Omicron, Oz, and Oxford High: 6 podcast episodes from this week’s headlines

News December 2, 2021

Catch up on this week’s news with several podcast episodes from the headlines. Hear about the Omicron COVID-19 variant, a cause for concern as explored in the “Coronavirus Daily” podcast. We’ve selected episodes detailing the tragic Michigan school shooting and Dr. Oz’s Senate run.

This week, there is a SCOTUS trial that could overturn Roe v. Wade in Mississippi. Jeffrey Epstein’s associate, Ghislaine Maxwell, is on trial this week in New York. In other news podcast episodes, learn about Amazon and the country’s labor shortage. Hear what space environmentalists are doing about space trash.

Take care, everyone! And check out our list of news podcast episodes from the headlines:

Coronavirus Daily

Listen to ‘Omicron-the new variant of concern. How worried should we be?’ ‘Coronavirus Daily’

Audacy presents “Coronavirus Daily,” a podcast hosted by KNX Newsradio’s Mike Simpson & Charles Feldman. In Monday’s episode, Mike and Charles explained Omicron, the new COVID-19 variant, and explored various questions: how concerned should we be? Are travel bans in place, and can this stop the spread? How effective are the new pill treatments to stop COVID? Hear about coronavirus and more in daily episodes, running 30 minutes on average.

5 Things

Listen to ‘December 1, 2021 – 6am ET’ on 5 Things’

On Wednesday’s episode of CNN’s “5 Things,” listeners heard about several countries tightening travel restrictions due to Omicron. We also heard about the shooting at Michigan’s Oxford High School and a 15-year-old suspect was apprehended. This episode interviewed a student from the school who was in class when the shooting began. The FDA is set to provide an emergency authorization for the coronavirus pill. TV personality Dr. Mehmet Oz is running for U.S. Senate as a conservative candidate in Pennsylvania. In this episode, we also hear about the Supreme Court’s hearing in Mississippi on abortion law, and what this could mean in the future for the Roe v. Wade decision.

Up First

Listen to ‘Wednesday, December 1, 2021’ on ‘Up First’

In this 13-minute episode of NPR’s “Up First,” hear news about the Omicron variant, updates on vaccines, and why President Biden is labeling it a cause for concern. There is a hearing in Mississippi to decide whether to reverse Roe v. Wade, and this episode explained what could happen if this landmark decision on abortion is overturned.

Global News Podcast

Listen to ‘Ghislaine Maxwell goes on trial for sex trafficking’ on ‘Global News Podcast’

In this 32-minute episode of BBC’s “Global News Podcast,” hear all about British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial in New York. As an associate of Jeffrey Epstein’s, Maxwell is accused of trafficking underage girls on his behalf. Also on this episode, learn about how Barbados is the world’s youngest republic.

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The Daily

Listen to ‘Amazon and the Labor Shortage’ on ‘The Daily

The New York Times presents “The Daily.” Although Amazon is hiring, the company reports a high turnover rate. This episode explores the labor shortage the U.S. is experiencing, and why Jeff Bezos does not seem to emphasize worker retention at Amazon. Technology correspondent Karen Weise reports on this 26-minute episode.

Today, Explained

Today, Explained

Listen to ‘Space Trash’ on ‘Today, Explained’

Host Sean Rameswaram spoke with a space environmentalist, and Recode’s Rebecca Heilweil described how humans are leaving lots of trash in space. This episode also explains how the International Space Station was impacted when Russia exploded a satellite. Learn more about space trash and cleanup efforts in this 24-minute episode of Vox’s “Today, Explained.”

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