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CNN's lead DC anchor and chief Washington correspondent, Jake Tapper, hosts this two-hour long weekday afternoon program, with headlines from around the country and the world, the top stories in national and international news, politics, health, money, the environment, sports and popular culture. The Lead also concentrates on bringing stories that aren't found on front pages—buried leads—to the forefront.
 
Unf*cking The Republic (UNFTR) is a series of audio essays on the grand American experiment lovingly curated and presented by a quasi-anonymous political writer. Each essay reflects on a singular topic that is generally misunderstood or purposely obfuscated by the so-called “powers that be.” As we know, history is written by the victors and can be perilously manufactured to favor destructive world views. These views become intractably ingrained in the public consciousness and pervert public ...
 
Wildfires are becoming more destructive every year. Wildfires in California set new records year after year, with more acreage, homes, and lives destroyed. The California Burns podcast explores ways to mitigate the risks from wildfire, on strategies to recover if a wildfire impacts you or your family, and shares the stories of those on the front lines protecting homes and peoples lives. To learn more about California Burns, the podcast, visit us online!
 
Water Is For Fighting is a five part documentary podcast series that explores the complexities around water management in the Western United States. For this season, we’re focusing on the South Platte River in Colorado, because it’s a resource that 4.5 million people rely on every day. For most of us, access to clean drinking water is a given, but our relationship with the natural environment is far more intimate-- whether you know it or not. With a growing population, increasingly destructi ...
 
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CNN on scene as migrants try to cross river into U.S.; Mexican authorities form human chain to block migrants; DHS: 12 flights have returned 1,400 migrants to Haiti; 3,600+ migrants still camped under Texas bridge, awaiting processing; Special envoy for Haiti resigns, cites “deeply flawed” policy; Rep. Wilson: “I’m pissed” about handling of Haitian…
 
Today we break from our format to introduce you to our partners from Native Coffee Traders on the Poospatuck Reservation in New York. Harry Wallace, the elected chief of the Unkechaug people, founded Native Coffee Traders in 1994. The company is now run by his niece and head roaster Amy Wallace. Harry and Amy joined Max in the studio to discuss iss…
 
NOW: Biden meets with key Dems at crucial moment for his agenda; Pelosi after WH meeting: “we are calm and everybody’s good;” Biden tries to bridge divide between progressive, moderate Dems; DHS releasing some Haitian migrants into the U.S. while hundreds more have been immediately deported; Daily death average in U.S. tops 2,000, highest in 6 mont…
 
Texas border town slammed with nearly 9,000 migrants, 30,000 more could be on the way; WH: horrified by border agents aggressively confronting migrants; Schumer calls on Biden to “immediately” end deportation of Haitians; Biden on Border as crisis deepens: were getting it under control”; Biden: U.S. shifting form “relentless war” to “relentless dem…
 
Pfizer: vaccine is safe for children 5-11, generated “robust” antibody response; Ex-FDA chief: vaccine for younger kids may be available by late October; DC mayor mandates vaccines for all teachers, daycare providers; San Francisco mayor defiant after breaking city’s mask rules; U.S. averaging 147K+ new infections and 1,900+ deaths a day; Pfizer no…
 
In the second part of our special miniseries, “America's Longest War: What Went Wrong in Afghanistan,” you’ll hear more conversations Jake Tapper had with U.S. commanding generals who led the war effort, from the former Afghan Ambassador to the U.S., and from the veterans who served. We look at whether U.S. troop levels could have ever changed the …
 
Today, we want to share a special miniseries CNN put together during the final months of America’s withdrawal. In “America's Longest War: What Went Wrong in Afghanistan,” you’ll hear conversations Jake Tapper had with eight former U.S. commanding generals who led the war effort over two decades and four administrations. We examine the mission and t…
 
The world is more fucked than the United States. And we’re pretty fucked, so that’s saying a lot. Perhaps there’s a way to mitigate this mess by playing upon our worst instincts as a nation and the competitiveness that drives the world. Today we take an alternative view of our response to climate change through the lens of the most dispassionate an…
 
US military admits it killed 10 civilians and targeted wrong vehicle in Kabul airstrike; DOD: Kabul strike killing 3 adults, 7 children a “tragic mistake”; FDA advisers vote against Pfizer’s COVID booster for Americans 16 and older; Panel may vote on amended question; Israel: COVID boosters kept our hospitals from reaching capacity; Officials prepa…
 
