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You’ve been overwhelmed with headlines all week – what's worth a closer look? One Thing takes you into the story and helps you make sense of the news everyone's been talking about. Each Sunday, host David Rind interviews one of CNN’s world-class reporters to tell us what they've found – and why it matters. From the team behind CNN 5 Things.

Your Burning Hunter Biden Questions, Answered CNN One Thing
Hunter Biden is due in court this week on federal gun charges after becoming the first child of a sitting president to be charged by the Justice Department. Separately, House Republicans held their first public hearing last week in the impeachment inquiry into his father - President Joe Biden – despite failing to show any evidence that the president himself received foreign money. There can be a lot to keep track of, so: what are the facts, and what is just political posturing? In today’s episode, we examine the long legal saga of Hunter Biden and how it could impact the 2024 presidential race. 
Guest: Kara Scannell, CNN Correspondent
Oct 1, 2023
Inside Russia’s Post-Prigozhin Plans in Africa CNN One Thing
After the apparent death of Wagner leader Yevgeny Prigozhin last month, there were questions about the future of the mercenary group and what Russian president Vladimir Putin would do to take back control. In today’s episode, CNN travels to the Central African Republic to see what that future looks like on the ground. We examine why Wagner remains popular there despite Prigozhin's death and look at why Russia continues to expand its reach into Africa. Plus, we get an update on the war in Ukraine as President Volodymyr Zelensky pleads with Western countries for more aid.
Guest: Clarissa Ward, CNN Chief International Correspondent
Sep 24, 2023
Dr. Sanjay Gupta on Our New Covid Calculation CNN One Thing
Last week, the FDA and CDC signed off on updated Covid-19 vaccines that target currently circulating variants. It comes amid a recent uptick in hospitalizations and deaths in the United States ahead of winter that could see threats from three respiratory viruses – coronavirus, flu and respiratory syncytial virus. In today’s episode, we answer some frequently asked questions about the updated Covid-19 vaccines and look at how we should approach the virus nearly more than three years after its emergence.
Guest: Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent 
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Sep 17, 2023
Is the Driverless Car Revolution Stuck in Reverse? CNN One Thing
After a series of incidents in San Francisco, California authorities have asked General Motors to take some of its Cruise robotaxis off the road. It comes not long after California regulators gave the greenlight for Cruise and its competitor Waymo to charge for robotaxi rides in the city at any time of day. So what does that mean for the future of driverless cars? In today’s episode, we examine what it’s like to ride in one and why the technology has become a flashpoint in multiple cities. 
Guest: Veronica Miracle, CNN Correspondent
Sep 10, 2023
Flag on the Sport: Football’s Safety Reckoning CNN One Thing
As a new NFL season kicks off this week, old questions about the game’s safety are being asked following Damar Hamlin’s on-field cardiac arrest and Tua Tagovailoa’s multiple concussions last year. And it’s not just the pros: youth leagues around the countries have adjusted practice routines and safety protocols to guard against injuries that can carry long-term impacts. In today’s episode, we examine football’s deadly history and how it’s informing today’s game. Plus, CNN gets a look at new technology that could one day predict injuries before they happen. 
Guest: Coy Wire, CNN Sports Anchor & Correspondent
Sep 3, 2023
Scenes from a (Trump-less) GOP Debate CNN One Thing
Eight Republican presidential candidates took the stage in Milwaukee last week for the first primary debate of the 2024 campaign. Notably missing, however, was frontrunner Donald Trump, who surrendered to Fulton County authorities a day later in the Georgia 2020 election subversion case. In today’s episode, we head to Milwaukee to recap the moments that mattered and to get a sense of how the debate could shape the race going forward. 
Guests: Dana Bash, CNN Anchor & Chief Political Correspondent 
Jeff Zeleny, CNN Chief National Affairs Correspondent 
Kit Maher, CNN Campaign Embed
Aug 27, 2023
What is Maui After the Fires? CNN One Thing
It’s been over a week since blazing wildfires ripped through the island of Maui, killing over 100 people and causing billions of dollars of damage. While the outpouring of support has been significant, some locals have voiced anger over the official response, lingering tourist presence, and real estate speculators trying to buy up land. In today’s episode, we hear stories of survival and look at how disasters like this one are forcing communities to ask tough questions about how prepared they are for stronger and faster wildfires. 
Guest: Bill Weir, CNN Chief Climate Correspondent 
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Aug 20, 2023
Hollywood’s Strike Season is Ripe for Adaptation CNN One Thing
Thousands of Hollywood actors and writers have been on strike for weeks demanding raises, regulation of artificial intelligence, and residuals from content created for streaming services. Meanwhile, thousands of hotel workers and public sector employees in Los Angeles have also staged work stoppages as they push for better wages. However, this uptick in labor unrest goes well beyond California. In today’s episode, we look at what’s driving a surge in union membership across the country and look at how presidential politics could play a role in a potential autoworkers strike.
Guest: Vanessa Yurkevich, CNN Business and Politics Correspondent
Aug 13, 2023
Why the Third Trump Indictment is the Most Serious Yet CNN One Thing
Donald Trump was indicted Tuesday on criminal charges by a federal grand jury in special counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into efforts to overturn the 2020 election, the latest in a series of unprecedented criminal indictments against the former President. In today’s episode, we examine the historic charges and how it appears prosecutors plan to make their case. Plus, a look at how the Republican frontrunner is expected to navigate a packed courtroom calendar while on the campaign trail. 
Guest: Elie Honig, CNN Senior Legal Analyst
Aug 6, 2023
Weight Loss Drugs: Trend or Treatment? CNN One Thing
A new group of drugs for type 2 diabetes and obesity have shown to be more effective for weight loss than any previous medications. Some medications like Ozempic and Wegovy have surged in popularity thanks in part to celebrity use. But who should be taking them? And are they safe? In today’s episode, we break down the future of the weight loss industry and examine why some of these medications could also help curb addictive behaviors. 
Guest: Meg Tirrell, CNN Medical Correspondent
Jul 30, 2023
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