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NPR's Up First is the news you need to start your day. The three biggest stories of the day, with reporting and analysis from NPR News — in 10 minutes. Available weekdays by 6 a.m. ET, with hosts Rachel Martin, Noel King and Steve Inskeep. Now available on Saturdays by 8 a.m. ET, with hosts Lulu Garcia-Navarro and Scott Simon. Subscribe and listen, then support your local NPR station at donate.npr.org.
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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

2021-06-1513:221

President Biden continues to work to mend European relationships during his diplomatic trip. The state of California is reopening after 15 months of COVID restrictions. Families, finally reunited after being torn apart at the border, continue to live with trauma surrounding those separations.
Monday, June 14, 2021

Monday, June 14, 2021

2021-06-1413:254

Israel has a new prime minister; Naftali Bennett won the election by a single vote. President Biden is in Brussels meeting with leaders of other NATO member countries. The U.S. is on the cusp of hitting another COVID milestone while also dealing with complications from the virus.
In 2019, California Senate Bill 1421 unsealed thousands of internal police department files, body camera footage and audiotapes for the first time. These are police departments' own, previously-confidential investigations into their officers' misconduct and serious use of force cases. For more than two years, reporters at NPR and member station KQED have been working to obtain these materials and report these stories. They've spoken to investigators, victims, and family members. The pilot of On Our Watch is this week's bonus episode of Up First.
Saturday, June 12, 2021

Saturday, June 12, 2021

2021-06-1214:255

Four states end pandemic jobless benefits ahead of schedule. Leaders of the G7 industrialized nations talk about economic power and labor rights in China. COVID vaccine promises greeted with muted enthusiasm in Sierra Leone.
Friday, June 11, 2021

Friday, June 11, 2021

2021-06-1113:544

President Biden is in Cornwall, England meeting with the leaders of seven of the world's largest economies. The Knesset, the Israeli parliament, is expected to vote Sunday on a new government. There is a higher than normal wildfire risk across most of the West, which is fueling fears of another bad season.
Thursday, June 10, 2021

Thursday, June 10, 2021

2021-06-1014:234

President Biden is expected to speak with Prime Minister Boris Johnson on a variety of issues during his first overseas trip while in office. The contentious Keystone XL Pipeline project has officially been suspended. An NPR and Mountain West News Bureau investigation is looking into the deaths of 19 people inside tribal jails.
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

2021-06-0913:064

President Biden begins his 8-day diplomatic trip to Europe. A new study suggests the current COVID-19 vaccines may stand up against variants. Hundreds are under arrest after the FBI conducted a global sting.
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

2021-06-0812:506

Two Senate committees released new findings related to the January 6th Capitol attack. The FBI recovered millions of the ransom Colonial Pipeline paid to suspected Russian hackers. The FDA has approved a pricey and controversial Alzheimer's drug.
Monday, June 7, 2021

Monday, June 7, 2021

2021-06-0713:164

President Biden is still working to get Republicans on board with his infrastructure plan. Vice President Kamala Harris is in Guatemala on a mission to address the issues that are leading to migration at the southern U.S. border. Dozens are dead in Burkina Faso after gunmen carried out one of the bloodiest attacks in years.
BONUS: The Song Project

BONUS: The Song Project

2021-06-0624:511

About a year ago, the team at Morning Edition started asking musicians to write songs about the ways in which the pandemic was upending life. In the last 12 months, Rachel Martin and David Greene talked to 25 different artists. Here are three of their favorites: Old Crow Medicine Show, Indigo Girls and Madison Cunningham.
Saturday, June 5, 2021

Saturday, June 5, 2021

2021-06-0514:192

President Biden and congressional Republicans are trying to decide the scope of a bipartisan infrastructure package — and how to pay for it. Citing public safety concerns, Facebook has extended its ban of Donald Trump until 2023. Ethiopia is set to hold elections against a backdrop of horrific violence.
Friday, June 4, 2021

Friday, June 4, 2021

2021-06-0413:245

Kamala Harris will make her first foreign trip as Vice President, with stops in Mexico and Central America. Her focus: vaccine diplomacy and immigration. Millions of Americans are still out of work but businesses have been struggling to hire. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is under federal investigation for alleged campaign finance violations.
Thursday, June 3, 2021

