5 Things

5 Things

The news you need to know to start your day. Five top news stories and why they matter. Seven days a week, with deep-dive Sunday episodes. Hosted by Taylor Wilson, Shannon Rae Green, James Brown and PJ Elliott. Discover more USA TODAY podcasts at usatoday.com/podcasts

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October 1, 2022 9 min

Ian is now moving through the Carolinas. Plus, Russian President Vladimir Putin falsely claims several Ukrainian regions as part of Russia, the Seattle Mariners end a generational drought, 'Saturday Night Live' returns and we hear a preview of the Sunday show on the impact of television streaming.


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The storm killed at least 14 in Florida. Plus, USA TODAY's Héctor García De León recounts his experience in the hurricane, Supreme Court correspondent John Fritze looks at some of this term's cases, a new Gallup poll shows historically low levels of trust in the high court and money reporter Bailey Schulz looks at real and fake TikTok challenges.


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September 29, 2022 13 min

The storm was one of the strongest ever to make U.S. landfall. Plus, hear how Floridians prepare for hurricanes, reporter Natalie Neysa Alund tells us what Waffle House can say about a storm's severity, reporter Jordan Mendoza explains how hurricanes are named and Aaron Judge makes history with his 61st home run of the season.


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The hurricane has arrived in the Florida Keys as a Category 3. Plus, Russia declares victory in a series of elections the West calls a sham, national correspondent Tami Abdollah gives a timeline for the next Jan. 6 hearings, drugmakers deliver promising trial results for an Alzheimer's drug and reporter Olivia Munson weighs whether you should add a cover letter to your job application.


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The storm has made landfall in Cuba. Weather reporter Doyle Rice has the latest. Plus, Russia sees issues with its military draft, Supreme Court correspondent John Fritze looks at how affirmative action cases could affect hiring, the U.S. sends more aid to flooded Pakistan and NASA successfully hits an asteroid.


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Dissent is hitting the streets in Russia. Plus, Italy elects a far-right government, reporter Celina Tebor looks at legal human composting, Tropical Storm Ian could become a serious hurricane and reporter Marina Pitofsky talks about Rosh Hashanah.


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How are schools across the nation faring now that school is back in session? Is life in school back to normal or are there still looming effects caused by the pandemic? We've all heard of teacher and staff shortages and parents pulling kids from public school because of curriculum issues. It seems, schools are stressed.

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The West is calling elections a sham. Plus, protests continue across Iran, national correspondent Elizabeth Weise talks about 'assisted migration' for trees, Albert Pujols make baseball history and James Brown looks ahead to the Sunday episode of 5 Things.


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September 23, 2022 15 min

National correspondent on extremism and emerging issues Will Carless reports on a criminal trial that could redefine the movement. Plus, Russia begins mobilizing more citizens for military duty, money reporter Bailey Schulz looks at how Americans are feeling about inflation, the Boston Celtics suspend their coach and a grieving Mississippi family gets an unexpected gift from strangers.


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September 22, 2022 13 min

The war in Ukraine has been a major theme at this week's U.N. meetings. Plus, national political correspondent Phillip Bailey explains why Arizona's secretary of state race is in the national spotlight, a new lawsuit accuses former President Donald Trump of fraud, money reporter Medora Lee looks at the impact of Federal Reserve rate hikes and another powerful earthquake rocks Mexico.


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USA TODAY's James Brown reports. Plus, attorneys clash before a special master over Mar-a-Lago documents, Congressional editor Ledge King looks at the state of American democracy, world leaders meet amid a grim U.N. General Assembly and Hurricane Fiona gains strength.


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The queen has been laid to rest. What's next for King Charles III? Plus, national political correspondent David Jackson says investigations involving Donald Trump may help him politically, Adnan Syed has been freed from prison after his case grabbed attention on the 'Serial' podcast, education reporter Alia Wong looks at school book bans and the Biden administration makes a prisoner swap with the Taliban.


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September 19, 2022 10 min

The queen's funeral is today after more than a week of national and global mourning. Plus, Hurricane Fiona moves through the Caribbean, Ukraine says it found Russian torture devices, money and tech reporter Bailey Schulz looks at whether TikTok could be used as the new Google and there's a shakeup in the college football coaches' poll.


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September 18, 2022 15 min

The term "quiet quitting" has been used a lot lately. It means different things to different people but the term essentially means you are drawing a line with your employer and saying you are not going beyond your duties. The term really became popular after millions of people watched a Tiktok created by Zaid Leppelin where he talked about what quiet quitting is. You can watch the Tiktok here.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis flew migrants to Massachusetts this week. Plus, a special master has been appointed in the Trump documents investigation, President Joe Biden meets with the families of Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan, the queue reopens to pay respects to Queen Elizabeth II and it's Week 3 in college football.


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The deal includes a modest pay raise and better attendance policies. Plus, health reporter Adrianna Rodriguez talks about a group of experts calling out global leaders over COVID-19 failures, Ukraine continues to re-take villages on Russia's border, reporter Jordan Mendoza talks about Mexican Independence Day and Roger Federer retires from tennis.


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Education reporter Kayla Jimenez explains. Plus, Amtrak cancels some service ahead of a potential rail strike, prosecutors ask a Baltimore judge to vacate Adnan Syed's 1999 murder conviction, R. Kelly is convicted of more sex crimes and travel reporter Kathleen Wong looks at whether third party booking sites are worth it.


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Patient safety reporter Karen Weintraub reports. Plus, President Joe Biden praises inflation legislation despite concerning numbers, the Jan. 6 House panel sets a date for its next hearing, money reporter Terry Collins explains how coding boot camps offer a career switch and a package explodes at Northeastern University.


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National correspondent Rick Jervis reports. Plus, reporter Jeanine Santucci explains a USA TODAY analysis that found many U.S. prisons don't have adequate air conditioning, Ukraine's military makes progress with its counter-offensive, Congressional reporter Dylan Wells says some Democratic women are hoping the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision may help them in midterm elections and 'Entertain This' host Ralph...

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Reporter Jordan Mendoza explains. Plus, Ukraine pushes Russia back in a part of the country, reporter Medora Lee gives an update on inflation, President Joe Biden pays tribute to 9/11 victims and the Emmy Awards are tonight.


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