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What A Day cuts through all the chaos and crimes to help you understand what matters and how you can fix it—all in just 15 minutes. Hosts Gideon Resnick, Tre’vell Anderson, and Priyanka Aribindi 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 people whose parents read to them as children. New episodes Monday through Friday at 5 a.m. EST.

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Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said that students must be in classrooms this year and that schools should require everyone to mask up, but local districts will ultimately decide on their policies themselves. Some workplaces are moving forward with vaccine and mask mandates, but predominantly among their white-collar employees. The House failed to pass an extension of the federal eviction moratorium before it ended last weekend, although several states have their own local moratoriums still in place. But millions of Americans could face eviction in the coming months, with an estimated 15 million renters owing a collective $20 billion to landlords in back rent. And in headlines: the flooding death toll in China rises, Simone Biles makes a comeback, and a MAGA twitter clone has an ISIS problem. For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Keeping The DREAM Alive

Keeping The DREAM Alive

2021-07-3022:191

New GDP numbers released by the Commerce Department show that the size of the economy has risen above pre-pandemic levels, but an increased spread of coronavirus could slow that growth. Relatedly, the federal government announced several plans and ideas to address the vaccination slowdown, including cash incentives and reimbursement for federal employees who get the shot. Congressional Democrats might include a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers and undocumented essential workers in their party's $3.5 trillion spending bill. The matter is extremely pressing since a federal judge ruled this month that DACA was illegal, and that Biden promised to create a more humane immigration policy while on the campaign trail. We spoke with DACA recipients to get their thoughts on the current situation. And in headlines: Scarlett Johansson filed a lawsuit against Disney, Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” hit 1 billion views on YouTube, and Sunisa Lee took gold in gymnastics for Team USA. Plus, it's hard to believe, but it's our last episode with Akilah as a full-time host. We send her off in style. Show Notes: Behind-the-scenes of Akilah’s last day at WAD – https://bit.ly/3ic0EcW For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
This year's Olympics is like no other, taking place in the midst of a pandemic, and in a city under a state of emergency in response to rising COVID-19 cases. We talked to The Washington Post's Ava Wallace about what it's like to report on the games this year, but also, the overall experience for her, for athletes, and for Tokyo residents at-large. Democratic donor Ed Buck was convicted in federal court on Tuesday in connection with the death-by-overdose of two Black gay men who he injected with methamphetamine. We discuss the significance of the conviction, and what the long road to accountability says about the way our justice system treats Black gay men. And in headlines: Tunisia’s president seizes judicial power, Activision Blizzard employees stage a walkout, and Hobby Lobby’s $1.6M Gilgamesh tablet is confiscated by the government. Show Notes: Washington Post: coverage by Ava Wallace – https://wapo.st/3BUVgmi Follow Ava Wallace on Twitter – https://twitter.com/AvaRWallace For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The CDC said yesterday that fully vaccinated people should wear masks in indoor public settings in counties where the transmission rate is "substantial" or "high," after new evidence showed that a vaccinated person could transmit the Delta variant of COVID to others. President Biden may also begin requiring federal employees and contractors to be vaccinated or face regular testing. Four U.S. Capitol police officers testified to a House committee about the violence, racial attacks, and fear for their lives they experienced during the January 6th insurrection. The House panel into the riot will likely hold its next hearing before the end of Congress’s August recess. Plus, one of What A Day's new co-hosts Priyanka Aribindi joins us for headlines: airports face jet fuel shortages, Simone Biles pulls out of an Olympic event, and the U.S. government sells a rare album once owned by Martin Shkreli. Show Notes: CDC: COVID-19 County Data Tracker – https://bit.ly/3zLKDjR For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
50 First Mandates

