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USA TODAY's 5 Things podcast gives you the news you need to start your day. Every day, we bring you five top news stories and why they matter, seven days a week, with deep-dive Sunday episodes. Hosted by Taylor Wilson, James Brown, PJ Elliott and Shannon Rae Green. Discover more USA TODAY podcasts a… read more

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Tyre Nichols remembered at funeral as speakers call for police reform

February 2nd, 2023


Tyre Nichols was laid to rest Wednesday at a service attended by friends and family, along with Vice President Kamala Harris and Rev. Al Sharpton.


Tyre Nichols to be laid to rest

February 1st, 2023


Tyre Nichols' funeral will be held Wednesday in Memphis.

Dr. Peniel E. Joseph talks about Black History Month in the wake of Nichols' death.

Alec …

Seventh Memphis police officer relieved of duty over fatal Tyre Nichols traffic stop

January 31st, 2023


A seventh Memphis police officer was relieved of duty over the fatal Tyre Nichols traffic stop, while fire officials have also been let go.


Demonstrators demand justice, accountability after 'horrific' Tyre Nichols video

January 30th, 2023


Protests continue after Friday's video release of the beating of Tyre Nichols.

USA TODAY Health Reporter Ken Alltucker looks at January drug price

RVs and other economic canaries in the coal mine

January 29th, 2023


Are we headed toward a recession? It's hard to know for sure but economists everywhere are looking for signs for it or against it. 5 Things Sunday host James Brown explores two economic indicators: the recently released …

Video shows Memphis police violently beating Tyre Nichols in the traffic stop that led to his death

January 28th, 2023


Commercial Appeal Content Editor Brett Barrouquere has the latest from Memphis after video shows police violence at the traffic stop of Tyre Nichols.

Former Memphis police officers arrested, face murder charges in Tyre Nichols' death

January 27th, 2023


Former Memphis police officers have been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Tyre Nichols.

The economy grew solidly in the 4th quarter.

Biden announces US will send Abrams tanks to Ukraine, signaling new phase of war

January 26th, 2023


USA TODAY Pentagon Reporter Tom Vanden Brook explains what the U.S. decision to send dozens of modern tanks to Ukraine means for the war.

The …

Classified documents found at former VP Mike Pence's Indiana home

January 25th, 2023


USA TODAY Investigative Reporter Erin Mansfield has the latest after classified documents were found at former Vice President Mike Pence's home.


7 dead in related Northern California shootings

January 24th, 2023


California saw more shootings Monday after a Saturday incident left 11 dead.

The Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing to examine the lack of …

10 dead in California Lunar New Year shooting

January 23rd, 2023


10 are dead after a California Lunar New Year shooting. Authorities say the suspect shot himself on Sunday.

Democrats criticize President Joe Biden …

Testing drugs on animals could end. When will the technology be ready?

January 22nd, 2023


A bill became law late last year that could mean the end of testing drugs on animals eventually. It's called the FDA Modernization Act 2.0. The law …

Are we ready for the next pandemic?

January 21st, 2023


USA TODAY Health Reporter Karen Weintraub looks back at three years of COVID-19 and whether we're ready for another pandemic.

Tech layoffs continue.

We've reached the debt ceiling. Now what?

January 20th, 2023


The U.S. hit its debt ceiling Thursday. What happens next?

USA TODAY Domestic Security Correspondent Josh Meyer looks at the need to overhaul how the …

JetBlue flight strikes another plane at JFK airport

January 19th, 2023


Federal officials are investigating after a plane struck another on the ground in New York.

USA TODAY White House Correspondent Maureen Groppe looks at low COVID booster rates in nursing homes.

USA TODAY Investigations …

Greene, Gosar reinstated to committees by GOP-led House after Democrats removed them

January 18th, 2023


USA TODAY Politics Reporter Rachel Looker explains whether GOP reinstatements to committee might be part of concessions House Speaker Kevin McCarthy …

Biden’s most vocal Republican antagonists emerge from the sidelines - with subpoena power

January 17th, 2023


USA TODAY Assistant Washington Editor Ledyard King explains how a pair of Republicans could present a headache for President Joe Biden.

