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Joe Rogan: The US Is in One of the Most Tumultuous Periods

During the broadcast, Rogan welcomed comedian Iliza Shlesinger. The pair talked about the country’s formative years.

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Podcaster Joe Rogan railed against the cancel culture and suggested that we are in the midst of “one of the most tumultuous periods” ever during a recent episode streamed on Spotify. 

During the broadcast, Rogan welcomed comedian Iliza Shlesinger. The pair talked about the country’s formative years. 

“We’ll look back and it will be scary,” Shlesinger said. “Everybody was afraid of getting canceled, people were eating each other, nobody was listening to science.”

Rogan questioned President Joe Biden’s cognitive abilities. “You can say Joe Biden is the president, he’s our leader, and you’d be correct on paper but, I mean, everybody knows he’s out of his mind. He’s just barely hanging in there.”

Shlesinger added that she is frustrated by fake news that continues to permeate the news cycle. 

“Regardless of how you believe,” she continued. “You can’t get a straight answer; you can’t even substantiate your own facts with the right facts — it’s hard to drill down those facts.”

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NBC News Executive Editor David Firestone to Retire in May

Firestone plans to retire in mid-May after 45 years in the journalism business, with the last five coming at NBC.

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NBC News is preparing to goodbye to a journalism veteran as executive editor David Firestone plans to retire in mid-May after 45 years in the business, with the last five coming at NBC.

Firestone joined NBC News on May 1, 2017, serving first as the managing editor for NBC News Digital then earning a promotion to executive editor in March of last year.

“It’s time to let someone else come in and take the team forward, to add to the foundation we have built for one of the highest-quality news sites in the country,” Firestone said in a statement provided by TV Newser

“I’m looking forward to traveling with Susan and our family and to spend time with our new grandson, but I can’t wait to read the great journalism that this team is going to produce in the years to come.”

Before his tenure with NBC News, Firestone spent two years as the managing editor at FiveThirtyEight, focusing on politics, particularly the 2016 presidential cycle. Before that, he spent 21 years as a reporter and editor at The New York Times.

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Fareed Zakaria Will Host Original Series on CNN+

Zakaria will decode the backstories of the power dynasties, revolutions, spy missions, missed opportunities, and history-shaping assassinations in his new series.

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CNN continues adding content for their upcoming streaming platform CNN+, which will debut in the Spring. The latest to get a show is Fareed Zakaria will host “Flashpoints with Fareed Zakaria.”

Zakaria will decode the backstories of the power dynasties, revolutions, spy missions, missed opportunities, and history-shaping assassinations in his new series. He will help the audience comprehend how the world’s most dangerous people and locations have arrived at transformational tipping points.

“This is the history behind the headlines, the stories, people, and forces that created the crises of today,” Zakaria said in a statement about Flashpoints.

“The intriguing backstories that we delve into for Flashpoints have power, betrayal, espionage, and assassination. The storytelling is naturally as thrilling as a John Le Carré novel…except it all really happened,” Nancy Duffy, senior vice president of program development for CNN Worldwide, who oversees the Zakaria series, said. 

The program, filmed in a cinematic style, is expected to begin streaming as an anthology later in 2022 on CNN+. 

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ABC News Announces Three New Podcast Projects

The first two hours of Good Morning America will be available as podcasts along with “Close Up,” led by journalist Kelley Carter, and “Life Out Loud With LZ Granderson,”

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ABC News has rolled out its podcast push with new content as they launch new series and adapt “Good Morning America for audio. 

The network announced the first two hours of GMA will be available as podcasts. Joining them on the new GMA Channel are “Close Up,” led by journalist Kelley Carter, and “Life Out Loud With LZ Granderson,” which will launch its second season.

“Close Up” will debut on Feb. 9, the day after the 2022 Oscar nominations are announced, and will dive into entertainment news and feature interviews with stars, directors, and other entertainment industry notables. 

Meanwhile, the first episode of season two of “Life Out Loud with LZ Granderson” is available now, with new episodes dropping every Thursday. The podcast sees Granderson analyzing timely issues that affect the LGBTQ+ community.

“ABC Audio has big podcast plans for 2022,” Liz Alesse, director and EP of ABC Audio’s podcast programming, said. “We are also continuing to expand our originals library with some exciting projects in the pipeline this year.” 

“On top of building out our lifestyle and culture content, we’re working on several long-form narrative projects. You can expect to see new true crime titles coming soon, and we’re gearing up for some exciting collaborations across ABC.”

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