50 First Mandates

2021-07-2720:111

Federal public health officials are considering updating mask mandates even for vaccinated Americans as we reach another critical point in the pandemic.  But some localities are going above and beyond that with vaccine mandates. New York City, for example, will require all city employees to be vaccinated, and California announced a vaccine requirement for all state employees and health care workers, too. Private businesses like United Airlines and Morgan Stanley have also started to mandate vaccination for employees. Then in cities like L.A., San Francisco, and New York, many bars and live events require customers to show proof of vaccination. And in headlines: Biden formally announces the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq, a tobacco company wants to ban cigarettes, and Kanye will stay in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium until his album is finished. Show Notes: NYT: “Where Covid-19 Hospitalizations Are Rising in the U.S.” – https://nyti.ms/3BGSWiS PC Mag: “How to Carry Your Vaccination Card on Your Phone” – https://bit.ly/3zBB0nY For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The U.S. is at another pivotal point in the pandemic, with loosening restrictions and the rapidly spreading Delta variant leading to a concerning rise in cases, and less than half of the population fully vaccinated. We talked to Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Johns Hopkins University’s Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement, about the current state of the pandemic in the country. And in headlines: Biden plans to sanction Cuban officials for human rights abuses, Mississippi attempts to overturn Roe v. Wade, and NASA researchers map the inside of Mars. Show Notes: Nature: “How the Delta variant achieves its ultrafast spread” – https://go.nature.com/3BHosgO For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Hundreds of Uber and Lyft drivers went on strike yesterday across nearly a dozen cities in the U.S. to call for the passage of the PRO Act, which would allow employees to unionize and gain greater wage transparency and better benefits. In other labor news, workers at the Frito-Lay plant in Kansas have entered their third week in a strike against poor working conditions. The #FreeBritney Movement hits Congress as members of the House of Representatives this week proposed the FREE Act, a bipartisan bill that would grant individuals like Britney Spears the right to request for their private guardian or conservator to be replaced. And in headlines: drug manufacturers reach a $26 billion opioid settlement with state AGs, central China faces extreme flooding, and scientists in the United Arab Emirates electrocute clouds to produce rainstorms. Show Notes: LA Times: “Uber and Lyft drivers strike over pay, gig-work conditions” – https://lat.ms/3BuWMf1 New Yorker: “How the Elderly Lose Their Rights” – https://bit.ly/2Us9vOZ For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Burn After Heating

Burn After Heating

2021-07-2121:031

Wildfires in the western US and parts of Canada, driven by extreme drought conditions and heat waves, are casting hazy skies across the country. We talked to Brian Kahn, the managing editor of Earther and a lecturer at the Columbia Climate School about how climate change is altering our lives. Some counties nationwide are recommending that even vaccinated individuals keep their masks on when in indoor public spaces to fight the spread of the Delta variant of coronavirus. And in headlines: India’s COVID death toll estimated to be over 4 million, the former chair of Trump’s inaugural committee Tom Barrack was arrested for foreign lobbying charges, and Japan loses big on the Olympics. Show Notes: The Guardian: “Deadly flooding hits central China, affecting tens of millions” – https://bit.ly/3xWnAlY Washington Post Op-Ed: “The pandemic has changed course again. The Biden administration urgently needs to do the same” – https://wapo.st/3hV2IpU For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Today marks six months since President Biden entered the White House. We talked with Crooked Media’s editor-in-chief and the host of "Rubicon," Brian Beutler, about Biden’s progress on the $600 billion infrastructure bill, the $3.5 trillion Democrat-led budget bill, the COVID response, voting rights, climate change, and more. And in headlines: the first sentencing for a Capitol rioter, Canada opens its borders to vaccinated Americans, and Ben and Jerry’s stops commercial activities in Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories. For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Return Of The Mask

Return Of The Mask

2021-07-1917:411

Los Angeles County reimposed mask mandates this weekend for everyone indoors in a public space because the Delta variant is causing cases and hospitalization rates to climb. Last week, the seven-day average of cases in the U.S. went up by almost 70 percent in a single week. The Biden administration kicked off a public war against social media companies last week regarding their inaction on the spread of COVID misinformation, and Facebook responded with a blog post that accused the White House of "finger pointing." And in headlines: extreme floods in Germany have left at least 189 people dead, a federal judge in Texas ruled against DACA, and a new report on the reach of Pegasus spyware. Show Notes: NYT: “The Pandemic Has a New Epicenter: Indonesia” – https://nyti.ms/3ex2yCU The Guardian: “Majority of Covid misinformation came from 12 people, report finds” – https://bit.ly/3ksXl2M For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
At its heart, critical race theory is the idea of explaining how systemic racism has persisted in our country’s policies and laws throughout its history. But CRT has become a passion project for conservatives across the nation, who have used the term vigorously to rile up their base, and moved to ban it from being discussed in public classrooms, state agencies, and more. We spoke with two educators about the impact that the country-wide politicization of CRT is having on them and on their students.  Plus, a special announcement from our beloved host Akilah Hughes. Show Notes: NBC News: "See which states have passed critical race theory bills" – https://nbcnews.to/3A1wrnY Chalkbeat op-ed by Valencia Ann Abbott: ”I am a veteran history teacher. Let me teach history” – https://bit.ly/3dmskt3 For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona is traveling across the country this week to discuss how schools and community colleges can help students after they lost out on so much due to the pandemic, and to outline applications for the $122 billion in education funding from the American Rescue Plan. We asked Dr. Cardona about that trip, as well as local PPE enforcement, student loans, classroom curriculum, and more. And in headlines: the arrest of former South African president Jacob Zuma sparked protests, updates on Biden’s $3.5 trillion infrastructure plan, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer proposed federal decriminalization of marijuana. For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Miners at Warrior Met Coal in Brookwood, Alabama, have been striking for nearly four months in protest of drastic cutbacks to wages and benefits. It’s one of the largest work-stoppages in the state’s recent history. We hear from Haeden Wright, a United Mine Workers supporter and a miner’s wife, and Kim Kelly, a labor reporter for The Nation magazine, about the current status of the strike and the rising tide of violence and hostility that strikers face. And in headlines: Biden condemns Republican voter suppression efforts, Tennessee fires its top vaccine official, and officials announce the greatest rise in inflation since 2008. Show Notes: The Nation: "Alabama’s Coal Miners Are Striking for Their Lives" – https://bit.ly/3kcb5Pj Twitter: Kim Kelly – https://twitter.com/GrimKim Twitter: Haeden Wright – https://twitter.com/HaedenWright For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Walkout, Texas Ranger

