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  • Wednesday, August 16, 2022

    Aug 17 2022

    Liz Cheney will continue fighting for democracy after losing her primary over condemnation of former President Trump. The Colorado River is in crisis and states can't agree on necessary water restrictions. 50 million students return to school this month after years of education interrupted and overshadowed by the pandemic.

  • Tuesday, August 16, 2022

    Aug 16 2022

    Rudy Guiliani is the target of a criminal investigation in Georgia for his efforts to overturn election results in 2020. Sarah Palin is on the ballot for Alaska's only US House seat. Contested results in Kenya's presidential election are being closely watched at home and abroad.

  • Monday, August 15, 2022

    Aug 15 2022

    Women march through the streets of Kabul protesting repression one year after the Taliban seized control of Afghanistan. Threats against the FBI have risen sharply since the search of former President Trump's Florida estate. Ukrainians in the city of Nikopol are living under a double threat: Russian missiles, and risk of accident at the nearby occupied nuclear plant.

  • Embedded: Changing The Police

    Aug 14 2022

    Yonkers, N.Y. is a city with a long and ugly history of bad policing. The Justice Department has demanded an overhaul of the department and has been monitoring it for more than a decade. The commissioner in Yonkers has promised to do what the feds want and more. He has promised to "reform" policing in Yonkers and turn his officers into guardians of the community, accountable to its citizens. