City Councilmember, joins us to discuss what he’s doing to decriminalize abortion in Austin, Texas, should Roe be overturned.

And in headlines: Seven states have primary elections today, a federal grand jury charged five members of the Proud Boys with seditious conspiracy, and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson survived a no-confidence vote among Conservative members of Parliament.

Show Notes:

  • Washington Post: “Empty clinics, no calls: The fallout of Oklahoma’s abortion ban” – https://wapo.st/3xo4aZn

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Jun 07, 2022
Another Weekend Of Gun Violence In America
00:17:13

There were at least five mass shootings this weekend in a matter of 27 hours, according to the Gun Violence Archive. This slate of recent mass shootings, which include Buffalo and Uvalde, has compelled Congressional lawmakers to try to take action on gun control. A group of bipartisan senators may present a package on gun restrictions as early as this week.

For parents who lost children in the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas, there are few legal avenues for them to pursue accountability or ensure that a tragedy like this doesn’t happen again. However, some may try a strategy used by the Sandy Hook victims’ families — going after the gun manufacturers in court.

And in headlines: a Catholic church in Nigeria was attacked, a series of Russian airstrikes hit Kyiv, and there's a staffing shortage of lifeguards in the U.S.

Show Notes:

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Jun 06, 2022
Don't Rainbow-Wash On My Parade
00:23:26

June is Pride Month, the unfortunate time when many corporations claim they support LGBTQ+ people, but also support politicians who actively work against LGBTQ+ rights. It’s not a new phenomenon – even before June, for example, activists called out Disney, which promotes itself as being gay-friendly. We talk about “rainbow washing” with journalist Fran Tirado, and how corporate pride can be done respectfully.

And in headlines: President Biden delivered a prime-time address on guns, today marks 100 days since Russia invaded Ukraine, and the White House said it will finally pay its interns.

Show Notes:

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Journalist Fran Tirado – https://twitter.com/fransquishco

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Jun 03, 2022
The Depp-Heard Verdict And Its Social Impact
00:21:24

A jury found that both Johnny Depp and Amber Heard were liable for defamation in their lawsuits against each other. But the jury awarded significantly more in damages to Depp, and his team is treating it as a legal win.

One contentious race in California’s primary election next Tuesday is for L.A. County Sheriff, in which incumbent Sheriff Alex Villanueva faces eight challengers. Although he ran as a progressive reformer in 2018, his time in office has been a huge disappointment and he has clashed with many officials, journalists and residents. Cerise Castle, host of the podcast, “A Tradition of Violence,” joins us to discuss Villanueva’s track record and the candidates looking to unseat him.

And in headlines: the gunman accused of killing 10 Black residents in Buffalo was indicted on 25 counts, Biden's Education Department said it would clear $5.8 billion in debt held by people who attended Corinthian Colleges, and Sheryl Sandberg is stepping down as COO of Meta.

Show Notes:

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  • The Knock LA Los Angeles Progressive Voter Guide for the June 2022 Primary Election – https://bit.ly/3Ncf8Xz
  • Cerise Castle: “A Tradition of Violence: The History of Deputy Gangs in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department” – https://bit.ly/3x9OMQr

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Jun 02, 2022
The Life And Legacy Of George Floyd
00:26:43

The first of several funeral services started for the victims killed by a gunman at a school in Uvalde, Texas. And over the weekend, the Justice Department said it would open a probe into the local law enforcement’s response to the mass shooting.

Two former Minneapolis police officers on trial for aiding and abetting George Floyd’s killing asked a judge to delay and relocate their trial. In addition, two people filed federal civil rights lawsuits against Derek Chauvin and the city of Minneapolis because they say in 2017 then-Officer Chauvin knelt on their necks. We talk about Floyd’s life and legacy with Robert Samuels and Toluse Olurunnipa, co-authors of, “His Name is George Floyd.”

And in headlines: E.U. leaders voted to ban most Russian oil imports, Shanghai says it plans to finally ease COVID restrictions, and the Supreme Court blocked a Texas law that would ban large social media companies from deleting posts based on the views they express.

Show Notes:

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  • “His Name Is George Floyd: One Man's Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice” – https://bit.ly/3GzJzEu

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Jun 01, 2022
The Police Response To The Uvalde Shooting
00:27:33

Parents and other community members in Uvalde, Texas, are criticizing local police for its handling of the Robb Elementary School shooting where 21 people were killed on Tuesday. In addition, many are wondering why there were differences in the initial statements that officials had made, why it took so long for police to apprehend the gunman, and how the gunman was apparently able to enter the school through an unlocked door.

In headlines: Oklahoma enacted the country’s strictest anti-abortion law, actor Kevin Spacey was charged with four counts of sexual assault in the U.K., and a New York court required Trump and his family members to sit for a deposition in a civil case brought by Attorney General Letitia James.

And we interview Makanalani Gomes, a member of the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus. The Red Hill water crisis in O’ahu, Hawai’i continues to spark outrage among residents, particularly Native Hawaiians. Local activists have taken up the issue all the way to the United Nations, demanding a formal investigation into the facility. Gomes discusses her and her fellow activists’ demands to demilitarize Hawai’i and the Pacific at large.

Show Notes:

What A Day is going on break for Memorial Day weekend. We’ll be back with a new episode on Wednesday, June 1st.

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May 27, 2022
Texas Mourns The Children Killed At Robb Elementary School
00:21:20

Officials have not confirmed all the identities of the 21 victims – nearly all children – of the Robb Elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. However some family members have started to identify them publicly. Their deaths have sparked widespread outrage over Republicans’ staunch opposition to gun control measures. Nicole Golden, executive director of Texas Gun Sense, joins us to discuss her work advocating for gun reform in her state.

And in headlines: Trump-backed candidates saw mixed results during Tuesday’s primary elections, State Farm Insurance dropped its support for the GenderCool Project, and the British government released an official report about Partygate.

Show Notes:

  • KSAT: “Remembering the victims of the Uvalde elementary school shooting” – https://bit.ly/3MOvdSV
  • Texas Gun Sense – https://www.txgunsense.org/
  • The Texas Tribune: “Texas has had eight mass shootings in the past 13 years, while lawmakers have steadily loosened restrictions on carrying firearms” – https://bit.ly/3NDcQRa
  • New York Times: “How to Help Victims of the Uvalde School Shooting” – https://nyti.ms/3LNCnFK

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May 26, 2022
Another Deadly Shooting At An American Elementary School
00:15:16

A gunman killed at least 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday. Officials say they expect the death toll to rise with additional victims hospitalized but in critical condition.

Today, President Biden is expected to issue an executive order on federal police reform on the two-year anniversary of the death of George Floyd. The order will direct all federal law enforcement agencies to revise their use-of-force policies, create a national registry of officers who have been fired for misconduct, and more.

And in headlines: the Indiana Legislature overrode their governor’s veto of an anti-trans sports bill, the national birth rate rebounded in 2021, and an Iraqi national was arrested for plotting to assassinate George W. Bush.

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May 25, 2022
Don't Believe Every COVID Count You Read
00:19:04

COVID cases are rising again in the U.S. In just the past month alone, the average number of confirmed cases has doubled according to the CDC. But with many people using at-home rapid tests where results don’t get reported to officials, the actual case count could be much higher. Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, epidemiologist and host of Crooked’s “America Dissected,” joins us to discuss how to get an accurate estimate of the surge as we head into summer. 

And in headlines: The first Russian soldier convicted of war crimes in Ukraine was sentenced to life in prison, the Southern Baptist Convention covered up allegations of mishandled sexual abuse, and outgoing Congressman Madison Cawthorn is being investigated by the House Ethics Committee.

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May 24, 2022
Title 42 Won't Be 86'd
00:16:32

A federal judge ruled that the Biden administration could not end a pandemic-related border restriction program known as Title 42. It was set to expire today.

The first shipment of infant formula from Europe arrived in Indianapolis on Sunday, one of the first signs of relief to the critical shortage in the U.S. Other shipments are expected later this week, as well, to help ease the burden.

And in headlines: millions are now homeless and stranded in India and Bangladesh due to severe weather, the World Health Organization said there are 92 confirmed cases of monkeypox in at least a dozen countries, and Georgia holds its primary elections tomorrow.

Show Notes:

  • Vote Save America – https://www.votesaveamerica.com/

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May 23, 2022
Panic! At The New York Redistrict
00:20:45

Oklahoma’s legislature passed the country’s strictest abortion bill. The ban goes further than Texas’ abortion law, and if signed by Republican Governor Kevin Stitt it would take effect immediately.

After the New York State Court of Appeals declared maps drawn by the legislature unconstitutional, a court-appointed “special master” released a new set of Congressional districts for the state. The Brennan Center’s Michael Li joins us to discuss the chaos that erupted from New York’s newly drawn maps.

And in headlines: the white gunman in Buffalo, New York’s racially motivated mass shooting appeared in state court, SpaceX reportedly paid $250,000 to settle a sexual misconduct claim against Elon Musk, and clusters of monkeypox have been reported in the U.S. and Europe.

 

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May 20, 2022
Primary Go Round
00:18:17

Following Tuesday’s Pennsylvania primary elections, Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. And State Senator Doug Mastriano, one of the leading proponents to overturn the 2020 presidential election in the state, was nominated as the GOP’s gubernatorial candidate. Amanda Litman, co-founder of Run for Something, joins us to discuss various primary races from earlier this week.

And in headlines: a Russian soldier pleaded guilty in Ukraine’s first war crimes trial, top White House officials recommended taking precautions amid rising COVID cases, and professional soccer players on both the U.S. women's and men's national teams will finally earn the same pay.

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May 19, 2022
An Abortion Access Win For Michigan
00:24:15

President Biden traveled to Buffalo, New York, yesterday to speak with the families of victims of the white supremacist mass shooting, as well as other community members. Without invoking any particular names, Biden also referenced political and media figures who have attempted to gain from spreading the racist lie of the so-called “replacement theory.”

A judge in Michigan temporarily blocked the state’s nearly century-old abortion ban from going back into effect if Roe v. Wade is overturned. Michigan is one of nine states with one of these pre-Roe-era abortion bans on their books.

And in headlines: a senior Trump official met with two prominent activists from the ‘Stop The Steal Movement’ on January 6th, children aged 5 to 11 can now get COVID vaccine boosters, and federal lawmakers held the first congressional hearing about UFOs in over 50 years.

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May 18, 2022
Racism Fueled Buffalo's Mass Shooting
00:21:52

Federal officials are investigating Saturday’s shooting in Buffalo, New York, as both a hate crime and “racially-motivated violent extremism.” The gunman touted the white supremacist theory that immigrants and folks of color are “replacing” white Americans and voters.

It’s primary election day in Idaho, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oregon, and Pennsylvania. Watching these states will help us understand where the Republican and Democratic parties’ priorities lie and the influence of former President Trump.

And in headlines: Over 260 Ukrainian soldiers were evacuated from Mariupol, North Korea is experiencing its first-ever COVID outbreak, and McDonald’s plans to withdraw its business from Russia.

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May 17, 2022
Rallying for Reproductive Rights
00:18:44

A white gunman killed 10 people and injured three others on Saturday at a grocery store in a historically Black neighborhood of Buffalo, New York. Local authorities and the FBI are investigating the mass shooting as a hate crime.

On Saturday, thousands of people across the U.S. took to the streets to protest the leaked SCOTUS opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade. More than 450 “Bans Off Our Bodies” marches happened around the country, and we hear from demonstrators who showed up in Los Angeles to support abortion rights.

And in headlines: a Russian judge said WNBA star Brittney Griner will remain in custody for at least another month, Finland and Sweden will apply for NATO membership, and the Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra won this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

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May 16, 2022
We Need To Talk About Kevin McCarthy
00:24:03

The January 6th commission issued subpoenas to five Republican Congressmembers including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in order to gain information about communications they had with the White House leading up to the riot, during it, and after. These are critically being issued before the committee begins its public hearings next month.

Tomorrow is a nationwide day of action with Bans Off Our Bodies rallies. These demonstrations are meant to empower people to stand up for abortion access in a time when Roe v. Wade is poised to be overturned by the Supreme Court. Kelley Robinson, the Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Action Fund and an organizer for the marches, joins us to discuss her message to folks who plan on attending.

