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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 15 minutes. Hosts Gideon Resnick, Josie Duffy Rice, Tre’vell Anderson, and Priyanka Aribindi 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
Racism Fueled Buffalo's Mass Shooting
00:25:30

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.

Show Notes:

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May 17, 2022
Rallying for Reproductive Rights
00:22:07

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.

Show Notes:

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

May 16, 2022
We Need To Talk About Kevin McCarthy
00:27:29

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

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

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

May 13, 2022
A Failed Attempt To Codify Roe with Sen Kirsten Gillibrand
00:20:50

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.

Show Notes:

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

May 12, 2022
How Data Tracking Could Be Used To Prosecute Abortion
00:26:30

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.

Show Notes:

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

May 11, 2022
Voters Could Protect Abortion Rights In Michigan
00:19:20

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

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

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

May 10, 2022
How Pro-Life Becomes Pro-Incarceration
00:20:44

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

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

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

May 09, 2022
Providing Abortions In Uncertain Times
00:27:35

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

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

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

May 06, 2022
Reactions To What Could Be The End Of Roe
00:28:40

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/

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


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

May 05, 2022
Imagining A World Without Roe
00:26:01

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

May 04, 2022
SCOTUS Seems Poised to Overturn Roe V. Wade
00:20:52

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

May 03, 2022
Off-Peak Pandemic
00:22:59

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

May 02, 2022
FDA Says Last Call For Menthol
00:21:59

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
00:21:05

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
00:23:16

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

Apr 27, 2022
Musk Rules Everything Around Me
00:22:53

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

Apr 26, 2022
Delete Your Shared Netflix Account
00:23:03

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
00:25:54

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

Apr 22, 2022
Run For Something (You Better Clerk)
00:27:50

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

Apr 21, 2022
Puff Puff Pass Laws Decriminalizing Weed
00:25:11

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

Apr 20, 2022
Maskers, Prepare For Takeoff
00:18:21

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

Apr 19, 2022
South Carolina Sets An Execution By Firing Squad
00:19:14

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
00:22:34

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
00:22:08

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

Apr 14, 2022
A Mass Shooting On An NYC Subway Train
00:21:38

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

Apr 13, 2022
Give Up The Ghost Guns
00:20:41

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
00:21:22

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
00:23:20

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
00:20:16

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
00:26:36

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
00:19:47

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
00:20:37

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
00:27:57

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
00:24:54

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
00:27:59

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
00:23:29

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
00:25:51

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
00:23:16

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
00:27:45

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
00:23:29

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
00:21:04

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
00:22:40

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
00:22:52

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'
00:29:55

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!
00:24:12

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
00:21:30

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
00:26:45

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
00:21:10

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
00:25:32

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
00:23:51

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
00:23:16

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
00:23:47

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
00:25:12

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
00:24:23

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
00:23:24

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
00:30:17

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
00:28:44

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
00:20:47

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
00:23:48

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
00:21:14

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
00:25:06

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
00:20:06

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
00:23:07

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
00:19:30

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
00:18:49

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
00:22:30

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
00:20:57

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
00:27:12

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
00:18:10

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
00:19:33

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
00:22:03

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
00:22:42

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
00:17:23

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
00:19:55

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?
00:22:05

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
00:24:28

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
00:19:18

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
00:23:06

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?
00:19:06

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
00:19:13

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
00:23:11

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
00:21:54

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
00:19:47

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.
00:19:46

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
00:23:05

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
00:18:47

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.


Show Notes:

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Jan 13, 2022
Voting Rights Now, Not Later with LaTosha Brown
00:24:42

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
00:16:07

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
00:22:26

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
00:22:15

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
00:20:31

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
00:28:53

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
00:19:22

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
00:29:52

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
00:21:21

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
00:25:17

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
00:18:33

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
00:20:56

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
00:20:53

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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Dec 10, 2021
A New Surge In Labor Organizing with Marty Walsh
00:15:15

Today, votes will be counted in the effort to unionize three Starbucks stores in Buffalo, New York, with the result expected this afternoon. If that vote is successful, they would be the first unionized Starbucks in the country. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh joins us again to discuss labor movements like this one and what’s driving them.


And in headlines: Pfizer said its vaccine booster shot can protect against the Omicron variant, Germany swore in Olaf Scholz as its new chancellor, and Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin apologized for going clubbing after being exposed to coronavirus.


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Dec 09, 2021
The Gerrymandering Went Down In Georgia with Bee Nguyen
00:23:07

Redistricting efforts are underway across the country, but it's become a contentious process. The Department of Justice, for example, filed a lawsuit against the newly drawn maps in Texas on Monday, arguing that the maps discriminate against voters of color.


Today, we zero in on what redistricting efforts look like in Georgia, a battleground state that Republicans want to control . Democratic state lawmaker Bee Nguyen joins us to talk about the future of voting in the state of Georgia, along with her campaign for Georgia’s Secretary of State.


Show Notes:

Watch Crooked Media's "What A Year" – https://bit.ly/31saLoL

FiveThirtyEight: "What Redistricting Looks Like In Every State" – https://53eig.ht/3pwx0Sq


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Dec 08, 2021
Lock Me Out Of The Ballgame
00:19:26

The US Department of Justice filed a federal lawsuit against Texas over the state's recently updated redistricting maps. The DOJ claims that Texas's maps are unconstitutional and a violation of the Voting Rights Act because they unfairly dilute minority voting power. 


MLB locked out all of its players last week after a five-year collective bargaining agreement between owners and players expired. It marks the first work stoppage for the league in almost three decades. Lindsey Adler, who covers the Yankees for The Athletic, joins us to discuss the issues at play.


And in headlines: the U.S. will stage a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced a Covid vaccine mandate for all private-sector employers, and California Congressman Devin Nunes will resign later this month.


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Dec 07, 2021
It Goes Omicron And On
00:20:02

Omicron cases were found in at least 17 U.S. states and they aren’t all due to travel to southern Africa. Public health officials and experts say that the variant was possibly circulating in the U.S. prior to its initial discovery across the globe, but it’s too early to tell if it causes more severe disease. 


Descendants of Black revolutionary leader Marcus Garvey have requested that President Joe Biden grant a posthumous pardon to Garvey. As president, Biden has the power to grant clemency but has not exercised it at all during his term. 


And in headlines: prosecutors charged the parents of Ethan Crumbley with four counts of involuntary manslaughter, tensions at the Russia-Ukraine border grew, and the U.S. Navy shut down a drinking water well in Honolulu that was contaminated with petroleum and that made residents sick.


Show Notes:

NY Times: “Before Even Receiving a Name, Omicron Could Have Spread in New York and the Country” – https://nyti.ms/3DqUxsI

Justice in America: “What Happened to Clemency?” – https://bit.ly/3rEnYVR


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Dec 06, 2021
"Remain In Mexico" Returns
00:23:01

More cases of the omicron variant have been identified in the U.S., and the Biden administration announced a new plan to make at-home rapid tests covered by private health insurance, launch family vaccination clinics, extend the federal mask mandate on public transportation, and more.


Mexico agreed to allow the U.S. to restart the controversial “Remain in Mexico” asylum policy that was put into place by President Trump. The policy requires asylum seekers at the Southern border to stay in Mexico as they wait for immigration hearings. 


And in headlines: MLB owners and players failed to reach a deal on a new work agreement, former Ohio Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Meade was charged with murder for the shooting of Casey Goodson Jr., and Congress approved a short-term spending bill to fund the government until mid-February.


Show Notes:

New York Times: “Why Didn’t the U.S. Detect Omicron Cases Sooner?” – https://nyti.ms/3Igjjj6

Washington Post: “Biden pledges to fight new variant ‘with science and speed,' as omicron cases multiply and winter outlook worsens” – https://wapo.st/3rLKXib


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Dec 03, 2021
Supply Chain Reaction with Labor Secretary Marty Walsh
00:22:41

The Supreme Court heard a case yesterday that could ultimately reverse the constitutional right to an abortion. And it looks like the justices were leaning towards upholding a Mississippi law that bars abortion after 15 weeks.


The first confirmed case of the omicron variant has been identified in the U.S. President Biden urged people to not panic and encouraged more vaccinations and boosters. U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh joins us to discuss how the variant could impact the supply chain and what the administration is doing to loosen bottlenecks.


And in headlines: a 15-year-old boy was charged with murder and terrorism in Tuesday's school shooting in Michigan, Stacey Abrams announced that she will run for Georgia governor in 2022, and El Salvador will pay damages to a woman who died in prison while serving time for an abortion conviction.


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Dec 02, 2021
A SCOTUS Case That Could Overturn Roe
00:22:23

Today, the Supreme Court hears what is likely the most consequential reproductive health case in decades. The case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, will decide whether or not Mississippi can prohibit abortions after the 15th week of pregnancy. And the worst case scenario is that the high court uses the case to completely overturn Roe v. Wade. We lay out what listeners should watch for.


Dutch health officials reported that the Omicron variant was actually in Europe prior to South African scientists discovering it and alerting the World Health Organization. This adds a new wrinkle to the question of where it originated from unanswered.


And in headlines: A school shooting in Michigan left 3 students dead, Dr. Oz announced that he’s running for Senate in Pennsylvania as a Republican, and CNN suspended Chris Cuomo from the network indefinitely.


Show Notes:

New York Times: “How 2 Flights to Europe May Have Spurred Spread of New Variant” – https://nyti.ms/2ZKZije


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Dec 01, 2021
A Variant: Age Of Omicron
00:17:15

Over the last 24 hours, world leaders and health officials had more to say about the Omicron variant, even as we wait for more scientific information to come out. The World Health Organization said in part that Omicron poses a “very high” global risk, and multiple countries have imposed controversial travel restrictions. President Biden made his first remarks about Omicron yesterday and emphasized that people should get fully vaccinated and boosted as soon as possible.


And in headlines: Jack Dorsey stepped down as Twitter’s CEO, leftist presidential candidate Xiomara Castro took the electoral lead in Honduras, and new evidence showed Chris Cuomo used his connections to gather info for his brother Andrew Cuomo’s defense team.


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Nov 30, 2021
Omicron The Road Again with Dr. Abdul El-Sayed
00:21:07

Scientists in South Africa announced on Thursday that they detected a new variant of the coronavirus: Omicron. Cases caused by the variant have been identified in almost a dozen countries, but not yet in the U.S. Epidemiologist and host of “America Dissected” Dr. Abdul El-Sayed gives us a better sense of what we know and the much bigger amount of things we don’t. 


And in headlines: Ghislaine Maxwell’s federal trial starts today, legendary Black fashion designer Virgil Abloh died after battling cancer, and South Korea announced plans to build its own metaverse.


Show Notes:

Washington Post: “Officials: Variants ‘haunt’ world with vaccine imbalance between rich and poor nations” – https://wapo.st/3lgDGTp

Politico: “Omicron raises concerns about global vaccine equity and hesitancy” – https://politi.co/3lhIDLr


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Nov 29, 2021
Giving Thanks For Antibodies with Dr. Ashish Jha
00:24:11

Thanksgiving is almost here in the U.S., where COVID cases are up by more than 20 percent compared to last month. Dr. Ashish Jha, the Dean of Brown’s School of Public Health, helps us understand how we should compare these stats to last year, and what we can expect as we head into the holiday season.


And in headlines: Kevin Strickland was exonerated after 43 years in prison, a jury holds three pharmacy chains liable for contributing to the opioid crisis, and a Trump-presidency themed bar opened in Manhattan.


Show Notes:

Brown University’s Dr. Ashish Jha – https://bit.ly/3lpdWV1


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Nov 24, 2021
Tragedy At A Wisconsin Christmas Parade
00:18:54

Attorneys presented closing arguments in the trial of the three Georgia men charged with murdering Ahmaud Arbery, yesterday. Now, we wait for the jury to decide whether they’ll be convicted.


On Sunday night, a man plowed his vehicle into a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin. At least five people died and several others were injured in the incident. Police are charging the suspect with five counts of intentional homicide.


And in headlines: A Florida judge dismissed all charges against The Groveland Four, President Biden renominated Jerome Powell to lead the Federal Reserve for a second term, and the U.S. was deemed a “backsliding democracy” for the first time ever.


Show Notes:

City of Waukesha: https://twitter.com/CityofWaukesha


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Nov 23, 2021
Reckoning With The Rittenhouse Verdict
00:18:40

After four days of deliberation, a Wisconsin jury found Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty on all counts on Friday. As a defendant, Rittenhouse had a strong case under the law, but over the weekend, people expressed their discontent with the verdict. We discuss the result in the broader context of the criminal justice system and its bearing on issues of race in America.


And in headlines: protesters took to the streets in several European cities against COVID restrictions, Sudan’s Prime Minister was reinstated after being arrested during a military coup, and more childless adults in the U.S. say they are unlikely to ever have kids.


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Nov 22, 2021
Legislating Environmental Justice with EPA's Michael Regan
00:24:35

House Democrats are on the verge of passing President Biden's Build Back Better bill, and once they do, it will head to the Senate. The $1.9 trillion social spending bill is a key part of Biden’s agenda.


Both that legislation and the recently passed infrastructure bill have provisions to address climate change. And all this week, EPA administrator Michael Regan has been touring the country to get a first-hand look at polluted communities fighting for environmental justice. Regan joins us to discuss how those bills could lead to better investments in these communities, climate change, and more. 


And in headlines: Julius Jones’s death sentence was commuted to life in prison, more than 400 Iraqis flew home after weeks of life-threatening conditions at the Belarus-Poland border, and two Iranian nationals were indicted for interfering in the 2020 U.S. presidential election.


Show Notes:

EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan to Embark on “Journey to Justice” Tour – https://bit.ly/3nsRBHs

The Guardian: “Residents of Louisiana’s Cancer Alley hopeful for action after EPA head’s visit” – https://bit.ly/3CzHqVE


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Nov 19, 2021
Trans Rights, Representation, and Remembrance With Kate Sosin
00:21:48

This week is Trans Awareness Week, leading up to the Trans Day of Remembrance on Saturday. This year is particularly important because 2021 is the deadliest year on record for trans and nonbinary people in the U.S., according to the Human Rights Campaign. Kate Sosin, the LGBTQ+ Reporter for the non-profit news organization, The 19th, joins us to discuss the rights and safety of trans people in America, among other trans news.


And in headlines: tensions at the border between Belarus and Poland temporarily eased, two men found guilty of assassinating Malcolm X in 1965 are expected to be exonerated today, and President Biden unveiled a plan to drastically increase the country’s investment in coronavirus vaccines.


Show Notes:

Kate Sosin at The 19th News – https://19thnews.org/author/kate-sosin/

GLITS – https://www.glitsinc.org/

Marsha P. Johnson Institute – https://marshap.org

TransLatin@ Coalition – https://www.translatinacoalition.org


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Nov 18, 2021
The Promised Cleveland with Mayor-Elect Justin Bibb
00:21:17

Mayor-elect of Cleveland, Justin Bibb, comes on the show to discuss his win and what he hopes to achieve in his first 100 days. The 34-year-old had never run for political office before but during the race, he prioritized public safety and policing among other issues, which proved to be successful. 


And in headlines: Pfizer asked the FDA for authorization of its COVID treatment pill, current and former employees of Activision Blizzard staged a walkout, and a prominent New York real estate developer and his ex-wife held what some are calling the most valuable single-owner auction ever staged.


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Nov 17, 2021
Minding The Map In Georgia
00:19:06

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees voted to ratify new film and TV contracts after months of negotiations. The results were announced yesterday, and it establishes three year contracts for the union’s over 60,000 impacted members. 


Yesterday, Georgia’s Republican-led state House approved the bill that would redraw state assembly maps, and the state Senate voted it through last Friday, too. After Governor Brian Kemp signs off on this, the new districts will be legalized. The new maps don't add any majority-minority districts to the Senate, and they also impede on the power of some of the current legislators of color. 


And in headlines: Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy announced he won’t seek re-election next year, Howard University students ended their protest against horrific housing conditions, and Austria may have passed Europe’s most restrictive mandate for the unvaccinated.


Show Notes:

IATSE Statement explaining the vote – https://bit.ly/3nlXaaF

Jacobin: “The IATSE Contract Vote Is a Worst-Case Scenario” – https://bit.ly/3DkXnR1

NY Times: “Republicans Gain Heavy House Edge in 2022 as Gerrymandered Maps Emerge” – https://nyti.ms/3ce0vSv


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

Nov 16, 2021
Freed Britney with Ashley Fetters Maloy
00:19:49

Britney Spears is finally free. Last Friday, a Los Angeles judge ended her 13 year conservatorship where her father, Jamie, oversaw many aspects of her life. Washington Post’s Ashley Fetters Maloy, who has been covering the court hearings, joins us about what this means for others who are fighting their own conservatorships.


And in headlines: President Biden signs the bipartisan infrastructure bill into law today, the U.S. military kept secret a 2019 drone strike in Syria that killed dozens of civilians, and a federal appeals court blocked the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for large private companies.


Show Notes:

Washington Post: Ashley Fetters Maloy – https://wapo.st/3cgPYpC

Ashley Fetters Maloy on Twitter – https://twitter.com/AFettersMaloy


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

Nov 15, 2021
The Read On Redistricting
00:23:04

The 2020 Census data and the redistricting that comes after will have big implications for who gets represented and who gets to stay in power for the next decade. The debate over redrawing maps is currently being worked out in key states such as Florida, South Carolina, and Maryland. Michael Li, senior counsel for the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program, joins us.


And in headlines: nearly one million 5- to 11-year-olds have received COVID vaccines in the last week, Belarus’ autocratic leader Alexander Lukashenko threatened to cut off gas supplies to Europe, and a federal appeals court granted former President Trump a temporary victory yesterday.


Show Notes:

Brennan Center: “The Redistricting Landscape, 2021–22” – https://bit.ly/3aHoqcP

Ballotpedia: “The latest state, congressional redistricting news” – https://bit.ly/3oo7Vsg


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

Nov 12, 2021
Inflation Nation
00:17:28

A new report by the Labor Department shows that inflation continued to spike last month. Consumer prices jumped 6.2 percent between October of this year and last year. That’s the fastest pace since 1990. We also dive into the supply chain issues and labor shortage felt in everyday life. 


And in headlines: Kyle Rittenhouse took the stand yesterday, victims of the lead water crisis in the Flint, MI, get a $626 million settlement, and 2021 is now the deadliest year on record for transgender and non-binary people in the U.S.


Show Notes:

Wall Street Journal: “Is Santa Claus Coming to Town? Maybe Not. Blame the Labor Shortage.” – https://on.wsj.com/3n3QQEn


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

Nov 11, 2021
COP26 Rock with Ben Rhodes
00:21:23

The UN Climate Summit in Glasgow, aka COP26, brought together leaders from all over the world to combat climate change, and it wraps up in a few days. Ben Rhodes, the host of Crooked Media’s “Pod Save The World,” is in Glasgow right now with former President Obama. He joins us to break down the biggest takeaways from the summit.


And in headlines: Moderna filed an application to patent the technology for its vaccine, there's an ongoing crisis at the Poland-Belarus border, and Starbucks workers at three more locations in Buffalo, NY, filed for union elections.


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

Nov 10, 2021
With A Court This Right, What Could Go Wrong?
00:24:34

The U.S. ended a year and a half-long pandemic travel ban, reopening borders to vaccinated travelers from 33 countries. Yesterday was an emotional day as families around the world were finally able to reunite after being apart.


We take a step back and discuss the Supreme Court during the middle of its term. Jay Willis, who runs the legal site Balls and Strikes, breaks down how these justices are leaning on certain issues and what we might expect from them on important cases coming up.


