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How'd we get here? Where are we going? What does it all mean? CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent Major Garrett takes a step back from the daily gush of headlines for a deeper look into the issues of our time. New episodes are available right here, first thing Tuesday mornings.

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    • 4.8 • 315 Ratings

How'd we get here? Where are we going? What does it all mean? CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent Major Garrett takes a step back from the daily gush of headlines for a deeper look into the issues of our time. New episodes are available right here, first thing Tuesday mornings.

    The Climate Crisis Part 1: Our Planet

    The Climate Crisis Part 1: Our Planet

    The Earth is changing at a faster pace than at any point in the history of human civilization. Industrialization and increased carbon emissions have caused the global temperature to rise by over a degree Celsius since the turn of the last century.

    This seemingly small increase has had a massive impact. Melting ice sheets are causing sea levels to rise. The oceans are warming due to increased greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Extreme weather events are becoming more and more frequent. Species are dying at record rates.

    This may sound dire -- and the calls for greater immediate action are growing louder. But there's cause for hope.

    In part one of our two-part series, Major speaks with climate experts, policymakers, and advocates who see the climate crisis as a unique opportunity for equality and a greener and more prosperous future.

    • 30 min

    Our Vote

    Our Vote

    Last week, Georgia's Republican governor signed into law sweeping changes to the state's voting procedures. The legislation, which passed with only Republican support, mandates photo ID for mail-in ballots, trims the window for requesting an absentee ballot and places new restrictions on ballot drop boxes, among other provisions. 

    Iowa also adopted more restrictive voting laws earlier this month. Instead of 29 days to vote early in person, voters will now have 20 days, and polls will close an hour earlier.

    The changes to voting laws, led by Republican governors and GOP-controlled state legislatures, come in the wake of the so-called "Big Lie" -- that the election was rigged, Donald Trump actually won, and was fraudulently denied a second term. 

    And yet, 2020 was arguably the most successful election in history. Never before has an election been more secure or had more people participate. Not to mention it was conducted amid a global pandemic. 

    This week, Major Garrett looks at the state of voting rights in 2021. What's changed since the November election? Have we made it easier or harder to vote and why? And what changes could be coming?

    • 27 min
    The Pandemic and Paper

    The Pandemic and Paper

    We wanted to mark the one-year anniversary of pandemic lockdown without doing a year-from-hell retrospective. So we decided to explore a relationship to something that might embody how the pandemic has changed our habits and led us back to some old ones. 

    Perhaps no relationship with any common object has changed as much as it has with paper. Think about it. We're using less at work and more at home. Our screen-weary eyes long for printed books and puzzles. 

    We're writing more letters. Many of us voted at home with mail-in ballots. Those Amazon boxes are piling up and our consumption of disinfectant wipes and paper towels has skyrocketed.  

    And who can forget the great toilet paper shortage of 2020?

    This week, Major Garrett marks one year of the pandemic and paper.

    • 18 min
    Children at the Border

    Children at the Border

    The new administration is grappling with a decades-old problem: how to deal with the surge of migrants at the southern border. With President Biden’s new policy of not turning away unaccompanied minors, the number of children arriving at the border has rapidly increased, up nearly 30% in the last week alone. 

    Over 4,200 children are currently being held in overcrowded Customs and Border Protection facilities, and nearly 3,000 have been in CBP custody for longer than the 72 hours required by law. 

    Some children in these jail-like facilities meant for adults have described being hungry, taking turns sleeping on the floor, showering once in 7 days, and not seeing the sun. 

    Coronavirus precautions in Health & Human Services shelters, which provide medical services, educational resources, and counseling, mean fewer available beds – leaving officials scrambling to find space for unaccompanied minors. 

    This week, Major explores the influx of migrant children arriving at the border – what is driving them here, the conditions they face along the perilous journey, what awaits them once they arrive, and the Biden administration’s response to this humanitarian crisis.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
315 Ratings

315 Ratings

Njac ,

Deeper stories with style

Love Major’s issue assessment and his inclusion of experts from all sides. The great music clips make it fun as well.

Malibu_Man ,

Links to podcast music please

This podcast is excellent. The music chosen for the podcast is also very good. It would be great if links to the music in the podcast were provided in the show notes.

Sippydog ,

Great!

Major Garrett does a great job in getting the interview with the right people to get the whole story. His excellence in asking and reporting on the story is the best! Worth your time!!

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