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Today โ€” 22 October 2021Up First

Friday, October 22, 2021

22 October 2021 at 02:45
By: NPR
The CDC closes the loop on booster recommendations for three vaccines. Hospitals confront a pandemic-driven nursing shortage. And NPR speaks with Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough about government failures to meet veterans' healthcare needs.
Yesterday โ€” 21 October 2021Up First

Thursday, October 21, 2021

21 October 2021 at 02:42
By: NPR
Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine boosters clear another regulatory hurdle. Senate Democrats lose a major push for voting rights protections. And a meeting in Moscow signals Russia's embrace of closer contact with Afghanistan's Taliban rule.
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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

20 October 2021 at 02:46
By: NPR
Congressional investigators endorse a criminal contempt charge against a key Trump ally, as Democrats weigh cuts in the Biden spending agenda. The accused gunman in a Florida high school shooting appears in court, while families of victims near a settlement. And will parental outrage at school board meetings translate to votes in fall elections?

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

19 October 2021 at 02:44
By: NPR
Jury selection begins in the Georgia trial of three white men charged with murdering a 25-year-old Black man, Ahmaud Arbery. Former President Donald Trump sues the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. And the Biden administration promotes new support for kids' mental health as new NPR poll data reveals continued pandemic harm.

Monday, October 18, 2021

18 October 2021 at 02:52
By: NPR
U.S. officials join an investigation into the kidnapping of 17 missionaries and family members in Haiti. China's economic growth slows as the huge real estate firm Evergrande races toward possible debt default. And the FDA is poised to approve more COVID vaccine booster shots.

It's Been A Minute: The Legacy Of 'Soul Train'

17 October 2021 at 05:00
By: NPR
When Soul Train was first nationally syndicated in October of 1971, there was nothing else like it on TV. It became an iconic Black music and dance show โ€” a party every weekend that anyone could join from their living room. In the first episode of a three-part It's Been A Minute series examining the concept of crossover in pop music across three decades, Sam Sanders breaks down the lasting influence of Soul Train. With Hanif Abdurraqib, author of A Little Devil in America, as well as scholars, fans and even a few featured dancers, they ask: why has there never been another show like Soul Train since it went off the air?

Saturday, October 16, 2021

16 October 2021 at 04:59
By: NPR
A U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel recommends booster shots for those who got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. The killing of a British lawmaker is called an act of terrorism, and is prompting a review of security protocols. Ethiopia's civil war is entering a new phase, with civilians not only in the path of violence but also facing famine.

Friday, October 15, 2021

15 October 2021 at 02:45
By: NPR
FDA advisors are unanimous in endorsing more COVID-19 vaccine boosters. A former high-profile Trump advisor is first to face criminal contempt proceedings in Congress for defying Jan. 6 attack investigators. And three white men go to trial next week in Georgia in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man who was shot while jogging.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

14 October 2021 at 02:49
By: NPR
A study suggests Johnson & Johnson vaccine recipients could benefit from another booster brand. Also, investigators looking into the Jan. 6 riot await answers from four former Trump administration officials. And the White House calls on ports and private industry to help unstop shipping bottlenecks and rescue the holiday shopping season.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

13 October 2021 at 02:59
By: NPR
Oil prices and a tangled supply chain are top inflation predictors for today's consumer price snapshot. Thirty countries join a virtual White House cybersecurity summit. And the FDA for the first time is authorizing an e-cigarette product.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

12 October 2021 at 02:42
By: NPR
A new poll confirms Americans are behind and on edge because of the pandemic. Raiders Coach Jon Gruden resigns after NFL officials found racist, misogynistic and homophobic language in his emails. And a U.S. Navy nuclear engineer and his wife head for federal court to answer espionage charges.

Monday, October 11, 2021

11 October 2021 at 02:49
By: NPR
FDA advisors meet to consider Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine boosters. Poor turnout mars Iraq's parliamentary elections. And Taiwan tells China it will not bow to pressure to reunify.

Book Of The Day: Two Views On The Realities Of Abortion Politics

10 October 2021 at 05:00
By: NPR
In this episode of NPR's Book of the Day, authors Joshua Prager and Leni Zumas each explore the real world implications of abortion politics, through fiction and non-fiction. First, in a conversation with Michel Martin, Prager talks through his book The Family Roe: An American Story, centered on the woman who was the baby at the center of the landmark Roe v. Wade trial. Then Leni Zumas and Scott Simon discuss Zumas' novel Red Clocks, set in a time where fetal personhood legislation has outlawed not only abortion, but also in-vitro fertilization.

Texas Abortion Ban Reinstated, Iraq's Upcoming Election, Afghanistan Bombing.

9 October 2021 at 04:38
By: NPR
A federal appeals court allows Texas SB-8 to go back in effect. Iraqis are about to head to the polls to vote for the next parliament after protests against the government in 2019 triggered new elections. In Afghanistan, a branch of the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a mosque. It's the worst attack since US forces left the country.