And in headlines: the Justice Department seized approximately $6 million in ransomware payments, Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega is on track to win a fourth consecutive term in office, and the House committee investigating the January 6th riot issued new subpoenas for six of Trump's close allies.


Show Notes:

Balls and Strikes – https://ballsandstrikes.org/

Jay Willis: “Who Is the Worst Supreme Court Justice of All Time?” – https://bit.ly/3obh4Ej


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

Nov 09, 2021
Vaccines, Family Style with Dr. Abdul El-Sayed
00:24:23

The Biden administration set a January 4th deadline for companies with 100 or more employees to have their workforce fully vaccinated, or start weekly testing. And this past week, the CDC signed off on Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for children ages 5-11. That means an estimated 28 million kids are eligible. Epidemiologist and host of “America Dissected,” Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, joins us to unpack the latest news.


And in headlines: a nearly all-white jury has been selected for the trial over Ahmaud Arbery’s murder, over 40 countries pledged to phase out the use of coal at the COP26 summit, and the Justice Department filed a lawsuit against Texas for a restrictive voting law.


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

Nov 05, 2021
Voters Reject Police Overhaul In Minneapolis
00:19:16

We discuss more election results and analyze where Democrats and progressives stand now. Some highlights include Michelle Wu becoming the first woman and first person of color as Boston’s mayor. Some lowlights include Republican businessman Glenn Youngkin defeating Democrat Terry McAuliffe for Virginia’s next governor. 


Voters in Minneapolis also rejected a proposal that would have replaced the city's police department with a Department of Public Safety. Minister JaNaé Bates from the Yes 4 Minneapolis campaign, which put the proposal on the ballot, joins us to discuss the amendment and where activists go from here.


And in headlines: Ethiopia’s ruling government declared a state of emergency, the Supreme Court heard arguments in what could be its first decision on the Second Amendment in more than a decade, and scientists say California condors can reproduce without mating.


Show Notes:

MPR: “Minneapolis voters reject plan to overhaul city policing” – https://bit.ly/2ZSGnCv

Austin American-Statesman: “Austin voters overwhelmingly reject Prop A police staffing plan” – https://bit.ly/3mHswbi

Cleveland 19: “Police oversight ballot measure approved; union promises to fight it” – https://bit.ly/3mHVNTj


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

Nov 04, 2021
Local Elections That Impact Criminal Justice
00:18:44

Election day has come and gone with several important contests on the line. In New York, Eric Adams triumphed to become the city’s next mayor. And in Minneapolis, voters struck down a ballot measure that would’ve transformed the city’s police department.


We also explain that there are a number of elected positions that have an enormous impact on your local community. We focus on three of them, in particular, and how they influence the criminal justice system.


And in headlines: the CDC approved Pfizer’s vaccine for kids 5-11, world leaders made pledges on methane emissions and deforestation at the UN Climate Summit, and Congressional Democrats are inching towards finalizing their social safety net plan.


Show Notes:

Vote Save America – https://votesaveamerica.com/be-a-voter/

Ballotpedia – https://ballotpedia.org/Sample_Ballot_Lookup

Vote 411 – https://www.vote411.org/


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

Nov 03, 2021
The Stakes Of Election Day 2021
00:21:48

It’s election day, again! We are following major gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey, mayoral contests in Cleveland, Buffalo, Atlanta and Boston, as well as ballot measures, city council, and more. Amanda Litman, co-founder and co-executive director of Run for Something, joins us to break everything down.


And in headlines: the COP26 UN Climate Conference began in Glasgow, Scotland, the Supreme Court heard challenges to the Texas abortion law, and COVID-19 has now killed more than five million people around the world.


Show Notes:

Run For Something – https://runforsomething.net/run/candidate-support-system/

Vote Save America – https://votesaveamerica.com/be-a-voter/


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

Nov 02, 2021
Hasta Barista Baby
00:19:20

President Biden and other leaders formally endorsed a new global corporate minimum tax at the G20 Summit in Rome. Under this agreement, corporations trying to avoid taxes by moving their profits to low-tax countries will now be forced to pay the difference. The world leaders also made several pledges on the environment ahead of a UN Climate Summit that began in Scotland.


Employees at several Starbucks stores in the Buffalo area of New York have been looking to unionize, and the National Labor Relations Board last week gave them the go-ahead to hold elections. If they vote “yes,” it would be a first for the company and could lead to a broader push around the country. 


And in headlines: the FDA authorized Pfizer-BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine for children 5-11, American Airlines canceled over 1,800 flights this past the weekend, and The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inducted Carole King, Jay Z and more.


Show Notes:

The Buffalo News: “Buffalo Starbucks workers get ready to vote on union” – https://bit.ly/3myqtpK


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

Nov 01, 2021
Let's Make A Democratic Spending Deal
00:23:27

After weeks of negotiations, President Biden announced his revamped Build Back Better plan, which includes approximately $1.85 trillion of investments to fight climate change, expand health care, create jobs and more. This plan was originally much much bigger but two Democratic senators, Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema, are the reasons Dems had to abandon some of the bigger provisions.


And in headlines: big oil CEOs testified before Congress, the DOJ will pay $88 million to the victims’ families of the 2015 massacre at a Black church in Charleston, South Carolina, and a new criminal complaint alleges former NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo of forcibly touching a female staff member.


Show Notes:

NY Times: “The World ‘Has Found a Way to Do This’: The U.S. Lags on Paid Leave” – https://nyti.ms/3mmRzA5


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

Oct 29, 2021
Understanding The Coup In Sudan with Nima Elbagir
00:19:13

Sudan is in the grips of a coup after the military seized control of the country, and in the past several days, thousands of protesters have taken to the streets. Nima Elbagir, CNN’s senior international correspondent, joins us to discuss the news.


And in headlines: investigators are still piecing together why a prop gun killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the movie “Rust,” America issued its first-ever passport with a nonbinary gender marker, and a U.S. military official said China was "very close" to a Sputnik moment because of a recent missile test.


Show Notes:

CNN: “The military has taken over in Sudan. Here's what happened” – https://cnn.it/3vMFfMI


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

Oct 28, 2021
Facing The Facebook Papers with Mike Isaac
00:20:19

Facebook is in the crosshairs after a drumbeat of stories over the last few weeks all stemming from a set of documents called the Facebook Papers. Some of those documents detailed how the company prioritized engagement over user safety, and described its failure to moderate hate speech and misinformation across the world. We spoke to Mike Isaac, a tech correspondent at the New York Times who has been wading through all of this. 


And in headlines: cyclones drenched the East and West Coasts, Congressional Democrats rushed to finalize the details of the climate and social policy bill, and Disneyland raised its prices this week.


Show Notes:

NYT: Mike Isaac – https://www.nytimes.com/by/mike-isaac


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

Oct 27, 2021
The Future Of Policing In Minneapolis
00:17:05

Minneapolis residents are voting on a ballot measure, Question 2. If it passes, the city’s police department would be replaced with a Department of Public Safety. But despite what some fear-mongers say, this would not actually replace the police and the police are not being defunded.

An FDA advisory committee is expected to meet today to discuss Pfizer/BioNTech’s authorization request for a lower dose of its vaccine designed for children 5-11. Children in a trial got two doses of the vaccine, each dose one-third the strength of what adults get.

And in headlines: the military staged a coup in Sudan, students at Howard University are protesting the school’s housing conditions, and a federal civil rights trial began against the white supremacists who helped plan a 2017 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.


Show Notes:

Ballotpedia: “Minneapolis, Minnesota, Question 2, Replace Police Department with Department of Public Safety Initiative” – https://bit.ly/3pCbXiJ


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

Oct 26, 2021
A Tragic Shooting On The Set Of 'Rust'
00:19:43

Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed in an incident last week involving a prop gun fired on the set of the film, “Rust.” It is unclear at the moment whether there will be any criminal charges stemming from this incident, but given reports of negligence, cutting corners, and lax safety standards, there will certainly be civil suits.

Organizers at an Amazon facility in Staten Island plan to file for a union election today. Christian Smalls was fired after he organized a protest about safety conditions when he worked at the facility. Small is now the president of an independent group, the Amazon Labor Union, and joins us to discuss the news.

And in headlines: “The Facebook Papers” revealed the degree to which Facebook employees knew of extremists on the site who were polarizing people, U.S. Border Patrol recorded the highest number of arrests ever at the Southern border, and researchers in Africa are attempting to reverse engineer the Moderna vaccine.


Show Notes:

NY Times: “Amazon Workers on Staten Island Aim for Union Vote” – https://nyti.ms/3B98QB5

NY Times: “The Amazon That Customers Don’t See” – https://nyti.ms/3vGGeOy


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

Oct 25, 2021
What A Day (trailer)
00:01:09

Join hosts Gideon Resnick, Josie Duffy Rice, Tre’vell Anderson, and Priyanka Aribindi each morning as they 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.

What A Day is available Monday through Friday starting at 5 a.m. EST, so you’ll always be caught up on everything from impeachment hearings to the creepy “Cats” trailer, and all the harrowing and hopeful news in between.


Follow Gideon: twitter.com/GideonResnick

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Oct 23, 2021
Your Booster Questions Answered with Dr. Abdul el-Sayed
00:22:43

The CDC recommended boosters for certain people who got the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. That means as soon as today, almost 100 millions of people can sign up for a booster in the U.S. Dr. Abdul el-Sayed, epidemiologist and host of Crooked’s “America Dissected” joins us to answer all of our questions.

And in headlines: kidnappers in Haiti threatened to kill the 17 missionaries they’re holding hostage, Moscow announced a 10-day lockdown to curb COVID cases, and federal officials report that climate change is a growing national security threat.


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

Oct 22, 2021
How Chappelle Fueled A Netflix Walkout
00:18:59

People gathered in solidarity with trans Netflix employees and their allies who held a walkout, yesterday, in protest of the streaming service’s endorsing and platforming of Dave Chappelle’s transphobia. We hear from B. Pagels-Minor, a now-former Netflix employee who was fired for allegedly leaking confidential information to the press, which they deny doing.  

And in headlines: the man responsible for the 2018 high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, pleaded guilty, the Biden administration laid out plans to vaccinate children aged 5-11, and Facebook plans to rebrand and change the company’s name.


Show Notes:

The 19th: “Netflix employees and their allies walk out over company’s handling of anti-trans Chappelle special” – https://bit.ly/3vxtn1d


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

Oct 21, 2021
Striketober Fest
00:23:28

Thousands of John Deere workers are on strike after the company and the United Automobile Workers union failed to negotiate a new contract. Jonah Furman, a staff writer and organizer with Labor Notes, joins us to discuss what led to the Deere strike and the national movement by workers demonstrating for better pay and rights.

And in headlines: the Haitian gang that abducted 17 people has asked for $1 million per person in ransom, Brazil’s Senate calls for homicide charges against President Jair Bolsonaro for his handling of COVID-19, and the January 6th House commission holds Steve Bannon in criminal contempt.


Show Notes:

Jonah Furman’s Substack, “Who Gets The Bird?” – https://whogetsthebird.substack.com/

Labor Notes – https://labornotes.org/

A More Perfect Union on Deere strike – https://twitter.com/MorePerfectUS/status/1450093618962878467


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

Oct 20, 2021
SCOTUS Stands Up For Qualified Immunity
00:22:46

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of police officers in two cases dealing with qualified immunity. Both decisions were unsigned, and none of the justices dissented – a possible indication that they are sadly not planning on overturning qualified immunity entirely any time soon.

Boston is poised to elect its first woman of color as mayor, and the election is just two weeks away. We talked with candidate Michelle Wu.

And in headlines: former Secretary of State Colin Powell passed away yesterday, the Biden administration is tackling ‘forever chemicals,’ and the union for Chicago Police Officers is fighting the city’s vaccine mandate.


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

Oct 19, 2021
Ahmaud Arbery Murder Trial Begins
00:19:41

The leadership of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees announced a tentative agreement for a new contract between the TV and film crew members it represents, and Hollywood producers. In the short term, this deal prevents a strike that would have begun today. 

In February 2020, Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed Black man, was on a run in Brunswick, GA, when three white men chased him down in pickup trucks and fired a shotgun at him three times, killing him. The trial for the men accused of killing Arbery begins today, almost 19 months after he was killed.

And in headlines: seventeen Christian Aid missionaries were taken hostage in Haiti, an FDA panel unanimously recommends J&J Covid booster shots, and Sen. Joe Manchin opposes Biden's clean energy program.


Show Notes:

IATSE: “Landmark tentative agreement reached for IATSE West Coast Film and Television Workers before Strike Deadline” – https://bit.ly/3pfTDfc

Variety: “IATSE Deal Could Be Rejected by Members: ‘Our Leadership Let Us Down’” – https://bit.ly/3ALxNCl

Deadline: (2018) “Popular Vote Shows New IATSE Contract Is Not So Popular” – https://bit.ly/3aSDUu1


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

Oct 18, 2021
What The Virginia Governor's Race Means For Democrats
00:20:18

The January 6th commission plans to hold Steve Bannon in criminal contempt for refusing to comply with the committee. Meanwhile, Trump’s lawyers are advising all administration officials who have been subpoenaed to not comply while Trump, himself, fights with the Biden White House over the release of documents related to the event.

The midterms aren’t until next year, but there is still a big race to watch – the fight to be Virginia’s next Governor. Crooked Media’s political director Shaniqua McClendon joins us to share everything we need to know about the highly important gubernatorial race that is currently underway.

And in headlines: street clashes in Lebanon leave several dead and dozens injured, an FDA advisory panel recommended that the agency authorize a booster dose of Moderna’s COVID vaccine, and LinkedIn will leave China later this year.


Show Notes:

Vote Save America: Virginia – https://votesaveamerica.com/state/virginia/


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

Oct 15, 2021
The Ol' Ball And Supply Chain
00:16:28

President Biden addressed the ongoing supply chain problems that are jacking up prices for consumers and slowing economic recovery, and said that the Port of Los Angeles will begin operating 24/7. Shippers including FedEx and UPS also said that they would commit to shipping more packages during off-peak hours. 

It’s a big week for booster shots. Today, the FDA authorization committee will discuss a potential third dose of Moderna’s vaccine, and on Friday, it will look at a possible booster J&J’s. The FDA will also turn its attention to the safety of mixing and matching different vaccines, which could make the whole booster process a lot easier if it’s approved. 

And in headlines: Social Security recipients will get a boost to their checks by 5.9 percent in 2022, the U.S. will open its borders to Canadian and Mexican travelers next month, and trans workers at Netflix will stage a walkout to protest statements made by the company’s CEO.


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

Oct 14, 2021
A Judge Illegally Jailed Black Children In Tennessee
00:26:46

For more than a decade, officials in Rutherford County, Tennessee, were arresting kids en masse and placing them in juvenile detention. In this county, children were going to jail over tiny – or even non-existent – infractions. ProPublica and Nashville Public Radio reported this story and Meribah Knight, the lead author, joins us to unpack who allowed this to go on for so long. 

And in headlines: Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden resigned, Texas Governor Greg Abbott banned any entity in the state from mandating the COVID vaccine, and the NBA’s Kyrie Irving will not play in any games for the Brooklyn Nets until he's vaccinated.


Show Notes:

ProPublica: “Black Children Were Jailed for a Crime That Doesn’t Exist. Almost Nothing Happened to the Adults in Charge” – https://bit.ly/3v7F4vd


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

Oct 13, 2021
544 Days In An Iranian Prison with Jason Rezaian
00:21:04

In July of 2014, Iranian-American journalist Jason Rezaian and his wife were accused of being spies by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and were arrested. Jason was held captive for 544 days, and he’s the host of Crooked Media’s podcast, “544 Days.” He joins us to discuss his experience in captivity. 

And in headlines: Merck asked the FDA for emergency use authorization of its experimental COVID-19 pill, Southwest Airlines cancelled thousands of flights since last weekend, and DC Comics announced that the new Superman is bisexual.


Show Notes:

Listen to “544 Days,” only on Spotify – https://spoti.fi/3v2QX5r


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

Oct 12, 2021
Votes Against Gun Violence with Shannon Watts
00:19:05

Guns were involved in three out of every four homicides in 2020, and 2021 is shaping up to be deadly, too. According to the Gun Violence Archive, from January 1st to September 15th of this year, more than 14,000 people died from gun violence in the U.S. Moms Demand Action founder, Shannon Watts, joined us to discuss Demand a Seat. It's a program that recruits gun violence survivors and activists to run for elected office and become more engaged in our politics.

And in headlines: Texas’s restrictive anti-abortion law is back in effect, Iraqis voted in parliamentary elections, and Moderna has been supplying their shots almost exclusively to the world’s wealthiest countries.


Show Notes:

Moms Demand Action: Demand A Seat – https://www.everytown.org/demand-a-seat/


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

Oct 11, 2021
Women Soccer Players Fight Against Abuse
00:23:48

Players across the National Women’s Soccer League have recently gone public with stories of verbal, emotional, and sexual abuse and harassment. Following these reports of abuse, the league cancelled all five games scheduled for last weekend. And when games resumed on Wednesday, the saga culminated with dramatic moments of silent protests at all league matches. Meg Linehan, who covers the world of women’s soccer for The Athletic, joins us to discuss the developing story. 

And in headlines: the Senate voted to raise the country’s debt ceiling for now, Pfizer-BioNTech asked the FDA to authorize its vaccine for emergency use in kids 5-11, and Biden signs an executive order today to protect national monuments shrunk in size by Trump.


Show Notes:

The Athletic: “‘This guy has a pattern’: Amid institutional failure, former NWSL players accuse prominent coach of sexual coercion” – https://bit.ly/3oJ5TVs

The Athletic’s Meg Linehan – https://twitter.com/itsmeglinehan


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

Oct 08, 2021
Small Step For Big Student Loans
00:19:43

The Biden administration announced it will overhaul the student loan forgiveness program for public service employees. It was supposed to forgive certain federal loans of people who worked in the public sector or at non-profit jobs for at least 10 years, but about 98 percent of those who applied were denied. The change will help over a half-million borrowers.

Work at all of the Kellogg Company’s U.S. cereal plants came to a halt. As of Tuesday, 1,400 workers across the country went on strike. Workers want better health care, holiday and vacation pay, and more. Before you panic shop, it is not immediately clear how much the supply of Frosted Flakes will be disrupted.

And in headlines: a federal judge blocked the enforcement of Texas’s restrictive anti-abortion law, Mitch McConnell offered to suspend the country’s debt ceiling through December, and the New York Public Library announced no more late fees for overdue material.


Show Notes:

NY Times: “A Guide to Big Changes for Public Service Loan Forgiveness” – https://nyti.ms/3BeWyrI

Vice: “‘People Work 100 Days Straight’: Kellogg’s Workers Shut Down Cereal Factories” – https://bit.ly/3uOA2Ue

The Guardian: “Wave of US labor unrest could see tens of thousands on strike within weeks” – https://bit.ly/3AnCdPz

Jonah Furman from Labor Notes – https://whogetsthebird.substack.com/p/weekly40

Oct 07, 2021
Ernest Johnson And The State Of The Death Penalty
00:26:07

Ernest Johnson was executed in Missouri, yesterday. Johnson had been on death row for over 25 years after being convicted of the 1994 murder of three people. However, pleas for clemency from his supporters, including Pope Francis, intensified recently, saying Johnson’s intellectual disabilities made the execution unconstitutional and immoral.

