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Join Shumita Basu every weekday morning as she guides you through some of the most fascinating stories in the news — and how the world’s best journalists are covering them.
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With the risk of a government shutdown growing and time running short, the House speaker faces a number of challenges. The Wall Street Journal explains. And ABC reports on what the looming government shutdown could mean for you. Ahead of her final game for the U.S. women’s national soccer team, ESPN takes a look back at Megan Rapinoe’s 10 best moments. In college football, Sports Illustrated has the story of how new Colorado coach Deion Sanders has transformed both the team and the sport more broadly. On this week’s episode of In Conversation, biographer Walter Isaacson discusses the reach, influence, and limitations of Elon Musk.
Walter Isaacson, author of the new biography Elon Musk, spent two years following the world’s richest man in an effort to understand what drives him. Isaacson joins Apple News In Conversation host Shumita Basu to explain what he learned about Musk’s reach and power, how his childhood shaped him, and why he has weekly meetings about colonizing Mars. Listen to the full interview on Apple Podcasts.
This episode includes a segment with a description of alleged sexual misconduct. Vice reports that the man whose life story inspired the hit movie ‘Sound of Freedom’ is facing multiple accusations of sexual misconduct. An executive producer of the movie is facing other allegations. The Washington Post reports on how Washington, D.C., is coping with a sharp rise in crime. As dual strikes grip Hollywood and shut down productions of scripted programs, the new fall season’s network schedules are leaning heavily on reality and game shows. The Wall Street Journal has a guide.
There are three major threats facing the U.S. economy — and they’re beyond the Federal Reserve’s control. Reuters has more. On Monday Illinois became the first state to eliminate cash bail. WBEZ reports on how it’s going so far. Baby boomers are aging. Their kids aren’t ready. Vox explains the unfolding senior-care crisis. Around 2,000 years ago, Indigenous people in Ohio built a “masterpiece of human creative genius” that’s now been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. NPR has the story.
In an interview with CBS, Zelenskyy makes the case for additional American aid to Ukraine. The Wall Street Journal looks into why more baby boomers are becoming homeless. NPR explains the surprisingly complex science of baby babble.
The Washington Post explains the potential role of global warming in the latest deadly flooding. The biggest sports-gambling season ever is kicking off. Vox looks into whether states are ready for the consequences. Celebrities are auctioning off quirky items to raise money for people who are out of work because of the writers’ and actors’ strikes. NBC has details.
The Washington Post reports on Iran’s crackdown on women’s rights activists ahead of the one-year mark of Mahsa Amini’s death in police custody. In Conversation looks at why so many American kids are struggling to learn how to read — and how to fix it. GQ talks to the guy in charge of cleaning up Burning Man.
America has long struggled with how best to teach kids to read. But a new approach, called the science of reading, is gaining steam — and it’s proving successful. At the same time, many classrooms haven’t caught up to it, and some students are being left behind. In the latest episode of Apple News In Conversation, host Shumita Basu talks to Karen D’Souza, a reporter for EdSource, about how our understanding of literacy has evolved over time, and what educators, parents, and lawmakers are doing to better prepare young readers. Listen to the full interview on Apple Podcasts.
Entertainment Weekly explains the union backlash over Drew Barrymore resuming her talk show during the strike. An FDA panel says an ingredient in popular cold medicines doesn’t actually work. The Wall Street Journal has details. The BBC has the story of how a stolen Van Gogh was handed over to a Dutch art detective — in a blue Ikea bag.
More than 5,000 people have died in Libya’s catastrophic flooding, and 10,000 are believed missing. The Washington Post details how weak infrastructure and an unusual storm contributed to the huge death toll. California pharmacies are making millions of mistakes. They’re fighting to keep that a secret. The Los Angeles Times investigates. Vox explains how adult birthday parties turned into weeklong blowouts.
Ahead of this week’s strike deadline, United Auto Workers called a GM counteroffer “insulting.” USA Today looks into how negotiations are going between the union and the three major U.S. automakers. KFF Health News reports on what experts think about the new COVID booster shots. And Time breaks down all the shots available in the months ahead, including protection against RSV. Can artificial intelligence allow us to speak to another species? The New Yorker speaks to researchers who are asking the question.
