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Gambling companies are challenging a Florida tribe over online betting in the state

Florida's Seminole tribe is eager to start online sports betting but several lawsuits are holding up a 2021 agreement that made it he only entity in the state to offer the lucrative gambling option.
9/30/20233 minutes, 26 seconds
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The White House chief of staff says it's on House Republicans to avert a shutdown

Jeff Zients has been getting the White House prepared for the first government shutdown of the Biden administration. Here's what the chief of staff told NPR about it.
9/29/20233 minutes, 57 seconds
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Why was Dave Ramsey's financial literacy textbook approved in Florida?

Florida schools can use the curriculum from a conservative radio host and finance adviser to satisfy a financial literacy requirement. Critics say it lacks academic rigor and includes Bible verses.
9/28/20232 minutes, 27 seconds
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A reproduction revolution is on the horizon: vitro gametogenesis or IVG

Scientists in Japan are at the forefront of one the most controversial areas of biomedical research: creating sperm and eggs in the laboratory from practically any cell in the body.
9/27/20237 minutes, 17 seconds
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Why 1 in 4 inmate deaths happens in the same federal prison in North Carolina

A quarter of federal inmate deaths occur at North Carolina's Butner prison complex. Some federal inmates only arrived at its medical facility after waiting months or even years for care elsewhere.
9/25/20233 minutes, 54 seconds
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New research finds building evidence for the long-term health effects of wildfire smoke

Wildfire smoke has plagued much of the country this summer causing short-term impacts like increasing asthma. But researchers learning that wildfire smoke can have far-lasting implications.
9/24/20234 minutes, 6 seconds
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Zelenskyy reaches out to the U.S. for more aid to help end Russia's invasion

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy tells NPR's Steve Inskeep that additional foreign aid is necessary to beat back Russia's ambitions to expand across Europe.
9/22/202311 minutes, 17 seconds
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As the U.S. mulls more aid to Ukraine, Zelenskyy says 'we have the same values'

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is in New York for the U.N. General Assembly. He spoke with NPR's Steve Inskeep about why U.S. aid to Ukraine remains so important.
9/20/20233 minutes, 48 seconds
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A federal agency wants to give safety tips to young adults. So it's dropping an album

The Consumer Product Safety Commission's album addresses the most common hazards among those 13-24, through a variety of genres. It's called We're Safety Now Haven't We, and you'll want to hear it.
9/20/20232 minutes, 50 seconds
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GOP gets a warning on how to talk about abortion from Donald Trump

The Republican Party is facing criticism for its messaging around abortion from an unlikely source: former President Donald Trump.
9/19/20233 minutes, 44 seconds
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People who adopt healthy habits can reduce risk of depressive episodes, studies say

New science adds to the evidence that having a sense of purpose and a hobby can help boost your spirits — even for people who are prone to depression.
9/18/20234 minutes, 15 seconds
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California's lawsuit says oil giants downplayed climate change. Here's what to know

California accuses oil companies of misleading the public on the dangers of fossil fuels for decades. The state demands they help fund recovery efforts after climate change-fueled disasters.
9/16/20234 minutes, 12 seconds
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A day at an annual event in rural California: the gay rodeo

Every summer, a different sort of rodeo takes place in the California town of Duncan Mills: a gay rodeo. We pay a visit.
9/16/20233 minutes, 47 seconds
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A historic strike against the Big 3 automakers got underway at midnight

Members of the United Auto Workers kicked off targeted strikes after talks with the automakers failed to result in a new contract. This is the first time the UAW is striking the Big 3 at one time.
9/15/20233 minutes, 30 seconds
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The immigrant population in the U.S. is climbing again, setting a record last year

Census Bureau data show the number of foreign-born people rose by nearly a million in 2022 after years of little growth. Experts say the increase coincides with a gradual reboot of legal immigration.
9/14/20233 minutes, 18 seconds
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Opioids are killing more Black men — largely due to the spread of fentanyl

Birmingham, Ala., is seeing a high rate of overdose deaths and addiction among Black men. Officials blame fentanyl and a lack of addiction treatment.
9/13/20234 minutes, 5 seconds
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Memphis Police pressured to change culture after high-profile killings and beatings

After the beating death of Tyre Nichols by five Memphis police officers in January and other abuses that have come to light, the police department is under mounting pressure to change its culture.
9/12/20237 minutes, 47 seconds
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The Food and Drug Administration is poised to approve new COVID boosters

The latest shots could bolster immunity as a new COVID-19 wave rises, and the season for peak respiratory illnesses approaches.
9/11/20233 minutes, 30 seconds
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Air pollution could be making antibiotic resistance worse

New data suggest a connection between antibiotic resistance and particulate pollution the air we breathe.
9/10/20234 minutes, 7 seconds
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13 former presidents of the U.S. have issued a joint statement in support of democracy

NPR's Scott Simon talks to David Kramer of the George W. Bush Institute about an unprecedented statement in support of American democracy issued by the foundations of many former U.S. presidents.
9/9/20234 minutes, 41 seconds
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How this summer's extreme heat waves are connected to flooding, hurricanes

We take a look at the role climate change might be playing in the unexpected extreme weather around the globe, including the cyclones in Brazil during the southern winter.
9/8/20233 minutes, 25 seconds
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The floating border barrier in the Rio Grande must be removed, a federal judge rules

