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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Joe Biden names Kamala Harris as his running mate. Big Ten and Pac-12 cancel all fall sports. Belarus Presidential candidate flees to Lithuania.
12/08/2013m 51s

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

A new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics says at least 97,000 kids tested positive for Covid-19 in the last two weeks of July. Lebanon's Prime Minister and his cabinet resign in response to the backlash over last week's explosion in Beirut. Hundreds of looters target Chicago's downtown stores.
11/08/2012m 47s

Monday, August 10, 2020

The number of Covid-19 infections in the U.S. surpasses 5 million. Tens of millions of Americans could be evicted with the eviction ban lapsing. Plus, Hong Kong Publisher Jimmy Lai is arrested under China's new national security law.
10/08/2012m 59s

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Lawmakers have failed again to agree on a coronavirus relief deal so President Trump threatens to sign a series of executive orders. If the government funded the research, how much should a vaccine cost? In Beirut, protests are breaking out against the country's leaders.
08/08/2014m 34s

Friday, August 7, 2020

Negotiations over a new COVID-19 stimulus bill are at a standstill. Trump issues Executive Orders going after TikTok and WeChat. And, contact tracing is not growing with U.S. case counts.
07/08/2013m 37s

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Investigations continue in the Beirut explosion. Twitter and Facebook go after Trump for sharing coronavirus misinformation. And, the pandemic is changing the National Conventions.
06/08/2013m 22s

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

The death toll is rising from Tuesday's explosions in Beirut. A longtime incumbent loses in Missouri's Democratic Primary. And some U.S COVID-19 relief checks were sent to non-American workers overseas.
05/08/2012m 53s

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Tropical Storm Isaias hits the East Coast. NPR and IPSOS release poll findings on the national response to the pandemic. Microsoft is in talks to buy TikTok's U.S. operations.
04/08/2012m 49s

Monday, August 3, 2020

With cases and deaths rising nationwide, Dr. Deborah Birx says the coronavirus has entered a "new phase." Presumptive democratic nominee Joe Biden is close to naming a running mate. Plus, what the successful SpaceX landing means for space exploration.
03/08/2013m 39s


This month marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, which is considered to be the most important civil rights act since the 1960s. This bonus episode of Up First is brought to you by NPR's history podcast Throughline. Hosts Ramtin Arablouei and Rund Abdellfatah look back at the making of this movement, the history of how disability came to be seen as a civil rights issue, and what the disability community is still fighting for 30 years later.
02/08/201h 3m

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Coronavirus economic aid talks continue through the weekend. The U.S. and countries emerging from poverty have the most COVID-19 cases. Hurricane Isaias passes the Bahamas and heads for the U.S.
01/08/2013m 16s

Friday, July 31, 2020

As millions of Americans watch their supplemental unemployment checks disappear, we take stock of economic wins and losses this week. The Trump administration is sending COVID-19 data to a new place, and there are major glitches. And finally, the Census Bureau is ending its canvassing program a month early. Will that change its count?
31/07/2013m 3s

Thursday, July 30, 2020

The Commerce Department released an economic report for the last quarter. It details the sharpest economic contraction in modern American history. After weeks of standoffs with protesters, federal agents are stepping back in Portland. And finally, after almost 6 hours testifying in front of Congress, what more do we know about big tech and antitrust?
30/07/2013m 33s

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Executives from Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google testify before Congress, Attorney General William P. Barr visited the Capitol on Tuesday to deliver his first congressional testimony in more than a year. And Steve Inskeep reports from Ashtabula County, Ohio.
29/07/2013m 11s

Tuesday July 28, 2020

The Republicans have reached a deal on coronavirus relief, but it could mean much less unemployment money for Americans. Can they convince Democrats? Major League Baseball is already postponing games due to COVID-19 infections. And do we need another lockdown to beat COVID-19?
28/07/2013m 3s

July 27, 2020

Republicans unveil their relief plan, protesters and federal agents continue to clash in Portland, Oregon, and the country remembers John Lewis, a civil rights icon.
27/07/2013m 6s

BONUS: Getting Out Of Prison Sooner

For decades, Democrats and Republicans competed to be tougher on crime. And few places were "tougher" than Republican-dominated Oklahoma. But that's changing. Politicians across the U.S. are starting to re-examine — and to some extent, reverse — how they think about long sentences and prisons. It all might be about morals ... but it's definitely about money. On this bonus episode of Up First, NPR's economics podcast Planet Money takes us to Oklahoma, to watch a state change its mind about prison sentences.
26/07/2028m 55s

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Courts are boosting police and Trump administration efforts to shut down protests in Portland, Ore, and Seattle. Federal pandemic aid measures are ending and lawmakers have yet to agree on what comes next. After the number of COVID-19 cases skyrocketed, Arizona is seeing a small but steady decline.
25/07/2014m 22s

July 24, 2020

As the United States crashes past its four millionth coronavirus case, President Trump cancels the Jacksonville part of the Republican National Convention. Following a decision to close the Chinese consulate in Houston, Texas, the Chinese government will close a U.S. consulate in Chengdu, China. The DOJ will charge four Chinese researchers with visa fraud.
24/07/2013m 49s

