Changes after Queen Elizabeth’s death, the Emmys are tonight: 5 Things podcast


From today’s episode of the 5 Things podcast: With the death of Queen Elizabeth II, what is changing in the United Kingdom?

Journalist Jordan Mendoza explains. Plus, Ukraine pushes Russia back in part of the country, journalist Medora Lee gives an update on inflation, President Joe Biden honors 9/11 victims, and the Emmy Awards are tonight.

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Taylor Wilson:

Hello. I’m Taylor Wilson, and here are 5 things you need to know Monday, September 12, 2022. Today, what’s changing now that Queen Elizabeth II is gone, plus Ukrainian advances, and more.

Here are some of the main titles:

  1. Pakistan is facing severe food shortages after devastating floods this summer that killed more than a thousand people. Pakistani Prime Minister calls for international help.
  2. Anthony Varvaro, a former Major League pitcher turned police officer, has died. He was killed in a car accident on his way to a 9/11 memorial.
  3. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said earlier today that her government would not push to turn the country into a republic following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. She said it would eventually happen for New Zealand, but it was not an urgent issue for her government.

A hearse carrying the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II has left Balmoral Castle in Scotland. He arrived in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh yesterday at the residence of the British monarch, the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The arrival came after a slow procession through the Scottish countryside yesterday as mourners filled the streets to say goodbye. The move of her body came a day after her son, now King Charles III, was officially announced as Britain’s monarch on Saturday.

[Trumpet sounds]

King Charles III:

My Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen, I have the most painful duty to announce to you the passing of my beloved mother, the Queen. I know how much you, the entire nation and, I think I can say, the whole world sympathize with me for the irreparable loss that we have all suffered.

Taylor Wilson:

King Charles III and his wife Queen Consort Camilla will travel to Edinburgh today to take the coffin to St Giles Cathedral on the city’s Royal Mile. The coffin will remain there for 24 hours before being flown to London tomorrow. Not only is there a new royal head of the UK, but many other things around the country will also look and sound different. Producer PJ Elliott spoke with journalist Jordan Mendoza to find out exactly what’s changing.

Jordan Mendoza:

It’s not just that we have a new monarch in the royal family. Really a lot of things will change in the next few months, the next few years. I think one of the most important is that the money will change. On all the pounds that are in the UK, the Queen’s face is on it. Now they’re going to have to start figuring out what type of portrait they’re going to use for King Charles, and then possibly circulate them around the country. So money, I would say, is probably one of the biggest changes we’ll see in the coming years for the UK.

PJ Elliot:

Any idea how long this will take?

Jordan Mendoza:

A lot of these things that are going to change like money there’s really no known timeframe but other outlets in the UK have reported that it’s going to be around two years before we start to see banknotes with the king. Other things will change too, the stamps will probably be in the same boat, the mailboxes. Mailboxes are interesting because they bear the queen’s cipher. Now, when new mailboxes are installed, they will contain the king’s cipher. The problem with the mailboxes with the Queen right now is that they weren’t going to be removed. They’ll just be left there as historical background for the area too.

I would say the biggest change that Americans would probably have no idea what to do with is that their national anthem is going to change. Even looking at its title, before it was God Save the Queen. Now the national anthem will be called God Save the King. In the lyrics, everything will change, from the moment the queen is referenced, the king will be referenced and all the pronouns will be changed to him and him. It’s a completely different way of life in the UK. Because here in the United States, our national anthem has remained the same, no changes, nothing. You are here in the UK, and all of a sudden a lot of things are going to change in the future.

Taylor Wilson:

Queen’s funeral is scheduled for next Monday at Westminster Abbey.

The Russian Defense Ministry announced over the weekend that it was withdrawing troops from two areas in the Kharkiv region of eastern Ukraine. This is after a Ukrainian counteroffensive made strong progress there last week. If Ukraine moves south of the country, the second-largest city could become the biggest battleground success for the country since they stopped a Russian attempt to take the capital of Kyiv. In a video on Saturday evening, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said: “The Russian army these days is doing the best it can by showing its back, and, of course, that’s a good decision for them to run.”

The Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said the troops would be concentrated in the eastern region of Donetsk. Russia says the move is strategic and part of a drive to focus on this part of the country. Russia gave similar reasons, however, when it withdrew its forces from the Kyiv region earlier this year.

Yet Russia yesterday attacked power plants and other infrastructure across Ukraine, causing widespread blackouts. Electricity and water have been restored to the area around the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. Electricity has been cut in the town of Enerhodar, where the plant is located, in the past four days.

The price of goods stabilizes, but the costs of services remain high, which in turn fuels inflation. Money and Personal Finance reporter Medora Lee and producer PJ Elliott have more.

Medora Lee:

I think a lot of economists think that the overall inflation rate has probably peaked, but that’s mostly coming from the decline or slowdown, should I say, in the prices of goods, things that we can actually buy and recover physically, furniture and other things. But the problem is that inflation is likely to stay high for some time because the prices of services continue to rise, and that’s the intangibles. I’m sure a lot of people have recently been looking at their rent or looking for an apartment, and those prices continue to rise, along with medical bills. So it’s things like that that contribute the most to inflation on the services side. Until these stop rising at a rapid rate, inflation is likely to remain elevated for some time.

PJ Elliot:

Is there any sign from economists that the cost of housing is falling anytime soon with rent so high?

Medora Lee:

Probably not this year. They think prices will continue to rise next year. Rents are a bit tricky as they tend to lag as rent prices are negotiated once or twice a year when people need to renew their lease or sign new apartments. So they are still catching up with the surge in house prices that we have seen over the past couple of years.

PJ Elliot:

Is there anything for Americans to be optimistic about in the near future?

Medora Lee:

I think inflation is past its worst right now if we can keep gas and food prices down. Hopefully people don’t spend too much money and buy more things like they did during the pandemic. But people don’t expect us to get back to the Fed’s 2% target anytime soon.

Taylor Wilson:

You can find Medora’s full story in today’s show description.

President Joe Biden and other leaders paid tribute to the victims of 9/11 yesterday, 21 years after the terrorist attacks rocked the country. Biden attended a wreath laying ceremony at the Pentagon before saying the violence changed the country but not the character of the American people, although he also pointed to racism and other divisions after the attacks.

President Joe Biden:

We find the light by reaching out and finding something all too rare, a true sense of national unity. For me, this is the biggest lesson of 9/11. Not that we will never again experience setbacks, but that in the moment of great unity we also had to face the worst urges, fear, violence, recriminations directed against American Muslims. as well as Middle Eastern and South Asian Americans.

Taylor Wilson:

In New York, the city marked the day with the annual reading of the names of those killed.

Different stakeholders:

Antoine Alvarado

Antonio Javier Alvarez

Victoria Alvarez Brito

Telmo E. Alvear

Cesar Amoranto Alviar

Taylor Wilson:

Vice President Kamala Harris attended the event from New York, while First Lady Jill Biden attended the event at the memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where another hijacked plane crashed after a fight between passengers and hijackers. Overall, the commemorations have been more low-key than the 20th anniversary of last year’s attacks that led to the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq and massive changes in surveillance and foreign policy. Nearly 3,000 people died in the deadliest terrorist attacks in world history.

The Emmys are tonight. Among the contenders are HBO’s Succession and Starz’s Yellowjackets, as well as Netflix’s Squid Game in the drama category among eight total nominees. In comedy, Abbott Elementary and ABC’s Ted Lasso are up for honors, among others. Plus, there’s a limited-edition award with nominees like The White Lotus and Dopesick. There are also several nominations for the hit show Euphoria. Find a full list and some predictions for who will win tonight with a link in today’s episode description. The show is hosted by Saturday Night Live’s Kenan Thompson, and you can tune in at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on NBC.

And you can find 5 things every morning here, wherever you are right now. Thanks to PJ Elliott for his excellent work on the series. I’m back tomorrow with 5 more things from USA TODAY.


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