Walkout, Texas Ranger

2021-07-1318:031

President Biden’s previous plan to combat crime by tightening the reins on gun sales and empowering the DOJ to target firearm traffickers has got a major update. He suggested states use $350 billion from the COVID relief plan to hire more police officers and strengthen crime prevention programs. Democratic state representatives from Texas went to Washington D.C. to break quorum and apply more federal pressure to pass voting rights legislation. A great escape like this hasn’t happened since 2003 when Democrats were stopping a redistricting proposal, and it’s unclear how Republicans might retaliate in this current case. And in headlines: Cubans protest for food and vaccines, England’s Black soccer players face racism, and Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence’s kids are Instagram-official. Show Notes: CNN (May 16, 2003): “Fugitive Texas Democrats declare victory” – https://cnn.it/3e8h1EX For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Biden Vs. Big Business

Biden Vs. Big Business

2021-07-1220:251

President Biden signed an executive order last week aimed at boosting competition between businesses and discouraging monopolies. The order includes 72 initiatives, which will encourage the FTC to reinstate net neutrality rules, require airlines to disclose hidden fees, allow cheaper medications to be imported from Canada, and more. The CDC issued guidelines for school districts to reopen this fall, while allowing local officials to tighten or loosen restrictions given factors like regional vaccination rates. There is a bump in cases of coronavirus in the U.S. right now, however, driven by pockets with lower vaccination rates. And in headlines: turmoil in Haiti following the President's assassination, record-high temperatures in the West, and Sir Richard Branson goes to space. Show Notes: Presidential Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy – https://bit.ly/3yNCc7c For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Amount Past Purdue

Amount Past Purdue

2021-07-0917:501

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma reached a deal where 15 states agreed to drop their opposition to the company's bankruptcy plan in exchange for concessions from the Sackler family. The move has paved the way for the company to settle with plaintiffs, who blame Purdue for its role in the country’s opioid crisis, for roughly $4.5 billion. The world’s known COVID deaths just passed 4 million by one count, and many countries are still seeing rises in cases and hospitalizations due to the Delta variant and vaccine inequity. Meanwhile in the U.S., White House officials said that nearly 100 percent of recent COVID deaths have been among those who are unvaccinated. And in headlines: Biden announced an end-date for U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, two Haitian Americans are arrested for the assassination of President Moïse, and Michael Avenatti was sentenced for attempting to extort $20 million from Nike. For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated in his home by a team of mercenaries amid claims by opposition groups that he tried to illegally extend his presidential term by one year. Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph is calling for an international investigation, and Biden promised assistance to fight for a safe and secure Haiti in a time of growing gun violence. Texas State Republicans start a special legislative session on Thursday to discuss 11 conservative agenda items that didn’t pass the last session. These include a bill banning drive-through and 24-hour voting, a bill restricting critical race theory education, a bill preventing transgender students from competing on sports teams that align with their gender identity, and more. And in headlines: Darnella Frazier’s uncle is killed in a Minneapolis police car chase, Tokyo will declare a state of COVID emergency, and the ship that blocked the Suez Canal is back in the water.  Show Notes: NYT: "How the Assassination of Haiti’s President Follows Years of Strife and Gridlock" – https://nyti.ms/3ho8n7t The Texas Tribune: "Gov. Greg Abbott introduces special legislative session agenda" – https://bit.ly/3xuMwRq For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Reflecting upon President Biden’s missed July 4th vaccination goals, we talked to epidemiologist and former Detroit health commissioner Dr. Abdul El-Sayed about the spread of the Delta variant and Republican vaccination hesitancy. We also discussed concerns of a potential resurgence of COVID-19 when a partially-vaccinated America returns to indoor, crowded spaces this fall and winter. And in headlines: Hurricane Elsa to make landfall on Florida's coast, a new large-scale ransomware attack, and Nikole Hannah-Jones chooses Howard University over UNC-Chapel Hill. For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The Supreme Court affirmed two provisions of an Arizona law that restricted voting rights, yesterday. One would void ballots from citizens who voted in the wrong precinct, and the other would restrict voters from having their ballots delivered to a polling station by a third party. The justices also overturned a California law requiring charities to disclose the identities of their major donors, citing it as a violation of the First Amendment. The Manhattan DA’s Office charged the Trump Organization for an alleged 15 year tax evasion scheme involving concealed benefits paid to executive employees. The focus of the prosecution is on the firm’s CFO, Allen Weisselberg, who is expected to take the brunt of the criminal charges instead of Trump himself. And in headlines: the U.S. gained international support for a global minimum tax, Liz Cheney was nominated to the January 6th Committee, and Britney Spears’ father remains part of her conservatorship. For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Cosby For Concern

