Today – Monday, Aug. 14

Hear the weirdest places where people have lost their phones via our #TalkingTech podcast: Have you ever left your phone in the refrigerator? At an airport charging station? Jefferson Graham talks to consumers about their odd stories on #TalkingTech. 6 a.m. ET

Furry friends help a 6-year-old recover after losing a leg via HumanKind video:Tessa Puma is learning to walk again with the use of only one leg. Luckily, she has two therapy dogs who have dealt with a similar challenge. 9 a.m. ET

Power rankings in the MLB via our Sports section video: Can anyone catch the L.A. Dodgers? See how USA TODAY Sports’ experts rank the MLB teams from 1 to 32 after another week of action, including an important weekend series between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. Noon ET

Watch live as SpaceX launches a rocket via Facebook Live:Elon Musk’s SpaceX launches a rocket to the International Space Station from Florida’s Space Coast. 12:30 p.m. ET

Game of Thrones recap via Facebook live: There’s only two episodes left in Game of Thrones’ penultimate season! USA TODAY’s Kelly Lawler talks GoT and other buzzworthy happenings on the small screen. 2 p.m. ET


Here are the three biggest developments from Season 7, Episode 5 of ‘Game of Thrones.’

Big hype for the megafight via our Sports section video:USA TODAY Sports reporter Martin Rogers breaks down the open workouts for fighters Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, and talks about the massive hype for the Aug. 26 boxing match in a SportsPulse video. Evening

The rest of the week

Tuesday, Aug. 15

A spooky documentary previewvia our Fan Theory podcast: The co-hosts of our Fan Theory podcast chat with Paranormal State star Chad Calek about his eerie new documentary Sir NoFace. 9 a.m. ET 

Listen to kids review their favorite books via our Summer Reading podcast: On our newest podcast, grade-schoolers take over the mic to rate and review their favorite books. Episodes publish every Tuesday through the back-to-school season and each conversation is as illuminating as it is hilarious. 9 a.m. ET

Watch childhood sweethearts wed 20 years after they first met via HumanKind video: Matt has loved Laura since he was three years old. He promised their kindergarten class he would marry her one day, and sure enough, 20 years later he did just that. 9 a.m.

How to MacGyver your smartphone photos via our Tech section video:USA TODAY tech columnist Jennifer Jolly has cheap, innovative tricks for taking the best vacation photos. Morning

Watch singer Kristin Diable’s acoustic performance via Facebook Live: Diable is part of the Jameson music program, which supports artist outside the major label process. 1 p.m. ET

Watch WNBA stars visit Washington D.C. via our Sports section Instagram:Follow along with our Instagram story as the Los Angeles Sparks visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture. 3:30 p.m. ET

Chat with NBA rookies via our Sports section video: Top NBA youngsters including Lonzo Ball, Markelle Fultz and De’Aaron Fox sit down with USA TODAY Sports reporters to discuss a variety of topics. 5 p.m. ET 

Jul 15, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball reacts against the Brooklyn Nets during an NBA Summer League game at Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-361882 ORIG FILE ID: 20170715_mjr_su5_043.JPG (Photo: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Wednesday, Aug. 16

Tips and tricks for mini real estate moguls via Finance Your Life video: The latest episode in our personal finance series for millennials provides tips for folks who are more interested in real estate as an investment opportunity than the stock market. Learn what to do and what to avoid. 7 a.m. ET

Learn from this Millennial real estate mogul via our Young Investor series: Stocks? What stocks? Meet Adam Ailion, a 30-year-old real estate investor who is counting on bricks-and-mortar to fund his retirement. 7 a.m. ET

Hear from country music icon Willie Nelson via our music podcast:Nelson tells the story of his famous “Trigger” guitar on Dave’s Old Interview Tapes, archived interviews with famous musicians. 8 a.m. ET

This bulldog might be the next Tony Hawk via Humankind video: This 4-year-old bulldog can shred on his skateboard with the best of them. 9 a.m. ET

Go behind the big top via Facebook live: Have you ever wondered how long it takes to get in costume for Cirque du Soleil? We find out how performers apply makeup and take care of their skin. Follow us @usatoday on Snapchat and Instagram for more behind the scenes content! Noon ET 

An artist from Cirque Du Soleil performs during a dress rehearsal for Cirque du Soleil’s “Amaluna” at Royal Albert Hall on Jan. 11, 2017 in London. (Photo: Tristan Fewings, Getty Images)

Thursday, Aug. 17

Need a new ‘do? This salon treated 60 kids to free haircuts via Humankind video:A salon in Knoxville is helping students stay fresh and confident with free haircuts. 9 a.m. ET

Chat with Olympian Laurie Hernandez interview via Facebook live:  Gymnastics reporter Nancy Armour talks with Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez at the P&G Gymnastics Championships in Anaheim, California. Facebook live. Evening

Friday, Aug. 18

Travel to a galaxy far, far away via our Fan Theory podcast:The Fan Theory podcast co-hosts speak with Linda Morabito, one of the researchers featured in the new NASA documentary, “The Farthest — Voyager in Space,” airing Aug. 23 on PBS.
9 a.m.

Furry friends or partners in crime? See the inseparable duo via Humankind video: Bonnie and Clyde were found wandering the streets together. When they arrived at the shelter, they refused to be separated so the shelter decided they had to be adopted as a pair. 9 a.m.

NASCAR look-ahead via our Sports section video: USA TODAY’s Brant James previews the upcoming NASCAR race set to take place at Bristol Motor Speedway. 10 a.m. ET 

Training camp check in via Facebook live: NFL reporter Lindsay Jones recaps her week at the Raiders, Broncos and 49ers training camps. Afternoon

Superhero showdown via our Mothership podcast: The Defenders are finally here and we debate the new Netflix superhero team-up show: Are they more Avengers or pretenders? 5 p.m. ET

Up next on Netflix’s original release schedule: “Marvel’s The Defenders” bows on Aug. 18. (Photo: Netflix)

Big and small screen buzz via our Straight Up Hollywood podcast: Have you heard of Patti Cake$? We talk about how the Sundance film about a New Jersey girl with hip-hop aspirations is the underdog story of the summer. Also, a tricky question: What’s it like to play someone with autism on TV? We hear from Freddie Highmore, star of The Good Doctor, about how to approach it. 5 p.m. ET

Saturday, Aug. 19

The latest gadgets and more via our Talking Tech newsletter:  USA TODAY’s Jefferson Graham and his tech team colleagues offer a guide to the biggest trends in tech and explain what they mean for you.  6 a.m. ET

Sunday, Aug. 20

Catch up on weekend news via our fact-packed Biggest News You Missed story: We give you updates so you can start the week feeling informed. 5 p.m. ET

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