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Photo: Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Politicon

Ben Shapiro, the Daily Wire conservative commentator known best for his popular podcast "The Ben Shapiro Show," is launching a new show called "Debunked," Axios has learned.

Why it matters: Shapiro has made a brand for himself with his viral attempts to dissect left-wing arguments on his podcast. Now he'll take that format to video, where he'll air videos of left-wing figures making claims that he will confront.

Details: In a trailer for the new show seen by Axios, Shapiro says he will walk viewers through "all of the supporting research to debunk arguments made by the left, and expose every fallacy the left throws at you."

  • Each week, Shapiro says he will try to debunk a common left-wing argument on the show in 15 minutes or less.
  • He will touch on a range of topics, from policing to minimum wage, using research to make his arguments.
  • The show will debut on Friday, exclusively to paid subscribers of the Daily Wire.

The big picture: The Daily Wire has been moving into entertainment in an effort to bolster its subscription business.

  • The company announced two weeks ago that it is developing a new movie with Gina Carano, the "Mandalorian" actress who was booted from the series after incendiary comments she made comparing political hate to anti-Semitism.
  • The pivot to subscriptions means that the company will need to make longer-term upfront investments in video shows, movies and documentaries to drive loyal subscribers.
  • While the company has said it wants to differentiate itself from other conservative subscription media brands by focusing mostly on entertainment, rather than political commentary, this show will be the exception to that rule.

Go deeper: The Daily Wire is profitable, and eyeing entertainment

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Chauvin trial leaves cities, activists across America on edge

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The impact of the Derek Chauvin trial is reverberating far beyond the walls of the downtown Minneapolis courtroom.

The state of play: With the trial set to enter its third week, activists across America are watching the proceedings unfold with heavy skepticism that what they perceive as justice will be served.

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The dispiriting housing boom

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

It's a discouraging scene: Bidding wars, soaring prices, and fears that homeownership is becoming out of reach for millions of Americans. We're in a housing frenzy, driven by a massive shortage of inventory — and no one seems to be happy about it.

Why it matters: Not all bubbles burst. Real estate, in particular, tends to rise in value much more easily than it falls. Besides, says National Association of Realtors chief economist Lawrence Yun, this "is not a bubble. It is simply lack of supply."

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China's COVID vaccines have low efficacy rates, official says

China Centers for Disease Control director Gao Fu at a March event in Beijing, China. Photo: Han Haidan/China News Service via Getty Images

The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention's director said Saturday authorities are considering mixing COVID-19 vaccines because the country's domestically made doses "don't have very high protection rates," per AP.

Why it matters: The remarks by the Gao Fu at a news conference in the southwestern city of Chengdumark mark the first time a Chinese health official has spoken publicly about the low efficacy of vaccines made in China.