Friday, October 8, 2021

8 October 2021 at 02:42
By: NPR
Texas abortion providers wait to see whether an appeals court reinstates a ban on most abortions. Congress clinches a deal to defer action on the debt limit while all eyes are on whether the September jobs report will signal an improving economy. And the CIA trains a mission priority on China.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

7 October 2021 at 02:45
By: NPR
A federal judge orders Texas to suspend one of the country's toughest anti-abortion laws. Senate leaders say they're closer to a deal to keep the U.S. government paying its bills for the next few weeks. And a new study finds COVID-19 has robbed some 140,000 kids of at least one parent or caregiver.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

6 October 2021 at 02:47
By: NPR
Revelations brought to light from a former data scientist at Facebook have led to what may be the most threatening scandal in the company's history. Also, officials are still trying to contain a major oil spill off the coast of Southern California that dumped more than 120,000 gallons of crude oil from an offshore pipeline into the Pacific Ocean. And, a new report in France says hundreds of thousands of children have been abused by priests and others working in the Catholic Church over the last 70 years.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

5 October 2021 at 02:51
By: NPR
Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen testifies before Congress today about the safety of teens on the social media giant's platforms. Also, a massive leak of financial documents of the rich and powerful showed many U.S. states are also used to hide and shield wealth from scrutiny, including South Dakota. And, a trial is underway in Ohio against some of the nation's largest pharmacy chains accused of contributing to the opioid crisis there.

Monday, October 4, 2021

4 October 2021 at 02:55
By: NPR
A leak of millions of documents reveals a financial universe where the global elite shields riches from taxes, criminal probes and public accountability. Also, a Facebook whistleblower says the company chooses profit over safety and should face regulation. And, the Biden administration is expected to lay out some of its initial steps to address the China trade policy set by the previous administration.

Short Wave: Scientists Are Racing To Save Sequoias

3 October 2021 at 05:00
By: NPR
Based on early estimates, as many as 10,600 large sequoias were killed in last year's Castle Fire โ€” up to 14% of the entire population. The world's largest trees are one of the most fire-adapted to wildfires on the planet. But climate change is making these fires more extreme than sequoias can handle. It's also worsening drought that is killing other conifer trees that then become a tinder box surrounding the sequoias, reports climate correspondent Lauren Sommer in this episode of NPR's daily science podcast, Short Wave.

Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021

2 October 2021 at 04:48
By: NPR
A new antiviral drug for COVID-19 appears to halve the risk of hospitalization and death in people diagnosed with the disease. And Democrats say they still need more time to resolve differences within the party on a spending plan that would advance much of President Biden's legislative agenda. Plus, sexual misconduct accusations trouble the National Women's Soccer League.

Friday, October 1, 2021

1 October 2021 at 02:44
By: NPR
Lawmakers voted to avoid a government shutdown, but Democratic leaders delayed a crucial vote on a bipartisan infrastructure bill. What's the way forward? And what are the Biden administration's new immigration guidelines? Plus, a look at how Afghanistan has changed under the Taliban, one month since the US withdrew its troops.

Thursday, September 30th, 2021

30 September 2021 at 02:43
By: NPR
The government will shut down if a spending bill isn't passed by midnight. Will lawmakers pull it off? And lawmakers will ask Facebook about the platform's effect on kids. Is it as harmful as some critics claim? Plus, what's next for Britney Spears now that her father is suspended as her conservator?

Wednesday, September 29th, 2021

29 September 2021 at 02:45
By: NPR
Top U.S. military officials will testify before House lawmakers today on the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. What do they hope to learn? And Japan is on track to get a new Prime Minister. What kind of challenges will the incoming leader face? Plus, a year after former President Donald Trump acknowledged the Proud Boys during a presidential debate, how active is the far-right extremist group?

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

28 September 2021 at 02:52
By: NPR
Can Democrats do anything to prevent a government shutdown? And now that R&B star R. Kelly has been convicted of sex trafficking and racketeering, what kind of prison sentence is he facing? Plus, why did murder rates in the U.S. surge during the pandemic?

Monday, September 27th, 2021

27 September 2021 at 02:43
By: NPR
What do Germany's preliminary election results tell us about where the country's headed? And will Democrats be able to avoid a government shutdown and avert a debt crisis? Plus, what's the roll-out plan for Pfizer's COVID-19 booster shot?

BONUS: Consider This: After A Year Away, Broadway Is Back

26 September 2021 at 05:00
By: NPR
This week's bonus episode of Up First comes from NPR's Consider This. After a year away, Broadway's lights are back on. Some of the biggest productions have returned for vaccinated and masked audiences. From "Wicked" to "Chicago" to "Hamilton," theaters in New York are open at 100 percent capacity. Three industry veterans get ready to return.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021

25 September 2021 at 04:27
By: NPR
After deliberation and disagreement, federal regulators have endorsed COVID boosters for some groups, making millions of people eligible across the U.S. And a widely-discredited Republican-led review of Arizona's Maricopa County 2020 election has concluded after months. Plus, an upcoming election in Germany will decide who succeeds long-standing Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Friday, September 24, 2021

24 September 2021 at 02:48
By: NPR
Why did the director of the CDC override her agency's advisory panel and rule in favor of COVID-19 booster shots? And what do lawmakers hope to learn from former Trump aides they have subpoenaed? Plus, President Biden meets with the leaders of India, Japan and Australia today. How can they push back against China, a major trading partner?
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