Episodes
Opening arguments begin today in Manhattan: the People of the State of New York vs Donald J. Trump. As the House passed foreign aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan over the weekend, it tucked in a bill that threatens the future of Tiktok in the U.S. And the U.S. Supreme Court takes up homelessness – specifically, the question of whether people can be punished for sleeping outside. Want more comprehensive analysis of the most important news of the day, plus a little fun? Subscribe to the Up...
Published 04/22/24
Published 04/22/24
Historical markers dot the American landscape. They are on the sides of roads, in parks, rest areas, in the middle of nowhere. They purport to offer a glimpse into the past, marking a moment or place of significance worth remembering. But a year-long investigation by NPR's Laura Sullivan found these makers present a fractured and confused telling of the American story. Some share humor and joy but many present a version of history that's been distorted or outright fictionalized with offensive...
Published 04/21/24
Congress is expected to vote Saturday on aid for U.S. allies over the objections of some Republicans. Volkswagen workers at a Tennessee plant have voted overwhelmingly to join the United Auto Workers. There are new guidelines to safeguard melatonin overuse by children. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy
Published 04/20/24
Less than a week after Iran launched air strikes into Israel, Israel appears to have responded. New York City police raided a college campus and arrested more than 100 students protesting the war in Gaza. And 12 New York City residents now hold Donald Trump's fate in their hands. Want more comprehensive analysis of the most important news of the day, plus a little fun? Subscribe to the Up First newsletter. Today's episode of Up First was edited by Mark Katkov, Larry Kaplow, Dana Farrington...
Published 04/19/24
Israel is now engaged in conflicts on three separate fronts: Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran. A new timeline shows Maui's deadly wildfire last year moved incredibly fast. And inflation is proving more stubborn than expected so far this year. Want more comprehensive analysis of the most important news of the day, plus a little fun? Subscribe to the Up First newsletter. Today's episode of Up First was edited by Andrew Sussman, Eric Westervelt, Julia Redpath and Ben Adler. It was produced by Ziad...
Published 04/18/24
The U.S. wants China to help calm tensions in the Middle East by leveraging its influence with Iran. Democrats want to dismiss the impeachment trial against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, while some conservatives want to dismiss House Speaker Mike Johnson for backing aid to Israel and Ukraine. And hot ocean temperatures are turning coral reefs a ghostly white. Want more comprehensive analysis of the most important news of the day, plus a little fun? Subscribe to the Up First...
Published 04/17/24
Iran is calling its air strikes on Israel a huge success, even though nearly all their missiles and drones were shot down. It looks like House Speaker Mike Johnson could finally bring foreign aid for Ukraine and Israel up for a vote — well...make that four votes. And the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments today in a January 6th case that asks the question: How does one specific federal law define the obstruction of a congressional proceeding? Want more comprehensive analysis of the most...
Published 04/16/24
Iran and its allies launched more than 300 drones and missiles at Israel over the weekend. Israel, the U.S. and several other countries shot nearly all of them down. And Donald Trump goes on trial today — the first criminal trial ever for a former president. Want more comprehensive analysis of the most important news of the day, plus a little fun? Subscribe to the Up First newsletter. Today's episode of Up First was edited by Mark Katkov, Andrew Sussman, Dana Farrington, Lisa Thomson and...
Published 04/15/24
How can Black women face workplace challenges without losing faith—or losing themselves—in the process? Today on The Sunday Story, host Ayesha Rascoe sits down with Lauren Wesley Wilson, author of the new book, What Do You Need? Lauren has dedicated her career to helping women of color thrive in the workplace as the founder and CEO of ColorComm, a networking community for women of color in communications and media. In this episode, she reflects on big moments in her career, and shares advice...
Published 04/14/24
Vice President Kamala Harris was in Arizona, where the state's high court reinstated an 1864 law all but banning abortion. House Speaker Mike Johnson met with former Pres. Donald Trump in Florida. Argentine police are breaking up protests with water cannons as the economy falters. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy
Published 04/13/24
We look back at the complicated life and legacy O.J. Simpson leaves behind after he died yesterday from cancer. More than two years into its full scale invasion of Ukraine, Russia's war of attrition in Ukraine appears to be succeeding in ways its military superiority has not. And the Justice Department charges baseball star Shohei Ohtani's former interpreter with $16 million of bank fraud. Want more comprehensive analysis of the most important news of the day, plus a little fun? Subscribe to...
Published 04/12/24
President Biden is hosting a meeting with the leaders of two key U.S. allies — Japan and the Philippines — to counter China's power in Asia. The European Union is moving forward with major changes to its migration policies that would make it harder to seek asylum in Europe. And high school seniors are struggling to figure out a new college financial aid form that's been plagued by delays and errors. Want more comprehensive analysis of the most important news of the day, plus a little fun?...
