On today’s episode of 5 Things: The White House details the plan and its financial impact. USA TODAY’s Elizabeth Weise discusses what doctors are saying about masks, Oprah & Prince Harry have a free special out on Apple TV + and our Mothership podcast crew recommends the best movies for this Memorial Day weekend.

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Shannon Rae Green:

Good morning. I’m Shannon Rae Green. And this is 5 Things You Need to Know Friday, the 20th of May 2021. Today, the White House will lay out President Biden’s budget proposal, which is expected to increase the nation’s federal debt. Plus, after a year of almost no colds or runny noses, those pesky minor viruses are back as COVID-19 restrictions ease.

Here are some of the top headlines:

  1. California is hopping on the trend of cash prizes for vaccinated individuals. 10 vaccinated residents, 12 years and older will have the chance to win $1.5 million a piece. Another 30 will win $50,000 each on June 4th and June 11th. Anyone 12 and older who has received at least one shot will be eligible, even if they have already received their shot. The state is also giving $50 grocery or prepaid gift cards to the next two million Californians who begin and complete their vaccinations starting this past Thursday.
  2. Bill Cosby has been denied parole after refusing sex offender treatment. He’s nearly three years into his sentence in a Pennsylvania State prison. The 83-year-old actor was convicted of sexual assault in 2018.
  3. Friends: The Reunion has arrived on HBO Max and David Schwimmer reveals he had a “major crush” on Jennifer Aniston and she says it was reciprocated. Schwimmer says that one of them was always in a relationship so the timing was never right.

Shannon Rae Green:

President Joe Biden has spent weeks touting the benefits of his proposed spending increases. On Friday, the White House will examine the effects of his first budget plan on federal debt. The plan is already giving fodder for critics after the New York Times reported that by 2024, debt would be larger as a share of the economy than it was during World War II. The campaign arm for House Republicans called Biden’s reported $6 trillion budget plan “insane.” The president spoke last month about his plan’s focus on healthcare spending.

President Biden:

This is a pioneer breakthrough that we hope we can detect and treat, prevent diseases like Alzheimer’s and diabetes, and give us a chance to end cancer as we know it, because we’ll focus exclusively on those items. And secondly, I’m proposing a historic funding increase of 50% of $4 billion in the opioid crisis, which still ravages the country and has taken so many lives over the last two years.

Shannon Rae Green:

Progressives have defended Biden’s plan. Some argue there’s no reason to believe that the faster debt growth under Biden’s proposal would hurt the economy and that the spending boost are needed to grow jobs and middle-class incomes.

Doctors say there’s a downside to returning to pre-COVID-19 hygiene habits. Colds and sore throats are back. I spoke with USA Today health reporter Beth Weise about why you may want to keep your mask on, even if you’re vaccinated.

Beth Weise:

Gosh, all the things that we did to protect ourselves against COVID, it meant that we didn’t have colds for a year. You didn’t have the sniffles. People weren’t getting strep throat. You didn’t get norovirus. You didn’t get stomach bugs. It was kind of nice for a whole year, nothing. And now that people are starting to take off their mask because they’re vaccinated and they’re starting to interact again, we forget that if you’re vaccinated, it means that yes, you can’t get COVID, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t get a cold. There’s a couple of things that are endemic to humans that give you the sniffles and maybe a headache for a couple of days, and those are still out there. And as soon as we stop doing all the mask wearing and social distancing, they’re still there and they’ll get us.

You basically have to presume that wherever you are, there are either people who are not vaccinated or who are immunocompromised and are still at risk, even if they were able to get vaccinated themselves. And so I certainly still wear my mask when I go to the grocery store or the drug store. I mean, basically any time I’m out among people, I wear a mask because it’s kind of the polite thing to do. The vaccine makes sure that even if you get COVID, it is very, very mild, but that means that you could have it and transmit it to somebody for whom it wouldn’t be mild.

