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Just like The Recount is the can’t-miss news source on Twitter, The Recount Daily Pod is the morning news source you’ll want to plug into every day. Hosted by journalist Reena Ninan, each episode breaks down important information in politics, tech, business and culture. Ninan interviews journalists who break news and give listeners the crucial context necessary to understand why these stories are important.
 
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The journalist Cokie Roberts left behind a tremendous legacy when she passed away in 2019. Her late husband Steven Roberts, who is also a journalist, grieved and honored her in his own way — by reporting on Cokie's life and work at organizations including NPR and ABC, and writing a book about it. "Cokie: A Life Well-Lived" chronicles the career, va…
 
Sione and Alana talk with Leialoha Humpherys, author of Aloha State of Mind to discuss what it means to create paradise wherever you are. They discuss Hawaiian values like ho'ohana (to do meaningful work), ohana (love of family), aloha (living with love), and laulima (many hands) and how these values can help us to make the most of our circumstance…
 
Severe staff shortages at Georgia prisons have contributed to a huge spike in violence, including at least 44 likely homicides since last year. In September, the Department of Justice opened an investigation into the violence and possible constitutional violations by the correctional system. Separately, a lawsuit filed by the Southern Center for Hu…
 
Climate envoy John Kerry described it as “the last best chance the world has" — this weekend world leaders and thousands of negotiators, journalists, and activists converge on Glasgow for COP26, the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference. In the span of two weeks, can world leaders pull off what they never have, committing to realistic carbo…
 
Our beliefs can empower us or they can hold us back and even cause us to self-sabotage our efforts made toward success. So how do we know if our beliefs are helping us or holding us back? In this episode of Recounting Life Lessons, Sione shares a few experiences that helped him identify a limiting belief. He also shares why we hold all the power in…
 
George Will was the first political columnist to call for President Richard Nixon’s impeachment, and he's lent a leading conservative voice to the Washington Post and other publications ever since. Most recently, he’s out with a collection of his work — "American Happiness and Discontents" — first published between 2008 and 2020. He joins the podca…
 
Andrew Yang drew attention to universal basic income as a Democratic candidate in the 2020 presidential election, and earlier this year in his run for mayor of New York City. Since then, he’s announced he’s leaving the Democratic Party to start a new one. The Forward Party will back certain candidates — Democrats and Republicans alike, Yang says — …
 
More than 40 million Americans are in debt for getting an education. The federal government holds $1.6 trillion in student loan debts, a sum roughly on par with Canada’s GDP. President Biden has canceled billions of dollars of debt, but plenty more remains. Plus, a freeze on payments, put in place by President Trump at the start of the pandemic, ex…
 
In 2013, Mark and DeAnne Stidham founded LuLaRoe, a multi-level marketing firm that still sells women's clothing today. Pushing a feminist image, the company claims to give women the opportunity to become independent retailers. But it's faced plenty of lawsuits, including one from the state of Washington accusing it of operating a pyramid scheme. A…
 
Nearly two years into the pandemic, the U.S. is seeing a sustained drop in new COVID cases. And recent forecast models by researchers advising the CDC suggest we could see a steady decline in cases throughout the winter and into spring, rather than a seasonal surge. Is the country really edging toward an end to the crisis? Two leading voices in COV…
 
Surprise: very little of the plastic you dutifully put in your recycling bin ends up actually being used again. The costs to successful recycling are prohibitive. And even then, recycling is a market with fewer and fewer buyers. So how can we really cut down on waste? Michael Cyr is the co-founder of Cup Zero, a company that seeks to cut down on wa…
 
A presidential assassination, a devastating earthquake and criminal gangs engaging in mass kidnappings. The problems plaguing Haiti today are many — and they’re often misunderstood. How can the U.S. and the international community help bring stability and economic renewal to the country? Garry Pierre-Pierre, founder and publisher of The Haitian Tim…
 
The iconic Miss America pageant turned 100 this year, having crowned dozens of women who proudly went on to represent the institution across the U.S. But the contest was not without its controversies, including years of forcing women to walk across the stage in swimsuits. Is Miss America still relevant? Today we're talking with Amy Argetsinger, edi…
 
If we aren't paying attention, we'll miss out on the pearls of wisdom that show up in our lives and they can easily slip through our fingers. In this solo episode, Alana shares about an experience that helped her realize how easy it is to miss out on the lessons that life is eager to teach us. She also shares what we can do to take care in collecti…
 
The pandemic has exposed glaring inequalities in the healthcare industry. From access to medicine and providers to a lack of trust between doctors and patients, COVID revealed that systemic racism has a dramatic impact on the health and well-being of minority communities. What can be done to fix this? Dr. Elaine Batchlor, CEO of MLK Community Healt…
 
The infamous prison camp at the US Navy Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was opened in early 2002 to house alleged terrorists the U.S. apprehended in Afghanistan. The camp became notorious as a symbol of U.S. human rights abuses. President Joe Biden has pledged to finally close it. Will he succeed? Karen Greenberg, Director of the Center on National S…
 
