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.
Young activists on what they want from the climate summit
Children at the U.N. climate summit are urging governments to commit to policies that put kids’ needs first. The Guardian tells their stories.
Fox Sports has a preview of this weekend’s MLS Cup showdown.
This week’s In Conversation is a guide to smarter, more ethical shopping this holiday season.
Gaza gets even more dangerous for civilians
An Amnesty International investigation claims American-made weapons were used in two Israeli airstrikes that killed 43 civilians in Gaza. CNN reports.
NBC News details how Israel’s new grid map of Gaza is adding to the confusion and anger there.
NASA may pay $1 billion to destroy the International Space Station. Scientific American explains why.
Biden reflects with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on finding solace in grief.
New details of sexual violence in Hamas’s October 7 attack
The first segment of today’s show contains graphic details about sexual violence.
Investigators are looking into new evidence emerging of horrific sexual violence in the October 7 Hamas attack on Israel. The Sunday Times has details.
The Wall Street Journal examines what a fall in the rate of Black workers being promoted to management says about corporate diversity efforts.
The Guardian goes inside the weird and secretive world of creating new flavors of potato chips.
The horror of babies left behind in a Gaza hospital
The first segment of today’s show contains graphic details about newborns who died in a Gaza hospital.
The Washington Post has the story of a nurse in Gaza who was caring for premature babies — then faced the most difficult decision of his life.
The Atlantic on why it may never be a good time to buy a house.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s podcast Wiser Than Me is the winner of the Apple Podcasts Award for Show of the Year. The Wall Street Journal calls it her most personally revealing work yet.
These Ukrainian teens could help convict Putin on war crimes
The Washington Post interviews Ukrainian teenagers who narrowly escaped Russia, and explains how their testimony could be used to prove Putin committed war crimes.
The BBC reports on how world leaders at the U.N. climate summit are promising to tackle the role of food and agriculture in climate change. And Grist asks historians, economists, and food-policy experts what would happen if everyone on Earth stopped eating meat tomorrow.
The Atlantic argues for making more friends outside of your age group.
Why Israel detains so many Palestinians
After a seven-day pause, the Washington Post reports that fighting has resumed between Israel and Hamas.
Vox explains why so many Palestinians are detained in Israeli prisons, while CNN speaks with some of those who’ve been released as part of the recent hostage deal to learn more about their experiences.
The first new legislation in eight decades to regulate chemicals in cosmetics comes into effect this month. Inside Climate News reports on how critics say it doesn’t go far enough, and on how risks from unregulated toxic substances in beauty and personal care products fall disproportionately on Black women.
USA Today explains how a children’s movie inspired an unusual name for a rare atmospheric phenomenon.
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.
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.
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.