The judge gave Texas until Sept. 15 to move the barrier to shore and barred the state from placing any additional buoys or other structures in the river. Gov. Greg Abbott plans to appeal the ruling.
9/6/20233 minutes, 41 seconds
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DeSantis' presidential campaign has struggled and it hasn't gotten any smoother

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is widely seen as the most viable opponent to Donald Trump in the Republican presidential primary race, but his campaign has been beset by challenges from the start.
9/5/20233 minutes, 19 seconds
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4 things to know on Labor Day — from the Hot Labor Summer to the Hollywood strikes

Organized labor has scored some big victories this year, including new contracts at UPS. Can the winning streak continue?
9/4/20235 minutes, 31 seconds
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Congress is back from summer recess. Here's what's on the agenda

Congress returns this week with several outstanding issues, including passing a short-term spending bill to avoid a government shutdown.
9/3/20234 minutes, 42 seconds
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Who is Ruby Franke? What to know about the mommy vlogger accused of child abuse

For years, the Utah YouTube star sparked criticism for her parenting tactics. She was arrested this week after her malnourished son escaped out a window and ran to a nearby home, police said.
9/1/20233 minutes, 17 seconds
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Justices Thomas and Alito file 2022 financial disclosure forms with new trips, gifts

NPR's Michel Martin talks to Virginia Canter, chief ethics counsel for the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, about whether the justices have gone far enough.
9/1/20234 minutes, 10 seconds
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Student loan borrowers who've been repaying for about 20 years got some good news

Federal student loan borrowers are expected to resume payments this fall. But more than 800,000 borrowers are finding out that their loans have suddenly been forgiven.
8/31/20234 minutes, 4 seconds
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U.S. employers are using AI to essentially reduce workers to numbers in the workplace

NPR's Steve Inskeep talks with Ifeoma Ajunwa, author of The Quantified Worker, about how work lives have become quantified for the benefit of employers.
8/30/20236 minutes, 47 seconds
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The U.S. is experiencing a late summer wave of COVID cases

While most people aren't getting really sick, hospitalizations are up more than 21% across the country. Elderly people are most at risk.
8/29/20233 minutes, 25 seconds
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As classes resume in sweltering heat, many schools lack air conditioning

Amid sweltering heat waves, classes have resumed in many districts around the country that have outdated heating and cooling systems — or no air conditioning at all.
8/28/20234 minutes, 35 seconds
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Former President Donald Trump's legal and political calendars are filling up

Trump dominated recent headlines: avoiding the GOP debate, having a high-profile interview on social media site X — then was booked for charges related to the 2020 election, complete with mug shot.
8/25/20233 minutes, 42 seconds
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Lahaina residents worry developers will scoop up land after the recent wildfires

NPR's Leila Fadel talks to Tiare Lawrence, who belongs to a coalition of community members that worry Lahaina will be rebuilt without the buy-in of local residents.
8/23/20233 minutes, 58 seconds
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Why some homeowners are choosing to replace their lawns with native plants

While some cities don't like the way the native plants look, others are encouraging the climate-friendly swap.
8/22/20233 minutes, 58 seconds
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Donald Trump has been booked at the Atlanta jail on Georgia election charges

Donald Trump has become the first former president with a mug shot. He faces 13 felony counts in Georgia related to efforts to overturn the state's 2020 presidential election result.
8/22/20233 minutes, 26 seconds
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Tennessee's legislature will hold a GOP-led special session this week

The special session is expected to focus on gun violence and public safety. The Republican supermajority plans toughening juvenile sentencing laws instead of focusing on gun control reform.
8/21/20234 minutes, 11 seconds
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Parents in Maui are grappling with where to send their kids as the school year begins

According to Maui County, over 3,000 students have been displaced from their schools by the devastating wildfires in West Maui. With the school year just starting, parents are unsure what to do.
8/20/20234 minutes, 10 seconds
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Officials in Lahaina are trying to get mental health support to displaced residents

Besides the challenges of displacement and recovery, officials are scrambling to support the enormous mental health needs of Lahaina residents traumatized by the deadliest wildfire in modern history.
8/19/20235 minutes, 29 seconds
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GOP lawmakers opposed Biden's climate measure but it's helping their constituents

President Biden's climate measure has driven billions of dollars in clean technology investments. Despite no support from House Republicans, it's Red States which are seeing the biggest benefits.
8/18/20234 minutes, 4 seconds
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About 25 miles from devastated Lahaina, another wildfire is burning on Maui

Residents on Maui are mourning the deaths in Lahaina. Separate wildfires also destroyed homes and disrupted lives in other areas. Neighbors are banding together to help one another.
8/17/20233 minutes, 49 seconds
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NPR investigation reveals significant failures at immigrant detention facilities

NPR obtained confidential files from the U.S. government which reveal "barbaric" and "negligent" treatment at ICE detention centers.
8/16/20237 minutes, 28 seconds
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Judge in Louisiana will consider moving teens out of Angola state penitentiary

A hearing will start Tuesday on moving juvenile offenders out of the Angola prison in Louisiana. They were supposed to be housed there only until April, but are still there.
8/15/20233 minutes, 22 seconds
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Frustration grows as residents struggle to find a way back to their homes in Lahaina