SC authorities open investigation into 2018 death of housekeeper at Murdaugh home; Trump speaks out in support of insurrectionists just days ahead of controversial right-wing rally; DHS warns DC officials of potential violence before right-wing rally; Capitol fenced off again ahead of pro-insurrectionist rally Saturday; Trump speaks out in support …
 
FBI fires agent accused of failing to properly investigate Nassar; FBI director: “don’t have good explanation” for FBI failures; AG Garland will testify about decision not to prosecute FBI agents who botched Larry Nassar investigation; GA official: about 60% of state’s Covid outbreaks are in schools; Woodward book: Gen. Milley took secret action, w…
 
New data: cases in children Jump 240% in three months; Former FDA head: vaccine for kids could be approved by Halloween; Reports: multiple members of New Orleans Saints test positive; One-on-one with Biden chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci; CNN analysis shows Black & Hispanic Americans are underrepresented in tested and vaccinations; CDC: no …
 
New COVID cases slowly declining, deaths up 4% from last week; NYC starts vaccine mandate as schools reopen for 1 million kids; CDC director: Delta variant in kids is more transmissible & dangerous; Arkansas Gov: Biden’s mandate “hardens the resistance” to vaccines; NY hospital to stop delivering babies as staff quit over vaccine mandate; New CNN p…
 
Today’s episode is a departure from our normal format. We were tempted to let the 20th anniversary of 9/11 pass given it will be oversaturated with remembrances and armchair punditry as well as the usual tragedy porn imagery. But the impact of 9/11 remains so widespread that it’s impossible to ignore. So, we wanted to add something honest, critical…
 
Biden implements vaccine mandate to blunt COVID surge; Republicans reject Biden’s vaccine mandate as “overreach”; GOP Govs promise legal action over Biden’s vaccine order; Appeals court sides with FL Gov, allows ban of school mask mandates; 21 U.S. citizens & 11 permanent residents onboard flight leaving Kabul; State Dept: at least 100 Americans st…
 
Fauci: Case rate needs to be 15 times lower than current rate to suppress virus; L.A. County to vote on vaccine requirement for eligible students; WH to require all federal workers be vaccinated, no testing option; Microsoft & AMEX postpone U.S. return to work plans; Army vet helps evacuate Americans out of Kabul; Source: More flights expected once…
 
Study: unvaccinated adults 17 times more likely to be hospitalized than vaccinated adults; 13 Miami-Dade school staffers die of Covid since mid-August; Florida judge allows mask mandates to continue in schools; Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will return with in-person viewing; CNN: Biden’s Covid-19 speech tomorrow will include announcements on mand…
 
Biden speaks after touring storm damage in NY, NJ; Biden: storm damage shows need for infrastructure deal; NJ Gov,: no commitment from Biden admin to expand disaster declaration; Biden: climate change a “code red” for the world, hurricane Ida is the latest example; 5 found dead in New Orleans senior apartments declared unfit for occupancy after hur…
 
Hospitals face tough choices about who gets ICU beds; Fauci predicts three doses of COVID vaccine may be best; Fauci: Moderna booster may come later than Pfizer; Average of new daily cases is up 800% since Memorial Day; Israeli officials to brief FDA on booster shot data next week; Labor Day travel slows from summer highs amid COID surge & CDC warn…
 
The last time California had a “successful” gubernatorial recall, Arnold Schwarzenegger became governor. While we try not to wade into current events, there is significance in this current attempt to unseat Gavin Newsom that goes far beyond the borders of California. In this episode we catch up on what’s happening in California. Beyond the biblical…
 
800K+ homes, businesses still without power in Louisiana; Louisiana grappling with power outages, fuel shortages; 2/3 of gas stations in New Orleans & Baton Rouge out of fuel; Heat index tops 100° in Louisiana as 800K+ are without power; Four nursing home patients die after being evacuated; LA gov pledges investigation into nursing home residents d…
 
Homes underwater, transit shut down as Ida hits Northeast; Rescues ongoing as rivers burst at banks, spill into towns; NYC suburb: 200+ stranded cars block major parkways; County Exec: At least 3 dead in Westchester County, NY; Philadelphia's Schuylkill river swell 16 feet above flood level; Officials estimate thousands rescued from NE floodwaters;…
 
Officials: WH plans to shift focus away from Afghanistan; Social media video appears to show Taliban parading military vehicles taken from retreating Afghan forces; Top U.S. general says he feels “pain and anger” over Afghanistan; Book reveals Dick Cheney was nearly assassinated by Taliban; FEMA: $5m+ in assistance now approved for hard-hit househo…
 
