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.
In Conversation: Delivery workers feel exploited. They’re fighting back.
Delivery workers are a vital part of New York City’s infrastructure, so much so that during the pandemic, they were hailed as heroes. But this class of workers is also abused, underpaid, exploited, and largely ignored. Now they’re fighting for protections and better working conditions — and making some headway. Investigations editor Josh Dzieza spoke with more than 20 delivery workers for this story, published by the Verge and New York Magazine.
Thanks to Danilo Parra, New York Magazine, the Verge, and Vox Media for providing audio content for this episode. You can find their full video, “The Invisible 65,000,” here.
What’s holding up federal aid to renters?
Congress approved $47 billion to pay back rent and prevent evictions. NPR explains why so little of that money has made it to the millions of people who need it.
The controversy over jokes about transgender people in Dave Chappelle’s Netflix special is reaching a critical point. Bloomberg lays out some key facts.
Supply-chain issues are still causing problems for the automobile industry. Car and Driver reveals how the car shortage is so bad that dealers are putting unfinished vehicles on the lot just to fill space.
A shredded Banksy painting sold for $25.4 million, a record. Quartz reports on how a surprise move by the mysterious artist to destroy the work wound up making it far more valuable.
The latest moves in the Capitol-attack investigation
The House committee probing the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol subpoenaed a former Justice Department official described as having been at the center of then-president Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election results. Bloomberg has details.
An investigation from the Intercept found that a network of right-wing health-care providers made millions selling bogus COVID treatments.
America’s national parks are drawing huge crowds, and the National Park Service is making changes to balance access and preservation. The Deseret News reports from Arches National Park in Utah.
Only 33 living people have been the son or daughter of a president. People talked to some about the quirks and perks.
Why so many American workers are on strike right now
Supply-chain issues and labor shortages mean companies are fighting for workers. Time reports on how growing numbers of employees are testing their power, by striking to demand better pay and benefits. And the Washington Post looks at the battle lines in the dispute between cereal-plant workers and Kellogg’s.
Many therapists don’t take insurance. The ones who do are often booked. The Wall Street Journal shows you why, and what you can do about it.
There’s a dark side to free return policies. The Atlantic details how when you send back something you bought, there’s a good chance it’s going in the trash.
Major League Baseball games are getting longer and more boring. Bloomberg Businessweek goes behind the scenes of experiments the league is quietly running to help speed up games and add more drama.
NFL coach out after revelations of offensive emails
Jon Gruden is stepping down as Las Vegas Raiders coach following revelations of racist, antigay, and misogynistic emails. The Wall Street Journal has more.
An interpreter who helped rescue Joe Biden in 2008 had trouble getting out of Afghanistan with his family. The Wall Street Journal has the exclusive story of their narrow escape.
After decades of success at increasing police diversity, forces across America are having trouble hiring young Black citizens. The Atlantic explains why.
Matt Amodio finally lost on ‘Jeopardy,’ bringing to a close his 38-game run on the show, Variety reports.
Why U.S. child care is in crisis and what to do about it
Day-care providers are struggling with a worker shortage while federal relief has been slow to help. USA Today looks at what’s happening, as well as possible solutions.
Many of the smugglers who bring migrants into the U.S. are Mexican teenagers. One of them tells his story to the Washington Post.
CNN reports on a Maryland husband and wife accused of attempting to sell U.S. nuclear secrets to another country in exchange for cryptocurrency.
After nearly 80 years of marriage without a wedding photo due to World War II, a couple finally has one. NBC News shows how hospice workers decided to fix things.
Numbers and statistics
Overall, this podcast seems to pack a good summary of current events into a short time block.
One thing that annoys me in terms of the reporting has a lot to do with COVID statistics. In today’s (Aug 18th) report it was remarked that COVID numbers went up by 60% this practice has annoyed me for the duration of the pandemic. What does 60% actually mean in terms of magnitude?
Is it 100 cases that turned into 160?
Is it 10 cases that turned into 16?
Please Apple News… start closing the loop and give us the whole story. Make your statement a about cases increasing include BOTH the percentage AND the actual numbers. It will bolster the veracity of the news your reporting and help us know that it isn’t being sensationalized.
Apple 🍎 a day!!!
Thanks @Apple for all you do, I’ve been thinking and praying for Steve Jobs the rockstar! May he rest in eternal peace…. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 Y’all must be missing him dearly…. God Bless you all:) 🤗 hugs galore… FB, Instagram and WhatsApp down and out, go figure… in the settings ha! Very interesting, I don’t participate am grateful for you both for the sharing of the information and crash go boom! 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 by the way you both have a sure talent for newscasting and both of your voices are quite attractive:) 🤓
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