Infrastructure, inflation, and more: 5 podcast episodes from this week’s headlines

News November 18, 2021

From the economy to infrastructure deals to pandemic updates, we learned a lot this week via podcast episodes. On Podsauce’s weekly news round-up, we’ve included episodes on Pfizer asking the FDA for emergency use authorization of the COVID-19 pill – and what the plan to use the pill could look like.

The “QAnon Shaman” was sentenced to over 3 years in jail for his hand in the January 6th Capitol riot. Steve Bannon, Trump’s former aide, also made headlines when he surrendered this week after being charged with contempt of Congress in relation to January 6th. He awaits trial.

For more updates from this week’s headlines, check out our round-up:

CNN 5 Things

Listen to ‘November 17, 2021 – 12pm ET’ on ‘CNN 5 Things’

On this episode of “CNN 5 Things,” we learned about the drilling auction in the Gulf and the Staples Center’s rebranding to Arena. This briefing included updates on US’ COVID-19 pill plan, as Pfizer asked the FDA for an emergency use authorization. There’s a new Olympics policy pertaining to transgender athletes, saying no one should be excluded from competing over gender-based advantage assumptions. The mayor of Cambridge, Maryland was arrested in a revenge porn case this week. For more updates from this week, check out “CNN 5 Things.”

The NPR Politics Podcast

Listen to ‘Steve Bannon, Former Top Trump Aide, Charged With Contempt Of Congress’ on ‘The NPR Politics Podcast’

Trump’s former aide Steve Bannon was charged with contempt of Congress, as he refused a subpoena related to January 6th riot investigations. This week, Bannon surrendered himself to authorities and awaits trial. In this episode, listeners will hear from White House correspondent Tamara Keith, national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, and congressional reporter Carrie Grisales as details are shared from the case and we learn what the pending trial could look like as Bannon pleads not guilty. “The NPR Politics Podcast” releases new weekly episodes.

KYW Newsradio In Depth

Listen to ‘What’s in the infrastructure deal? Power grid upgrades, drinking water, high speed internet’ on ‘KYW Newsradio In Depth’

Audacy’s “KYW Newsradio In Depth” shares new episodes on weekdays. On Monday, the hosts devoted an episode to unpacking the bipartisan infrastructure bill that was just passed. This bill is inclusive of highway and bridge construction, internet, electric vehicle charging resources, water, and more. This episode’s guest was Scott Deacle, Associate Professor and Department Chair of Business and Economics at Ursinus College. Prof. Deacle explained the bill in great detail.

Global News Podcast

Listen to ‘Poland-Belarus border crisis’ on ‘Global News Podcast’

In BBC’s “Global News Podcast,” we heard several international updates. There’s a border crisis happening between Poland and Belarus. A crowd of migrants gathered at the border and were confronted by Polish police. Brussels’ EU ministers are deciding what to do against Minsk. After an 11 year-sentence in a Myanmar prison, an American journalist is returning home. In an effort to reduce air pollution, the government in Delhi, India is prepared to start a city-wide lockdown.

Today, Explained

Today, Explained

Listen to ‘Inflation Nation’ on ‘Today, Explained’

Vox’s “Today, Explained” breaks down the news in daily episodes. On the “Inflation Nation” episode, Vox’s Emily Stewart explains why prices are increasing at the highest rate in over 30 years. Stewart explores the causes of inflation and what this means for President Biden. Listeners hear how holiday shoppers can be affected, and if we should be prepared to face shortages.

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