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It's News to Us

154 episodes - English - Latest episode: 12 days ago - ★★★★★ - 2 ratings

Commentary on today’s news and events—with plenty of humor mixed in. Sometimes accompanied by guests from the worlds of music and politics.

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Millions, Misdeeds, and Media Mayhem

February 20, 2024 03:33 - 52 minutes - 48.9 MB

Donald Trump's bank account is feeling lighter than his hairdo after a New York judge slapped him with a $355 million penalty for inflating his wealth. And former FBI informant Alexander Smirnov is accused of fabricating a bribery scheme involving President Joe Biden and Hunter Biden. Plus, the FCC is putting its foot down on AI-generated robocalls, and George Santos is suing Jimmy Kimmel over some Cameo video pranks. --- Send in a voice message:

Guest: Jason Lamb, and more

February 13, 2024 03:38 - 1 hour - 60 MB

The courts have ruled against Donald Trump, declaring he cannot claim presidential immunity to avoid prosecution for his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results. This pivotal decision not only puts Trump's legal strategy in jeopardy but also primes the stage for a potential Supreme Court battle that could redefine the scope of executive power.  Plus, a critical Atlantic Ocean current system is showing early signs of collapse, Ozzy takes on Kayne West, and guest Jason Lamb, author of t...

Crowns, Courts, Crisis, and Guest Jefferey Everett

February 06, 2024 03:40 - 1 hour - 62.4 MB

Multifaceted designer, illustrator, and writer, Jefferey Everett. Under the alias Rockets are Red, Jeffrey has crafted designs for bands like Social Distortion, Flogging Molly, Foo Fighters, Jason Mraz, Flight of the Conchords, Gaslight Anthem, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, The Bouncing Souls, New Found Glory, A Day to Remember, among others. Plus… King Charles III is donning his bravest face as he embarks on a cancer treatment journey, proving that even monarchs aren't immune to life's curveballs....

Trump's Legal Fall and Vince McMahon's Career Stall

January 30, 2024 03:25 - 1 hour - 57.6 MB

First up, we examine the landmark legal battle involving former President Donald Trump and writer E. Jean Carroll, where Trump is ordered to pay a staggering $83.3 million in defamation damages. We then pivot to the shocking developments in Vince McMahon's career, following serious allegations that have led to his resignation from TKO, and more. --- Send in a voice message:

Political Retreats, AI Threats, and Medical Feats

January 23, 2024 03:04 - 1 hour - 61 MB

A bombshell about AI impacting 40% of jobs and deepening inequality. Plus, more AI news in New Hampshire with a Biden deepfake robocall asking voters not to show up at the polls. And for a dose of hope, we explore a groundbreaking cancer vaccine making strides in clinical trials. --- Send in a voice message:

Doc Coyle of Bad Wolves and The Latest Headlines

January 16, 2024 02:57 - 1 hour - 89.2 MB

Guest Doc Coyle from rock group Bad Wolves, and all the latest headlines, including: Adam Schiff's bold plan to transform American democracy and the controversial decision by some states to skip summer food assistance for children. --- Send in a voice message:

Supreme Decisions, Sky Holes, and Sip Savers

January 09, 2024 22:14 - 57 minutes - 53.5 MB

We start at the Supreme Court, where justices are deciding DJT's 2024 ballot fate.  Then, we're shifting gears to the latest Boeing 737 Max debacle. With a side of the plane missing mid-flight, it's a new take on 'extra legroom.'  Then, we're stirring into Starbucks' new initiative to get customers to BYOC (Bring Your Own Cup). It's part environmental crusade, part logistical puzzle. How will this play out in the drive-thru line?  And, we'll delve into the Biden administration's proposed ...

Guest: Oxymorrons and More

December 26, 2023 15:11 - 1 hour - 63.4 MB

Congress is buzzing about UFOs – sorry, we mean "UAPs" (Unidentified Aerial Phenomena). Chuck Schumer and Senator Mike Rounds are leading the charge to declassify top-secret government UFO files, but it seems like not everyone is on board.  A wild twist in the saga of conspiracy kingpin Alex Jones. He's offering $55 million to the Sandy Hook families he wronged with his outrageous claims. Plus, Rudy Giuliani takes another legal hit for his election antics in Georgia, and guests Oxymorrons ...

