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I’m Jessica Yellin, the founder of News Not Noise. For years, I worked in network news at ABC, MSNBC, and CNN, where I was the Chief White House Correspondent. I’ve reported from around the world and won awards.

The more years I got under my belt as a reporter, the more I became convinced that the news doesn't speak to a large part of the audience.

In the summer of 2018, I did something different. The midterm elections were approaching and friends asked me to explain what the heck was happening in the political cycle.

So, I picked up my phone and began posting short, daily explainer videos on Instagram. What started with me and a ring light is now a small team, dedicated to giving you news in a different voice. We aim to provide facts, not panic attacks. We interview real experts — not pundits.

My goal is to provide the understanding you need to engage in the conversation and take action in the world.

News Not Noise Jessica Yellin

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    • 4.8 • 210 Ratings

I’m Jessica Yellin, the founder of News Not Noise. For years, I worked in network news at ABC, MSNBC, and CNN, where I was the Chief White House Correspondent. I’ve reported from around the world and won awards.

The more years I got under my belt as a reporter, the more I became convinced that the news doesn't speak to a large part of the audience.

In the summer of 2018, I did something different. The midterm elections were approaching and friends asked me to explain what the heck was happening in the political cycle.

So, I picked up my phone and began posting short, daily explainer videos on Instagram. What started with me and a ring light is now a small team, dedicated to giving you news in a different voice. We aim to provide facts, not panic attacks. We interview real experts — not pundits.

My goal is to provide the understanding you need to engage in the conversation and take action in the world.

    The Court’s Abortion Ruling, Explained

    The Court’s Abortion Ruling, Explained

    In a staggering decision the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, stripping away 50 years of an established right to an abortion for women and girls in America. In this conversation Ben Wittes, editor in chief of Lawfare and a Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, breaks down the ruling. He offers a calm and sober explanation of what it means for pregnant people in states that will ban abortion, and what other rights might fall as a result of this decision. We also discuss what the effort to re-establish abortion rights in America might look like.

    You can find Ben Wittes’ work on lawfareblog.com and The Lawfare Podcast. Please see the News Not Noise letter on Bulletin.com for more details on the laws in each state. And check out our Instagram for ongoing updates on this breaking story.

    Ben Wittes
    ➤Twitter: twitter.com/benjaminwittes

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    Jessica Yellin is the founder of News Not Noise, a channel dedicated to giving you news with real experts and providing facts, not panic attacks.

    Jessica is a veteran of network news, traveling the globe, covering conflict and crisis. A former Chief White House Correspondent for CNN, she reported from around the world and won awards.

    Now, Yellin uses her voice to break down the news, calmly and clearly for you -- free of punditry, provocation, and yelling.

    • 35 min
    Jan. 6 Hearings and Criminal Charges

    Jan. 6 Hearings and Criminal Charges

    What criminal charges could come from the January 6th investigation? Could anyone other than Trump get charged? And what might that look like.

    Loyola Law School professor and constitutional law expert Jessica Levinson walks us through the possible charges, why Trump’s state of mind matters so much, the evidence to date, and the difficult questions involved in prosecuting a former President of the United States. We also discuss the legal issues related to actions by Rudy Giuliani, Justice Clarence Thomas’ wife Ginni Thomas and Trump attorney John Eastman. Plus, Mike Pence’s place in history.

    Levinson is a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, and she lectures in the areas of constitutional law and election law. She is the host of the Passing Judgment Podcast.

    Prior to her teaching post, Levinson was a law clerk to Honorable James V. Selna of the Central District of California, practiced with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and served as the Director of Political Reform at the Center for Governmental Studies.

    Jessica Levinson
    ➤Twitter: twitter.com/LevinsonJessica
    ➤Instagram: instagram.com/levinsonjessica

    You can follow Jessica Yellin here:
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    ➤Website: NewsNotNoise.com
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    Support this work:
    ➤patreon.com/NewsNotNoise

    Jessica Yellin is the founder of News Not Noise, a channel dedicated to giving you news with real experts and providing facts, not panic attacks.

    Jessica is a veteran of network news, traveling the globe, covering conflict and crisis. A former Chief White House Correspondent for CNN, she reported from around the world and won awards.

    Now, Yellin uses her voice to break down the news, calmly and clearly for you -- free of punditry, provocation, and yelling.

    • 23 min
    Instagram, Kids and Mental Health

    Instagram, Kids and Mental Health

    Antigone Davis is the head of global safety at META, the company that owns Instagram and Facebook. Here we discuss new tools the company has just released to give teens with mental health challenges a more positive experience using the product. We discuss how the tools work, what problems they’re meant to remedy and what else the company can or should do to ensure their products are safe for children.

    News Not Noise delivers its news on Instagram, and its newsletter through the Bulletin writers program, which is also part of META. We know first hand the benefits of these platforms and their downsides as well; we have and will continue to report on these serious issues. Please take the time to listen to this conversation to learn more about how the tools are meant to work, the known and unknown harms to children and what can be done about them.

    META’s letter on their new Instagram tools:
    https://bit.ly/3xsuHDH

    Instructions on how to set up the new Instagram supervision tools:
    https://bit.ly/3tBxYPS

    More Instagram resources for families:
    https://bit.ly/3HqGkzz

    You can follow Jessica Yellin here:
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    ➤Website: NewsNotNoise.com
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    Support this work:
    ➤patreon.com/NewsNotNoise

    Jessica Yellin is the founder of News Not Noise, a channel dedicated to giving you news with real experts and providing facts, not panic attacks.

    Jessica is a veteran of network news, traveling the globe, covering conflict and crisis. A former Chief White House Correspondent for CNN, she reported from around the world and won awards.

    Now, Yellin uses her voice to break down the news, calmly and clearly for you -- free of punditry, provocation, and yelling.

    • 26 min
    Gun Reform: How We Got Here, What You Can Do

    Gun Reform: How We Got Here, What You Can Do

    The Uvalde and Buffalo shootings were two of at least 18 mass shooting incidents in the US in 2022. How did we get here? Why do we accept this? And what can you do to move the needle?

    In this special episode, Shannon Watts of Mothers Demand Action and Becky Pringle of the National Education Association answer some of your many questions. Among them: why lawmakers are loathe to pass gun safety reforms supported by the majority of Americans. What teachers are prepared to do to make schools safer. And where you can act to make a difference.

    Watts has been involved in anti-gun violence activism since the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012, and explains where progress has been made.

    Pringle, a teacher as well as a union organizer, tells us how teachers in America are feeling and why arming them and adding school shooter drills is not the answer. Both women provide solutions and actions you can take.

    For obvious reasons this episode is a little longer than normal. It includes disturbing material so give yourself permission to stop or skip sections if the content is too upsetting for you.

    To get involved with Moms Demand Action, text “ACT” to 64433 to learn about the ways you can take action in your community, or text “BOLD” to 64433 to reach your senator.

    To support the National Education Association’s work text “NOW” to 48744, or visit neaedjustice.org to learn more about the challenges facing the public education system.

    You can follow Jessica Yellin here:
    ➤Instagram: instagram.com/jessicayellin​
    ➤Twitter: twitter.com/jessicayellin
    ➤Facebook: facebook.com/newsnotnoise
    ➤YouTube: youtube.com/newsnotnoise
    ➤Website: NewsNotNoise.com
    ➤Newsletter: newsnotnoise.bulletin.com

    Support this work:
    ➤patreon.com/NewsNotNoise

    Jessica Yellin is the founder of News Not Noise, a channel dedicated to giving you news with real experts and providing facts, not panic attacks.

    Jessica is a veteran of network news, traveling the globe, covering conflict and crisis. A former Chief White House Correspondent for CNN, she reported from around the world and won awards.