Cosby For Concern

2021-07-0122:473

Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court set Bill Cosby free on a technicality after he served part of his sentence for three counts of sexual assault. Back in 2005, when he was a local DA and before he was Trump’s defense lawyer, attorney Bruce Castor promised Cosby that nothing he said in a deposition for a civil case would be used against him in a criminal proceeding, and honoring that promise meant Cosby should never have been charged in the first place.  Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld died at 88 years old from multiple myeloma. He was responsible for countless war crimes in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, so it’s almost perfect timing that U.S. troops are set to withdraw from Afghanistan this week following his death. And in headlines: counting chaos in the NYC mayoral race, the U.S. State Department adds a third gender to passports, and Nikole Hannah-Jones finally gets tenure from UNC. For a transcript of this episode, please visit crooked.com/whataday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Comments (102)

Anna Clay

Akilah has been a huge part of why I love this show and it's great that she's doing what's best for her. I can't wait to see those future projects she mentioned!

Jul 16th
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Dana Pellegrino

bye, Akilah! we'll miss you

Jul 16th
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Andi-Roo Libecap

I love when Akilah is on her soapbox. Her anger and fire are inspirational and she makes me want to shout AMEN! Because she's right. Akilah is 💯 right.

Apr 27th
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BillyG

"there were no reports that he was violent with the officers." did you watch the body cam video?

Apr 13th
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daisy

who is this lady? I never thought I would call someone elitist after a debate about Netflix password sharing, but, I'm doing it! She's so elitist!

Mar 15th
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Lori C

A view that you are reaffirming by not seeing the forest from the trees. Can we give the Biden administration and democratic majority a chance? Happy to circle back about this a year from now, but the early fail calls are tiresome.

Feb 16th
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Kimberly Johnson

Akilah I am with you I'm pissed! Thank you for giving this a voice!

Jan 11th
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Colleen Anne

I’m so ready to delete Apple Maps.

Dec 16th
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Dana Pellegrino

I love when Akilah roasts people, especially Trump

Dec 14th
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Yama

I have never noticed how much the music contributes to this podcast.

Nov 3rd
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Meg Mo

oof, the absence of music was a bit chilling

Nov 3rd
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Richard Guthrie

oh God this is awful. They have 1 or 2 ok arguments but overall they're just Liberals with Socialist views. That is bad. don't listen to this trash. Trump2020

Oct 14th
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Kimberly Johnson

Yall are awesome! thank you so much!

Oct 8th
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Jennifer Ingram

So Trump hasn't resulted to injecting himelf with bleach? why not?

Oct 8th
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Susan Morrongiello

Jaime Harrison (and his grandmother) make me wanna move to South Carolina just to vote for him.

Oct 7th
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Lisa Rhea

Why did you say the name of the whistleblower? I am not sure if his name is out there I honestly don't know but it doesn't help to say it allowed because yes he is fearing for his life.

Sep 3rd
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David MacPherson

Thank you, I appreciate what y'all do everyday. Be well and much love.

Aug 25th
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J Eaton

Lol “mail is important.” 98% of the mail, at least today, are the valpaks. Not sure if it’s nationwide but it’s basically just a pack of coupons no one uses. Ok maybe a handful. But my day sorting letters is one basically wasted because most of the letter mail today is junk. People only want their parcels or if they happen to get an important piece of mail.

Aug 11th
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Jeff David

Dear everyone, The term "fuck-tard" or any invented word with the ending "-tard" (libtard, etc.) is a harmful renormalization of the word retard. Please don't put it in your vernacular.

Aug 5th
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Steven Wallin

Why not today why wait till next week?

Jul 16th
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