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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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Monday, August 10, 2020

Monday, August 10, 2020

2020-08-1012:595

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.
Saturday, August 8, 2020

Saturday, August 8, 2020

2020-08-0814:344

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.
Friday, August 7, 2020

Friday, August 7, 2020

2020-08-0713:373

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.
Thursday, August 6, 2020

Thursday, August 6, 2020

2020-08-0613:229

Investigations continue in the Beirut explosion. Twitter and Facebook go after Trump for sharing coronavirus misinformation. And, the pandemic is changing the National Conventions.
Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

2020-08-0512:5310

The death toll is rising from yesterday'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.
Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

2020-08-0412:495

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.
Monday, August 3, 2020

Monday, August 3, 2020

2020-08-0338:077

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.
BONUS: A.D.A. NOW!

BONUS: A.D.A. NOW!

2020-08-0201:03:138

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.
Saturday, August 1, 2020

Saturday, August 1, 2020

2020-08-0113:169

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.
Friday, July 31, 2020

Friday, July 31, 2020

2020-07-3123:025

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?
Thursday, July 30, 2020

Thursday, July 30, 2020

2020-07-3058:2511

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?
Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

2020-07-2920:207

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.
Tuesday July 28, 2020

Tuesday July 28, 2020

2020-07-2825:076

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?
July 27, 2020

July 27, 2020

2020-07-2739:274

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.
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.
Saturday, July 25, 2020

Saturday, July 25, 2020

2020-07-2514:228

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.
July 24, 2020

July 24, 2020

2020-07-2422:577

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.
July 23, 2020

July 23, 2020

2020-07-2313:233

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.
July 22, 2020

July 22, 2020

2020-07-2220:325

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?
July 21, 2020

July 21, 2020

2020-07-2112:477

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.
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alli lent

c'mon Trump let's be honest about why you are attacking tiktok.. you're just mad that gen z keeps using it to mess with you

Aug 4th
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Althea Washington

Such a great episode. Brava! We need to hear more voices of disabled folk. Thank you for elevating!

Aug 4th
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Chelsea Tuning

I live in Portland Oregon and I would like you guys to interview some of the protesters that are down here. You got the government's view of what's happening in this episode but it is extremely inaccurate. If you watch the live feeds that are available every night from people who are actually there protesting you will see that the protesters are standing their peacefully and the feds gas them

Jul 22nd
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alli lent

thanks for finally trying to do the right thing Pres. only took 4 months and over 100k deaths.

Jul 22nd
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alli lent

so according to Trump, the protests are a bigger threat than the pandemic? either use your federal power to enforce masks and help with testing or get the F**K out of our cities!

Jul 21st
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alli lent

I wish we could all just get along and share all research related to a vaccine. let's please, for once, put human beings first instead of money.

Jul 17th
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Amanda Mathews

oops, edit mistake

Jul 16th
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ncooty

@8:21: "Right now, it's taking at least a week sometimes." That's not an informative statement. It's gibberish masquerading as a discernible fact. It's akin to phrases such as "an average of up to" or "up to X or more". Please try to be more accurate and numerate in your reporting.

Jul 16th
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Janice Harvey

Up First has become part of my morning ritual. It's been invaluable in keeping me up to date on the top headlines each morning, especially during this time of COVID-19.

Jul 13th
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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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