July 23, 2020

President Trump has announced a new initiative to send federal agents and money to support state and local police in cities like Chicago and Albuquerque. Republicans reach an agreement on the relief package, what's next for the package? And finally, California has now reported more COVID-19 cases than any other state.
23/07/2013m 23s

July 22, 2020

With cases up and approval ratings down, Trump changes course on the pandemic. Meanwhile, many universities are revising their pandemic opening plans as well. And finally, are federal agents in Portland, Oregon and elsewhere acting legally?
22/07/2013m 7s

July 21, 2020

150 federal agents are deploying to Chicago as a part of President Trump's plan to quell violence and unrest in U.S. cities. Two new coronavirus vaccines are closer to large scale trials. And Florida teachers head to court, saying an order mandating them to teach five days a week in classrooms goes against the State Constitution.
21/07/2012m 47s

Monday July 20, 2020

Lawmakers are back on the hill negotiating the next trillion dollar relief package for the struggling economy. Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases surge in 40 states. Finally, an update on the clash between protesters and police in Portland, Oregon.
20/07/2013m 12s

BONUS: So Long, Black Pete

In this bonus episode of Up First, Rough Translation host Gregory Warner examines a holiday tradition in the Netherlands. Resolving conflict through consensus is a Dutch tradition. But how do you find compromise when it comes to racism? This episode looks at a controversial Dutch character Black Pete, and how Black Lives Matter may have helped change the holiday season in the Netherlands forever.
19/07/2030m 2s

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Rep. John Lewis, whose life-long civil rights activism has inspired several generations to fight racial injustice, has died of pancreatic cancer. Also, U.S. retail sales may be up, but it doesn't mean we're in an economic recovery. And a new Trump Administration rule for reporting coronavirus data has states and hospitals scrambling.
18/07/2013m 58s

July 17, 2020

U.S., U.K., and Canadian intelligence agencies are warning that the Russians have been hacking into companies working to develop a coronavirus vaccine. The CDC said it would release new guidelines for school reopenings. And then it didn't. How are schools reacting? And finally, why are doctors still over-prescribing opioids?
17/07/2013m 28s

July 16, 2020

The Trump administration is diverting data collection away from the CDC. Major political figures, business tycoons, and celebrities were hacked on Twitter. And finally, Mary Trump's new memoir on the family that created the 45th President.
16/07/2013m 53s

July 15, 2020

President Trump announced an end to the United States' special relationship with Hong Kong. He also weighed in on the national debate about race and policing. Admiral Brett Giroir says the US can perform 100 million coronavirus tests a month by September, but will that be enough? And finally, after a three month delay, taxes are due today. Does the IRS have the resources to process them during the pandemic?
15/07/2013m 19s

July 14, 2020

California Governor Gavin Newsom ordered indoor restaurants, bars and many other businesses to shut back down as Los Angeles and San Diego school districts announced schools will stay online this fall. A hearing today could decide the fate of more than a million international students. Finally, U.S. Secretary Mike Pompeo calls Chinese action in the South China Sea "unlawful."
14/07/2012m 46s

Up First for Monday July 13, 2020

As coronavirus numbers continue to surge in states across the country, Florida set a record high on Sunday for the number of new cases reported in a single day. 1,000 CDC employees signed a letter alleging a toxic and racist culture at the CDC. And finally it's been four months since police killed Breonna Taylor. What's the latest in the investigation into her death?
13/07/2014m 24s

BONUS: The Importance of Black Doctors

In this bonus episode of Up First brought to you by NPR's science podcast Short Wave, host Maddie Sofia and reporter Emily Kwong take a look at the lack of diversity in the physician workforce and its effect on black patients.
12/07/2015m 16s

Saturday, July 11, 2020

President Trump commutes the sentence of longtime associate and "dirty trickster" Roger Stone. America's coronavirus testing system is nearing capacity and yet still insufficient. Chicago is enduring a wave of gun violence.
11/07/2015m 13s

Up First For Friday July 10, 2020

In California, a strong initial response kept coronavirus numbers low, but now the state is seeing one of the country's worst outbreaks. The U.S. Supreme Court decision that a huge swath of eastern Oklahoma remains an American Indian reservation may have big legal implications. Finally, the trajectory of the economy has often swayed presidential elections, but that appears to be changing.
10/07/2013m 37s

Breaking News Update: Supreme Court Rules On Trump Financial Records

The U.S. Supreme Court handed President Trump a big loss Thursday, ruling that he is not "categorically immune" from having his pre-presidential financial records released to a New York grand jury. But in a second decision on the House's request for similar information, the court appeared to question the breadth of congressional authority.
09/07/209m 0s

Up First for Thursday July 9, 2020

The Trump administration is questioning its own guidelines to try to get schools to reopen this fall, but is it logistically and financially possible? Joe Biden is working with Bernie Sanders and other progressives to improve his pitch to progressives, and finally the Supreme Court will rule today on Trump's financials. Will the public get access?
09/07/2014m 35s