Authorities say it is still not safe enough to allow residents and others back into the burned areas in and around Lahaina, where an estimated 2200 structures were damaged or destroyed by the fires.
8/13/20236 minutes, 15 seconds
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How New York is prioritizing mental health care for elders

Older adults are struggling with loneliness, anxiety, substance abuse - and many also struggle to get the care they need.
8/12/20233 minutes, 56 seconds
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Experts say many Americans see violence as an acceptable way to resolve differences

A Utah man was killed by federal agents this week after making violent threats against President Biden and other officials. Experts worry that heated political rhetoric is leading to more threats.
8/11/20233 minutes, 26 seconds
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Montgomery brawl doesn't constitute hate crime charges, police chief says

The Montgomery brawl that broke over the weekend when a Black man was attacked by a group of white men, has gone viral with numerous memes and TikTok videos.
8/9/20234 minutes, 46 seconds
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Some states are trying to boost youth voter registration. Here's what they're doing

More states are adopting policies to increase voter registration, including for young people. Those policies include automatic voter registration and pre-registration before age 18.
8/6/20234 minutes, 7 seconds
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Fire devastated this NYC Chinatown bookshop — community has rushed to its aid

Yu & Me Books was a fairly new business when a fire caused substantial damage to the shop. Now, owner Lucy Yu is working to repair not just the physical bookstore but the community around it as well.
8/5/20234 minutes, 23 seconds
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It's still summer, but doctors are already thinking about upcoming RSV season

A CDC advisory committee discusses how to implement a new RSV shot for babies in advance of this fall's expected spike in cases.
8/4/20232 minutes, 54 seconds
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Over 1,100 rioters have been charged for Jan. 6. Many name Trump in their statements

More than 1,100 people have already been charged for their actions around Jan. 6 and many of them invoked Former President Donald Trump, who may also be indicted.
7/30/20234 minutes, 35 seconds
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The upset-scoring Philippines women's soccer team has strong roots in the U.S.

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Henry Bushnell of Yahoo Sports about the American connection to the Philippines women's soccer team competing in the World Cup.
7/29/20234 minutes, 39 seconds
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An update from Eagle Pass in Texas, a city at the center of the border fight

The Justice Department is suing Texas over floating border barriers installed by the state in the Rio Grande River to block migrants crossing from Mexico. We get an update from Eagle Pass, Texas.
7/28/20233 minutes, 49 seconds
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Many new bans on medical care for transgender children are being challenged in courts

Gender-affirming care bans are undergoing intense legal scrutiny and testing federal courts in new ways, setting up battles that may go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
7/27/20233 minutes, 49 seconds
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A new study looks at the role climate change is playing in current heat waves

A new study looks at the role climate change has had globally in this summer's heat waves that have scorched much of the southern U.S., Europe and India.
7/25/20233 minutes, 38 seconds
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Trump could face federal indictment soon over effort to overturn 2020 election defeat

Former President Trump is anticipating federal criminal charges for his role in trying to cling to power after the 2020 election, the most serious legal trouble he faces in a summer of indictments.
7/24/20233 minutes, 49 seconds
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What 'Oppenheimer' left out: the atomic bomb's fallout in New Mexico

As the movie "Oppenheimer" plays in theaters across the country, families affected by fallout from atomic testing in New Mexico are pushing Congress for compensation.
7/23/20233 minutes, 52 seconds
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Presidential candidates are vying for an endorsement from the United Auto Workers

The United Auto Workers has not made a presidential endorsement yet. The union is also engaging in contentious negotiations with automakers.
7/22/20233 minutes, 46 seconds
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Pentagon files reveal flaws in U.S. claims about Syrian casualties in Baghdadi raid

The U.S. has maintained that troops spared civilians in the 2019 raid on ISIS leader Baghdadi. But NPR analysis found flaws in the claim. A Syrian man says he was wounded and two friends were killed.
7/21/20233 minutes, 41 seconds
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As the Women's World Cup kicks off, the U.S. hopes to win its third in a row

The Women's World Cup kicks off today, and the U.S. team hopes to become the first team ever to win three tournaments in a row.
7/20/20233 minutes, 52 seconds
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Illinois is the first state to eliminate cash bail in its prison system

Illinois will be the first state to completely eliminate cash bail in its prison system. NPR talks to Sarah Staudt > from the Prison Policy Initiative, about the impact of the new law.
7/19/20233 minutes, 26 seconds
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Copycat drugs could end Humira's reign as the prominent arthritis treatment

The arthritis drug Humira has been a blockbuster seller for more than two decades. Now some copycats could end Humira's reign.
7/18/20233 minutes, 51 seconds
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New campaign fundraising numbers have been released for the 2024 presidential race

Campaign fundraising numbers were due this weekend, giving a fresh snapshot of the state of the 2024 presidential race. Here's how the Republicans stack up against each other and President Biden.
7/17/20233 minutes, 58 seconds
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The U.S.'s increased reliance on farmworkers from other countries is drawing concern

Farms in the U.S. are increasingly relying on guest workers brought in through a federal visa program. Labor advocates are alarmed by how quickly the program is growing.
7/16/20235 minutes, 58 seconds
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More than 800,000 borrowers are still eligible to benefit from student loan forgiveness

