Up First

NPR's Up First is the news you need to start your day. The three biggest stories of the day, with reporting and analysis from NPR News — in 10 minutes. Available weekdays by 6 a.m. ET, with hosts Rachel Martin, Noel King and Steve Inskeep. Now available on Saturdays by 8 a.m. ET, with hosts Lulu Garcia-Navarro and Scott Simon. Subscribe and listen, then support your local NPR station at donate.npr.org.


  • Saturday, October 23, 2021

    Oct 23 2021

    Internal documents show Facebook employees raised alarms about "Stop the Steal" misinformation before January 6. President Biden is negotiating with fellow Democrats about the size of his social spending bill. More adults will now be able to get COVID-19 booster shots; are kids' shots next?

  • Friday, October 22, 2021

    Oct 22 2021

    The CDC closes the loop on booster recommendations for three vaccines. Hospitals confront a pandemic-driven nursing shortage. And NPR speaks with Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough about government failures to meet veterans' healthcare needs.

  • Thursday, October 21, 2021

    Oct 21 2021

    Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine boosters clear another regulatory hurdle. Senate Democrats lose a major push for voting rights protections. And a meeting in Moscow signals Russia's embrace of closer contact with Afghanistan's Taliban rule.

  • Wednesday, October 20, 2021

    Oct 20 2021

    Congressional investigators endorse a criminal contempt charge against a key Trump ally, as Democrats weigh cuts in the Biden spending agenda. The accused gunman in a Florida high school shooting appears in court, while families of victims near a settlement. And will parental outrage at school board meetings translate to votes in fall elections?

  • Tuesday, October 19, 2021

    Oct 19 2021

    Jury selection begins in the Georgia trial of three white men charged with murdering a 25-year-old Black man, Ahmaud Arbery. Former President Donald Trump sues the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. And the Biden administration promotes new support for kids' mental health as new NPR poll data reveals continued pandemic harm.

  • Monday, October 18, 2021

    Oct 18 2021

    U.S. officials join an investigation into the kidnapping of 17 missionaries and family members in Haiti. China's economic growth slows as the huge real estate firm Evergrande races toward possible debt default. And the FDA is poised to approve more COVID vaccine booster shots.