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Start your morning with news that matters in just 10 minutes. Our host Niala Boodhoo and a team of award-winning journalists will bring you the latest scoops from the White House and Congress, analysis on the economy and insight into the trends shaping your world -- from China to AI, and all the forces shaping the next five years. And it’s all delivered in Smart Brevity® - a clinical, concise coverage style that respects your time.

 

About Axios: Axios is a digital media company launched in 2017. Axios - which means “worthy” in Greek - helps you become smarter, faster with news and information across politics, tech, business, media, science and the world. Subscribe to our newsletters at axios.com/newsletters and download our mobile app at axios.com/app.

 

About Pushkin Industries: Pushkin Industries is the audio production company co-founded by Malcolm Gladwell and Jacob Weisberg and is home to hit shows such as Against the Rules with Michael Lewis, Cautionary Tales, The Happiness Lab, The Last Archive, and Gladwell's own Revisionist History. Visit pushkin.fm for a full lineup of shows.

 

About Niala Boodhoo: Niala Boodhoo is the host of Axios Today. She was the host and executive producer of the award-winning news program The 21st, a Knight-Wallace fellow and a board member for the AAJA.

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On this day 75 years ago, the United States dropped a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima. Since the end of the Cold War, the threat of a nuclear attack has seemed far fetched. However, the rise of cyber hacks and artificial intelligence could disrupt the precarious balance between nations in the modern nuclear arms race. Plus, what's at stake for Joe Biden as he narrows his choice for vice president to two candidates. And, the latest coronavirus numbers from around the country. Also, an introduction to Ceasar the No Drama Llama. Guests: Axios' Bryan Walsh, Mike Allen and Sam Baker. Credits: "Axios Today" is produced in partnership with Pushkin Industries. The team includes Niala Boodhoo, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Carol Alderman, Cara Shillenn, Nuria Marquez Martinez, Naomi Shavin and Alex Sugiura. Music is composed by Evan Viola. You can reach us at podcasts@axios.com. Go Deeper: How new tech raises the risk of nuclear war Coronavirus hotspots begin to improve Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The events of 2020 have created an online world where conspiracy theories are easy to spread and grow. One example of this is QAnon - once a far-right fringe conspiracy theory that pushes the idea that the deep state is trying to take down President Trump. But this theory has now moved away from the corners of the internet and into our political discourse. Plus, how the pandemic could undo decades of progress for women in the workplace. And, an update on the stimulus bill. Guests: Axios' Stef Kight, Erica Pandey, and Alayna Treene. Credits: "Axios Today" is produced in partnership with Pushkin Industries. The team includes Niala Boodhoo, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Carol Alderman, Cara Shillenn, Nuria Marquez Martinez, Naomi Shavin and Alex Sugiura. Music is composed by Evan Viola. You can reach us at podcasts@axios.com. Go deeper: QAnon's 2020 resurgence Setting back a generation of women Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Voting by mail has become a controversial issue for President Trump's re-election campaign. He talked to chief political correspondent Jonathan Swan about his lack of confidence in the system in yesterday's Axios on HBO interview. While Trump continues to sow fear around mail-in voting, the new Axios-Ipsos poll shows a partisan divide on the dangers of in-person voting. Plus, how the U.S. is now playing by China's internet rules. And, the rise in women-focused newsrooms. Guests: Axios' Margaret Talev, Scott Rosenberg, and Sara Fischer. Credits: "Axios Today" is produced in partnership with Pushkin Industries. The team includes Niala Boodhoo, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Carol Alderman, Cara Shillenn, Nuria Marquez Martinez, Naomi Shavin and Alex Sugiura. Music is composed by Evan Viola. You can reach us at podcasts@axios.com. Go deeper: Exclusive: Trump stokes fears of election-night mail voting fraud The U.S. is now playing by China's internet rules Women-focused newsrooms rising Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This week, Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden is supposed to decide on his pick for a running mate. How he’s selecting her says a lot about how Biden might govern. Plus, how the virtual school year could push retailers even closer to the brink. And, the behind the scenes of the White House’s latest Tik Tok announcement. Guests: Axios' Hans Nichols, Courtenay Brown and Mike Allen. Credits: "Axios Today" is produced in partnership with Pushkin Industries. The team includes Niala Boodhoo, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Carol Alderman, Cara Shillenn, Nuria Marquez Martinez, Naomi Shavin and Alex Sugiura. Music is composed by Evan Viola. You can reach us at podcasts@axios.com. Go deeper: Joe Biden's painstaking path to the VP