Up First for Wednesday July 8, 2020

The Trump Administration is pushing for K-12 schools to open this fall. They are also threatening to expel international students who are only being offered online courses by their universities. After a legal challenge, President Trump's niece, Mary Trump, will publish a tell-all family memoir next week. What does she have to say about her uncle's family secrets? Mexico's president meets President Trump at the White House to mark the USMCA.
08/07/2012m 59s

Up First for Tuesday July 7, 2020

As coronavirus cases are surging, Miami-Dade County is rolling back reopening measures. But Florida's Governor is downplaying the spike in cases. The economy is starting to bounce back, but those gains could be jeopardized by a new surge of coronavirus infections. Economists at Goldman Sachs say requiring people to wear face masks could slow the spread of the virus, without taking a heavy toll on business. President Trump has struggled to articulate his second-term agenda. Pollsters say that strategy could backfire.
07/07/2013m 16s

Up First for Monday July 6, 2020

In speeches, the president painted a picture of a divided America. Scientists examine other ways COVID-19 can spread. And, Israel is criticized for focusing on West Bank annexation rather than COVID-19.
06/07/2012m 54s

Saturday, July 4, 2020

President Trump delivered an acrimonious speech stoking divisions at Mount Rushmore, and mentioning the pandemic only once. As coronavirus cases surge in Texas the governor mandates the use of masks. And ahead of a holiday weekend, we'll talk about how human behavior shapes the trajectory of the pandemic.
04/07/2015m 5s

Up First for Friday July 3, 2020

After a major surge in COVID-19 cases, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered nearly all residents to wear masks. Meanwhile, large parts of California are shutting down again due to a rise in cases there. The FBI has arrested Ghislaine Maxwell, an associate of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
03/07/2013m 48s

Thursday July 2, 2020

After a June full of economic starts and stops, the jobs report will tell us more about the economic outlook. Next, the Biden campaign saw huge fundraising numbers this month, but can they turn dollars into votes? Finally, Seattle police have dismantled the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone.
02/07/2013m 31s

Wednesday July 1, 2020

To understand more about Russia's bounty program, we take a closer look at how intelligence is gathered and shared. Advertisers are boycotting Facebook saying it fails to deal with hate speech on its platform. And as COVID-19 infection rates balloon, there's a new tool tallying local outbreaks.
01/07/2013m 30s

Tuesday June 30, 2020

Coronavirus testing in the U.S. is up, but not up enough. Meanwhile, some Democrats head to the White House to learn more about what the president knew about a Russian bounty program. Elsewhere, China has passed a new law aimed at cracking down on dissent in Hong Kong.
30/06/2013m 36s

Coronavirus Surge, Russia Pays To Kill US Troops, President Re-Tweets Racist Slogan

As coronavirus cases top 10 million, how does the US fare in the global outbreak? Russia offered bounties to Taliban-linked fighters in Afghanistan for the lives of coalition troops. How many US soldiers were killed? President Trump re-tweeted a video including a white supremacist slogan.
29/06/2013m 22s

Sunday, June 28, 2020

In this bonus episode brought to you by NPR's Throughline, hosts Rund Abdelfatah and Ramtin Arablouei bring us the story of Mary Mallon, an Irish immigrant who refused to cooperate with public health officials..and became the notorious "Typhoid Mary."
29/06/2043m 6s

Saturday, June 27, 2020

The number of new coronavirus cases in the U.S. hits an all time high, says the White House task force. Yet Vice President Pence defends large political rallies that could spread COVID-19. And the European Union says it may not admit Americans because the U.S. doesn't have the virus under control.
27/06/2014m 52s

Friday, June 26, 2020

Attorney General William Barr says he is responsible for a series of actions that appear to benefit President Trump. But he insists there's no political influence in those decisions from the White House. The race to find a vaccine for COVID-19 has yielded 16 promising candidates. With cases soaring across the United States, are any of those new drugs viable? And a soldier in Kentucky faces federal terrorism-related charges. Prosecutors say Ethan Melzer was part of a satanic white supremacist network and planned to attack his own unit.
26/06/2014m 7s

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Texas Governor Greg Abbott says another lockdown will be a last resort. But coronavirus cases in the Lone Star state have soared to more than 5,000 per day. The number of young people getting sick with COVID-19 is on the rise, making it even more difficult for universities to plan for a fall return. And despite weeks of protests calling for police reform, lawmakers can't seem to reach consensus. What, if anything, will Congress do in this moment?
25/06/2013m 22s

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Two whistleblowers accuse the Department of Justice of acting under political influence. One of them alleges that President Trump's friend Roger Stone got preferential treatment. After a disappointing rally in Tulsa over the weekend, Trump riled up crowds in Arizona on Tuesday. Will the president stick to large indoor rallies despite the raging pandemic? And finally, it's going to look a little different, but baseball is back. Spring training kicks off in July, and the season will consist of just 60 games.
24/06/2013m 21s

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

President Trump will talk about his southern border wall and his new action on immigration at a rally in Arizona on Tuesday. The state is one of several where coronavirus cases are on the rise. How will Trump's reception compare to what he saw in Oklahoma? Also on Tuesday, voters in five states will cast their ballots in primary elections. And a woman from Mississippi is one of the first in the U.S. to be treated with the gene-editing technique CRISPR.
23/06/2013m 12s

