Episodes
Published 09/23/22
With midterms right around the corner, last week saw a bump in voters showing interest in immigration over abortion. Plus, the U.S. sanctions Iran, after the death of a woman in police custody. And, passengers say they’re more frustrated with U.S. airports. Guests: Axios' Margaret Talev and Laurin-Whitney Gottbrath. Credits: Axios Today is produced by Erica Pandey, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Alexandra Botti, Lydia McMullen-Laird, Fonda Mwangi, Alex Sugiura. Music is composed by Evan Viola. You...
Published 09/23/22
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization of Russian reserves for the war in Ukraine Wednesday. And in at least 38 cities across Russia, hundreds of people organized protests against the mobilization. Plus, what the Fed’s latest rate hike means for the housing market. And, what’s motivating you to vote or stay home in November. Guests: Axios' Dave Lawler and Emily Peck. Credits: Axios Today is produced by Niala Boodhoo, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Alexandra Botti, Lydia...
Published 09/22/22
For the first time in three years, leaders from around the world are gathering in New York City for the UN General Assembly. The war in Ukraine is set to dominate this week’s meetings. President Biden will give a speech today, as will Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who will be addressing the assembly remotely. But can anything practical come from the gathering? Plus, the pandemic made more Americans want to straighten their teeth. Now orthodontists and direct-to-consumer companies...
Published 09/21/22
President Biden said "the pandemic is over" in an interview with CBS’ 60 minutes on Sunday. But the White House is still asking Congress for an additional 22.4 billion in COVID funding. In the U.S., nearly 3,000 people died from COVID in the past week. The World Health Organization Director-General says the end of the pandemic "is in sight," but that "we are not there yet." Plus, a new spotlight on who gets sick pay in America. And, the murder conviction that helped make podcasts popular,...
Published 09/20/22
Fiona, the first major Atlantic hurricane of the season, is bringing heavy rains, high winds and widespread power outages to Puerto Rico. The power grid, which was severely damaged during Hurricane Maria five years ago, failed yesterday afternoon and the entire island lost power -- even before Fiona made landfall. Plus, the murky road ahead for migrants sent from Texas to Massachusetts. And, is the pressure to free Brittney Griner fading? Guests: Axios' Steph Solis and NBC News' Nicole...
Published 09/19/22
We’re 53 days from the November election, and some wildcard voters are feeling "meh" about their options. But the bases are fired up. Axios' Josh Kraushaar on what we know, and how the week in Washington could affect the upcoming election. Plus, the Saudi-funded circuit changing the game for men’s golf. Guests: Axios' Josh Kraushaar and Jeff Tracy. Credits: Axios Today is produced by Niala Boodhoo, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Alexandra Botti, Lydia McMullen-Laird, Robin Linn, Fonda Mwangi, Alex...
Published 09/16/22
A major rail strike has been averted. That’s the early morning statement from the White House. Here’s why this matters: Virtually everything in our country -- from food to gas and retail goods -- relies on the nearly 140,000-mile rail network that expands across 49 states. But the tens of thousands of freight workers and their unions appear to have reached an agreement. And, Minnesota nurses stage a the three-day walk out. Plus, Latinos are reclaiming the accent mark as a show of cultural...
Published 09/15/22
Census Bureau data released Tuesday shows America's child poverty rate plunged in 2021, accelerating a decade-long decline. The decline was spurred by government assistance programs including pandemic-era aid. But August’s inflation numbers also show that the price for essentials like food, rent and medical care are still rapidly rising, putting pressure on low-income families in particular. We dig deep into these two important pieces of economic data and what they tell us about what’s...
Published 09/14/22
22 Republican Governors sent a letter to President Biden on Monday, asking him to withdraw his student loan forgiveness plan. The governors are saying that only 16 to 17% of Americans have federal student loan debt and now the burden is being shifted to everyone, including low income taxpayers. And, inside U.S. efforts to stop human smuggling in Guatemala. Plus, beer could be in trouble. Guests: Axios' Shawna Chen, Stef Kight, and Mike Deehan. Credits: Axios Today is produced by Niala...
Published 09/13/22
The Ukrainian military says it’s retaken more than 3,000 square kilometers of territory from Russia. American officials say the advance was in part due to increased intelligence sharing with the United States, but as President Biden asks for more aid for Ukraine, he’s facing new pushback. Plus, major credit card providers will start categorizing gun shop purchases. And, we want to know what’s driving you to vote this November. Guests: Olivier Knox, National Political Correspondent at the...
Published 09/12/22
The Senate race going on in Georgia right now is neck and neck, between Republican Herschel Walker and incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock. It’s one of the rare competitions between two Black candidates on the national stage – and each has a very different message for voters about racism. Plus, the world mourns Queen Elizabeth. And, reframing the evangelical view of climate change. Guests: Axios' Emma Hurt and Dave Lawler; Walter Kim, President of the National Association of...
Published 09/09/22
More than 7 million people in Somalia are in dire need of food assistance. And the UN has warned that famine there is “at the door." East Africa has had four straight failed rainy seasons, for the first time in more than half a century. That, combined with rising food prices exacerbated by the war in Ukraine, are endangering an estimated 20 million people in the Horn of Africa region. Plus, how a ruling on HIV PrEP meds could affect access to other preventative care. Guests: Axios'...