Biden: Will get remaining Americans out "if they so choose"; Biden: "I take responsibility for the decision" to withdraw; Biden: Couldn't stay in Afghanistan indefinitely because "everything had changed" after Trump's deal with Taliban; Biden: "To those asking for a third decade of war, I ask: 'What was our vital national interest?'"; Biden: "I was…
 
U.S. races to complete evacuation as deadline looms; Parts of Louisiana unreachable, extent of Ida’s damage unclear; Energy company: 2k+ miles of transmission lines out of services, 1m+ customers have no power; Pentagon: every single U.S. service member is out of Afghanistan To learn more about how CNN protects listener privacy, visit cnn.com/priva…
 
We love to promote our democratic principles. We love to spread them across the globe as well. But there are three procedural quirks in our system that are so laughably undemocratic it’s surreal. The Electoral College, filibuster and gerrymandering have been such integral parts of our system for so long that we barely recognize them for the travest…
 
WH: Working with the Taliban is a “necessity” for evacuations; Biden: “There may have been” list of evacuee names provided to Taliban; ISIS-K claims attack that killed 13 U.S. troops, 170+ Afghans; Surge in Covid cases puts strain on hospitals across U.S.; Judge rules against FL governor’s ban on school mask mandates; School mask rules challenged i…
 
Journalist in Kabul feel another explosion; Centcom Commander: “Very, very real” specific threats of more attacks; Defense Sept. “Continuing” mission to evacuate Americans & Afghans; Centcom commander: “We expect attacks to continue”; Pentagon: Two suicide bombers, ISIS gunmen attacked airport & hotel To learn more about how CNN protects listener p…
 
U.S. Defense official: “very specific threat stream” on ISIS-K attacks planned against crowds outside Kabul airport; U.S. concerned about possible ISIS-K attacks on Kabul airport crowds; Pentagon: 19,000 evacuated from Afghanistan in the past day; Pelosi & other lawmakers criticize unauthorized Afghanistan trip by two members of Congress; Blinken: …
 
Taliban: Afghans will not be allowed to leave the country; Taliban: airport roads closed to afghans, open for foreigners; State Dept: thousands of Americans waiting to be evacuated; Defense officials: first U.S. troops have started leaving Afghanistan; U.S. has evacuated 4,000 American passport holders & their families; Biden won’t extend Aug. 31 d…
 
Biden encourages hesitant Americans to get their shot today; Pentagon to make vaccines mandatory for troops after FDA approval of Pfizer; Florida records most deaths in a week, COVID cases top 3 million; Miami-Dade begins classes with mask mandate, defies FL governor; As hospitalization rates soar, FDA approves Pfizer vaccine; Pfizer working on pla…
 
Operation “Blame the Afghan People” is in full swing. The countdown to us forgetting completely about Afghanistan has also just begun and the media is doing its best to shove a comparative narrative to Vietnam down our throats. Today’s episode explores our national amnesia, examines the Vietnam comparison, talks about what happens when our occupati…
 
Pentagon: U.S. flights resume in Kabul after pause for 8+ hours; Afghans enduring brutal conditions outside Kabul airport; Secy. Austin to House members: some Americans beaten by Taliban; Pentagon: baby hoisted over wall was treated & reunited to dad; Riot control agent deployed on Afghans outside Kabul airport; New Pentagon images show humanitaria…
 
CNN: Only a small number of Afghans are making it into Kabul airport due to Taliban checkpoints; Biden suggests U.S. troops could stay in Afghanistan past withdrawal deadline to evacuate all Americans; State Dept.: 20 flights expected to depart Kabul tonight; Taliban using violence to stop Afghans from reaching airport; Biden defends chaotic U.S. t…
 
Gen. Milley: no indication Afghanistan would fall in 11 days; Milley on Afghan allies: “we’re not going to leave them behind;” Taliban block access to Kabul airport with gunfire, violence; Biden admin recommends third shot eight months after second; Biden: plan for booster 8 months after receiving your 2nd shot To learn more about how CNN protects …
 
WH estimates 11,000 U.S. citizens remain in Afghanistan; Afghan women fear for their futures under Taliban rule; Burqa prices surge as Taliban impose new rules for women; Taliban pledge “no violence against women” but say the world needs to respect their “core values” on women; Top generals hope to speed up evacuations within the next day; Pentagon…
 
