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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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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.

    Gaza protests grow on U.S. college campuses

    Gaza protests grow on U.S. college campuses

    NBC News takes a look at how Gaza protests are playing out at colleges across America.

    A provision that would ban TikTok — or force a sale — landed in a foreign-aid bill for Ukraine and Israel that is expected to pass the Senate today. NPR explains what to know about the possible ban.

    Wall Street Journal reporter Jim Carlton details efforts in California to stop a coastal train route from falling into Pacific.

    Today’s episode was guest-hosted by Gideon Resnick.

    • 10 min
    Who is Juan Merchan, the judge in Trump’s hush-money trial?

    Who is Juan Merchan, the judge in Trump’s hush-money trial?

    Judge Juan Merchan, who’s presiding over Donald Trump’s New York criminal trial, has already ruled against him. USA Today journalist Bart Jansen explains how Merchan works.

    Wall Street Journal reporter Liz Essley Whyte tells us why drug shortages in America have reached a record high.

    Something weird is happening with Caesar salads. The Atlantic takes a look.

    Today’s episode was guest-hosted by Gideon Resnick.

    • 10 min
    How guns became ubiquitous in the U.S. after Columbine

    How guns became ubiquitous in the U.S. after Columbine

    Since the mass shooting at Columbine High School 25 years ago, guns have grown ubiquitous in America. The Trace examines how that’s changed the way we navigate our lives.

    This week’s Apple News In Conversation explores how money affects your mental health, featuring advice from therapist Megan McCoy. 

    Breaking — aka breakdancing — has made it into the Olympics for the first time. NBC News details what to expect in Paris.

    Today’s episode was guest-hosted by Yasmeen Khan. 

    • 11 min
    Understanding the blame game over Gaza aid delays

    Understanding the blame game over Gaza aid delays

    Israel has blocked a huge array of aid items from entering Gaza. The Washington Post has the full list, from crutches to chocolate croissants. Meanwhile, CBS reports on recent finger-pointing between Israel and the U.N. on delays to aid. 

    Missouri teen Ralph Yarl tells NBC News how he’s been coping since he was shot in the head after ringing the wrong doorbell nearly a year ago: “It is a constant uphill battle.”

    NASA confirmed that the heavy chunk of metal that crashed into a Florida home last month was space-station debris. The Guardian has more. 

    Today’s episode was guest-hosted by Yasmeen Khan. 

    • 10 min
    Their ship hit the Key Bridge. Why are they stuck aboard?

    Their ship hit the Key Bridge. Why are they stuck aboard?

    Twenty-one sailors are stuck aboard the ship that hit Baltimore’s Key Bridge — with no end in sight. Popular Mechanics has the story.

    Vox explains Caitlin Clark’s staggeringly low WNBA starting salary.

    Why would anyone steal $300,000 in Lego sets? Believe it or not, there’s a booming black market, according to the Los Angeles Times. 

    Today’s episode was guest-hosted by Yasmeen Khan. 

    • 10 min
    Supreme Court hears Jan. 6 case with implications for Trump

    Supreme Court hears Jan. 6 case with implications for Trump

    The Supreme Court will weigh if January 6 insurgents can be charged with obstruction. Washington Post reporter Ann Marimow explains the implications.

    One year into Sudan’s civil war, there are fears of repeated atrocities. NPR reports.

    Author Salman Rushdie speaks with CBS News about the 2022 attack that nearly took his life, and the new book he’s written about the incident.

    Today’s episode was guest-hosted by Yasmeen Khan.

    Correction: Children under age 5 make up more than a quarter of people displaced by the civil war in Sudan. Due to an editing error, a previous version of this episode said they make up more than a quarter of people killed.

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Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
50 Ratings

50 Ratings

Jackashley ,

Good start

This is really good but I feel like a lot of the stories are u.s focused and I’d like to see stories from other places in the world.

App Store - J ,

Disappointed and Unsubscribing: A Decline in Quality for a Once-Great Podcast

I have been a loyal listener of this podcast for over a year now, but I must admit that I am seriously considering unsubscribing. It's truly disheartening to see how much the show has declined in quality over the past year. While I understand that change is inevitable, the recent departure of one of the reporters seems to have thrown things off balance.

However, what pushed me to the breaking point was the latest episode. Spending more than eight minutes on a single story felt excessive, especially considering that this show is only supposed to be a 10-minute briefing. I appreciate the importance of some stories and the interview style can be interesting at times, but devoting the majority of the show to a single topic feels like a misstep.

If the show wants to have in-depth, long-form discussions, there's already a segment for that called "In Conversation." Perhaps the topic covered in the latest episode could have been better suited for that format, while the daily show should focus on providing a variety of topics and stories. After all, as some other listeners have pointed out, this podcast has already narrowed its scope to U.S. news exclusively, so why limit it even further to just one story a day?

I used to be a huge fan of this podcast, and it saddens me to write this review. The content was informative, well-rounded, and deserving of a five-star rating just a year ago. However, the recent changes have left me feeling frustrated and unfulfilled. I understand that shows evolve, but it seems that this podcast has lost its way.

I hope the creators take this feedback into consideration and find a way to bring back the spark that initially drew so many listeners in. Otherwise, I fear they may lose more dedicated fans like myself who feel that the show is no longer delivering what it promised.

Tobi_33 ,

In conversation episodes are the highlight

The weekend episodes are really good. One topic highlighted and reported on by great journalists across the world. Very informative and often thought provoking.

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