Line 3, a once-decommissioned oil pipeline, was put into operation again earlier this month. The $4 billion dollar project, announced in 2014, met with fierce opposition from both environmentalists and Indigenous American tribes. Now, it's transporting over 600,000 barrels of oil per day from Alberta, Canada, to the American Midwest. Nick Martin, e…
 
Facebook was all over the news this week for good reason: They knew they were harming our kids and they did it anyway. An explosive series published by The Wall Street Journal last week revealed the extent to which Facebook maintained silence while fully aware that flaws in its platform were hurting its users. Georgia Wells, one of the authors of t…
 
One of the few Trump administration policies that President Joe Biden has kept in place is a tough approach toward China. For one, Trump's tariffs are still in place. But China's recent military demonstrations against Taiwan haven't helped ease tensions. What does the future hold for US-China relations? Yukon Huang, a senior fellow in the Asia Prog…
 
Gun violence has risen to alarming new heights in recent years, becoming the leading cause of death for children since 2018. What can we do to keep our children safe? Nicole Hockley, co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, joins us to share her insights. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com…
 
When New Yorker Staff Writer Evan Osnos, a veteran foreign correspondent, returned to the U.S. in 2013 he found a country that was unrecognizable from the one he'd left 11 years earlier. Suddenly, it was a place with deep political fissures and little to no common ground. Evan's new book "Wildland: The Making of America's Fury" is the result of his…
 
On September 15th, the first all-civilian spaceflight took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida. The commercial mission run by SpaceX successfully reached orbit and splashed down in the Atlantic three days later. Could the future of spaceflight be within reach for the non-wealthy? Christian Davenport, staff writer at The Washington Post, joins us to br…
 
Big Tech wields enormous power in today's global economy, from driving advances in technology to influencing our political and cultural conversations. Should that power be more tightly regulated and if so, how? Cat Zakrzewski, technology policy reporter at The Washington Post, joins us to share her insights. Learn more about your ad-choices at http…
 
In 2018, a video filmed at Carroll High School in Southlake, TX went viral. In it, several teenagers from the affluent, mostly white, suburban town were chanting the n-word. NBC's hosts of the podcast "Southlake," Antonia Hylton and Mike Hixenbaugh, join Reena to share their experiences diving deeper into the culture wars taking place across much o…
 
While the pandemic has been difficult for all of us, the impact has been especially hard on K-12 students. Most fell behind in math and reading. Many suffered the consequences of limited socialization. Kids experienced severe emotional and psychological stress. Can they ever recover? Lauren Camera, Senior Writer at U.S. News & World Report, helps b…
 
After a two-year investigation by California's Division of Fair Employment and Housing, the state agency filed suit against Activision Blizzard for sexual discrimination and sexual harassment. The bombshell lawsuit is forcing a reckoning in the gaming industry. Will it succeed in changing the culture? Cecilia D'Anastasio, staff writer at WIRED, sha…
 
Retirement is a huge milestone — a time to put down your career and enter your sunset years. For older generations, the magic number for retirement is 65. But for younger people, the goal is 50. Can they succeed? Bobbi Rebell, host of the podcast "Money Tips for Financial Grownups," joins us to answer that very question. Learn more about your ad-ch…
 
The vast majority of Americans believe that every child should be given an equal opportunity to succeed, in school and life. Yet, according to our guest, American psychologist and behavior geneticist Kathryn Paige Harden, DNA itself gives some kids a leg up while making it really hard for others. Can we level the playing field through policy? Learn…
 
When it comes to climate change, the U.S. has experienced a summer like none before. Fires raged in the west. Massive flooding washed away homes, cars and lives. Hurricanes left devastation and destruction in their wake. Are we prepared for this new reality? Washington Post Climate and Science reporter Sarah Kaplan helps us dig into it. Learn more …
 
For many, September has marked a return to a new sort of normal. Workers are starting to head back to the office and the majority of kids are back in school. That leaves many pets now facing a stark new reality: spending most of their days home, alone, for the first time in 19 months. What can you do to help your pet cope? Animal behaviorists Dr. N…
 
Americans' fascination with cults has been piqued in recent years by a deluge of podcasts and documentaries about the phenomenon. But what exactly is a cult? How do they recruit their members? And why are people so attracted to them? Author and cult expert Rick Alan Ross joins us to share his insights. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://ww…
 
On August 29th, as the deadline for the U.S. to complete its withdrawal from Afghanistan approached, the U.S. military carried out a deadly drone strike in Kabul. While the Pentagon claims it hit ISIS-K, a New York Times reporter investigated and found evidence of only a heartbroken family with 10 dead, including 7 children. Mattieu Aikins, the jou…
 
The Taliban's rapid takeover of power in Afghanistan precipitated an exodus like none ever before. It was the largest airlift evacuation in U.S. history with many tens of thousands of refugees now facing an uncertain future. What are the biggest challenges they face? JC Hendrickson, Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy at the International Rescue…
 