The FDA’s advisory committee will be considering more booster shots, next week, as well as Pfizer vaccines for young children. Also, the drug company Merck said that its pill to treat COVID-19 reduced the risk of hospitalization among high risk people by 50 percent in a clinical trial. 

And in headlines: a report found the French Catholic Church abused more than 200,000 minors over the last 70 years, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen testified before the Senate, and a Russian film crew arrived at the International Space Station to make history.


Show Notes:

NY Times: “Missouri Executes Death Row Prisoner Despite Pleas From Pope and Others” – https://nyti.ms/3msq0nV

Bloomberg: “Everything You Need to Know About Merck’s Game-Changing Covid Pill” – https://bloom.bg/3mvGADg

NY Times: “Who Is the Bad Art Friend?” – https://nyti.ms/2WJQ6tM


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

Oct 06, 2021
Facebook's Status: It's Complicated
00:21:09

Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram were offline for six hours yesterday in what’s been called the most sustained and the largest outage for the company in recent memory. It came a day after CBS aired an interview with a Facebook whistleblower, and on the same day the company filed a dismissal in an anti-trust lawsuit by the federal government.

The latest Supreme Court term began, yesterday, and there is a lot to keep our eyes on with the current 6-3 conservative majority. The court is going to hear arguably the most important 2nd Amendment case since at least 2008, possibly the most impactful reproductive health ruling in decades, and more.

And in headlines: union members of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees voted to authorize a strike, Senate Republicans vow to not raise the country’s debt ceiling, and Clint Eastwood won a $6.1 million lawsuit against a CBD company.


Show Notes:

Washington Post: “Facebook apps coming back online after widespread outage” – https://wapo.st/3BcQ3Wu

Wall Street Journal: “​​The Facebook Whistleblower, Frances Haugen, Says She Wants to Fix the Company, Not Harm It” – https://on.wsj.com/3AcO8zE

Balls and Strikes – https://ballsandstrikes.org/


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

Oct 05, 2021
Mandela Barnes Wants To Be Wisconsin's Next Senator
00:19:55

Wisconsin's 34-year-old Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes is one of the many Democrats running to beat Republican U.S. Senator Ron Johnson. Johnson's seat has been seen as one of the most likely to flip to Democratic hands next year. We interviewed Barnes about entering the primary with statewide name recognition and his overt effort to be the staunch progressive in next year's race.

And in headlines: a 126,000 gallon oil spill hits the Southern California shores, a historically Black beach in L.A. is returned to its founders' descendants, and Ozy Media is shutting down.


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

Oct 04, 2021
Did IATSE That Coming
00:22:58

Congress approved a short-term spending bill to keep the government open until early December, but Democrats are still scrambling to strike deals on social policies and infrastructure.

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE), the union representing thousands of workers in the entertainment industry, has been at a months-long impasse in contract negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers over issues like more time for rest and better wages. Today, union members begin to vote on strike authorization.

And in headlines: the Department of Homeland Security issued new guidelines regarding immigrants who are undocumented, Facebook’s head of safety testified at a Senate hearing, and Shakira and her son were overrun by two wild hogs.


Show Notes:

KTVO: “UAW members gear up for strike amid contract negotiations with John Deere” – https://bit.ly/3utpMjV

Vote in Fat Bear Week – https://explore.org/fat-bear-week


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

Oct 01, 2021
Britney Spears Wins In Court
00:20:03

Britney Spears' father has been suspended as conservator of her estate. Her lawyer requested that a separate hearing be set in 30 to 45 days, and #FreeBritney activists hope Spears will be free by her 40th birthday.

Members of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, the union that represents all kinds of people behind the scenes on TV and movie sets, will begin voting on a strike authorization tomorrow. The union and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have been negotiating a new contract for the last four months. 

And in headlines: YouTube cracks down on the spread of vaccine misinformation, the U.S. government declared 22 animals and one plant extinct, and the NBA says players who miss games for not complying with vaccine mandates will not be paid for missed time.


Show Notes:

LA Times: “Hollywood union calls for strike authorization vote by crew workers” – https://lat.ms/3m5wLMi

Statement: IATSE President Calls on Members to Authorize Strike – https://bit.ly/3ojVdfN


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

Sep 30, 2021
Dancing On The Debt Ceiling
00:23:47

After Senate Republicans blocked a bill that would have funded the government and raised the debt ceiling, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told Congress it would be catastrophic if lawmakers didn’t raise that ceiling. Additionally, the House is supposed to vote on the infrastructure package tomorrow. Crooked Media’s Editor-in-Chief Brian Beutler joins us to break down all of the Congressional news. 

And in headlines: U.S. defense officials testified before the Senate, Alabama state lawmakers plan to use the state’s COVID relief funds to build new prisons, and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is under scrutiny for her nepotism.


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

Sep 29, 2021
R. Kelly Convicted
00:22:30

After decades of allegations and investigations, a jury convicted R. Kelly, marking the end of a six-week federal trial. He was found guilty of all nine counts that he faced, including charges of sex trafficking and racketeering.

Republicans who claim the 2020 presidential election was stolen suffered a humiliating defeat in Arizona. But instead of admitting they were wrong, the Stop the Steal movement is leaning even more into its false, outrageous, completely-made-up claims that Trump actually won. 

And in headlines: Pfizer tests an oral antiviral drug that could prevent COVID-19 infections, children today will live through three times as many climate disasters as their grandparents, and Facebook delays its plan to launch an Instagram for kids.


Show Notes:

NY Times: “Goldman Sachs, Ozy Media and a $40 Million Conference Call Gone Wrong” – https://nyti.ms/3AZv35a


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

Sep 28, 2021
The Long And Short Of Long COVID with Dr. Ashish Jha
00:22:07

As many as one in five people who became ill with COVID-19 have reportedly developed long-term symptoms that last well after they’ve recovered from the initial infection. Informally called “Long COVID,” the condition is associated with chronic fatigue, brain fogginess, headaches, and more. We interview Dr. Ashish Jha from the Brown School of Public Health, who’s launched a new study to look at Long COVID’s effects on people, health care, workplaces and more.

And in headlines: Germany holds a parliamentary election, the World Health Organization resuscitates the investigation into COVID-19’s origins, and Biden gets an even bigger victory margin in Arizona’s GOP-led 2020 election audit.


Show Notes:

Brown School of Public Health: “Global Epidemics: Long COVID” – https://bit.ly/3ibhiJl


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

Sep 27, 2021
What Have You Got To Boost? with Dr. Abdul El-Sayed
00:22:26

A CDC advisory board unanimously said that people 65 and older should be allowed to receive a booster shot of the Pfizer-BiONTech COVID vaccine. It also agreed that younger people who might be at high-risk could get a booster as well, but NOT those who are at high risk of being exposed to COVID at their jobs. Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, epidemiologist and the host of America Dissected, joins us to breakdown vaccine news. 

And in headlines: the U.S. special envoy to Haiti resigns, New York City lawmakers move to protect and establish rights for delivery workers, and the White House prepares for a government shutdown.


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

Sep 24, 2021
Missing Women In America
00:23:02

In addition to Gabrielle Petito’s tragic murder, we discuss the horrific rates of people of color who’ve gone missing in America. For example in Wyoming, where Petito’s body was found, 710 Indigenous people went missing between 2011 and 2020, and over half of them were women. 

In COVID news, President Biden pledged to donate 500 million vaccine doses to lower income countries. The FDA also authorized a Pfizer-BioNTech booster vaccine for people 65 and older and for those at risk of severe disease.  

And in headlines: nearly 1,000 Haitian migrants in Del Rio, TX, were released into the United States, bipartisan Congressional negotiations on a sweeping police reform bill broke down, and Trump filed a lawsuit against his niece and reporters at The New York Times.


Show Notes:

Wyoming Department of Victim Services: “Missing and Murdered Indigenous People” – https://wysac.uwyo.edu/wysac/reports/View/7713

Associated Press: “#NotInvisible: Why are Native American women vanishing?” – https://bit.ly/3i0H5UB

NPR: “With A Spotlight On Gabby Petito, The Parents Of 2 Missing Black Men Call For Action” – https://n.pr/3zCPt2y

Black and Missing – https://blackandmissinginc.com/

NY Times: “Pressure Grows on U.S. Companies to Share Covid Vaccine Technology” – https://nyti.ms/39rlGzn


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

Sep 23, 2021
A Historic Strike Ends At Nabisco
00:22:24

In defiance of Texas’ new abortion law, one doctor in the state claimed he performed an abortion. On Monday, two men, neither of whom are in Texas, filed the first lawsuits under the law against that doctor.

More than 1,000 Nabisco employees across five states will begin to return to work following a weeks-long strike. It was the first strike at the company in something like 52 years. 

And in headlines: President Biden delivered his first address to the UN, the Biden administration continues to face backlash for its treatment of Haitian migrants on the southern border, and Instacart workers ask customers to delete the app.


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

Sep 22, 2021
Immigration Reform Can't Wait with Denea Joseph
00:20:28

The Senate’s parliamentarian said that Democrats could not use the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill to create a pathway to citizenship for the millions of undocumented people in the U.S. At the same time, over 14,000 Haitian migrants began to arrive at the Texas-Mexico border in recent days in order to seek asylum. Several hundreds of them have been deported back to Haiti, using a pandemic-related policy adopted by the Trump administration. Denea Joseph, an undocumented DACA recipient and national immigrant rights activist, joins us to discuss the latest immigration news.

And in headlines: the Biden administration eases travel restrictions on fully vaccinated foreign nationals flying to the U.S., the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine provokes a strong immune response in children 5 to 11 years old, and Russia recently held a national election and Putin is still the President.


Show Notes:

Al Jazeera: “Border Patrol Use Whips And Horses To Chase Asylum Seekers” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5TFycl444U

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

Sep 21, 2021
Deteriorating Conditions At Rikers Island
00:25:29

An FDA panel, last week, unanimously approved a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech covid vaccine for people 65 and older, and anyone at risk of severe illness. The full FDA will likely make a formal decision on boosters based on that advisory panel’s recommendations in the coming days, followed by a CDC meeting to decide who should be getting them. 

Rikers is the main jail in New York City and the second biggest jail in America. It has always been known as an especially brutal place, but since the start of the pandemic, lawyers and public officials say conditions are now the worst the jail has seen in its 90 year history.

And in headlines: U.S. officials began deporting hundreds of Haitians who arrived at the Texas-Mexico border, the White House is trying to set up a call between Biden and Macron to smooth things over, and the Pentagon admitted that a drone strike in Kabul was a, “tragic mistake.”


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

Sep 20, 2021
Police Reform And Accountability In Minneapolis
00:21:31

Former Minneapolis police officer and convicted murderer Derek Chauvin pleaded not guilty to not one but TWO federal indictments this week in two separate instances of extreme police brutality. He’s currently serving a 22.5 year sentence at a maximum security prison outside of Minneapolis. And starting today, Minneapolis voters will decide on a measure that could reform the make-up and mission of the local police department.

Today, U.S. officials take a shot at maybe approving a booster of one of the COVID-19 vaccines. An FDA advisory committee has a hearing scheduled about the need for a third shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, and it is expected to vote today.

And in headlines: health care is rationed throughout Idaho, California wildfires threaten some of the biggest trees on Earth, and France called out a new security alliance between the U.S., the U.K., and Australia.

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

Sep 17, 2021
This Is Your Brain On Instagram
00:21:19

Voters in California appeared to send the message to Governor Gavin Newsom that his coronavirus policies were the right way to go after saving him from a recall. The vote also sends a pretty strong political message to Democrats around the country about the pressures they might face for their own pandemic measures. Additionally, President Biden met with top executives of companies that supported his administration’s vaccination mandate plan.

For the past three years, Facebook has been conducting studies into how Instagram affects its millions of young users. According to the Wall Street Journal, those studies say the app is harmful for a sizable chunk of them, especially teen girls.

And in headlines: Olympic gymnasts testified before the Senate, the Justice Department filed an emergency motion to stop the enforcement of Texas's new controversial abortion law, and cultural icon RuPaul now has a shiny little bug named after him.


Show Notes:

Bloomberg: “U.S. Covid Vaccinations Slide Again Ahead of Biden Mandates” – https://bloom.bg/3EmB8Lj

Wall Street Journal: “The Facebook Files” – https://on.wsj.com/3lvgTm4


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

Sep 16, 2021
India Walton On The Race To Lead Buffalo
00:23:00

India Walton, the Democratic nominee for mayor of Buffalo, New York, is poised to win this November. Walton would be the first woman to ever lead the second largest city in the state, and the first self-identified socialist to lead a major American city in over 50 years. She joins us to kick off a new series of conversations that highlight candidates running in local and state elections and primaries across the country.

And in headlines: Hurricane Nicholas made landfall near Houston, the Census Bureau reported U.S. poverty fell in 2020, and Senate Democrats reached an agreement on a voting rights bill.


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

Sep 15, 2021
Last Call For California's Recall
00:23:24

The California recall election of Governor Gavin Newsom wraps up today. Newsom campaigned with President Biden, yesterday, and if he is booted from the Governor’s mansion, polls show he is most likely to be replaced with conservative talk show host Larry Elder. KQED’s political correspondent Marisa Lagos joins us to get a status report on where things stand.

And in headlines: one million Afghan children are at risk of starvation and death, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken testified before Congress about the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the first trial associated with the Varsity Blues scandal kicked off.


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

Sep 14, 2021
America's Forever Wars With Spencer Ackerman
00:24:07

This past weekend marked the 20th anniversary of 9/11, and beyond the typical yearly commemoration, the FBI released a newly declassified document detailing contacts that two hijackers had with Saudi associates in the U.S. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Spencer Ackerman, joins us to discuss the history of 9/11, the war on terror, and the latest developments in Afghanistan.

And in headlines: Iran reached an agreement with the UN’s nuclear watchdog, people who are not fully vaccinated are eleven times more likely to die of COVID-19 than those who are fully vaccinated, and Democratic lawmakers still can’t agree on a price tag for their spending plan.


Show Notes:

NYT: “In U.S. Drone Strike, Evidence Suggests No ISIS Bomb” – https://nyti.ms/3E97iK1

Forever Wars Substack – https://foreverwars.substack.com/


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

Sep 13, 2021
Anti-Muslim Bias After 9/11 with Shahana Hanif
00:20:22

Tomorrow marks 20 years since 9/11. The terrorist attack caused a ripple effect that has influenced many parts of American history and culture, but it also fueled a rise in Islamophobia. We hear from Shahana Hanif how two decades of anti-Muslim bias has hurt and transformed the lives of American Muslims. When the attack happened, Hanif was a 10-year-old growing up in Brooklyn. Today, she lives in Brooklyn and is running for New York City Council, where she is likely to become the first Muslim woman ever to serve.

And in headlines: the Justice Department sues Texas over its anti-abortion law, Biden mandates vaccines for all federal government employees and contractors, and Facebook and Ray-Ban team up to make high-tech glasses.


Show Notes:

AP: “Two Decades After 9/11, Muslim Americans Still Fighting Bias” – https://bit.ly/3hjRdHI


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

Sep 10, 2021
Bring It On Holmes
00:21:44

Yesterday marked the beginning of the federal criminal trial of Elizabeth Holmes, the founder of the blood-testing startup Theranos. She and her former boyfriend Sunny Balwani were charged with about a dozen counts that include wire fraud for lying to investors as well as patients about what Theranos technology could actually do. 

The weekly pediatric coronavirus cases in the U.S. surpassed 250,000 this week for the first time since the pandemic began. The uptick in young people testing positive comes during Back to School week for many, and that is NOT a good sign.

And in headlines: the Biden administration announced its plan to expand the use of solar energy, LAPD officers have been instructed to record the social media information of any civilian they stop, and Starbucks is reportedly trying to stop a unionization effort.


Show Notes:

Wall Street Journal: “Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes’s Trial: Prosecutors Must Show Intent” – https://on.wsj.com/3toFZqh

Politico: “Get vaccinated or else: Colleges roll out new punishments for holdouts” – https://politi.co/3toVvSY

See Steve from Blue’s Clues’s heart-felt message for the show’s 25th anniversary – https://bit.ly/3l4pjjX


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

Sep 09, 2021
The Lone Star State Of Emergency
00:22:19

A law that effectively banned abortions in Texas after the sixth week of pregnancy with no exceptions for rape or incest took effect last Wednesday after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to block it. We spoke to Leah Litman, an assistant professor of law at the University of Michigan and cohost of the podcast “Strict Scrutiny,” to get a better understanding of how the law was designed.

Also in Texas, Governor Greg Abbott signed a voting restriction bill, yesterday, that bans 24-hour voting and drive-through voting, institutes onerous vote-by-mail ID mandates, and more.

And in headlines: the Taliban announced the formation of its interim government in Afghanistan, President Biden visited New Jersey and New York to survey the damage caused by Ida, federal unemployment benefits expired, former Trump advisor Jason Miller was briefly detained in Brazil, and Jamie Spears filed a petition to end Britney Spears’ conservatorship after 13 years.


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

Sep 08, 2021
Fight Or Flight Attendant with Sara Nelson
00:24:31

The FAA had to investigate more than 600 incidents involving unruly passengers in the first half of 2021, which is already double the number from the previous two years combined. Sara Nelson, international president of the Association of Flight Attendants, joins us to discuss how flight attendants, as front-line workers, are dealing with these people.

And in headlines: over one million people still don’t have power in Louisiana following Hurricane Ida, Texas Republicans passed their restrictive voting bill, the U.S. Forest Service closed every national forest in California because of wildfires, and video game streamer go dark today for #ADayOffTwitch.


Show Notes:

  • NOLA.com: “New Orleans foundation launches fund in response to Hurricane Ida; here's how you can donate” – https://bit.ly/3gReAs2
  • The Verge: “After Weeks of Hate Raids, Twitch Streamers Are Taking a Day Off in Protest” – https://bit.ly/3jsKzAl
  • WAD is taking a long break for the holiday, and we'll be back on Wednesday, September 8th


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

Sep 01, 2021
America's Last Days In Afghanistan with Rep Barbara Lee
00:25:41

After 20 years, the U.S. has pulled out the last of its troops from Afghanistan. We spoke with Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee, who was the only member of Congress to vote against the authorization of use of force that led to U.S. troops being in Afghanistan, to discuss the latest developments.

And in headlines: officials are still assessing the damage of Hurricane Ida, a new Texas law bans abortions as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, the Dept. of Education is investigating five states with bans on mask mandates in schools, and two Michigan parents were ordered to pay nearly $45,000 after throwing away their son's massive pornography collection.


Show Notes:

WSJ: “U.S. Investigates Kabul Airstrike; 10 Afghan Civilians Died, Relatives Say” – https://on.wsj.com/3kF1mzr


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

Aug 31, 2021
Labor And The Pandemic with Mary Kay Henry
00:19:17

A U.S. military drone blew up a vehicle in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday that was filled with explosives and was believed to be a threat to the international airport. This came after a suicide bombing outside of the airport last Thursday killed at least 170 civilians and 13 American military members, and ISIS-K claimed responsibility. 

This past year has been defined by unionizing and organizing efforts across many industries, and the pandemic put a spotlight on worker conditions. Mary Kay Henry, the international president of the Service Employees International Union, joins us to discuss the current state of the American labor movement with Labor Day just ahead. 

And in headlines: Hurricane Ida made landfall yesterday, U.S. military aircrafts began bringing aid into southern Haiti, a Virginia school board was ordered to pay $1.3 million in a transgender student's suit, and controversy surrounds the debut of Kanye West’s new album.


