What A Day cuts through all the chaos and crimes to help you understand what matters and how you can fix it—all in just 20 minutes. Hosts Tre’vell Anderson, Priyanka Aribindi and Josie Duffy Rice 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.
SCOTUS Ends A Low Term On A Low Note
The Supreme Court issued more rulings on Wednesday — one of which dramatically increased the power that states have over Native American tribes and tribal lands. We walk through what was decided yesterday and what’s still to come as the court finishes up its term.
In headlines: Ukrainian and Russian officials agreed to the largest prisoner exchange since the war began, R. Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison, and Britney Griner’s detention in Russia was extended for the fourth time.
And Gideon bids farewell to the WAD Squad for his last episode on the show.
Ketchup On The Latest January 6th News
The latest House January 6th hearing was perhaps the most explosive to date with testimony from Cassidy Hutchinson, the top aide to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. We walk through some of our biggest takeaways from the surprise hearing.
The fight to preserve abortion access continues in several states. Kelley Robinson, the executive director of Planned Parenthood’s Action Fund, joins us to discuss what advocacy organizations like hers are doing on the ground to protect access. And we hear more from you, our listeners, about how you’re feeling right now.
And in headlines: dozens of dead migrants were found dead in an abandoned truck in Texas, Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced to 20 years in prison, and Turkey said it no longer opposes Finland and Sweden joining NATO.
Drag Queen History Hour
The Supreme Court issued more rulings on Monday. There have also been several legal challenges to the trigger laws set to go into effect in states like Louisiana and Utah once the court overturned Roe last Friday.
Today is the 53rd anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. In honor of the drag queens of color like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera who were central to the fight for LGBTQ equality, we walk through the history of drag and politics.
We talk to actor and activist Terence Smith about his iconic presidential campaign as his drag persona, Joan Jett Blakk. RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Peppermint tells us about how she’s used her platform to advocate for the queer community. And Taylor Alxndr of Southern Fried Queer Pride explains how they use drag as a tool for political organizing in their community.
The Fight For Abortion Rights Isn't Over
The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to overturn Roe v Wade on Friday, and throughout the weekend people took to the streets. We hear from you, our listeners, about how you’re affected by the news. And Leah Litman, co-host of Crooked’s Strict Scrutiny, joins us to answer some of the big legal questions we have about the ruling.
In headlines: Russian forces rampaged across Ukraine, G7 leaders announced a $600 billion global infrastructure program, and the melting-down of a bronze Robert E. Lee statue was halted.
And we hear from some people and organizations fighting for abortion access right now about how they’re staying hopeful.
SCOTUS Shoots Down A NY Gun Control Law
The Supreme Court announced more rulings on Thursday — one of which dealt a huge blow to gun control advocates. The court struck down a New York State law that had a strict permitting process for people who wanted to carry concealed guns in public. Leah Litman, co-host of Crooked’s Strict Scrutiny, joins us to discuss what this ruling could mean for the rest of the country.
The January 6th House committee held its final hearing of the month on Thursday. The focus was on how former President Donald Trump tried to weaponize the Justice Department to push the Big Lie. Brian Beutler, Crooked’s editor-in-chief, joins us to unpack what we learned from this last month of hearings.
And in headlines: Ukraine took its first step toward joining the European Union, the Education Department will cancel $6 billion dollars of federal student loan debt, and Netflix laid off 300 employees.
Ready, Aim, Bipartisan Gun Control Deal
The Senate unveiled a highly-anticipated, bipartisan gun control bill on Tuesday. The chamber voted 64-34 in a procedural vote to allow for its quick passage, which some hope will happen as soon as Saturday. Chip Brownlee, a reporter at The Trace, a nonprofit newsroom that focuses on gun violence in America, joins us to discuss key parts of the legislation.
And in headlines: a huge earthquake in Afghanistan left over 1,000 people dead, Cleveland Browns quarterback DeShaun Watson settled with most of his accusers, and the White House plans to reduce the amount of nicotine in cigarettes sold in the U.S.
A light touch with a lot of content
It’s a pleasant and original way of getting the news. All the hosts are fun and light. Love it!
WAD cuts through there chaos and yet misses the mark
Long time listener and fan of WAD. I’ve recently fallen off the wagon within the last few months and decided to listen to the most recent episode, which unfortunately happened to be June 2nd’s featuring the Heard vs Depp case.
To preface, I’ve always enjoyed listening to the day’s news and appreciated the succinct nature that still retained some depth and authenticity. However, today’s coverage felt just complete carbon copy of Twitter moments. Maybe in an attempt to remain neutral, The framing of the story was shallow and misrepresented the results of the case, and will no doubt perpetuate more harmful behaviours regarding the nuanced and complicated issue that an abusive relationship is.
For context, I was someone who supported and believed Heard’s for years after her accusations became public - that was until the evidence for both sides was released more than a year ago, and then my opinion changed. While I don’t support the vile things being said about Heard, to claim that the evidence presented was in any way equal and that the US/UK cases are identical is both a gross generalization and is harmful to victims of abuse and the public as a whole. While going fairly in depth to the claims of abuse against Depp, Having the results of Heard’s “loss” be framed as something bad for victims, without discussing any of the evidence of her arguably worse physical and verbal abuse in the relationship presents a nonsensical result. In the end, an abusive relationship leaves only losers, and shallow coverage such as this exacerbates that.
After the brief discussion about the case ended, I felt sick to my stomach about how much little research or care went into this episode. Please do better.. you’ve lost a fan.
This is an awesome podcast! I am legitimately sad when the weekend roles around and I don’t have WAD to listen to.
I loved that you all did land acknowledgment at the beginning of the episode and hope that that trend catches on on days other than Indigenous Peoples Day, and across the Crooked pods. What a great way to model a simple shift.