And in headlines: Finland’s leaders announced that their country would apply for NATO membership, Twitter fired two of its top executives and instituted a hiring freeze, and Spain is considering monthly medical leave to folks who suffer from severe menstrual pains.

Show Notes:

  • Ban Off Our Bodies Rally on May 14th – https://bit.ly/3P1KxgN
  • Send us your pics and videos from your time at a rally – wad@crooked.com
  • Donate to abortion funds, take action and more via Vote Save America – votesaveamerica.com/roe

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May 13, 2022
A Failed Attempt To Codify Roe with Sen Kirsten Gillibrand
00:18:01

The Senate failed to pass a bill on Wednesday that would effectively codify the right to an abortion. The bill, called, “The Women’s Health Protection Act,” was expected to fail because Democrats didn’t have enough votes to pass it and beat a filibuster. 

Democratic New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joins us to discuss what comes next.

And in headlines: Palestinian-American reporter Shireen Abu Akleh was shot and killed in the West Bank, over 107,000 people died from a drug overdose last year in the U.S., and someone leaked footage of actor Jesse Williams naked in a Broadway show.

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May 12, 2022
How Data Tracking Could Be Used To Prosecute Abortion
00:23:54

As the Supreme Court considers overturning or scaling back Roe, online privacy and pro-choice advocates are concerned about how police might use data from someone’s phone or computer to prosecute or charge them for seeking an abortion in states where it could be deemed illegal. Sara Morrison, a senior reporter for Recode, joins us to discuss the need for more data privacy laws in a post-Roe world.

Parents nationwide are facing extreme difficulty feeding their newborns amid a widespread shortage of baby formula. Nearly 40 percent of retail stores across the country are out of stock of formula, and over half of U.S. states have out-of-stock rates as high as 50 percent.

And in headlines: Protests continue in Sri Lanka following months of food and fuel shortages, the House of Representatives voted to pass a $39.8 billion aid package for Ukraine, and gasoline climbed to its highest national average price ever.

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May 11, 2022
Voters Could Protect Abortion Rights In Michigan
00:17:10

Michigan has a 1931 law on the books that criminalizes abortion. That law has not been enforced since 1973 when Roe v Wade was decided, but it hasn’t been repealed either. And so it would take effect again should Roe be overturned because the state’s GOP-controlled legislature said they don’t plan to revoke it. We talk with Kelly Hall of The Fairness Project, which is gathering signatures to put a referendum on the ballot this fall to bypass the legislature and take the matter directly to voters. If they approve it, the measure would amend the state’s constitution to make reproductive freedom a right.

And in headlines: Vladimir Putin doesn’t declare victory on Russia’s Victory Day, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is projected to be the next president of the Philippines, and President Biden announced a plan to subsidize broadband Internet for low-income homes.

Show Notes:

  • Michigan Reproductive Freedom For All – https://mireproductivefreedom.org/
  • Ban Off Our Bodies Rally on May 14th – https://bit.ly/3P1KxgN
  • Donate to abortion funds, take action and more via Vote Save America – votesaveamerica.com/roe

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May 10, 2022
How Pro-Life Becomes Pro-Incarceration
00:17:33

If Roe v. Wade is overturned, abortion would become illegal in at least 26 states. That means two main things for people who hope to terminate a pregnancy – increased confusion and increased criminalization.

Today is Victory Day, an important holiday in Russia that marks the defeat of Nazi Germany 77 years ago. Some reports say Putin might use the occasion to claim victory in Ukraine, while others suggest he may just use the day to further escalate the violence.

And in headlines: Northern Ireland had a historic election, John Lee was elected to be Hong Kong’s next chief executive, and Ncuti Gatwa will be the first Black actor to play The Doctor in Doctor Who.

Show Notes:

  • Ban Off Our Bodies Rally on May 14th – https://bit.ly/3P1KxgN
  • Donate to abortion funds, take action and more via Vote Save America – votesaveamerica.com/roe

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May 09, 2022
Providing Abortions In Uncertain Times
00:24:32

Abortion providers and advocates in several states have been scrambling to figure out how to process the fall out of the Supreme Court leak, what to tell patients, and how to still help them if the procedure is restricted where they are. Susan Braselton, who manages the clinic escort program for the Roe Fund in Oklahoma, joins us to discuss how her work has been affected by anti-abortion laws both in her state and others.

And in headlines: Russian forces continued their assault on a steel plant in Mariupol, Amazon Labor Union's leader Chris Smalls testified in D.C., and Karine Jean-Pierre will be the first Black woman and the first out LGBTQ+ person to be a White House press secretary.

Show Notes:

  • Roe Fund of OKRCRC – https://www.roefund.org/
  • Donate to abortion funds, take action and more via Vote Save America – votesaveamerica.com/roe

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May 06, 2022
Reactions To What Could Be The End Of Roe
00:25:40

Abortion providers across the country are rushing to figure out their next steps in light of this week’s news about abortion and the Supreme Court. Plus, we share some of our listeners’ stories about how Roe has helped them and what it would mean to them if it were overturned.

In headlines: The Federal Reserve is raising interest rates again, New Mexico officials are struggling to contain seven massive wildfires, and comedian Dave Chapelle was attacked on-stage by an audience member during his comedy set in L.A.

And a lot of news has recently come out that paints a pretty bad picture of Trump’s inner circle and Republican lawmakers around the insurrection. California Congressman Pete Aguilar, a member of the House January 6th Committee, joins us to discuss what the panel’s next steps are.


Show Notes:

KFGO: “Abortions would become illegal in North Dakota if Roe is overturned” – https://bit.ly/3MOLjvB

AL.com: “Alabama abortion clinic hit with more requests for appointments after Roe v. Wade draft leak” – https://bit.ly/3w47hnp

Crooked’s Strict Scrutiny: “What the SCOTUS leak could mean for abortion” – https://crooked.com/podcast-series/strict-scrutiny/

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May 05, 2022
Imagining A World Without Roe
00:23:38

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts said that the leaked draft majority opinion on overturning abortion rights is authentic and that “it does not represent a decision by the Court or the final position of any member on the issues in the case.” Leah Litman, co-host of Crooked’s “Strict Scrutiny” podcast, joins us to answer our legal questions about what this could mean for abortion access nationwide and future Supreme Court rulings.

And in headlines: Russian forces stormed Mariupol’s embattled steel mill, parts of India and Pakistan are in the midst of a brutal heatwave, and the federal government delayed releases of water in Lake Powell on the Colorado River.


Show Notes:

Crooked’s Strict Scrutiny: “What the SCOTUS leak could mean for abortion” – https://crooked.com/podcast-series/strict-scrutiny/

Donate to abortion funds, take action and more via Vote Save America – votesaveamerica.com/roe

Center for Reproductive Rights – ​​https://reproductiverights.org/

Fund Texas Choice – https://fundtexaschoice.org/


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May 04, 2022
SCOTUS Seems Poised to Overturn Roe V. Wade
00:18:47

Politico has obtained what is says are leaked documents showing the Supreme Court is poised to strike down the constitutional right to abortion. In a draft majority opinion, Justice Samuel Alito writes that two landmark rulings – 1973’s Roe v Wade as well as 1992’s Planned Parenthood v. Casey – “must be overruled.”

Workers at an Amazon warehouse in New York City voted against joining the Amazon Labor Union on Monday. Kim Kelly, author of, “Fight Like Hell: The Untold History of American Labor,” joins us to discuss unionization efforts at massive companies like Amazon and Starbucks, how that fits into the context of labor history, and what this moment means.

And in headlines: COVID cases tripled in South Africa in the past week, the International Skating Union may raise the minimum age for international competitions, and Pete Davidson got a new tattoo that seems to feature the initials of Kim Kardashian and her children.


Show Notes:

Politico: “Supreme Court has voted to overturn abortion rights, draft opinion shows” – https://politi.co/3KKb4vK

Kim Kelly: “Fight Like Hell: The Untold History of American Labor” – https://bit.ly/3kzqc4c

Jacobin: ”Amazon Workers Just Suffered a Defeat. But the Fight Is Far From Over” – https://bit.ly/3LL3JgM


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May 03, 2022
Off-Peak Pandemic
00:18:39

The current COVID wave in the U.S. is relatively mild considering what we’ve seen in the past. For instance, recent data from Johns Hopkins University shows that the daily COVID death rate has really slowed. And COVID hospital admissions are far below what we’ve seen during other surges.

After numerous refusals by Ukraine to surrender the city of Mariupol, Ukrainian officials have brokered a deal with Russia to allow some civilians trapped in a steel mill there to evacuate safely. The operation, in collaboration with the United Nations and the Red Cross, began over the weekend.

And in headlines: Thousands of people around the world took to the streets for May Day, the Connecticut Senate passed a bill to protect abortion providers from bans in other states, and now-former member of UK’s Parliament Neil Parish resigned over the weekend.


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May 02, 2022
FDA Says Last Call For Menthol
00:19:10

Moderna said on Thursday that they were asking the FDA for emergency use authorization for their vaccine for children under 6. If granted, they would be the first shots available to the youngest of kids.

Separately, the FDA announced they will ban the sale of menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars across the U.S. within a year. Experts say that this could save hundreds of thousands of lives, especially among Black smokers.

And in headlines: Oklahoma’s State Legislature passed another near-total ban on abortion, the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv was bombed, and a new study found that a dog’s breed does very little to predict its behavior.


Show Notes:

LA Times: “How Big Tobacco used George Floyd and Eric Garner to stoke fear among Black smokers” – https://lat.ms/3LzZ55a


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Apr 29, 2022
Reckoning With Racist Policing in Minneapolis
00:18:20

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights found that Minneapolis and the city’s police department engaged in a pattern or practice of race discrimination in violation of the state’s Human Rights Act. The two-year-long investigation began after former officer Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd in 2020. 

Russia released a former U.S. Marine from its custody yesterday in a prisoner swap with the U.S. The unexpected move indicates that there might be some diplomatic breakthroughs between Russia and the U.S. in the midst of Russia’s war against Ukraine.

And in headlines: Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced to five more years in prison, Southern California officials declared an emergency water shortage, and a New York appeals court rejected a congressional map drawn by state Democrats in the legislature.


Show Notes:

Star Tribune: “Minneapolis police engaged in pattern of illegal racial discrimination” – http://strib.mn/3LqUSR8

Minnesota Department of Human Rights: “Investigation into the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Police Department” – https://bit.ly/3vp4tSZ


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Apr 28, 2022
Harvard Faces Its Legacy Of Slavery
00:20:17

Harvard University pledged $100 million to redress its ties to slavery. In an email on Tuesday, the school’s president said that the university bore “a moral responsibility to do what we can to address the persistent corrosive effects of those historical practices on individuals, on Harvard, and on our society.”

According to multiple reports, President Biden said that he may be prepared to not only extend a pause on federal student loan debts that is set to end August 31, but to cancel some entirely.

In headlines: Russia accused the West of sabotaging peace talks with Ukraine, the CDC said that a majority of Americans have been infected with COVID at least once, and Republican Congressman Madison Cawthorne was caught with a loaded gun at an airport.

And we chat with Sara Nelson, the president of the Association of Flight Attendants, about the overturned federal mask mandate for mass transit. We also talked about Delta’s announcement that it will begin paying its flight attendants during boarding time, a move that comes amidst a union drive for the company.


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Apr 27, 2022
Musk Rules Everything Around Me
00:20:20

Elon Musk reached a deal with Twitter on Monday to take over the company for roughly $44 billion. Mike Isaac, a tech reporter for the New York Times, joins us to discuss how we got here and what comes next.

And in headlines: President Biden plans to nominate Bridget Brink to be the next ambassador to Ukraine, the Supreme Court will take up the case of Rodney Reed, and Beijing officials began mass testing its residents for COVID.


Show Notes:

NY Times: “Elon Musk and Twitter Reach Deal for Sale” – https://nyti.ms/3xPdgyX


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Apr 26, 2022
Delete Your Shared Netflix Account
00:19:33

The Supreme Court is in session this week and will hear two cases that could have a big impact. The first will be heard today and could affect our First Amendment right to freedom of religion, including the separation of church and state. The other will be heard on Tuesday and could have major implications for migrants at the Southern border seeking asylum.