The Biden administration has announced it will forgive debts held by 800,000 federal student loan recipients for low-income borrowers.
7/15/20234 minutes, 14 seconds
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The union representing Hollywood actors and performers goes on strike

The national board of SAG-AFTRA voted to strike and is walking picket lines. There are now two simultaneous strikes in Hollywood, writers have been on strike since May.
7/14/20233 minutes, 34 seconds
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Scientists are a step closer to defining when the age of humans officially began

Scientists recommend the start of a geological epoch defined by how humans have impacted Earth — soot, plastics and radioactive fallout have made it into the rocks, ice and mud that form our planet.
7/13/20232 minutes, 44 seconds
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NASA climate adviser warns extreme weather events will persist if temps keep rising

With much of the U.S. facing extreme weather, NASA chief scientist and senior climate adviser Kate Calvin talks to NPR's A Martinez about what we can expect as global temperatures continue to rise.
7/12/20234 minutes, 8 seconds
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The U.S. has destroyed the last of its declared chemical weapons stockpile

The destruction of 500 tons of nerve and mustard agent had been decades in the making, and the stockpile had been stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot in eastern Kentucky.
7/11/20233 minutes, 14 seconds
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Tennessee's ban on gender-affirming care for minors takes effect, after court ruling

For the first time, a federal court has allowed a ban on gender-affirming care to take effect. Transgender minors in Tennessee are now unable to access care.
7/10/20234 minutes, 7 seconds
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Meet the artist who just turned 100 years old — and is finally having his moment

Jonah Kinigstein was a painter on the verge of making it big in the 1950s but then the tastes of the art world changed. He never quit. He still hasn't - and he just turned 100.
7/9/20236 minutes, 39 seconds
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Days after the mass shooting, Philadelphia moves to sue sellers of 'ghost guns'

Philadelphia is the latest Democratic jurisdiction to sue sellers of gun parts that are easily turned into untraceable "ghost guns." Similar recent attempts have had mixed results.
7/8/20233 minutes, 50 seconds
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U.S. is expected to announce that cluster munitions will be sent to Ukraine

NPR has learned that the Biden administration plans to send cluster munitions to Ukraine. Both Russia and Ukraine are already using the controversial weapons, which pose a long-term risk to civilians.
7/7/20233 minutes, 23 seconds
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Major sticking point to buying an electric vehicle is the lack of public chargers

The No. 1 concern of prospective electric vehicle owners is the availability of charging stations.
7/6/20233 minutes, 56 seconds
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July has already seen 11 mass shootings. The emotional scars won't heal easily

There have been nearly a dozen mass shootings this month and a total 346 mass shootings so far this year — each one leaving a heavy toll for communities around them.
7/4/20233 minutes, 38 seconds
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Does the right to bear arms make the United States less free?

NPR's Steve Inskeep talks with Dan Rodricks, a Baltimore Sun columnist, who recently wrote about the tradition of gun violence in America.
7/4/20234 minutes, 59 seconds
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The political implications for last week's Supreme Court rulings

The Supreme Court has delivered significant blows to President Biden's student loan forgiveness plan, LGBTQ+ protections and affirmative action. Those rulings are reverberating on the campaign trail.
7/3/20233 minutes, 21 seconds
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Affirmative action divided Asian Americans and other people of color. Here's how

Myths about affirmative action being discriminatory against Asian Americans helped spread a narrative that college admissions meant to increase diversity were actually racist.
7/2/20236 minutes, 34 seconds
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A look back at the Supreme Court term that just ended, and what lies ahead

Analysis of the U.S. Supreme Court's term which concluded yesterday.
7/1/20236 minutes, 55 seconds
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Supreme Court overturns legal precedent on college affirmative action programs

The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected race-conscious admissions at Harvard and the University of North Carolina. What does this mean for colleges and perspective students?
6/30/20233 minutes, 58 seconds
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How purple came to be a scarier color than red on the Air Quality Index

Those affected by wildfire smoke focus on the colors red, purple and maroon on the air quality charts. Red used to be the scariest color. Why did that change?(Story aired on ATC on June 28, 2023.)
6/29/20232 minutes, 19 seconds
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Rural states likely to benefit the most from funds to improve broadband access

The White House this week unveiled $42 billion in broadband internet funding from the infrastructure act. It's a rare example of mostly conservative rural leaders embracing big government spending.
6/28/20232 minutes, 24 seconds
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Examining the impact of California's ban on affirmative action in public schools

California banned affirmative action in public schools in 1996. NPR's A Martinez talks to Zachary Bleemer, incoming assistant professor of economics at Princeton University, about the ban's impact.
6/27/20233 minutes, 31 seconds
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Presidential campaign talking point: Fort Bragg's name change

Confederate General Braxton Bragg's name was recently stripped from the nation's largest Army base. The name change has since become a presidential campaign talking point.
6/26/20234 minutes, 2 seconds
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A decision will soon be made in the nation's first youth-led climate lawsuit

In Montana, closing arguments in the the trial for the nation's first youth-led climate lawsuit ended this week and now a judge is weighing her decision. We look at what this decision could mean.
6/25/20233 minutes, 2 seconds
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A Supreme Court decision cleared the way for Biden's immigration policy

