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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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BONUS: 1918 Flu

BONUS: 1918 Flu

2020-03-2931:374

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic it's tempting to draw comparisons to the most severe pandemic in recent history - the 1918 flu. But as much as we can learn from the comparison, it's important to also understand just how much these two pandemics differ. In this bonus episode of Throughline, what we can learn from what happened then and, just as importantly, where the comparison should end.
In New York, hospitals are inundated with COVID-19 patients. More data from testing is giving researchers a better picture of the disease's mortality rate. And more Americans currently approve of Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus crisis than don't.
Friday, March 27th, 2020

Friday, March 27th, 2020

2020-03-2713:0412

President Trump says new guidelines will determine which regions are low-risk for the coronavirus. Do we have enough data to determine that accurately? And as the House is set to pass the largest relief package in U.S. history, who's overseeing how that money is spent?
A record 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, as restaurants, hotels and other businesses across the country shut down in a nationwide effort to slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
A $2 trillion emergency relief package passes in the Senate and heads to the House. New unemployment claims are expected to shatter records. And, the mixed message about testing for the coronavirus.
The White House and Senate reach a deal on economic stimulus. The president was criticized for aiming to re-open the U.S. next month. And, Senator Burr sued for improperly profiting from insider knowledge.
Several states urge all residents to stay home except for essential needs the same day President Trump suggests businesses could reopen within weeks. The UK orders residents to shelter in place. Secretary of State Pompeo takes an emergency trip to Afghanistan.
Monday, March 23, 2020

Monday, March 23, 2020

2020-03-2349:548

Senate Democrats block a $1.8 trillion stimulus bill from moving forward. China and U.S. spar over coronavirus facts. And, New York is now the U.S. epicenter of COVID-19.
Saturday, March 21, 2020

Saturday, March 21, 2020

2020-03-2117:256

More states are encouraging citizens to stay at home to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Congress is working on its third bill to stimulate the economy and provide aid to Americans affected by COVID-19. New research points to "silent spreaders" fueling the coronavirus crisis.
Friday, March 20th, 2020

Friday, March 20th, 2020

2020-03-2014:262

California issues "stay at home" order amid coronavirus pandemic. Following NPR's exclusive, ProPublica investigates whether Sen. Burr improperly unloaded stock. And, Italy's death toll from COVID-19 surpasses China's.
President Trump signs emergency aid package. Two members of Congress test positive for COVID-19. Sen. Richard Burr's coronavirus comments raise eyebrows. And, Trump takes action at U.S. borders.
The Trump administration plans a $1 trillion economic stimulus. How will restrictive measures to fight the coronavirus be enforced? And, Joe Biden wins primaries in Arizona, Florida and Illinois.
States and local governments take extensive measures to keep people apart to try to curb the coronavirus' spread — including ordering San Francisco Bay area residents to shelter in place and postponing Ohio's primary election. And, all of Spain is quarantined.
Federal Reserve cuts key interest rate to near zero. Nearly 2 million coronavirus tests will be available this week to hardest hit states. And, Democrats Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders debate.
After weeks of what many see as a slow government response, President Trump declared the new coronavirus a national emergency. House Democrats and the White House reach a deal on aid for the crisis. Travelers from much of Europe are now subject to a travel ban.
Social distancing is good for public health, but bad for the economy. As workplaces close down, so are schools. And, President Trump's ban on most travelers from Europe goes into effect tonight.
Comments (336)

Top Clean

This is why we all need tests. https://youtu.be/Kas0tIxDvrg So the curve can go down. Sadly this only the first wave. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters

Mar 27th
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yao tracy

it sucks

Mar 27th
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Gary Voit

Democrats voted no on that bill cuz it was to go to businesses not us

Mar 25th
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Mouseysmack

just remember, Democrats voted no on this bill.

Mar 25th
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Alan Lambert

Honestly, if we're back up by Memorial Day, we'll be damned lucky.

Mar 25th
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km

#YangWasRight. you all ought to be talking about him: Andrew Yang!!

Mar 22nd
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Tony Zac

Thanks up first team for keeping us informed with this.

Mar 22nd
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dok dicer

giving up a little bit of the space that should belong to the communities in the first place makes these locusts "wonderful companies"? Only in the capitalist hellscape.

Mar 14th
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Elliot Marshall

I listened to NPR podcasts for their professionals. Professional journalists, professional researchers, professional politicians, etc. Interviewing a random college student in an airport is some seriously amateurish, local-news-ish material.

Mar 14th
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daisy

what other daily news shows are out there?

Mar 12th
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Sam Tyrian

Sexy? Funny? It's definitely neither. Please STOP!! I've always found the banter between the hosts at the start of the Up First podcast to be unnecessary and annoying at best, but today it went too far. David Green and Rachel Martin engaged in an exchange about a hand sanitizer that can only be described as flirtatious and with overly sexual connotations. I'm no prude, but it was over the line and incredibly inappropriate. We are at the start of a global health crisis the likes of which have not been seen in modern times. It's important to remain informed. I've gotten my information from NPR -and been a regular contributor- for quite a while. Today, that changes: I'm seriously considering whether to continue my support of an organization that tolerates such unprofessional and distasteful behavior.

Mar 12th
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Sam Tyrian

Sexy? Funny? It's definitely neither. Please STOP!! I've always found the banter between the hosts at the start of the Up First podcast to be unnecessary and annoying at best, but today it went too far. David Green and Rachel Martin engaged in an exchange about a hand sanitizer that can only be described as flirtatious and with overly sexual connotations. I'm no prude, but it was over the line and incredibly inappropriate. We are at the start of a global health crisis the likes of which have not been seen in modern times. It's important to remain informed. I've gotten my information from NPR -and been a regular contributor- for quite a while. Today, that changes: I'm seriously considering whether to continue my support of an organization that tolerates such unprofessional and distasteful behavior.

Mar 12th
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COVID-19 Updates

Biden back on top on Super Tuesday, takes major leap to nomination. CDC lifts testing restriction as coronavirus continue to spread in the US, causing 9 deaths in the country, all in Seatle.

Mar 4th
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Shawn Hunter

#TrueCrime #redtabletalk #life and loyalty to Cmillie2phones to the next place in my heart and soul into the realized I will be there at all times and opportunity for opinions on the subject of the matter is that in my life and opportunity to see and hear the phone with someone who has been a long time coming up to the next few years and I am so happy to see and hear the song lyrics and play with the account for opinions on a new album and picked it up to the next few years and then the truth is that there were no 👎 not sure if it's just for the sake of the most important thing to do a better way of life and opportunity for changes in the same way as well as the first one to get it done.

Mar 4th
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Elizabeth H. Cottrell

This is an excellent, thorough, and well-balanced report. Thank you for resisting the urge to spread fear. Everything here makes good sense.

Mar 2nd
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Chris Poulter

It’s about time you covered another Dem candidate other than Ramblin Joe Biden...

Mar 2nd
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Joe Martinez

swallow your pride and vote for bernie just like we voted to hillary.

Feb 26th
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Andi-Roo Libecap

"Is Bernie Sanders now the clear front runner?" Um, yes. He has been for ages, but Corporate America has refused to acknowledge it. Welcome aboard the Bernie Train, NPR.

Feb 12th
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Tony Zac

the intro... lol... love that you guys put a little bit of personalization into it

Feb 11th
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Daniel DeTorrice

Surprise surprise, Palestinians getting screwed again...

Jan 30th
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