The World …

At least 68 dead in Nepal plane crash

January 16th, 2023


68 people are dead and no survivors are expected after a plane crash in Nepal.

USA TODAY Immigration Reporter Rebecca Morin looks at the trend of …

How do banks make money?

January 15th, 2023


Have you ever wondered how banks make money? Or why overdraft fees exist? After a listener asked, 5 Things Sunday Host James Brown got answers from USA TODAY Finance reporter Elisabeth Buchwald, analyst …

House Republicans launch investigations into Biden's classified documents

January 14th, 2023


House Republicans have launched investigations into President Joe Biden's handling of classified documents.

The Treasury Department pushes Congress to …

Attorney General Merrick Garland appoints special counsel to investigate Biden's classified documents

January 13th, 2023


USA TODAY White House Correspondent Joey Garrison has the latest on Biden's classified documents.

USA TODAY Politics Reporter Ella Lee recaps the …

More than 10,000 flights delayed, canceled following FAA outage

January 12th, 2023


USA TODAY Consumer Travel Reporter Zach Wichter has the latest on an FAA outage that halted flights nationwide.

A second set of classified documents …

Death toll rises in California storms

January 11th, 2023


USA TODAY National Correspondent Elizabeth Weise has the latest from San Francisco on California storms and whether climate change is to blame.

USA TODAY Justice Department Reporter Bart Jansen explains the revelation …

House approves new rules, first big test for Republican-led chamber

January 10th, 2023


USA TODAY Congress Reporter Candy Woodall has the latest after the House approved new rules.

Authorities make hundreds of arrests after demonstrators …

Biden visits El Paso in first trip to the border

January 9th, 2023


President Joe Biden visited the U.S.-Mexico border Sunday.

Supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro storm the Brazilian Congress, …

Reflecting on Damar Hamlin and California's Fast Food Pay Conundrum

January 8th, 2023


USA TODAY 5 Things Sunday Host James Brown reflects on watching Buffalo Bills' Safety Damar Hamlin going into cardiac arrest during a football game.

Also, James and USA TODAY's Medora Lee discuss the minimum wage and a …

Kevin McCarthy clinches House speaker vote in historic 15th ballot

January 7th, 2023


Rep. Kevin McCarthy clinched the election to become speaker of the House after a marathon week of votes.

More developments are emerging in the wake of …

Ex-U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund reflects on January 6

January 6th, 2023


Former U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund looks back on the Jan. 6 attack and talks about his new book, “Courage Under Fire: Under Siege And …

'Groundhog Day': House adjourns without a speaker

January 5th, 2023


Republican leader Kevin McCarthy has lost six rounds of votes to become speaker of the House.

California declares a state of emergency and evacuations …

House adjourns without a new speaker as McCarthy loses three rounds of voting

January 4th, 2023


Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy failed Tuesday to win the House speakership. Voting is expected to resume Wednesday.

Former NFL Doctor David J. Chao …

NFL player in critical condition after collapse on field

January 3rd, 2023


Buffalo Bills' safety Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field during the Monday Night Football game against the Cincinnati Bengals. The game was …

Kyiv residents ringing in new year caught in Russian attack

January 2nd, 2023


Peace talks may still be in the distance as Russia pummels Ukraine during the holidays.

Brazil's Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has been sworn in as …

Wait, who said that? Your favorite quote might not be from the person you think

January 1st, 2023


Happy New Year! James Brown is off enjoying the holiday so for this first day of 2023 we looked back at the year that was and brought you one of his …

Public gets first look at Trump tax returns

December 31st, 2022


USA TODAY National Correspondent Donovan Slack has the latest on what former President Donald Trump's tax returns reveal.

USA TODAY Deputy Managing …

Is recession coming in 2023?

December 30th, 2022


Bruce Kasman, Chief Economist and Head of Global Economic Research at JP Morgan Chase, shares his perspective on the possibility of recession in 2023.

Dan Kennedy, journalism professor at Northeastern University and …

How crypto industry can move on after the fall of FTX

December 29th, 2022


USA TODAY Opinion Contributor Lars Seier Christensen looks at how the crypto industry moves forward after the fall of the FTX exchange.


Supreme Court blocks Biden administration from ending migrant expulsions under Title 42

December 28th, 2022


The nation's high court has blocked President Joe Biden's efforts to end the Title 42 migrant policy.

Thousands of additional Southwest Airlines

Death toll in historic winter storm hits 50

December 27th, 2022


A blizzard has left dozens dead and led to thousands of flight cancellations.

USA TODAY Money Reporter Elisabeth Buchwald looks at what's next for …

Winter weather leaves at least 34 dead

December 26th, 2022


Warmer temperatures are on the way after severe weather slammed most of the U.S. over Christmas weekend.

Migrants were dropped near the vice …

2022: The year in music

December 25th, 2022


Music in 2022, what were the trends? What were the disappointments?

5 Things Sunday host James Brown sat down with USA TODAY music reporter Melissa Ruggieri to talk about the year of music in 2022.

She also talks about …

Flu starting to wane in US after brutal start to season

December 24th, 2022


Flu season started strong and early this year, and still might bounce back.

Why does Santa Claus look the way he does?

You can track Santa with the …

Senate passes $1.7 trillion spending package

December 23rd, 2022


USA TODAY Reporter Sarah Elbeshbishi explains what made the cut, as a government shutdown is avoided.

Arctic air chills most of the country.


Zelenskyy addresses Congress amid cheers, pledges of support

December 22nd, 2022


Ukraine's president gave a moving speech to Congress, but will he get the aid he feels his country desperately needs? USA TODAY Congress Reporter …

Border cities prepare as fight over Title 42 reaches Supreme Court

December 21st, 2022


El Paso Times and USA TODAY Border Reporter Lauren Villagran has the latest from Juarez, Mexico, as migrants wait for a clear decision on the Title 42

House Jan. 6 panel recommends DOJ prosecute Trump on several charges

December 20th, 2022


USA TODAY Justice Department Correspondent Bart Jansen looks at the Trump charges recommended by the Jan. 6 House Committee.

Harvey Weinstein has been …

Inside the secretive world of freeing American hostages abroad

December 19th, 2022


USA TODAY World Affairs Correspondent Kim Hjelmgaard explains how the prisoner exchange process works.

Hanukkah begins amid a rise in antisemitism.

Why do flights cost so much?

December 18th, 2022


Have you looked at the cost of airline tickets lately? One listener, Sam Kulpinski reached out after seeing the cost to fly from one side of the …

Twitter suspends journalists as Musk claims his location data was shared

December 17th, 2022


Elon Musk is under fire for a controversial series of suspensions. What's next for journalism and Twitter?

The January 6 House committee will vote on …

Former Texas officer guilty of manslaughter in Atatiana Jefferson's death

December 16th, 2022


A former Forth Worth police officer shot Atatiana Jefferson through a window in her home in 2019.

USA TODAY Health Reporter Adrianna Rodriguez has …

Fed downsizes rate hike to a half point this month, but those in debt find little relief

December 15th, 2022


USA TODAY Money & Personal Finance Reporter Medora Lee explains what recent Fed moves might mean for the economy on the whole.

USA TODAY Senior …

'Old-fashioned embezzlement': FTX CEO testifies to Congress

December 14th, 2022


USA TODAY Investigative Reporter Erin Mansfield explains what she learned from the hearing surrounding FTX.

USA TODAY Washington Bureau Chief Susan …

FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried arrested in Bahamas, indicted in New York

December 13th, 2022


Specific charges were not immediately revealed, but Sam Bankman-Fried is now not expected to testify before Congress Tuesday.

Arizona Republic …

America has a pain problem

December 12th, 2022


USA TODAY Health Reporter Karen Weintraub discuses her five-part series on pain in the US.

Democrats want change to the Iowa Caucuses.

What does the …

5 books to remember in 2022

December 11th, 2022


As 2022 nears its end, we wanted to know what the year was like for books.

5 Things Sunday host James Brown sat down with USA TODAY book editor Barbara VanDenburgh to talk about the year and what books were the most …

Kyrsten Sinema shakes up Senate, switches to independent

December 10th, 2022


What does Sinema's switch mean for Democrats' majority in the chamber?

Today is Human Rights Day. To mark the day, Chief Communications Officer at the

Brittney Griner is free

December 9th, 2022


USA TODAY Sports Reporter Chris Bumbaca takes a closer look at how the WNBA star returned home.

USA TODAY World Affairs Correspondent Kim Hjelmgaard …

Parents turn to wilderness therapy for help. Their kids are coming back with horror stories.

December 8th, 2022


USA TODAY Wellness Editor Leora Arnowitz explains what these programs might get wrong.

A new search of a Trump storage unit yields classified material.

Raphael Warnock wins Georgia Senate Runoff over Herschel Walker

December 7th, 2022


Incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock defeats Herschel Walker in the Georgia senate runoff race.

Department of Justice special counsel issues subpoenas in …

Georgia Senate runoff draws record turnout

December 6th, 2022


Warnock and Walker are once again in a tight race. Plus, cities are adopting more LGBTQ-friendly policies and doctors warn that the flu is worsening.

China makes a shift in its COVID policies. What does it mean for its citizens?

December 5th, 2022


China has started to make a gradual shift on its zero- COVID policies, what will it mean for its citizens’ health and the economy. New Anti-obesity …

Insults and food: Using hate to fuel good in the world

December 4th, 2022


As a journalist, USA TODAY columnist Rex Huppke has had his share of insults, most journalists have. With the introduction of social media and email, …

Democrats vote to change the first caucus from Iowa to South Carolina

December 3rd, 2022


History in the making, Democrats vote to change the presidential primary calendar for 2024. Plus, is there a chance Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and …

Rail strike averted with Senate vote

December 2nd, 2022


Bipartisan leaders in Congress said they had no choice. Plus, Biden renews ties with France and the Supreme Court takes on Biden's student loan …

Oath Keepers leader found guilty of seditious conspiracy in Jan. 6 attack

November 30th, 2022


What is seditious conspiracy? And what happens next? Plus, Yael Eisenstat, Vice President of the Anti-Defamation League’s Center for Technology and …

China gripped by large-scale protests over Xi's COVID-19 policy

November 29th, 2022


Outrage swells in China over President Xi's Zero-COVID policy as protests continue. USA TODAY World Affairs Correspondent Kim Hjelmgaard has the

How to shop this Cyber Monday

November 28th, 2022


Reviewed's Kate Ellsworth has some deals and trends to look out for. Plus, protests continue in China against strict COVID-19 policies.

Find the best …

Always live your best life: Why do people climb mountains?

November 27th, 2022


When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, people turned to outdoor activities to stay active while social distancing. One of those activities was mountain …

The week in Trump's legal challenges

November 26th, 2022


It was a busy holiday week for the former president. What's next? Plus, hear an update on protests at a Chinese iPhone factory.