A U.S. Supreme Court decision allows the Biden administration to reinstate its strategy on immigration enforcement.
6/24/20233 minutes, 49 seconds
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Patients at a Tenn. clinic that offers gender-affirming care receive troubling email

One of the few clinics offering gender-affirming care for transgender patients in Tennessee has been forced to give medical information on all of their trans patients to the state's attorney general.
6/23/20233 minutes, 31 seconds
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The missing submersible raises troubling questions for the adventure tourism industry

The search for the Titan in the North Atlantic continues. When adventure travel goes wrong, who pays the price, and who's forced to take big risks mounting a rescue?
6/22/20233 minutes, 36 seconds
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John Eastman fought to overturn the election. He may lose his law license

Attorney John Eastman worked on former President Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 election. The State Bar of California is trying to revoke Eastman's law license.
6/21/20234 minutes, 10 seconds
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After China stop, Blinken turns his attention to the war in Ukraine

Fresh from China and a meeting with President Xi Jinping, Secretary of State Antony Blinken turns his focus to a conference in London centered on recovery and rebuilding in Ukraine.
6/20/20233 minutes, 23 seconds
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Juneteenth, the newest federal holiday, is gaining awareness

Monday marks the Juneteenth holiday — a date commemorating the fall of slavery in the United States. While it's a new federal holiday, it's been celebrated since the 1860s.
6/19/20233 minutes, 43 seconds
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Supreme Court's ICWA ruling is a major victory for Native American rights

NPR's Leila Fadel talks to Tehassi Hill, chair of the Oneida Nation in Wisconsin, about the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Indian Child Welfare Act.
6/16/20233 minutes, 58 seconds
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At their annual meeting, Southern Baptists crack down on women in ministry

Southern Baptists have upheld the expulsion of two churches that have female pastors. They also voted to amend their constitution to further restrict women in ministry.
6/15/20232 minutes, 55 seconds
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GOP presidential candidates of color walk a 'tightrope' as they discuss race

The Republican presidential field is the most diverse it has ever been, raising questions about race, identity and immigration for candidates of color in an overwhelmingly white party.
6/14/20234 minutes, 12 seconds
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What makes Trump's case different from other classified documents cases?

NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to former federal prosecutor Robert Mintz about differences between the case against former President Trump and past cases involving the handling of classified information.
6/13/20235 minutes, 3 seconds
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In a first, a youth climate lawsuit is being heard in a court in Montana

A group of young people is suing the state of Montana for failing to address climate change. The state's constitution guarantees "a clean and healthful environment."
6/12/20233 minutes, 32 seconds
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What to expect when Trump appears in federal court on Tuesday

NPR's Ayesha Rascoe speaks to Miami Herald federal courts reporter, Jay Weaver, about what to expect on Tuesday when former president Donald Trump is due in court in Florida.
6/11/20236 minutes, 12 seconds
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Wildfire smoke can be especially dangerous for kids. Here's how to protect them

Children in particular face health risks from wildfire smoke. Short-term exposure can trigger coughing and asthma attacks, while repeated encounters may reduce lung function.
6/10/20233 minutes, 52 seconds
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Dispute over documents turns into a historic indictment of a former president

NPR's A Martinez talks to NYU Law professor Ryan Goodman about the historic indictment filed against former President Donald Trump. A grand jury indicted him in the classified documents case.
6/9/20234 minutes, 50 seconds
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Smoke chokes the Northeast — causing people to pull out their masks

A blanket of smoke from Canadian wildfires continues to move south and hover over many Northeastern cities. Officials have issued many health alerts — warning people to avoid outdoor activities.
6/8/20233 minutes, 30 seconds
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Chris Christie is set to announce his presidential bid in New Hampshire

The former New Jersey governor will appear in Manchester Tuesday evening and announce that he's making another run for the GOP nomination. Christie was one of more than a dozen GOP hopefuls in 2016.
6/6/20234 minutes, 51 seconds
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Examining how the far right tore apart one of the best tools to fight voter fraud

The Electronic Registration Information Center — a multistate effort to fight voter fraud — was a rare bipartisan success story, until it was targeted by a far-right campaign to dismantle it.
6/5/20237 minutes, 1 second
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A decade on, Edward Snowden remains in Russia, though U.S. laws have changed

A decade ago, we were still exploring the technological wonders of cellphones and other electronic devices. Few were thinking about how they could be used to monitor us. Then came Edward Snowden.
6/4/20234 minutes, 55 seconds
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Prosecutors say Trump talks about keeping classified documents on a recording

NPR's Leila Fadel speaks with former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti about evidence former President Donald Trump admitted he kept classified documents after leaving office.
6/2/20234 minutes
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The debt ceiling measure is of interest to candidates running for president

Among the declared presidential candidates, two big names are expected to soon jump into the race for the GOP presidential nomination: former VP Mike Pence and former N.J. Gov. Chris Christie.
6/1/20233 minutes, 36 seconds
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A landmark appeals court ruling clears way for Purdue Pharma-Sackler bankruptcy deal

The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York cleared the way for a controversial bankruptcy deal that grants immunity from opioid lawsuits to members of the Sackler family.
5/30/20233 minutes, 30 seconds
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Accurate forecasts alone aren't enough to prevent deaths from hurricanes and storms

