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.

Episodes

April 27, 2024 38 mins
This special edition of ABC News Radio's award-winning news magazine, Perspective, is part of a special series from ABC News for Earth Week, called "The Power of Us." It explores ways we can solve the climate challenges we face. From assessing the future of e-fuels, tracking the journey of plastic bags, grading the US on its climate policies, to experiencing the beauty of our national parks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visi...
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We're looking back at the year's top stories. Playback 2023 is hosted by ABC's Cheri Preston and Alex Stone. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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November 22, 2023 100 mins
This Thanksgiving, ABC News Radio presents “Let’s Eat.” Correspondent Daria Albinger hosts this special tour of food and drink places near and far. We’ll introduce you to a few restaurants claiming to be the “longest continuously operating” eatery in the country. We’ll peel back the lid on the tantalizing world of tinned fish, visit California’s 14-thousand-acre Rancho San Julian, and we’ll step into the kitchen with an award-winni...
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In honor of Hispanic and Latin American Heritage Month, ABC News has produced this special for the Emmy® Award-winning series, “Soul of a Nation.” This program explores the massive popularity of global Latin music and the young stars who are taking the industry by storm with chart-topping songs and record-breaking sales. It features interviews with Colombian artist Karol G, whose new album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this...
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September 1, 2023 101 mins
Silicon Valley behemoths and tiny startups alike are all vying to create the next iPhone, the next Facebook, the next Big Thing. We will unpack the recent explosion of artificial intelligence, check in on the world of EV's, look at tech’s changing role in entertainment and sports, its impact on our health … and beyond. After all, the next big thing may lie among the stars. Join us for “What’s Next? Life & Tech,” hosted by ABC News ...
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August 4, 2023 17 mins
Former President Donald Trump appeared in a Washington DC federal court on August 3, 2023, to be arraigned on four counts related to efforts to overturn the 2020 election that culminated with the January 6th riot at the Capitol. ABC’s Steven Portnoy had a close-up seat to the brief but historic proceeding. No audio was allowed out of the court, but Steven was able to send a steady stream of information as it happened to ABC’s Alex ...
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June 30, 2023 101 mins
This July 4th weekend, ABC News Radio is pressing play on all the things that entertain us and excite us. Host Jason Nathanson and the radio team are hitting the road to bring us some big thrills and learn some new skills. We will wake up way too early for a round of speed golf, then grab a nap before testing our wits on trivia night. We’ll travel to London to meet a brew master who’s crafting suds to suit Yankee tastes and we’ll h...
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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 megaphone.fm/adchoices
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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 megaphone.fm/adchoices
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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 25, 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 18, 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 8, 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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