Thursday, June 3, 2021

2021-06-0313:371

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may soon be out of power after a coalition of right wing, centrist, and Palestinian parties formed a new government. A federal judge is allowing Purdue Pharma's bankruptcy plan to move forward. The country of Sri Lanka is facing an environmental disaster after a cargo ship, which was carrying chemicals, sank.
Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

2021-06-0213:234

The White House is stepping in after one of the world's largest meat producers was targeted with ransomware believed to be from Russia. After experiencing a spring surge, Michigan is easing COVID restrictions. The Tokyo Olympics are still weeks away but some fear it could turn into a superspreader event.
Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

2021-06-0113:505

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is threatening to veto part of the state budget that funds the legislature after Democrats denied a vote on sweeping voting restrictions. Naomi Osaka, the No. 2 women's tennis player, has withdrawn from the U.S. Open citing mental health reasons. The Atlantic hurricane season begins today and now there will be more focus on keeping people safe after the storms pass.
Monday, May 31, 2021

Monday, May 31, 2021

2021-05-3113:042

A coalition of opposition parties say they've reached a power-sharing deal to form a new Israeli government, which would unseat Prime Minister Netanyahu after 12 years in office. Democratic lawmakers in the Texas legislature have blocked GOP legislation, aimed at restricting voting options in that state. As a Memorial Day deadline passes without agreement, President Biden's infrastructure bill appears to be falling victim to partisan divisions in Congress.
BONUS: Home/Front

BONUS: Home/Front

2021-05-3023:595

Is it true that "you can't understand" if you've never been to war? This week's bonus episode comes from the new season of NPR's Rough Translation podcast, in which we hear from people on opposing sides of a widening divide.
Saturday, May 29, 2021

Saturday, May 29, 2021

2021-05-2915:096

A Senate filibuster and ongoing infrastructure talks on Capitol Hill. Microsoft says Russian hackers were the behind the cyber-attack targeting aid groups. And the worsening Covid-19 crisis in Argentina.
Friday, May 28, 2021

Friday, May 28, 2021

2021-05-2813:309

Some Democrats say the GOP's latest $928 billion counter-infrastructure proposal isn't enough, but President Biden wants to keep negotiating. The US is pushing China to cooperate with new investigations into the origins of COVID-19. And, as COVID cases are down and vaccinations increase, experts say the US could see a more normal summer.
Thursday, May 27, 2021

Thursday, May 27, 2021

2021-05-2713:403

President Biden is tasking US intelligence agencies with finding a definitive conclusion on the origins of COVID-19. Three of the world's largest oil companies lose major battles over emissions and climate change. And, a mass shooting in San Jose, California has left at least ten people dead.
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Vicky Riddle

I think it's incredibly sad that California is giving out 1.5 million dollars to 10 people. that state really has that much extra money? how many people in that state are homeless? how many are living in poverty? how many people can't pay their hospital bills in California? They could have made awards much much much smaller than that and still have gotten people to come forward to get the vaccine and could have used that money to better serve their citizens. I think it's pitiful! You know what that shows me that we could have universal health care in this country. If there's that much extra money to just throw around look how many people we could take care of in our own country.

Jun 15th
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Andi-Roo Libecap

On Our Watch -- that's a brilliant title for this new podcast, given the subject matter.

Jun 13th
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dok dicer

Biden trying to be a champion for democracy by agitating against forced labor in China. Meanwhile in US prisons...

Jun 13th
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buffed mud

when does the album release?..

Jun 7th
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alli lent

I'm in love with that last song, broken harvest.. it's so beautiful

Jun 6th
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it

so North American,and so sweet..

Jun 6th
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Gene

Great episode. I recommend highly.

May 29th
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JSwarts90

if China has nothing to hide about covid, then they shouldn't have any issues with an investigation as to possible origins in their country.

May 28th
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Philly Burbs

Biden is neither LBJ or FDR! If Biden was FDR he would have gotten rid of the Filabuster weeks ago. LBJ was smarter. He would have embarrassed Manchin into voting with Democrats instead of giving his wife a plumb job & Machin still refuse to vote with Dems Jobs, Infrastructure has yet to happen. Will they happen. No. Biden negotiates away his power before he sits at the table. Biden is Biden. A very old man with one foot in the grave who believes being white will bring success. He cowtells to McConnell & Republicans. He ignores white Americans in favor for blacks which will blow up in his face. 63% are white on 13% are black. He needs to reach out to young white males. I was actually told they don't think they are worth the trouble. Big Mistake. If they got white males everything else will be easy.