The Gavel, the Gobble, and the Grand Old Party

November 21, 2023 02:28 - 51 minutes - 47.6 MB

Let's kick off with Donald Trump's legal tango in Colorado, where he dances away with a court win. It's like watching a reality show, but the stakes are actual democracy, and the drama is disappointingly real. Moving on to the Capitol, where Congress miraculously avoided a government shutdown. It's like watching a group of toddlers successfully bake a cake – messy, surprising, and you're just relieved the house didn't burn down. And then, there's Joe Biden, hitting 81. In the White House, ...

Testimonies, Trials, and Takedowns

November 07, 2023 02:16 - 56 minutes - 52.2 MB

We're slicing through the legalese to bring you the skinny on Trump's New York testimony — a spectacle where the only thing shorter than the answers are the judge's patience. Switching gears, we unpack the saga of Sam Bankman-Fried, the crypto wunderkind turned cautionary tale, whose courtroom drama could fill a ledger thicker than his now-defunct FTX's balance sheets. And a deep dive into the digital dismantling of a website that's caused quite the stir for House Speaker Mike Johnson. --...

Johnson's Rise, Powell's Surprise, and Biden's AI Prize

October 31, 2023 02:30 - 1 hour - 58.5 MB

This week: Rep. Mike Johnson's ascension to House Speaker — a man so enigmatic, even Russian TV can't resist being charmed. Meanwhile, Trump attorney Sidney Powell's courtroom revelations are serving more twists than a pretzel stand. And, in the realm of tech, President Biden strides forward, laying the groundwork for AI's future — ensuring robots serve us, not the other way around. --- Send in a voice message:

From Gavel Bangs to Political Twangs: A Symphony of Scandals

October 17, 2023 02:08 - 55 minutes - 51.3 MB

A Federal Judge drops the mic with a sassy gag order on a certain politician. Rep. Jim Jordan is trying to round up his Republican pals for support, but with Rep. Steve Scalise's unexpected exit stage left, will he hit the right note or fall flat? George Santos is facing the music. With a whopping 23 charges against him, including the classic hits "Wire Fraud" and "Identity Theft," it seems he's charting on the "Top Legal Troubles" list. But wait, there's a remix - he allegedly fibbed to t...

From Mideast Conflict to Courtroom Chaos

October 10, 2023 01:59 - 59 minutes - 54.8 MB

Guest: BandLab Artist of the Month, When The Sun Sets Plus: the recent Israel-Gaza conflict took a grim turn as Hamas, the Palestinian militant group, initiated an attack of unparalleled magnitude last Saturday. This offensive is labeled the most devastating Israel has seen in the last half-century. Tragically, over 900 lives in Israel have been lost. Concurrently, the Palestinian territories, including Gaza and the West Bank, report nearly 687 casualties. In a twist of international espio...

Real Estate Roulette, Shutdown Showdown, and Political Puzzles

October 04, 2023 17:26 - 1 hour - 56.6 MB

Former President Donald Trump made a courtroom cameo. With hair as defying as his defense, the trial kicked off with potential consequences that could send some of his prized real estate properties into the "you're fired" zone. The government shutdown is officially...not happening. With a temporary deal in place, they've managed to keep the lights on... at least until November 17th. Consider it the legislative equivalent of "we'll just order pizza for now." Lastly, the House Republicans se...

Biden's Bind, Autoworker Uproar, and Gaetz's Governor Gamble

September 19, 2023 01:19 - 56 minutes - 52.1 MB

First up, we tackle the curious case of Hunter Biden, who seems to have taken multitasking to a whole new level. He's been indicted for the "possession of a gun while using narcotics." But are the charges bogus? Next, the "United Auto Workers Strike," where an army of autoworkers is causing quite the commotion. 13,000 workers across GM, and Ford factories are demanding better treatment. Matt Gaetz is flirting with the idea of running for Florida Governor. Which is odd because he usually on...