Netflix estimates that 100 million accounts around the world are sharing passwords. The streaming service is considering making users pay more for doing so — which means that if you’re not the one in your family or friend group that actually pays for the shared account, you might have to figure out a new arrangement.

And in headlines: The war in Ukraine entered its third month, French President Emmanuel Macron beat his far-right challenger Marine Le Pen, and Twitter is banning paid content that denies climate change.


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Apr 25, 2022
The Tragic Kingdom Of Ron DeSantis
00:23:29

The GOP-led Florida state legislature gave the final stamps of approval to a pair of proposals on Thursday. The first redraws Florida’s Congressional voting map in a way that would eliminate two majority Black districts. The other revokes Disney Corporation’s special tax status around Disney World.

In headlines: The U.S. will provide $800 million in military aid to Ukraine, the Supreme Court ruled that residents of Puerto Rico aren’t eligible for some federal aid programs, and CNN+ announced its closure.

We also talk with Mary Annaïse Heglar and Amy Westervelt, the hosts of Crooked’s “Hot Take,” to discuss how Earth Day got away from its origins in protest and activism.


Show Notes:

Crooked’s “Hot Take” – https://crooked.com/podcast-series/hot-take/

The “Hot Take” Newsletter – https://www.hottakepod.com/


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Apr 22, 2022
Run For Something (You Better Clerk)
00:24:35

Russia gave Ukrainian forces in Mariupol an ultimatum earlier this week: surrender or die. Russian-backed separatists said only five people surrendered, which could mean that the city could be captured very soon.

Voting rights organizations are funneling their support to the people on the ground who oversee local elections ahead of this year’s midterm elections. Amanda Litman from Run For Something joins us to discuss her new program called Clerk Work dedicated to recruiting and supporting thousands of candidates for local offices in charge of running elections.

And in headlines: Florida’s Senate approved one of the nation’s most gerrymandered Congressional maps, South Carolina’s Supreme Court issued a temporary stay on Richard Moore’s killing, and Netflix’s stock price pledge by 35 percent.


Show Notes:

Run For Something: Sign-up for Clerk Work – https://wherecanirun.org/

Washington Post: “Meet the woman behind Libs of TikTok, secretly fueling the right’s outrage machine” – https://wapo.st/3K1plDM

Alex Pareene: “They Know How Journalism Works! They’re Just Against It!” – https://bit.ly/3EyD6Zw


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Apr 21, 2022
Puff Puff Pass Laws Decriminalizing Weed
00:22:26

Hours after a federal judge in Florida overturned the CDC’s mask mandate for public transportation, airlines like Delta and United made masks optional. Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, host of Crooked’s “America Dissected,” gives some advice to help you make your own decision on whether to stay masked.

In headlines: President Biden announced actions toward federal student loan debt forgiveness, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis escalated his war with Disney, and Blac Chyna's $100 million lawsuit against the Kardashian family started.

And an interview about the effort to decriminalize marijuana, and the disproportionate rate at which Black Americans are convicted of marijuana possession. Linn Washington Jr, a long-time investigative reporter, joins us to discuss how far we have and haven’t come on the issue


Show Notes:

Linn Washington Jr: “Equity in marijuana legalization must prioritize inclusion, expungement, and diverting revenues from police” – https://bit.ly/3uVNOG5 

ACLU: “A Tale of Two Countries: Racially Targeted Arrests in the Era of Marijuana Reform” – https://bit.ly/3JYQ3wA 

The Marshall Project: “Will Drug Legalization Leave Black People Behind?” – https://bit.ly/3L65sgk


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Apr 20, 2022
Maskers, Prepare For Takeoff
00:15:35

A federal judge in Tampa, Florida, voided the nationwide travel mask mandate on Monday. Last week, the CDC extended that mask mandate for commercial flights, subways, trains, and other forms of public transportation until May 3rd.

The Russia-Ukraine war has sparked concerns among U.S. officials about cyber warfare. On Sunday, CBS News reported “evolving intelligence” that suggests that Russia is planning new cyber attacks.

And in headlines: Russia launched an assault on eastern Ukraine, Johnson and Johnson agreed to settle an opioid lawsuit for $99 million, and Alex Jones filed for bankruptcy.


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Apr 19, 2022
South Carolina Sets An Execution By Firing Squad
00:16:23

The city of Mariupol has been one of the worst sites of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. While Ukrainian forces have held their ground, reports are now saying that Mariupol is likely to fall to Russian forces soon.

A man named Richard Moore in South Carolina is scheduled to become the fourth person executed in the United States this year. Moore was given the option of being killed by the electric chair or by a firing squad, and last Friday he announced that he chose the firing squad.

And in headlines: Protestors gathered to demand the release of Palestinians being held in Israeli jails, the Wisconsin Supreme Court voted to adopt GOP-drawn legislative maps, and Florida officials said they rejected 54 math textbooks from next year’s school curriculum.


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Apr 18, 2022
Defending Trans Youth in Alabama
00:19:46

Alabama became the first state to criminalize the act of providing gender-affirming medical care to trans youth, last week. The bill makes it a felony to prescribe puberty blockers or hormones to trans kids under the age of 19. Kaitlin Welborn, a staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, joins us to discuss her organization’s work challenging the law.

And in headlines: Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill that bans most abortions after 15 weeks, Ed Buck was sentenced to 30 years in prison, and an NFT of Twitter founder Jack Dorsey’s first tweet is being auctioned off by its owner.


Show Notes:

ACLU of Alabama – https://www.aclualabama.org/en

Lambda Legal – https://www.lambdalegal.org/

Magic City Acceptance Center – https://www.magiccityacceptancecenter.org/

The Knights and Orchids Society – https://tkosociety.com/


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Apr 15, 2022
The War On Roe in Oklahoma
00:19:13

New York Police arrested a suspect in relation to Tuesday’s mass shooting on a Brooklyn subway. Frank James was apprehended in Manhattan and is accused of shooting ten people, which resulted in many more injuries as well.

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed a bill on Tuesday that makes performing an abortion in the state a felony. Jenny Ma, a Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights, joins us to discuss the broader implications of the ban.

And in headlines: Ukrainian officials collected the bodies of 765 civilians in Kyiv, the CDC announced that it would extend the federal mask mandate for public transit, and New York health officials have discovered two new Omicron subvariants spreading throughout the state.


Show Notes:

NY Times: “The shooting left at least 23 people injured. Here’s what we know about the victims so far” – https://nyti.ms/3LZOvUI

Gothamist: “Mass shooting suspect arrested in Manhattan a day after subway attack” – https://bit.ly/3Omxear

Keep Our Clinics – https://keepourclinics.org/

Roe Fund – https://www.roefund.org/

Center for Reproductive Rights – https://reproductiverights.org/

National Network of Abortion Funds – https://abortionfunds.org/need-abortion/


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Apr 14, 2022
A Mass Shooting On An NYC Subway Train
00:18:43

A mass shooting took place on a New York City subway train, Tuesday morning. According to New York’s Fire Department, 10 people were shot and, miraculously, no one died. We recap what we know and what we don’t know about the shooting.

And in headlines: Ukrainian fighters in Mariupol accused Russia of using chemical weapons, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed a bill that outlaws performing an abortion in the state, and New York Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin resigned.


Show Notes:

Center for Family Life – https://centerforfamilylife.org

Worker's Justice Project – http://workersjustice.org

South BK Mutual Aid – https://southbkmutualaid.com


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Apr 13, 2022
Give Up The Ghost Guns
00:18:14

President Biden announced a new rule that would prohibit the unregulated online sale of “ghost guns,” or firearms that you can self-assemble from kits with gun parts. The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives says that it recovered about 20,000 suspected ghost guns last year, which is ten times more than it did in 2016.

The effort to try Russia for war crimes in Ukraine is picking up pace, and the Biden administration is weighing whether to get involved as well. Alex Whiting, a former prosecutor for the International Criminal Court, joins us to discuss what exactly constitutes a war crime and what investigators are looking at right now.

And in headlines: Philadelphia will reinstate its indoor mask mandate, Finland and Sweden may join NATO, and thousands of Etsy sellers went on strike.


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Apr 12, 2022
How A Miscarriage In Texas Led To A Murder Charge
00:16:35

Texas authorities arrested 26-year-old Lizelle Herrera, last week, on murder charges for what the local sheriff’s office described as a “self-induced abortion.” Her bond was set at $500,000 and her arrest sparked protests from abortion rights activists over the weekend. But on Sunday, local prosecutors dropped the charge against her.

More than 50 people were killed and another 98 injured after a missile struck a train station in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk, last Friday. Thousands of people were trying to board trains to evacuate the city since Russian forces began to shift the focus of the war to eastern Ukraine.

And in headlines: Pakistan’s Parliament voted to remove Prime Minister Imran Khan from office, French voters took to the polls to pick their next president, and former President Donald Trump endorsed Pennsylvania U.S. Senate candidate Mehmet Oz.


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Apr 11, 2022
Hot Takes On The New IPCC Report
00:20:22

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson became the first Black woman to be confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice on Thursday, and the first former public defender to sit on the high court. Three Republicans crossed party lines to support her, including Senators Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and Mitt Romney of Utah.

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a new report this week saying that global emissions need to peak by 2025 at the latest in order to have a chance of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees celsius. Amy Westervelt, an investigative climate journalist and co-host of Crooked’s “Hot Take,” joins us to discuss these findings and what they mean.

And in headlines: The trial in the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi will be relocated from Turkey to Saudi Arabia, nearly 500,000 people are without electricity in Puerto Rico, and Alabama’s state legislature approved a bill to criminalize gender-affirming medical care for trans youth.


Show Notes:

Crooked’s Hot Take – https://www.crooked.com/podcast-series/hot-take/

Amy Westervelt – https://www.amywestervelt.com/


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Apr 08, 2022
Vaccine Makeover: Fall Edition with Dr. Abdul El-Sayed
00:17:35

The Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed Amir Locke earlier this year will not face any criminal charges. Locke was a 22-year-old Black man who was killed while members of the Minneapolis Police SWAT team executed a no-knock warrant on his cousin’s apartment.

An FDA advisory committee met yesterday to discuss the next phase of COVID vaccines and boosters. Dr. Abdul el-Sayed, an epidemiologist and the host of Crooked’s “America Dissected” joins us to discuss what might come next as we consider the fall months.

And in headlines: Ukrainian officials are building cases against Russia for alleged war crimes, the president of Sri Lanka is defying calls to step down, and oil and gas executives appeared before a House committee yesterday.


Show Notes:

NY Times: “Promised a New Culture, Women Say the N.F.L. Instead Pushed Them Aside” – https://nyti.ms/3jjdi9L


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Apr 07, 2022
Not Ready, Not Set, Redistricting
00:23:28

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky gave an emotional address to the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday after his visit to Bucha. In his speech, Zelensky accused Russian troops of atrocities, which included violent murder, rape, and a number of horrific acts.

There are a number of states fighting over redrawing their maps even as the midterm elections inch closer. Michael Li, senior counsel for the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program, joins us to break down some of the states that are knee-deep in this issue right now.

And in headlines: Oklahoma’s Legislature passed a near-total ban on abortion, China recorded its highest number of COVID cases in a single day, and the Biden administration plans to extend the payment pause for federal student loan debt to August.


Show Notes:

Vote Save America’s Midterm Madness – https://votesaveamerica.com/midterm-madness/


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Apr 06, 2022
Same-Day Solidarity At Amazon with Chris Smalls
00:17:20

Amazon warehouse workers in Staten Island, New York, voted to form the company’s first union in the U.S. last Friday, making a historic win for labor organizers everywhere. The union earned recognition in less than a year into its existence, and it overcame multiple arrests as well as millions that Amazon spent on anti-union consultants. Chris Smalls, founder of the Amazon Labor Union, joins us to discuss how it felt to win and what comes next.

And in headlines: Sacramento police arrested a suspect in connection to Sunday’s mass shooting in the city, the Senate reached a bipartisan $10 billion deal to fund COVID relief, and Elon Musk purchased about $2.9 billion worth of Twitter stock.


