ABC News Radio Specials

ABC News Radio Specials

When news breaks, when our world changes, when you need questions answered – or when you need an escape from the headlines – this is where you'll find special, in-depth reporting from ABC News Radio. From hour-long shows covering the COVID-19 pandemic, to thoughtful discussions of politics, to celebrations of the arts. This is audio storytelling at its best, powered by ABC News.


May 27, 2023 65 mins
America Remembers pays tribute to America’s heroes. The special features Iraq and Afghanistan veterans still struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including combat veteran Steven Padilla, who battles with PTSD after a roadside bomb hit his convoy. The program also highlights gold star family members who have lost loved ones during their time of service and discusses how they are moving through their grief.  Learn m...
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It's been one year since tragedy struck Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. ABC's Uvalde 365 team has been there, on ground since May 24th, 2022, when a gunman entered the school and killed 19 students and 2 teachers. In this ABC News special, we'll hear from that team of reporters and producers, as well as from survivors and families of the victims. We'll also look at the response by law enforcement and learn how the communit...
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December 31, 2022 41 mins
Barbara Walters, the trailblazing television news broadcaster and longtime ABC News anchor and correspondent who shattered the glass ceiling and became a dominant force in an industry once dominated by men, has died. She was 93. In this ABC News special, Aaron Katersky reports on Walters' life and career. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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December 12, 2022 36 mins
It was Solomon, the wisest of all biblical figures, who said that while so much of eternity and our future lives are unknown and unknowable there are seasons for everything. Maybe that’s the best way to look at 2022. If nothing else, perhaps 2022 may be remembered as a year of transition – globally and locally – while some familiar struggles remained entrenched. In Playback 2022, ABC's Aaron Katersky and Cheri Preston take a look b...
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November 21, 2022 99 mins
This Thanksgiving, ABC News Radio presents “Let’s Eat.” Hosted by correspondent Alex Stone, it’s a food and drink journey from coast to coast. On the menu: Alex sits down with celebrity chef José Andrés to talk about serving hot meals to those who are suffering from disasters; we’ll hear how the huge popularity of craft beer bars is helping local economies; we’ll visit science labs that are growing real pork and chicken; we’ll talk...
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One week before the 2022 Midterm Elections, voters are concerned about the economy. And immigration, voting rights, abortion, crime and future of democracy itself. Control of Congress hangs in the balance, and a couple of key races could decide which party has the majority. In this ABC News Radio Special, we preview the pivotal races and issues pushing voters to the polls. ABC’s Aaron Katersky and Karen Travers host from Pennsylvan...
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September 8, 2022 39 mins
Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, has died. She was 96 years old. ABC News' Cheri Preston looks back on the Queen's life and legacy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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September 3, 2022 78 mins
This special program explores a variety of climate-focussed issues, including how wildland firefighters in parts of country are having to innovate in order to combat the recent surge in wildfires; the effort to bring alternative power to communities nationwide; the jobs created by the clean energy industry; and a look at why there is an increase in shark sightings on Long Island. “Impact: Climate & Sustainability” is hosted by ABC ...
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July 1, 2022 100 mins
Summer’s here and the time is right for a little live music, a day on the links or an exciting outdoor getaway. This July 4th weekend, ABC News Radio will “Press Play” on adventure and entertainment. Host Jason Nathanson and a team of ABC correspondents are hitting the road to bring us some big thrills and learn some new skills. We’ll take you over the top on a brand new, heart-pounding roller coaster, into the wilderness on a luxu...
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June 24, 2022 41 mins
The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade and the constitutional right to abortion that existed in this country for almost 50 years. In this ABC News Radio special, we discuss what it means and what happens next – for the American public, and for the court itself. ABC’s Aaron Katersky hosts and speaks to legal experts, advocates on both sides of the issue and our reporters right in between them, as the nation reacts. Learn ...
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June 17, 2022 21 mins
On June 17th, 2021, Juneteenth became a U.S. federal holiday. It commemorates June 19th, 1865, when slaves in Texas were told of their freedom, two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. In this ABC News Special, hosted by Jamia Pugh, we celebrate Juneteenth, by exploring the meaning and history of the holiday. From Tulsa to Texas, we tell stories of resilience, and what it means to be a part of a commu...
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June 7, 2022 15 mins
Americans have been faced with multiple mass shootings in such a short amount of time this year. In 2022 alone, there have been more than 240 shootings across the country. Families have been left with no time to grieve before another tragedy occurs, yet their mourning has turned into calls for change. In this ABC News Radio Special, anchored by Michelle Franzen, we hear from ABC’s Amy Robach, Mireya Villareal, and Rachel Scott who ...
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May 28, 2022 98 mins
This Memorial Day weekend, ABC News Radio presents "Honor, Hope and Healing," hosted by Aaron Katersky & Alex Stone. This program spotlights stories of hope, courage and community spirit. We pay tribute to America’s heroes – those lost abroad in service to their country as well as those going above and beyond to help their neighbors here at home. We’ll also look at America’s resilience and determination as we begin to emerge from t...
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May 26, 2022 41 mins
The nation is asking questions – again – after a gunman killed 19 children and two adults in Uvalde, Texas. This ABC News Radio special, anchored by Alex Stone, examines all angles of this week’s elementary school shooting. Can anyone explain how this happened? What should parents tell children? Will anything change? With reporting from ABC’s Jim Ryan and Mireya Villarreal on the scene, White House Correspondent Karen Travers, our ...
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One million Americans have now died from COVID-19. In this ABC News special we look back at the last two years and examine how, for the rest of us, life has changed. ABC's Alex Stone visits Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles to check on the morale of frontline workers. Cheri Preston investigates the toll the pandemic has taken on our mental health. Mike Dobuski explores how the lockdown made many rethink their career choice...
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April 29, 2022 9 mins
In 1991, four Los Angeles police officers brutally beat motorist Rodney King and their acquittal on state charges prompted one of the worst race riots in American history. On the 30th anniversary of the deadly riots, ABC's Alex Stone went back to the epicenter in South L.A. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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February 25, 2022 38 mins
Less than 24 hours after Russian forces invaded Ukraine, they were advancing from three directions and threatening to take the capital of Kyiv. This ABC News Radio special examines all angles of the attack that U.S. officials said was designed to “decapitate” Ukraine’s government. ABC’s Alex Stone hosts, with Aaron Katersky reporting from Lviv, Ukraine; Patrick Reevell in Kyiv; Matt Gutman at the border, where there’s already a ref...
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January 7, 2022 39 mins
On the anniversary of the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol, ABC News Radio takes an in-depth look at that consequential day in history and its aftermath. “Attack on the Capitol: One Year Later,” is anchored by ABC News Correspondent Aaron Katersky with reporting from ABC's White House Correspondent Karen Travers and Capitol Hill Correspondent Elizabeth Schulze, featuring interviews from ABC's David Muir with Capitol and Metro...
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December 24, 2021 36 mins
In the final hour of The Year in Review we look back at some of the biggest stories of the year told through our daily podcast Start Here. We take you back to the morning after US gymnasts Simone Biles, McKalya Maroney, Aly Raisman and Maggie Nichols testified in front of congress over the handling of the Larry Nasser sexual abuse investigation, we hear from an activist fighting for lead-free water in Michigan and break down what w...
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December 23, 2021 43 mins
In this hour of The Year in Review we listen back some of our best original reporting for our Holiday specials. We'll introduce you to a woman who is fixing "broken" individuals on the streets of Los Angeles, bring you to southwestern Massachusetts where the newest boom is green, explain why flying is becoming an everyday hobby for many. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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