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What A Day cuts through all the chaos and clickbait to help you understand what matters and how you can fix it—all in just 15 minutes. Comedian Akilah Hughes and reporter Gideon Resnick 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 two people whose parents read to them as children. New episodes Monday through Friday at 5 a.m. EST.

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    • 4.7 • 9.3K Ratings

What A Day cuts through all the chaos and clickbait to help you understand what matters and how you can fix it—all in just 15 minutes. Comedian Akilah Hughes and reporter Gideon Resnick 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 two people whose parents read to them as children. New episodes Monday through Friday at 5 a.m. EST.

    It's Gonna Be May

    It's Gonna Be May

    Biden is now saying that we'll have enough vaccine doses for every American by the end of May, instead of July. Meanwhile, states like Texas and Mississippi lifting their mask requirements and relaxing restrictions -- something that public health officials have warned against.
    FBI Director Christopher Wray testified to congress yesterday, defending his agency’s handling of intelligence in advance of the January 6th attack on the Capitol. There’s another big hearing today, with a witness list that includes officials from the FBI, the National Guard, DHS, and more.
    And in headlines: 300 girls who were abducted in Nigeria were released, Jackson Mississippi still doesn’t have water, and six Dr. Seuss books will no longer be published.

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    • 18 min
    Read My Lips: More Billionaire Taxes

    Read My Lips: More Billionaire Taxes

    The coronavirus relief bill moves to the Senate this week. A group of progressive House Democrats are continuing to push for a minimum wage increase in the bill. Meanwhile, Senator Warren and other Democrats introduced a wealth tax proposal aimed at addressing economic inequality. We talk to Representative Pramila Jayapal about why she's pushing for it now.
    Protests in Myanmar are ongoing following the coup last month and the response from the police and military has grown increasingly violent. We review the recent history of the country, and recommend some good resources for digging in deeper. 
    And in headlines: President Biden meets virtually with Mexican President Lopez-Obrador, why pharma companies won’t share vaccine blueprints, and former French leader Nicolas Sarkozy is convicted of corruption.
    Show Links:
    "Is Democracy in Myanmar Dead?"
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/15/opinion/myanmar-protests.html
    Follow journalist Aye Min Thant's on the ground reporting
    https://twitter.com/the_ayeminthant
    "How a Deadly Power Game Undid Myanmar’s Democratic Hopes"
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/02/world/asia/myanmar-coup-aung-san-suu-kyi.html

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    • 20 min
    GO—And I Cannot Suppress This Enough—P

    GO—And I Cannot Suppress This Enough—P

    The US vaccination campaign is accelerating, with the country hitting over 2 million doses a day last Friday and Saturday. Following a plunge in new cases over the last few weeks, health experts are expressing some concern that progress may be plateauing.
    This week the Supreme Court is hearing a case that could determine the future of the Voting Rights Act. It comes as Republicans around the country introducing a flurry of bills to make voting harder. Democrats are pushing back, and on a federal level, they’re set to pass the For The People Act or HR1, which would end partisan gerrymandering, allow for automatic voter registration, and more. 
    And in headlines: Biden faces bipartisan backlash following airstrikes in Syria, Cuomo responds to a new allegation of sexual harassment, and Bella and Gigi Hadid’s dad does real estate hijinks in LA.
    Show Links:
    "The For the People Act Is Popular, Pass It Right Away"
    https://crooked.com/articles/for-the-people-act/

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    • 20 min
    Minimum Wage, Maximum Rage

    Minimum Wage, Maximum Rage

    The House is expected to pass its COVID relief bill as soon as today, but there's still a question of what happens when the bill gets to the Senate. Yesterday the Senate parliamentarian said the minimum wage increase couldn’t pass via the budget process. We explain the ruling, the reaction and where things could go from here. 
    With Black History Month almost over, we spoke to Black history educators from across the country about what it means to them in 2021 and who they are celebrating this year. 
    And in headlines, we're joined by special guest Nicole Byer: Lady Gaga's friend shot and dogs stolen, a man implicates himself at the Capitol riots by texting his ex, and Trump's tax records are in the hands of Manhattan prosecutors.