Show Notes:

Chris Smalls, President of the Amazon Labor Union – https://twitter.com/Shut_downAmazon

The Intercept: “New Amazon Worker Chat App Would Ban Words Like “Union,” “Restrooms,” “Pay Raise,” and “Plantation” – https://bit.ly/3NM8Qyy


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Apr 05, 2022
Joe Time Like The Present To Forgive Student Loans
00:17:03

Signs of a massacre in Bucha, a town near Kyiv, have intensified calls for investigations into possible war crimes by Russia. Footage and photographs from Bucha show the corpses of at least twenty men strewn across the streets. The town’s mayor has said the victims included men and women and at least one child, and that they’ve already buried 280 people in mass graves.

Today, hundreds of people are assembling at the U.S. Department of Education in D.C. to urge President Biden to cancel all federal student debt. The pause on payments is currently slated to end on May 1st, and Biden has yet to announce either another extension or any kind of relief for borrowers. Braxton Brewington, the press secretary for The Debt Collective, joins us to discuss why debt needs to be canceled rather than paused.

And in headlines: Six people are dead after a mass shooting in Sacramento, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan dissolved the country’s parliament, and Amazon workers at a warehouse in New York voted to form the company's first union in the U.S.


Show Notes:

The Debt Collective – https://debtcollective.org/

Washington Post: “What the student loan payment pause has meant to Black women” – https://wapo.st/3K5SjTH


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Apr 04, 2022
BA.2 The Bone
00:24:50

The Biden administration will reportedly end its use of Title 42 by late May. The policy effectively acted as a suspension of the legal asylum process, and has been viewed as inhumane by immigration activists.

The BA.2 Omicron subvariant is now the dominant COVID strain in the U.S. This comes as many states begin to close mass vaccination and testing sites that were vital throughout the pandemic. Dr. Céline Gounder, an infectious disease specialist & epidemiologist, joins us to give us her perspective on the matter.

And in headlines: Russian forces are moving away from two Ukrainian cities, Arizona Republican Governor Doug Doucey signed a bill that outlaws abortion after 15 weeks, and Republican Senator Susan Collins said that she plans to vote to confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court.


Show Notes:

We are out on Friday, April 1st, and will be back with a new episode on Monday, April 4th.

Vote Save America: Midterm Madness – https://votesaveamerica.com/midterm-madness/

Trans Week Of Visibility And Action – https://www.trans-week.com/


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Mar 31, 2022
Life As A Ukrainian Refugee, Part II
00:22:37

Over 3.9 million people have fled Ukraine and become refugees since the beginning of the Russia-Ukraine war, according to the United Nations. About 2.3 million of those people have gone to neighboring Poland, and another 600,000 people have crossed into neighboring Romania. Julia Pashkovska, a mother who left her home in central Ukraine, joins us to discuss her experience fleeing the country.

And in headlines: A Palestinian gunman killed 5 people in Tel Aviv, the FDA approved a second booster dose of Pfizer’s and Moderna’s COVID vaccines for older adults, and the House Jan. 6 committee found a 7.5 hour gap in former President Donald Trump’s phone logs from the day of the insurrection.


Show Notes:

Ukrainian Congress Committee of America – https://www.mightycause.com/story/M1wzpf

Humanitarian Aid to Ukraine – https://bit.ly/36WSK40

American Red Cross – https://rdcrss.org/3vT4qPO

Polish Humanitarian Action: SOS Ukraine – https://www.pah.org.pl/en/

Association for Legal Intervention – https://interwencjaprawna.pl/en/get-involved/donate/


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Mar 30, 2022
Ginni Thomas The Text Engine
00:24:42

The House select committee investigating the insurrection is reportedly soon going to seek an interview with Virginia Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. She was found to have lobbied former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to pursue a plan to overturn the 2020 presidential election, sending 29 texts on the subject.

Immigration advocates, lawmakers, and health officials are urging President Biden to overturn Title 42, a Trump administration policy used to block migrants at the borders from seeking asylum due to COVID-19. Karla Marisol Vargas, an immigration attorney at the Texas Civil Rights Project, joins us to discuss the policy and the legal battles against it.

And in headlines: Peace talks between Russia and Ukraine continue in Turkey, China put half of Shanghai on lockdown to contain a growing COVID outbreak, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed the infamous Don’t Say Gay bill into law.


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Mar 29, 2022
The Fight For Trans Liberation Is Everyone's Fight with Raquel Willis
00:20:56

On Saturday, President Biden gave a speech from Warsaw, Poland, where he talked about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. But at one point, he briefly spoke off the cuff and said about Russian President Vladimir Putin, “This man cannot remain in power.” White House officials quickly walked back Biden’s statement, saying that the U.S. has no strategy of regime change in Russia. 

Today is the fourth day of Trans Week of Visibility and Action, a 7-day campaign that aims to mobilize the masses in defense of trans lives. It culminates this Thursday, March 31st, with the Trans Day of Visibility. Activist Raquel Willis, one of the organizers of this week, joins us to discuss how the issue of trans rights spans over different states.

And in headlines: A Colorado jury found that Denver police officers used excessive force against the people protesting George Floyd’s death back in 2020, heatwaves and fires broke out across the western U.S., and President Biden is expected to unveil a new income tax on the country’s 700 richest American families.


Show Notes:

Trans Week Of Visibility And Action – https://www.trans-week.com/

The Nation: Chase Strangio and Raquel Willis on Keeping Transgender Youth Safe – https://youtu.be/Vx9pJ2H4okI

Trans Justice Funding Project: https://www.transjusticefundingproject.org/


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Mar 28, 2022
Defense Against DeSantis
00:23:30

President Biden spoke in Brussels after meeting with European allies on Thursday, and announced that the U.S. would commit more than $1 billion in humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and welcome 100,000 refugees.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is poised to sign two GOP-backed bills into law: the notorious Don’t Say Gay bill and the Stop WOKE Act. Florida House Representative Michele Rayner joins us to discuss how they plan to fight these measures, even if they get signed into law.

And in headlines: North Korea tested its biggest intercontinental ballistic missile yet, the Biden administration said it will speed up the asylum process for refugees at the southern border, and the European Union finalized a sweeping antitrust law targeting some of the world's largest tech companies.


Show Notes:

Equality Florida – https://www.eqfl.org/

Michele Rayner for Congress – https://micheleforflorida.com/


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Mar 25, 2022
Life As A Ukrainian Refugee
00:20:43

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson faced her second day of questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday during her Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Like Tuesday, there were some moments of substance in there, but many Republican senators didn’t let up on a bad faith effort to drum up controversies around Judge Jackson that just don’t exist.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday that the U.S. government formally accused Russia of committing war crimes in Ukraine. Part of the assessment was based on intelligence, but Blinken also specifically referred to attacks on civilians in Mariupol. Julia Knyupa, a Ukrainian refugee who is currently in Poland, joins us to discuss her experience fleeing the country.

And in headlines: Two tornadoes devastated New Orleans and killed at least one person, the Taliban turned away thousands of Afghan girls from secondary school, and Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon will DJ at this year's Lollapalooza festival.


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Mar 24, 2022
Healthcare Is Under Attack In Ukraine
00:25:57

Tuesday was the second day of Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearings. She faced questions from senators on the Judiciary Committee on a variety of topics, including her religion, abortion rights, critical race theory, war crimes, and child pornography sentencing.

The World Health Organization said that as of March 18, at least 62 healthcare facilities had been hit in Ukraine. There are estimates that as many as 10 million people have either left the country or gone to western Ukraine to escape the conflict. Avril Benoit, the executive director of Doctors Without Borders, joins us to discuss the work her organization is doing to provide humanitarian aid to those in need there.

And in headlines: Two Republican governors vetoed anti-trans bills, Amanda Bynes was released from her conservatorship, and the Democratic Party proposed letting some states move up their 2024 presidential primaries to before March.


Show Notes:

Doctors Without Borders: “MSF assesses response as Ukraine conflict escalates” – https://bit.ly/3JAxY8K


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Mar 23, 2022
The Impact Of Texas's Abortion Ban, Six Months In
00:21:22

Ukraine rejected Russia’s demand that soldiers surrender the city of Mariupol, on Monday, with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky saying in part, “Ukraine cannot fulfill ultimatums.” And in Kyiv, a Russian missile struck a mall, killing at least 8 people according to officials.

Republican-led state legislatures have passed an overwhelming amount of anti-abortion legislation in recent months, particularly after SB8 went into effect in Texas. Rosann Mariappuram, executive director at Jane’s Due Process in Texas, joins us to discuss what the fight for abortion rights looks like in the state.

And in headlines: a passenger jet crashed in China, the U.S. declared that Myanmar’s military committed genocide against Rohingya Muslims, and Hong Kong plans to relax some of its COVID restrictions.


Show Notes:

AP: “As Mariupol hangs on, the extent of the horror not yet known” – https://bit.ly/3ttgyFx

Wall Street Journal: “Russia Relies Increasingly on Missiles, Artillery to Pressure Ukraine” – https://on.wsj.com/3qpvCSO

Jane’s Due Process – https://janesdueprocess.org/

Where To Get An Abortion In Texas – www.needabortion.org

Nationwide List of Verified Abortion Clinics – https://www.ineedana.com/

National Network of Abortion Funds – https://abortionfunds.org/need-abortion/

Keep Independent Abortion Clinics Open – https://keepourclinics.org/


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Mar 22, 2022
Conservatives Dig Deep To Oppose Ketanji Brown Jackson
00:18:07

Russia's attacks on the Ukrainian city of Mariupol continued through the weekend, with missiles striking an art school where 400 people had taken shelter. Russia is claiming that a bombing it carried out on a Ukrainian ammunition storage site was done with a hypersonic missile, and if this claim is true, it could mark the first use of this kind of weapon in combat.

Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson begin this week. If confirmed, Brown Jackson would be the first Black woman to sit on the Supreme Court, joining the most conservative reactionary court in decades.

And in headlines: The SEC is expected to announce climate risk disclosure rules for companies, Maury Povich is retiring after hosting 31 seasons of daytime television, and NBC will debut a new competitive singing show based on the famous Eurovision Song Contest.


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Mar 21, 2022
Week Two of Teachers Striking In Minneapolis
00:19:25

Teachers in the Minneapolis Public School district are in the second week of their strike, led by The Minneapolis Federation of Teachers Local 59. Tequila Laramee, an associate educator who has been with Minneapolis Public Schools for ten years, joins us to discuss what she and the union are advocating for.


At least 130 survivors have been rescued from the theater in Mariupol that had been serving as a shelter for up to 1,300 people when it was bombed by Russian air forces. A Russian court has extended the detention of WNBA player Brittney Griner until May 19, and state department officials say that have had no access to her so far.


And in headlines: Washington state’s governor signed a measure into law that prohibits legal action against anyone seeking an abortion, President Biden announced a new White House COVID-19 response coordinator, and Selena’s family plans to release a posthumous Selena album.


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Mar 18, 2022
Zelensky's Address To Congress And The View From Lviv
00:21:35

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed U.S. Congress on Wednesday to ask for a number of things including a no-fly-zone over his country. The Biden administration did not agree to that request, but it did announce $800 million in military aid to Ukraine including anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles, drones, and more. Christopher Miller, a correspondent for BuzzFeed News currently in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, joins us to discuss what things look like on the ground.

And in headlines: The Federal Reserve bumped up a key interest rate by 0.25 percent, a 7.4 magnitude earthquake rocked eastern Japan, and nearly 23,000 mail votes were thrown out in the Texas primary election.


Show Notes:

Christopher Miller on Twitter – https://twitter.com/ChristopherJM

“This Ukrainian Mother Buried Both Of Her Sons Just Six Days Apart” by Christoper Miller – https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/christopherm51/ukraine-brothers-killed-same-family


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Mar 17, 2022
Hong Kong's Surge And The Pitfalls Of 'Zero COVID'
00:27:54

A missile strike on apartment buildings in the Ukraine’s capital of Kyiv on Tuesday killed at least four people and resulted in fires for hours after. The attack prompted a frantic rescue effort, and Kyiv’s mayor announced a 35-hour curfew in the city.