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

Aug 30, 2021
Welcome To The Recall California
00:22:59

California Governor Gavin Newsom is facing a recall election, which could result in getting replaced by a right-wing candidate even if he defeats them by a landslide in vote totals. We spoke with Dan Pfeiffer, a co-host of Pod Save America, about the state of the election, and what voters in California need to know. 

The fallout from the shameful last act of former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has extended to Time’s Up, the organization founded by some of Hollywood’s most powerful women with the aim of supporting victims of sexual harassment and assault. Now, former members of Time’s Up and some sexual abuse victims are criticizing the org, saying that it has strayed away from its mission and failed the women they were supposed to help.

And in headlines: two House members take a secret trip to Kabul, OnlyFans reverses its stance on sexually explicit content, and Tony Hawk wants us to buy his blood.


Show Notes:

  • Since our recording Wednesday night, The Washington Post reports that Time’s Up’s Tina Tchen and Roberta Kaplan had an even greater role in coordinating with Cuomo’s team as far back as December – https://wapo.st/3zou4uI
  • Dan Pfeiffer’s The Message Box: “Why Dems Have to Win the CA Recall” – https://bit.ly/3ygF780
  • U.S. Department of Treasury: “Emergency Rental Assistance Program” – https://bit.ly/3zn8Ddt


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

Aug 26, 2021
The Timeline For Evacuating Afghanistan
00:20:06

The first U.S. troops started leaving Afghanistan, yesterday, as President Biden decided not to extend the timeline for U.S. withdrawal past the original August 31st deadline. The Taliban said yesterday that they would no longer allow Afghans to evacuate, which is a major departure from their previous position.

Full vaccine approval for children younger than 12 might not come until the end of the year, according to some experts, but emergency use authorization could happen faster. We discuss what's holding up the process, plus the timeline for FDA approval of non-Pfizer vaccines.

And in headlines: the House passes the infrastructure bill and spending bill, violent beach cows in Corsica, and Lil Nas X's new job at Taco Bell.


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

Aug 25, 2021
Eyes On The Pfizer
00:21:43

The FDA granted full approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, making it the first vaccine in the country to move beyond the "emergency use authorization" that's been in place for months now. The announcement was followed by a slew of new vaccine mandates for educators, service members, and more.

Republican attacks on voting rights are continuing every day in Texas, North Carolina, and Georgia. We discuss the latest updates in the conservative push to make voting harder, and the racist history of laws that bar people who have been convicted of a felony from casting a ballot.

And in headlines: the Paralympic Games begin in Tokyo, the Cyber Ninjas are taken out in Arizona, and the latest on T. Rex's jaw.


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

Aug 24, 2021
Uncovering The Foes Of The Indian Child Welfare Act with Rebecca Nagle
00:22:22

In the new season of “This Land,” journalist Rebecca Nagle investigates who is attempting to take down a federal law that aims to keep Native American foster and adoptive children with Native American communities, and why.

Nagle joins WAD to explain how all is not what it seems in a court case where a white couple claims that they cannot adopt their foster child, who is of Navajo and Cherokee descent, because of that law.

And in headlines: California’s Prop 22 is ruled unconstitutional, powerful storms deluge Tennessee and the Northeast, and school districts face a bus driver shortage.

Show Notes:

“This Land: Season 2” – https://crooked.com/podcast-series/this-land/


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

Aug 23, 2021
You're Just Going To Have To Antitrust Us
00:21:09

On the same day Facebook announced the launch of “Horizon Workrooms,” a virtual reality app for remote work meetings, the Federal Trade Commission filed an updated antitrust suit against the company. The FTC argues that Facebook tried to maintain a monopoly in the social media sphere through acquisitions of Instagram in 2012 and WhatsApp in 2014, and lessened the ability of contending apps like Vine to compete. Previously, a federal judge said the FTC failed to prove its contention that Facebook holds a monopoly, but with new FTC chair Lina Khan heading the more detailed suit this time around, Facebook may be forced to break up.

House Democrats introduced HR 4, the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, which is expected to be taken up by Congress next week. HR 4 is less sweeping than HR 1, the For the People Act, but contains measures that reinstate oversight powers of the Voting Rights Act, and make it easier for courts and observers to block election law changes. Though HR 4 is more limited, only one Republican in the Senate, Lisa Murkowski, is likely to support it, which means Democrats need nine more Republicans to bypass the filibuster.

And in headlines: Taliban members go door-to-door to hunt U.S. allies, OnlyFans bans sexually explicit videos, and Sha’carri Richardson returns to the track.


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

Aug 20, 2021
The Trial of R. Kelly
00:21:16

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky announced that a vaccine booster plan can begin September 20, but only if the FDA determines that a third shot for those who got Pfizer and Moderna is deemed safe and effective. Federal health officials estimate that vaccine protection against COVID-19 decreases over time, but their effectiveness against severe disease, hospitalization and death remains high. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization criticized the plan, saying it was, “handing out extra life jackets to people who already have life jackets.”

After decades of accusations and investigations, R. Kelly’s first trial started yesterday in Brooklyn’s federal court. He faces multiple charges including racketeering, kidnapping, forced labor, and eight counts of violating the Mann Act. Though he was acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008, the explosive “Surviving R. Kelly” documentary and the #MuteRKelly campaign brought about the current charges, which center around six women who say they were physically abused. This case is expected to last 6 to 8 weeks and, if convicted, legal experts say Kelly would be facing at least 15 years in prison.

And in headlines: protestors in Afghanistan oppose Taliban rule, a Texas school district finds a mask mandate loophole, and T-Mobile gets attacked by hackers.


Show Notes:

CDC: “Considerations for booster doses of COVID-19 vaccines” – https://bit.ly/3k3hdYA


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

Aug 19, 2021
Hit Me with Your Third Shot
00:22:07

The Biden Administration is expected to announce as soon as today that boosters should be in order for most fully vaccinated people who got either the Pfizer or Moderna shots. The recommended third dose should come approximately eight months after the last shot. But those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will have to wait on a possible booster shot until results from a study are released in a few weeks.

The Taliban has started to speak publicly about its plans for Afghanistan, and offered many reassurances that people who formerly assisted the U.S. and NATO, as well as women, will not be targeted. Those promises, however, have been met with skepticism by Afghan civilians as well as other countries.

And in headlines: the legal settlement over the opioid crisis hits a snag, Chris Cuomo finally opens up about his brother, and New Zealand locks down for a single COVID case.


Show Notes:

NYT: Malala, “I Fear for My Afghan Sisters” – https://nyti.ms/3k3pYBJ


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

Aug 18, 2021
What Haiti Needs
00:21:48

After Taliban fighters took control over Afghanistan this weekend, UN Secretary General António Guterres urged all countries to open their doors to Afghan refugees and refrain from deportations. Panicked civilians flooded the airport in Kabul on Monday, some even clinging to a departing U.S. plane, hoping to escape an uncertain future under Taliban rule. President Biden defended the U.S. withdrawal saying it was the right decision to avoid a third decade of war, and blamed Afghanistan’s military and political leaders.

On Saturday, Haiti was hit by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake, causing at least 1,400 deaths. The recovery effort is lagging, however, due to hospitals being overtaxed as well as Tropical Depression Grace, which made landfall in the island country on Monday night. Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world due to its historical colonial oppression, and Prime Minister Ariel Henry was reportedly frustrated at the slow international response to their calls for aid.

And in headlines: the Colorado River faces a water shortage, Oklahoma tribes’ SCOTUS victory may be overturned, and Olivia Rodrigo’s merchandise isn’t so “good 4 u” after all.


Show Notes:

A List of Some Charities Helping Those in Afghanistan – https://twitter.com/crookedmedia/status/1427384439466692619?s=20

A List of Some Charities Helping Those in Haiti – https://bit.ly/3CTkDWl


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

Aug 17, 2021
The Taliban Takes Kabul
00:22:40

The Taliban seized Afghanistan with a takeover of its capital Kabul this past weekend, leading the country’s President Ashraf Ghani and U.S. personnel to flee. Afghan civilians also attempted to leave the country, which led to chaos at the airport in Kabul. We talked about what led to the swift takeover of Afghanistan by Taliban forces with Laurel Miller, director of the International Crisis Group’s Asia Program. Between 2013 and 2017, Miller was the deputy and then-acting Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan at the U.S. State Department.

And Josie Duffy Rice joins as WAD co-host. In headlines: recovery efforts in Haiti after a 7.2 magnitude quake, Canadians face a snap election, and a trio of volcanoes erupt in Alaska.


Show Notes:

Twitter: Laurel Miller – https://twitter.com/LaurelMillerICG


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

Aug 16, 2021
What's The Census In That?
00:23:21

The Taliban has taken over twelve provincial cities in Afghanistan, and U.S. intelligence officials estimate the country's capital Kabul could also fall within a few months. The takeovers have not affected the timeline of withdrawing U.S. troops from the country. 

New Census data shows that diversity has grown quickly in the past decade with the greatest gains seen among people identifying as Hispanic, Asian, or multiracial. We spoke with Yurij Rudensky, redistricting counsel in the Brennan Center's Democracy Program, about how these numbers could be used and potential Republican gerrymandering. 

And in headlines: the country's biggest teacher's union supports requiring vaccinations, blue hydrogen might not be all that clean, and a mayor in Japan bites an athlete's gold medal.


Show Notes:

Brennan Center for Justice: Redistricting – https://bit.ly/3CLp99p


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

Aug 13, 2021
Two Bills With One Vote with Representative Pramila Jayapal
00:20:11

Senators Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema say they might not support a budget bill with a $3.5 trillion price tag, but Democrats in the House won't support the bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure package unless the larger bill passes, too. We spoke with Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal about how House progressives are thinking about these two crucial bills.

America is facing two major heat waves in the Pacific Northwest and in the eastern and central U.S. Abroad, there are wildfires burning in Canada, Russia, Greece, Algeria, Turkey, and Italy, all fueled by extreme heat and dry vegetation, and causing evacuations and mass destruction.

And in headlines: rebel Tigray and Oromo forces announce an alliance against Ethiopia's government, Texas House Democrats may face arrest for their exodus, and NASA's next space suit is delayed.


Show Notes:

NYT: “Hidden Toll of the Northwest Heat Wave: Hundreds of Extra Deaths” – https://nyti.ms/2U8rREe


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

Aug 12, 2021
New York State Of Resign
00:21:40

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his resignation yesterday, one week after New York Attorney General Leticia James’ office released a damning report detailing allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against the governor by 11 women who worked for him. Cuomo's resignation will take effect on August 24th, at which point Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will take over.

The International Panel on Climate Change released a report on Monday presenting clear and unequivocal evidence of the human impact on climate change. We talked to Dr. Kim Cobb, the Director of the Global Change Program at the Georgia Institute of Technology and one of the 200 authors who worked on the report, about the consequences of global warming and what world leaders can do about it.

And in headlines: the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal finally passes in the Senate, Prince Andrew is sued for sexual assault, and hermit crabs are getting horny from plastic pollution.


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

Aug 11, 2021
The Dog Days Of Pandemic Summer with Dr. Abdul El-Sayed
00:24:06

The U.S. is currently seeing over 100,000 new COVID cases each day on average. It’s the highest number since this February, with hospitalizations and deaths up as well. We spoke to epidemiologist and former Detroit health commissioner Dr. Abdul El-Sayed about the state of the pandemic, and whether we should feel like we're moving backwards. We asked him about the return to in-person classes, what we can learn about the Delta variant from its course in other countries, vaccine verification in public spaces, and more.

And in headlines: fires continue to rage on in Greece, Cuomo's top aide resigns, and the future of billboards in space.


Show Notes:

The Guardian op-ed: “America is flying blind when it comes to the Delta variant” – https://bit.ly/3Cvaj6G


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

Aug 10, 2021
The Long View Of The Midterms
00:23:22

Next year's midterm elections will dictate the future of voter rights, reproductive rights, climate change, pandemic recovery, and more. They may seem far off, but we can start getting ready for 2022 now. We spoke with Crooked's political director Shaniqua McClendon about the "No Off Years" campaign, which aims to support local organizers on the ground, register more people, and fight misinformation around the polls.

And in headlines: the Dixie Fire continues to burn in Northern California, the Taliban seizes more regional capitals in Afghanistan, and Larry Page gets residency status in New Zealand.


Show Notes:

No Off Years by Vote Save America – https://votesaveamerica.com/nooffyears/


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

Aug 09, 2021
Biden Goes Electric
00:19:41

President Biden announced his goal to make new vehicles greener in his administration’s first major use of federal regulatory power to cut carbon emissions. Still, some climate advocacy groups say that Biden's executive order doesn’t go far enough compared to the plans of other countries to achieve zero emissions. 

New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo has been given until Friday the 13th to submit evidence in his defense for his impeachment investigation, which began back in March and focused not only on sexual harassment claims but also the handling of data about COVID deaths in nursing homes. We discuss what the impeachment process might look like with Josefa Velasquez, senior reporter at The City.

And in headlines: the Justice Department launches an investigation into Phoenix's police department, wildfires rage in Europe and the U.S., and Ibiza enlists undercover officers to infiltrate illegal dance parties.


Show Notes:

NY Times: “Facing Loss of Supporters, Cuomo Gains Attention From Prosecutors” – https://nyti.ms/3lCKmfs

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

Aug 06, 2021
WHO's Calling The Shots
00:21:44

The World Health Organization called for a moratorium on booster shots until the end of September, right as a number of countries have started or are planning to start booster campaigns amid concerns about the Delta variant of coronavirus. COVAX, the program supported by WHO to distribute donated vaccines to nations in need, is struggling to deliver on its promise.

Mexico has filed a lawsuit against 11 gun manufacturers and suppliers in the U.S., claiming that they knowingly facilitated sales to drug cartels. Mexican officials estimate financial damages could amount up to $10 billion. Experts believe the lawsuit will send a message to the U.S. to take decisive political action on gun control.

And in headlines: Democrats propose a law taxing major polluters, Rihanna is a billionaire, and former President Obama scales back on his 60th birthday bash.


Show Notes:

NY Times: “Where a Vast Global Vaccination Program Went Wrong” – https://nyti.ms/37kTHjD


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

Aug 05, 2021
Life Cuomos At You Fast
00:21:02

A five month investigation into the conduct of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo found evidence of sexual harassment towards 11 current and former employees, and a sexist and hostile workplace. Nancy Pelosi, President Biden, and many more Democrats have called for Cuomo to resign, but so far he has refused.

A National Labor Relations Board officer found that Amazon broke federal labor laws, in part by installing an unmarked USPS mailbox in front of its Bessemer, Alabama, warehouse that created the impression Amazon was conducting the election. If an NLRB official agrees with the findings, that could mean there would be a redo in the vote. We spoke to Stuart Appelbaum, president of the union that's trying to organize the facility, about what comes next.

And in headlines: Capitol police officers receive the Congressional Gold Medal, the CDC announce a new eviction moratorium, and a cat takes the field at Yankee Stadium.


Show Notes:

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Find Rental Assistance Programs – https://bit.ly/3xhrIvS


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

Aug 04, 2021
An Impending Eviction Crisis
00:21:04

Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said that students must be in classrooms this year and that schools should require everyone to mask up, but local districts will ultimately decide on their policies themselves. Some workplaces are moving forward with vaccine and mask mandates, but predominantly among their white-collar employees.

The House failed to pass an extension of the federal eviction moratorium before it ended last weekend, although several states have their own local moratoriums still in place. But millions of Americans could face eviction in the coming months, with an estimated 15 million renters owing a collective $20 billion to landlords in back rent.

And in headlines: the flooding death toll in China rises, Simone Biles makes a comeback, and a MAGA twitter clone has an ISIS problem.

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

Aug 03, 2021
Keeping The DREAM Alive
00:20:29

New GDP numbers released by the Commerce Department show that the size of the economy has risen above pre-pandemic levels, but an increased spread of coronavirus could slow that growth. Relatedly, the federal government announced several plans and ideas to address the vaccination slowdown, including cash incentives and reimbursement for federal employees who get the shot.

Congressional Democrats might include a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers and undocumented essential workers in their party's $3.5 trillion spending bill. The matter is extremely pressing since a federal judge ruled this month that DACA was illegal, and that Biden promised to create a more humane immigration policy while on the campaign trail. We spoke with DACA recipients to get their thoughts on the current situation.

And in headlines: Scarlett Johansson filed a lawsuit against Disney, Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” hit 1 billion views on YouTube, and Sunisa Lee took gold in gymnastics for Team USA.

Plus, it's hard to believe, but it's our last episode with Akilah as a full-time host. We send her off in style.


Show Notes:

Behind-the-scenes of Akilah’s last day at WAD – https://bit.ly/3ic0EcW


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

Jul 30, 2021
On The Ground At Tokyo 2020
00:20:42

This year's Olympics is like no other, taking place in the midst of a pandemic, and in a city under a state of emergency in response to rising COVID-19 cases. We talked to The Washington Post's Ava Wallace about what it's like to report on the games this year, but also, the overall experience for her, for athletes, and for Tokyo residents at-large.

Democratic donor Ed Buck was convicted in federal court on Tuesday in connection with the death-by-overdose of two Black gay men who he injected with methamphetamine. We discuss the significance of the conviction, and what the long road to accountability says about the way our justice system treats Black gay men.

And in headlines: Tunisia’s president seizes judicial power, Activision Blizzard employees stage a walkout, and Hobby Lobby’s $1.6M Gilgamesh tablet is confiscated by the government.


Show Notes:

Washington Post: coverage by Ava Wallace – https://wapo.st/3BUVgmi

Follow Ava Wallace on Twitter – https://twitter.com/AvaRWallace


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

Jul 29, 2021
Recollections Of An Insurrection
00:22:29

The CDC said yesterday that fully vaccinated people should wear masks in indoor public settings in counties where the transmission rate is "substantial" or "high," after new evidence showed that a vaccinated person could transmit the Delta variant of COVID to others. President Biden may also begin requiring federal employees and contractors to be vaccinated or face regular testing.

Four U.S. Capitol police officers testified to a House committee about the violence, racial attacks, and fear for their lives they experienced during the January 6th insurrection. The House panel into the riot will likely hold its next hearing before the end of Congress’s August recess.

Plus, one of What A Day's new co-hosts Priyanka Aribindi joins us for headlines: airports face jet fuel shortages, Simone Biles pulls out of an Olympic event, and the U.S. government sells a rare album once owned by Martin Shkreli.

Show Notes:

CDC: COVID-19 County Data Tracker – https://bit.ly/3zLKDjR


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

Jul 28, 2021
50 First Mandates
00:19:10

Federal public health officials are considering updating mask mandates even for vaccinated Americans as we reach another critical point in the pandemic. 

But some localities are going above and beyond that with vaccine mandates. New York City, for example, will require all city employees to be vaccinated, and California announced a vaccine requirement for all state employees and health care workers, too. Private businesses like United Airlines and Morgan Stanley have also started to mandate vaccination for employees. Then in cities like L.A., San Francisco, and New York, many bars and live events require customers to show proof of vaccination.

And in headlines: Biden formally announces the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq, a tobacco company wants to ban cigarettes, and Kanye will stay in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium until his album is finished.


Show Notes:

NYT: “Where Covid-19 Hospitalizations Are Rising in the U.S.” – https://nyti.ms/3BGSWiS

PC Mag: “How to Carry Your Vaccination Card on Your Phone” – https://bit.ly/3zBB0nY


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

Jul 27, 2021
Ask Delta Questions, Get Delta Answers with Dr. Joshua Sharfstein
00:21:02

The U.S. is at another pivotal point in the pandemic, with loosening restrictions and the rapidly spreading Delta variant leading to a concerning rise in cases, and less than half of the population fully vaccinated. We talked to Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Johns Hopkins University’s Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement, about the current state of the pandemic in the country.