Monday, June 22, 2020

In his forthcoming book, John Bolton is questioning President Trump's competence. Steve Inskeep discusses his one-on-one interview with the former National Security Advisor. At least 20 states are registering an uptick in coronavirus cases. The president says that's because they are testing more. Most health experts dispute that. NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace led the charge to remove the Confederate flag from all of the racing series' events. Now a noose has been discovered in his team's garage. How is NASCAR handling the situation?
22/06/2013m 42s


In this bonus episode, NPR's Code Switch team looks at white activism in the wake of George Floyd's killing. The video of his death is horrific, and the brutality is stark. But that was the case in Ferguson, Mo., in 2014 and Minnesota in 2016. This time, though, white people are out in the streets in big numbers, and books such as "So You Want to Talk About Race" and "How to Be an Antiracist" top the bestseller lists. So we asked some white people: What's different this time?
21/06/2029m 31s

Saturday, June 20, 2020

The Attorney General said the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York is resigning but the U.S. Attorney says no. A new antibody therapy for COVID-19 shows promise. And Latin America has now become the global epicenter of the pandemic.
20/06/2014m 57s

Friday, June 19, 2020

President Trump is returning to the campaign trail for first time in over three months. What will he say to supporters in Tulsa? A TSA employee has filed a whistleblower complaint. The complaint says the agency failed to protect travelers and staff from the coronavirus. Also, college students and their families may need more financial aid. NPR has learned the U.S. Department of Education is making it harder for students to get it.
19/06/2013m 36s

Breaking News Update: Supreme Court Rules Against Trump Administration on DACA

The U.S. Supreme Court has extended a lifeline to the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allowed roughly 650,000 so-called "Dreamers" to stay and work in this country legally. The 5-4 decision allows the "Dreamers" to remain safe from deportation for now.
18/06/2013m 20s

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Former National Security Advisor John Bolton says President Trump pleaded with China's leader to help him win the election in November. His new book has damning details about the president's conduct. A former Atlanta police officer has been charged with murder for shooting Rayshard Brooks. What's the response in Atlanta? COVID-19 cases in Florida are surging, but you wouldn't know it to hear Governor Ron DeSantis talk.
18/06/2013m 14s

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Senate Republicans are joining the debate over policing reform. They propose to ban chokeholds and help pay for body cameras. On the border between India and China, at least 20 soldiers have been killed. Each country accuses the other's troops of causing the fighting in the mountains. Also, people with low incomes have started buying things again. More affluent people have not. A finding with big implications for the economic recovery.
17/06/2013m 41s

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

President Trump will sign an executive order on policing on Tuesday. He proposes a national database to track police misconduct, and for social workers to go with police on some calls. The president also talks of pulling thousands of American troops out of Germany. What lies behind his latest threat directed at a NATO ally? In California, two Black men were found dead in unusual circumstances. Their deaths were ruled suicides. One case is being re-opened after demands for more investigation.
16/06/2013m 27s

Monday, June 15

What does an autopsy reveal about Rayshard Brooks' death? Video shows the 27-year-old Georgia man seized a police officer's Taser as he fled an arrest. The autopsy shows the officer who shot him hit him twice in the back. Florida, Texas and other states have set records for new coronavirus cases. But Arizona's governor says the state is ready to reopen even as new cases soar.
15/06/2013m 19s

BONUS: Patent Racism

In this bonus episode, the team at NPR's Planet Money brings us a story on patents in the U.S. Dr. Lisa Cook found a blindspot in a big theory on innovation: the idea that if we just make strong patent laws, innovation will come. True for some, not true for others. Her research has huge implications for Black Americans — and for the wealth of entire countries. But convincing her colleagues took a lot more than data.
14/06/2025m 49s

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Some states are seeing a worrying rise in coronavirus infections. President Trump is caught between supporting police and pressure to reform some of their tactics. Protesters in the U.K. are targeting monuments they say glorify a racist past.
13/06/2014m 14s

Friday, June 12, 2020

President Trump plans to sign an executive order encouraging better practices by police departments, but rejected more far-reaching proposals to tackle racial injustice and police brutality in the United States. Also, a look at what some cities and states are already doing to address calls for police reforms. And, how is the development for a coronavirus vaccine going as many areas of the U.S. begin to re-open?
12/06/2013m 42s

Thursday, June 11, 2020

With the presidential election just a few months away, President Trump and Democratic hopeful former vice president Joe Biden are returning to the campaign trail. How are they making their case to lead a nation in crises? Also, Amazon is putting a one-year moratorium on police use of its facial-recognition technology, yielding to pressure from police-reform advocates and civil rights groups. And, a U.S. grad student imprisoned in Iran for more than three years tells his story for the first time since being released in December.
11/06/2013m 49s

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Congress is holding its first hearing on policing and police brutality following the death of George Floyd. The House Judiciary Committee will hear testimony from Floyd's brother and a range of other witnesses. Also, the coronavirus pandemic is still a threat and new hotspots are popping up across the country. And, why did companies with little or no experience get large government contracts to provide personal protective equipment to guard against coronavirus?
10/06/2013m 58s