Hong Kong is experiencing its worst COVID outbreak since the start of the pandemic. Unlike the U.S., the province is still grappling with the highly transmissible Omicron variant, with scenes reminiscent of much earlier days in the pandemic. Shibani Mahtani, the Southeast Asia and Hong Kong bureau chief for The Washington Post, joins us to discuss what things look like on the ground.

And in headlines: Authorities in Washington D.C. arrested a suspect in the shootings of at least five unhoused people in D.C. and New York City, an Indian court upheld a ban on wearing hijabs at schools and colleges, and Pfizer and BioNTech have asked the Food and Drug Administration to authorize a second COVID booster shot for people 65 and older.


Show Notes:

Washington Post’s Shibani Mahtani – ​​https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/shibani-mahtani/


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Mar 16, 2022
Baseball's Back, Alright!
00:21:39

On Monday, delegations from Russia and Ukraine met again for talks in hopes of reaching a ceasefire, but the negotiations ended without reaching an agreement. Meanwhile, Russia expanded its missile attacks even further, hitting quiet residential neighborhoods in Kyiv and other cities.

After 99 days, the Major League baseball lockout ended last Thursday with a full season set to begin on April 7. Hannah Keyser, a baseball writer for Yahoo Sports, joins us to discuss what comes next and what it all means.

And in headlines: authorities in New York and Washington D.C. are looking for a man they say shot five unhoused people in both cities, the United Kingdom’s Supreme Court said that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange cannot appeal his extradition to the United States, and Pete Davidson will be the next celebrity to board one of Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin flights.


Show Notes:

The New Yorker: “How Fossil-Fuel Companies Are Stonewalling Sarah Bloom Raskin’s Nomination to the Fed” – https://bit.ly/36m0YTf

DC Police Department: “This suspect is wanted in connection to 2 homicides and at least 3 additional shootings of homeless men in DC & NYC” – https://bit.ly/3CF9xEC


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Mar 15, 2022
Season Premiere Of COVID Season Three
00:18:59

Russia launched 30 missiles at a Ukrainian military base over the weekend, killing at least 35 people and wounding at least 134 more.

New COVID cases in the U.S. have dropped from 800,000 cases per day at the pandemic’s peak to about 36,000 cases per day. Last week, the CDC announced that 98 percent of the U.S. population lived in areas where it’s safe to congregate indoors without masks on. Meanwhile, China’s daily cases of symptomatic COVID have more than tripled in recent days to its highest numbers in two years, with the Omicron variant driving much of that.

And in headlines: Saudi Arabia executed 81 people, Texas’s Supreme Court unanimously ruled against abortion providers challenging SB8, and Uber announced that it will add a temporary fuel surcharge for its services in the U.S.


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Mar 14, 2022
Russia's Economic Isolation
00:24:12

Russian forces continued to advance in Ukraine after diplomatic talks between the two countries failed to stop the fighting or even to reach a temporary cease-fire on Thursday. As the violence continued, Vice President Kamala Harris called for an investigation into whether Russia committed war crimes against the civilians of Ukraine. Meanwhile, Russian civilians face economic hardships because of the sanctions leveled against their country. Kristy Ironside, a historian of modern Russia and the Soviet Union and professor at McGill University, joins us to discuss how the war is changing daily life in Russia.

And in headlines: The Transportation Security Administration is extending its mask mandate on airplanes and public transit for one more month, the 2020 Census missed counting nearly 19 million people, most of them Latino, Black and indigenous people, and over 27,000 mail votes in the Texas primary were flagged for rejection.


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Mar 11, 2022
The Humanitarian Crisis In Ukraine
00:19:11

A Russian airstrike destroyed a maternity hospital in the southern Ukrainian city of Mariupol on Wednesday. This is the latest example of Russian forces hitting civilians and civilian infrastructure, with United Nations monitors reporting on Wednesday that over 500 civilians have been killed so far. Washington Post journalist Isabelle Khurshudyan, who is currently in Odessa, Ukraine, joins us to discuss the impossible choices that citizens face about leaving the country.

And in headlines: Conservative candidate Yoon Suk-yeol won South Korea’s presidential election, a new study found that historically redlined neighborhoods have higher levels of air pollution, and a 1915 shipwreck in Antarctica has been located.


Show Notes:

Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan – https://wapo.st/3vVQzbw

Ukrainian Congress Committee of America: donate to humanitarian efforts – https://www.mightycause.com/story/M1wzpf

United Help Ukraine: donate to the life-saving medical supplies to Ukraine’s front lines – https://bit.ly/3MAFK4D

Revived Soldiers Ukraine: donate to treatment of the wounded and the provision of hospitals – https://bit.ly/3vYGpXB

Red Cross for Ukraine: donate to tactical medical training and emergency response in Ukraine – https://rdcrss.org/3vT4qPO

Doctors Without Borders – https://bit.ly/3pOUJxR


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Mar 10, 2022
Too Much Of A Fuel Thing
00:23:32

President Biden banned the import of Russian oil and natural gas into the United States on Tuesday, which is expected to have a serious impact on the Russian economy. Meanwhile on the ground, reports say that 2 million people have fled Ukraine, including one million children.

Recent reports from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change say that countries are not doing enough to reduce fossil fuel emissions. Mary Annaïse Heglar and Amy Westervelt, hosts of Crooked Media’s “Hot Take,” join us to discuss recent climate news.

And in headlines: Minneapolis teachers took to the picket lines for their first strike since 1970, Missouri Republicans introduced a state bill that would allow private citizens to sue anyone who helps a Missouri resident get an abortion out of state, and January 6th rioter Guy Reffitt was convicted on all five criminal charges against him.


Show Notes:

The Hot Take Newsletter – https://www.hottakepod.com/


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Mar 09, 2022
Fighting For A Living Wage In Hawai'i
00:20:33

Today, workers in Hawai’i are rallying at their State Capitol to raise the state’s minimum wage for the first time since 2018. Christy MacPherson, the Lead Community Developer at the Hawaiʻi Appleseed Center for Law & Economic Justice, joins us to discuss how workers are being affected by low wages in the highest cost-of-living state in the nation.


Russia and Ukraine engaged in their third round of talks on Monday, which once again ended without any major progress. The United Nations reported that at least 1.7 million Ukrainians are now refugees, half of whom are children, and tens of thousands of people who are still in Ukraine lack power, heat, water, medicine, and food.


And in headlines: The Supreme Court said it will not review the decision that freed Bill Cosby from prison, the Pentagon announced that the US Navy will permanently close its Red Hill fuel storage facility in Hawai’i, and Lady Gaga announced the new tour schedule for her Chromatica Ball tour.


Show Notes:

Raise Up Hawai’i: https://www.raiseuphawaii.org/

Hawai’i’s State Legislature: https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/


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Mar 08, 2022
Supporting Ukraine While Avoiding Direct War With Russia
00:21:01

Today marks 12 days since the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Over the weekend, the violence continued in multiple Ukrainian cities, efforts to rescue civilians came under attack by Russian forces, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called on NATO nations for further military support and humanitarian aid. Ben Rhodes, Former Deputy National Security Adviser and host of Pod Save the World, joins us to discuss what’s happening on the ground in Ukraine, with the rest of the world, and with the refugee crisis.


And in headlines: a series of tornadoes ripped through Iowa, the Walt Disney Company is facing blowback for not taking a stand against Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” Bill, and the United States adaptation of the Canadian trucker convoy descended on Washington D.C.


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Mar 07, 2022
The Fight Against Texas's Anti-Trans Agenda
00:21:22

Russian and Ukrainian delegates agreed to what’s being called “humanitarian corridors” so trapped Ukrainian citizens can leave the country. But after a phone call with Vladimir Putin, French President Emmanuel Macron reportedly believes that the “worst is yet to come” as the invasion heads into its second week.

A Texas judge issued a restraining order to halt the state’s investigation of a family that supported their trans kid’s gender-affirming health care. But an appeal by state Attorney General Ken Paxton put that order on hold, as well as a hearing that could’ve extended protections to more families. Adrí Perez with the Texas ACLU, which represents the family under investigation, explains how trans kids, adults and their families are all being harmed by the state’s anti-trans policies.

And in headlines: A jury acquits the only officer on trial in the death of Breonna Taylor, Idaho advances its own Texas-like anti-abortion law, and Harvey Weinstein is caught with contraband Milk Duds. 


Show Notes:

Transgender Education Network of Texas - https://www.transtexas.org/

Equality Texas - https://www.equalitytexas.org/

ACLU of Texas LGBTQ Equality - https://www.aclutx.org/en/issues/lgbtq-equality


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Mar 04, 2022
Evaluating Biden's Record On Gun Control with David Hogg
00:23:10

Russian forces captured the southern Ukrainian city of Kherson yesterday, making it the first to fall since the invasion that began last week. Today, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is expected to talk about Russia’s attack with NATO foreign ministers in Belgium, while another round of conversations between Ukraine and Russia are reportedly set to take place soon as well.

March For Our Lives, the organization founded by student survivors of the 2018 Parkland shooting, released a statement following President Biden's State of the Union address last night, saying that Biden hasn’t treated gun violence like the “emergency it is.” David Hogg, one of the co-founders of March For Our Lives, joins us to discuss gun reform activists’ view of Biden as well as where the country is in terms of reform efforts.

And in headlines: Texas GOP Governor Greg Abbott secured the Republican nomination in his quest for a third term, the White House unveiled its new coronavirus response plan, and the United Nations agreed to make the world's first global plastic pollution treaty.

Show Notes:

March for Our Lives – https://marchforourlives.com/


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Mar 03, 2022
Reacting To Biden's First State Of The Union with Jon Favreau
00:22:09

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continued into its sixth day, with explosions shaking the cities of Kyiv and Kharkiv, and the death toll rising. According to the United Nations, approximately 660,000 people have fled Ukraine already, and this could become “Europe’s largest refugee crisis this century.”

President Biden gave his first State of the Union address last night. In it, he devoted large sections to address Ukraine along with the course of the pandemic, the economy and inflation, a “unity agenda,” and more. Jon Favreau, co-host of Pod Save America and the host of Offline, joins us to discuss his takeaways as someone who used to be in charge of writing State of the Union speeches for former President Barack Obama.

And in headlines: Israel’s Supreme Court ruled that four Palestinian families facing eviction in Sheikh Jarrah can stay in their homes, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is investigating one of its own employees who has a transgender daughter, and Major League Baseball canceled the first two games of the season.


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Mar 02, 2022
Running As A Progressive In Texas with Jessica Cisneros
00:20:20

On Monday, Russian forces made progress in their efforts to encircle Ukraine’s capital Kyiv despite being slowed down by continued resistance from Ukrainian forces. Russia and Ukraine also sent delegations to southeastern Belarus for initial talks amid hopes that the two countries could come to some kind of agreement, but did not come to a resolution.

Today, Texas holds the very first primary of the midterms. The elections will tell us a little bit about how strong of a hold former President Trump has on the GOP, and show us if the state is ready to elect more progressive candidates. Jessica Cisneros, a progressive-backed candidate who’s running for Texas’s 28th Congressional District, joins us to discuss how she’s feeling about her race.

And in headlines: A new study shows that Pfizer-BioNTech shots offer barely any protection from infection in kids 5 to 11 years old, a new climate change report found that countries are not doing enough to combat global warming, and jury selection began in the first criminal trial related to the January 6th insurrection.


Show Notes:

Vote Save America: Texas – https://votesaveamerica.com/state/texas/


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Mar 01, 2022
Ketanji Brown Jackson Makes History
00:27:05

Ukrainian officials will reportedly talk with Russia as early as today on the border of Ukraine and Belarus. Matt Duss, Senator Bernie Sanders’ foreign policy advisor, joins us to discuss today’s expected talks and what he thinks is on the negotiation table for both sides.

President Joe Biden named Ketanji Brown Jackson his nominee for the Supreme Court to replace the retiring Justice Stephen Breyer. If confirmed, she would be the first Black woman to serve on the Supreme Court. 

