News O'Clock

News O'Clock

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 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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July 16, 2020 21 min

Brian Baumgartner — who played Kevin on “The Office — has a new tell-all podcast on the backstory of the show. He gives us the tea on the show’s saving grace, breaks down The Chili Scene, and answers some really tough trivia questions! Also, Russia is apparently trying to steal information about potential coronavirus vaccines from the US, UK, and Canada. Megan Thee Stallion is recovering from a gunshot wound. And your new favorite ...

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July 15, 2020 24 min

An early stage test of a potential coronavirus vaccine showed promising results. Hospitals are being told to skip the CDC and report their COVID-19 data straight to the Trump administration. Rihanna has a new skincare line dropping at the end of the month!! Howie Mandel is fine, despite the TikTok teens’ fears. And were joined by Mark Parrington, a senior scientist with the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts who has...

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More than 5 million Americans lost their health insurance along with their jobs in the first months of the pandemic. A federal judge rejected a proposed settlement between Harvey Weinstein and his alleged victims. Sir Ian McKellen gave Sir Patrick Stewart a great birthday present. Our dogs are ANXIOUS when we aren’t around now, and it’s only getting worse. And we talk with Zachary Neumann, the founder of Colorado’s COVID-19 Evictio...

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Roger Stone is a free man after the president commuted his sentence — because who cares about lying to Congress? The Washington professional football team has officially retired its racist name and mascot. TikTok has given us the official anthem of 2020. And we talk with Rebecca Nagel, host of the Crooked Media podcast This Land about the Supreme Court’s decision that declared most of eastern Oklahoma as under Native jurisdiction.

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July 10, 2020 23 min

The World Health Organization now says “um, maybe COVID-19 can spread as an aerosol, I guess!” Goya’s CEO praised President Trump at the White House and now there’s a boycott of the brand. Casey does her valiant best to guess when the heck some of the biggest events of 2020 actually happened. And BuzzFeed News court reporter Zoe Tillman breaks down what yesterday’s big Supreme Court decisions on Trump’s taxes will mean for the elec...

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July 9, 2020 23 min

The Supreme Court ended this year’s term with a bang, issuing three historic decisions. The band formerly known as Lady Antebellum is suing a Black blues singer over use of the name “Lady A.” Former Glee star Naya Rivera is missing and presumed dead after a likely swimming accident. And we’re joined by New Statesman editor and author Emily Tamkin to discuss her new book about billionaire George Soros’ influence on the world and the...

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July 8, 2020 22 min

 The Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration can allow businesses not to cover birth control in their insurance plans. More than 3 million people in the US have had COVID-19. Demi Lovato opened up about why she left the Disney Channel. Kids have a new way to pretend that they’re on a phone call and it’s destroying us inside. And we talk to Deb Perelman, creator of the Smitten Kitchen cooking blog, about her New York Times...

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July 7, 2020 23 min

Brazil’s President has tested positive for COVID-19 after doing everything in his power to downplay COVID-19. ICE warns that international students at colleges staying online-only this fall need to leave the country. Halle Berry apologized for considering taking a role as a trans character. And we talk to the inimitable Jenny Slate about her upcoming film, The Sunlit Night, her decision to step away from the biracial character she ...

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