The National Hurricane Center says better modeling now allows meteorologists to extend forecasts from five to seven days. It's also improving storm surge forecasts.
5/30/20234 minutes, 20 seconds
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For military widows and widowers, getting married again can be costly

Military widows and widowers can lose military benefits if they remarry before age 55. NPR's A Martinez talks to Military Times reporter Leo Shane III about attempts to end the remarriage penalty.
5/29/20233 minutes, 25 seconds
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Here are the evolving details of the debt limit agreement

A deal between White House and House Republican negotiators to raise the nation's borrowing limit still must pass Congress.
5/28/20235 minutes, 11 seconds
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Oregon is moving to legalize psychedelics

In Oregon, psychedelics are moving from illegal status to an approved product. But this brave new world comes with lots of regulations and challenges, including training psychedelic 'facilitators.'
5/27/20234 minutes, 18 seconds
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Fla. businesses aim to counter any backlash from the governor's conservative policies

As Memorial Day nears, businesses that rely on tourism worry about travel advisories issued by the NAACP and Human Rights Campaign following Gov. DeSantis policies on diversity, race and identity.
5/26/20232 minutes, 39 seconds
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3 ways to protect your money if the U.S. defaults on its debt

From social security payments to interest rates, a lot hinges on a debt-ceiling deal. Personal finance experts say you should prepare for a possible debt default as you would a recession.
5/25/20233 minutes, 29 seconds
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is set to announce his GOP presidential bid on Twitter

DeSantis is expected to announce his run for president on Wednesday in a live conversation on Twitter alongside Twitter's Executive Chairman Elon Musk.
5/24/20233 minutes, 31 seconds
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More states increasingly restrict access to medical care for transgender people

Laws passed in Florida and Texas will restrict the care available to transgender persons. NPR's Leila Fadel talks to Joseph Knoll, a nurse-practitioner, about how the restrictions affect his patients.
5/19/20234 minutes, 58 seconds
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Accused Pentagon leaker was warned about handling of classified info, prosecutors say

According to a new court filing, Massachusetts Air National Guard superiors allegedly knew months before his arrest that that airman Jack Teixeira was improperly accessing top secret information.
5/18/20233 minutes, 48 seconds
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Republicans in several states push for limits on gender-affirming care for adults

A Florida bill would allow only physicians to provide such care, and it would prohibit public dollars from covering costs. State health insurance plans and Medicaid can't provide coverage.
5/17/20233 minutes, 59 seconds
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In a historic step, strippers at an LA bar unionize

Dancers from the Star Garden topless bar voted in favor of joining Actors' Equity Association, becoming the only group of organized strippers in the U.S. Employers have agreed to recognize the union.
5/16/20233 minutes, 41 seconds
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Congress wants to regulate AI, but it has a lot of catching up to do

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is trying to lead an effort to craft groundbreaking legislation to install safeguards around artificial intelligence. But lawmakers have a lot to learn.
5/15/20233 minutes, 27 seconds
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Texas is a leader in renewable energy. Local politicians want to change that

Oil-rich Texas produces more wind power and, soon, more solar power than anywhere else in the country. Now state lawmakers want to cut renewable power off at the knees.
5/14/20233 minutes, 48 seconds
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How much learning did students miss during the pandemic? Researchers have an answer

New research paints the clearest picture yet of just how much learning students missed during the pandemic, and what it may take to help children in the hardest hit districts to make up ground.
5/12/20233 minutes, 25 seconds
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Pandemic rules allowing for fast expulsions of migrants at the border are expiring

Migrants, communities and immigration officials are gathering along the southern border to register for court dates involving asylum applications in the U.S. Title 42 restrictions end Thursday night.
5/11/20233 minutes, 42 seconds
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Federal jury finds Trump liable for battery and defamation in E. Jean Carroll trial

Donald Trump says he plans to appeal a federal jury's decision that found him liable of battery and defamation in a sexual assault case brought by E. Jean Carroll. The jury awarded her $5 million.
5/10/20233 minutes, 37 seconds
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What should bystanders do during a mass shooting?

NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to Katherine Schweit, a retired FBI agent who founded the agency's active shooter program in 2012.
5/9/20234 minutes, 23 seconds
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A retired FBI agent on how to protect yourself during a mass shooting

Katherine Schweit, who created the FBI's active shooter training more than a decade ago, shares insights on how bystanders can respond during a mass shooting.
5/9/20234 minutes, 23 seconds
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Title 42 will end this week and that could lead to an influx of migrants

Pandemic restrictions for asylum-seekers end this week. Cities along the U.S.-Mexico border are preparing for what comes next, as new rules are enforced to limit migrant admissions.
5/8/20233 minutes, 40 seconds
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Millions of people will gather to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III

Pomp and pageantry? Check. Flag-waving tourists? You bet. A modern monarchy appealing to young diverse Britons? Maybe. In Charles' coronation, the royals will try to balance tradition and reality.
5/5/20233 minutes, 39 seconds
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Hollywood writers strike enters its 2nd day after talks with studios broke off