In headlines: The Supreme Court will hear one of the most important environmental cases today, thousands of African students in Ukraine have found themselves trapped in the country amid Russia’s attacks, and new studies confirm that COVID-19 originated at a live animal market in Wuhan, China. 

And we talk with Chesa Boudin, District Attorney of San Francisco, about his decision to drop the case against a woman who was the victim of a sexual assault, but whose DNA from a rape kit was used by the SF Police Department to link her to a different crime.


Show Notes:

USA Today: “Rape survivors, child victims, consensual sex partners: San Francisco police have used DNA from all of them for 7 years” – https://bit.ly/3MaXxyU


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Feb 28, 2022
"Don't Say Gay" Passes In Florida And Russia Advances In Ukraine
00:26:40

Russia invaded Ukraine early Thursday morning, and Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky said that over 130 people died – both soldiers and civilians – and hundreds more were wounded. In a televised statement, Zelensky called for everyone and anyone who is able to join the military to do so, and said Russia is on a “path of evil” in their attack on the country. Foreign policy expert Max Bergmann, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, joins us to discuss his view of the situation.

Florida’s House of Representatives passed its notorious, Republican-backed “Don’t Say Gay” bill yesterday, bringing it one step closer to being signed into law. The measure would effectively ban educators from engaging in any and all discussions of queerness and gender identity in Florida classrooms. Brandon Wolf, a survivor of the 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting and an LGBTQ+ activist with Equality Florida, joins us to discuss his reaction to the news. 

And in headlines: Three former Minneapolis police officers were convicted in federal court of violating George Floyd’s civil rights, the World Health Organization is changing how it distributes COVID vaccines to African countries, and Citigroup announced it will eliminate overdraft fees this year.


Show Notes:

Take Action via Equality Florida – http://eqfl.org/act

Safe School South Florida – https://safeschoolssouthflorida.org/

SAVE LGBTQ – https://www.save.lgbt/

The Florida Coalition for Trans Liberation – https://www.fc4tl.org/


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Feb 25, 2022
Russia Attacks Ukraine
00:18:21

In a televised speech early Thursday Moscow-time, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “special military operation” to protect Donbas, the Russian-backed separatist-held region in eastern Ukraine. Around the same time, explosions were heard in multiple cities throughout the country including Kyiv, Kramatorsk, which is in the disputed Donetsk region, Kharkiv in the northeast, and more.

The Supreme Court said that it will take up a case that could allow businesses to use their religious beliefs as an excuse to refuse service to LGBTQ customers. Leah Litman, professor of law at the University of Michigan and one of the hosts of Crooked’s podcast about the Supreme Court, “Strict Scrutiny,” joins us to discuss the case and its broader implications.

And in headlines: The trial began for the only officer facing criminal charges for Breonna Taylor’s death, Texas Governor Greg Abbott ordered state agencies to investigate gender-affirming care for trans kids as ‘child abuse,’ and American truckers protesting COVID restrictions started their own Canada-inspired caravan.


Show Notes:

Resources for TX Trans Kids:

www.txtranskids.org

www.transtexas.org/resources

www.transequality.org/additional-help

www.transhealthconsulting.com/mentalhealth


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Feb 24, 2022
How Putin's Aggressions Are Playing Out In Ukraine
00:21:32

President Biden announced sanctions against Russia on Tuesday while referring to President Vladimir Putin’s recent actions as the “beginning of a Russian invasion of Ukraine.” CNN’s senior international correspondent Matthew Chance, who is currently reporting out of Kyiv, joins us to discuss what’s happening on the ground in Ukraine.

And in headlines: Ahmaud Arbery’s killers were found guilty of committing federal hate crimes, members of the U.S. Women’s Soccer team reached a $24 million settlement with the U.S. Soccer Federation, and the Supreme Court will hear a case that could allow businesses to refuse service to LGBTQ couples.


Show Notes:

CNN’s Matthew Chance – https://twitter.com/mchancecnn

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Feb 23, 2022
Russia Recognizes New Territories And That's Far More Aggressive Than It Sounds
00:18:25

The Russia-Ukraine crisis ramped up this past weekend, and in a controversial address on Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized the independence of two Russian-backed territories in eastern Ukraine: the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics. In response, the White House announced sanctions on Ukraine’s separatist regions but not yet Russia, as there had been hopes of further diplomatic solutions. Michael McFaul, the former U.S. Ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014 and professor at Stanford University, joins us to discuss his view of the situation.

And in headlines: England is ending most COVID restrictions this week, the Supreme Court of Colombia decriminalized abortion, and the horse Medina Spirit was stripped of his Kentucky Derby title after he tested positive for a banned drug last May.


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Feb 22, 2022
Snow Long, Beijing
00:22:26

On Thursday, there was a big spike in shelling across the front line between the Ukrainian military and Russian-backed separatists within Ukraine. The separatists claim that Ukrainians are the ones firing at them, and the fear is that Russia could use this as a “justification” for military action to invade. 

The Beijing Winter Olympics conclude this Sunday. Ava Wallace, who has been in China reporting on the Olympic Games for the Washington Post, joins us to discuss what it’s been like to cover them.

And in headlines: Over 100 people are dead and dozens more missing in Brazil after mudslides, Florida’s House Republicans passed a bill that bans abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, and a judge ordered former President Trump to testify under oath within the next 21 days.


Show Notes:

WAD will be taking a break on Presidents’ Day, and will be back with a new episode on Tuesday, February 22.

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Feb 18, 2022
Reading Between The Strains with Dr. Abdul El-Sayed
00:17:23

On Wednesday, federal officials announced upcoming guidance changes, which reflects yet another new stage of the pandemic. Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, epidemiologist and host of Crooked Media’s “America Dissected,” joins us to discuss what these new policies might look like and answers other questions about the future of COVID.

And in headlines: Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva took first place in the women’s short program, San Francisco voters overwhelmingly ousted three members of the city’s school board, and President Joe Biden ordered the National Archives to hand over the Trump administration’s White House visitor logs to the January 6th committee.


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Feb 17, 2022
Kyiv Your Friends Close And Your Enemies Closer
00:20:39

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that the military has ordered some Russian troops near the borders of Ukraine to return to their bases, signaling the potential for a further de-escalation. However, President Joe Biden later said that “an invasion remains distinctly possible,” and that the U.S. had not yet verified if Russian troops are actually falling back. Matthew Chance, CNN’s Senior International Correspondent, joins us from Kyiv to discuss what things look like on the ground. 

And in headlines: Remington Arms has settled with families whose loved ones were killed in the Sandy Hook shooting, American scientists say they have cured a woman of H.I.V., and a federal report predicts that sea levels along our nation’s coasts could rise one foot in just three decades because of climate change.


Show Notes:

CNN’s Matthew Chance – https://twitter.com/mchancecnn


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Feb 16, 2022
The Notly-Anticipated Debut Of The Texas Voting Law
00:17:22

Monday marked the start of in-person early voting in Texas ahead of the state’s March 1st primary. Texas is just one of nearly 20 states that will hold elections this year with more restrictive voting laws in place, a result of Republican-led efforts to validate former President Trump’s lies about the 2020 presidential election. James Slattery, a senior staff attorney with the Texas Civil Rights Project, joins us to discuss what’s happening in the state, what’s to come and what the rest of the country can anticipate as we head into the midterm elections. 


And in headlines: The U.S. closed its embassy in Kyiv, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invoked the country’s Emergencies Act for the first time ever, and a judge said he would throw out Sarah Palin’s defamation suit against the New York Times.


Show Notes:

The Texas Civil Rights Project – https://txcivilrights.org/

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Feb 15, 2022
The Little Trucker Blockade That Could
00:15:27

Canadian police began arresting those who were part of the ongoing so-called “Freedom Convoy” protests, yesterday. It’s been almost a week since demonstrators blocked the Ambassador Bridge between the U.S. and Canada as an objection to vaccine mandates for truckers doing business across the border. We recap what led us to this moment. 

The U.S. has reduced its Ukrainian embassy to a skeleton crew and continues to draw down national guard troops stationed in Ukraine, in the likely scenario that Russia invades. Several world leaders have taken a turn trying to talk Vladimir Putin down, including French President Emmanuel Macron and Britain’s Defense Secretary Ben Wallace, but none have dissuaded Russia’s leader in his quest to flex his old man muscles. 

And in headlines: Fully vaccinated Walmart employees will no longer have to wear masks while at work, Rudy Giuliani is expected to cooperate with the January 6th House committee, and Erin Jackson made Olympic history when she won the gold medal in the women’s 500-meter speed skate.


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Feb 14, 2022
I Know Who You Called Last January with Rep. Zoe Lofgren
00:20:08

The House January 6th Committee has found gaps in official phone logs from the White House on the day of the insurrection, during times when investigators know that former President Trump was making calls. Plus, new details have emerged regarding Trump’s handling of White House documents, causing concern that he may have destroyed or stolen “top-secret” materials. Representative Zoe Lofgren, one of the members of the Jan. 6 committee, joins us to discuss what this will for the House investigation.


The Cincinnati Bengals are competing in the Super Bowl this weekend for the first time since 1988, so to discuss his hopes for the game, and his love for the city, we're joined by Mayor of Cincinnati Aftab Pureval.


And in headlines: Canada’s “freedom convoy” blocked a third passageway to the U.S., Congress passed a bill that would end forced arbitration in cases of sexual misconduct, and the state of California sued Tesla for allegedly allowing racist discrimination in one of its factories.


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Feb 11, 2022
A Slow Descent Into Maskless
00:19:01

Several states announced plans to lift mask mandates this week, but the federal government is taking a more cautious approach, and has communicated that hospitalizations and deaths are still high enough that relaxing guidelines at this point would be premature. Dr. Céline Gounder, a clinical assistant professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases at NYU who has been in touch with the White House, joins us to discuss what comes next in this new, slightly less-masked phase of the pandemic.


And in headlines: Top Russian military commanders flew into Belarus for a massive military exercise, families of the victims who died in the Bronx apartment fire last month are suing the building owners, and Russian figure skaters may have their Olympic medals stripped after one of their athletes failed a drug test.


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Feb 10, 2022
On Race, The NFL Fumbles The Ball
00:25:08

This weekend's Super Bowl LVI comes as the NFL is being sued by Brian Flores, a former head coach of the Miami Dolphins who has accused the league racial discrimination in hiring practices. To discuss the lawsuit and racism in the NFL, we're joined by Tyler Tynes, a staff writer for GQ who covers the intersection between race, politics, and sports.


The nominees for the 94th Academy Awards were announced yesterday and Netflix’s "Don’t Look Up" is up for Best Picture. The climate change satire has been a huge hit for Netflix, though the critical response to it has been more mixed. David Sirota, who co-wrote the screenplay, joins us to talk about the movie and how the climate catastrophe gets covered in media.


And in headlines: a new Freedom Convoy blockade emerged at the U.S.-Canadian border, Peng Shuai spoke to reporters in her first sit-down interview since last year, and federal agents arrested a couple for conspiring to launder $4.5 billion in stolen cryptocurrency.


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Feb 09, 2022
Inside The Unionization Effort At Amazon
00:15:23

The White House released a report yesterday detailing how it wants to increase union participation and collective bargaining in the workforce amid historic lows in union membership across the U.S. This is happening while workers at an Amazon facility in Bessemer, Alabama are in the midst of a union election process after last year’s election result was overturned. Reyn McGuire, an employee at the warehouse who is actively organizing her coworkers, joins us to discuss how this vote is and isn’t different from last time. 

And in headlines: Protests over Covid mandates in Ottawa prompted the city to declare a state of emergency, school mask mandates repealed in three states in the Northeast, and Frontier and Spirit Airlines announced plans to merge.

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Feb 08, 2022
Maps, They Don't Draw You Like I Draw You with Michael Li
00:17:37

The North Carolina Supreme Court ruled on Friday that Republican-drawn congressional and state legislative maps constituted partisan gerrymanders that violated the state’s constitution. This is just the latest example of courts recently acting as a line of defense against maps that are very clearly drawn to increase Republicans' electoral odds. Michael Li, the senior counsel for the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program, joins us to discuss the impact of redistricting efforts across the country.