From Boardroom to Courtroom: Presidential Pit Stops

August 29, 2023 01:37 - 48 minutes - 45.1 MB

Trump takes his signature "You're Fired" to new heights with a surrender dance on racketeering charges.  And speaking of hot seats, Giuliani – yes, "Tough on Crime" Giuliani – is waltzing into a 13-count indictment. And FUN!!! --- Send in a voice message:

Grifts, Gavels, Web Glitches and White House Whispers

August 15, 2023 01:30 - 59 minutes - 54.9 MB

"The Blind Side" Revisited: Remember Michael Oher, the NFL giant who became an inspiration on and off the field Theres an update to the story. Also, Justice and Grifts: Hold onto your gavels as we uncover the controversy surrounding Clarence Thomas. Is he truly "corrupt as hell"? Then, a Mystery Document Unveiled: Ever had a website glitch reveal more than it should? We're digging into the Georgia court website's accidental slip-up publishing potential Trump charges. --- Send in a voic...

The Commander-in-Controversy, Florida's Classroom Cold War, & Mitch's Unplanned Sing-Along

August 08, 2023 01:28 - 59 minutes - 55.2 MB

First, Trump's latest legal 'oopsie' concerning the 2020 election as he faces indictment number 11,000. Then, we're off to Florida, where the Sunshine State is throwing some serious shade on AP Psychology. Lastly, good ol' Mitch McConnell, got serenaded with a chorus of 'Retire!' during a speech. --- Send in a voice message:

Ticketmaster Tango and From Books to Booty Smacks

August 01, 2023 01:42 - 55 minutes - 51.8 MB

Republican-led states: rolling back the alcohol service age... for teens. Plus, a Houston school district is turning their libraries into disciplinary centers. Shh, no talking or the paddle comes out. Also, The US Department of Justice is stepping into the spotlight with a potential lawsuit against Live Nation/Ticketmaster. Is it for their outrageous service fees, or are they just mad that they weren't invited to the Taylor Swift concert? --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.s...

Hollywood Standoffs, Vanishing Debt, and Presidential Powder

July 19, 2023 02:39 - 51 minutes - 48.2 MB

In Tinseltown, it's lights, camera, and strike! Also, $39 billion in student loans were wiped out, but it’s not what it seems. Plus, some of the white stuff found in The White House. All of that is part of a News Roundup, and then we’ll jump into The Lighter Side. --- Send in a voice message:

Supreme Letdown

July 06, 2023 15:26 - 45 minutes - 42.6 MB

The Supreme Court concluded the October Term 2022 by issuing its final disappointing decisions. Also, a World Famous INTU “News Roundup.” --- Send in a voice message:

Bud Light Busts, Titanic Tumbles, Russian Rumbles, and Billionaire Brawls!

June 27, 2023 17:12 - 1 hour - 56.7 MB

Bud Light sales have been going down faster than your Wi-Fi during a Netflix binge. The Titanic Five met their oceanic end in an 'instant implosion'. Swinging our attention to Russia, where the Wagner Revolt is stirring up more buzz than a vodka-infused beehive. And brace yourselves, the billionaire brawl we've all been waiting for. Musk and Zuckerberg are now 'dead serious' about fighting in the UFC. I mean, if we can't get a Facebook 'Dislike' button, at least we can potentially see Zuck g...

The Art of the Steal… of Classified Documents

June 13, 2023 01:14 - 54 minutes - 49.9 MB

Welp. Someone is facing 37 federal charges. Whoops. --- Send in a voice message:

M.A.G.S. and News Roundup

June 06, 2023 02:23 - 1 hour - 61.3 MB

A news roundup of the week’s biggest stories and guest M.A.G.S. M.A.G.S. stands as the solo alias of Elliott Douglas, an artist originally from Buffalo but now based in Los Angeles. With a remarkable ability to effortlessly traverse various genres, his music effortlessly blends funky garage vibes with refreshing alt-pop melodies that captivate listeners from the get-go. --- Send in a voice message:

GUEST: Barak Zilberberg for President

May 19, 2023 04:26 - 1 hour - 56.2 MB

Las Vegas resident Barak Zilberberg announced his official run for 2024 US Presidency. A self-made entrepreneur, real estate investor and philanthropist, he’s a lifelong Republican out to change the party and move it forward. Also, the latest in the ongoing George Santos chaos. --- Send in a voice message:

Bullets and Ballots: Navigating Gun Violence in America

May 09, 2023 01:21 - 54 minutes - 50.3 MB

We delve into recent American mass shootings and examine possible solutions to the epidemic. Like the controversial Texas bill proposing to train third graders in the use of battlefield tourniquets. Plus, we examine studies that reveal a correlation between decreased violent crime rates and various gun control measures. --- Send in a voice message:

AI-Apocalypse, Disney VS DeSantis, and The Offspring’s Todd Morse

May 03, 2023 01:36 - 55 minutes - 51.1 MB

A pioneering researcher and the so-called “Godfather of AI,” Geoffrey Hinton, quit his role at Google so he could more freely speak about the dangers of AI. Then, the latest in Disney VS. DeSantis. Also, punk rock legend Todd Morse, the bassist for The Offspring, debuts new music. --- Send in a voice message:

Bribes, Badges, and Boot Scootin' Bans

April 18, 2023 01:48 - 55 minutes - 51.6 MB

From Gavels to Gucci….. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' decades-long luxury gift-gate, sponsored by your friendly GOP mega donor! Then, buckle up for a buddy-cop adventure gone wrong, with two men who dared to open a secret NYPD branch in the Big Apple, all for the Chinese government! And finally, we'll take a trip to Montana, where TikTok dances have been outlawed, and residents are mourning the loss of their 15 seconds of fame. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spo...

The Donald's in the Doghouse

April 05, 2023 02:16 - 57 minutes - 53 MB

Will the Stormy seas subside, or is this just the first of many legal tsunamis on the horizon? We're navigating the Trump legal monsoon, from Stormy Daniels to Georgia's investigation into Trump's 2020 election interference and his 11,780-vote treasure hunt, to Special Counsel Jack Smith's probe into Trump's classified material handling and potential FBI obstruction. --- Send in a voice message:

TikTok Takedown, Idaho's Itchy Trigger Fingers, and Grand Jury Gossip

March 28, 2023 01:33 - 56 minutes - 52.4 MB

Imagine a world without viral dance challenges (a tragedy or a blessing?): the unprecedented potential ban on TikTok. And... In Idaho the governor has signed a bill allowing execution by firing squad – a step back in time or an Old West reenactment gone wrong? Then, we sit down for an exclusive interview with a former grand juror in the Southern District of New York, the same district that charged Michael Cohen. --- Send in a voice message:

Stormy Days, French Frays, and Anti-Woke Woes

March 21, 2023 01:25 - 57 minutes - 53.7 MB

First up, we dive into the Trump Tower of turmoil as The Don faces possible criminal charges in New York for a hush-hush payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels. Is this a hailstorm DJT can weather? Next, we take a trip across the pond to France, where civil unrest is as common as baguettes and berets. Will the French find a way to say "c'est la vie" to the situation? Finally, we zoom back to the States for a legal showdown in the Sunshine State. A court has rejected Governor Ron DeS...

From Silicon Valley to Silicon Alley-oops

March 14, 2023 01:43 - 50 minutes - 46.8 MB

With tech startups being one of their main sources of business, the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank has sent shockwaves through the industry.  Looks like tech brows now have to sell their ping pong tables to make rent. Also, time to trade in the backpack for a briefcase! Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders approved a bill  eliminating a requirement for children under 16 to obtain state documentation in order to work. Plus, a couple of airplane hacks: how to get an entire row to yourself w...

Fascists, Funnies, and Four-Day Work Weeks

February 28, 2023 02:33 - 56 minutes - 52.2 MB

Bernie Sanders wants a four-day work week, meanwhile republicans want to make drag shows a felony. Controversial topics making headlines this week, including Tennessee Republicans voting to make drag shows felonies, the cancellation of the iconic comic strip Dilbert, accusations that Florida Governor DeSantis is a dangerous fascist, and Bernie Sanders' advocacy for a four-day work week. --- Send in a voice message:

