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Gina Chua Named Executive Editor for Journalism Start-Up

During her time at Reuters, Chua was in charge of the wire service’s editorial operations.

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The former CEO of Bloomberg News Justin Smith and a former New York Times media columnist Ben Smith have tapped Reuters executive editor Gina Chua to help lead their new journalism venture. 

Chua will serve as an executive editor and The New York Times reports that the two men began recruiting her as soon as they announced their venture in January. 

“I’ve been certainly thinking about the issues that they want to solve,” Chua said. “This notion of an overburdened and undeserved audience and the importance of trying to find ways to get information to people, information they need, in a timely and not overwhelming manner.”

During her time at Reuters, Chua was in charge of the wire service’s editorial operations. Smith called Chua “an operational wizard at the highest level who has spent her career-obsessed with fixing the way stories are told to consumers in the United States and across Asia.”

The hiring of Chua is the latest addition the two men have made as she’ll join Caitlin Roman, who will serve as head of product, and Steve Clemons, who will lead the new company’s live journalism endeavors. 

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Bloomberg Media, iHeartMedia Announce Podcast Partnership

The first slate of podcasts will see five shows debut this year and will ultimately distribute more than a dozen new original podcasts as part of their multi-year agreement. 

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Bloomberg Media and iHeartMedia have announced a partnership that will see a new slate of original podcasts featuring a combination of daily and weekly news programs and narrative-style limited series. 

The first slate of podcasts will see five shows debut this year and will ultimately distribute more than a dozen new original podcasts as part of their multi-year agreement. 

“Bloomberg Crypto” is the first of the five podcasts launching this year and will debut next month. Bloomberg’s reporting team will tease out what’s actually important in the crypto conversation in this daily podcast.

In a couple of months, “Bedrock, USA” will be the second to debut during the summer as this show dives into how a group of people who didn’t like what they saw happening in their local governments and decided to get involved. 

The final three podcasts will come this fall, with two of them debuting in September with “The Big Take,” giving its listeners the most urgent stories of the day – on business, markets, economics, finance, politics, technology, and more. 

“In Trust” will be a limited series about how associates of one of the wealthiest families in Osage County, Oklahoma, and “Crash Course,” which debuts in October, will bring listeners straight into the arenas where epic business and social upheavals occur.

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Joe Rogan: “Marijuana Is the Perfect Drug for Me”

Rogan revealed that marijuana helps him regulate his personality

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Podcaster Joe Rogan revealed that marijuana helps him regulate his personality. Rogan made the admission on episode #1824 of “TheJoe Rogan Experience” Thursday.

A transcript posted on Mediate details a conversation that Rogan had with MIT scientist and podcaster Lex Fridman. The conversation about drugs started with a talk about the Johnny Depp defamation trial.

Fridman joked that Rogan could be an expert witness on drugs and alcohol for the trial. “No, I can’t be on drugs cause I — there’s too many drugs I’m uninitiated in like no cocaine experience whatsoever. None.”

Fridman responded by asking Rogan if there’s a part of his life where he wishes he would have experienced that?

“It’s good to get crazy. Getting crazy is good for comedians. Like it’s good to get drunk. It’s good to get — I have a very specific kind of mind where my ego should not be encouraged,” Rogan said.

“Marijuana is the perfect drug for me. Cause marijuana calms me down, makes me sweeter, much more friendly, much more affectionate, much more kind, much more generous, and more creative,” added Rogan. 

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FOX Nation Will Stream Debates Between Prominent Senators

The first debate will feature Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT). The event will be moderated by Bret Baier.

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FOX Nation will stream a series of debates between prominent U.S. Senators starting next month called “The Senate Project.” The first debate will feature Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT). The event will be moderated by Bret Baier.

In a release, the network said, “in a time of deep political polarization in America—and a 50-50 split between Democrats and Republicans in the Senate—the goal of The Senate Project is for the public to hear leading senators from competing ends of the political spectrum.”

The debates will be 60-minute Oxford-style debates which will allow senators to engage in extended, thoughtful, wide-ranging debate while exploring areas of constructive disagreement and searching for the bipartisan compromise that has been a hallmark of the Senate for more than two centuries.

The second debate, hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center, will be held in July at George Washington University, carried live and on-demand across C-SPAN platforms, including streamed on C-SPAN Now. A third debate will be held by the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation in Utah this fall.

“We initiated this idea in response to what is the most serious division in this country in decades,” said Bruce A. Percelay, chairman of the board of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute. “It is our hope that this effort will help demonstrate that compromise in the U.S. Senate is actually possible.”

“We are pleased to partner with the Bipartisan Policy Center, the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation, and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute to present this full debate without interruption to our FOX Nation subscribers,” added Jay Wallace, President & Executive Editor of FOX News Media.

The Senate Project kicks off at 12 noon EDT on Monday, June 13.

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