choice Microsoft moves ahead with talks to buy TikTok after consulting Trump Two NASA astronauts return to Earth after historic SpaceX mission Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We know the news reports about the skyrocketing number of coronavirus patients, the shortage of frontline healthcare workers, and the importance of social distancing. Another problem that needs our focus is the emotional toll this pandemic has on all of us. Guests: Axios' Eileen O'Reilly, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center chaplain Kevin Deegan, New York University sociologist Eric Klinenberg. Credits: "Axios Today" is produced in partnership with Pushkin Industries. The team includes Niala Boodhoo, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Carol Alderman, Cara Shillenn, Nuria Marquez Martinez, Naomi Shavin and Alex Sugiura. Music is composed by Evan Viola. You can reach us at podcasts@axios.com. Go Deeper: The risk of loneliness and trauma from COVID-19 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The CEOs of four of the most powerful companies in the world testified before Congress yesterday. While the hearing was supposed to be about anti-trust laws, it quickly devolved into a scattered display of partisanship. Plus, our exclusive Axios Harris Poll on the top 100 companies Americans trust most. And, work from home really means work from anywhere - so how about Barbados? Guests: Axios' Ina Fried, Mike Allen, Sara Fischer, and Erica Pandey Credits: "Axios Today" is produced in partnership with Pushkin Industries. The team includes Niala Boodhoo, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Carol Alderman, Cara Shillenn, Nuria Marquez Martinez, Naomi Shavin and Alex Sugiura. Music is composed by Evan Viola. You can reach us at podcasts@axios.com. Go deeper: Tech's major powers face heat during House antitrust hearing The 2020 Axios Harris Poll 100 reputation rankings Work from Barbados Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In an exclusive interview, President Trump told Jonathan Swan he never confronted Vladimir Putin about intelligence indicating Russia paid the Taliban to kill U.S. troops. The full interview with President Trump will air on HBO on Monday August 3rd at 11pm. Plus, big tech testifies in front of Congress. And, what to watch after yesterday’s Emmy nominations. Guests: Axios' Jonathan Swan, and Ashley Gold. Credits: "Axios Today" is produced in partnership with Pushkin Industries. The team includes Niala Boodhoo, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Carol Alderman, Cara Shillenn, Nuria Marquez Martinez, Naomi Shavin and Alex Sugiura. Music is composed by Evan Viola. You can reach us at podcasts@axios.com. Go deeper: Exclusive: Trump never raised Taliban bounties with Putin Tech CEOs' task: Don't lose your cool Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Thousands of people held protests in at least a dozen American cities this weekend, days after the Trump administration announced it would send more federal agents to Chicago and Albuquerque in an extension of Operation Legend. A month ago protests over the killing of George Floyd had begun to dwindle. Now, they’re back. Plus, how the recession has made our economic divide even greater. Also, Americans are increasingly forming social bubbles. And, what one former marine is doing to prevent veteran suicides. Guests: Oregon Public Broadcasting Conrad Wilson, Axios' Stef Kight, Dion Rabouin, and David Nather. Credits: "Axios Today" is produced in partnership with Pushkin Industries. The team includes Niala Boodhoo, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Carol Alderman, Cara Shillenn, Nuria Marquez Martinez, Naomi Shavin and Alex Sugiura. Music is composed by Evan Viola. You can reach us at podcasts@axios.com. Go deeper: More federal officers deploying to Portland as protests gain momentum (Oregon Public Broadcasting) The two coronavirus realities Axios-Ipsos poll: The rise of coronavirus social bubbles The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) provides 24/7, free and confidential support for anyone in distress, in addition to prevention and crisis resources. Also available for online chat. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This week, lawmakers in Capitol Hill are trying to piece together the next stimulus package as many benefits like unemployment insurance and forgiving evictions expire. Democrats and Republicans both agree that a new bill is necessary but there's been a lot of back and forth about the specifics. And they're running out of time. Plus, a reality check on the coronavirus vaccine. And, the silver lining for civil rights this year. Guests: Axios' Alayna Treene, Sam Baker, and Sara Fischer. Credits: "Axios Today" is produced in partnership with Pushkin Industries. The team includes Niala Boodhoo, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Carol Alderman, Cara Shillenn, Nuria Marquez Martinez, Naomi Shavin and Alex Sugiura. Music is composed by Evan Viola. You can reach us at podcasts@axios.com. Go deeper: Where coronavirus stimulus talks stand It's not over when the vaccine arrives Underrepresented groups step into the 2020 spotlight Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ideas about the racial wealth