Wednesday, September 11th, 2019
9/11 Tribute, Special Election & iPhone 11 Details
All the news you need in 10 min:
All the news stories mentioned in today's episode are listed with links below, so you can spend as much -- or as little -- time as you want perusing the latest happenings...
LISTEN at 0:35 - 9/11 Tribute:
Today marks 18 years since the attacks on September 11th, 2001. A commemoration ceremony will be held at the 9/11 memorial in New York City, with the names of everyone who died read out loud. New York’s governor has signed a new law requiring all public schools in the state to hold a moment of silence to mark the anniversary.
Read more: 911Memorial.org, CNN, History.com
LISTEN at 1:33 - Bolton Fired:
President Trump fired National Security Advisor John Bolton. Trump says he asked Bolton for his resignation Monday night, but Bolton says he left on his own. For now, Deputy National Security Advisor Charles Kupperman will fill in.
Read more: ABC News, CNN, FOX News, NYT
LISTEN at 2:58 - NC Special Election:
Republican Dan Bishop won North Carolina’s special election, but it was a close one. It was a redo since last year’s election results were thrown out over fraud concerns. It was a closely-watched race this time since results could help shed light on how voters are feeling about President Trump (who campaigned for Bishop) ahead of the 2020 election.
Read more: PBS, Reuters, NBC News, Vox
LISTEN at 3:49 - More Uninsured:
The number of Americans without health insurance has gone up. A new report found more than 27 million people didn’t have healthcare in 2018. It’s likely because more people are making too much money to get government help through Medicaid but still not qualifying for job-based coverage either. President Trump has taken steps to reverse some of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), which had expanded public programs.
Read more: Washington Post, WSJ, Bloomberg
LISTEN at 6:05 - Apple Event Details:
Apple announced the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max at its annual event yesterday. The features include a wide-angle camera, slow-mo selfie capabilities, and, for the higher-end models, you can shoot in 4K resolution. There are also new details about Apple TV+. The video streaming service will cost $4.99/month and come out November 1st. The company also announced updates to other devices and released details about the gaming subscription service, Apple Arcade, which comes out next week.
Read more: TechCrunch, The Verge, CNBC
LISTEN at 7:12 - Uber Job Cuts:
Uber is cutting more jobs. The company laid off 435 workers from the product and engineering teams yesterday after laying off 400 people from its marketing team back in July. The company said it’s streamlining to stay competitive.
Read more: NYT, USA Today
LISTEN at 7:38 - Seasonal Employees:
It's that time of year retailers are looking to hire temp workers! Target is hiring more than 130,000 seasonal workers for its stores and distribution centers. It’s hosting hiring events at every store starting next month. UPS also plans to hire more than 100,000 temp employees to help with the increase in packages that will start in November and continue through January. Amazon will hire tens of thousands of seasonal workers on top of 30,000 new job openings they announced earlier this week for permanent positions.
Read more: USA Today, CNN
LISTEN at 8:16 - Drive-Thru Tech: McDonald’s just bought a company that is working to automate the drive-thru. Apprente uses artificial intelligence to understand drive-thru orders in multiple languages, but it could mean human jobs lost. Meanwhile, Wendy's says it'll launch a breakfast menu nationwide for the first time in years. Expect to see it starting next year.
Read more (McDonald’s AI Drive Thru): Engadget, CNBC
Read more (Wendy's Breakfast): MarketWatch, Business Insider