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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, David Greene 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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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.
Saturday, July 11, 2020

Saturday, July 11, 2020

2020-07-1115:133

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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Saturday, July 4, 2020

Saturday, July 4, 2020

2020-07-0415:055

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.
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.
Thursday July 2, 2020

Thursday July 2, 2020

2020-07-0213:319

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.
Wednesday July 1, 2020

Wednesday July 1, 2020

2020-07-0113:308

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.
Tuesday June 30, 2020

Tuesday June 30, 2020

2020-06-3013:366

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.
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.
Sunday, June 28, 2020

Sunday, June 28, 2020

2020-06-2943:182

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."
Saturday, June 27, 2020

Saturday, June 27, 2020

2020-06-2714:525

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.
Friday, June 26, 2020

Friday, June 26, 2020

2020-06-2614:074

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.
Thursday, June 25, 2020

Thursday, June 25, 2020

2020-06-2513:227

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?
Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

2020-06-2413:214

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.
Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

2020-06-2313:125

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.
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Comments (418)

Diane Thompson

this was a great discussion! if the Conservative leaning party can be reestablished and the enabler GOP can be excised I may have to reconsider my party affiliation

Jul 9th
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alli lent

no! we don't want his undivided attention! please distract him so he stops talking!

Jul 9th
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Beth Williams

Why is NPR taking advertising money from State Farm? Does NPR support ALEC too?

Jul 5th
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Jazz Jasper

omg why is this dude on the radio??! I can hear him spitting on me thru the speaker 😂 get him off!

Jun 30th
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Anthony

Tryst

Jun 29th
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alli lent

I have no sympathy for professional athletes not making enough money - especially when there are people who have lost their jobs that STILL can't get unemployment

Jun 24th
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Katelin Keeney

this is biased reporting, and I am so tired of biased reporting. this man was not "killed for sleeping"!!!! he was killed because he resisted and took the officers weapons which is unfortunate but that is why he was killed. I thought I could turn to NPR for honest reporting but it seems there is nowhere left to turn

Jun 15th
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James Yoo

Really? Nothing about the autonomous zone in Seattle?

Jun 12th
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alli lent

how about requiring police officers to have a criminal justice degree? instead of the clearly inadequate police training programs they have now

Jun 12th
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ID18808789

Thank you so much NPR. This podcast opened my eyes to harsh reality of racism in US, its roots and the hardship of black Americans.

Jun 12th
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ID18808789

Thank you NPR.

Jun 11th
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Amy Gregory

Thank you for this thoughtful and in depth perspective

Jun 9th
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Rkleap

Why was cops called to that shop first place? On the day Floyd died?

Jun 8th
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Mystikal Teresa

Thank you for this episode! I learned so much. It is so awful how black people have been and still are being treated! I stand behind them and the protests! Change is needed now!

Jun 8th
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km

wow.

Jun 7th
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Mary C

I so appreciate your coverage on this and other issues. It's nice to have a news source that we can trust to be factual.

Jun 3rd
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km

#HumanityFirst Pay attention America!!!!

Jun 1st
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Tony Larson

Please reiterate the reason this is happeneing is because of police murdering black men. Please also speak to why the other officers aren't in custody and why our representatives aren't introducing legislation for police reform. PLEASE focus on possible solutions! You have the platform to reach so many people! Please talk more about solutions!

Jun 1st
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James Yoo

FYI the MN governor took back his comments about violent protestors being from out of state.

Jun 1st
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Katie Redding

lot put

May 26th
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