The important thing to remember is the pandemic isn’t over, it’s getting better. And if we keep doing all the things that we’ve been doing… I mean, the great news is if you’re vaccinated… I actually had a dinner party the other week, which was wow! I hadn’t had people in my house that sit down around a table without masks in more than a year. It was very exciting, but we can do those things now because with the vaccine we’re protected. But we have to remember that a lot of people haven’t gotten vaccinated yet and we’re still trending downwards. So we still have to keep… be aware that this virus is out there and it hasn’t entirely gone away. And we need to do our part to help it go away.

Shannon Rae Green:

Oprah and Prince Harry are hosting a follow-up town hall as part of their mental health series that comes out this Friday on Apple TV+. It will be available for free on the streaming platform. The mental health series was co-created by Winfrey and the Duke of Sussex. It’s called “The Me You Can’t See.” The pair also serve as executive producers of the five-part series and have conversations about their own emotional experiences throughout the episodes. Prince Harry spoke to the associate about what he’s learned about managing his own mental health.

Prince Harry:

People are triggered by all sorts of things. One threat that is sort of whirling through all the stories, which is, OK, the condition doesn’t define you, but you still have to be able to manage it. But as I’ve learned over the years, so many of us, probably 99.9% of us are carrying around some form of unresolved grief, trauma, or loss. And that manifests itself, unless we are able to do the very human thing, which is processing grief, processing trauma and processing loss. And part of that needs to be conversation with friends, with strangers, with therapists, going for a walk, whatever it is. There are so many things that are good for us. And there are things that are bad for us. I really feel as though we should be focused more on the things that feed our soul.

Shannon Rae Green:

Well, it’s a noise some of us are hearing a lot of right now. The cicadas are here. Every 17 years, portions of the Central, Eastern and Southern US see a massive emergence of periodical cicadas. The largest of the many generations of cicadas, Brood X, has surfaced this month, greeting a monstrous cacophony. And for some people, it’s a chance to try a rare delicacy. The Cicada Fest at the Green Pharmacy Garden invited folks to snack on the bugs. Here’s Veri Tas, an event coordinator at the site of the festival in Maryland.

Veri Tas:

So I was like, maybe if we just air fry them it’ll be even better. And it was. And then it was like eating a Cheeto that then later after chewing a little bit tasted like salty peanut butter.

Festival attendee:

Oh, it tastes like peanuts. Yeah, tastes like boiled peanuts. I think I saw that there’s some chocolate-covered ones over there.

Festival attendee:

We’ve just had one, hence the chocolate. What does it taste like?

Festival attendee:

Chicken.

Festival attendee:

Chicken?

Shannon Rae Green:

It’s officially Memorial Day Weekend. And this year, the vast majority of cinemas are back up and running. Film fans and fanatics can enjoy a holiday weekend full of new movies, both at home and in movie theaters. Two high-profile films premiering Friday include Cruella, starring Emma Stone, and A Quiet Place Part II, which stars Emily Blunt. It’s directed by her husband, John Krasinski. Cruella is out in theaters and available on Disney+ with premier access. It is a coming-of-age crime comedy set in 1970s punk London that sees Stone as a young British fashion designer who wants to take down her cruel, icy idol/boss played by Emma Thompson. Eventually she becomes Cruella, one of Disney’s all-time Queens of Mean. USA Today’s Mothership Podcast hosts, Brian Truitt and Brett Molina, discussed the long-awaited return to the movies.

Emma Stone as Cruella:

But a new day brings new opportunities. And I was ready to make a statement. How does the saying go? I am woman. Hear me roar.

Brian Truitt:

That was from Cruella, the new movie starring Emma Stone as a younger version of the classic Disney villainess. With cinemas back up and running, it looks like we’ll actually have a summer movie season for the first time in two years.

Brett Molina:

Woo!

Brian Truitt:

I know. And it starts this weekend. Not only Cruella though, but the anticipated A Quiet Place Part II horror sequel. We’re going to talk those two, plus our favorite Memorial Day releases from yesteryear. Let’s start with Cruella.

Brett Molina:

It’s not what you’re expecting. It’s the coolest Disney film in forever. I don’t know if there’s been like a cool Disney film like this in a while because it’s dark. It kind of like likes to be dark.

Shannon Rae Green:

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