New York Times Columnist and thought leader Nicholas Kristof has been writing about poverty, education, women's rights and immigration for 20 years. President Joe Biden promises to advance an agenda that many progressives like Nick hold dear. Can he succeed? Nick Kristof joins us today to share his impressions on the progress so far and the road ah…
 
Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL) is on the political frontlines of the US fight against COVID, a battle that is playing out in media across the nation. Crist joins us to talk about how his state is faring against the virus, the fight against climate change and his upcoming challenge to current Governor Ron DeSantis. List of websites with links for 9/11-re…
 
In 2017, a bombshell report surfaced that the Department of Defense was funding a secret $22 million program for investigating UFOs. Are UFOs real and what does the government know about them? A new docuseries on Showtime called "UFO" delves into these questions and more. Series Director Mark Monroe and one of the show's featured guests, Penn State…
 
Do you ever find yourself wanting to feel more fulfilled and happy with where you are in your life and with what you have? Between unexpected setbacks, feeling like we aren't where we thought we would have been by now, or being surrounded by others who seem to be getting and doing what we haven't been able to do just yet, there are so many things t…
 
Amid a surge in coronavirus cases nationally, children are, or will soon be, largely back to in-person education. The issue of vaccinating them has risen to the forefront of the debate on how to keep both them and us safe. Should vaccines be mandated? UC Hastings Law Professor Dorit Reiss joins us to break down the legal and persuasion arguments on…
 
When the pandemic forced technology workers across the US to work from home, many reconsidered their location options. Some moved to cheaper cities, others to be near family. What does this mean for the tech industry and how will it change cities? Jessica Lessin, founder of The Information, joins us today to help us make sense of the trend. Learn m…
 
Stress and trauma are normal parts of life that only rarely get the level of attention they deserve. The past 18 months have given us all experience with the former, some of us with the latter as well. How we process these complex emotions is crucial to getting through a challenging time. Psychologist and New York Times best-selling author Dr. Lisa…
 
Back in 2015, Elizabeth Holmes was a media darling, a tech startup figure who was the world's youngest self-made billionaire. Her company Theranos promised to revolutionize the blood testing business. Turns out, it was a lot more hype than reality. Rebecca Jarvis, host of “The Dropout'' podcast and ABC News chief business, technology & economics co…
 
Whether it's about US elections or COVID vaccines, misinformation continues to spread like wildfire on social media with very real and, in some cases, dire consequences. But some people are more vulnerable than others. Why? And what can be done to keep people safe? Bhaskar Chakravorti, dean of global business at The Fletcher School at Tufts Univers…
 
The issue of how the Taliban intends to treat women and girls under its rule has garnered international attention and scrutiny. A generation of women and girls have grown up with liberties and rights unimaginable under the previous Taliban regime. The new regime claims that they will respect women's rights. But can we trust them? Gayle Tzemach Lemm…
 
While there is little disagreement among political pundits that Trump is still the leader of the Republican party, some party stalwarts see a different path forward. In "Two Roads Diverged," former South Carolina Congressman and Governor Mark Sanford lays out his vision for how the Republican party can reclaim its conservative ideals while reaffirm…
 
"The Line" is a podcast about the war crimes case of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher. More broadly, it's also about the Forever Wars and what they've done to the hearts and minds of those we've sent to fight them. Documentarian Dan Taberski, executive producer of "The Line", joins us to talk about the blurry moral boundaries our soldiers are confronting …
 
Seventeen plus months in, the global pandemic continues to upend institutions of learning, including higher education. With many schools cancelling in-person classes some students were stuck going to college from their high school bedrooms. That made many rethink the value proposition. Was taking on the enormous debts that going to college requires…
 
Deep divisions in American politics and culture are everywhere these days, from Congress to state capitals, from school boards to city councils. But are these divisions threatening the very survival of our liberal democracy? And if so, what can be done about it? Tom Nichols, contributing writer at The Atlantic, talks with us about his new book "Our…
 
More abortion restrictions were passed by state legislatures in 2021 than in any other year in history. Meanwhile, a now firmly conservative U.S. Supreme Court is preparing to hear a landmark case challenging Roe v. Wade this fall. What does the future hold for abortion rights? Dr. Mary Ziegler, law professor at Florida State University, lays out t…
 
George Floyd's murder and the groundswell of protests that followed have led communities across the US to question the purpose and role of police in society. Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, Co-Founder and CEO of the Center for Policing Equity and a Yale professor of African-American studies and psychology, joins us to share his insights in his decade plus …
 
With the Taliban now firmly in control of the Afghan capital Kabul, it's impossible not to look at America's longest-running war and not ask: Was it all worth it? In today's daily deep dive, we re-air a recent interview with terrorism expert Colin P. Clarke, Director of Policy and Research at The Soufan Group, who puts the US war in Afghanistan int…
 
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