CNN One Thing

CNN One Thing

You’ve been overwhelmed with headlines all week – what's worth a closer look? One Thing takes you into the story and helps you make sense of the news everyone's been talking about. Each Sunday, host David Rind interviews one of CNN’s world-class reporters to tell us what they've found – and why it matters. From the team behind CNN 5 Things.


November 27, 2022 15 min

Over the past few years, once-sleepy local school board meetings have become passionate and occasionally rowdy venues for debate over issues like the pandemic, race, gender and more. We’ve also seen school board elections become more partisan than ever. We hear from two parents about why they decided to run for office and what changes they hope to make while in power. 

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Guest: Audie Cornish, CNN Anc...

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Former President Donald Trump has officially kicked off his 2024 presidential campaign amid multiple investigations into him, his business, and his allies. We examine if Trump’s grip on the party has weakened in recent years following his efforts to overturn the 2020 election and look at who may challenge him in the Republican primary. 

Guest: Kaitlan Collins, “CNN This Morning” Anchor & Chief Correspondent 

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While votes are still being counted in key states, it’s clear Democrats had a better midterm performance than most were expecting. We examine the biggest surprises and key takeaways for both parties.

Guest: John King, CNN Anchor & Chief National Correspondent

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November 6, 2022 22 min

As voters go to the polls this week, there are several states with key Senate races that could decide the balance of power in Washington. We go on a tour of these battleground states to unpack the key issues, hear how voters are feeling, and look at why election deniers continue to pose an active threat to democracy. 


Jessica Dean, CNN Congressional Correspondent 

Eva McKend, CNN National Politics Reporter 

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After months of back and forth, billionaire Elon Musk has finally closed on his $44 billion to buy Twitter. We examine how we got here, what changes are in store for the social network, and why the deal could have implications far beyond Silicon Valley. 

Guest: Clare Duffy, CNN Business writer

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October 23, 2022 14 min

Thousands have taken to the streets in Iran after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died after being detained by the country’s morality police. Hundreds have reportedly been killed by authorities during the unrest. We explore whether the uprising will bring about lasting change and hear from a young Iranian-Kurdish activist who fled her hometown to take up arms over the border in Iraq.

Guest: Nima Elbagir, CNN Chief Interna...

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A new survey from CNN in partnership with the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that nine out of 10 adults believe that there’s a mental health crisis in the US today. We explore what’s driving that sentiment, the possible solutions, and why an influential task force has recommended screening children 8 and older for anxiety. 

This episode contains discussions of suicide. If you or someone you love is struggling, call or text the Suic...

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Over the past few weeks, Ukrainian forces have made major gains in the south and east of the country, taking back territory Russia claims it is annexing. It comes as President Vladimir Putin’s partial mobilization order has been met with protests back home. We examine what Putin’s next move might be and hear from Ukrainian residents emerging from life under Russian occupation. 

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Residents of southwest Florida are cleaning up after Hurricane Ian slammed into the coast as a deadly Category 4 storm last week, causing catastrophic damage and widespread flooding before later making landfall again South Carolina. We look at what role climate change may have played in the storm’s ferocity and how some cities are reconsidering how to rebuild with that in mind.  

Guest: Bill Weir, CNN Chief Climate Correspondent

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For months, Republican governors have been accused of using migrants as political pawns by sending them north in protest of President Joe Biden’s border policies. In recent weeks, Florida governor Ron DeSantis has escalated the situation by sending two planeloads of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard without warning. We examine why a Texas sheriff is investigating those flights, what’s next for the asylum seekers caught in the middle, a...

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September 18, 2022 14 min

Primary season is over, and we are less than 60 days away from the midterm elections. We examine what’s at stake in November, preview the key races to watch and look at how the abortion issue is galvanizing voters of both parties in a key governor’s race.

Guest: Dana Bash, CNN Chief Political Correspondent  

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Anderson Cooper takes us on a deeply personal exploration of loss and grief. He starts recording while packing up the apartment of his late mother Gloria Vanderbilt. Going through her journals and keepsakes, as well as things left behind by his father and brother, Cooper begins a series of emotional and moving conversations about the people we lose, the things they leave behind, and how to live on - with loss, with laughter, and wi...

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Queen Elizabeth II died last week at the age of 96, after ruling the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth for 70 years. We examine her life and legacy, what we can expect from King Charles III and how the monarchy moves forward amid criticisms of its colonial past.

Guest: Christiane Amanpour, CNN Chief International Anchor 

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This episode contains graphic descriptions of gun violence.

According to a new analysis provided exclusively to CNN, the number of shootings involving automatic weapons in the US has sharply risen over the past few years. We examine how a small piece of plastic can transform a semi-automatic weapon into a machine gun in a matter of moments and how law enforcement is responding.

Guest: Curt Devine, CNN Investigates Producer

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August 28, 2022 15 min

This week marks one year since the United States military ended its 20-year war in Afghanistan, which culminated in chaos as the Taliban took control of the country. We reflect on what the last year has been like for the Afghan people as they prepare for a looming hunger crisis. We also examine how some Afghan women are working to continue their education, despite an ongoing ban.

Guest: Clarissa Ward, CNN Chief International Corres...

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Last week, President Biden signed the $750 billion Inflation Reduction Act into law after more than a year of negotiations between Senate Democrats. We break down what’s in the climate portion of the package and how it could help address a drought emergency playing out right now on the Colorado River.

Guest: Ella Nilsen, CNN Climate Reporter

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As monkeypox continues to spread around the US, federal health officials have rolled out a new strategy they say will stretch vaccine supply amid high demand. We break down what you should know about virus and look at why we may have already missed our chance at effectively containing it.

Guest: Jacqueline Howard, CNN Health reporter

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US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi touched down in Taiwan last week, ignoring warnings from both the Chinese government and the Biden administration. We examine the response from China's military, how the visit could further worsen US-China relations, and what it means for the millions of Taiwanese people caught in the middle.

Guest: Will Ripley, CNN Senior International Correspondent

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Former President Donald Trump’s election lies are shaping Republican primary races across the country. Ahead of voting on Tuesday in Arizona, CNN traveled to the state to hear from Republican voters on who they’re backing, if the January 6th hearings are swaying their opinions, and who they want to lead the Republican party going forward.

Guest: Donie O’Sullivan, CNN Correspondent

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July 24, 2022 12 min

After months of waiting, families in Uvalde, Texas are finally getting answers about the law enforcement response to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School. We examine the findings of a Texas House committee report, whether any officers will be held accountable for their inaction, and what Uvalde residents are demanding before the new school year.

Guest: Rosa Flores, CNN Correspondent

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