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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.

Is Paramount Plus too late to the streaming game?

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CNET’s Roger Cheng says CBS All Access is changing to Paramount Plus (Listen below and read)

February 27, 2021 | CNET's Roger Cheng on yet another streaming service Paramount Plus ( )

 

 

 

 

 

 

A new documentary examines a viral moment at the Lincoln Memorial

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Christian Toto reviews ‘Rush to Judgement’ a documentary about the Covington Catholic kids’ DC visit in January 2019. The movie features analysis by WTOP’s Neal Augenstein

February 27, 2021 | Christian Toto reviews the 'Rush to Judgement' documentary on WTOP ( )

 

 

 

Has your favorite restaurant closed down due to COVID?

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Lending Tree’s Matt Schulz tells WTOP half of Americans say they’ve lost their favorite food place to the pandemic (Check out the survey and listen below)

February 27, 2021 | Lending Tree's Matt Schulz on losing your favorite restaurant to COVID ( )

 

 

 

 

Traditional Republicans with nowhere to go

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Politico’s David Siders joins WTOP to discuss his article about anti-Trump Republicans’ struggles to find a new political home

 

February 27, 2021 | Politico's David Siders on Anti-Trumpers with nowhere to land ( )

 

 

 

 

Do you have to pay taxes on your stimulus checks?

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Consumerman Herb Weisbaum, with checkbook.org, tells WTOP about the latest tax rules (Listen below and read)

February 27, 2021 | Consumerman Herb Weisbaum on what you pay taxes and what you don't ( )

 

 

 

 

Car Review: The Ford Ranger may be just right for those who don't need a bulked up truck

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WTOP Car Guy Mike Parris reviews the new Ford Ranger (Listen to his comments below)

February 27, 2021 | WTOP Car Guy Mike Parris reviews the new Ford Ranger ( )

 

 

 

Review: 'Nomadland' is Oscar worthy

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Critic Christian Toto highly recommends Nomadland at the theater or on Hulu – he also wants you to check out the Cruella trailer

(Listen to his Nomadland review below and read the AP’s take)

February 27, 2021 | Critic Christian Toto was blown away by Nomadland ( )

 

 

Which businesses are committed to diversity?

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Consumerman Herb Weisbaum, with checkbook.org, tells WTOP about the Black Dollar Index (listen below and read)

February 27, 2021 | Consumerman Herb Weisbaum on the Black dollar Index ( )

 

 

 

Sizing up the second Trump impeachment trial

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University of Baltimore Law Professor Kim Wehle joins WTOP on the eve of the impeachment vote (Listen to her analysis below and get the latest from AP)

February 27, 2021 | University of Baltimore's Kim Wehle on the 2nd Trump impeachment trial ( )

 

Where's your emergency fund? You can set one up even if you live from hand to mouth.

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Consumerman Herb Weisbaum, with Checkbook.org, tells WTOP you must get in the habit of setting money aside in case of  emergency (Read and listen below)

February 27, 2021 | Consumerman Herb Weisbaum on starting a rainy day fund even if you're poor ( )

 

Maryland Republicans push for voter ID and mail-in voting legislation

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While Virginia is close to adding a Voting Rights Act – some Maryland Republican state senators are pushing for laws on voter ID and mail-in ballot signature verification. Maryland Matters’ Bennett Leckrone joins WTOP with the story (read and listen below)

February 27, 2021 | Maryland Matters Reporter Bennett Leckrone on a new proposed voter ID law ( )

 

 

 

More than half of Americans will place a Super Bowl bet

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Lending Tree’s Matt Schulz tells WTOP a lot of people, who are putting money on the game, run the risk of going into debt (read and listen below)

February 27, 2021 | Lending Tree credit specialist Matt Schulz on responsible Super Bowl betting ( )

 

 

Watch out for credit repair scams

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Consumerman Herb Weisbaum – with Checkbook.org – tells WTOP to watch out for bogus credit repair offers (read and listen below)

February 27, 2021 | Consumerman Herb Weisbaum says you can repair your credit for free ( )

 

Coronavirus risks rose a year ago as the US handled evacuees from Wuhan

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The Washington Post’s Dan Diamond shares his story with WTOP (Listen below)

February 27, 2021 | WaPo's Dan Diamond on his story about heightened COVID risks involving US evacuees ( )

 

President Trump considered replacing his acting AG to further push voter fraud claims

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Katie Benner of the New York Times joined WTOP with her DOJ exclusive (Listen below and read her story)

February 27, 2021 | The NY Times' Katie Benner on former President Trump's last-ditch effort to stay in office ( )

 

100 more presidential pardons may be on the way

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Will Lil Wayne and Sheldon Silver get a pardon? Will President Trump pardon himself? Politico’s Anita Kumar joins WTOP with the latest (Listen below and read more from Kumar & the NYTimes)

February 27, 2021 | Politico White House Correspondent Anita Kumar on a final batch of pardons ( )

 

Capitol Police report warned of the January 6th attack

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Washington Post Political Investigative Reporter Carol Leonnig tells WTOP about her Friday night exclusive (Listen below and read)

February 27, 2021 | The Washington Post's Carol Leonnig reports Capitol Police predicted the riot three days earlier ( )

 

 

 

'One Night in Miami' is thought-provoking and inspirational

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Christian Toto reviews the new Amazon Prime offering on WTOP (Listen below and read AP’s take)

February 27, 2021 | Critic Christian Toto has high praise for 'One Night in Miami' ( )

 

 

The slow COVID vaccine rollout is deadly

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Health Affairs Editor-in-Chief Alan Weil discusses the slow pace of coronavirus vaccine distribution (Listen below, read about things possibly speeding up and read about the article Alan mentions at the end)

February 27, 2021 | Alan Weil of Health Affairs on the slow coronavirus vaccine rollout ( )

 

 

 

When is your stimulus check coming?

