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Get the good, the bad, and the “wait, what???” of everything happening online & IRL each day. Hosted by Hayes Brown and Casey Rackham, dropping every weekday evening.... Show More

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August 13, 2020 24 min

Universal mail-in voting is impossible because the Postal Service is underfunded, says the President, who then says that’s why he’s not going to approve more funding for the Postal Service. It is scary hot in Baghdad and it's a glimpse into everyone’s future. AMC is bribing people back to movie theaters with really cheap tickets. The creators of Avatar: The Last Airbender are leaving the live-action Netflix adaptation. We lean ...

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August 12, 2020 27 min

Senator Kamala Harris is former Vice President Joe Biden’s running mate! A QAnon fan from Georgia is going to be joining Congress it looks like. (She’s also anti-Muslim!). Three of R Kelly’s associates have been charged with allegedly threatening, intimidating, and trying to bribe witnesses. Scientists have found a salty ocean on a teeny tiny planet in our solar system! And Slate’s Joel Anderson comes through to breakdown the odds ...

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August 11, 2020 29 min

Russia claimed victory in the race for a COVID-19 vaccine which...doubts. We have them. Seattle slashed its police budget and its police chief resigned. The top QAnon Facebook groups that have literally millions of members between them. A dramatic reboot of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” may be coming to a streaming service near you! Phil Collins is a musician who's done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more. An...

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August 10, 2020 25 min

 President Trump signed some executive orders this weekend — we look at what they actually do. 97,000 children tested positive for coronavirus in the last two weeks of July. Cardi B defended Kylie Jenner’s appearance in the “WAP” music video. TikTok taught us that there’s a wild, tragic — and possibly lesbian — backstory to the French song “Dominique.” And NPR investigative correspondent Tim Mak fills us in on what’s made the NRA g...

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August 7, 2020 17 min

President Trump signed an executive order threatening to ban TikTok in 45 days. (TikTok is like “...excuse me??”) The unemployment rate dropped in the US! Which is good! But the number of jobs added is...not ideal. “A League of Their Own” is being made into a TV show! Which is very GOOD. Kylie Jenner showed up in Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s new music video and the internet is feeling some type of way about it. And there’s goi...

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August 6, 2020 20 min

Students at a high school in Georgia are being threatened with expulsion if they don’t show up because of the pandemic — and have been punished for speaking out. New York’s Attorney General is trying to shut down the NRA. YouTube star Jake Paul got a visit from the feds in relation to a certain looting incident in late May. And we talk with friend of the show Scaachi Khoul about her new weekly podcast “Not Great! With Scaachi Khoul...

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August 5, 2020 25 min

Lebanon is reeling after a massive explosion that killed more than a hundred people and left thousands more injured. (You can donate to the Lebanese Red Cross here.) Progressives had some surprising wins in yesterday’s primaries. The new “Mulan” is skipping straight to Disney+ — with one catch. Oh, uh, btw: people used to eat mummies. Sorry. And we’re talking with Gina Cherelus about the layers upon layers of excellence at work...

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August 4, 2020 25 min

The president’s interview on “Axios on HBO” was...something, all right. Schools are already starting up in the US and struggling to prevent coronavirus outbreaks. Taylor broke a new record and the upcoming “Bachelorette” season has more drama than any of her last few albums. A scientist who allegedly died of COVID-19 may not have been a real person at all?? And we talk with the Washington Post’s Jacob Bogage about the US Postal Ser...

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August 3, 2020 17 min

Microsoft is looking to buy TikTok’s US business, even as Trump wants to ban the app entirely. One of the nation’s top doctors has warned that the pandemic is in a “new phase” given how widespread it is. Britney Spears’ dad has given his thoughts on the #FreeBrittney movement. And we talk to BuzzFeed News’ Jessica Garrison about her new book — The Devil’s Harvest — which details one of America's most prolific contract killers, ...

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July 31, 2020 25 min

The Census Bureau is wrapping up its work earlier than it previously said and that’s, well, not great. Nor are the allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct behind the scenes on the “Ellen” show. You know what is great? Beyonce’s new visual album is what. Our producer is leaving us and we cover-up our feelings of abandonment by quizzing her. And we talk to Radiolab’s Latif Nasser about his new Netflix show, “Connected,” and h...