And in headlines: Biden plans to sanction Cuban officials for human rights abuses, Mississippi attempts to overturn Roe v. Wade, and NASA researchers map the inside of Mars.


Show Notes:

Nature: “How the Delta variant achieves its ultrafast spread” – https://go.nature.com/3BHosgO


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

Jul 23, 2021
The Labor Movement Goes PRO
00:20:27

Hundreds of Uber and Lyft drivers went on strike yesterday across nearly a dozen cities in the U.S. to call for the passage of the PRO Act, which would allow employees to unionize and gain greater wage transparency and better benefits. In other labor news, workers at the Frito-Lay plant in Kansas have entered their third week in a strike against poor working conditions.

The #FreeBritney Movement hits Congress as members of the House of Representatives this week proposed the FREE Act, a bipartisan bill that would grant individuals like Britney Spears the right to request for their private guardian or conservator to be replaced.

And in headlines: drug manufacturers reach a $26 billion opioid settlement with state AGs, central China faces extreme flooding, and scientists in the United Arab Emirates electrocute clouds to produce rainstorms.


Show Notes:

LA Times: “Uber and Lyft drivers strike over pay, gig-work conditions” – https://lat.ms/3BuWMf1

New Yorker: “How the Elderly Lose Their Rights” – https://bit.ly/2Us9vOZ


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

Jul 22, 2021
Burn After Heating
00:19:08

Wildfires in the western US and parts of Canada, driven by extreme drought conditions and heat waves, are casting hazy skies across the country. We talked to Brian Kahn, the managing editor of Earther and a lecturer at the Columbia Climate School about how climate change is altering our lives.

Some counties nationwide are recommending that even vaccinated individuals keep their masks on when in indoor public spaces to fight the spread of the Delta variant of coronavirus.

And in headlines: India’s COVID death toll estimated to be over 4 million, the former chair of Trump’s inaugural committee Tom Barrack was arrested for foreign lobbying charges, and Japan loses big on the Olympics.


Show Notes:

The Guardian: “Deadly flooding hits central China, affecting tens of millions” – https://bit.ly/3xWnAlY

Washington Post Op-Ed: “The pandemic has changed course again. The Biden administration urgently needs to do the same” – https://wapo.st/3hV2IpU


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

Jul 21, 2021
How It's Joe-ing Six Months In
00:22:06

Today marks six months since President Biden entered the White House. We talked with Crooked Media’s editor-in-chief and the host of "Rubicon," Brian Beutler, about Biden’s progress on the $600 billion infrastructure bill, the $3.5 trillion Democrat-led budget bill, the COVID response, voting rights, climate change, and more.

And in headlines: the first sentencing for a Capitol rioter, Canada opens its borders to vaccinated Americans, and Ben and Jerry’s stops commercial activities in Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories.


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

Jul 20, 2021
Return Of The Mask
00:17:11

Los Angeles County reimposed mask mandates this weekend for everyone indoors in a public space because the Delta variant is causing cases and hospitalization rates to climb. Last week, the seven-day average of cases in the U.S. went up by almost 70 percent in a single week.

The Biden administration kicked off a public war against social media companies last week regarding their inaction on the spread of COVID misinformation, and Facebook responded with a blog post that accused the White House of "finger pointing."

And in headlines: extreme floods in Germany have left at least 189 people dead, a federal judge in Texas ruled against DACA, and a new report on the reach of Pegasus spyware.


Show Notes:

NYT: “The Pandemic Has a New Epicenter: Indonesia” – https://nyti.ms/3ex2yCU

The Guardian: “Majority of Covid misinformation came from 12 people, report finds” – https://bit.ly/3ksXl2M


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

Jul 19, 2021
Educators On Critical Race Theory
00:26:05

At its heart, critical race theory is the idea of explaining how systemic racism has persisted in our country’s policies and laws throughout its history. But CRT has become a passion project for conservatives across the nation, who have used the term vigorously to rile up their base, and moved to ban it from being discussed in public classrooms, state agencies, and more. We spoke with two educators about the impact that the country-wide politicization of CRT is having on them and on their students. 

Plus, a special announcement from our beloved host Akilah Hughes.


Show Notes:

NBC News: "See which states have passed critical race theory bills" – https://nbcnews.to/3A1wrnY

Chalkbeat op-ed by Valencia Ann Abbott: ”I am a veteran history teacher. Let me teach history” – https://bit.ly/3dmskt3


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

Jul 16, 2021
Back To School with Ed Sec Miguel Cardona
00:21:59

U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona is traveling across the country this week to discuss how schools and community colleges can help students after they lost out on so much due to the pandemic, and to outline applications for the $122 billion in education funding from the American Rescue Plan. We asked Dr. Cardona about that trip, as well as local PPE enforcement, student loans, classroom curriculum, and more.

And in headlines: the arrest of former South African president Jacob Zuma sparked protests, updates on Biden’s $3.5 trillion infrastructure plan, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer proposed federal decriminalization of marijuana.


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

Jul 15, 2021
The Strike At Warrior Met Coal
00:21:56

Miners at Warrior Met Coal in Brookwood, Alabama, have been striking for nearly four months in protest of drastic cutbacks to wages and benefits. It’s one of the largest work-stoppages in the state’s recent history. We hear from Haeden Wright, a United Mine Workers supporter and a miner’s wife, and Kim Kelly, a labor reporter for The Nation magazine, about the current status of the strike and the rising tide of violence and hostility that strikers face.

And in headlines: Biden condemns Republican voter suppression efforts, Tennessee fires its top vaccine official, and officials announce the greatest rise in inflation since 2008.


Show Notes:

The Nation: "Alabama’s Coal Miners Are Striking for Their Lives" – https://bit.ly/3kcb5Pj

Twitter: Kim Kelly – https://twitter.com/GrimKim

Twitter: Haeden Wright – https://twitter.com/HaedenWright


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

Jul 14, 2021
Walkout, Texas Ranger
00:17:27

President Biden’s previous plan to combat crime by tightening the reins on gun sales and empowering the DOJ to target firearm traffickers has got a major update. He suggested states use $350 billion from the COVID relief plan to hire more police officers and strengthen crime prevention programs.

Democratic state representatives from Texas went to Washington D.C. to break quorum and apply more federal pressure to pass voting rights legislation. A great escape like this hasn’t happened since 2003 when Democrats were stopping a redistricting proposal, and it’s unclear how Republicans might retaliate in this current case.

And in headlines: Cubans protest for food and vaccines, England’s Black soccer players face racism, and Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence’s kids are Instagram-official.


Show Notes:

CNN (May 16, 2003): “Fugitive Texas Democrats declare victory” – https://cnn.it/3e8h1EX


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

Jul 13, 2021
Biden Vs. Big Business
00:19:21

President Biden signed an executive order last week aimed at boosting competition between businesses and discouraging monopolies. The order includes 72 initiatives, which will encourage the FTC to reinstate net neutrality rules, require airlines to disclose hidden fees, allow cheaper medications to be imported from Canada, and more.

The CDC issued guidelines for school districts to reopen this fall, while allowing local officials to tighten or loosen restrictions given factors like regional vaccination rates. There is a bump in cases of coronavirus in the U.S. right now, however, driven by pockets with lower vaccination rates.

And in headlines: turmoil in Haiti following the President's assassination, record-high temperatures in the West, and Sir Richard Branson goes to space.


Show Notes:

Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy – https://bit.ly/3yNCc7c


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

Jul 12, 2021
Amount Past Purdue
00:16:33

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma reached a deal where 15 states agreed to drop their opposition to the company's bankruptcy plan in exchange for concessions from the Sackler family. The move has paved the way for the company to settle with plaintiffs, who blame Purdue for its role in the country’s opioid crisis, for roughly $4.5 billion.

The world’s known COVID deaths just passed 4 million by one count, and many countries are still seeing rises in cases and hospitalizations due to the Delta variant and vaccine inequity. Meanwhile in the U.S., White House officials said that nearly 100 percent of recent COVID deaths have been among those who are unvaccinated.

And in headlines: Biden announced an end-date for U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, two Haitian Americans are arrested for the assassination of President Moïse, and Michael Avenatti was sentenced for attempting to extort $20 million from Nike.


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

Jul 09, 2021
The Texas Bad Law Massacre
00:18:56

Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated in his home by a team of mercenaries amid claims by opposition groups that he tried to illegally extend his presidential term by one year. Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph is calling for an international investigation, and Biden promised assistance to fight for a safe and secure Haiti in a time of growing gun violence.

Texas State Republicans start a special legislative session on Thursday to discuss 11 conservative agenda items that didn’t pass the last session. These include a bill banning drive-through and 24-hour voting, a bill restricting critical race theory education, a bill preventing transgender students from competing on sports teams that align with their gender identity, and more.

And in headlines: Darnella Frazier’s uncle is killed in a Minneapolis police car chase, Tokyo will declare a state of COVID emergency, and the ship that blocked the Suez Canal is back in the water. 


Show Notes:

  • NYT: "How the Assassination of Haiti’s President Follows Years of Strife and Gridlock" – https://nyti.ms/3ho8n7t
  • The Texas Tribune: "Gov. Greg Abbott introduces special legislative session agenda" – https://bit.ly/3xuMwRq


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

Jul 08, 2021
Vaccine Hesitation, Under God with Dr. Abdul El-Sayed
00:24:08

Reflecting upon President Biden’s missed July 4th vaccination goals, we talked to epidemiologist and former Detroit health commissioner Dr. Abdul El-Sayed about the spread of the Delta variant and Republican vaccination hesitancy. We also discussed concerns of a potential resurgence of COVID-19 when a partially-vaccinated America returns to indoor, crowded spaces this fall and winter.

And in headlines: Hurricane Elsa to make landfall on Florida's coast, a new large-scale ransomware attack, and Nikole Hannah-Jones chooses Howard University over UNC-Chapel Hill.


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

Jul 07, 2021
Voting Rights And SCOTUS Wrongs
00:18:52

The Supreme Court affirmed two provisions of an Arizona law that restricted voting rights, yesterday. One would void ballots from citizens who voted in the wrong precinct, and the other would restrict voters from having their ballots delivered to a polling station by a third party. The justices also overturned a California law requiring charities to disclose the identities of their major donors, citing it as a violation of the First Amendment.

The Manhattan DA’s Office charged the Trump Organization for an alleged 15 year tax evasion scheme involving concealed benefits paid to executive employees. The focus of the prosecution is on the firm’s CFO, Allen Weisselberg, who is expected to take the brunt of the criminal charges instead of Trump himself.

And in headlines: the U.S. gained international support for a global minimum tax, Liz Cheney was nominated to the January 6th Committee, and Britney Spears’ father remains part of her conservatorship.


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

Jul 02, 2021
Cosby For Concern
00:21:15

Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court set Bill Cosby free on a technicality after he served part of his sentence for three counts of sexual assault. Back in 2005, when he was a local DA and before he was Trump’s defense lawyer, attorney Bruce Castor promised Cosby that nothing he said in a deposition for a civil case would be used against him in a criminal proceeding, and honoring that promise meant Cosby should never have been charged in the first place. 

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld died at 88 years old from multiple myeloma. He was responsible for countless war crimes in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, so it’s almost perfect timing that U.S. troops are set to withdraw from Afghanistan this week following his death.

And in headlines: counting chaos in the NYC mayoral race, the U.S. State Department adds a third gender to passports, and Nikole Hannah-Jones finally gets tenure from UNC.


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

Jul 01, 2021
Heatwave Back At It
00:22:09

Intense heat waves in the Pacific Northwest are causing heavy power demands and rolling blackouts. Unprecedented rainfall in the Midwest has caused flooding, which politicians have blamed on a lack of spending on proper infrastructure.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced a bill to establish a House committee that will investigate the January 6 Capitol riot. The committee will have 13 members, but it's not known whether Republicans will want to be part of it.

Plus Cleo Stiller fills in for Gideon. And in headlines: L.A. County advises masking indoors again, rare black hole and neutron star collisions are spotted, and the House votes to remove Confederate statues from the Capitol.


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

Jun 30, 2021
Vaccine Mismatch Made In Heaven
00:18:29

The Delta variant of coronavirus has been detected in 92 countries, leading to lockdowns and the reintroduction of limitations on border crossing. Additionally, researchers in India have identified a variant of the Delta variant they're calling Delta Plus, though it's so far unknown whether it's any more transmissible than the original variant.

Mixing and matching the Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccines may increase immunity, according to early results from a study in the UK. If the CDC approves combining vaccine brands, it could increase access to the vaccine and avoid supply bottlenecks.

And in headlines: Ethiopia declares ceasefire in Tigray, airstrikes and rocket attacks between U.S. forces and Iranian-backed militants, and SCOTUS upholds transgender bathroom rights.


Show Notes:

NIH clinical trial evaluating mixed COVID-19 vaccine schedules – https://bit.ly/3jot1FZ


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

Jun 29, 2021
A Tragic Building Collapse In Miami
00:21:33

A 12-story residential building collapsed in Miami last week, resulting in the deaths of at least 9 people, with more than 150 people still missing. An engineering report from 2018 found major structural damage to the building, and it was supposed to undergo repairs this year. There’s a climate change connection, too, with some suggesting that rising temperatures and sea levels might have accelerated the building’s erosion. 

Republicans in several states have been trying to audit the results of the November election to prove there was some kind of fraud that led to Trump’s defeat. We talk through some recent L’s state-level Republicans have taken, and the tactics they’re still trying to deploy. 

Plus, Liz Plank fills in for Gideon. And in headlines: a historic heat-wave in the Pacific Northwest, Turkish police crack down on a pride march, and a woman with a sign causes a pileup at the Tour de France.


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

Jun 28, 2021
No Cops At Pride
00:22:02

President Biden announced a new $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package that will be primarily funded through heightened IRS efforts to reduce tax evasion by corporations and the wealthy. Human infrastructure spending, which covers things like childcare, education, and clean energy, is missing from the deal and would need to be part of a second bill passed through reconciliation without Republican support.

Pride events this weekend in cities like New York, Denver, and Seattle have banned out LGBTQ police officers from participating in marches if they're in uniform. We spoke with Chris Roney, an organizer of the Queer Liberation Movement, about the history of police resistance in the queer community and what's motivating people to ban cops at pride.

Plus, we're joined for headlines by special guest Margaret Cho: New York suspends Giuliani’s law license, EU leaders condemn anti-queer Hungarian bill, and chaos at a Redneck Rave.


Show Notes:

Search and Rescue Underway After Partial Collapse of Surfside Condo Building – https://www.nbcmiami.com/

Chris Roney: "In Honor of Pride, Let’s Put Our Privilege to Work For Black Lives Matter" – https://yhoo.it/3zWcVt3

Queer Liberation March – https://reclaimpridenyc.org/


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

Jun 25, 2021
SCOTUS Checks In
00:20:51

The Supreme Court ruled that President Biden had the authority to remove the head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, who was appointed by the former Trump administration. Other SCOTUS rulings from yesterday protected a high school cheerleader's free speech on Snapchat, barred a union from organizing workers at their worksites, and banned police from entering homes without a warrant to arrest misdemeanor suspects.

The Delta variant now accounts for one-fifth of recent COVID cases in the U.S., predominantly in unvaccinated areas. If the variant persists, it could cause another COVID surge this fall or winter.

And in headlines: Nikole Hannah-Jones refuses to join UNC without tenure, Hong Kong’s last pro-democracy publication shuts down, and no tuna DNA found in Subway’s tuna sandwich.


Show Notes:

Slate: "The Supreme Court’s Latest Union-Busting Decision Goes Far Beyond California Farmworkers" – https://bit.ly/3zRlPIc


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

Jun 24, 2021
For The People Inaction
00:21:02

The vote to open a debate about the For The People Act, which would make it easier to vote, strengthen campaign finance rules, and end partisan gerrymandering, was blocked in the Senate yesterday with all 50 Republicans united against it. With moderate Democrats like Manchin and Sinema refusing to budge on the filibuster, the future of voting rights is uncertain. We spoke with Crooked Media's Political Director Shaniqua McClendon about what might happen next.

And in headlines: Biden won’t hit his July 4th vaccine goal, Teamsters start nationwide project to unionize Amazon workers, and L.A. County wants its residents to stop feeding peacocks.


Show Notes:

Vote Save America: HR1 or We're Fucked – https://votesaveamerica.com/forthepeople/


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

Jun 23, 2021
Ranked Choice State Of Mind
00:19:54

New York City holds its mayoral primary, today, one of the highest profile elections since the presidential election and a super visible test of ranked-choice voting. Closing messages in the last days touched on police violence, public safety, economic recovery and more. We spoke with Emma Fitzsimmons, City Hall Bureau Chief for the New York Times, about the four leading candidates, and we interviewed voters to get their perspective, too.

And in headlines: SCOTUS strikes down NCAA’s restrictions on antitrust violations, the Biden administration won’t be able to deliver 80 million COVID vaccine doses abroad on time, and Steven Spielberg and Netflix bury the hatchet and announce a movie distribution deal.


Show Notes:

Edith!: The Untold True-ish Story Of America’s Secret First Female President – https://crooked.com/podcast-series/edith/

NYC Voting: Meet the candidates – https://www.voting.nyc/meet-the-candidates/2021-races/

NYC Voting: Get matched with a candidate – https://projects.thecity.nyc/meet-your-mayor/ultimate-match.html


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

Jun 22, 2021
The Legacy of Juneteenth
00:22:49

Juneteenth is coming up this Saturday, and Congress just passed legislation to make it a federal holiday. We talk to UCLA Professor Brenda Stevenson about the historic legacy of June 19th, and why it deserved to become a national holiday now more than ever. Plus, we hear about how some people plan to celebrate this weekend.


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

Jun 18, 2021
Don't Manchin It
00:17:13

President Biden had his first one-on-one meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Geneva, yesterday. The leaders discussed recent cyberattacks and the state of human rights in their respective countries ... and allegedly, things stayed basically cordial.

Next week, the Senate has a scheduled vote on voting rights legislation, and a memo put out yesterday by Senator Joe Manchin laid out the kind of bill he would be willing to vote for. Manchin said he's in favor of voter ID requirements and other stipulations that progressives oppose, but even for his watered-down version of the bill to pass, it would require the support of 10 Republicans.

And in headlines: the Education Department says Title IX prohibits discrimination based sexual orientation and gender identity, lots of rules at next month's Tokyo Olympics, and a litter of gray wolves is born in Colorado for the first time since the 1940s.


Show Notes:

The Intercept: "Leaked Audio Of Sen. Joe Manchin Call With Billionaire Donors" – https://bit.ly/3zA0Edq


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

Jun 17, 2021
ERCOT Off Guard In Texas
00:18:47

The main electric grid operator in Texas, ERCOT, is dropping the ball on providing services again, this time during extreme heat. It’s asking residents to conserve electricity until Friday to keep up with demand. Approximately 12 gigawatts of generating capacity was offline on Monday, and the electricity demand by residents came dangerously close to exceeding the grid's capacity.

The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 climbed over 600,000 yesterday, according to the tracker from Johns Hopkins University. Still, there's progress in the country towards the new normal, with California and New York among the states fully reopening on Tuesday.

And in headlines: Israel's military launched airstrikes on the Gaza Strip despite the ceasefire, Biden announces a plan to combat domestic terrorism, and a lawsuit resurfaces phony poison milkshake allegations from last summer.


