Sending Out an SOS: The Taliban Return, Booster Shots, Havana Syndrome

Published on: Aug 19, 2021fb-roundtwitter-roundemail-round


  • First up: The week’s biggest story is Afghanistan. We’ll break down how the Taliban took over so quickly, whether more people can get out safely, and what’s next for the country.

  • Next: We’ll bring you the latest on the  major earthquake in Haiti and the latest data breach affecting over 40 million people. Hint: if you’re a T-Mobile user, tune in. And click here for tips on how to keep your information safe

  • Also: Remember hot girl summer? Enter: shot girl fall, because boosters are coming soon to a pharmacy near you. 

  • Plus: We finally have the latest Census data. We’ll tell you three things you need to know about how America’s changed in the last 10 years. 

  • Finally: We’re trying our hands at true crime, for a story about a mystery that’s stumped the entire U.S. intelligence community for five years.


P.S. Here are the orgs we mentioned helping in Afghanistan: 


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