Trials, Texas, and tennis: 5 podcasts covering this week’s top stories

News August 19, 2021

Stay up to date with everything happening in the media with Podsauce! Here are 5 podcasts covering this week’s top stories, from booster shots and Haiti’s earthquake, to tennis stars Naomi Osaka and Roger Federer. Also, R. Kelly’s trial has started and will not be televised, and the Texas government is at a stand-still.

Find out all you need to know with these podcasts below:

Today, Explained

Today, Explained

Listen to ‘Today, Explained: Back-to-back crises in Haiti’

“Today, Explained” covers the recent 7.2 earthquake that hit Haiti on Saturday, just after the July 7th assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse. Southern and western Haiti were the most affected by the earthquake, the part of the country thought to be low-risk for the next big one. Then, Tropical Storm Grace hit. Listen to their episode, “Back-to-back crises in Haiti.”

5 Things

Listen to ‘5 Things’

“5 Things” gives you just the five things you need to know seven days a week. There’s booster shot talk, Taliban news, along with the upcoming storm season and various other important stories. Also, LA Dodgers Trevor Bauer who continues to face civil charges for sexual abuse, yet he still remains on paid-administrative leave from the reigning World Series Champions. In under 12 minutes, you’ll get the news recap of the day, every day.

What Next

Listen to ‘What Next: A Texas Standoff’

A month ago, Texas House Democrats fled to Washington D.C. to plead their case to Congress. They are trying to prevent the passage of restrictive voting laws that have been sweeping GOP-led states. But, seeing as Texas Republicans still hold the majority in the Texas House and Senate, and that the Democrats will have to return to Texas some day, will this actually change the law? Or just delay its passing? “What Next” goes deeper into this story as the Democrats time in DC ticks to a close.

Here & Now

Listen to ‘Here & Now: Roger Federer’s ‘Long Run And Beautiful Game’; R. Kelly Trial’

From NPR and WBUR, “Here & Now” covers the ongoing effects of the U.S. pulling out of Afghanistan, the childcare staff crisis in Georgia, and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott contracting COVID-19. Also, they talk with the New York Times tennis correspondent Christopher Clarey on the 40-year-old Roger Federer, his knee surgery, and what he has done for the game of tennis. At the end, they discuss the opening statements of R. Kelly’s trial for sexual abuse and racketeering.

What A Day

Listen to ‘What A Day: Hit Me With Your Third Shot’

Crooked Media’s “What A Day” is cutting through the chaos of it all. From the Biden Administration’s upcoming booster shot announcement to the Taliban’s public announcements about it’s plans for Afghanistan. There’s also news on the opioid crisis, Chris Cuomo speaks out about his nearly-ex-governor brother, and New Zealand’s lockdown for just one COVID case.

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