Show Notes:

NYT: "The Amazon That Customers Don’t See" – https://nyti.ms/35nsYSH


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

Jun 16, 2021
Vlad To Meet You, Mr. Biden
00:20:28

President Biden meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin tomorrow in Geneva for the final stop as part of his overseas trip as President. We spoke with Ben Rhodes, former Deputy National Security Advisor in the Obama administration and a host of "Pod Save the World," to talk about the takeaways from Biden's trip and what to expect for Biden and Putin's meeting.

And in headlines: a driver kills a protestor in Minneapolis and injures three others, the Novavax vaccine is over 90 percent effective, and Marjorie Taylor Greene apologizes for Holocaust comparisons.


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

Jun 15, 2021
Like A G7
00:17:32

The G7 summit ended on Sunday, with President Joe Biden and several other world leaders pledging to send one billion COVID vaccines to poorer nations and endorsing the idea of a global minimum tax. Today, Biden is set to meet with NATO leaders before meeting with Vladimir Putin in Geneva on Wednesday. 

Yesterday in Israel, the Knesset voted to approve the new coalition government which includes eight different parties of varying politics who unified to oust former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Naftali Bennett was sworn in as the new prime minister. He and most of his cabinet worked in Netanyahu’s at various times during his 12 year tenure, indicating that massive changes won’t come quickly. 

And in headlines: Darnella Frazier receives an honorary Pulitzer Prize, Nancy Pelosi promises to probe the Trump DOJ, and a ride on Bezos’s rocket sells for $28 million.


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

Jun 14, 2021
Drought Of Control
00:19:41

On Saturday, four Republican-led states will pull out of the federal government’s pandemic-related unemployment benefits program early. Congress hasn't moved on the wage issue at all, either, with Senate GOP members this week blocking the Paycheck Fairness Act.

An extreme drought is affecting the West, with the entirety of Oregon, California, Utah, and Nevada under drought conditions, along with parts of other states. Unfortunately, things are expected to heat up and dry out from here, with certain places in the Southwest facing temperatures as high as 120 degrees next week.

Plus, we’re joined by comedian and actor Maz Jobrani for headlines: National Geographic says there's a new ocean, Starbucks sees shortages of ingredients, and Kim Jong-Un's body transformation.


Show Notes:

CNET: "Is your state ending unemployment benefits this weekend? Update on $300 bonus checks" – https://cnet.co/2SoasXe

Washington Post: "These businesses found a way around the worker shortage: Raising wages to $15 an hour or more" – https://wapo.st/3gnaIxT


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

Jun 11, 2021
The Shots Sent Around The World
00:21:22

President Biden is expected to announce a deal today where the U.S. will buy 500 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNtech COVID vaccine and send them to 100 countries that are short on shots. This is great, but those doses alone won't help us achieve global vaccine equity. We discuss what else is being done and what more can be done.

Biden's attempt to agree on an infrastructure bill with Senate Republicans broke down this week, with Republicans fulfilling their promise of obstructing the President whenever possible. Now, Biden is working with a bipartisan group of senators and is examining the possibility of passing a bill through budget reconciliation.

And in headlines: the Keystone XL Pipeline is cancelled, Nicaragua's dictatorial president arrests opposition candidates, and Uber drivers aren't seeing proportional benefits from surging prices.


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

Jun 10, 2021
The Legend Of Delta Variant
00:18:07

A more infectious coronavirus variant called the Delta variant is becoming the dominant strain in the UK, accounting for more than 60 percent of new infections there. We discuss what we know and don't know about the variant, which has yet to take hold in a major way in the U.S.

International law enforcement agencies arrested more than 800 people in a sting operation that had criminals sending messages through an app they believed was secure...but was actually created and overseen by the FBI.

And in headlines: activists protest a pipeline's construction in Minnesota, U.S. billionaires pay little in federal taxes, and Sir Richard Branson could try to race Jeff Bezos to space.


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

Jun 09, 2021
The End Of COVID Benefits
00:17:23

Several social programs launched during the pandemic are set to expire soon, including an eviction moratorium and enhanced unemployment benefits. Federal student loan payments will be due again starting October 1st, with no movement from the White House yet towards cancellation. 

The Supreme Court ruled that immigrants who came to the U.S. for humanitarian reasons can’t apply for a green card if they entered unlawfully. SCOTUS will continue issuing big decisions through the end of the month on issues that include healthcare, voting rights, LGBTQ rights, and more.

And in headlines: a deadly train crash in Pakistan, Google pays $270 million for anti-trust violations in France, and the FDA approves a new Alzheimer’s treatment.


Show Notes:

Washington Post: "The eviction moratorium is about to end. Rent relief hasn’t arrived. These renters decided to take action" - https://wapo.st/3iqTK43


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

Jun 08, 2021
The Long Good Bibi
00:18:15

The twelve year tenure of right-wing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may come to an end as early as this week if the broad coalition of officials that are set to replace him can hold together and form a new government. We spoke with Haggai Matar, the executive director of +972 magazine in Israel about the coalition, which includes representatives from eight ideologically distinct parties. 

Last week, U.S. Marshals shot and killed 32-year-old Winston “Boogie” Smith Jr. in Minneapolis while attempting to arrest him. Now, people in the city are calling for more transparency into the shooting and asking that anyone who might have video footage come forward. 

And in headlines: a federal judge overturns California’s 30 year ban on assault weapons, Vice President Kamala Harris travels to Central America, and Joe Manchin reiterates his support for the filibuster and opposition to HR1.

Show Notes:

+972 Magazine's Haggai Matar – https://twitter.com/Ha_Matar


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

Jun 07, 2021
Stonk If You Love AMC
00:17:47

President Biden had hoped to have 70 percent of adults in the U.S. vaccinated with at least one shot by Independence Day, and we’re close to hitting that goal. Biden also elaborated on his plan to share 80 million vaccine doses by the end of the month, with the first batch of doses headed for South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa. 

This was another banner week in the world of meme stocks, or stocks that have surged in value thanks to attention from retail investors on the Internet. We walk through what went on with AMC, and how the company is responding.

Plus, we’re joined by comedian and actress Aparna Nancherla for headlines: Donald Jr. is on Cameo, two kids drive a car to see dolphins, and fifteen elephants are on a mysterious journey in China.

Show Notes:

NYT: "See How Vaccinations Are Going in Your County and State" – https://nyti.ms/2TK5k0d


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

Jun 04, 2021
The Crisis In Ethiopia With Nima Elbagir
00:20:38

Yesterday, the U.S., Canada, and a number of European countries called for a ceasefire in Ethiopia, where government forces have targeted an ethnic group called Tigrayans with horrific attacks that have been described with elements of a "genocide." Reports have suggested that millions of people have been displaced with an unknown number killed. We spoke with Nima Elbagir, a senior international correspondent at CNN, about the ongoing crisis in the country.

And in headlines: opposition leaders agreed to form a coalition to lead Israel, a cargo ship burns and sinks in Sri Lanka, and NASA will send spaceships to Venus.


Show Notes:

CNN: Nima Elbagir's coverage of Ethiopia – https://www.cnn.com/profiles/nima-elbagir

How to help those in Ethiopia:

  • International Rescue Committee – https://www.rescue.org/country/ethiopia
  • The UN Refugee Agency – https://bit.ly/3uIC2eZ
  • Doctors Without Borders – https://bit.ly/3uLaQfJ



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

Jun 03, 2021
Variants Are All Greek Letters To Me
00:20:25

As most of the U.S. prepares to reopen by the end of this month, a World Health Organization official warned, “It would be a monumental error for any country to think the danger has passed.” Peru recently reported that COVID deaths in the country are almost triple than what was previously reported. Plus, the WHO moved to rename variants using letters of the Greek alphabet in part to remove the stigma from countries where they were first identified.

Joe Biden became the first president to commemorate the massacre of Black residents in Tulsa’s Greenwood District on its 100th anniversary. He used the event to propose a wide-ranging plan to narrow the racial wealth gap.

And in headlines: Canada reckons with its history of residential schools, a ransomware attack holds the world’s beef hostage, and theatre-going roars back with “A Quiet Place Part 2.”


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

Jun 02, 2021
Revisiting Our Favorite Conversations on Coronavirus
00:20:24

The past year and more were filled with extreme ups and extreme downs, and as we reflect on that time, we’re looking back on some conversations that moved us, informed us, and made us smile.

Today’s show includes interviews with 6th grade special education teacher Monice Seward, NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci, and Sana Khan, a student of public health at the University of Arizona.


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

Jun 01, 2021
Are You Infrastructure Or Out?
00:21:43

Congressional Republicans have countered President Biden’s nearly $2 trillion infrastructure proposal with their own plan and a lower price tag: $928 billion. It came as Biden is expected to unveil a $6 trillion budget on Friday, too. We breakdown what’s in the GOP version of the infrastructure bill, and where this puts negotiations.

The filibuster is coming into play as Senate Republicans vow to block the creation of a bipartisan commission that would’ve investigated the January 6th Capitol insurrection.

And in headlines: three Tacoma, Washington, police officers charged for the killing of 33-year-old Black man Manuel Ellis, Super Smash Bros becomes a high school varsity sport, and Usher announces a sequel to “Confessions.”


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

May 28, 2021
History's Not Set In Stone Mountain Park
00:18:23

Amazon plans to buy movie studio MGM for $8.45 billion, which would give the tech company a huge library of movies, shows, and franchises including the James Bond series. Some in Congress want to block the sale. The tech company is also the target of a new antitrust suit from the D.C. Attorney General. 

The largest Confederate monument in the country is in Stone Mountain, Georgia, and it’s three acres large and carved into the side of a rock face. The park said this week that the monument will be left intact, but more context will be added to represent the South in a way that doesn’t glorify the Confederacy.

And in headlines: a gunman killed eight people in San Jose, Howard University names its College of Fine Arts after Chadwick Boseman, and the latest on sea snot.


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

May 27, 2021
Florida's Right To Post Shall Not Be Infringed
00:20:17

Moderna said that its vaccine trial for 12-17 year olds resulted in zero cases of symptomatic COVID. Also, we discuss so-called breakthrough cases, which happen when fully vaccinated people get coronavirus: Don't worry, they're wildly rare and a sign of the effectiveness of vaccines.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a law that would prohibit social media platforms from kicking off political candidates. If you're thinking "How do you enforce that?" or "Is this all to suck up to Trump?" the answers are “yes” and “obviously.”

And in headlines: a Russian company tried to pay science influencers to sow vaccine misinformation, Marjorie Taylor Greene's holocaust analogies, and Simone Biles lands a double pike on vault.


Show Notes:

NYT: "C.D.C. Will Not Investigate Mild Infections in Vaccinated Americans" – https://nyti.ms/2RKG7Sx

WSJ: "Intelligence on Sick Staff at Wuhan Lab Fuels Debate on Covid-19 Origin" – https://on.wsj.com/3yOKFbk



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

May 26, 2021
Activism After George Floyd's Murder
00:22:27

Today is the 1-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd. His friends, family, and the community of Minneapolis will memorialize him with a gathering and a candlelight vigil. Floyd's killing by now-former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin rallied activists to demand that their local police departments reform, be defunded, or be abolished completely. We discussed these efforts with Oluchi Omeoga, a co-creator of Black Visions Collective and organizer in Minneapolis.

And in headlines: Myanmar's ousted leader appears in court, EU leaders agree on sanctions against Belarus, and #AdriansKickback becomes a Gen Z mini-purge in Huntington Beach, California.


Show Notes:

Black Visions Collective – https://twitter.com/BlackVisionsMN


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

May 25, 2021
The Ceasefire In Israel And Palestine
00:19:24

The state of the pandemic in the US is looking brighter with infection rates dropping to where they were in June of last year, and hospitalization rates declining, too. But vaccination rates vary widely depending on where you look on a map, with New England showing rates above average and the South showing rates below average.

The ceasefire between Israel and Hamas reportedly held over the weekend, and now the focus has shifted to addressing the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Rebuilding after the destruction will inevitably be complicated by Israel's blockade on most construction supplies entering the region.

And in headlines: Belarus intercepts an airplane to arrest a journalist, the AP fires a Jewish journalist for voicing pro-Palestine views, and the Texas legislature approves a law to ban teaching of critical race theory.


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

May 24, 2021
The NBA Playoffs In Context
00:18:49

The NBA playoffs begin tomorrow after a season that's played out during a global pandemic and a mass movement against police brutality. To discuss this season in context, we're joined by the host of Takeline and ALL CAPS NBA, Jason Concepcion.

Israel's security cabinet voted to accept a ceasefire that a Hamas official said would start at 2 a.m. local time on Friday. The full terms of the agreement aren't clear just yet, but this comes after mounting international pressure and a humanitarian crisis in Gaza.

And in headlines: police body cam footage released in the violent arrest of Ronald Greene in 2019, two scandals for Andrew Cuomo, and Twitter will open its public verification program.


Show Notes:

Al-Jazeera: Live Updates on the Israel-Palestine Conflict – https://bit.ly/3f6RtZX


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

May 21, 2021
Reparations For Tulsa
00:23:47

Progressive Representatives in the House led an effort to block a $735 million arms sale to Israel in a demonstration of the shifting political attitudes towards the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. We spoke with Simone Zimmerman of B'Tselem USA and Yousef Munayyer at the Arab Center in Washington D.C. to get their perspectives. Also, Israel and Hamas are moving slowly towards a cease-fire.

We're approaching the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre in Oklahoma where a white mob destroyed 1,200 homes in the thriving Black neighborhood of Greenwood, leaving an estimated 10,000 Black people homeless. Congress is considering reparations for victims and their descendants.

And in headlines: Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed an extreme ban on abortion, Billy Porter spoke about his HIV-positive diagnosis, and Mitch McConnell won't support a independent investigation of the Capitol insurrection.


Show Notes:

C-SPAN: "Tulsa Race Massacre Survivors Testify" – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3L1e90L9cE

WSJ: "Gaza Doctors Say Hospitals Overwhelmed With Casualties From Israeli Airstrikes" – https://on.wsj.com/3405AtO



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

May 20, 2021
The Crisis On The Ground In Gaza
00:25:32

Airstrikes have exacerbated the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, with numerous vital resources damaged or destroyed. We spoke with Inès Abdel Razek, advocacy director of the Palestine Institute for Public Diplomacy, about the situation on the ground. Also, EU members called for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

The House passed an anti-Asian hate crimes bill, yesterday, which would speed up review of COVID-19 related hate crimes, help law enforcement to better identify anti-Asian bias, and more. We discuss the rise in anti-AAPI violence that led to the bill, plus the response to it.

And in headlines: the police officers in North Carolina responsible for shooting Andrew Brown Jr. will not face criminal charges, Rudy Giuliani's son will run for governor of NY, and cicadas get high and watch their butts fall off. Plus, Elise Hu from NPR and TED Talks Daily fills in for Akilah Hughes.


Show Notes:

Some organizations where you can make donations to help the people in Gaza:

  • Human Concern – humanconcern.org/palestine-relief
  • Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU) – imeu.funraise.org
  • Islamic Relief USA – irusa.org/middle-east/palestine


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

May 19, 2021
SCOTUS v. Roe v. Wade
00:21:51

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that directly challenges Roe v. Wade, which deals with a 2018 Mississippi law that bans abortions after 15 weeks of gestation. This is not a drill: based on the current makeup of the court, there's a real possibility that Roe could get overturned, which would allow 21 states to immediately ban or restrict abortion.

The Israeli military continued to barrage the Gaza Strip, yesterday, with this month's attacks leaving hundreds of Palestinians dead, thousands wounded, and over 38,000 displaced. In Israel, rocket strikes from Hamas have killed at least 10 people. President Biden has reportedly expressed support for a ceasefire.

And in headlines: the U.S. will ship 20 million vaccine doses abroad, Biden releases his taxes, and Gaetz associate Joel Greenberg pleads guilty.


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

May 18, 2021
What To Know About The New CDC Guidance with Dr. Abdul El-Sayed
00:25:47

Since the Centers for Disease Control announced their new relaxed guidance for mask-wearing for vaccinated people, there have been numerous questions about what was behind the decision, how it will affect mask hesitancy, how businesses will respond, and more. To discuss these questions, we’re joined by Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, an epidemiologist, physician, and former health commissioner of Detroit.

And in headlines: Israel conducts its deadliest airstrike in Gaza, a California gubernatorial candidate is tight with a bear, and a tiger that was at large in Houston has been found.


Show Notes:

"The Incision" by Dr. Abdul El-Sayed – https://incision.substack.com/archive?sort=new


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

May 17, 2021
All That Glitters Is Not Golden Globes
00:22:07

The Center for Disease Control announced revised mask guidelines yesterday, stating that people who are fully vaccinated can safely go maskless and stop social distancing most of the time, even if they are indoors. One hope is that the guidance will cut down on vaccine hesitancy; The Biden administration is effectively telling Americans that you can get vaccinated and do a lot more, or you can keep on wearing a mask and do less.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is in hot water, with NBC announcing this week it cancelled its 2022 broadcast of the Golden Globes as a way of holding the show accountable for its lack of diversity and problematic pay-to-play model. We discuss the history of the HFPA, how it became so powerful, and how it responded to criticism.

And in headlines: the death toll in Gaza rises above 100, doctors in Japan urge the country to cancel the Summer Olympics, and Russia launches a movie space race. Plus, FANTI's Tre'vell Anderson fills in for Akilah Hughes.


Show Notes:

Kaiser Health News: "Latinos Are the Most Eager to Get Vaccinated, Survey Shows — But Face Obstacles" – https://bit.ly/3uLWxZ8

NYT: "They Haven’t Gotten a Covid Vaccine Yet. But They Aren’t ‘Hesitant’ Either." – https://nyti.ms/3eL6qkk


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

May 14, 2021
Broken Link In The Cheney
00:20:41

Congresswoman Liz Cheney was ousted from the House GOP leadership, yesterday, over a failure to pretend that Donald Trump won the election he lost by more than 7 million votes. In the aftermath of this action from House Republicans, 100 members of the party say they plan to release a letter threatening to form a third political party unless the GOP gets less Trumpy. 

Yesterday afternoon, the operator of the Colonial Pipeline said it was resuming operations after last week’s ransomware attack with the caveat being that it will take a few more days for things to return to normal. During the temporary shutdown, there were reports of something like 10,000 stations in southeastern states that effectively ran out of gas… with much of the shortages driven by panic buying.

And in headlines: more Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip, anti-government protests in Colombia, and Ellen DeGeneres announces her show will end next year. Plus, Hysteria’s Erin Ryan fills in for Akilah Hughes.


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

May 13, 2021
Reporting On The Crisis In India with Niha Masih
00:21:48

The coronavirus crisis in India continues to escalate, with the World Health Organization warning of a potentially more transmissible variant and the country reporting over 240,000 deaths. To get a better sense of the situation on the ground, we spoke with Niha Masih. She's a Washington Post reporter in New Delhi.

And in headlines: Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip kill over 33 Palestinians, missile launches by Hamas kill two in Israel, and the NRA's bankruptcy filing is thrown out by a federal judge. Plus, Erin Ryan fills in for Akilah Hughes.


Show Notes:

Follow Washington Post reporter Niha Masih's coverage on the pandemic in India – https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/niha-masih/

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

May 12, 2021
Israel's Attacks On Gaza
00:22:11

Israel carried out air strikes on the Gaza Strip, last night, leading to the deaths of at least 20 people. This was in response to rockets launched by Hamas at Israel, and it marked the most destructive moment stemming from the ongoing conflict in Jerusalem. We discuss the circumstances that produced these violent clashes, as well as the international response.

