The Excerpt

USA TODAY / Wondery

USA TODAY’s daily news podcast, The Excerpt (formerly 5 Things), brings you a curated mix of the most important headlines seven mornings a week. We also deliver special deep-dive episodes on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons on the most compelling topics in culture, entertainment, sports, politics, and more. Give us fifteen minutes a day, we'll give you all of the headlines, none of the chaos. Hosted by Taylor Wilson and Dana Taylor.

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Our Editor's Take

Staying up-to-date with what's going on in the world is essential. After all, an informed public is key to a healthy society. But the 5 Things podcast raises the question of whether we have too much information. With today's 24/7 news cycle, staying connected should be easier than ever. From dedicated news networks to podcasts, the flow of information never stops. Sometimes, though, the news of current events has the opposite effect. It can be overwhelming to sort through. Filtering through the information overload often leaves people wondering what's important. It's stressful and leads many to give up altogether.

5 Things cuts through the chaos and distills the day's most meaningful events into a quick and easy podcast. Listeners catch up on current events without distractions and unimportant details. 5 Things concentrates on the top five stories and why they matter. This quick-hitting news podcast is a fast and effective way to stay informed, but it doesn't sacrifice quality. The content is always on point, from breaking news to closer looks at enduring stories.

With a plethora of things to discuss, this podcast raises critical questions. Hosts James Brown, PJ Elliot, Shannon Rae Green, and Taylor Wilson share insights along the way. It's for the casual listener who wants to stay informed and current event fanatics alike. The topics are as intriguing as they are poignant. As a result, 5 Things also serves as a tremendous jumping-off point for further research. Think of it as an indispensable introduction to relevant subjects. It's quick, compelling, and invaluable.

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