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Audio and context around some of the interviews and stories on WTOP News. This blog is curated by WTOP’s Dimitri Sotis.

Get rid of your unused online accounts

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Checkbook.org‘s Herb Weisbaum tells WTOP it’s time to delete your unused online accounts – or valuable data may be stolen (Listen below and read more at wtop.com)

December 4, 2020 | Consumerman Herb Weisbaum on the importance of deleting unused accounts ( )


Protect yourself while shopping online

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Cybershopping records are being broken left and right during the pandemic – CyberScout’s Adam Levin tells WTOP there are a lot of online scams to look out for (Listen below and read about a new CyberScout/Harris Poll survey)

December 4, 2020 | CyberScout's Adam Levin on not losing your identity while holiday shopping ( )





Is Warner Brothers killing movie theaters?

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In a seismic shift Warner Brothers will stream all its 2021 new releases on HBO Max. Christian Toto joins WTOP to talk about whether this is the beginning of the end for going to the movies.

December 4, 2020 | Critic Christian Toto on WB streaming its new films on HBO Max ( )


'Hillbilly Elegy' is worth a look


Christian Toto differs from many of his fellow critics by giving ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ on Netflix a pretty good grade – we also discussed ‘Uncle Frank’ (listen below and read other reviews of Hillbilly Elegy and Uncle Frank)

December 4, 2020 | Christian Toto reviews 'Hillbilly Elegy' and 'Uncle Frank' on WTOP ( )


Debit cards can get you into trouble

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Checkbook.org‘s Herb Weisbaum tells WTOP you’re much better off using credit cards for your holiday shopping (listen below and read Herb’s article)

December 4, 2020 | Consumerman Herb Weisbaum on the advantages of credit cards over debit ( )




Expect a coronavirus vaccine to be injected into your arm by May or so

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Dr. Arthur Caplan tells WTOP how soon he thinks we’ll be able to get our Covid shots and start to live our lives again (Listen below and read about new coronavirus restrictions)

December 4, 2020 | NYU's Dr. Arthur Caplan on Covid-19 vaccine distribution next year ( )




Leaving porch pirates empty-handed

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SecurityNerd‘s Julie Ryan Evans tells WTOP – with record holiday package delivery this year – there are ways to make sure crooks don’t grab your gifts before you get home. (Listen below and read more here)

December 4, 2020 | SecurityNerd's Julie Ryan Evans on protecting your holiday packages ( )


The Trump Administration's last-minute policy changes include federal executions

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ProPublica’s Isaac Arnsdorf tells WTOP dozens of policy-changes are underway during the administration’s final weeks (Listen below and read Isaac’s article)

December 4, 2020 | ProPublica's Isaac Arnsdorf on last-minute Trump policy changes ( )




The pollster's dirty little secret

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David Hill of Hill Research Consultants tells WTOP people generally won’t pick up the phone to talk to pollsters anymore, and that is making presidential polls less accurate (Listen below and read Hill’s op-ed here)

December 4, 2020 | Pollster David Hill explains why presidential polls are less accurate now ( )















Waiting for the coronavirus vaccine

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Yale’s Jason Schwartz, and colleagues, are writing about the biggest expected challenges related to the new Covid-19 vaccines. (Listen to Schwartz below, read their Health Affairs research and their USA Today op-ed)

December 4, 2020 | Yale's Jason Schwartz on Covid-19 vaccines rolling out soon ( )




Jackie Chan is back with 'Vanguard' - 'Wonder Woman 1984' comes to HBO Max this Christmas

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Critic Christian Toto tells WTOP Chan’s film is terrible (check out the neutral NY Times review) while the Wonder Woman streaming release could change movie history

December 4, 2020 | Christian Toto reviews Vanguard and prepares for Wonder Woman 1984 ( )





Sexual harassment allegations at a Washington Football Team foundation aimed at helping Native Americans