Published 09/08/22
Russia has stopped gas flow to Europe. The Nord Stream pipeline has been a key source of natural gas for decades, providing heat and electricity across the region. And the result of Russia’s actions are already being felt keenly in Europe - even before cold weather sets in. Plus, could zero-down mortgages close the racial homeownership gap? And, the California power grid struggles against more extreme heat. Guests: Axios' Matt Phillips and Megan Rose Dickey; Logan Mohtashami, Lead Data...
Published 09/07/22
How soon after a COVID infection, or after your last booster, can you get the new shot? Axios' Adriel Bettelheim explains what we know about the new boosters tailored to the Omicron sub-variants that are now widely available. Plus, state legislatures see a record number of first-generation immigrants. Israel admits one of its military involved in "friendly fire" death of Palestinian-American Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh. And, a win for Team Trump in the DOJ probe. Guests:...
Published 09/06/22
President Biden spoke in Philadelphia last night, with a warning about former President Trump, his followers, and what he said was their potential to harm American democracy. Plus, the water crisis in Jackson, Mississippi continues. And, the stakes for the Artemis mission to the moon. Guests: Axios' Margaret Talev and Miriam Kramer. Credits: Axios Today is produced by Niala Boodhoo, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Alexandra Botti, Lydia McMullen-Laird, Robin Linn, Alex Sugiura, and Ben O'Brien. Music...
Published 09/02/22
Labor Day is just around the corner, and unions haven't been this popular in 50 years. Almost 71% of Americans now say they approve of unions. That's up almost 10% from pre-pandemic levels. And this week, the California Senate passed a bill that could raise wages for fast food workers to as high as $22 per hour. It has the potential to revitalize the way unions work in the US. Plus, players in The Sims are bringing abortion to their virtual world. And, Serena’s last twirl. Guests: Axios'...
Published 09/01/22
Climate concerns and the global energy crisis are pressuring countries to seriously consider nuclear power for the first time since the 1970s. California, Germany and Japan are considering walking back closures, and even reopening nuclear plants. Plus, climate change is affecting monsoons and hurricanes. And, why Americans are holiday shopping earlier this year. Guests: Axios' Matt Phillips, Kelly Tyko, and Andrew Freedman. Credits: Axios Today is produced by Niala Boodhoo, Sara Kehaulani...
Published 08/31/22
Ukraine has launched a counteroffensive in the south of the country, to retake Russian occupied Kherson. The highly anticipated move could change the shape of the war. Meanwhile, UN nuclear watchdogs are headed to assess the Zaporizhzhia power plant in the southeast of Ukraine, as shelling has been stoking fears of nuclear disaster. Plus, clothing brands respond to our growing waistlines. And, why $20 an hr is the new $15 an hr. Guests: Axios' Dave Lawler and Jennifer Kingson. Credits:...
Published 08/30/22
The first updated coronavirus vaccines will be available as soon as the week after Labor Day. These will target the dominant strain of COVID-19 that's circulating in the U.S., in hopes of providing better protection than the vaccines we have now. Plus, the world's top economic experts say volatility is here to stay. And, women’s sports are commanding bigger rights deals than ever. Guests: Axios' Adriel Bettelheim, Neil Irwin, and Sara Fischer. Credits: Axios Today is produced by Erica...
Published 08/29/22
The primaries this week solidified a stunning turnaround for Democrats in this election cycle, fueled by passion around the abortion rights issue. How much does that change the assumption that Republicans will run away with control of both the House and the Senate? And, Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan splits Washington. Plus, all eyes on fed chair Jerome Powell ahead of Friday's speech from Jackson Hole. Guests: Axios' Margaret Talev and Neil Irwin. Credits: Axios Today is produced...
Published 08/26/22
President Biden yesterday announced a sweeping plan to cancel up to $20,000 in student debt for Pell grant recipients, and up to $10,000 for qualifying individual borrowers. But for future students, college costs look as bad as ever. The average price of tuition for a four-year public college is more than $9,000 per year. Out-of-state residents can expect to pay more than $23,000 - and it can be double that for private institutions. Plus, what’s behind the viral trend of “quiet...
Published 08/25/22
A former Kentucky police detective pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiracy in the killing of Breonna Taylor. Former Louisville Metro police officer Kelly Goodlett admitted in federal court to falsifying the no-knock search warrant that led to Taylor’s death, and to giving a false report afterwards as part of a cover-up attempt. Plus, the outlook for the Russia-Ukraine war at six months. And, student loan debt, by the numbers. Guests: Axios' Dave Lawler and Shawna Chen. Credits: Axios Today...
Published 08/24/22
CEOs telling employees to return to the office are facing major pushback. This week, a group of Apple workers started a petition calling for flexible work schedules to continue. That was in response to a memo from CEO Tim Cook mandating that many workers come into the office three days a week starting this fall. Plus, why America's beloved Tex-Mex cuisine has to evolve to survive. And, Dr. Fauci is stepping down as the nation’s COVID doctor. Guests: Axios' Emily Peck and Russell...
Published 08/23/22
Inflation in the U.S. may have reached its peak. A big part of that is falling gas prices, which recently dipped back below the $4 per gallon mark. The price of crude oil is also on the decline, closing at just under $90 a barrel on Friday. Plus, a new phase in the search for habitable planets. And, a historic moment at the Iowa State Fair. Guests: Axios' Javier David and Miriam Kramer. Credits: Axios Today is produced by Niala Boodhoo, Sara Kehaulani Goo, Alexandra Botti, Lydia...
Published 08/22/22