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The news you need to know to start your day. Five top news stories and why they matter. Seven days a week, with deep-dive Sunday episodes. Hosted by Taylor Wilson and Claire Thornton. Discover more USA TODAY podcasts at usatoday.com/podcasts

    Supreme Court weighs challenge to Mississippi abortion ban

    Supreme Court weighs challenge to Mississippi abortion ban

    Supreme Court correspondent John Fritze fills us in. Plus, charges are expected today after a school shooting in Michigan, investigative reporter Craig Harris talks about a survey showing employers are taking vaccine mandates into their own hands, a Major League Baseball lockout appears inevitable and climate change is creating irregular rainfall.




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    • 13 min
    Omicron variant brings more questions than answers

    Omicron variant brings more questions than answers

    Health reporter Elizabeth Weise fills us in on the latest. Plus, a judge blocks federal vaccine mandates for health care workers in ten states, a federal appeals court will hear arguments about former President Donald Trump's records, it's Giving Tuesday and national correspondent Bill Keveney talks about supply chain issues' impact on toy donations.




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    • 15 min
    Opening arguments begin in Ghislaine Maxwell trial

    Opening arguments begin in Ghislaine Maxwell trial

    The multimillionaire socialite faces charges of helping to get underage girls for Jeffrey Epstein to abuse. Plus, education reporter Chris Quintana explains what American universities are doing to address caste discrimination, the trial of Jussie Smollett begins, reporter Nina Mandell looks at the story behind Starbucks' red holiday cups and Cyber Monday is here.




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    • 9 min
    The Metaverse: What is it? How will people use it?

    The Metaverse: What is it? How will people use it?

    The metaverse is here already. Hosts of the Talking Tech podcast Brett Molina and Mike Snider join Shannon Rae Green on today's episode to discuss how the virtual worlds that many of us already inhabit will become much more advanced. There's significant privacy and security risks, plus mental health issues to consider. Microsoft, Facebook and other tech giants are making plans.

    Read and listen to Mike and Brett's work on the metaverse here, here or here - and you can find more from them at tech.usatoday.com.

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    • 11 min
    The omicron variant

    The omicron variant

    The latest COVID-19 variant is creating fresh travel bans. Plus, markets are wobbly amid variant fears, we remember Stephen Sondheim, it's rivalry weekend in college football and Hanukkah begins.




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    • 11 min
    Will tapping the US oil reserve lower gas prices?

    Will tapping the US oil reserve lower gas prices?

    White House reporter Matthew Brown says analysts are skeptical. Plus, consumer news reporter Kelly Tyko fills us in on Black Friday, scientists are scrambling after the latest COVID-19 variant has been detected, we talk leftovers and how long they're good for and a pair of golf rivals face off in 'The Match.'




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    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
706 Ratings

706 Ratings

BananaAB ,

7 Days a Week!

I like it.

Shipp21 ,

Good content, not great hosts

The content is fairly good but can’t listen to Taylor Wilson read the news. Too much inflection that it sounds manufactured. Just give it to us straight.

RamblinPhotoger ,

This is a great way to start your day

This podcast continues to be a well produced and excellent source of news and information. Taylor does a great job Monday through Friday highlighting the top stories. And Shannon has followed Claire with excellent stories on Sundays. (The on on the Metaverse was well reported).

It a verbal version of the newspaper. I recommend it.

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