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This week in News & Politics

New episodes this week from top New & Politics podcasts

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    This week in News & Politics

    Feb 26 2021

  • BBC Minute / 04:00 GMT

    Drop into BBC Minute every half an hour, 24/7, for the biggest news, sport, technology, health, science, social media and business stories; all in 60 seconds

  • Kickass News / Director Lee Daniels on Jazz Icon Billie Holiday

    Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels (Precious, The Butler) talks about his latest film The United States vs. Billie Holiday and how the 1971 movie Lady Sings the Blues inspired him to go into entertainment.  He reveals that he always has a personal connection to each of his films, that The United States vs Billie Holiday was the first movie that he has ever directed sober. and how his own struggle with drugs and alcohol gave him insight into Holiday’s lifelong addictio...more

  • Can He Do That? / Reshaping the role of the Justice Department

    Can Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland rebuild confidence in the DOJ's independence? How might his efforts on Biden policies like combating far-right extremism and curbing police violence make the perception of an independent DOJ harder?Related reading and episodesThe duty of a president during crisisTrump incited a mob. American Democracy suffered.How the Oklahoma City bombing case prepared Garland to take on domestic terrorism

  • PBS NewsHour - Segments / News Wrap: Biden says the U.S. is ahead of schedule on COVID-19 vaccinations

    In our news wrap Thursday, President Biden says the U.S. is ahead of schedule on COVID vaccinations with more than 45 million people receiving at least one shot, the number of Americans filing new unemployment claims fell, supporters of Myanmar's military attacked protesters in Yangon, and Texas lawmakers began grilling CEOs from energy companies after statewide blackouts. PBS NewsHour is supported by - https://www.pbs.org/newshour/about/funders

  • Today, Explained / The case for Covid-19 optimism

    Vox’s German Lopez explains why he feels optimistic about the end of the pandemic even though 500,000 Americans have died, the virus is mutating, and it’s going to take a long time to vaccinate the world.Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

  • The World Next Week / U.S. Assumes UNSC Presidency, Intelligence Report Investigates Khashoggi Killing, and More

    The United States assumes the presidency of the UN Security Council, with Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield newly confirmed as the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations; the U.S. intelligence community releases a report on the Jamal Khashoggi killing; and a political crisis deepens in the country of Georgia.

  • Political Gabfest / Shocked, Shocked! By Her Tweets

    Emily, John and David discuss the Tanden take down, Merrick Garland‘s DOJ, and how to stop police killings of Black people with guest Jason Johnson.Here are some notes and references from this week’s show:Isaac Chotiner on Twitter @IChotinerMitch Daniels for the Washington Post: “Senate Republicans Could Restore a Bit of Civility by Confirming Neera Tanden” Jacob Jarvis for Newsweek: “Neera Tanden Once Criticized Joe Manchin's Pharma CEO Daughter”Wesley Lowery for GQ: “The Most Ambitious Effort ...more

  • Pod Save America / “The Clown Prince of CPAC.”

    Trump tightens his grip on the GOP ahead of this weekend’s CPAC speech, Texas Democrats analyze why they came up short in November, and new Data for Progress/Vote Save America polling shows overwhelming bipartisan support for voting and democracy reforms. Then ProPublica’s Dara Lind talks to Dan about Biden’s immigration moves and the influx of unaccompanied minors at the border.For a closed-captioned version of this episode, please visit crooked.com/podsaveamerica.For a transcript of this episo...more

  • The NPR Politics Podcast / How Young Activists Are Working With America's Oldest President

    Many young progressive groups were openly hostile to Joe Biden's primary campaign, but they rallied to support him once he secured the nomination. Now, his administration regularly meets with young organizers—who are hoping to increase their representation in the halls of power.This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, political correspondent Juana Summers, and White House correspondent Scott Detrow.Connect:Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast here.Email the show at nprpolitics@npr....more

  • This Morning With Gordon Deal / This Morning with Gordon Deal February 25, 2021

    President Biden rescinds Trump-era immigration restrictions, Johnson & Johnson's vaccine may curb virus spread, and how this 105-year-old beat the pandemic.

  • The Last Word with Matt Cooper / How Equal A Society Is Ireland?

    A new report has countered claims that economic inequality in Ireland is falling, claiming instead that it is unacceptably high and growing. The evidence is presented in Hungry Bellies are not Equal to Full Bellies, published today by the trade union Unite. Brendan Ogle, senior officer with Unite, joined us to discuss the findings and what can be done to change the situation. [audio mp3="https://media.radiocms.net/uploads/2021/02/25185140/LW-Inequality.mp3"][/audio]

  • The Brian Lehrer Show / MLB and the Negro Leagues

    In December, Major League Baseball announced that the Negro Leagues would be included in MLB's history and statistics. Bob Kendrick, president of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, MO, talks about the effort that went into convincing MLB to take that action and its effect on stats and baseball history.

  • The New Yorker: Politics and More / Are There Politics on Mars?

    This week, after a six-month, 292.5-million-mile journey, NASA{:.small}’s Perseverance rover touched down on the surface of Mars. The United States is the only country to have successfully landed on the Red Planet, but spacecraft from China and the United Arab Emirates recently arrived in Mars’s orbit. In the fifty years since the Cold War space race was at its peak, other governments and private businesses have launched ambitious space programs. How long can the United States remain the leader ...more

  • Economist Radio / The Economist Asks: Fiona Hill

    How should President Joe Biden deal with President Vladimir Putin? At a point of “acute confrontation” between America and Russia, Fiona Hill, former official at the US National Security Council and expert on Russia, tells Anne McElvoy how post-Trump relations might look. Also, why Russian opposition figurehead Alexei Navalny is like Harry Potter— challenging a ruthless leader. Also, was Hill herself poisoned on a research trip in Russia in 2002?For full access to the print, digital and audio ed...more

  • Monocle 24: The Briefing / Thursday 25 February

    Why has Amnesty stripped Alexei Navalny of his ‘prisoner of conscience’ status? Plus: Turkey’s crackdown on the PKK, film-maker James Fletcher on his Trump documentary and Pakistan’s pop charts.

  • Vox Conversations / A Watchmen writer on race, TV, and tech giants

    The Undefeated's culture critic Soraya Nadia McDonald talks with Emmy Award-winning television writer and producer Cord Jefferson. They discuss the transition from journalism to TV, delving into Jefferson's move from Gawker to writing for hit shows like Succession, The Good Place, and Watchmen. They also touch on what needs to change about TV writer's rooms, and what our current era of streaming giants and tech barons means for news and pop culture. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaph...more

  • Stay Tuned with Preet / COVID Counselor (with Andy Slavitt)

    Interview taped on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. On this week’s episode of Stay Tuned, “COVID Counselor,” Preet answers listener questions about New York Governor Cuomo’s alleged misreporting of COVID deaths in nursing homes, Congressman Bennie Thompson suit against Trump for his role in inciting the January 6th riot, and Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland’s Senate confirmation hearing. Then, Preet is joined by Andy Slavitt, the Biden Administration’s Se...more

  • Curious City / Why The Sweet Steak Is The “Most Chicago” Sandwich

    Though little known on the North Side of Chicago, the sweet steak has been attracting long lines of fans to South Side eateries for 50 years now. The sandwich starts with a steamed bun, piled high with grilled onions, chopped ribeye steak, American cheese, sweet pepper relish, sliced tomatoes and hot peppers — all doused in a signature reddish sweet sauce. Curious City’s Monica Eng digs into the origins of the sandwich and what’s in store for the future. Hint: it has to do with walnuts.