Episodes
President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump leave the White House. Trump delivers brief remarks at Joint Base Andrews.
Published 01/20/21
Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States today. What does the new president plan for the hours after his inauguration? President Trump ends his term by pardoning an indicted advisor. He also granted clemency to convicted politicians. But he still faces a Senate trial for inciting a mob to attack Congress. Also, is a new strain of coronavirus responsible for California's surge of cases?
Published 01/20/21
It is Donald Trump's last full day as president. The last full day that he can use the power to pardon. Who might Trump choose? The Senate goes back to work today for the first time since the attack on the Capitol. It will consider five of Joe Biden's cabinet nominees, prioritizing those in national security. In Guatemala, security forces fired tear gas at Honduran migrants trying to cross Guatemala's southern border. Why did they leave home, despite the danger?
Published 01/19/21
Despite months of attempts to overturn democracy, the presidential transfer of power will happen this week. Thousands of U.S. troops will guard the inauguration as Joe Biden takes the oath of office. Vaccine distribution is moving more slowly than expected. Also, what does the Kremlin plan for Alexei Navalny? The critic of Russia's Vladimir Putin returned to his home country. Officials there arrested him.
Published 01/18/21
In this bonus episode, Kamala Harris answers The NPR Politics Podcast's questions about the current moment. With days until she and Joe Biden are inaugurated as the President and Vice President of the United States, Harris talked with NPR's Scott Detrow about how she felt after the attack on the Capitol and the administration's new $1.9 trillion relief package proposal.
Published 01/17/21
President-elect Joe Biden laid out his plans to speed up vaccinations as soon as he takes office. More than 100 people have been arrested, and many more are under investigation, following the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol building. The FBI warns that they are hearing "online chatter" about possible armed protests in state capitals.
Published 01/16/21
The incoming Biden-Harris administration has big plans. They want $1.9 trillion in new spending to help Americans. State capitals across the United States are bracing for potential unrest. The FBI warns of scenes similar to January 6th. Are state and local law enforcement prepared? And nearly seven years after the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, those responsible are now being held accountable. Nine former and current officials have been indicted.
Published 01/15/21
Donald Trump became the first U.S. president to be impeached twice. The upcoming Senate trial won't start until Joe Biden is inaugurated. What will it mean for Biden's agenda? FBI officials discovered specific threats against members of Congress leading up to the January 6 attack on the Capitol. But they didn't act on it. Why weren't proper protocols followed for the pro-Trump rally that turned deadly? And Arizona has the worst coronavirus infection rate in the world.
Published 01/14/21
Today, the House will vote to impeach President Trump a second time. This time some House Republicans are on board. What about the Senate? A week from now, President-elect Biden will take the oath of office. But it will be an inauguration like no other. The pandemic and last week's insurrection have everyone on high alert. And coronavirus deaths in the U-K have now surpassed the number of civilian casualties the country suffered during World War II. How are hospitals there coping?
Published 01/13/21
More than 200 House members are now calling for President Trump's removal. But how many Republicans will join their Democratic colleagues? The 25th Amendment is also still on the table. Vice President Mike Pence has stayed silent on the issue since the insurrection. Where does his loyalty stand? And investigators are looking into homemade bombs found during last week's riots at the U.S. Capitol.
Published 01/12/21
Democrats demand accountability for President Trump's actions. If their push to invoke the 25th Amendment fails, they'll try to impeach him again. But what difference does it make if his term is up in nine days? Law enforcement officials continue to investigate and arrest rioters, but they're also preparing for next week's inauguration. Far-right extremists say they'll be back. And only about a third of the available coronavirus vaccines have been administered. The incoming Biden...
Published 01/11/21
When the headlines are terrifying, how can parents make sure kids get the facts without traumatizing them? Whether it's a school shooting, a global pandemic or an insurrection on the U.S. Capitol, child development experts have some advice. In this bonus episode brought to you by NPR's Life Kit, hosts Anya Kamenetz and Cory Turner have answers.