Published 04/11/24
Arizona's Supreme Court says an abortion ban passed during the Civil War should be the law of the land today. The EPA is, for the first time, putting limits on "forever chemicals" in our drinking water. And Japan's prime minister comes to Washington, just as President Biden questions a global business deal. Want more comprehensive analysis of the most important news of the day, plus a little fun? Subscribe to the Up First newsletter. Today's episode of Up First was edited by Megan Pratz,...
Published 04/10/24
Donald Trump wants to leave abortion policy up to the states. The Vatican calls surrogacy and gender theory "grave threats" to "human dignity." And Missouri plans to execute a man who shot and killed two of his family members nearly 20 years ago — despite an unusual coalition advocating against his execution. And a bonus: What was it like to experience a total solar eclipse? Want more comprehensive analysis of the most important news of the day, plus a little fun? Subscribe to the Up First...
Published 04/09/24
We've got everything you need to be ready for today's total solar eclipse. (Except for those glasses...you're on your own there!) The Biden administration is taking another crack at an issue it's struggled to get through the courts. And this weekend marked six months of the war in Gaza — with still no clarity on how it might end. Want more comprehensive analysis of the most important news of the day, plus a little fun? Subscribe to the Up First newsletter. Today's episode of Up First was...
Published 04/08/24
David Baron says seeing a total solar eclipse is "like you've left the solar system and are looking back from some other world." Today on The Sunday Story, we're sharing an episode from NPR's Life Kit. Baron talks to NPR's scientist-in-residence and astrophysicist Dr. Regina Barber about what to expect when viewing the total solar eclipse on April 8, including the sensations you may feel and the strange lighting effects in the sky. Learn more about sponsor message choices:...
Published 04/07/24
October 7, 2023, was a Saturday. This Saturday, we look back at the last six months of violence, beginning with the surprise attack by Hamas on communities in southern Israel and continuing as Israel keeps up its retaliation and Hamas continues to hold hostages. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy
Published 04/06/24
Israel is allowing aid to flow into Northern Gaza after President Joe Biden warned that U.S. support would depend on steps taken to address civilian harm and humanitarian suffering. No Labels is deciding not to put a third-party unity ticket together to run in the 2024 presidential election. And, a federal judge decided border officials are responsible for migrant children in encampments on California's southern border. Want more comprehensive analysis of the most important news of the day,...
Published 04/05/24
A key member of Benjamin Netanyahu's war cabinet says Israel should set a date for elections. NATO is marking 75 years since its founding — and it remains an alliance that worries about Russia. And an NPR investigation asks why Baltimore's Key Bridge didn't have more protection from passing ships. Want more comprehensive analysis of the most important news of the day, plus a little fun? Subscribe to the Up First newsletter. Today's episode of Up First was edited by Mark Katkov, Nick Spicer,...
Published 04/04/24
A massive 7.4 magnitude earthquake has struck Taiwan, the biggest quake to rock the Asian island in 25 years. rotest votes in Wisconsin's primary — against President Biden and Donald Trump. And a controversial Texas immigration law is back in court for a crucial test. Want more comprehensive analysis of the most important news of the day, plus a little fun? Subscribe to the Up First newsletter. Today's episode of Up First was edited by Miguel Macias, Padma Rama, Alfredo Carbajal, Alice...
Published 04/03/24
Two airstrikes in the last 24 hours are drawing new scrutiny to Israel's military actions in the Middle East. Florida's Supreme Court has pretty much ensured that abortion will be the issue on the state's November ballot. And it turns out Google's "incognito" web browsing mode hasn't been incognito after all. Want more comprehensive analysis of the most important news of the day, plus a little fun? Subscribe to the Up First newsletter. Today's episode of Up First was edited by Ryland...
Published 04/02/24
The United Nations' main judicial body says Israel must allow more aid into Gaza, but can the court's order be enforced? Many California fast food workers get a big raise Monday, but restaurant owners say the increase to $20 an hour puts them in a bind. And March Madness does it again: a Cinderella Final Four men's team, and an epic women's showdown Monday night. Want more comprehensive analysis of the most important news of the day, plus a little fun? Subscribe to the Up First...
Published 04/01/24
In China, a man has been playing the piano outdoors, often in places of great sadness—the epicenter of an earthquake, a dam that submerged villages, a street emptied during a COVID lockdown. He plays just one song: "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence," by the late composer Ryuichi Sakamoto. In the fall of 2022, one of his performance videos goes viral, tapping into years of unexpressed collective grief. In this episode of The Sunday Story, NPR correspondent John Ruwitch asks: who is the piano...
Published 03/31/24
Some car companies are looking for workarounds to get their vehicles from ships to dealers after the Baltimore bridge collapse. Demonstrations turn violent in Europe as farmers protest European Union environmental policies and cheap Ukrainian imports. Chocolate lovers will have to pay more for treats as cocoa prices skyrocket. Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoices NPR Privacy Policy
Published 03/30/24