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What A Day cuts through all the chaos and clickbait to help you understand what matters and how you can fix it—all in just 20 minutes. Comedian Akilah Hughes and reporter Gideon Resnick break down the biggest news of the day, share important stories you may have missed, and show you what “Fox & Friends” would sound like if it were hosted by two people whose parents read to them as children. New episodes Monday through Friday at 5 a.m. EST.

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What A Day cuts through all the chaos and clickbait to help you understand what matters and how you can fix it—all in just 20 minutes. Comedian Akilah Hughes and reporter Gideon Resnick break down the biggest news of the day, share important stories you may have missed, and show you what “Fox & Friends” would sound like if it were hosted by two people whose parents read to them as children. New episodes Monday through Friday at 5 a.m. EST.

    Emission Critical

    Emission Critical

    President Biden and 40 heads of state met for the first day of a virtual climate summit, yesterday, and he pledged to cut America’s greenhouse gases in half from where they were in 2005 by 2030. Biden also announced a plan for the US to double the amount of money it gives to other countries to help them lower their own emissions.
    COVID cases are still surging worldwide, with a record 5.24 million new cases recorded just last week. The State Department issued 116 "Do No Travel" advisories to discourage Americans from traveling to most of the world.
    And in headlines: the House approves a bill that would make DC a state, the Supreme Court rules to restore life without parole for juvenile offenders, and Meghan McCain's cyberpunk hairstyles are on purpose.

    Show Notes –
    NPR: "How The U.S. Could Halve Climate Emissions By 2030" – https://n.pr/32DzkvA

    Show some love and vote for us as Best News and Politics podcast in the 25th Annual People’s Voice Awards! 
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    • 18 min
    What's Next For American Policing

    What's Next For American Policing

    Derek Chauvin has been found guilty, but it's painfully obvious that the issue of police brutality is bigger than the conviction of one officer for murder. For example, today is the funeral for Daunte Wright, the 20-year-old Black man who was killed by police during a traffic stop near Minneapolis. Plus details are still coming out in Columbus, Ohio, about the police killing of 16-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant, who was shot just minutes after the Chauvin verdict was announced.
    To discuss the trial in the context of a greater effort to make police accountable, or rethink the role of policy in society altogether, we spoke with the Marshall Project's Jamiles Lartey.
    And in headlines: widespread protest in Russia against Putin and for Alexei Navalny, Manhattan’s DA will no longer prosecute prostitution, and a time off for vaccination tax credit.

    Show Notes –
    Show some love and vote for us as Best News and Politics podcast in the 25th Annual People’s Voice Awards! 
    https://vote.webbyawards.com/PublicVoting#/2021/podcasts/general-series/news-politics

    For a transcript of this show, please visit crooked.com/whataday.
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    • 24 min
    Chauvin Guilty On All Charges

    Chauvin Guilty On All Charges

    Former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd, yesterday, and now faces up to 40 years in prison. The verdict represented a rare moment of accountability in a country where law enforcement officers who kill rarely get convicted. We discuss the verdict, along with reactions from elected officials, activists, and Floyd’s family in Minneapolis. 
    And in headlines: drug regulators in the EU approve distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine with a warning label, Birmingham, Alabama pardons 15,000 marijuana convictions, and religious leaders in Georgia call for a Home Depot boycott.

    Show Notes –
    Show some love and vote for us as Best News and Politics podcast in the 25th Annual People’s Voice Awards! 
    https://vote.webbyawards.com/PublicVoting#/2021/podcasts/general-series/news-politics

    For a transcript of this show, please visit crooked.com/whataday.
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    • 16 min
    Amazon The Defensive

    Amazon The Defensive

    President Biden held bipartisan meetings yesterday to find some middle ground for his massive infrastructure bill. On the left, AOC and Bernie Sanders introduced their own version of the bill with a larger commitment to public housing. But passing any infrastructure bill will likely require budget reconciliation as long as the filibuster remains in place. 
    The union that sought to represent Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, formally filed objections last Friday to the results of the election there. Workers voted overwhelmingly not to unionize, but the union says that result should be thrown out because Amazon illegally interfered in the process. We discuss their argument. 
    And in headlines: attorneys deliver closing arguments in the trial of Derek Chauvin, India experiences an explosive surge of COVID-19 cases, and President Biden will consider making cigarettes less addictive.

    Show Notes –
    Read the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union's filing against Amazon for the recent unionization vote – https://bit.ly/3aqyI0J

    Follow What A Day on Instagram at instagram.com/whataday
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    • 20 min
    Gun Violence Continued

    Gun Violence Continued

    It was another tragic weekend in the midst of our national epidemic of gun violence, with mass shootings taking place in Wisconsin, Texas, Nebraska, and Ohio. That was after the shooting last week at a FedEx warehouse in Indiana, which many have called to investigate as a hate crime against Sikhs. We discuss the shootings, as well as what’s happening in Minnesota in relation to the police killings of Daunte Wright and George Floyd.
    The worldwide death toll from COVID reached 3 million over the weekend. In lighter news, half of the U.S. population aged 18 and older has gotten at least one dose of a vaccine. The White House announced a plan to track variants. 
    And in headlines: Republican lawmakers in Florida aim to make many forms of protest illegal, Biden walks back his decision to cap the number of refugees allowed into the U.S., and NASA will attempt to fly a helicopter on Mars.

    Show Notes:
    Washington Post Opinion: "Get police out of the business of traffic stops" – https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/04/16/remove-police-traffic-stops/
    WSJ: "J&J Covid-19 Vaccine Pause Driven by Risk of Mistreating Blood Clots" – https://www.wsj.com/articles/j-j-covid-19-vaccine-was-paused-over-blood-clot-treatment-concerns-11618777554

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    • 19 min
    One Vax Fits Most

    One Vax Fits Most

    Only a handful of blood-clotting cases have been reported among recipients of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, but it's predominantly women who have developed these rare symptoms. To answer questions about the “one dose fits all” mode of medical research that can occasionally lead to these kinds of outcomes, we spoke to Rosemary Morgan, a research scientist at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She’s currently studying the gendered effects of COVID-19 on several international communities.
    Plus, for headlines, we’re joined by comedian and actress Sasheer Zamata: a class action settlement for Fyre Fest attendees, a Canadian lawmaker accidentally goes nude on Zoom, and scientists grow human embryos in monkeys.

    Show Notes:
    Chicago Tribune: "In several fateful seconds, video appears to show 13-year-old Adam Toledo toss gun, turn with empty hands before police shooting (warning: graphic content)" – https://bit.ly/3gaYvOh

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    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
9.6K Ratings

9.6K Ratings

A. Cal ,

I laugh out loud every day

My only complaint is that it isn’t long enough. Smart hosts, interesting and often hilarious guests, and a great spot to get the latest. Also I have to sing “headlines” right along with it.

jazjulia ,

The best way to receive news highlights!

omg I love this podcast!! Akilah Hughes has me laughing throughout the entire podcast with her quick wit and hilarious perspective. Honestly, they very best way to take in the news. I am a fan!

RainyRiveran ,

Canadian liberal MP

Listened to the pod regarding the Canadian mp who was on zoom while changing clothes. You commented on the fact that they called him a liberal member of parliament. The reason he is a Liberal member is because that is his party affiliation. The Liberal party in Canada is kind of the equivalent of the Joe Biden Democrats. They were not calling him liberal, radical, right wing etc. Liberal is the name of his party affiliation.

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