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

George Floyd will be buried in Houston, Texas today. We'll hear from friends who say his death has sparked new conversations about being black in America. Also, New York's legislature quickly passed new laws regulating police policy. And, an NPR investigation found many companies have sought exceptions to EPA rules during the pandemic.
09/06/2013m 25s

Monday, June 8, 2020

Final memorial services for George Floyd begin today in Houston. We hear from people who knew him there. Also, the Minneapolis City Council has indicated support for dismantling the city's police department in the wake of the killing of George Floyd that sparked national protests. And, Democrats in Congress are introducing legislation to make wide-ranging changes at police departments across the country.
08/06/2013m 21s

BONUS: American Police

In this bonus episode brought to you by NPR's Throughline, hosts Ramtin Arablouei and Rund Abdellfatah dive into America's history with policing. Black Americans being victimized and killed by the police is an epidemic. A truth many Americans are acknowledging since the murder of George Floyd, as protests have occurred in all fifty states calling for justice on his behalf. But this tension between African American communities and the police has existed for centuries. This week, how the origins of policing in America put violent control of Black Americans at the heart of the system.
07/06/201h 5m

Saturday, June 6, 2020

In Washington, D.C, and elsewhere, demonstrations continue this weekend. A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds two-thirds of Americans say President Trump has increased racial tensions. An NFL statement expresses support for peaceful protests but does not mention Colin Kaepernick.
06/06/2015m 20s

Friday, June 5, 2020

As protests around policing and against the police killing of George Floyd continue across the U.S., a hearing in the case of the killing of a black man in Georgia by three white men has revealed new and disturbing details. Also, the shooting of a 22-year-old black man during protests in Omaha, Nebraska, is adding to unrest and spurring calls for justice. And, President Trump continues to insist that the protests are violent and may need military intervention. How is that message being received?
05/06/2014m 11s

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and several other former senior military officials have condemned President Trump's threat to use the military to quell protests across the country. Also, all four of the Minneapolis police officers involved in the killing of George Floyd are now being charged. And, even with the coronavirus pandemic still raging across the country, can the economic damage caused begin to recover?
04/06/2013m 6s

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Protests against the death of George Floyd were largely peaceful for the first time in many nights. We hear from a father in Los Angeles about how he is talking with his sons about this moment. Also, the Minnesota Department of Human Rights is launching an investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department's practices and policies over the last decade. And, what is happening in Congress as the country comes to grips with both nationwide protests and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic?
03/06/2012m 44s

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

National Guard troops used tear gas and shot rubber bullets to clear a path through a peaceful protest in a city park in Washington, D.C. Also, President Trump threatened to call in the military to end protests around the country and then ventured outside the White House grounds to pose for photographs at a nearby church. And, we go back to Minneapolis to hear from the owner of the corner store that made the initial call to police that led to George Floyd's death.
02/06/2013m 9s

Monday, June 1, 2020

Protesters angry at the killing of a black man during an arrest by Minneapolis police raged across multiple cities in the U.S. over the weekend. How are leaders there and police responding? We check in with reporters in Minneapolis, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.
01/06/2012m 59s

Saturday, May 30, 2020

The police officer who pinned George Floyd to the ground has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. Protests continued and turned violent in several cities, including Minneapolis. Amid a blistering verbal attack on China, President Trump says he's pulling the U.S. out of the World Health Organization even as the country is in the middle of a pandemic.
30/05/2014m 32s

Friday, May 29, 2020

Chaos gripped the Twin Cities again Thursday night into Friday as peaceful protests gave way to spasms of looting and fire-setting. Also, seven people were shot at a protest in Louisville, Kentucky related to the killing of a black woman by police. And, President Trump signed an executive order Thursday aimed at limiting the broad legal protections enjoyed by social media companies.
29/05/2012m 59s

Thursday, May 28, 2020

COVID-19, the highly infectious viral disease that has been spreading across the globe, has taken more than 100,000 American lives. Also, the rift between the U.S. and China is growing as the U.S. State Department says they no longer consider Hong Kong to have significant autonomy under Chinese rule. And, violent protests broke out in Minneapolis and other parts of Minnesota overnight in response to the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody.
28/05/2012m 54s

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Protests erupted and now four Minneapolis police officers have been fired after the death of George Floyd, a black man who died while in police custody. Also, Twitter adding fact-check warnings to two tweets by President Trump in which he claimed without evidence that mail-in voting was fraudulent. And, an NPR investigation found that some communities of color in Texas don't have as much access to coronavirus testing as white communities.
27/05/2013m 25s

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The unemployment benefit meant to keep many afloat during the pandemic is set to expire at the end of July and lawmakers need to decide what to do next. Also, the pandemic poses challenges to voting in the upcoming presidential election. And, many public schools are facing financial meltdown due to state budget cuts caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
26/05/2012m 20s

Monday, May 25, 2020

The U.S. has banned travel from Brazil after a surge in coronavirus cases there. Also, protests sparked on Sunday in response to China's plans to tighten its control over Hong Kong through security legislation. And, a federal judge has ruled that a Florida state law that would have required felons to pay any outstanding court fees and fines before they can register to vote is unconstitutional.
25/05/2013m 51s

