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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.

On the Front Lines of the Western Water Wars CNN One Thing
Despite recent rainstorms in California, the decades-long megadrought in the West shows no signs of easing. As a result, some states have been forced to pull back on the water they use from the Colorado River. In this episode, we hear the story of one Arizona community forced to take legal action against the city of Scottsdale after being cut off from its water supply – and why it could serve as a warning to the rest of the country as the climate crisis continues.
Guest: Lucy Kafanov, CNN Correspondent
Jan 22, 2023
The Biden Document Discovery (And How It Compares to Trump) CNN One Thing
When we learned Obama-era classified documents were discovered in multiple locations used by President Joe Biden after his time as vice president, some Republicans were quick to draw comparisons to former President Donald Trump, who is also under investigation for mishandling government documents. But just how similar are the two circumstances? We break down what we know about each case, the special counsels tasked with investigating them, and the political ramifications ahead of a possible 2024 rematch between the two men.
Guest: Arlette Saenz, CNN White House Correspondent
Jan 15, 2023
Will Damar Hamlin Change How We Watch Football? CNN One Thing
The sports world came to a standstill last Monday night after 24-year-old Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest and collapsed on the field during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals. In this week’s episode, a former NFL player weighs in on the league’s reaction and explains why he thinks this incident represents a turning point in the conversation around player safety and mental health concerns at all levels of the sport.
Guest: Coy Wire, CNN Sports Anchor & Correspondent
Jan 8, 2023
The Tech That Could Define 2023 (and Beyond) CNN One Thing
The metaverse. Artificial intelligence. These technologies are here and already shaping our world in ways you may not realize. We take a closer look at how they are taking hold and tackle some commonly asked questions.
See more on “Decoded”. 
Guest: Anna Stewart, CNN Reporter
Jan 1, 2023
Hollywood’s ‘Last Movie Stars’ with Ethan Hawke CNN One Thing
Earlier this year, CNN Films and HBO Max released “The Last Movie Stars”, a documentary detailing the love story and careers of legendary Hollywood icons Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward. Its director, Ethan Hawke, stops by to talk about the film, how streaming has changed Hollywood, and what to watch if you have some downtime this holiday season.
“The Last Movie Stars” is now streaming on HBO Max. 
Guest: Ethan Hawke, director of “The Last Movie Stars”
Dec 25, 2022
Inside the Fall of a ‘Crypto King’ CNN One Thing
Sam Bankman-Fried promised to revolutionize the cryptocurrency industry through his exchange, FTX. Last week, he was arrested and charged with fraud, capping a month-long saga which saw the collapse of FTX along with his personal wealth. We examine how customers' money was allegedly stolen and what it all could mean for the future of the industry. 
Guest: Allison Morrow, CNN Business Senior Editor
Dec 18, 2022
Just How Vulnerable is America’s Power Grid? CNN One Thing
Thousands of central North Carolina residents spent much of last week in the dark following an attack on two electric substations. It follows years of warnings from the federal government that the power grid was an attractive target for extremists. We examine how this attack upended daily life and look at what can be done to protect the grid going forward.
Guest: Whitney Wild, CNN Law Enforcement Correspondent
Dec 11, 2022
Zero Patience for Zero-Covid in China CNN One Thing
China has signaled it may adjust some aspects of its strict zero-Covid policy following a massive show of defiance in cities across the country, with some openly calling for the removal of Chinese leader Xi Jinping. We examine the financial and psychological ramifications of the restrictions and look at whether the protests could force more change.
Guest: Selina Wang, CNN International Correspondent
Dec 4, 2022
Understanding “The Assignment” with Audie Cornish CNN One Thing
Over the past few years, once-sleepy local school board meetings have become passionate and occasionally rowdy venues for debate over issues like the pandemic, race, gender and more. We’ve also seen school board elections become more partisan than ever. We hear from two parents about why they decided to run for office and what changes they hope to make while in power. 
Listen to “The Assignment” here. 
Guest: Audie Cornish, CNN Anchor & Correspondent
Nov 27, 2022
Donald Trump is Running Again. Is The GOP On Board? CNN One Thing
Former President Donald Trump has officially kicked off his 2024 presidential campaign amid multiple investigations into him, his business, and his allies. We examine if Trump’s grip on the party has weakened in recent years following his efforts to overturn the 2020 election and look at who may challenge him in the Republican primary. 
Guest: Kaitlan Collins, “CNN This Morning” Anchor & Chief Correspondent
Nov 20, 2022
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