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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, Rough Translation host Gregory Warner and NPR correspondent Eyder Peralta introduce us to Stella Nyanzi, a feminist activist, poet and academic in Uganda. Fed up with what she calls government-enabled endemic corruption and conventional approaches to expressing dissent, she discovers the way to get attention and build an audience around her fight against dirty politics is to get dirty herself.
President-elect Biden hopes to revive the Iran nuclear deal, but his plan could be complicated by the assassination of Iran's top nuclear scientist. An appeals court shoots down President Trump's effort to have Pennsylvania's vote certification quashed. As millions travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, how could this affect the spread of the coronavirus?
Biden is expected to announce more members of his cabinet. His administration will place a focus on civil rights. And, stores are changing things up to keep shoppers safe on Black Friday.
President Trump has pardoned Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying about a Russian contact. Hospitals are still short on PPE, months into the pandemic. Also, a sports journalist remembers Diego Maradona.
European leaders react to President-elect Biden's national security team. Deaths from COVID-19 rise in Tennessee. Court documents reveal the role the Sackler family played in the opioid epidemic.
President Trump insists he will never concede the election. President-elect Joe Biden picks Janet Yellen to be the first female treasury secretary. Plus, an update on the coronavirus situation in Brazil.
Monday, November 23, 2020

Monday, November 23, 2020

2020-11-2321:1613

President-elect Biden has reportedly chosen his secretary of state. President Trump has still not conceded the election. Plus, the U.S. recorded a million new COVID-19 cases in just six days.
November 22th, 2020

November 22th, 2020

2020-11-2230:059

In this bonus episode of Up First, It's Been a Minute host Sam Sanders explores what might happen to Donald Trump after he leaves office. This episode breaks down ongoing investigations and lawsuits into Trump and his family, the debt that might be coming due very soon... and why Donald Trump may or may not be the Houdini of bad business
A new COVID-19 treatment will be available starting Monday — it promises to keep more people out of the hospital, but distributing it might pose some challenges. Also, despite the Trump campaign's efforts, Georgia certified its results, and Michigan and Pennsylvania will do the same on Monday, all in favor of President-Elect Joe Biden. And, we look at the politics behind how a former Mexican defense minister was freed and allowed to return home despite facing drug charges in the U.S..
Two Republican Michigan lawmakers are invited to the White House as Trump contests election results. We discuss if testing is a safe strategy for holiday travel. And, Mike Pompeo visits Israel.
U.S. reaches record deaths from COVID-19. New York City public schools return to remote learning. Plus, a company is expected to get a government loan to produce an injection device for vaccines.
President Trump fires top election security official. A recent shake-up in Pentagon senior leadership raises many questions. Up to 12 million Americans could lose jobless benefits after Dec. 25.
As COVID-19 cases rise, states order restrictive measures. Why temperature matters for leading vaccines. Plus, Trump is expected to order major troop withdrawals from Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia.
There is no sign COVID-19 cases are slowing. Texas is the first state to have more than a million coronavirus cases. Plus, fighting in Ethiopia's conflict appears to have crossed into Eritrea.
The U.S. is entering the worst of the pandemic. For many, pandemic fatigue set in months ago. Others are struggling anew with cases spiking almost everywhere in the country. In this episode of NPR's daily afternoon news podcast Consider This, psychotherapist Gina Moffa and NPR's Linda Holmes join host Audie Cornish to answer listener questions about mental health, processing the news, and keeping kids occupied.Listen to Consider This on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.
Saturday, Nov.14, 2020

Saturday, Nov.14, 2020

2020-11-1415:134

Another record-shattering week of Coronavirus infections as the U.S. moves closer to the holiday season. In his first public appearance in a week, President Trump addresses the pandemic but says nothing about conceding the election. Trump supporters gather in Washington, D.C. to support their president. It's an event that is likely to attract extremists.
U.S. election security officials said this year's election was the "most secure" in American history. Former national security advisor John Bolton says the president is on his way out, whether he likes it or not. The U.S. economy is in a recession because of the coronavirus pandemic. What are President-elect Joe Biden's plans to revive it? And rich countries are investing heavily in a coronavirus vaccine. What about the rest of the world?
Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020

Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020

2020-11-1201:23:304

The U.S. is breaking coronavirus records almost daily now. The latest surge is stretching the resources of many states. President-elect Joe Biden has made his first cabinet-level appointment. Longtime Democratic advisor Ron Klain will be his White House chief of staff. And President Trump continues to pursue lawsuits that challenge his election loss. But many of these lawsuits have been dismissed by judges. So what purpose do these legal challenges really serve?
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020