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An asylum seeker's journey

November 25th, 2022


Border reporter Lauren Villagran tells the story of a Venezuelan family's journey and where things stand for Venezuelan asylum seekers trying to enter the U.S. Plus, why you might want to consider not shopping this …

An epidemic of violence

November 24th, 2022


It's been another deadly week of mass shootings in the United States. What do we do about it? Plus, National Political Correspondent Phillip M. …

Supreme Court denies Donald Trump request to block release of tax returns

November 23rd, 2022


USA TODAY Supreme Court correspondent John Fritze explains what happens next. Plus, USA TODAY Money Reporter Elisabeth Buchwald looks at the state of

The largest war in the world: Hundreds of thousands killed in Ethiopia's Tigray conflict

November 22nd, 2022


USA TODAY World Affairs Correspondent Kim Hjelmgaard explains. Plus, we remember those lost in the Colorado LGBTQ club shooting.

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FDA approves first treatment that delays Type 1 diabetes

November 21st, 2022


USA TODAY Health Reporter Adrianna Rodriguez explains why it could be 'game changing.' Plus, USA TODAY White House Correspondent Joey Garrison looks …

What is a sober drink?

November 20th, 2022


Are sober drinks exactly what they sound like, or is there more to them? 5 Things Sunday Host James Brown and USA TODAY wellness reporter Sara …

AG Merrick Garland appoints special counsel to oversee Trump criminal investigations

November 19th, 2022


Plus, we look at the Ticketmaster controversy and Buffalo digs out of snow.

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Nancy Pelosi to step down from leadership role

November 18th, 2022


USA TODAY Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page explains what's next. Plus, Money Editor Riley Gutiérrez McDermid looks at celebrities and others who …

Missile strike likely not an assault on Poland

November 17th, 2022


White House correspondent Michael Collins explains how Russia praised the U.S. for its measured response after the incident. Plus, USA TODAY senior …

Donald Trump announces his 2024 presidential campaign

November 16th, 2022


What's next for the GOP? Plus, USA TODAY investigative reporter Kenny Jacoby explains how many colleges don't proportionately punish sexual violence.

President Biden presses China's Xi to find 'ways to work together'

November 15th, 2022


USA TODAY White House correspondent Francesca Chambers has the latest from the G-20 summit. Plus, USA TODAY higher education reporter Chris Quintana …

A national adoption agency knew it was doomed. It kept taking families’ money

November 14th, 2022


USA TODAY investigative reporter Marisa Kwiatkowski explains. Plus, President Joe Biden meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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The many faces of the Latino vote

November 13th, 2022


Every election year Americans get chopped into pieces and clumped into voting blocks -Black voters, college educated voters, soccer moms and Nascar …

Democrat Mark Kelly wins reelection in Arizona Senate race, beating Republican Blake Masters

November 12th, 2022


Plus, what's the future of student loan forgiveness?

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Biden attends COP27 climate summit

November 11th, 2022


USA TODAY national correspondent Elizabeth Weise tells us what to expect. Plus, money reporter Medora Lee explains why a crucial cryptocurrency …

Georgia Senate, other key races remain in limbo after Election Day

November 10th, 2022


We look at an unexpectedly good night for President Joe Biden and a bad one for former President Donald Trump. Plus, Courier-Journal chief political …

Election 2022: Fetterman flips Pennsylvania Senate seat for Dems

November 9th, 2022


Hear how voters leaned on Election Day in critical Congressional races. Plus, USA TODAY investigative reporter Erin Mansfield explains how PACs …

Election 2022: What to watch for

November 8th, 2022


USA TODAY national political reporter Phillip Bailey gives a preview. Plus, USA TODAY politcs reporter Ken Tran looks at what a GOP Congress might be …

Final rallies before midterms

November 7th, 2022


Candidates spent their last weekend before Election Day at rallies around the country. Plus, USA TODAY Congressional editor Ledyard King examines …

Follow the money: Who is paying for political ads?

November 6th, 2022


As Election Day quickly approaches, you've likely heard this election is the most important of our lifetime. But is it really? Or is it a ploy to …

House committee says Trump must begin producing records by next week

November 5th, 2022


It's still not clear if Trump himself will appear before the committee. Plus, it's the final weekend before Election Day, Nike suspends its …

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