CNN reports on how some Moroccan earthquake survivors are still fending for themselves in the Atlas Mountains. The Washington Post looks into how climate change is creating new health crises around the world. Biden rejected proposed conditions for a plea deal for 9/11 defendants. Victims’ families have been waiting for a trial for more than 20 years as the case moves slowly through the court system. ABC has more.
CBS reports on why a wave of child-care-center closures is expected as pandemic stimulus funds dry up. India’s government referred to the country as “Bharat” in an official G20 invitation to a dinner in New Delhi. Critics say it’s a move by Hindu nationalists to exclude other faiths. Time explains. Couples are spending hundreds of dollars an hour to hire their college mascots for weddings. The Wall Street Journal talked to mascots about the challenges of dancing for hours in a giant bird, beaver, or frog costume.
Growing up, Jennifer Senior thought her mom was an only child. But when she was 12 years old, she learned her mom had a sister, named Adele, who was institutionalized as a baby. Adele had spent almost her entire life separated from her family. Decades later, in 2021, Senior reconnected with her aunt and uncovered the dark history of institutionalizing children with intellectual disabilities. Senior wrote about her aunt’s story in the Atlantic and spoke with Apple News In Conversation host Shumita Basu about her experience. Listen to the full interview on Apple Podcasts.
Prosecutors predicted that a trial in the Georgia election case will last four months. The timeline would force Trump to spend a third of a year sitting in an Atlanta courtroom, possibly while also running for president and juggling three other criminal cases. The Washington Post has more. ESPN has everything you need to know ahead of the 2023 NFL regular season, including how the teams rank before Week 1. Bloomberg explains why the Caribbean island of Anguilla is expected to make millions this year from a surge in demand for web addresses ending with .ai.
NPR looks into schools’ struggle to deal with an alarming increase in teenagers overdosing on fentanyl. Several major festivals have faced serious disruptions recently. The Washington Post looks into why. Coco Gauff is the first American teenager to reach the U.S. Open semifinals since Serena Williams. Reuters has more. And the Wall Street Journal reports on how stars of tennis are carving out time to study the moves of Carlos Alcaraz.
U.S. officials say Ukraine’s southern counteroffensive has seen “notable” progress. CBS reports. The Dallas Morning News details how Texas attorney general Ken Paxton’s legal issues stretch far beyond his impeachment trial. USA Today explains why wild flamingos have appeared in so many U.S. states in recent days.
U.S. allies and adversaries around the world are preparing for a possible second Trump presidency. The Wall Street Journal has the story. A Reuters investigation found that at Taser maker Axon, former staffers say loyalty meant being tased and tattooed. CNN explains why this college-football season could be the last of its kind.
Rebuilding after catastrophes like Idalia is dependent on the federal government’s Disaster Relief Fund. But the program could run out of money this fall if Congress can’t agree on how to replenish it. Inside Climate News has the story. Tourists were initially urged to stay away from Maui after the island’s devastating wildfires. Now some in the community want visitors to return. The Los Angeles Times spoke with locals. More people are discovering Swedish death cleaning, which encourages them to rethink their possessions while alive so as not to burden loved ones after they’re gone. The Washington Post explains.
Fox Weather is tracking Hurricane Idalia’s impact on Florida and other Southeast states. Families of troops killed in the Kabul airport bombing as the U.S. pulled out of Afghanistan were on Capitol Hill calling for accountability. CNN has the story. And the Atlantic has a book excerpt with the inside story of how Biden and his team handled the withdrawal. Federal student loans are emerging from a pandemic deep freeze, and borrowers are confused. The Wall Street Journal breaks things down. A rare “super blue moon” will be visible tonight. USA Today explains what that means.
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Thank,s 🚩

Sep 21st

Evan Hammond

Thank you for bringing your best to work every single day.

Apr 26th

Ashley Gutierrez

Bummer, all of your episodes have white noise.

Jul 22nd
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