Published 01/10/21
There are growing voices for the President to resign or face impeachment or removal via the 25th amendment. Hundreds of law enforcement officials are combing through images to try to identify and arrest those who attacked the Capitol. With COVID-19 surging, President-elect Joe Biden reveals his plan to release more doses of the vaccine.
Published 01/09/21
Two members of President Trump's cabinet resigned on Thursday. Democrats in Congress say it's not the secretaries who need to go, but Trump himself. Many signs suggested this week's pro-Trump rally would be a riot. Why didn't authorities seem to believe it? And the pandemic continues to drag the job market down. The Labor Department says 19 million Americans are still depending on unemployment benefits.
Published 01/08/21
Extremist supporters of President Trump attacked the U.S. Capitol, but they failed to stop Congress from affirming Biden's win. Lawmakers certified Joe Biden as the winner of the presidential election early this morning. Also we walk through a day of insurrection, incited by the departing president's false claims. Why was it so easy for rioters to breach security?
Published 01/07/21
Democrat Raphael Warnock wins his Senate runoff election in Georgia. A second race is still too close to call. On Capitol Hill, Congress will certify the presidential election results today, but some Republican lawmakers will object. In Wisconsin, the police officer who shot Jacob Blake will not face criminal charges. Kenosha residents were out last night protesting the decision. Health officials in Los Angeles County say they're in a new phase of the COVID outbreak. Beds, ambulances and...
Published 01/06/21
People in Georgia will finish voting today. At stake is control of the U.S. Senate. But the runoff elections have been overshadowed by the president's false claims. The U.S has administered fewer than 5 million coronavirus vaccines. How can we safely speed up? And U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered a new national lockdown for England until at least mid-February.
Published 01/05/21
President Trump called Georgia's top elections official on Saturday and asked him for help to overturn the state's election result. This comes shortly before two runoff elections in Georgia will determine control in the U.S. Senate. Vice President-elect Harris was in the state campaigning for both Democratic candidates. Around 17 million doses of coronavirus vaccines have been distributed to states, but most haven't been administered. With more than 350,000 Americans dead, what's the holdup?
Published 01/04/21
A bonus episode from NPR's Code Switch on a topic that makes headlines in the U.S. more than almost anywhere else in the world: gun ownership. The debate over the right to bear arms stretches back all the way to the beginning of this country. And it's a fierce one. But how that conversation sounds has a lot to do with who you focus on. On this episode of Code Switch, hosts Shereen Marisol Meraji and Gene Demby ask what it means for Black people to be gun owners in the United States, and how...
Published 01/03/21
A normally divided Congress comes together to override Trump's veto of a sweeping defense bill. On the one-year anniversary of the killing of a top Iranian general, both Washington and Tehran rattle their sabers. The new and more infectious variant of the coronavirus is detected in three U.S. states.
Published 01/02/21
The United States' COVID-19 vaccine rollout process has gotten off to a slow start. We look back and ahead at the economy. And, The UK officially departs from the EU.
Published 01/01/21
Senate leadership rules out sending standalone $2,000 checks to U.S. workers. Arizona grapples with the second-highest COVID-19 rate in the nation. And, the Census Bureau will miss a year-end deadline.
Published 12/31/20
A highly contagious COVID-19 strain makes its way to the U.S. Argentine lawmakers vote to legalize abortion. With two days left in 2020, the U.S. Senate rushes to finish its year-end to-do list.
Published 12/30/20
In the contest over COVID-19 relief, the ball is in the GOP's court. Investigators search for a motive behind the Nashville bombing. Plus, Georgia's two crucial Senate runoffs are a week away.
Published 12/29/20
President Trump signs into law the coronavirus relief and spending package. Nashville investigators identify the Christmas day bomber. Plus, the EU launches its first round of COVID-19 vaccinations.
Published 12/28/20