President Biden announced yesterday that he will not put an end to the 300 dollar weekly bonus payments that are currently going to unemployed people, despite Republican calls to do so after a disappointing jobs report last week. Biden did say that workers who turn down jobs comparable to the ones they lost due to the pandemic should be cut off from unemployment benefits.

And in headlines: the FDA authorizes a vaccine for 12 to 15 year olds, state AG's oppose Instagram for Kids, and China practices COVID safety on the top of Mount Everest.


Show Notes:

Al Jazeera: "Twenty Palestinians killed in Israeli air raids on Gaza" – https://bit.ly/3f6XS68

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

May 11, 2021
Waive Of Vaccination with Dr. Abdul El-Sayed
00:22:51

With more and more Americans becoming fully vaccinated against COVID-19, officials have signaled a willingness to revise mask wearing rules again for those who have gotten their shots. Globally, the Biden administration has finally gotten behind the idea of waiving patents on vaccines so that generic versions of the drugs can be produced abroad, especially in places that are experiencing extreme surges in coronavirus cases. To answer the most pressing questions we have about this new phase of the pandemic, we spoke with Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, an epidemiologist, physician, and former health commissioner of Detroit.

And in headlines: Israel's Supreme Court delays a decision regarding planned evictions of Palestinian families, a piece of a rocket from China lands in the ocean by the Maldives, and the winner of the 2021 Kentucky Derby may have been doping.


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

May 10, 2021
The Union Makes U.S. Strong with Sara Nelson
00:20:25

Tomorrow, the National Labor Relations Board is set to hold a hearing into the failed unionization vote of workers at the Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, with the union that sought to represent the workers alleging foul-play. We spoke with Sara Nelson, head of the Association of Flight Attendants, about the hearing, and the state of the labor movement in the U.S. more generally. Nelson has been a lead figure in supporting Amazon workers and unions across the country.

And in headlines: the Biden administration will support waiving patent protections of the COVID-19 vaccines, a judge strikes down the CDC's moratorium on evictions, and a farmer does landscaper's diplomacy on the Franco-Belgian border.

Show Notes:

Show some love and vote for us as Best News and Politics podcast in the 25th Annual People’s Voice Awards! – https://vote.webbyawards.com/PublicVoting#/2021/podcasts/general-series/news-politics

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

May 06, 2021
Who's Afraid Of Critical Race Theory
00:22:43

After delivering on his promise of 200 million shots in 100 days, President Biden has set a new vaccine target: that 70 percent of the adult population get at least one shot by July 4. The Biden administration also plans to change the way doses are portioned out to states by allowing states to request or reject doses from a central stockpile according to their need. 

Republican state lawmakers are pushing bills to ban or severely limit the teaching of critical race theory, which is the idea that we should teach American history from a perspective that considers the experiences of people from different races. A lot of this stems from the “1619 Project" by Nikole Hannah-Jones. We discuss the tactics Republican lawmakers are using to keep texts like the “1619 Project” out of schools and what might be motivating their efforts (Hint: it’s racism). 

And in headlines: new climate normals from NOAA show a warming country, a metro overpass collapses and kills dozens in Mexico City, and Trump launches his blog.


Show Notes:

NYT: "U.S. Vaccinations Are Slowing. What’s to Blame?" – https://nyti.ms/3eU8bKH

Show some love and vote for us as Best News and Politics podcast in the 25th Annual People’s Voice Awards! – https://vote.webbyawards.com/PublicVoting#/2021/podcasts/general-series/news-politics

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

May 05, 2021
Vaccine But Not Herd Immunity
00:17:33

Four mothers who had been separated from their children at the border by the Trump administration will finally be reunited with them this week, according to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas yesterday. These are the first families to be brought together as a result of a task force President Biden created shortly after taking office, and over the next few weeks, an additional 32 families from across Mexico and Central America are set to be reunited.

Public health experts think it's unlikely we'll ever reach herd immunity in the U.S., at least not anytime in the foreseeable future, because of factors like more contagious virus variants and vaccine hesitancy.

And in headlines: Biden's EPA to cut hydrofluorocarbons, CVS and Walgreens were responsible for the bulk of discarded vaccines, and Bill and Melinda Gates announce their divorce.


Show Notes:

Show some love and vote for us as Best News and Politics podcast in the 25th Annual People’s Voice Awards! – https://vote.webbyawards.com/PublicVoting#/2021/podcasts/general-series/news-politics


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

May 04, 2021
Pharm-Accountability In The Opioid Crisis
00:20:02

The COVID crisis in India is getting worse by most metrics, with Saturday marking another daily record of new cases. In the U.S., Oregon is emerging as a hotspot. On the brighter side of things, the U.S. vaccination campaign remains extremely successful with over 103 million adults now fully vaccinated.

A landmark lawsuit in the decades-long opioid crisis begins today between two communities in West Virginia and the nation's three largest drug distributors. The trial centers around an explosion in opioid prescriptions between 2006 and 2014, and the communities seek $500 million for recovery efforts and resources for those affected.

And in headlines: Israel observed a day of mourning following a deadly stampede, Apple and Epic Games face off in court, and a damning confession letter from a political ally of Matt Gaetz.


Show Notes:

Show some love and vote for us as Best News and Politics podcast in the 25th Annual People’s Voice Awards! – https://vote.webbyawards.com/PublicVoting#/2021/podcasts/general-series/news-politics


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

May 03, 2021
The Fall Of Menthol
00:19:36

The pandemic continues to spiral out of control in India, with the country recently topping 200,000 deaths by the official count. The initial flights carrying relief from the U.S. landed yesterday. Vaccine manufacturing supplies from the U.S. will soon follow.

The Food and Drug Administration announced yesterday that it’s creating standards over the next year to ban menthol in cigarettes and all flavoring in cigars. Flavored tobacco offerings are heavily marketed to Black people, and as a result, 85 percent of all menthol cigarette smokers are Black.

And in headlines: five Lady Gaga dog robbers are arrested, Colorado state legislature okays human composting, and Disaster Girl sells her own meme as an NFT for $500,000.


Show Notes:

NYT: "How to Help India Amid the Covid Crisis" – https://nyti.ms/2Rfo8Tq

Show some love and vote for us as Best News and Politics podcast in the 25th Annual People’s Voice Awards! – https://vote.webbyawards.com/PublicVoting#/2021/podcasts/general-series/news-politics


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

Apr 30, 2021
100 Days Of Biden
00:25:15

President Biden gave his first address to Congress last night, themed largely around moving America out of the most difficult stage of the pandemic and approaching a new normal. Part of that has to do with The American Families Plan, a $1.8 trillion program that would pay for two free years of community college, universal pre-K for 3- and 4-year-olds, and more. We go over the main takeaways.

Biden timed his speech to come right as he approaches his 100th day in office on Friday, too. To discuss that broader context and what we can learn from Biden's first 100 days, we spoke with Crooked Media's editor-in-chief and host of the podcast Rubicon, Brian Beutler.

And in headlines: Mario Gonzalez died after being pinned by police in California, charges for the men who killed Ahmaud Arbery, and the Senate restores Obama-era regulations on methane leaks.


Show Notes:

Show some love and vote for us as Best News and Politics podcast in the 25th Annual People’s Voice Awards! – https://vote.webbyawards.com/PublicVoting#/2021/podcasts/general-series/news-politics

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

Apr 29, 2021
CDC What Happens Next
00:22:39

The CDC issued new guidance yesterday that fully vaccinated people don’t need to wear masks outdoors unless they’re gathering in a large crowd, and they can safely enjoy many indoor activities with masks. Of course, the key phrase here is “fully vaccinated." Until you’re pumping COVID antibodies, the CDC continues to recommend masking up in any situation where you’re around other unvaccinated people.

Apple released its latest iOS on Monday, introducing a new tool called App Tracking Transparency that makes apps ask permission before sharing your browsing history with advertisers. This is more than a random act of kindness from Tim Cook, though. We discuss the benefits it might pass on to Apple's ad business.

And in headlines: autopsy results show that Andrew Brown Jr. was shot in the back of the head by police in North Carolina, Epicurious won't tell you how to cook meat, and a Russian guy is the reluctant star of a Chinese reality show singing contest.


Show Notes:

CDC: "Choosing Safer Activities" – https://bit.ly/3gEJ01k

Show some love and vote for us as Best News and Politics podcast in the 25th Annual People’s Voice Awards! – https://vote.webbyawards.com/PublicVoting#/2021/podcasts/general-series/news-politics

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

Apr 28, 2021
Make It Make Census
00:21:38

The results of the 2020 Census were released yesterday, and they showed that over the past decade, the U.S. population grew by the slowest pace since the 1930s. The results will change how the 435 seats in Congress are allocated, with a handful of states set to gain or lose a seat. We discuss.

The Supreme Court will be taking up a case that deals with the rights that people have to carry guns outside their homes for self-defense. They'll also take on a case affecting free speech that began when a teen wrote "F School" in a Snapchat message.

And in headlines: the DOJ will investigate the Louisville police department, the Biden administration will give AstraZeneca shots to other countries, and California Governor Gavin Newsom to face a recall election.


Show Notes:

The Brennan Center: "The Redistricting Landscape, 2021–22" – https://bit.ly/3aHoqcP

Show some love and vote for us as Best News and Politics podcast in the 25th Annual People’s Voice Awards! – https://vote.webbyawards.com/PublicVoting#/2021/podcasts/general-series/news-politics


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

Apr 27, 2021
J&J It Again, Sam
00:20:31

The CDC and the FDA have lifted their recommended pause on the Johnson and Johnson COVID vaccine, and added a warning label about the very, very rare reported cases of blood clots. But overall vaccination rates in the US are slowing down, indicating that while supply is increasing, demand is decreasing.

President Biden lifted the partial ban against the export of the supplies necessary to make vaccines in India, as well as rapid tests, ventilators, and more. The state of the virus there is dire: on Saturday, India reported almost 350,000 new cases, which is a tragic world record.

Plus, we talk through the Oscars. And in headlines: Biden formally recognizes the Armenian Genocide, Disneyland to re-open on Friday, and Elon Musk will host SNL.


Show Notes –

NYT: "Millions Are Skipping Their Second Doses of Covid Vaccines" – https://nyti.ms/3gR8uJ5


Show some love and vote for us as Best News and Politics podcast in the 25th Annual People’s Voice Awards! 

https://vote.webbyawards.com/PublicVoting#/2021/podcasts/general-series/news-politics


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

Apr 26, 2021
Emission Critical
00:18:01

President Biden and 40 heads of state met for the first day of a virtual climate summit, yesterday, and he pledged to cut America’s greenhouse gases in half from where they were in 2005 by 2030. Biden also announced a plan for the US to double the amount of money it gives to other countries to help them lower their own emissions.

COVID cases are still surging worldwide, with a record 5.24 million new cases recorded just last week. The State Department issued 116 "Do No Travel" advisories to discourage Americans from traveling to most of the world.

And in headlines: the House approves a bill that would make DC a state, the Supreme Court rules to restore life without parole for juvenile offenders, and Meghan McCain's cyberpunk hairstyles are on purpose.


Show Notes –

NPR: "How The U.S. Could Halve Climate Emissions By 2030" – https://n.pr/32DzkvA


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Apr 23, 2021
What's Next For American Policing
00:23:49

Derek Chauvin has been found guilty, but it's painfully obvious that the issue of police brutality is bigger than the conviction of one officer for murder. For example, today is the funeral for Daunte Wright, the 20-year-old Black man who was killed by police during a traffic stop near Minneapolis. Plus details are still coming out in Columbus, Ohio, about the police killing of 16-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant, who was shot just minutes after the Chauvin verdict was announced.

To discuss the trial in the context of a greater effort to make police accountable, or rethink the role of policy in society altogether, we spoke with the Marshall Project's Jamiles Lartey.

And in headlines: widespread protest in Russia against Putin and for Alexei Navalny, Manhattan’s DA will no longer prosecute prostitution, and a time off for vaccination tax credit.


Show Notes –

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Apr 22, 2021
Chauvin Guilty On All Charges
00:16:39

Former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd, yesterday, and now faces up to 40 years in prison. The verdict represented a rare moment of accountability in a country where law enforcement officers who kill rarely get convicted. We discuss the verdict, along with reactions from elected officials, activists, and Floyd’s family in Minneapolis. 

And in headlines: drug regulators in the EU approve distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine with a warning label, Birmingham, Alabama pardons 15,000 marijuana convictions, and religious leaders in Georgia call for a Home Depot boycott.


Show Notes –

Show some love and vote for us as Best News and Politics podcast in the 25th Annual People’s Voice Awards! 

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Apr 21, 2021
Amazon The Defensive
00:20:45

President Biden held bipartisan meetings yesterday to find some middle ground for his massive infrastructure bill. On the left, AOC and Bernie Sanders introduced their own version of the bill with a larger commitment to public housing. But passing any infrastructure bill will likely require budget reconciliation as long as the filibuster remains in place. 

The union that sought to represent Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, formally filed objections last Friday to the results of the election there. Workers voted overwhelmingly not to unionize, but the union says that result should be thrown out because Amazon illegally interfered in the process. We discuss their argument. 

And in headlines: attorneys deliver closing arguments in the trial of Derek Chauvin, India experiences an explosive surge of COVID-19 cases, and President Biden will consider making cigarettes less addictive.


Show Notes –

Read the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union's filing against Amazon for the recent unionization vote – https://bit.ly/3aqyI0J


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Apr 20, 2021
Gun Violence Continued
00:19:51

It was another tragic weekend in the midst of our national epidemic of gun violence, with mass shootings taking place in Wisconsin, Texas, Nebraska, and Ohio. That was after the shooting last week at a FedEx warehouse in Indiana, which many have called to investigate as a hate crime against Sikhs. We discuss the shootings, as well as what’s happening in Minnesota in relation to the police killings of Daunte Wright and George Floyd.

The worldwide death toll from COVID reached 3 million over the weekend. In lighter news, half of the U.S. population aged 18 and older has gotten at least one dose of a vaccine. The White House announced a plan to track variants. 

And in headlines: Republican lawmakers in Florida aim to make many forms of protest illegal, Biden walks back his decision to cap the number of refugees allowed into the U.S., and NASA will attempt to fly a helicopter on Mars.


Show Notes:

Washington Post Opinion: "Get police out of the business of traffic stops" – https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/04/16/remove-police-traffic-stops/

WSJ: "J&J Covid-19 Vaccine Pause Driven by Risk of Mistreating Blood Clots" – https://www.wsj.com/articles/j-j-covid-19-vaccine-was-paused-over-blood-clot-treatment-concerns-11618777554


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Apr 19, 2021
One Vax Fits Most
00:27:49

Only a handful of blood-clotting cases have been reported among recipients of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, but it's predominantly women who have developed these rare symptoms. To answer questions about the “one dose fits all” mode of medical research that can occasionally lead to these kinds of outcomes, we spoke to Rosemary Morgan, a research scientist at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She’s currently studying the gendered effects of COVID-19 on several international communities.

Plus, for headlines, we’re joined by comedian and actress Sasheer Zamata: a class action settlement for Fyre Fest attendees, a Canadian lawmaker accidentally goes nude on Zoom, and scientists grow human embryos in monkeys.


Show Notes:

Chicago Tribune: "In several fateful seconds, video appears to show 13-year-old Adam Toledo toss gun, turn with empty hands before police shooting (warning: graphic content)" – https://bit.ly/3gaYvOh


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Apr 16, 2021
Charges For Daunte Wright's Killer
00:20:31

A CDC committee voted yesterday to keep the pause going on the distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, at least until it meets again. Temporarily stopping use of the vaccine makes sense, but the move also has immediate impacts on the underserved populations that had been relying on the vaccine for protection.

Now-former Minnesota police officer Kim Potter will be charged with second-degree manslaughter for shooting and killing Daunte Wright. We discuss the history of what happened when officers have been charged after claiming they mistook a gun for a taser.

And in headlines: Denmark is denying residency permits to Syrian refugees, Disney theme park employees can be tatted, and Coinbase makes its IPO.


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Apr 15, 2021
Johnson & Pausin'
00:18:39

Federal health officials recommended a pause on giving out the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, yesterday, after they reported that six women experienced rare blood clots. Nearly 7 million people have received the J&J vaccine so far, so the incidents are extremely rare, but all 50 states suspended the vaccine’s use or advised a pause.

Today, President Biden is expected to announce that he will withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan by 9/11 of this year. This comes after 2,300 US service members and an estimated 157,000 civilians died during the past two decades.

And in headlines: the officer responsible for paralyzing Jacob Blake will not face discipline, the FDA says patients can get abortion pills via telemedicine, and an enormous rabbit has been stolen in England.


Show Notes

NYT: "Johnson & Johnson Vaccinations Paused After Rare Clotting Cases Emerge" – https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/13/us/politics/johnson-johnson-vaccine-blood-clots-fda-cdc.html


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Apr 14, 2021
Justice For Daunte Wright
00:21:54

A police officer shot and killed 20-year-old unarmed Black man Daunte Wright in a Minneapolis suburb this Sunday, just a few miles from where former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is on trial for the murder of George Floyd. We discuss the details of the killing, plus the reactions from leaders and residents of the city.

The CDC’s director Dr. Rochelle Walesnky said that vaccines won’t solve the COVID crisis unfolding in Michigan, and suggested a lockdown instead. Surges like these are exactly how the virus mutates, which is part of the reason why Michigan’s Governor Gretchen Whitmer needs to act to stop things from getting worse.

And in headlines: a shooting at a school in Tennessee, a volcano continues to erupt in St. Vincent, and Will Smith pulls his movie out of Georgia.


Show Notes:

The Appeal, "What Traffic Enforcement Without Police Could Look Like" – https://theappeal.org/traffic-enforcement-without-police/


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Apr 13, 2021
The Current State Of COVID with Dr. Abdul El-Sayed
00:23:31

Most adults in America can soon sign up for a vaccine, but we're faced with a new set of COVID-related questions on vaccine passports, virus variants, and more. To give us some answers, we're joined by epidemiologist, physician, and former Detroit health commissioner Dr. Abdul El-Sayed.

Plus, Michigan has become the center of America's latest COVID surge with an average of over 7,300 new daily cases last week. We ask Dr. El-Sayed about the link between that surge and the UK variant of the virus, B117.

And in headlines: Army Lieutenant Caron Nazario sues two police officers in Virginia over a violent traffic stop, Maryland repeals the state's police bill of rights, and workers at Amazon's Bessemer, Alabama, plant vote against unionizing.


Listen to "America Dissected" with Dr. Abdul El-Sayed – https://crooked.com/podcast-series/america-dissected/


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Apr 12, 2021
Two Months Of Protest In Myanmar
00:25:29

It's been over two months since the military first seized control of Myanmar. The coup was met with a massive protest movement in the streets, in workplaces, and on the internet. As a response, the military has become increasingly violent in its crackdown, killing over 500 people and jailing thousands more.

We spoke to Aye Min Thant, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has been reporting on the coup since February about the country's past, present, and future. 

And in headlines: An executive order on "ghost guns," relief money for undocumented essential workers in New York state, and conflict at Mrs. Sri Lanka pageant.

Show Notes:

Journalist Aye Min Thant – https://twitter.com/the_ayeminthant


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Apr 09, 2021
Atlanta Is For Voters
00:20:00

The CDC is continuing to warn about new, more infectious variants of the coronavirus in the US, and is tracking potential spread in daycare centers and youth sports. Meanwhile, Brazil is grappling with its own new variant that has caused infections and deaths to reach new highs this week.