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July 30, 2020 21 min

 President Trump can’t postpone the presidential election but he tweeted about it so here we are. Martha Stewart has learned what a thirst trap is and now she may be too powerful. Rihanna was self-conscious about her Met Gala outfit in 2015 and she has never been more wrong or relatable. And we talked with The Verge senior reporter Adi Robertson about how Big Tech’s CEOs fared against the House Judiciary Committee in yesterday'...

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July 29, 2020 27 min

The feds are leaving Portland...eventually...and moving on to other US cities. Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas tested positive for COVID-19 but still thinks masks should be optional. Your favorite Black sitcoms are finally going to be available to stream! And the hosts of the podcast “Forgotten: The Women of Juarez,” Monica Ortiz Uribe and Oz Woloshyn, join us to talk about the stories they’ve uncovered while digging into why hundreds ...

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July 28, 2020 23 min

President Trump and his son both spread a viral video that features fringe doctors saying that there’s no need for masks because a miracle cure exists. There’s almost $2 billion for a new FBI headquarters building included in the Senate Republicans’ latest coronavirus bill. Megan Thee Stallion spoke out about getting shot earlier this month. And we talk to political scientist Jessica Chen Weiss about the US closing down a Chinese c...

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July 27, 2020 29 min

Trump’s National Security Adviser has tested positive for COVID-19. The delayed baseball season is already looking like it might not last until the fall. Turns out Taylor Swift’s “betty” actually refers to the name of Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively’s youngest daughter?? Miles Gray of the most excellent podcast “The Daily Zeitgeist” swings by, so of course we subject him to a quiz. And BuzzFeed News’ Ryan Mac and Craig Silverman exp...

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Taylor Swift’s new album is a cottagecore dream that has a song that may or may not be extremely queer. (Casey: “VERY MUCH MAY.”) The US hit 4 million coronavirus deaths and the GOP is canceling the in-person part of its convention. The CDC’s new guidelines for opening schools are just “do it.” And our favorite advice-give Stephen LaConte is back with us to dispense more wisdom to you, the listeners.

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July 23, 2020 24 min

More than 1.4 million people in the U.S. signed up for unemployment benefits last week. Federal officers are heading for Chicago and Albuquerque now, despite the local governments saying they are not needed. Taylor Swift is dropping a new surprise album! Demi Lovato is engaged! And Bob the Drag Queen came through to talk about her HBO series “We’re Here,” how the drag scene is faring during the pandemic, and why more Black cis men ...

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July 22, 2020 23 min

Congressional Republicans and the White House are trying to get on the same page ahead of a new coronavirus bill. Kim Kardashian West put out a statement regarding Kanye West’s mental health. Ukraine’s president helped end a hostage situation by endorsing a Joaquin Phoenix movie. And we talked with Mercy Corps’ vice president of humanitarian leadership and response Anissa Toscano about how the pandemic is making it harder than ever...

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July 21, 2020 26 min

The Trump administration is trying to block undocumented immigrants from being counted when deciding Congressional seats. Los Angeles will be getting a new women’s soccer team thanks in part to Natalie Portman and Serena Williams. An animated short made us feel better about how much snacking we’ve been doing during this pandemic. And we talk to journalist Robert Evans, who gives us the rundown on the ongoing protests in Portland as...

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Missouri’s governor thinks it’s unavoidable that kids get coronavirus at school but no worries, they’ll be fine. Kanye West isn’t a punchline, and the people around him are reportedly concerned. We look back on the late Representative John Lewis’ legacy. And BuzzFeed News’ Krystie Yandoli tells us all about the culture of repression and repercussions behind the scenes at daytime TV staple “Ellen.”

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Federal law enforcement officials are detaining random people on the streets in Portland because of...graffiti?? The Trump administration claims that the science behind forcing kids back into schools is on their side, but teachers are worried about going back to school in the fall. Behind the scenes of “Ellen” lurks a toxic work environment. And we talk with renowned women’s rights lawyer Gloria Allred about her work defending over...

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