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The Washington Post’s Will Hobson discusses his latest article outlining sexual harassment allegations against the WFT (listen below and read)

December 4, 2020 | Washington Post National Sports Reporter Will Hobson on the latest WFT controversy ( )




Routine election certification becomes anything but routine in Michigan

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Journalist Kayla Ruble was in the room Tuesday night as two Republican members on Michigan’s Wayne County Board of Canvassers voted against certifying of the county’s votes — then abruptly reversed course amid heavy criticism. (Listen to Ruble below and read about how this process usually works)

December 4, 2020 | Journalist Kayla Ruble on Michigan's election certification drama ( )







'Fatman' is too heavy for its own good

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Christian Toto reviews the new, dark, holiday comedy, starring Mel Gibson. He also tells us whether we should see ‘Come Away’ and ‘Freaky’ (listen below and read other reviews of FatmanCome AwayFreaky)

December 4, 2020 | Christian Toto reviews 'Fatman' 'Come Away' and 'Freaky' on WTOP ( )







The delayed presidential transition

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Ten days after the election, President Trump refuses to concede. Read more here and listen below to Vice News Deputy DC Bureau Chief Todd Zwillich tell WTOP Republican Senators are saying one thing in front of the microphones and another behind the scenes.

December 4, 2020 | Todd Zwillich of Vice News on the delayed presidential transition ( )



Joe Biden's history

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The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos talks to WTOP about his new book “Joe Biden: The Life, the Run, and What Matters Now” and the difference between Biden’s failed presidential run in the late 80’s and now.

December 4, 2020 | The New Yorker's Evan Osnos on his new Joe Biden book ( )

A new horror flick for Halloween 'Come Play'

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Film Critic Christian Toto tells WTOP whether ‘Come Play’ is full of scares despite its PG-13 rating (Read his review and listen below)

December 4, 2020 | Christian Toto reviews 'Come Play' on WTOP ( )





The US is behind other countries in children's health

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Princeton’s Janet Currie tells WTOP when it comes to supporting the health of children and families, what Americans say is not what we do. She writes about it in the latest issue of Health Affairs (listen below)

December 4, 2020 | Princeton's Janet Currie on a lack of government investment in kids and families ( )









Record package delivery brings out the crooks

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Checkbook.org‘s Herb Weisbaum says criminals know about all the packages we’re ordering and they’re trying to fool us. (Listen below and read here)

December 4, 2020 | Checkbook.org's Herb Weisbaum on crooks trying to rip us off through package deliveries ( )


The Nissan Sentra grows up

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WTOP Car Guy Mike Parris says this compact sedan has a lot more to offer than past models (Listen below and read here)

December 4, 2020 | WTOP Car Guy Mike Parris reviews the 2020 Nissan Sentra ( )

Fact-checking 2020's final presidential debate


The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler tells WTOP both candidates got their facts wrong but President Trump did it much more often (more from AP)

December 4, 2020 | WaPo Fact Checker's Glenn Kessler on the final presidential debate ( )

Borat returns to a changed America

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Christian Toto reviews the Borat sequel ‘Subsequent Moviefilm’ on WTOP (listen below and check out AP’s take here)

December 4, 2020 | Film Critic Christian Toto reviews Borat 2 ( )



Russia and Iran are interfering in the 2020 election

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The U.S. intelligence community says threatening emails were sent by Iran, but made to look like they came from far-right American group Proud Boys. WTOP National Security Correspondent JJ Green talks about FBI promises that your vote WILL count, despite this interference.

December 4, 2020 | WTOP National Security Correspondent JJ Green on Iran's election interference (Dimitri Sotis)

New questions about some generic drugs

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Generic drugs don’t always work as well as the brand names. Stanford medical professor Kevin Schulman found that out when his daughter’s ADHD medication was refilled. He writes about it in Health Affairs and shares with WTOP.

December 4, 2020 | Stanford's Kevin Schulman on generic drug inconsistencies (Dimitri Sotis)







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