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USA TODAY’s daily news podcast, The Excerpt (formerly 5 Things), brings you a curated mix of the most important headlines seven mornings a week. We also deliver special deep-dive episodes on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons on the most compelling topics in culture, entertainment, sports, politics, and more. Give us fifteen minutes a day, we'll give you all of the headlines, none of the chaos. Hosted by Taylor Wilson and Dana Taylor.  

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USA TODAY’s daily news podcast, The Excerpt (formerly 5 Things), brings you a curated mix of the most important headlines seven mornings a week. We also deliver special deep-dive episodes on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons on the most compelling topics in culture, entertainment, sports, politics, and more. Give us fifteen minutes a day, we'll give you all of the headlines, none of the chaos. Hosted by Taylor Wilson and Dana Taylor.  

    Earth Day 2024: Some scientists are calling for "urgent optimism"

    Earth Day 2024: Some scientists are calling for "urgent optimism"

    Earth Day falls on April 22nd this year. And as with every Earth Day, it’s a chance to slow down and take stock of where we are with climate change and the state of the planet. While the drumbeat of alarming climate change news continues unabated - it's been the hottest year, we have the warmest oceans, and most severe weather on record - some scientists argue that humanity is actually on the cusp of broad, positive change. Even though the years ahead may be rough, as climate warms beyond what had been hoped for, these scientists are feeling “urgent optimism” for what could be the first generation to achieve a sustainable world. USA TODAY National Correspondent for climate and energy transition, Elizabeth Wiese, joins The Excerpt podcast to explain the many reasons to feel hopeful today about the future of our planet.

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    Man sets himself on fire outside courthouse of Trump trial

    Man sets himself on fire outside courthouse of Trump trial

    A man set himself on fire Friday at the Manhattan courthouse where former President Donald Trump's hush money trial is taking place.

    A bill that could effectively ban TikTok picks up steam in Congress. Plus, another GOP lawmaker says he will support efforts to oust Mike Johnson from the speakership.

    USA TODAY Democracy Reporter Erin Mansfield discusses Republican efforts to push back on voter fraud.

    Robert F. Kennedy Jr. makes the Michigan presidential ballot as an independent candidate.

    USA TODAY Senior Reporter Jessica Guynn discusses a wave of young people glorifying the Columbine shooters on the 25th anniversary of the high school shooting.

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    Israel launches strike; explosions heard in central Iran

    Israel launches strike; explosions heard in central Iran

    Israel has launched strikes on Iran. But Tehran is playing down the incident.

    Police arrest more than a hundred protesters at Columbia University.

    USA TODAY White House Correspondent Francesca Chambers talks about a Biden surrogate working to bring frustrated voters to the president.

    Florida bans local water break rules.

    USA TODAY National Music Writer Melissa Ruggieri breaks down Taylor Swift's new album.




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    SPECIAL | Bringing back the woolly mammoth. Is it even possible?

    SPECIAL | Bringing back the woolly mammoth. Is it even possible?

    Could the woolly mammoth really be brought back to life? Ben Lamm thinks so. He’s the CEO and Co-founder of Colossal Biosciences, a company at the heart of an evolving science that aims to see this ancient animal and others return in the name of preserving and promoting biodiversity. According to him, the success of this work could just be the ticket that saves humanity. Lamm joined The Excerpt podcast to talk about the possible impacts and the ongoing ethical debate around de-extinction.




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    Senate rejects both impeachment articles against Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas

    Senate rejects both impeachment articles against Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas

    The Senate has killed both impeachment articles against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

    USA TODAY White House Correspondent Joey Garrison talks about President Joe Biden's comments on tripling the rates of tariffs on steel and aluminum from China.

    Former President Donald Trump is funneling campaign money into cash-strapped businesses.

    USA TODAY Breaking News and Education Reporter Zach Schermele breaks down the Columbia University president's testimony before Congress Wednesday on campus antisemitism.

    The FAA has lifted its ground stop of Alaska Airlines flights after system issues were resolved.

    Happy National Exercise Day! Want to stay fit? Here are some ways.




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    SPECIAL | Melissa Gilbert remembers 'Little House on the Prairie,' as it turns 50

    SPECIAL | Melissa Gilbert remembers 'Little House on the Prairie,' as it turns 50

    If you’re a woman who is part of Generation X or the baby boomers, then you probably, like me, spent your Monday nights growing up watching one of America’s most enduring and endearing TV series. The show followed the wholesome Ingalls family and their life in Walnut Grove, Minnesota in the 1800s, loosely based on the books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The show’s star was Melissa Gilbert who played little Laura Ingalls, an optimistic, curious and mischievous young girl who quickly became America’s sweetheart. The pilot for the show aired 50 years ago on March 30th on NBC and the series ran for a remarkable nine seasons. Melissa joins The Excerpt to talk about the show's outsized impact on American culture and share her experience being part of it.




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