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.
These states had the best pandemic responses in the country
As the U.S. prepares for another wave of the coronavirus, Politico looks at which states responded well to the first wave — and what the rest of the country can learn from their actions.
Analysis by Georgia Public Broadcasting and ProPublica sheds light on long lines at voting locations in Georgia: As voter registration has gone up in the state, the number of polling places has dropped.
For the New Yorker, Masha Gessen interviews Russian anti-corruption activist Alexey Navalny about his recovery after being poisoned and nearly dying.
The Washington Post has a story about a man diagnosed with terminal cancer who cast his ballot on the first day of early voting in Michigan, before dying a few days later.
Dueling town halls: Biden and Trump offer different messages
Last night, Donald Trump and Joe Biden competed for airtime in a pair of dueling town hall debates. Apple News Spotlight has a roundup of coverage.
The Washington Post looks at the record levels of early voting seen in this election cycle. And BuzzFeed News says the long lines seen at polling places this week don’t necessarily suggest voter suppression, but rather voter enthusiasm.
ProPublica goes behind the scenes at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and reveals how politics has undermined trust in the agency, even among the people who work there.
CNN profiles the rapid rise of Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister of New Zealand. Three years ago, at the age of 37, Ardern became the youngest woman ever elected to the role. Now she is on the verge of winning a second term.
Scientific American breaks down one astronomer’s math that there’s a 50/50 chance we are living in a simulation.
Inside the powerful group remaking America’s courts
The Atlantic calls Amy Coney Barrett a “luminary” of the conservative legal movement and traces her rise to the Federalist Society, which has had a major influence on federal judge selection during Republican administrations.
Stat and BuzzFeed provide some context to two recently paused COVID-19-related clinical trials — and explain why these pauses indicate the system is working.
The Washington Post‘s Voices From the Pandemic series features the story of Tony Green, who thought COVID-19 was overblown until he got sick and lost a close family member to the virus.
CNN explains why voters are often not allowed to wear clothes that contain political messaging when they go to the polls.
What happened on day two of the Amy Coney Barrett hearings
Vox and the Washington Post recap the second day of Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination hearings.
As the court allows the 2020 census count to stop temporarily, Reuters explains why some of the hardest-to-count regions may be even harder to survey this year because of the pandemic.
KCRW has the latest on pro-Armenian protests in L.A. that are calling for an end to escalating violence between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Vox has an explainer on the conflict.
The Guardian has the story of how Paul Milgrom found out he had won the Nobel prize in economics.
The possibility of expanding the Supreme Court
National Geographic looks at how the number of Supreme Court seats has changed throughout history. And Politico Magazine explains how Republicans have led efforts to change the number of justices on state Supreme Courts.
Stat reports that two presidents of historically Black universities who encouraged their communities to participate in coronavirus vaccine trails were immediately met with backlash. And ProPublica has the story of a Louisiana hospital that sent Black COVID-19 patients home to die.
The L.A. Times is out with a piece about incarcerated people in prison factories who were kept working during the pandemic, sometimes manufacturing essential items like masks and hand sanitizer.
Time discusses a UK-based study into the ability of dogs to detect the coronavirus.
What to expect at the Amy Coney Barrett hearings this week
As the Senate begins its debate over the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett Supreme Court, the Wall Street Journal says the hearings hold significant risks for both parties. Chuck Schumer tells Politico that Democrats have been instructed to avoid all questions about Barrett’s family or her religion, and plan instead to press her on her views on abortion and health care.
Bloomberg News looks at Cameron, Louisiana, which was hit by both Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta. Reuters reports on the widespread damage the town has sustained due to the back-to-back storms.
The Washington Post has the latest on the NFL games that were recently rescheduled due to coronavirus outbreaks. ESPN and the Wall Street Journal explain how the virus is affecting teams and the league’s current health and safety protocols.
NPR reports that a conservation group is warning that half a million sharks could be killed if an approved COVID-19 vaccine uses an oil that comes from shark liver.
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Solid but coverage bias
They try but there is definitely bias in which stories they choose to cover and which stories they choose to ignore.
I was on board with this podcast from the beginning as a news digest to listen to during my morning commute. However, during the most recent episode (October 16, 2020), I noticed a mistake and slanted language, and I don’t know if I can trust the reporting anymore.
In the report about early voting in the state of Georgia, Mr. Geraldino pronounced Gwinnett County as “Gwyneth County.” One would expect a reporter on a national stage to check the pronunciation of a county with almost 1 million residents (the population is roughly equivalent to Milwaukee County) and named after one of the country’s founding fathers, about whom Lin-Manuel Miranda and Stephen Colbert performed a comedy musical five years ago.
This mispronunciation was followed by, “where a lot of African-Americans live.” I believe this is slanted language being used to imply that the long waiting lines for early voting are an intentional form of voter suppression. Yes, my state has had issues with voting in the past few elections, but there was no need to include this description of Gwinnett County.
All of metro Atlanta has a large African-American population. As of the 2010 census, African-Americans make up 23.6% of the population of Gwinnett County. In the city of Atlanta, 54.0% of the population is African-American, and in the state of Georgia overall, African-Americans comprise 30.5% of the population. So Gwinnett County doesn’t even have an unusually large proportion of African-Americans compared to the rest of the state. I believe this line was only included as a dog whistle to get listeners upset about voter suppression which might not actually be happening (although I do agree that voter suppression occurred in certain parts of the state during the 2018 gubernatorial election).
Now that I see blatant poor reporting on a topic that I am intimately familiar with, I don’t think I’ll be able to take any other stories from this duo at face value.
I will be sticking with NPR’s Up First for my morning news digest podcast going forward.
Great, But Biased
I could care less about Blue or Red. It would be nice to hear real news that’s not biased