Republicans in Kentucky joined together with the Democratic Governor to expand voting rights in the state — bucking the trend of Republicans elsewhere in the country. We explain what’s behind the move, along with a new executive order from the mayor of Atlanta to protect her residents against Georgia’s restrictive voting law.

And in headlines: Arkansas moves forward with extreme anti-trans law, the physics of muons, and House Republicans con their own donors.


Show Notes:

Washington Post: "Brazil has become South America’s superspreader event" – https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/04/05/brazil-variant-coronavirus-south-america/


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Apr 08, 2021
Senate Parliamentarian Funkadelic
00:18:47

Senate Democrats got the green light to pass more bills with a simple majority vote. On Monday, the Senate’s parliamentarian ruled that the Dems can pass more budget reconciliation bills this year — the same process they used for the relief bill. We explain what this means.

President Biden wants states to make all adults eligible for vaccines by April 19th. The new date is two weeks sooner than his previous goal.

And in headlines: St. Louis jail uprising, Iran and the US take steps to resume nuclear deal, and Kim Kardashian West becomes a billionaire.


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Apr 07, 2021
Read My Lips: Corporate Taxes
00:17:55

The Biden administration is trying to get corporations to pay their fair share of taxes in order to fund a new jobs and infrastructure package. Yesterday, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen called for a global minimum corporate tax rate. We explain.

Clinical trials of a low-cost COVID vaccine are beginning in Brazil, Mexico, Thailand, and Vietnam. The vaccine is produced in a less expensive, more traditional way than the vaccines we have now, and it could be majorly important to ending the pandemic around the world.

And in headlines: Arkansas governor vetoes anti-trans bill, SAG awards actors of color, and Vladimir Putin passes law to extend his power into the future.


Show notes:

NYT: "Researchers Are Hatching a Low-Cost Coronavirus Vaccine" – https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/05/health/hexapro-mclellan-vaccine.html


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Apr 06, 2021
Vaccine Passport To Adventure
00:19:43

The MLB is officially moving the All-Star Game out of Georgia after Republicans in the state passed a restrictive voting law. Georgia Governor Brian Kemp insinuated the move amounts to so-called “cancel culture.” And in Texas, big businesses are starting to speak out against a similar voter suppression law there before it’s on the books.

The CDC released new guidance for vaccinated Americans on how to safely travel. Plus, “vaccine passports” are emerging as a major flashpoint for both politics and privacy. We explain.

And in headlines: Chicago Police will release video of an officer fatally shooting a 13-year-old boy, major wastewater leak in Florida, and VP Harris moves into the VP residence.


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Apr 05, 2021
America, Online
00:24:19

As Biden works to sell his infrastructure plan, we take a look at the money he’s proposing for high-speed internet and what it could do to address equity issues in education.

15 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine had to be tossed out after a factory mix-up in Baltimore. Meanwhile, Major League Baseball is back and the Texas Rangers have announced no plans to cap attendance … even though we’re still in a pandemic.

And in headlines: Republicans try to stay silent on Gaetz-gate, Ivanka Trump’s women’s initiative was a flop, and 15,000 bees in a car in New Mexico.


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Apr 02, 2021
Corporate Slacktivism In Georgia
00:21:59

Journalists got a tour this week of a detention facility in Texas housing migrants — the first time the media have gotten access to one since Biden took office. They reported that 4,000 people, including children, were packed into a space designed for only 250.

Companies like Coca-Cola and Delta finally spoke out about Georgia’s new voter suppression law. We discuss the statements, whether they came too late, and what businesses can do now to step up from here.

And in headlines: Witnesses in the Derek Chauvin trial express guilt and helplessness, France imposes a third national lockdown, and New York State legalizes recreational weed.


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Apr 01, 2021
OK Ladies, Now Let's Get Infrastructure
00:21:57

President Biden is in Pittsburgh, today, to unveil a new infrastructure plan that would invest trillions in the country’s roads, bridges, affordable housing, broadband, and manufacturing industry. We explain how Biden might fund the bill and how earmarks might come into play. 

Today is the Trans Day of Visibility, and it comes at a moment when the human rights of trans kids and adults are under attack in states across the country. On Monday, Republican state lawmakers in Arkansas passed a bill to ban gender-affirming health care for trans youth. 

And in headlines: Biden aims to diversify the federal bench, Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz responds to a sex trafficking investigation, and Major Biden bites again.


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Mar 31, 2021
The State Of Voter Suppression
00:24:13

Florida is following Georgia’s lead by moving forward on a bill that makes it harder to vote. It’s part of a broader and coordinated effort to roll back voting rights in states across the country, backed by groups like The Heritage Foundation. We explain that, and listen to leaked audio that reveals how Republican donors are trying to message against federal voting rights legislation.

Yesterday brought back-to-back federal warnings about the pandemic. Biden called on states to reimpose mask mandates, and the director of the CDC warned of “impending doom” if Americans don’t take precautions. 

And in headlines: The final day of Amazon’s unionization vote, the first day of the Derek Chauvin trial, and a new poll shows Americans are the least religious they’ve been in decades. 

Show Links: 

“Inside the Koch-Backed Effort to Block the Largest Election-Reform Bill in Half a Century”

https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/inside-the-koch-backed-effort-to-block-the-largest-election-reform-bill-in-half-a-century


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Mar 30, 2021
OK Folks, Plateau's Over
00:17:26

The trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is set to begin today with opening statements. We explain what to expect and highlight new police reform efforts in cities across the country, including a pandemic decriminalization program in Baltimore that could become permanent.

Covid-19 cases are starting to rise again driven by increasing infection rates in places like New York, New Jersey, and Michigan. And although vaccinations continue to rise, experts still caution the public to wear masks in large settings. 

And in headlines: Myanmar’s deadliest day since the February coup, a new bill in Arkansas targets health care for trans youth, and Suez boat gets freed.

Show Links: 

NYPD officers are no longer protected from civil lawsuits after city council passes police reform legislation

https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/25/us/nyc-police-reform-nypd/index.html

Marilyn Mosby declares war on drugs over, formalizes policy to dismiss all possession charges in Baltimore

https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/crime/bs-md-ci-cr-mosby-stops-drug-prosecutions-20210326-7ra6pn2a4zcexnj6hmfv4wj6li-story.html

Covid-19 Variant Rages in Brazil, Posing Global Risk

https://www.wsj.com/articles/covid-19-variant-rages-in-brazil-posing-global-risk-11616845889


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Mar 29, 2021
Gender Disparities in College Sports (Takeline preview!)
00:16:52

In the new Crooked podcast Takeline, hosts Jason Concepcion and Renee Montgomery discuss the recent viral tweet by an Oregon Ducks women’s basketball player, highlighting the unequal support in women’s sports by the NCAA. They are also joined by senior writer for The Athletic Chantel Jennings, who provides more context regarding the treatment of female college athletes and coaches.

Subscribe now and follow Takeline for more conversations like this every Tuesday as Jason and Renee dive deep into the world of sports, culture, politics and more! 

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Mar 28, 2021
Biden Said Shots, Make It A Double
00:20:55

Biden held the first press conference of his presidency, yesterday, discussing the state of the nation’s vaccination effort, his views on the filibuster, and more. States are opening up vaccine eligibility, but there's an early pattern emerging of Black and Hispanic people getting smaller shares of vaccinations. 

The LAPD evicted an unhoused community that had set up tents in the Echo Park neighborhood of LA, and the department did it against the CDC’s guidance to pause encampment sweeps during the pandemic. The district’s city councilmember framed the action as part of an effort to rehabilitate the park, but members of the community showed up to support the people from being forced out. 

Plus, Jason Concepcion, host of Takeline and All Caps NBA joins us for headlines: no Zoom at the Oscars, the latest on the boat blocking the Suez Canal, and Amazon’s failed attempt to clapback.


Show Links:

California, Florida and other states will soon offer vaccines to all adults

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/25/us/california-florida-vaccine.html


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Mar 26, 2021
Standing Up For Sex Workers
00:23:35

In light of the Georgia shooter's claim that his attack was intended to "eliminate" "temptations," activists have talked about the killings in the context of violence targeted at Asian migrant sex workers, an often dehumanized and stigmatized community of AAPI women.

We spoke with Yves Tong Nguyen, an organizer with Red Canary Song, a grassroots collective of Asian and migrant sex workers and massage parlor workers. She told us about the harmful repercussions of criminalizing sex work, why policing isn't the answer, and more.

And in headlines: an elderly Chinese woman who was the victim of a recent racist attack in San Francisco will donate nearly a million dollars to fight anti-AAPI racism, a cargo ship gets stuck sideways in the Suez Canal, and Montana's governor gets in trouble for shooting a wolf.

Show Links:

Red Canary Song

https://www.redcanarysong.net/


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Mar 25, 2021
Colorado Mourns Again
00:18:50

Boulder police have identified a suspect in Monday’s deadly shooting in Colorado, which killed 10 people. President Biden addressed the nation and called on Congress to not wait "another minute" before working to act gun control laws, including a ban on assault-style rifles and high-capacity magazines. 

An independent oversight board accused Astrazeneca of choosing data that was “most favorable” instead of the most updated and complete info. 

And in headlines: attacks on AAPI people continued in New York City in spite of protests, jurors selected for the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, and Prince Harry scores his first 9-5 gig.

Show Links:

"Boulder shooting victims: Identifying the 10 lives lost"

https://www.denverpost.com/2021/03/23/boulder-shooting-victims/


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Mar 24, 2021
Divine Secrets Of The DC Statehood
00:19:38

The AstraZeneca vaccine was shown to completely prevent serious cases of COVID in a US clinical trial. We dig into the efficacy data on it, and what it means for the US and global vaccination campaigns.

The House held a hearing on D.C. statehood yesterday. DC has 700,000 residents and a large Black population, but no direct representation in Congress... House democrats want to change that, but they face an uphill battle in the Senate.

And in headlines: a gunman opened fire inside a grocery store in Boulder, a massive fire at a Rohingya refugee camp, and workplace controversies at 'Ellen' have led to a steep drop-off in viewers.

Show Links:

"Why you can't compare Covid-19 vaccines"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3odScka55A

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Mar 23, 2021
The Sunshine State Of Emergency
00:21:04

Thousands gathered in Georgia and other cities across the country for #StopAsianHate protests over the weekend, calling for solidarity and an end to hatred as well as stricter gun control laws. As we reflect on the horrors of the shootings, we discuss the victims and who they were. 

Coronavirus cases in the US have plateaued around 50,000 to 60,000 a day. Miami Beach had to declare a state of emergency this weekend and implement a curfew due to an influx of spring breakers. 

And in headlines: the Supreme Court will hear a case about organizing farmworkers, the NCCA apologizes for woefully unequal accommodations for women’s basketball teams, and The White House cracks down on weed-lovers in their ranks.

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Mar 22, 2021
Ad AstraZeneca
00:22:18

European countries including Germany, France, Italy, and Spain will resume using the AstraZeneca vaccine as early as today or next week. This comes the European Medicines Agency found no increased risk of blood clots among millions of vaccinations. The Biden administration announced plans to do "vaccine diplomacy" by sending millions of AstraZeneca doses to Canada and Mexico.

It's still not clear whether this week's killings in Georgia will officially be designated a hate crime... we explain why that designation is so rare, specifically in instances of anti-Asian violence. 

Plus, we're joined by The Daily Show's Roy Wood Jr. for headlines: Putin and Biden transatlantic beef, free sushi for people named Salmon in Taiwan, and Justin Long double-crosses to do ads for PCs.

Show Links:

"Asian-Americans Are Being Attacked. Why Are Hate Crime Charges So Rare?"

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/18/nyregion/asian-hate-crimes.html

"Stop AAPI Hate National Report"

https://secureservercdn.net/104.238.69.231/a1w.90d.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/210312-Stop-AAPI-Hate-National-Report-.pdf


Check out Roy Wood Jr.'s new podcast "Roy's Job Fair"

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/roys-job-fair/id1557272095


Check out NBA ALL CAPS, the new Youtube series from Crooked's Jason Concepcion

https://www.youtube.com/takelineshow


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Mar 19, 2021
Biden At The Border
00:24:53

A White gunman attacked three spas in the Atlanta area on Tuesday killing eight people including six women of Asian descent. The shootings happened in the larger context of increasing violence and racism faced by Asian-Americans. 

Yesterday we talked about the surge in migrants seeking asylum at the US-Mexico border. Today, we spoke to Atlantic staff writer Caitlin Dickerson to get a better sense of how we got here, how the Biden administration differs from Trump and Obama, and what’s to come. 

And in headlines: the ADL says 2020 marked a huge surge in White supremacist propaganda, the Movement for Black Lives doesn't support the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, and Uber to treat drivers as workers in England.


Show Links:

Learning for Justice has put together a toolkit for how to respond to COVID-19 Anti-Asian racism

https://www.learningforjustice.org/magazine/how-to-respond-to-coronavirus-racism

Donate to the Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund

https://www.aaldef.org/

Donate to the Asian Pacific Environmental Network

http://apen4ej.org/


If you need support:

Call 1-800-273-TALK

Asian languages: 1-877-990-8585

Text "CONNECT" to 741741

Or visit the Asian, Pacific Islander, and South Asian American (APISAA) Therapist Directory

https://www.asianmhc.org/apisaa


Report hate and harassment:

https://www.standagainsthatred.org/report


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Mar 18, 2021
Shots For Tots
00:20:48

Nearly 10,000 children seeking asylum have arrived to the United States southern border since February, and a lack of shelter space has led many of them to detention centers with substandard conditions. DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the number of people arriving at the border this year is expected to reach a 20-year high.

Moderna is beginning to test its COVID vaccine in children ages 6-months to 12-years-old, while other drug companies have started or will start trials in slightly older children. There's some debate about whether 3-feet of distance between students in schools might be sufficient... but the CDC has yet to revise their initial recommendation of 6-feet.

And in headlines: Georgia voters call on companies like Coca-Cola and Home Depot to stand against voter suppression law, believe it or not Russia did interference in the 2020 election, and Utah's state legislature wants to block porn on cell phones.

Show Links:

"How Amazon Crushes Unions"

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/16/technology/amazon-unions-virginia.html


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Mar 17, 2021
Vax on Pause
00:23:46

Italy, Germany, France and several other countries in Europe are halting use of Astrazeneca’s coronavirus vaccine amid concerns over side effects in handful of people. The company is defending the drug while authorities assess the situation further. 

Derek Chauvin’s defense lawyers have requested to postpone and relocate his trial following news of a $27 million settlement for the killing of George Floyd. 

And in headlines: Protests against sexual violence in Australia, Google’s goes to court over incognito mode, and hundreds of Spring Break-ers arrested in Miami Beach. 

Show Links:

"Hints of strategy and new revelations in first week of Derek Chauvin murder trial"

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/03/15/derek-chauvin-trial-strategy/


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Mar 16, 2021
Cuom Alone 2: Lost In New York
00:22:22

Covid cases continue to decline, though at a much slower rate than in January. That leveling off, plus the continued threat of variants has public health officials warning people to stay vigilant. Meanwhile, Italy goes back into lockdown. 

The Governor Cuomo saga continues to worsen with new reporting that his vaccine czar inappropriately called local officials to secure their support for Cuomo. This comes after a flood of Democratic lawmakers from New York called on the Governor to resign last Friday, including Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.

And in headlines: London police face backlash for breaking up Sarah Everard vigil, FEMA at the border, and Avatar reclaims its place as the highest-grossing film ever. 

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Mar 15, 2021
Respect Trans Existence Or Expect Resistance
00:19:59

President Biden said last night that he wants states to make all US adults eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by May 1st. In the coming days, he and VP Harris have plans to travel to sell the relief bill to the American people, and the first round of direct payments could be going out as soon as this weekend.

Mississippi just approved the first anti-trans law of 2021, which would require public schools and universities to make athletes compete according to their sex assigned at birth rather than gender identity. The ACLU is campaigning hard against these sorts of laws, and more than 500 NCAA athletes signed a letter this week asking the NCCAA to stop holding championship events in states with these kinds of laws or bills in the works.

And in headlines: New York's state assembly will open an impeachment investigation into Governor Andrew Cuomo, Derek Chauvin is now facing an additional third degree murder charge, and someone named Beeple makes $69 million selling an NFT JPG.


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Mar 12, 2021
Giving Vax And Taking Names
00:25:19

Today marks one year since the World Health Organization officially called the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. The US vaccination effort offers a glimpse of hope, though, with the total number of fully vaccinated Americans now exceeding the number of reported cases we've had nationwide.

We spoke with Sana Khan, a PhD student at the University of Arizona who is also a vaccination site volunteer, to get a better sense of what things look like on the ground, and what the 1-year mark means to her.

And in headlines: Arkansas outlaws abortion in all cases except when the pregnant person's life is at risk, Russia slows down Twitter domestically, and celebs are living the good unmasked life in Oz.


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

Mar 11, 2021
Fight For Your Right To Organize
00:20:51

The House passed the Protecting the Right to Organize Act on Tuesday, a bill that’s been called the biggest expansion of labor rights since the New Deal. Now, the question is whether the filibuster will kill this bill in the Senate… or if the bill will kill the filibuster. We discuss, and hear from Faiz Shakir, founder of More Perfect Union, on what this moment means for the labor movement. 

Today, the House is likely to pass the revised COVID relief bill, the last step before it goes to Biden’s desk. We talk through some provisions in the bill that are getting less attention: money for Native communities, money for Black farmers, and fixes to the Affordable Care Act. 

And in headlines: Myanmar’s military government cracks down on media coverage of protests, Tennessee expands vaccine eligibility to include inmates, and Piers Morgan to defend the Queen on his own time.


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

Mar 10, 2021
Our House Is A Very Very Very Vaxxed House
00:21:42

The CDC said fully vaccinated Americans can safely gather indoors together, and laid out other guidelines for our current stage of the pandemic. The daily rate of vaccination continues to increase, with a record of 2.9 million shots being given last Saturday.

The jury selection process in the trial of Derek Chauvin was delayed yesterday due to a dispute over whether a third degree murder charge can be brought. Finding impartial jurors will also prove to be difficult, considering the high-profile nature of the case.

And in headlines: Biden orders the Department of Education to review changes to Title 9 made under Trump, pervert rat Pepe Le Pew won't appear in Space Jam 2, and Papa John's 20-month anti-racism education.

Show Links:

"Meet the GOP voters who could decide whether the U.S. reaches herd immunity"

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/03/07/republicans-covid-vaccine/


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

Mar 09, 2021
Coming To The American Rescue
00:18:52

Senate Democrats passed the $1.9 trillion economic relief bill on Saturday, without any support from Republicans. The final bill pared back some elements of the House's version, including a minimum wage hike. Still, it's a massive cash infusion for low and middle income Americans, and could cut child poverty in half by some estimate.

Yesterday was the 56th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," where civil rights activists dared to cross the Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma, Alabama and were met with extreme violence from police. Biden marked the day by signing an executive order aimed at expanding voting access.

And in headlines: lawmakers call for Andrew Cuomo's resignation following additional allegations of sexual harassment, Swiss voters approve burqa ban, and a look at vaccination passports.

Show Links:

https://votesaveamerica.com/forthepeople/


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

Mar 08, 2021
UBI Feel It Coming
00:19:45

Republican governors in West Virginia and Alabama have continued to advise wearing masks, bucking the trend of governors in Mississippi and Texas who want to rush things back to normal. California Governor Gavin Newsom announc