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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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Pfizer testing oral pill for prevention of COVID

Photo: Soumyabrata Roy/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Pfizer announced Monday that it is testing an oral antiviral drug that would help prevent COVID-19.

Why it matters: This drug is one of several antiviral pills that could have a massive impact on coronavirus treatment since not everyone will get a vaccine, and it may take years to fully vaccinate people in certain countries, per Axios' Alison Snyder.

Scoop: Dems' sneaky sabotage

Virginia gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

A group tied to prominent Democratic strategists is posing as a conservative outfit to try to drive a wedge between the Republican candidate for Virginia governor and his core voters, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: The state's gubernatorial race is expected to be tight and could be a national bellwether. As Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin's campaign hypes improving poll numbers, Democrats are trying to chip away at his support in GOP strongholds.

House coalescing around infrastructure deal

Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) is seen leaving a meeting of the House Democratic caucus on Monday. Photo: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images

House Democrats started Monday to coalesce around a deal to pass President Biden's signature Build Back Better infrastructure package, with progressive opposition weakening and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) seeming to de-link the biggest components of it.

What they're saying: “We can’t be ready to say, 'Until the Senate passes the [$3.5 trillion reconciliation] bill, we can’t do BIF,'" the speaker told House Democrats, using shorthand for the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework. She indicated the House would vote on the $1.2 trillion bipartisan bill — focused on roads and bridges — on Thursday.