gap in America have been around for a long time. The divide is growing even wider, despite education and income. The proposed causes and solutions start to fall apart when you look at the details. Plus, how President Trump is bending the Department of Homeland Security to his will. And, the new artificial intelligence that could be just as groundbreaking as the iPhone. Guests: Axios' Dion Rabouin, Stef Kight and Bryan Walsh. Credits: "Axios Today" is produced in partnership with Pushkin Industries. The team includes Niala Boodhoo, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Carol Alderman, Cara Shillenn, Nuria Marquez Martinez, Naomi Shavin and Alex Sugiura. Music is composed by Evan Viola. You can reach us at podcasts@axios.com. Go deeper: 10 myths about the racial wealth gap Trump bends DHS to his will Meet the AI that can write Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Prosecutors say the Chinese consulate in San Francisco is harboring a researcher after the FBI interviewed her about alleged visa fraud on June 20. The researcher was charged for lying about her affiliation with a Chinese military university. This move could cause serious tension between the China and the U.S., especially as the U.S. is seeking to crack down on Chinese espionage and research theft. Plus, Trump is deploying more federal agents - this time to Chicago and Albuquerque. And, companies are fighting for insurance payouts after coronavirus losses. Guests: Axios' Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, Mike Allen and Jennifer Kingson. Credits: "Axios Today" is produced in partnership with Pushkin Industries. The team includes Niala Boodhoo, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Carol Alderman, Cara Shillenn, Nuria Marquez Martinez, Naomi Shavin and Alex Sugiura. Music is composed by Evan Viola. You can reach us at podcasts@axios.com. Go deeper: Prosecutors say S.F. consulate is harboring Chinese military researcher wanted by FBI Trump announces "surge" of federal law enforcement to Chicago and Albuquerque Insurance companies battle their clients over the coronavirus Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Many school districts are still debating whether to go with a virtual, in classroom or hybrid education model for the year, but some families are taking their children’s education into their own hands. Neighbors are banding together to form schooling "pods" with private instructors as a way to secure child care and make sure their kids don't fall behind in school. But this trend could deepen the educational divide along racial and class lines. Guests: Axios' Caitlin Owens, Margaret Talev, and Kendall Baker. Credits: "Axios Today" is produced in partnership with Pushkin Industries. The team includes Niala Boodhoo, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Carol Alderman, Cara Shillenn, Nuria Marquez Martinez, Naomi Shavin and Alex Sugiura. Music is composed by Evan Viola. You can reach us at podcasts@axios.com. Go deeper: Parents turn to "pods" as a schooling solution Trump acknowledges virus will likely "get worse before it gets better" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The U.K. and China made big news with promising results in vaccine development for the coronavirus — the US, Russia and at least five other countries are also working on possible vaccines. But for a vaccine to work effectively, these countries should be working together. Instead, they're clashing. Countries like the US and Canada have even accused Russia of stealing our vaccine research. Plus, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, North Carolina and Georgia are all swing states at the center of the 2020 voting crisis. And, how the virus will wreak havoc on your fall TV lineup. Guests: Axios' Dave Lawler, Stef Kight, and Sara Fischer Credits: "Axios Today" is produced in partnership with Pushkin Industries. The team includes Niala Boodhoo, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Carol Alderman, Cara Shillenn, Nuria Marquez Martinez, Naomi Shavin and Alex Sugiura. Music is composed by Evan Viola. You can reach us at podcasts@axios.com. Go deeper: The race for a vaccine Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The latest Supreme Court ruling on the DACA program, which protects the status of people brought into the US as children, gives President Trump a pathway to enact executive orders on policies that Congress hasn't passed. Plus, doctors are getting better at treating coronavirus patients. And, during Black Lives matter protests in Portland federal agents have been pulling up in unmarked cars and rounding up peaceful protesters. Guests: Axios' Alayna Treene, Caitlin Owens, and Mike Allen. Credits: "Axios Today" is produced in partnership with Pushkin Industries. The team includes Niala Boodhoo, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Carol Alderman, Cara Shillenn, Nuria Marquez Martinez, Naomi Shavin and Alex Sugiura. Music is composed by Evan Viola. You can reach us at podcasts@axios.com. Go deeper: Scoop: Trump's license to skirt the law Doctors have gotten better at treating coronavirus patients House Democrats call for IG probe into use of federal agents in Portland Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The burden on teachers