Members of the Writer's Guild of America are on strike against Hollywood studios. Picketing started Tuesday in Los Angeles and New York.
5/3/20232 minutes, 46 seconds
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There's a toxic brew of mistrust toward U.S. institutions. It's got real consequences

Republicans are lambasting Democrats' attempts at uniform ethics standards at the Supreme Court as partisan politics. It's just the latest chapter in a decline in national unity.
5/3/20233 minutes, 39 seconds
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More communities are deciding to fight the expansion of dollar stores

The number of dollar stores is growing quickly, especially Dollar General. In some towns dollar stores are a vital shopping option, but some residents warn the stores do more harm than good.
5/2/20233 minutes, 59 seconds
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Strike looms as the contract between Hollywood writers and studios is set to expire

The Writers Guild of America is preparing to go on strike for the first time in 16 years. Writers are demanding better pay for TV shows that appear on the biggest streaming platforms.
5/1/20233 minutes, 32 seconds
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Parents and teachers are talking to kids about the homelessness they witness

Families that live in cities with big homeless populations face a difficult conversation: how to talk to their kids about people they see sleeping on the streets.
4/30/20235 minutes, 12 seconds
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California's first heat wave could trigger floods from melting Sierra Nevada snow

Many worry the first heat wave of the season this weekend in parts of California could be the beginning of months of flooding, as the massive snowpack in the Sierra Nevada starts to melt.
4/29/20233 minutes, 20 seconds
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Fired Tucker Carlson producer: Misogyny and bullying 'trickles down from the top'

A former senior booker for Tucker Carlson Tonight sued Fox News for downplaying her claims of misogyny. That lawsuit names Carlson, among others, as responsible.
4/28/20237 minutes, 14 seconds
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AI-generated deepfakes are moving fast. Policymakers can't keep up

Tech companies are in a race to roll out AI chatbots and other tools. As technology gets better at faking reality, there are big questions over how to regulate it.
4/27/20234 minutes, 25 seconds
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No Labels is getting on state ballots, drawing a lawsuit and concerns about a spoiler

The centrist political group No Labels is getting on the ballot in individual states, causing consternation among members of the major political parties about the organization's endgame.
4/26/20234 minutes, 7 seconds
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How Tucker Carlson took fringe conspiracy theories to a mass audience

Many of the false narratives Carlson promoted were part of the "great replacement" conspiracy theory, the racist fiction that nonwhite people are being brought into the U.S. to replace white voters.
4/25/20233 minutes, 38 seconds
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First big event involving many GOP presidential candidates was hosted in Iowa

The Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition hosted a presidential candidate event over the weekend. Most at the gathering of Christian conservatives said they're willing to stand by former President Trump.
4/24/20235 minutes, 20 seconds
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Comic Roy Wood Jr. will host the White House Correspondents' dinner

A favorite to replace Trevor Noah at The Daily Show, Roy Wood Jr. seems to be everywhere. He's come a long way from his start riding the bus to stand-up gigs.
4/23/20236 minutes, 43 seconds
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1 pharmacist in Vermont provides lethal medications that hasten a patient's death

Steve Hochberg is the only pharmacist in Vermont who provides what's called "medical aid in dying" to terminally ill people who choose it. He drives across the state to deliver the medication.
4/21/20234 minutes, 22 seconds
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Corporate funders return to GOP attorneys general who embraced election fraud claims

NPR's Michel Martin talks to Ilya Marritz of ProPublica about how corporate donations to a Republican attorneys general group dropped off after Jan. 6, but they're rolling in again — two years later.
4/20/20233 minutes, 46 seconds
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The Supreme Court ponders when a threat is really a 'true threat'

The court hears arguments Wednesday in a case that looks at whether the prosecution has to show that the defendant frightened his target intentionally.
4/19/20236 minutes, 56 seconds
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Who bears the burden, and how much, when religious employees refuse Sabbath work?

The Supreme Court hears arguments in an important case that pits religious employees against others who have to pick up the slack on Sundays.
4/18/20235 minutes, 6 seconds
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SpaceX prepares to launch its mammoth rocket 'Starship'

Starship is the largest rocket ever built. The company hopes it will one day take people to the moon and Mars. But first it has to fly.
4/16/20234 minutes, 35 seconds
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The $1.6 billion Dominion v. Fox News trial starts Tuesday. Catch up here

Dominion Voting Systems is suing Fox News and its parent company Fox Corp. for knowingly airing false claims that its machines rigged the 2020 election against then-President Donald Trump.
4/16/20233 minutes, 26 seconds
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What U.S. intelligence agencies can do to prevent future data leaks

NPR's Leila Fadel speaks with Glenn Gerstell, former general counsel to the National Security Agency, about what U.S. intelligence agencies can do to prevent data leaks in the future.
4/14/20234 minutes, 42 seconds
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Federal appeals court preserves limited access to the abortion pill mifepristone

A federal appeals court will allow partial access to the abortion drug mifepristone while a high-profile federal case plays out, but with new limitations on how the drug can be dispensed.
4/13/20233 minutes, 45 seconds
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The future availability of abortion pills remains uncertain after conflicting rulings

A conflicting and confusing set of federal court rulings Friday is leaving abortion providers in the U.S. uncertain about the future availability of abortion pills.
4/10/20233 minutes, 59 seconds
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Democratic leader of the House in Tennessee on what's next after the expulsion of two members