BONUS: How One Woman Inspired The Design For The N95 Mask

The N95 respirator has become one of the most coveted items in the world, especially by medical professionals. But how did this seemingly simple mask become the lifesaving tool it is today? In this bonus episode of NPR's history podcast, Throughline, we follow the curious history of one of the most important defenses in our fight against COVID-19.
24/05/2041m 46s

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Alabama is reopening despite a shortage of intensive care beds in Montgomery. A surge in demand for antibody tests runs the risk of giving people and employers a false sense of security. As Beijing tightens its grip, Hong Kong reacts.
23/05/2013m 52s

Friday, May 22, 2020

Beijing has signaled it will push through sweeping national security legislation for Hong Kong, its most aggressive effort yet to exert its control over the semi-autonomous city. Also, the Centers for Disease Control has new recommendations for colleges and universities preparing to welcome back students during the coronavirus pandemic. And, legal proceedings have come to a virtual standstill at the U.S. military court and prison at Guantánamo Bay due to the pandemic. So what happens now?
22/05/2013m 6s

Thursday, May 21, 2020

A Columbia University analysis estimates that tens of thousands of U.S. deaths could have been prevented with earlier lockdowns. Also, new coronavirus data shows declines in new cases of the virus, hospitalizations and deaths across all but a few areas of the United States. So what about the cities where cases have merely plateaued? And, Syrian officials who fled the nation's civil war are on trial in Germany, charged with war crimes.
21/05/2013m 10s

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

How quickly can the U.S. economy rebound from the coronavirus shutdown? And, with traffic dramatically down in recent months, the U.S. is in the middle of an accidental experiment showing what happens to air pollution when millions of people stop driving. Also, a massive cyclone in the Bay of Bengal poses deadly risks in a vulnerable part of the world.
20/05/2013m 21s

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

President Trump and his health secretary say the World Health Organization failed in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic and threatened to permanently end U.S. funding. Also, the president says he has been taking hydroxychloroquine and zinc to protect against the coronavirus. And, a Senate committee will question Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell about the first wave of coronavirus aid.
19/05/2013m 0s

Monday, May 18, 2020

The World Health Organization annual oversight meeting kicks off today amid the coronavirus pandemic that has swept the globe. Also, some of the biggest automakers are starting up their assembly lines again. What safety measures are they taking? And, Florida's two biggest counties are re-opening non-essential businesses even as the state is seeing new coronavirus cases trending up.
18/05/2013m 11s

BONUS: Hotel Corona

As Israelis were in isolation, under lockdown, 180 patients in one COVID-19 ward were eating, dancing and laughing together across religious lines. Welcome to the Hotel Corona. In this bonus episode brought to you by NPR's international podcast Rough Translation, host Gregory Warner takes you to Jerusalem to tell a story that follows familiar conversations into unfamiliar territory.
17/05/2035m 10s

Saturday, May 16, 2020

President Trump fired Inspector General State Department Inspector General Steve Linick, some states find a list of COVID testing labs provided by the White House largely unhelpful, and after a nine week lock down, Italy re-opens.
16/05/2013m 34s

Friday, May 15, 2020

The Trump administration put the onus on reopening to states, but city and county governments aren't always willing to abide by state rules. The Food and Drug Administration raises concerns about the reliability of a speedy coronavirus test touted by President Trump. And, Sen. Richard Burr will step aside from his role as chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee Friday, pending an FBI investigation into possible insider trading.
15/05/2013m 24s

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Rick Bright, a federal scientist who says he was ousted from his job overseeing vaccine development, testifies before a House subcommittee about coronavirus warnings he says went ignored by the Trump administration. Wisconsin's Supreme Court overturns the state's stay-at-home order. And, how severe is the COVID-19 situation in Mexico?
14/05/2013m 46s

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

The Chinese city of Wuhan is planning to test all 11 million residents in the coming days after six new COVID-19 cases surfaced, weeks after the city began relaxing its lockdown. New Kaiser Family Foundation data crunches the numbers on how many Americans are estimated to have lost health insurance during the pandemic. And, how did the U.S. end up with a shortage of medical supplies such as swabs at a time when they're desperately needed for coronavirus testing?
13/05/2013m 17s

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Dr. Anthony Fauci will be among four Trump administration officials testifying before a Senate committee today on whether to reopen the economy. Will he issue another warning? Oral arguments begin at the Supreme Court in three cases involving President Trump, with big implications for presidential powers. And, nursing homes have accounted for more than half of COVID-19 deaths in some states. Why have they been so vulnerable to the virus?
12/05/2014m 1s

Monday, May 11, 2020

After two White House staffers test positive for coronavirus, Trump administration witnesses preparing to testify before a Senate panel on reopening America will do so remotely this week. How are leaders in the rest of the U.K. reacting to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's road map for exiting a lockdown? And, a for-profit college that received millions in coronavirus-related funding faces a new lawsuit and allegations that the college was a sham.
11/05/2013m 13s

BONUS: Where Did This Coronavirus Originate? Virus Hunters Find Genetic Clues In Bats