When Fair and Balanced becomes Fibs and Fallacies

February 22, 2023 03:50 - 52 minutes - 48 MB

Dominion Voting Machines is suing Fox News for defamation. Fox News says they're not worried though - they're pretty sure they can find a way to blame it all on Hillary Clinton. Joe Biden visited Ukraine and pledged $500 million in military aid to the country. In response, President Zelensky said, "Wow, that's a lot of money! Do you take Venmo?" --- Send in a voice message:

Week of February 13th, 2023

February 14, 2023 03:06 - 57 minutes - 53.5 MB

Biden’s student debt relief program may end in the Supreme Court, US shoots down more unidentified objects, and more. --- Send in a voice message:

Week of February 6th, 2023

February 07, 2023 02:33 - 54 minutes - 50.4 MB

Republicans are blaming Biden for letting a suspected Chinese spy balloon cross into the US. It happened 3 times during the Trump administration. An earthquake rocks Turkey, and more. --- Send in a voice message:

Week of January 30th, 2023

January 31, 2023 02:57 - 55 minutes - 51.2 MB

The murder of Tyre Nichols, Trump is apparently on legal notice, why conservatives are accusing the Xbox of being woke and more. --- Send in a voice message:

Week of January 23rd, 2023

January 24, 2023 00:14 - 56 minutes - 51.4 MB

A look at Biden and Trump’s classified document scandals, how they’re similar and how they’re different. The 50th anniversary of Roe V. Wade and more. --- Send in a voice message:

Week of January 9th, 2023

January 10, 2023 02:20 - 55 minutes - 51.1 MB

The 118th Congress is now is session... barely. And Rep George Santos is kinda weird. That and more as It's News to Us returns for 2023. --- Send in a voice message:

Week of December 12th, 2022

December 13, 2022 02:55 - 57 minutes - 53.5 MB

More classified documents found in Trump’s storage unit, Brittney Griner is swapped for a Russian arms dealer, China loosens COVID restrictions, and a Christmas tree falls on mom. --- Send in a voice message:

Week of December 5th, 2022

December 06, 2022 00:46 - 53 minutes - 49.6 MB

DJT wants to put a stop to that pesky Constitution and more in our News Roundup. Plus, animal attacks and talking dogs. --- Send in a voice message:

Week of November 28th, 2022

November 29, 2022 02:43 - 55 minutes - 51.8 MB

What’s happening with the protests in China, more unsurprising election wackiness with the GOP, and more --- Send in a voice message:

Week of November 14th, 2022

November 15, 2022 02:24 - 51 minutes - 47.5 MB

What the results of the midterm elections mean going forward and more. --- Send in a voice message:

Week of November 7th, 2022

November 08, 2022 02:41 - 55 minutes - 51.8 MB

Inflation is causing everything to rise, except for our wages… go figure. And more! --- Send in a voice message:

Week of October 17th, 2022

October 18, 2022 01:25 - 59 minutes - 54.8 MB

January 6th hearings update, the latest with student loan forgiveness, a new proposed rule that would turn all Uber and Lyft drivers into employees instead of contractors, and more. --- Send in a voice message:

Midterms and Roundup

October 11, 2022 01:31 - 55 minutes - 51.6 MB

A news roundup including an Ukraine update, what’s going on with the 2022 Midterms, and more. --- Send in a voice message:

January 6th Update & Midterms

September 27, 2022 01:35 - 57 minutes - 53.2 MB

The latest with the January 6th hearings, a look at the upcoming midterms and more. --- Send in a voice message:

Tensions in Taiwan and Martha's Vineyard

September 20, 2022 01:32 - 58 minutes - 53.9 MB

Tension is rising between China and Taiwan, we’ll explain. Also, Republican Governors Ron DeSantis of Florida and Greg Abbott of Texas defend “kidnapping” refugees and migrants from Latin America and moving them to northern cities without their consent. --- Send in a voice message:

News Roundup: Learn More in Less Time

September 12, 2022 23:18 - 1 hour - 57 MB

The top news stories of the week rolled up and smothered in nacho cheese. --- Send in a voice message:

Student Loan Forgiveness... Cue The Outrage?

August 30, 2022 17:51 - 1 hour - 57 MB

President Biden announces the feds will forgive $10-20k in student debt for most borrowers. Also, an update on the Mar-A-Lago classified document fiasco. --- Send in a voice message: