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  • Sunday, November 29, 2020

    Nov 29 2020

    In this bonus episode of Up First, Rough Translation host Gregory Warner and NPR correspondent Eyder Peralta introduce us to Stella Nyanzi, a feminist activist, poet and academic in Uganda. Fed up with what she calls government-enabled endemic corruption and conventional approaches to expressing dissent, she discovers the way to get attention and build an audience around her fight against dirty politics is to get dirty herself.

  • Iranian Scientist Assassinated, Trump PA Court Loss, Post-holiday COVID Predictions

    Nov 28 2020

    President-elect Biden hopes to revive the Iran nuclear deal, but his plan could be complicated by the assassination of Iran's top nuclear scientist. An appeals court shoots down President Trump's effort to have Pennsylvania's vote certification quashed. As millions travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, how could this affect the spread of the coronavirus?

  • Friday, November 27, 2020

    Nov 27 2020

    Biden is expected to announce more members of his cabinet. His administration will place a focus on civil rights. And, stores are changing things up to keep shoppers safe on Black Friday.

  • Thursday, November 26, 2020

    Nov 26 2020

    President Trump has pardoned Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying about a Russian contact. Hospitals are still short on PPE, months into the pandemic. Also, a sports journalist remembers Diego Maradona.

  • Wednesday, November 25, 2020

    Nov 25 2020

    European leaders react to President-elect Biden's national security team. Deaths from COVID-19 rise in Tennessee. Court documents reveal the role the Sackler family played in the opioid epidemic.

  • Tuesday, November 24, 2020

    Nov 24 2020

    President Trump insists he will never concede the election. President-elect Joe Biden picks Janet Yellen to be the first female treasury secretary. Plus, an update on the coronavirus situation in Brazil.