Bats harbor some of the toughest known zoonotic diseases, and are the likely origin for the coronavirus. Emily Kwong and Maddie Sofia of NPR's daily science podcast, Short Wave, bring us this bonus episode of Up First.
10/05/2013m 2s

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Hundreds rallied in Georgia after arrests were made in the killing of an unarmed black man. As the country opens up, officials worry about a second coronavirus surge. In Corvallis, Ore., researchers are going door to door to test people for the coronavirus.
09/05/2013m 13s

Breaking News Update: U.S. Loses 20.5 Million Jobs; Unemployment Hits 14.7%

The Labor Department delivered a historically bad employment report Friday, showing 20.5 million jobs lost last month as the nation locked down against the coronavirus. The jobless rate soared to 14.7% — the highest level since the Great Depression.
08/05/2012m 46s

Friday, May 8, 2020

The Labor Department is expected to deliver a devastating jobs report showing the worst unemployment rate since the Great Depression. Will the dismissal of charges against Michael Flynn shake confidence in Attorney General William Barr's Justice Department? And, two white men face murder charges after the February shooting death of an unarmed black man who went jogging in Georgia.
08/05/2013m 56s

Thursday, May 7, 2020

A Harvard analysis conducted exclusively with NPR suggests most states aren't doing enough coronavirus testing for those states to safely reopen. What happens next in the case of an unarmed black jogger who was shot dead after being chased by two armed white men in Georgia? And, it's back to school for some students in Montana today, but when might classes resume elsewhere?
07/05/2013m 41s

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

The Trump administration is discussing a wind-down of the White House's coronavirus task force. Workers' advocates push back on Senate Republicans seeking liability shields for businesses looking to reopen. And, deceased Americans are receiving coronavirus relief checks.
06/05/2014m 12s

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Updated coronavirus projections from a key data model show the death toll could nearly double the last estimate by August. California looks to ease some restrictions on businesses as soon as this week. And, Venezuela says it has captured two American 'mercenaries' accused of plotting to help overthrow Nicolas Maduro's government.
05/05/2014m 17s

Monday, May 4, 2020

New cellphone tracking data suggests some Americans are getting tired of social distancing. The U.S. Senate reconvenes despite ongoing health fears over coronavirus. And, President Trump faces calls to block a fleet of Saudi oil tankers set to bring a flood of oil to U.S. shores.
04/05/2014m 3s

Embedded: Covering Couples During Covid

Amid a pandemic, couples are getting together, staying together and falling apart. Today, we bring you a special episode from NPR's Embedded podcast.
03/05/2022m 39s

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Brazilian officials are expecting a sharp rise in coronavirus infections, despite the president's downplaying of the threat. Here in the U.S., President Trump says it's a good sign that he can weekend at Camp David. And in New York City, emergency medical personnel are going door-to-door to find coronavirus patients.
02/05/2015m 49s

Friday, May 1, 2020

Coronavirus stay-at-home orders are expiring in several states so many businesses are calculating how they can re-open. But that's not a simple process. Also, workers for some the biggest companies in the U.S. who have been working through the pandemic are planning mass protests. And, former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, faces an accusation of sexual assault.
01/05/2014m 16s

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Preliminary results of a major study of the antiviral drug remdesivir show it can help hospitalized patients with COVID-19 recover faster. Also, a new test could offer a much easier and more widely available alternative for coronavirus diagnosis. And, why are civilian mariners angry about lockdown efforts to prevent outbreaks on Navy ships?
30/04/2012m 54s

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

The Commerce Department releases a snapshot of first-quarter GDP on Wednesday. What will it tell us about the effect of the coronavirus on the economy? Also, President Trump has signed an executive order declaring meat processing plants "critical infrastructure." And, the Trump administration cut off funding for a project studying how coronaviruses spread from bats to people.
29/04/2013m 34s

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Many health experts say contact tracing is the best investment toward combating future COVID-19 outbreaks. So how are state efforts going to build up the workforce needed? Also, there is a greater push for online voting systems ahead of the 2020 presidential election, but are they secure? And, like many companies, short-term rental company Airbnb is having to think about its future following the pandemic. We hear from the CEO.
28/04/2013m 1s

Monday, April 27, 2020

Two former federal officials from the Obama and Trump administrations have written to Congress with an outline for a public health investment in the next coronavirus aid package. Also, restaurants and theaters are re-opening in Georgia. And, how will the coronavirus change how we live and work going forward?
27/04/2013m 51s

The Indicator From Planet Money: Small Businesses On Their Own

Congress passed the $2.2 trillion CARES Act last month. Part of the act was designed to help small businesses, by offering loans of up to $2 million, to keep their heads above water while the economic shutdown continues. Or that was the idea, at least. It turns out that the $350 billion dollars in aid directed to small and medium-sized enterprises isn't getting to many of them. When it has arrived, it's been in much smaller amounts than advertised. And today we learned the money has run out, leaving a disturbing number of small businesses on the brink of ruin.
26/04/2010m 57s