    Show Links:
    "2020 and the Recognition of HBCU Power"
    https://crooked.com/articles/2020-hbcu/

    "The Overlooked Role of Black Greek Organizations"
    https://crooked.com/articles/black-greek-organizations-harris/

    Journalist Farai Chideya on building a media that’s more representative and better connected to all communities (Pod Save America)
    https://crooked.com/podcast/party-of-q/

    Activist Alicia Garza on organizing for change under Biden (Lovett Or Leave It)
    https://crooked.com/podcast/teds-excellent-adventure/

    Journalist and host of the Black Diplomats podcast Terrell Jermaine Starr on how domestic activism fits into American foreign policy (Pod Save The World)
    https://crooked.com/podcast/the-coup-in-myanmar-explained/

    Comedian and commentator Baratunde Thurston on how Black and White America moves forward post Trump (Keep It)
    https://crooked.com/podcast/free-against-the-music-with-baratunde-thurston/

    OB/GYN and women’s health advocate Dr. Heather Irobunda on racism in medicine and how she’s using Tik Tok to “empower vagina owners"
    https://crooked.com/podcast/whats-up-doc-with-dr-heather-irobunda/

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    • 25 min
    Vaccinate K-8

    Vaccinate K-8

    The FDA put out analyses yesterday showing that Johnson & Johnson's single-dose vaccine is highly effective, setting the stage for its approval as early as this weekend.
    The CDC put out new guidelines for safely reopening schools earlier this month, and it comes as the Biden administration has said they are working to get a majority of K-8 schools open in their first 100 days. We spoke to Washington Post education reporter Moriah Balingit about the new guidelines, the COVID risk in schools, and what it all means for teachers and parents.
    And in headlines: Ghana became the first country to get free COVID-19 vaccines through COVAX, an update on Tiger Woods condition following his car crash, and California beats a legal challenge to its net neutrality law.
    Show Links:
    Read more from Moriah Balingit in the Washington Post:
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/people/moriah-balingit/

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    • 23 min
    Capitol Insecurity

    Capitol Insecurity

    Former Capitol security officials appeared before the Senate yesterday, citing communications failures for their inadequate response to the January 6th attack on the Capitol. The Senate also confirmed two more members of Biden’s cabinet: Linda Thomas-Greenfield as UN ambassador and Tom Vilsack as agriculture secretary. 
    Facebook has now un-banned news on its platform in Australia, after blocking it there in protest of a proposed law that would have required Facebook to pay the outlets that give the platform its content. Now, Australia has backed off, and will only require Facebook to negotiate with media partners. 
    And in headlines: the police officers who killed Daniel Prude will not face criminal charges, the Biden administration opened its first facility to house migrant children in Texas, and McDonald’s releases its new crispy chicken sandwich.
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    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
9.3K Ratings

9.3K Ratings

k_q13876 ,

If The Daily or Up First were fun and cool

I love this podcast. It’s really informative and I feel that I can trust what they tell me - no fake news here. Akilah and Gideon present the news with so much warmth, personality, humor, and depth. I used to listen to the daily and up first, but they’re so serious and depressing and it felt like I was listening to “what’s terrible in the world today.” What a Day shares the same info but in a way that doesn’t leave me feeling anxious and depressed.

Klyn3823 ,

Love the content, but...

I love the content and the hosts. I look forward to listening to WAD every day! The editing is rough though. I've recently noticed sloppy transitions, and sentences being cut off. Not sure if there's a new editor, and I'm totally willing to give some grace, but it seems to be an issue that I've just recently started to notice.

Nevertheless, I'm going to keep listening! Love the WAS Squad!

Dingyface ,

A short podcast that wastes time

I listen to this podcast daily, but only for select portions. Those parts are the first story and headlines. Unfortunately in a podcast that’s only about 15-20 minutes long, there is a 30 seconds intro before any speaking, about 3-5 minutes of commercials towards the end, and a pointless part of the show wherein the hosts “check their temps” - which means they mention something happening somewhere in the country (usually something not incredibly important), then talk about their personal imagination responses to that topic.
Basically, I listen to this podcast in case they touch on something that Up First misses. They usually do, so I continue to listen. But I make sure to use the FF button a lot.
That all said, the hosts (in spite of how they use the time) have enjoyable personalities and lovely voices.

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