NPR's Ayesha Rascoe talks with the Democratic leader of the Tennessee House of Representatives, Karen Camper, about what's next now that two of her members have been expelled from the chamber.
4/9/20236 minutes, 4 seconds
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Access to a key abortion drug is in jeopardy nationwide after court decisions in two states

A Texas judge suspended the FDA's approval of an abortion drug on Friday, the same day that a court in Washington State blocked the FDA from taking the drug off the market.
4/8/20233 minutes, 31 seconds
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Did the last census overcount Asian Americans? It depends on where you look

The U.S. Census Bureau said there was a national overcount of Asian Americans in its 2020 tally. But a new report finds Asian Americans may have also been left out of some state and county numbers.
4/7/20233 minutes, 22 seconds
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Law professor looks at whether Supreme Court's Thomas may have violated ethics rules

NPR's Leila Fadel speaks with NYU law professor Stephen Gillers about whether Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas might have violated ethics rules for accepting luxury trips for decades.
4/7/20233 minutes, 46 seconds
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Trump pleads not guilty to 34 felony counts. Supporters and detractors speak out

Former President Donald Trump appeared in a New York court and pleaded not guilty to 34 criminal counts of falsifying business records. Across the country, voter reaction to the charges was mixed.
4/5/20233 minutes, 45 seconds
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Former President Donald Trump will surrender to face criminal charges

Trump's indictment is unique because no former president has ever been indicted, and also because he is running again to be president.
4/4/20233 minutes, 42 seconds
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Biden travels to Minnesota to tout investments in manufacturing and clean energy

President Biden's visit is part of a positive messaging push on the economy — ahead of his expected announcement that he'll run for a second term. Minnesota is a crucial battleground state.
4/3/20233 minutes, 30 seconds
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Disney claims a small victory in its dispute with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis

NPR's Ayesha Rascoe talks with Matt Belloni of Puck News about Disney's efforts to outmaneuver Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
4/2/20234 minutes, 29 seconds
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An app launched to make seeking asylum simpler has left migrants even more precarious

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Felicia Rangel-Samponaro, of the Sidewalk School, which helps migrants, about the CBP app rolled out to help process asylum seekers. It's had a lot of glitches.
4/1/20236 minutes, 18 seconds
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Trump becomes the first former U.S. president to face criminal charges

NPR's A Martinez talks to presidential historian Douglas Brinkley about the historical significance of the indictment of former President Donald Trump.
3/31/20234 minutes, 36 seconds
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Medicaid renewals: Those who don't reenroll could get kicked off

A federal rule that protected coverage for Medicaid recipients during the pandemic will expire on March 31. When it does, tens of millions of people will need to re-enroll or lose benefits.
3/30/20233 minutes, 34 seconds
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The FDA is considering authorizing a spring COVID-19 booster

The Food and Drug Administration appears ready to authorize that some people — such as those with weak immune systems — get yet another booster with one of the newest COVID-19 vaccines.
3/29/20233 minutes, 58 seconds
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Former student opens fire at a private religious school in Nashville — killing 6

Nashville is mourning victims of Monday's school shooting as police try to figure out the motive of the 28-year-old shooter, who was killed by police. Three children and 3 adults were killed.
3/28/20233 minutes, 32 seconds
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Colorado becomes the first state to open wheelchair repair for users

People who use powered wheelchairs have complained for years that manufacturers won't let them do minor repairs themselves. A new Colorado law gives them the right to repair.
3/27/20233 minutes, 48 seconds
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A powerful tornado has killed at least 23 people in the U.S. South

Deadly tornadoes struck Mississippi overnight.
3/25/20234 minutes, 20 seconds
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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

The $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package is set to pass the House today on its way to President Biden's desk. Texas' statewide mask restrictions lift today. And, President Biden is reportedly appointing critics of big tech to key positions in his administration.
3/10/202113 minutes, 44 seconds
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Across The South, COVID-19 Vaccine Sites Missing From Black And Hispanic Neighborhoods

An NPR analysis of COVID-19 vaccination sites in major cities across the Southern U.S. reveals a racial disparity, with most sites located in whiter neighborhoods.
2/5/20217 minutes, 42 seconds
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Even If It's 'Bonkers,' Poll Finds Many Believe QAnon And Other Conspiracy Theories

Misinformation about the election and the coronavirus is also gaining a foothold in American society, according to a new NPR/Ipsos poll.
12/30/20204 minutes, 58 seconds
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Poll: Biden Expands Lead; A Third Of Country Says It Won't Get Vaccinated

The presumptive Democratic nominee now leads President Trump by 11 points. And more people are worried about the coronavirus, but 35% still say they won't get vaccinated when one's available.
8/14/20203 minutes, 51 seconds
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CDC Employees Call Out Agency's 'Toxic Culture Of Racial Aggressions'

Pointing to the pandemic's disproportionate toll on people of color, over 1,200 workers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention call on the agency to declare racism a public health crisis.
7/13/20204 minutes, 1 second
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Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan Is Out

McAleenan "wants to spend more time with his family and go to the private sector," President Trump tweeted. He is the latest casualty at the massive agency responsible for protecting U.S. borders.
10/12/20193 minutes, 36 seconds