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Consumerman Herb Weisbaum with Checkbook.org tells WTOP some of us may have to wait until we file our 2020 tax returns (Listen below and read Herb’s article)

February 27, 2021 | Consumerman Herb Weisbaum on stimulus part 2 ( )

 

 

 

Donald Trump is permanently banned from Twitter

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No matter which handle President Trump tries to use his tweets are being deleted. CNET’s Ian Sherr joins WTOP with his take. (Listen below, read Ian’s new column & the latest from wtop.com 

February 27, 2021 | CNET's Ian Sherr on Donald Trump being permanently banned from Twitter ( )

 

QAnon announced its plans to storm the Capitol weeks ago

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Vice TV’s Marley Clements tells WTOP law enforcement would’ve known the U.S. Capitol attack was coming if it had monitored QAnon’s online chatter. (Listen below and read hereQAnon: The Search for Q” premiers January 26th at 10pm ET 

February 27, 2021 | Vice TV's Marley Clements on the upcoming 'QAnon: The Search for Q' ( )

 

 

'Wonder Woman 1984' review

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Christian Toto loved the first ‘Wonder Woman’ but has few nice things to say about the sequel (Listen below and read AP’s more charitable take)

February 27, 2021 | Christian Toto reviews 'Wonder Woman 1984' on WTOP ( )

 

 

Avoiding high checking overdraft fees

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Consumerman Herb Weisbaum, with checkbook.org, says overdraft fees are higher than ever and you need to stop paying them (Listen below and read more at wtop.com)

February 27, 2021 | Consumerman Herb Weisbaum on avoiding bank overdraft fees ( )

Covid stimulus suspense

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The country waits to see what President Trump will do as a government shutdown looms and COVID relief hangs in the balance. Paul Blest of Vice News has analysis on WTOP (Listen below and read the latest from AP)

February 27, 2021 | Paul Blest of Vice News on the president and Covid relief drama ( )

 

 

 

 

Hack against US agencies reaches Energy Department and those in charge of nuclear weapons

United States Chamber of Commerce building in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Politico’s Natasha Bertrand shares her reporting with WTOP

November 29, 2021 | Politico's Natasha Bertrand on 'The 9/11 of cyber breaches' (Dimitri Sotis)

 

 

'We want them infected’: Emails show Trump appointee wanted young people to catch Covid-19

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Politico’s Dan Diamond tells WTOP former top Trump appointee Paul Alexander repeatedly urged top health officials to let millions of Americans be infected by the virus, in the name of “herd immunity.” (Listen below and read Dan’s article)

February 27, 2021 | Politico's Dan Diamond on herd immunity promoted at Trump's HHS ( )

 

 

 

Republican senators seem reluctant to hold hearings for Joe Biden's people

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Alayna Treene of Axios tells WTOP the GOP seems reluctant to hold hearings for Biden’s nominees before the inauguration

February 27, 2021 | Alayna Treene of Axios says Biden's nominees may be stalled on Capitol Hill ( )

 

 

 

The FDA considers the Pfizer Covid vaccine

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Health Affairs’ Alan Weil tells WTOP a coronavirus vaccine can be successful without everybody in the nation getting it (Read and listen below)

November 29, 2021 | Alan Weil of Health Affairs on the U-S on the cusp of getting the vaccine (Dimitri Sotis)

 

 

What were we searching for on Google in 2020?

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Google’s Molly VandenBerg tells WTOP ‘election results’ was a bigger search topic than even ‘coronavirus’ this year (Listen below and read more here)

February 27, 2021 | Google's Molly VandenBerg on the top trending topics of 2020 ( )

 

Facebook faces a barrage of antitrust lawsuits

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WTOP Tech Guy Gregg Stebben responds to a WaPo report Facebook is being hit with antitrust cases from 40 states and the feds.

February 27, 2021 | WTOP Tech Guy Gregg Stebben on antitrust cases Facebook faces ( )

 

 

Should Metro sell its land?

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Emily Hamilton tells WTOP Metro should sell the land surrounding its stations to solve its money problems

February 27, 2021 | George Mason's Emily Hamilton on avoiding Metro's deep cuts ( )

 

 

 

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)

February 27, 2021 | 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)

February 27, 2021 | 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.

February 27, 2021 | Critic Christian Toto on WB streaming its new films on HBO Max ( )

 

'Hillbilly Elegy' is worth a look

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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)

February 27, 2021 | 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)

February 27, 2021 | 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)

February 27, 2021 | 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)

February 27, 2021 | 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)

February 27, 2021 | 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)

February 27, 2021 | 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)

February 27, 2021 | 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

February 27, 2021 | 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)

February 27, 2021 | 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)

February 27, 2021 | Journalist Kayla Ruble on Michigan's election certification drama ( )

 

 

 

 

 

 

'Fatman' is too heavy for its own good

Courtesy Saban Films

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)

February 27, 2021 | 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.

February 27, 2021 | 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.

February 27, 2021 | 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)

February 27, 2021 | 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)

February 27, 2021 | 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)

February 27, 2021 | Checkbook.org's Herb Weisbaum on crooks trying to rip us off through package deliveries ( )

 

The Nissan Sentra grows up

By Mike Parris / WTOP

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

February 27, 2021 | WTOP Car Guy Mike Parris reviews the 2020 Nissan Sentra ( )

Fact-checking 2020's final presidential debate

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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)

February 27, 2021 | 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)

February 27, 2021 | 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.

February 27, 2021 | 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.

February 27, 2021 | Stanford's Kevin Schulman on generic drug inconsistencies (Dimitri Sotis)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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