Episodes
Google now faces what it's managed to avoid for years: a government lawsuit challenging its dominance over internet search. In Great Britain a vaccine trial will deliberately expose participants to coronavirus. Massive protests in Lagos over police brutality and economic inequality turned deadly when Nigerian security forces opened fire on demonstrators.
Published 10/21/20
The commission that runs the Presidential debates has announced new rules for Thursday's Trump-Biden event intended to enforce the order and civility missing from their last one. A US grand jury has indicted Russian government hackers. TikTok is dealing with the dilemma of how to limit hate speech and misinformation while permitting freedom of expression.
Published 10/20/20
Over the weekend, President Trump was back on the road and rallying large raucous crowds in must-win states, while Joe Biden kept to a more measured campaign style with an eye on COVID precautions. As predicted, the arrival of cool weather has brought a second wave of COVID cases. China's economy showed a return to health in the 3rd quarter. That's not necessarily good news for the rest of the global economy.
Published 10/19/20
Election Day is just weeks away and millions of Americans have already voted. As Americans continue heading to the polls, NPR political reporters Juana Summers and Scott Detrow bring our Up First listeners this special report on all the issues surrounding voting in this year's election – including access to voting, disinformation and how to vote.
Published 10/18/20
President Trump and Vice President Joe Biden appeal to seniors for their votes. Pfizer says it won't have data showing its COVID-19 vaccine is safe until late November, weeks after Election Day. France imposes new restrictions in hopes of curbing the pandemic and avoiding another national shutdown.
Published 10/17/20
President Trump and former Vice President Biden held separate prime-time TV town halls Thursday evening. In tone and content they could hardly have been more different. US health experts warned of a rise in COVID-19 cases with the arrival of autumn. That surge is here.
Published 10/16/20
President Trump and former Vice President Biden hold network TV town halls this evening. Nominee Amy Coney Barrett's testimony has wrapped up, but her confirmation hearings for Supreme Court justice continue today, featuring supporters and opponents of the nomination. Europe is re-trenching against a new surge of COVID-19 after seeing more than 100,000 new cases per day on average over the past week.
Published 10/15/20
Senators will question Judge Amy Coney Barrett in day 3 of the confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court vacancy. Yesterday Barrett avoided answering how she would rule on abortion, gun control, and the Affordable Care Act. Also, the Supreme Court sides with the Trump Administration to end census counting earlier than the planned deadline. And, two coronavirus studies have been put on pause by drug makers as they investigate safety concerns.
Published 10/14/20
The Senate Judiciary Committee returns for day two of Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Also, California's government is ordering the state Republican party to remove unofficial ballot boxes that have been deemed illegal. And, NPR has found significant enrollment drops in school districts across 20 different states this fall. The consequences could be serious for both students and school budgets.
Published 10/13/20
Confirmation hearings begin in the Senate today on Judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. President Trump returns to the campaign trail this week for the first time since announcing he'd tested positive for coronavirus. Gen. Mike Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke candidly with Steve Inskeep about advising this President.
Published 10/12/20
Hip-hop is America's most-consumed genre of music, and the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world. What connects those facts? This bonus episode of Up First comes from NPR Music's new podcast, Louder Than A Riot. Rodney Carmichael and Sidney Madden explore the last 40 years of hip-hop and mass incarceration.
Published 10/11/20
President Trump says he's feeling good and ready to get back on the campaign trail after testing positive for the coronavirus. But is it medically wise? A week after entering the hospital, he'll greet supporters at the White House, and later attend a rally. Hurricane Delta hits Louisiana with 100 mph winds and storm surges.
Published 10/10/20
The alleged plot by militia members to kidnap Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer shines a light on domestic extremists in the state. Presidential debate organizers offered up a revised plan for upcoming debates, setting off a harsh exchange between the campaigns. And Washington DC authorities are urging White House staff to contact trace following that Rose Garden event for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
Published 10/09/20
The Vice Presidential candidates debated last night in Salt Lake City. The 9th Circuit has ruled in favor of extending the 2020 census deadline, but the White House will appeal it to the Supreme Court. And the Louisville Police Department has released its internal report on the death of Breonna Taylor.
Published 10/08/20
President Trump abruptly ended talks on a new economic relief package, saying they'd resume in a month, post-election. Vice President Mike Pence and VP candidate Kamala Harris prepare for tonight's debate in Utah. And legal actions over vote-by-mail are causing uncertainty in some states.
Published 10/07/20
Claiming a quick recovery from covid-19, President Trump checked out of Walter Reed National Medical Center on Monday, after just 3 days there. He'll continue medical treatment at the White House. An NPR investigation finds that US colleges are not doing enough coronavirus testing to safeguard the health of students, faculty and staff on campus.
Published 10/06/20
President Trump remains hospitalized with COVID-19 as questions persist about his case. Even as he and his doctors play down his condition, the treatment implies something more severe. And the Supreme Court begins a new term, with some major cases on its calendar and an empty seat on the bench.
Published 10/05/20
President Trump is at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center with "moderate" COVID-19 symptoms. The president has been treated with Remdesivir as well as a dose of an experimental cocktail, Regeneron. The public reacts to the news of Trump's diagnosis just weeks before the election.
Published 10/03/20
President Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, have tested positive for the coronavirus. The president's physician say he will continue to conduct business while in isolation, but his campaign is having to make some adjustments with the election just a little over four weeks away. Also, the president is at a higher risk of serious complications from the virus because of his age and weight. And, world markets are reacting to concerns about the president's diagnosis.
Published 10/02/20
President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden wasted no time as they both returned to the campaign trail just five weeks before election day. The president is under tremendous pressure for not condemning white supremacy during Tuesday's chaotic debate. Also, with so many people voting by mail, the results could be delayed by days or even weeks. Social media companies fear the potential to spread conspiracy theories will be high. And, new rapid result COVID testing could dramatically change...
Published 10/01/20
The first presidential debate of the 2020 election was a chaotic night full of interruptions and schoolyard insults. Also, the president reiterated false claims about mail-in voting in the debate; his words may be influencing how people vote this fall. And, COVID cases are up again in New York City. More than 3% of the tests results have come back positive, primarily around Orthodox Jewish communities.
Published 09/30/20
The New York Times report about the president's taxes will likely be a hot topic tonight as Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden face off on the debate stage for the first time. Also, infection rates are climbing at a staggering rate in India as the world marks one million COVID deaths. And, more than 68,000 people are under evacuation orders as two fast-moving wildfires tear through Northern California's wine country.
Published 09/29/20
The New York Times says it's obtained about two decades worth of President Trump's financial records, showing he avoided paying taxes for years. Also, GOP leadership have been heavily promoting the president's pick to the Supreme Court, Judge Amy Coney Barrett. They're rushing to fill the vacancy left by Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death before the election. And, a federal judge in Washington blocked President Trump's order banning new downloads of the popular video-sharing app Tik Tok, but...
Published 09/28/20
In this bonus episode of Code Switch, NPR's podcast about race and identity, hosts Shereen Marisol Meraji and Gene Demby find out how a police killing in Minneapolis in May lead people thousands of miles across the Atlantic Ocean to pull down the statue of a slave trader who's been dead for nearly three centuries.
Published 09/27/20
A conservative judge is tipped to be the nominee to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. We look at the latest on COVID-19 vaccine trials. And the grand jury decision in killing of Breonna Taylor has lead to more protests and no closure for her family and community.
Published 09/26/20