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The Young Turks (TYT), a progressive video-based media commentary and news company, is expected to launch an audio business that will combine new shows with existing ones that will be reimagined under TYT Network’s audio umbrella.

Why it matters: It's TYT's biggest bet on audio-driven content to date and a new business line for the company. Up to this point, TYT has relied mostly on video advertising through YouTube.

The audio business will launch with the following shows:

  • "We The People” hosted by former Ohio Sen. Nina Turner, who is also President of progressive action group "Our Revolution."
  • "Touré Show," featuring American journalist and critic Touré; it will feature in-depth interviews with people about what makes them successful and how they’ve dealt with the most difficult moments in life.
  • "Mouthy Messy Mandatory" covers news and politics through a feminist lens. It will be hosted by Katie Anthony and Ronit Feinglass Plank.
  • "The Jimmy Dore Show" hosted by comedian and TYT contributor Jimmy Dore.

“Building an audio business is a natural extension of our award-winning video business, and an exciting next step for us in our mission to make TYT’s distinct voice and diverse programming available everywhere people consume talk, news and entertainment content,” says TYT Network Founder and CEO Cenk Uygur.

  • Panoply Media, the podcast arm from Slate, will provide support across distribution, brand relationships and audience metrics.
  • The big picture: The news comes as TYT continues to push into digital video. The progressive media company launched a 24-hour channel with YouTube TV last month and a new mobile app, TYT Plus, at the end of April.

Go deeper: Podcasts, once a curiosity, are now big business.

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DOJ watchdog to probe whether officials sought to alter election results

Former President Donald Trump and former First Lady Melania Trump exit Air Force One in West Palm Beach, Florida, on Jan. 20. Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images

The Justice Department's inspector general will investigate whether any current or former DOJ officials "engaged in an improper attempt to have DOJ seek to alter the outcome" of the 2020 election, the agency announced Monday.

Driving the news: The investigation comes in the wake of a New York Times report that alleged that Jeffrey Clark, the head of DOJ's civil division, had plotted with President Trump to oust acting Attorney General Jeffery Rosen in a scheme to overturn the election results in Georgia.

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Google's chief health officer Karen DeSalvo on vaccinating America

Google on Monday became the latest Big Tech company to get involved with COVID-19 vaccinations. Not just by doing things like incorporating vaccination sites into its maps, but by helping to turn some of its offices and parking lots into vaccination sites.

Axios Re:Cap goes deeper into what Google is doing, and why now, with Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Google's chief health officer who previously worked at HHS and as health commissioner for New Orleans.

Biden signs order overturning Trump's transgender military ban

Photo: Tom Brenner/Getty Images

President Biden signed an executive order on Monday overturning the Trump administration's ban on transgender Americans serving in the military.

Why it matters: The ban, which allowed the military to bar openly transgender recruits and discharge people for not living as their sex assigned at birth, affected up to 15,000 service members, according to tallies from the National Center for Transgender Equality and Transgender American Veterans Association.