And in headlines: Amir Locke was killed by Minneapolis police after they entered his apartment during a no-knock raid, Olympic athletes took to social media to call out the poor living conditions for athletes in isolation in Beijing, and Southwest Airlines announced that it would resume serving alcohol on its flights.

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Feb 07, 2022
Showing Up For Trans Rights with Chase Strangio
00:19:15

South Dakota became the first state to pass an anti-trans bill in 2022 yesterday, and according to a report by the Human Rights Campaign, roughly 280 anti-trans bills will likely move through state legislatures nationwide this year. Chase Strangio, a lawyer for the ACLU and transgender activist, joins us to discuss how we can get involved in the fight to combat these measures across the country.


President Biden said that the U.S. had conducted a raid in Syria during which Abu Ibrahim al-Hashemi al-Qurayshi, the leader of ISIS, died. There were at least three civilian deaths confirmed by the Pentagon with no American casualties. Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff said that the civilian deaths should be investigated “while keeping in mind the history of ISIS leaders using civilians as human shields.”


And in headlines: The Biden administration accused Russia of planning a false flag operation, the FBI identified suspects amid a wave of bomb threats against historically Black colleges and universities, and Facebook reported it had lost daily active users for the first time in its history.


Show Notes:

Donate to the Trans Justice Funding Project - https://www.transjusticefundingproject.org/

Track Anti-Transgender Legislation in the U.S. - https://freedomforallamericans.org/legislative-tracker/anti-transgender-legislation/


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Feb 04, 2022
Where We Stand In The Fight For Reproductive Justice
00:20:28

Roe v. Wade was issued just over 49 years ago, and in the months ahead, we're faced with the very real possibility that the Supreme Court could effectively overturn it. Plus, conservative lawmakers in at least 29 states have been racing to pass new anti-abortion restrictions. We're joined by Destiny Lopez, co-president of All* Above All, to discuss what abortion justice organizers are doing to defend the right to choose and how we can support them.


The Pentagon announced that 3,000 additional U.S. troops will be deployed to Eastern Europe to support NATO nations amid concerns of a possible Russian invasion into Ukraine.


And in headlines: Tonga went into lockdown after reporting five cases of the coronavirus, Brian Flores filed a class-action lawsuit against the NFL and CNN President Jeff Zucker stepped down.


Show Notes:

All* Above All - https://allaboveall.org/

National Network of Abortion Funds - https://abortionfunds.org/

Keep Our Clinics - https://keepourclinics.org/


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Feb 03, 2022
Police Killings And The DOJ
00:15:35

The NAACP is urging the Justice Department to bring federal civil rights charges against Jason Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer who murdered 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014. Zooming out, it's not uncommon for people to look to the federal justice system when state courts or local law enforcement decline to hold police officers responsible in cases like these. The same avenues were pursued in the case of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who also was killed by police in 2014, though the DOJ has announced it will not reopen an investigation into that shooting.


Later this week, employees at an Amazon facility in Bessemer, Alabama will begin voting on whether to unionize their workplace after the National Labor Relations Board concluded that Amazon’s actions disrupted the process the first time around. To get a sense of where things stand, we hear from Reyn McGuire, an employee at the Bessemer facility that has been actively organizing her coworkers.


And in headlines: Putin publicly addresses the Ukraine crisis, NFL quarterback Tom Brady confirmed his retirement, and Native American tribes reach a settlement with opioid manufactures who precipitated a crisis.


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Feb 02, 2022
Get Your Bans Off My Books with George M. Johnson
00:18:01

As we celebrate the beginning of Black History Month, conservatives are actively and aggressively silencing educators’ ability to talk honestly about history. Book bans are gaining steam with schools banning everything from "The 1619 Project," to Toni Morrison’s "Beloved," to Art Spiegelman’s "Maus." Journalist and activist George M. Johnson joins us to discuss the issue from an author’s perspective after their book, "All Boys Aren’t Blue," was targeted for removal in at least 14 states.


And in headlines: A Georgia judge rejected plea agreements in the federal hate crime trial of Gregory and Travis McMichael, the FDA granted full approval of Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine, and The New York Times announced it had acquired Wordle.


Show Notes:

NYT: "Book Ban Efforts Spread Across the U.S." - https://nyti.ms/3uah9wK

Order "All Boys Aren't Blue" by George M. Johnson - https://bit.ly/34qKfNC


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Feb 01, 2022
Are You Putin Or Are You Out?
00:20:04

Concerns of a possible Russian invasion into Ukraine continue to mount, with Britain moving this week to broaden the sanctions it could impose in case of a Russian offensive. The U.S. has reportedly considered its own set of sanctions, which could have severe ramifications for individuals in Russia and conceivably others in Europe as well. Michael McFaul, the former US Ambassador to Russia, joins us to discuss everything we know and everything we don’t.


And in headlines: New data suggests the omicron wave in the U.S. may have peaked, a massive winter storm in the Northeast left over a hundred thousand people without power over the weekend, and numerous celebrities have joined Neil Young’s boycott of Spotify.


Show Notes:

NYT: “U.S. Sanctions Aimed at Russia Could Take a Wide Toll:” – https://nyti.ms/3s6znfJ

WAPO: "Ukraine’s Zelensky’s message is don’t panic. That’s making the West antsy" - https://wapo.st/3obGK4J

AL: "Police in this tiny Alabama town suck drivers into legal ‘black hole’" - https://bit.ly/3ARQBBF


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Jan 31, 2022
Supreme Courting The Voters with Dan Pfeiffer
00:22:07

President Biden reaffirmed his commitment to nominating a Black woman to the Supreme Court yesterday, and said that he would announce his choice by the end of February. Plus, Justice Stephen Breyer formally announced his retirement. We were joined by Dan Pfeiffer, former White House Communications Director during the Obama administration and one of the hosts of Pod Save America, to discuss the impact the SCOTUS shakeup could have for Democrats as we head into midterm election season.


And in headlines: Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered the military to install measures to prevent civilian deaths caused by American airstrikes, countries across the globe advised their athletes to bring temporary cellphones to the Beijing Winter Olympics, and a study claimed that even when gas stoves are turned off, they often continue to leak unburned methane into their surroundings.


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Jan 28, 2022
Don’t Breyer Because It’s Over, Smile Because It Happened
00:16:58

The 83-year-old Justice Stephen Breyer intends to retire at the end of this Supreme Court term in June, according to multiple reports yesterday. The oldest justice on the court, Breyer has been under enormous pressure to retire while Democrats have the slimmest control of the Senate. Leah Litman, a law professor at the University of Michigan and co-host of the podcast Strict Scrutiny, joins us to discuss what comes next. 


And in headlines: San Jose passed the first U.S. law requiring gun owners to carry liability insurance and pay an annual fee, France’s National Assembly voted unanimously to ban 'conversion therapy,' and a rogue SpaceX rocket is expected to crash into the Moon.


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Jan 27, 2022
All Eyes On Ukraine with Ben Rhodes
00:20:06

Russia conducted a series of military drills yesterday while Ukraine received a shipment of weapons including antitank missiles from the U.S. These were some of the latest turns since diplomatic negotiations between the U.S. and Russia have faltered and now both are accusing the other of ratcheting up tensions. Ben Rhodes, a former deputy national security adviser in the Obama administration and co-host of Pod Save the World, joins us to discuss how we got here and what’s next. 


And in headlines: Pfizer announced that it has begun testing a new vaccine designed to target the omicron variant, British police opened an inquiry into a series of parties held at 10 Downing Street during COVID lockdown, and Neil Young threatens to pull his discography from Spotify if the company doesn't drop Joe Rogan.


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Jan 26, 2022
Could A Conservative Court End Affirmative Action?
00:17:23

The Supreme Court announced yesterday that it will hear cases on the right of universities to consider race in admissions. The court has historically ruled that universities have a limited right to consider an applicant’s race during the admission process, but the court’s conservative majority could upend decades of precedent. Lawyer and journalist Jay Willis joins us to discuss what we can expect, what this might mean for affirmative action, and the future of higher education.


And in headlines: NATO said that its allies are sending military reinforcements to Eastern Europe amid tensions at the Ukrainian border, the Burkina Faso military announced that it seized control after overthrowing President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, and four attorneys general filed a privacy lawsuit against Google.


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Jan 25, 2022
The Palin New York Times
00:16:30

New U.S. cases of COVID are down slightly from the peak brought on by the Omicron variant. Average daily cases are closer to 700,000 than 800,000, which is where they were earlier in the month, and hospitalizations are at a record high but have started to level off. We look at the numbers and discuss new data on the efficacy of booster vaccine doses.


The Sarah Palin v. The New York Times libel case goes to trial today. Palin filed the suit after the New York Times suggested that an ad placed by Palin's PAC was linked to the shooting of former Arizona Representative Gabby Giffords in 2011. We review the case and its potential to change how we think about First Amendment protections for journalists.


And in headlines: A fire in the Palo Colorado Canyon area forced hundreds of people to flee their homes along the California coast, a Saudi-led airstrike killed at least 87 people in a Yemen prison, and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern canceled her own wedding because of COVID.


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Jan 24, 2022
You Can't Spell Ivanka Without Subpoena
00:20:43

A number of inquiries into former President Trump’s interference in the 2020 election are advancing. Yesterday, the House committee investigating last year’s insurrection asked Ivanka Trump to testify. Meanwhile, a Georgia District Attorney asked a judge to convene a special grand jury in a separate, ongoing criminal investigation into the former president. 


Famed fashion journalist and editor André Leon Talley passed away this week at age 73. He was American Vogue’s first Black male creative director and editor-at-large. We look into Talley’s life and legacy, as well as how he paved the way for Black and brown folks in the industry today. 


And in headlines: Democratic lawmakers asked Biden to change his counterterrorism strategy on drone strikes, the Supreme Court rejected another attempt to overturn Texas’ six-week abortion ban, and the CIA said that a foreign country is most likely NOT responsible for cases of Havana Syndrome.


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Jan 21, 2022
Biden Looks Back At It
00:19:11

Today is the first anniversary of President Biden taking office. Yesterday, he held his first formal news conference in months to discuss his administration’s accomplishments and progress over the past year. We share our biggest takeaways from the speech that covered COVID to Congress to Afghanistan, and more. 


Verizon and AT&T agreed to turn on nationwide 5G service yesterday, except near airports and runways due to ongoing safety concerns from the Federal Aviation Administration. Despite this decision, some flights were canceled yesterday. Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants CWA, joins us to discuss workers’ safety concerns.


And in headlines: the Supreme Court denied Trump’s request to block the release of White House records pertaining to the January 6th insurrection, two abortion-rights advocacy groups threatened to pull support from Senator Kyrsten Sinema for standing in the way of voting rights legislation, and the University of Michigan reached a $490 million settlement with over 1,000 survivors of sexual abuse by one of its former sports doctors.


Show Notes:

WIRED: “Why Airlines Are Fighting the 5G Rollout” – https://bit.ly/3fHVTG1


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Jan 20, 2022
The Kyiv To Diplomacy
00:16:35

Tensions between the U.S. and Russia are rising after last week’s summit in Geneva ended with no resolution between the two countries over Ukraine. We hear an excerpt of Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s exclusive interview with Pod Save The World just hours before he went overseas yesterday to meet with Ukraine’s president and Russia’s foreign minister.


Tomorrow, jury selection is expected to start in the federal trial of three former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd's civil rights: Tou Thao, J. Keung, and Thomas Lane. All three were on the scene when their fellow officer Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd, and failed to stop him from kneeling on Floyd's neck. 


And in headlines: Rudy Giuliani was subpoenaed by the House panel investigating the January 6th insurrection, Tonga gave its first status update after a volcano eruption and tsunami devastated its islands, and a federal judge approved a plan that would resolve Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy and restructure its $33 billion debt.


Show Notes:

Hear Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s exclusive interview with Pod Save The World – https://crooked.com/podcast-series/pod-save-the-world/


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Jan 19, 2022
The Anti-Capitalist Legacy Of MLK Jr.
00:16:57

Yesterday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In addition to fighting racial inequality, working to pass major civil rights laws, and more, Martin Luther King Jr. was also well known for critiquing capitalism and how it disenfranchises the working class. Andrew Douglas and Jared Loggins, authors of the book, “Prophet of Discontent: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Critique of Racial Capitalism,” join us to dive deeper into the economic legacy of King’s words and ideas.