2020-11-1113:387

President-elect Joe Biden has made clear he's ready to begin governing from the first day in office. President Trump has made clear he won't concede an election that he lost. How is the Biden team responding to Trump's refusal to accept reality? The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard arguments in a case attempting to eliminate the Affordable Care Act. But based on early responses, it looks like the law will survive another challenge. And what are Joe Biden's priorities when it comes to education?
Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020

2020-11-1013:576

There's still no evidence of widespread voter fraud in this year's presidential election, but Attorney General William Barr has told prosecutors they're free to look for it. The DOJ's top election crimes official responded by quitting in protest. In a tweet, President Trump wrote that Defense Secretary Mark Esper has been "terminated." How will the president's actions affect national security? And the Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear arguments in a bid to overturn the Affordable Care Act.
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Vicky Riddle

is Trump actually able to strong-arm those Republican politicians coming to see him from MI into discrediting those votes? if he does this does that mean he wins the election? and that just shows that the bigger and the meaner you are you get your way. So there's no democracy in this country. The big bully wins. that is the most frightening of all!

Nov 20th
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alli lent

I remember the first time 100,000 was mentioned and everyone freaked out.. now we've passed 250,000 and a sizeable portion of the country won't wear masks and doesn't think it's a big deal..

Nov 19th
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Jayann Chipman

I live in Kalispell MT and this is so sad and embarrassing. So many people have move here (tens of thousands) over this past summer both to escape the "dangers" of "riots" and because they think the virus is fake. they believe MT is a conservative refuge and, I swear, we are not all this way. I did not grow up here like this. This ignorant, selfish, and hateful.

Nov 17th
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alli lent

how is the reality of this virus still under question after all this??

Nov 17th
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alli lent

erie pa had a high daily case number of about 39 for most of this.. usually daily numbers were under 15.. this past week or so there have been new highs: 79, 99, 124, 149.......

Nov 14th
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Yeelun Lai

I disagree Donald Trump will be important figure in Republican party.. he's going to prison! we are not gonna stop holding him accountable for his crimes because he lost the reelection right?

Nov 8th
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Gary Herelle

Wow just amazing, the production, sound and knowledge in this episode were incredible, truly illuminating and uplifting. 🙌🏾

Nov 3rd
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Andi-Roo Libecap

This account was literally just created to make this comment. Gross.

Nov 2nd
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alli lent

"it's a terrible thing that everyone gets to have their voices heard"

Nov 2nd
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Elizabeth Burns

Very illiberal-- to give us the right to vote and not the right to have our ballots counted. Two tier ballots? Illiberal & ahistorical.

Nov 2nd
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Mark Kauffman

And after all of the these efforts, less than 60% of people in the US actually exercise their right to vote. Laziness or just apathy? #donotbitchifyoudonotvote

Nov 1st
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Chip's World

npr used to be non biased but now I can't trust them. especially when they intentionally and outspokenly suppress news stories. what a shame coming from a publicly funded news station.

Oct 29th
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Vicky Riddle

a lie is a lie whether it's a democratic lie or a Republican lie or just a person who lies. why is free speech okay when it's a lie and hurts others or leads then stay? how's that any different than the day when newspapers printed false information just to get a story and get their readers to purchase the paper? and what's so wrong about putting a note on someone's comment that it's wrong or here you go you can find other information at this site. isn't that also free speech? I don't get it sometimes!

Oct 28th
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Amanda 3299

find someone new.. your bias is showing

Oct 19th
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alli lent

the move to try to stop the census early is such a blatant attempt to keep people they deem as "less than" to not have fair representation in this government that has continuously failed them

Oct 8th
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alli lent

the fact that anyone is fighting to make it harder for people to vote from the safety of their homes during a global pandemic is completely disgusting and should not be tolerated.

Oct 7th
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Chandra Powers-Wersch

"DMs are open" HAHAHAHA

Oct 6th
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LadyMae

They make a good point about mail-in ballots on this episode. Don't show up at your polling place if you've requested a mail-in ballot. many polling places have been consolidated due to Coronavirus. There will be longer lines, and having people who already have ballots request to vote in person instead still just make them longer. Vote early and drop off your ballot to a collection site or mail it in early.

Sep 30th
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Edwina Tollstoy

One thing that surprised me about the podcast was the lack of mention regarding the level of police harrassment directed towards Native Americans when they were talking about police violence discrimination against other races of color. I was sure she would say something about this when she was talking about the long historical precedent of discrimination against Hispanics which is a problem of course but statistically police violence against Native Ameticans(contemporary violence alone, not the long slow holocaust of imperialism, manifest destiny and western expansion that decimated the people who actually discovered America) is second only to their violence against African Americans.

Sep 29th
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alli lent

any PA ballots that were already cast were thrown out because the courts just voted to change things on the ballot so those are outdated.

Sep 25th
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