    Now, Yellin uses her voice to break down the news, calmly and clearly for you -- free of punditry, provocation, and yelling.

    • 43 min
    Speeches that Could have Changed History with Jeffrey Nussbaum

    Speeches that Could have Changed History with Jeffrey Nussbaum

    We know about the most famous speeches, but what about the ones that were never delivered? Presidential Speechwriter Jeffrey Nussbaum took a look at some of history’s most influential speeches left undelivered. He shares a poignant story Hillary Clinton planned to recount in her victory speech, had she won the 2016 US Presidential Election. We learn about John Lewis’ intention to make his speech at the March on Washington in 1963 during the Civil Rights much more fiery, and how a verbal misstep during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis could have launched us into nuclear war.

    Nussbaum was most recently a speechwriter for President Joe Biden, and is among the Democratic party’s top speechwriters. He is now the author of the newly released book, “Undelivered: The Never-Heard Speeches That Would Have Rewritten History.”

    Jeffrey Nussbaum
    ➤Twitter: twitter.com/jeffreynussbaum

    You can follow Jessica Yellin here:
    ➤Instagram: instagram.com/jessicayellin​
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    ➤Website: NewsNotNoise.com

    Support this work:
    ➤patreon.com/NewsNotNoise

    Jessica Yellin is the founder of News Not Noise, a channel dedicated to giving you news with real experts and providing facts, not panic attacks.

    Jessica is a veteran of network news, traveling the globe, covering conflict and crisis. A former Chief White House Correspondent for CNN, she reported from around the world and won awards.

    Now, Yellin uses her voice to break down the news, calmly and clearly for you -- free of punditry, provocation, and yelling.

    • 29 min
    Putin, NATO and Brittney Griner with Ian Bremmer

    Putin, NATO and Brittney Griner with Ian Bremmer

    Are rumors that Putin has cancer true? What are the chances WNBA star Brittney Griner is released soon? And what does it mean if Finland and Sweden join NATO, quickly?

    Political scientist Ian Bremmer shares his insight on these topics and the future of the fight against Russia in Ukraine in this episode. We also get into his new book, “The Power of Crisis: How Three Threats – and Our Response – Will Change the World.” He argues that three new crises will force change on us, that will lead to a more cooperative and productive future. Among the surprises: he says COVID wasn’t a big enough crisis to force change, and the world is doing better fighting climate change than you might think. We get into all of it in this episode.

    Bremmer is an expert on global political risk and the founder of political risk research and consulting firm Eurasia Group.

    Ian Bremmer
    ➤Twitter: twitter.com/ianbremmer
    ➤Instagram: instagram.com/ianbremmer

    You can follow Jessica Yellin here:
    ➤Instagram: instagram.com/jessicayellin​
    ➤Twitter: twitter.com/jessicayellin
    ➤Facebook: facebook.com/newsnotnoise
    ➤YouTube: youtube.com/newsnotnoise
    ➤Website: NewsNotNoise.com
    ➤Newsletter: newsnotnoise.bulletin.com

    Support this work:
    ➤patreon.com/NewsNotNoise

    Jessica Yellin is the founder of News Not Noise, a channel dedicated to giving you news with real experts and providing facts, not panic attacks.

    Jessica is a veteran of network news, traveling the globe, covering conflict and crisis. A former Chief White House Correspondent for CNN, she reported from around the world and won awards.

    Now, Yellin uses her voice to break down the news, calmly and clearly for you -- free of punditry, provocation, and yelling.

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
210 Ratings

210 Ratings

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Favorite news podcast

10/10 recommend this podcast!! Definitely real news and not noise

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Love the podcast

Love the podcast Jessica! Please have Ian Bremmer on all the time. Lol

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Always to the point, smart and prepared!!

Absolutely love Jessica and everything she does including this podcast. What an incredible slate of guests she is able to interview - it speaks to her knowledge and credibility. I have been following Jessica for so long and am continually impressed!!

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