And in headlines: The gunman who took four hostages at a Texas synagogue on Saturday died after a 10-hour standoff with authorities, 200,000 people on the East Coast were left without power after a massive winter storm, and Greece will fine citizens aged 60 and over for being unvaccinated.


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Jan 18, 2022
Vaccine Mandate, We Hardly Knew Ye
00:20:42

The Supreme Court yesterday blocked the Biden administration’s attempt to enforce a vaccine or testing mandate for private employers. Meanwhile, Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin said that they, again, will not support changing the filibuster rules to pass new voting rights measures. 

More than 8,000 grocery store workers in Colorado have begun a strike against their employer, the Kroger-owned chain King Soopers. Kim Cordova, head of the workers’ union that represents them, joins us to discuss their demands.

And in headlines: The FBI arrested the leader and founder of the far-right Oath Keepers militia for his involvement in the Jan. 6 insurrection, teachers in France protested the country’s school COVID policies, and Prince Andrew was forced to give up all of his military and royal titles.


Show Notes:

We'll be back with a new WAD on Tuesday, January 18th after MLK Day.

The Economic Roundtable: “Hungry At The Table: White Paper On Grocery Workers At The Kroger Company” – https://bit.ly/3I3a84p


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Jan 14, 2022
An Awards Season Unlike Any Other with Rebecca Keegan
00:15:39

Hollywood is going through some massive changes. The Golden Globes, usually the start of awards show season, was a non-event when it took place earlier this week because of problems that face the organization that puts it on, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Plus, theatres continue to struggle to lure back moviegoers except with big tentpole films. The Hollywood Reporter’s Senior Film Editor Rebecca Keegan joins us to discuss what’s going wrong and what the future of the film industry looks like.


And in headlines: The White House promised 10 million free COVID tests to schools nationwide every month, more than 8,000 grocery store workers at Colorado King Soopers grocery stores went on strike, and inflation climbed to the highest it’s been in 40 years.


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Jan 13, 2022
Voting Rights Now, Not Later with LaTosha Brown
00:22:29

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to Atlanta, Georgia yesterday to make a stand for voting rights. Absent from the audience to Biden’s speech were several Georgia voting rights groups that refused to attend. Black Voters Matter co-founder LaTosha Brown joins us to discuss why activists like her sat this one out and what they’re concerned about ahead of this year’s midterm elections.


And in headlines: Russia will begin withdrawing its troops from Kazakhstan this week, Chicago students and teachers are back in school after a long standoff between the city and the Chicago Teachers Union, and writer Maya Angelou is set to become the first Black woman to be depicted on the U.S. quarter.


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Jan 12, 2022
The Prognosis For Elizabeth Holmes And Silicon Valley
00:13:46

Former Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was found guilty of conspiracy to defraud investors, last week. U.S. prosecutors declared the high-profile verdict a win, despite her not being found guilty on a number of other charges. New York Times reporter Erin Griffith joins us to discuss what’s next in the sentencing, and the case’s implications for Silicon Valley.


And in headlines: Several universities were sued for allegedly violating antitrust laws in order to limit student financial aid, Myanmar’s ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced to four more years in prison, and a man received the first-ever transplant of a genetically modified pig heart.


Show Notes:

New York Times: “How to help survivors of the deadly Bronx apartment fire” – https://nyti.ms/3JV1uqu


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Jan 11, 2022
The Test Is In The Mail
00:20:00

President Biden announced last month that his administration purchased 500 million at-home Covid-19 tests that Americans will be able to order for free. That pledge came while the country was dealing with Omicron, which has only continued to fuel an explosive growth in cases. We answer some of the questions of when and where those tests will become available.


The U.S. meets with Russia today in Geneva, with other NATO allies set to join throughout the week. It’s a high-stakes conversation, with the Associated Press stating that these talks could “shape the future of not only the [US-Russia] relationship but the relationship between the U.S. and its NATO allies.” 


And in headlines: A deadly fire in the Bronx killed at least 19 people, the three white men who killed Ahmaud Arbery were all sentenced to life in prison, and Amy Schneider became the first woman on Jeopardy! to win more than a million dollars in a regular season.


Show Notes:

Wall Street Journal: “How Reliable Are Covid-19 Rapid Tests for Detecting Omicron?” – https://on.wsj.com/31FvEwC

Associated Press: “​​Kazakhstan adds uncertainty to talks with Russia on Ukraine” – https://bit.ly/3HOMqsF


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Jan 10, 2022
Biden Looks For Mr. Voting Rights Now
00:19:58

Voting rights have gone back to being the White House’s top priority, but Congress is struggling to pass protections because Senate Democrats must contend with a potential Republican filibuster. 


Today, the Supreme Court will hear two challenges to the White House’s vaccine mandate for private employers and healthcare facilities. The federal rule was supposed to take effect January 4 but the Occupational Safety and Health Administration decided that it would give employers until February 9th to fully enforce these rules.


And in headlines: Former health advisors to President Biden are calling for the U.S. to adopt a new COVID strategy, dozens of protestors were killed and hundreds were injured yesterday in Kazakhstan, and the FBI arrested a man who allegedly impersonated publishers to steal unpublished book manuscripts.


Show Notes:

Washington Post: “Supreme Court is set to review Biden’s vaccine rules for businesses, health-care workers. Here’s what to know.” – https://wapo.st/3HF5M3p

Slate: “The Hidden Agenda Behind the Attack on Vaccine Mandates” – https://bit.ly/3HKSzWW

Wall Street Journal: “Supreme Court to Weigh Vaccine Requirements for the Workplace” – https://on.wsj.com/3n00O9C


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Jan 07, 2022
365 Days Since Last Insurrection with Rep. Mondaire Jones
00:17:42

Today marks a year since the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol where supporters of former President Donald Trump tried to violently overturn the 2020 election. Among the Congressmembers who saw all of this unfold is New York Rep. Mondaire Jones. He joins us to discuss the work the House committee is doing to investigate that day, what more needs to be done and what the future of our democracy looks like. 


And in headlines: A tragic fire at a Philadelphia row house killed 12 people, Kazakhstan declared a nationwide state of emergency after days of anti-government protests, and Chicago public schools stopped in-person instruction amid a record-breaking surge in coronavirus cases.


Show Notes:

NY Times: “In the Capitol’s Shadow, the Jan. 6 Panel Quietly Ramps Up Its Inquiry” – https://nyti.ms/3qVmaWL


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Jan 06, 2022
New Year, Same Omicron with Dr. Abdul El-Sayed
00:25:55

The Omicron variant has absolutely exploded in the US in the last few weeks. On Monday alone, the U.S. reported an astonishing record 1.08 million cases, and the CDC estimates that Omicron is responsible for about 95 percent of known infections through January 1st. Dr. Abdul El-Sayed of “America Dissected” joins us again to discuss everything from testing to schools to the CDC’s quarantine recommendations.

And in headlines: Harrowing winter storms made life a nightmare for many travelers on the East Coast, a record number of 4.5 million U.S. workers left their jobs last November, and Canada pledged $31.5 billion towards reforming its First Nations child welfare system.


Show Notes:

CDC: Quarantine and Isolation – https://bit.ly/3t2IvUS

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Jan 05, 2022
I'm Feeling 2022
00:17:10

2021 is done, and we are excited to tell you all about what you need to know throughout 2022. In our first episode of the year, we talk about the big story our hosts will be keeping an eye on this year. 


Stories include: the ever-evolving pandemic, the upcoming midterm elections, the future of the criminal justice system, and the political landscape of trans rights in America.


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Jan 04, 2022
WAD We Covered In 2021
00:27:05

The year is coming to a close, so we look back at the stories we thought were the biggest and most memorable of 2021. 


We talk about the historic visibility of trans and nonbinary people, the brouhaha over critical race theory, the divisive anti-vaccine movement, and the effort to unionize workers across the country.


Show Notes:


This is our last What A Day of 2021. We’ll be back with new episodes on Tuesday, January 4th, 2022.


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Dec 17, 2021
I'm Not Dreaming Of A COVID Christmas with Dr. Abdul El-Sayed
00:18:05

As we jump head first into the holiday season, COVID-19 news has been overwhelming. Britain logged its highest number of daily COVID cases ever, attributed to a steep rise in confirmed Omicron cases, and organizations in the U.S. are changing their COVID-19 policies. Dr. Abdul El-Sayed joins us to give us a sense of how we should view this moment. 


And in headlines: The monthly child tax credits are about to expire, a North Carolina man was sentenced to 28 months in prison for threating to harm House Speaker Nancy Pelosi right after last year’s insurrection, and German authorities arrested six people accused of plotting to murder a pro-vaccine politician.


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Dec 16, 2021
The Human Cost Of Military Pollution In Hawai'i with Kai Kahele
00:22:16

Tens of thousands of military families in O’ahu have been living without clean water for weeks after their water well was contaminated with petroleum. Many people got severely ill and some were even hospitalized for skin rashes, chemical burns, and vomiting. Hawai’i Congressman Kai Kahele joins us to discuss the gravity of the situation and how we got here. 


And in headlines: the Senate voted to raise the debt ceiling, six women sued Tesla for sexual harassment in the workplace, and former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was ordered to forfeit the earnings from his book.


Show Notes:

PBS: “Navy’s water contamination flub in Hawaii follows 8 years of warning signs” – https://to.pbs.org/3EYiXLU

Hawai’i Sierra Club’s Red Hill Quick Resources and Actions – https://sierraclubhawaii.org/redhill


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Dec 15, 2021
A Settlement For Victims Of Larry Nassar
00:15:50

We’ve reached another grim benchmark since the pandemic began almost two years ago. According to the New York Times database, the U.S. has reached 50 million known cases of COVID-19. The country is also on the cusp of passing or has already passed 800,000 deaths, with the last 100,000 happening at a relatively quick pace.


USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee agreed to a $380 million settlement for the victims of Larry Nassar, the former doctor of the U.S. women’s gymnastics team. The settlement marks the end of a five-year legal fight, and is one of the largest settlements on record for survivors of sexual assault. 


And in headlines: the death toll continues to climb in Kentucky after tornadoes devastated the state this past weekend, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is now expected to plead guilty on federal civil rights charges in the death of George Floyd, and eight pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong were sentenced to prison yesterday.


Show Notes:

NY Times: “As U.S. Nears 800,000 Virus Deaths, 1 of Every 100 Older Americans Has Perished” – https://nyti.ms/3dQOymN


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Dec 14, 2021
Venti Vidi Vici
00:18:31

At least 100 people have died after tornadoes ripped through at least six states on Friday night. Search and rescue efforts continued throughout the weekend in Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. 


On Friday, the Supreme Court ruled that health providers could sue to block a law like Texas’s abortion ban, which allows private citizens to file a lawsuit against anyone who assists those seeking an abortion. But the options on who they can sue are extremely limited.


A group of baristas voted to unionize at a Buffalo-area Starbucks, making it the first company-owned store in the nation to do so. Starbucks employee and union organizer Casey Moore tells us what’s next as workers begin to negotiate a contract.


And in headlines: British scientists released the first real-world study of how Covid vaccines hold up against omicron, beloved Mexican singer Vicente Fernandez passed away, and a New Zealand man was accused of running a vaccination scheme after receiving 10 Covid shots in a single day.


Show Notes:

Huffington Post: “Starbucks Workers Just Unionized. Now The Real Fight Begins” – https://bit.ly/3GxXMQY


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Dec 13, 2021
Last Call For Congress
00:18:15

Today is the last day that Congress is scheduled to be in session for 2021. Just yesterday, the Senate voted and paved the way for Democrats to raise the debt limit so the country doesn’t default on its loans. Crooked Media’s Editor in Chief Brian Beutler joins us to catch us up on what our lawmakers have been up to all year.


And in headlines: workers at a Starbucks store in Buffalo, New York, have successfully voted to unionize, farmers in India ended their year-long protest, and the FDA approved Pfizer-BioNTech's booster shot for 16- and 17-year-olds.


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