Biden: I stand by my decision to withdraw from Afghanistan; I will not repeat the mistakes of the past; This did unfold more quickly than we anticipated; Scenes in Afghanistan are gut-wrenching; There was never a good time to withdraw from Afghanistan; Our mission in Afghanistan was never supposed to be nation building; Our current mission is getti…
 
Momma always said, "Power is as power does." With democrats in charge, Bernie managing the budget and endless wars ending, it's a new day in Washington. Or is it? Today's Quickie highlights three policies - Immigration, Military Spending and Drone Strikes - that seemed to be changing under Biden but might be more of the same. Resources The Intercep…
 
Covid hospitalizations near 80k, most since winter surge; Unvaccinated covid patient: “Get the vaccine”; (0% or more ICU beds full five states: AL, TX, GA, FL, MS; FEMA: More than $1B given to families of covid victims for funerals; CNN gains access to Taliban at old U.S. military base it seized; Taliban commander tells CNN: We believe one day we’l…
 
Official: Biden approved order to send troops this morning; U.S. may move embassy to Kabul airport as Taliban gain ground; Fauci: “Inevitably” everyone could need booster shot; Debate rages over school mask mandates; Schools in MS, IN, GA return to virtual learning after outbreaks; U.S. averaging 122,000+ new cases a day with 75k+ hospitalized; Hos…
 
Biden critics balk at massive $3.5T budget blueprint; Manchin raises “serious concerns” about $3.5 trillion budget; White House faces delicate balancing act to advance Biden’s priorities; L breaks hospitalization record, gets hundreds of ventilators; Judge grants temporary restraining order again Texas governor’s ban on mask mandates; Oregon instit…
 
Gov. Cuomo resigns following damning A.G. report on sexual harassment allegations; Biden: “I respect” Cuomo’s decision to resign; Biden on Cuomo: “he’s done a helluva job” as governor; Gov. Cuomo resigns but maintains innocence, says allegations are “politically motivated”; Cuomo replaced by first female governor in NY history; As school districts …
 
Hospitals in southern states running out of space and staff; Right-wing conspiracy theorist spreading COVID misinformation; Florida schools reopen as COVID positivity rate rises among children; CDC vaccine advisers meet on Friday to discuss vaccine boosters; FL church loses six unvaccinated members to COVID amid Delta surge; Full FDA approval on Pf…
 
Progressives continually lose the debate on issues of institutional poverty, structural inequality and systemic racism because they’re loaded with history and meaning that require thinking. It’s a lot easier to say, “Make America Great Again,” “Free Markets,” or “America First.” This episode uncovers the economic side of systemic racism in the Unit…
 
WH: Daily vaccinations at highest level in more than a month; WH praises businesses with vaccination requirements; Fauci warns of future covid-19 variant worse than Delta; Covid cases, hospitalizations spike across all age groups; FL Gov DeSantis calls Biden a “Tyrant” for pushing mandates; Biden’s approval rating on covid falls as cases, hospitali…
 
Top DOJ official prepped resignation letter over Trump’s “direct instructions” to support his election fraud claims; Ohio primary race strokes intra-party heat for Dems; Trump-backed candidate Mike Carey wins OH GOP primary; Key win for progressives as WH takes actions on evictions; Some Georgia schools reopen and opt to skip mask mandates as Covid…
 
NYC mayor announces vaccine requirement for indoor dining, fitness centers, entertainment & performances; Mote corporations require vaccinations, masks as cases surge; Hospitalizations top 50K for first time since February; Report: “substantial” jump in kids & teens testing positive, more than 72K new cases just last week; 70% of US adult have at l…
 
CDC data: 99.999% of vaccinated haven’t had deadly breakthrough case; U.S. averaging nearly 80K new daily COVID cases; New data: fewer than 1% of fully vaccinated people experiencing a breakthrough COVID-19 infection; Louisiana gov reinstates indoor mask mandate for all; WH again makes COVID-19 the focus of Biden’s schedule; Unvaccinated cases, hos…
 
They look like us. Sound (mostly) like us. And they know everything about us. And yet, we know precious little about our best friends up north. That ends today, Unf*ckers. Today we cast our gaze upwards to honor our friends and allies from the Great White North. Our friends at Canadaland, the top independent political pod network in Canada, help gu…
 
In our previous episode, we discovered how aging infrastructure has contributed to a growing concern of the general public's surrounding water quality. In this episode, we address those concerns head on by diving into the science behind water treatment to answer several questions about what exactly is in the water. Again, we go back in time to unde…
 
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