Saturday, April 25, 2020

President Trump is downplaying claims he made that disinfectants and UV rays could kill the coronavirus inside the human body. Fabric from pantyhose and tights can upgrade cloth face masks. Also, Georgia is allowing some non-essential businesses to re-open this weekend.
25/04/2014m 50s

Friday, April 24, 2020

A Centers for Disease Control program was meant to be an early warning system for the coronavirus. Why was it delayed in getting off the ground? Also, a new survey of nurses shows that more than 80 percent say they still don't have enough protective gear and the federal government isn't doing enough to keep them safe. And, more than 3 million homeowners are now skipping their mortgage payments because they've been hurt financially by the pandemic.
24/04/2013m 17s

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Georgia plans to start opening businesses back up on Friday. But is the state ready? Also, Missouri is suing China's government alleging it is responsible for the global spread of the coronavirus. And, while a COVID-19 vaccine is still many months away, health experts have to make plans now about how a vaccine would be made and distributed globally.
23/04/2013m 33s

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

President Trump plans to suspend immigration for people seeking green cards for 60 days, a measure he says is needed to protect U.S. workers. Also, the Senate has passed a $484 billion coronavirus relief package for distressed small businesses. And, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp plans to re-open parts of his state's economy. But some mayors there say it is too soon.
22/04/2013m 49s

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

President Trump said he intends to close the United States to people trying to immigrate into the country to live and work because of the coronavirus. Also, the fastest test being used to diagnose people infected with the coronavirus appears to not always be reliable. And, what does it mean when oil prices go into the negative?
21/04/2013m 20s

Monday, April 20, 2020

The White House and congressional Democrats on Sunday closed in on an agreement for a $450 billion economic relief package. What's in it? Also, protesters in several states want governors to re-open businesses and end stay-at-home orders. And, at least 16 people were killed in a mass shooting in Nova Scotia in what is the deadliest shooting in Canada's history.
20/04/2013m 4s

The Coronavirus Guilt Trip

Public shame is a powerful tool. But how useful is it when trying to curb a global pandemic? Shaming stories from South Korean chat rooms, a Pakistani street corner, and a Brooklyn grocery store.
19/04/2027m 6s

Saturday, April 18, 2020

States are inching toward reopening. There is skepticism the nation's testing capacity is sufficient to allow that to happen quickly. And new coronavirus testing technology is making its way through the pipeline.
18/04/2012m 48s

Friday, April 17, 2020

The White House unveiled guidelines on Thursday it said the nation can use to plot a course out of the coronavirus disaster and toward something like normal. Also, the coronavirus outbreak has brought China's nearly half-century-long run of growth to an end. And there has been much speculation and even conspiracy theories around the origins of the coronavirus. The U.S. government says they are working to find answers.
17/04/2013m 37s

Thursday, April 16, 2020

President Trump says he'll offer guidance to states on how they can re-open their economies. Also, new jobless claims are expected to be high again, but there are signs that the wave of unemployment has peaked. And in India police are trying to track down thousands of people linked to a coronavirus outbreak, but some fear it is leading to discrimination and even attacks against Muslims.
16/04/2013m 0s

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

President Trump says he will halt U.S. funding of the World Health Organization, accusing the organization of mismanaging its response to the coronavirus. Also, the president says he will work with governors to re-open parts of the economy, but who has the ultimate authority? And a look at the accuracy of COVID-19 antibody tests.
15/04/2012m 54s

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

President Trump asserted in a White House news briefing that the authority to make the decision to open the country back up rested solely with him. Also, results from the Wisconsin primary where voters went to the polls despite concerns over the coronavirus. And, a Navy sailor on board a ship whose captain raised concerns about the coronavirus and was ultimately relieved of duty, has died.
14/04/2013m 9s

Monday, April 13, 2020

In order to re-open at least parts of the U.S., public health experts say there needs to be robust contact tracing. How would that work? Also, President Trump made big promises on the coronavirus response a month ago. How many of those promises have become reality? And, Spain is easing some lockdown restrictions in a hopeful sign for the outbreak in the hard-hit country.
13/04/2012m 39s

BONUS: Who Counts In 2020?

If you've sorted through your mail any time in the past few weeks, you probably noticed a very serious, very official letter from the U.S. government. It's a note asking you to fill out the 2020 Census. In fact, every household in the country is legally REQUIRED to fill out a census. But many households won't be doing that. One big reason? Distrust of the government. In this bonus episode of Code Switch, NPR's podcast about race and identity, hosts Shereen Marisol Meraji and Gene Demby explore how that distrust could skew the results of the census, and why that has HUGE repercussions — especially for people of color.
12/04/2037m 36s

Saturday, April 11, 2020

The Trump administration is eager to ease social distancing guidelines in order to reopen the economy, but health experts urge caution. The coronavirus crisis is putting clinical trials for experimental treatments for other diseases on hold. In Africa, coronavirus infections are rising.
11/04/2014m 29s

Friday, April 10, 2020

Centers for Disease Control director Robert Redfield tells NPR the U.S. is nearing the peak of the coronavirus. Also, a look at how the pandemic is impacting the nation's food supply and demand. And, China is closing off its border with Russia to prevent a new wave of infections of Covid-19.
10/04/2013m 5s
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