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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. Powered by the USA TODAY Network and hosted by Taylor Wilson and Claire Thornton.

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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. Powered by the USA TODAY Network and hosted by Taylor Wilson and Claire Thornton.

    Kamala Harris to virtually meet with Mexico's president

    Kamala Harris to virtually meet with Mexico's president

    The VP will discuss migration and other issues. Plus, a 6th grade girl opened fire at an Idaho middle school, a hostage situation at a Minnesota bank ended peacefully, the Biden administration supports efforts to waive intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines and Guy Ritchie and Jason Statham team up again in a new movie.




    (Audio: Associated Press)

    • 10 min
    US may be closer to a vaccine tipping point than expected

    US may be closer to a vaccine tipping point than expected

    Health reporter Elizabeth Weise explains. Plus, a review board reverses the firing of the Atlanta police officer who killed Rayshard Brooks, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is expected to sign a controversial voter bill into law, President Joe Biden touts his jobs plan in Louisiana and Broadway will return this fall.




    (Audio: Associated Press)

    • 11 min
    Minnesota activist seeks justice for fiancée

    Minnesota activist seeks justice for fiancée

    In the latest excerpt from 'Boots on the Ground,' we hear from Toshira Garraway, who lost her fiancée to alleged police violence more than a decade ago. She continues to fight for justice. Plus, Supreme Court correspondent John Fritze stops by to break down the court's latest oral argument, former President Donald Trump might soon be back on Facebook, the U.S. birth rate falls to its lowest point in more than a century and the Eta Aquarid meteor shower lights up the sky.




    (Audio: Associated Press)

    • 13 min
    Finding peace after George Floyd

    Finding peace after George Floyd

    Today, we play more clips from USA TODAY's new documentary, 'Boots on the Ground.' Plus, the U.S. will restrict travel between the U.S. and India, severe weather continues after an Atlanta tornado, teachers are appreciated after a hard year and May the 4th be with you.




    (Audio: Associated Press)

    • 11 min
    Funeral to be held for Andrew Brown Jr. in North Carolina

    Funeral to be held for Andrew Brown Jr. in North Carolina

    Sheriff's deputies killed him last month. Plus, tens of thousands of municipal employees return to the office in New York City as reopenings continue, Apple goes to court with the maker of 'Fortnite,' severe weather dips temperatures in the central U.S. and Grand Canyon National Park is looking for hunters to reduce the bison population.




    Click here for a documentary on Minnesota activism after the death of George Floyd.




    (Audio: Associated Press)

    • 9 min
    Talking Tech: Streaming woes over Roku and YouTube TV

    Talking Tech: Streaming woes over Roku and YouTube TV

    Talking Tech podcast host Brett Molina joins Claire Thornton to discuss the fractured landscape of streaming. For some users, there's no way to get the content they're after because of disagreements between tech companies like Roku and Google. These situations can remind us that when we stream, we're at the mercy of tech giants like Amazon, Apple and Disney to keep the content we're craving available to users.

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    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
465 Ratings

465 Ratings

drjekyllmrlee ,

Liberal confirmation bias

Brief bite of yesterday’s news but interviewees are decidedly liberal without conservative rebuttal. Having three liberal interviewees on the same episode? Really? I just wish for independent middle of the political road journalism. I do not wish to hear from either extremes of the political spectrum. If this podcast continues leftist slant then I will seek a replacement. I suppose lefties just want to hear what they already believe thus the confirmation bias. I’m not up for this koolaid anymore.

SarahLynnSD ,

Today I am unsubscribing

I really enjoyed the show when it was actually five headlines that I needed to know. You have left the format behind, and these in depth stories are no longer what I’m looking for. I signed up for five things because I wanted a snapshot of the daily news. Really disappointed that you are no longer that.

mickey0012 ,

Great podcast!

I listen to 5 Things every day on my Google Home. I love how the podcast has changed and now includes more reporters and longer Sunday episodes. This Sunday’s episode with transgender athletes was very eye-opening. Taylor and Claire do a great job of telling very important stories. I’ve listened to 5 Things for a couple months and now I also subscribe to USA Today online. I want to keep getting more of the content!

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