Join Shumita Basu and Duarte Geraldino every weekday morning as they guide you through some of the most fascinating stories in the news — and how the world’s best journalists are covering them.
What doctors are seeing in states with low vaccination rates
Doctors and public-health officials in states with low COVID-vaccination rates are trying to get more shots in arms as the Delta variant helps drive case numbers back up. Politico’s Erin Banco reports from Alabama and Louisiana on why some states are having trouble.
The catastrophic flooding we’ve seen around the world lately is a reminder that many American cities aren’t well prepared for heavy rain, Slate says.
The price of diapers is on the rise. The Wall Street Journal reports on how this has politicians considering new moves to help families who are struggling with the cost.
As U.S. Olympians compete in Tokyo, a 101-year-old coaching legend will be watching. The L.A. Times has the story of the godfather of judo in America.
In Conversation: How loss has propelled Olympian Lolo Jones to new success
Lolo Jones is one of only a few Olympic athletes who has competed in both the Summer and Winter Games. She started out racing in track and field but suffered a crushing loss in the 2008 Olympics. Jones later turned to bobsledding and won’t be competing in Tokyo this year. Instead, she’s currently training to qualify for the Winter Games in 2022.
Sports Illustrated recently featured a profile of Lolo Jones written by Julie Kliegman. The piece looks at the ways Jones has used her setbacks as fuel to pivot and redefine success for herself. It also covers how the athlete has suffered intense media scrutiny throughout her career. Kliegman’s article, called “Lolo Jones’s Eternal Reinvention,” is available to read (and listen to) in Apple News+.
Jones joined Apple News Today’s In Conversation to discuss the Tokyo Games, her struggles with mental health, and her experiences appearing on reality TV.
Kiddie-pool swims? Odd tales of pandemic Olympic training.
Pandemic shutdowns pushed Olympians to get creative about their training while gyms and other facilities were closed. The Wall Street Journal spoke to athletes who improvised in unusual ways, from swimming in a kiddie pool to fencing in an alley.
Many women in the restaurant industry face sexual harassment. NPR looks at new research linking dependence on tipping, and job requirements to appear friendly, with an increased likelihood of being sexually harassed.
A tiny island off the coast of Louisiana is disappearing, leaving its Indigenous residents with a difficult decision to make. Inside Climate News went there to tell their story.
A clever community of cockatoos in Australia has figured out how to open people’s trash cans. The Atlantic reports that scientists are fascinated by the way the birds seem to be learning to lift the lids from one another.
Delta variant threatens to upend U.S. economic recovery
The Washington Post speaks to business and policy leaders who worry the fast-spreading Delta variant of the coronavirus could upend America’s economic recovery, just as federal stimulus programs run out.
Many customer-service representatives regularly face both verbal abuse from customers and pressure from demanding managers. ProPublica talked with several of these workers, who shared often disturbing stories about their jobs.
If you’re looking to adopt a dog, you might have to wait a while. New York Magazine has an in-depth look at why the number of rescue dogs is dwindling as demand grows.
The host of the NBC Olympics podcast The Podium joins the show to talk about what to watch for as the Games get underway.
A congressional showdown over the future of infrastructure
New numbers show U.S. life expectancy dropped by about a year and a half in 2020. CNBC has the latest data on COVID-19’s deadly impact on America.
Talks over big-ticket infrastructure spending could finally come to a head in Congress this week. Politico explains how a risky bet by the Senate’s top Democrat could determine the fate of around $600 billion in new spending.
ESPN reports on the Milwaukee Bucks’ NBA Finals victory, their first championship win in 50 years.
At least a dozen athletes competing for Team USA in Tokyo are mothers. The Washington Post talks to a number of Olympians on the fight to change attitudes about motherhood and sports.
Tilda Swinton’s dogs have won an acting prize at Cannes. W Magazine has the story of the Palm Dog, an unofficial award with quite a following.
How spyware allowed governments to hack people’s smartphones
The Washington Post is out with new investigative reporting on how governments around the world have used powerful spyware to track journalists, activists, and executives by hacking their smartphones.
As climate change drives temperatures up, USA Today looks at how farmworkers are facing increasing health hazards in the extreme heat.
It’s a bad time to buy a car, new or used. Slate explains why prices are so high and says they’re likely to stay that way for a while.
Olympians Kristie and Samantha Mewis are the first sisters to play together for the U.S. women’s soccer team in a world championship. The Wall Street Journal spoke with their parents about what it was like to raise two soccer stars under one roof.
Left of center
If I could only find unbiased news sources. I guess I’m going with the BBC podcasts since I don’t want either left or right slanted news. Maybe I’m naive to believe such a news source exists . Just the facts ma’am.
Ms. Shumita, Mr. Geraldino and Staff are doing a wonderful job. Listened to every day by our family - nicely done.
Apple News is inconsistent...
Since either this podcast can’t be delivered on time or apple can’t make a default app that downloads the most recent episode for over 2 days I’m done with ANT. I’ll use a podcast app that works to listen to to shows when they actually come out.