May 24th
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Mark Gehl

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May 19th
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ncooty

This is such a small-minded discussion of a combustible issue. It deserves far better treatment, especially from NPR. I've had enough of NPR's dangerous, irresponsible, flippant, virtue-signalling, race-baiting, victim worshipping garbage.

May 16th
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alli lent

so now we aren't supposed to be worried about variants..? this is not going to be good

May 14th
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ncooty

The reporter mentioned 2 of the 3 reasons to get vaccinated (i.e., not getting COVID and not transmitting it to people who can't get vaccinated), but should also have mentioned the importance of reducing the opportunity for the virus to mutate. More infections means more mutations, which can lead to new variants that may be more severe, transmissible, or resilient against the vaccines. This has happened and continues to happen everywhere the virus continues to spread.

May 11th
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ncooty

This episode didn't seem to make much progress toward the purpose of the series. It did reinforce the notion of color-based credibility, though, which seems more tribally sectarian than democratic. NPR appears to have lost its way.

May 9th
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Marcus Phillips

how come when liberals give speeches like it's all doom and gloom the coronavirus is killing everybody racism is everywhere there's people in the streets burning crosses and lynching you know to hear them tell it the country is just being torn apart from the seams nothing positive like Joe Biden State of the Union speech nothing positive not one God damn thing was positive yet a black man on TV Tim Scott and puts out some positive stuff he's a racist what kind of sense does that make and that the State of the Union speech everybody was vaccinated but still wearing masks and super socially distance now if you want people to have confidence in the vaccine shit you show confidence in it

May 2nd
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Marcus Phillips

what do they mean the US is telling Americans to leave India and then she says but what kind of us aid is on the way why does there have to be us aid on the way don't we have enough to deal with I mean India is not fucking undeveloped they're smart they've created vaccines I'm sure I mean why is it going to be America the racist Nation but America just asked about some money today all different kind of colors of people but we're racist now we should keep our money fucking racist right damn grass don't tell us they were racist and then tell us all we have to send money over to this other country that's usually populated by a billion people should we be responsible for all these other countries that could clearly take care of themselves you know they were just implement the right policies no but our policies are racist don't make sense

Apr 30th
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Paz Ibarra-Muñoz

Does anyone even watch these anymore?

Apr 30th
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Rejected ideas

long story short - We don't want to spend money on farmers anymore. just like we sold out our defense contracts, our banks, our railways , our national insurance, we will sell farming sector too. the only people who gained wealth in double digits- hum do humare do- are bound to get benefits. it makes sense. they sponsored the current political party, so they are getting benefits. less of a democracy more of a crony capitalism.

Apr 26th
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Yeelun Lai

all the technologies needed to solve climate change already exist, seaweed, new generation wind power structure, solar etc.. it only lacks political will and too much mouth power screaming impossible

Apr 25th
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ncooty

I'm really sick of NPR's reckless "race-first" reporting. They start with racial framing and the insinuation of racism, and then fit everything else into that framing. Racism is certainly a problem, but journalists shouldn't invoke it as a bogeyman to explain every tragedy that involves a black or brown person. Excessive use of force by police is a long-standing epidemic that affects people of every color, especially along economic lines. If we address excessive force for everyone, we'll address it for each race as well. The undue death of anyone is tragic, and is no more or less tragic because of their skin color. By starting with racial framing, NPR helps misguide our efforts at addressing the real problem, not least of which by making accusations of thought crimes that cannot be disproved. We need to demilitarize and re-professionalize police. They need to be trained and incentivized to de-escalate rather than responding in accordance with their worst fears and suspicions. We need better accountability. We need to train police to use non-lethal physical control, so that they are confident and less afraid when physically handling suspects. We also need to stop fueling the general public's tendency to rush to judgements based on incomplete evidence. All of that starts with correctly identifying the problem (excessive force) rather than dangerously, lazily, and salaciously mislabelling it as racism, as if every harm done to a black or brown person can (or must) be explained purely and simply as racism. Somehow, it seems NPR has decided racism is an accusation that requires no evidence, and certainly no attempts at falsification or scrutiny.

Apr 24th
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