The burden on teachers

2020-07-1710:502

Some of the country’s largest school districts have already made the decision to go online-only for this coming school year. Many are talking about hybrid models that combine distance and in-person learning. But whether they're online or in the classroom, teachers will bear the brunt of making their classes work. Plus, why Joe Biden’s campaign is dreading foreign policy. And a little joy for your Friday, a pandemic parody Guests: Axios' Kim Hart and Hans Nichols, Austin school teacher Rachel Seney, and National Education Association president Lily Eskelsen García. Credits: "Axios Today" is produced in partnership with Pushkin Industries. The team includes Niala Boodhoo, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Carol Alderman, Cara Shillenn, Nuria Marquez Martinez, Naomi Shavin and Alex Sugiura. Music is composed by Evan Viola. You can reach us at podcasts@axios.com. Go deeper: The burden on teachers Biden's doctrine: Erase Trump, re-embrace the world Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This week, the Trump administration ordered hospitals to bypass the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention send all coronavirus-related data straight to the Department of Health and Human Services. This is just the latest step in President Trump's war on public health experts. Plus, a shakeup on Trump's 2020 campaign team. And, a major Twitter hack Wednesday night left some of the most powerful people on the platform vulnerable to a cryptocurrency scam. Guests: Axios' Sam Baker, Mike Allen, and Ina Fried. Credits: "Axios Today" is produced in partnership with Pushkin Industries. The team includes Niala Boodhoo, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Carol Alderman, Cara Shillenn, Nuria Marquez Martinez, Naomi Shavin and Alex Sugiura. Music is composed by Evan Viola. You can reach us at podcasts@axios.com. Go deeper: Trump's war on the public health experts Trump announces new campaign manager Bitcoin scam hacks Twitter accounts of Obama, Biden, Bill Gates and others Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Buildings are getting tested for coronavirus, too. Research teams in Oregon are conducting real-time coronavirus tests on ventilation systems in buildings that could be essential for returning to the office or school. Plus, small businesses are facing an existential threat. And, in a rare move, the Trump administration rescinds a recent guideline that would have sent hundreds of thousands of international student packing. Guests: Axios' Joann Muller, Dion Rabouin, and Mike Allen. Credits: "Axios Today" is produced in partnership with Pushkin Industries. The team includes Niala Boodhoo, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Carol Alderman, Cara Shillenn, Nuria Marquez Martinez, Naomi Shavin and Alex Sugiura. Music is composed by Evan Viola. We can be contacted by email at podcasts@axios.com. Go deeper: Buildings are getting tested for coronavirus, too The existential threat to small business Trump administration rescinds foreign student visa guidance Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Last week, the Trump administration announced a new policy that could force international students out of the United States if their universities move to online-only classes. This puts more than a quarter of a million Chinese students in the U.S. at risk of losing their visas. Students from Hong Kong are at special risk of being arrested upon their return due to a new Chinese security law. Plus, a majority of American parents see risks of having kids return to classrooms this fall. And, three different countries - the U.S., China and the United Arab Emirates - have planned launches to Mars this month. Guests: Axios' Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, Margaret Talev, and Miriam Kramer. Credits: "Axios Today" is produced in partnership with Pushkin Industries. The team includes Niala Boodhoo, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Carol Alderman, Cara Shillenn, Nuria Marquez Martinez, Naomi Shavin and Alex Sugiura. Music is composed by Evan Viola. We can be contacted by email at podcasts@axios.com. Go deeper: Axios-Ipsos: Americans fear return to school The summer of Mars Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
PPE failure, again

PPE failure, again

2020-07-1310:49

Coronavirus cases are on the rise in 33 states and California and Florida hit record high numbers of daily cases last week. Now, hospitals and other medical facilities are feeling deja vu, as they start to experience personal protective equipment shortages again. Plus, Roger Stone talks to Mike Allen 48 hours after President Trump commuted his sentence. And, the end of meat. The massive rise of alternative meat sales means a fundamental change for the American diet. Guests: Axios' Bob Herman, Mike Allen and Bryan Walsh. Credits: "Axios Today" is produced in partnership with Pushkin Industries. The team includes Niala Boodhoo, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Carol Alderman, Cara Shillenn, Nuria Marquez Martinez, Naomi Shavin and Alex Sugiura. Music is composed by Evan Viola. We can be contacted by email at podcasts@axios.com. Go deeper: Health workers fear new shortages of protective equipment How the coronavirus pandemic boosted alternative meat Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Over the last few weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court has handed down multiple setbacks to President Trump and conservatives on cases ranging from abortion to LGBTQ discrimination. Chief Justice John Roberts' record shows he's not siding with the left. Instead, he's slowly but surely moving the court in a more conservative direction. Plus, the airline industry suffers a gut punch. United Airlines warned thousands of employees to prepare for layoffs in October as air travel demand remains tepid. And, the Black Lives Matter movement has gone global among sports teams. Guests: Axios' Sam Baker, Joann Muller and Kendall Baker Credits: "Axios Today" is produced in partnership with Pushkin Industries. The team includes Niala Boodhoo, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Carol Alderman, Cara Shillenn, Nuria Marquez Martinez, Naomi Shavin and Alex Sugiura. Music is composed by Evan Viola. We can be contacted by email at podcasts@axios.com. Go deeper: John Roberts' long game Airline recovery falters before it even gets off the ground Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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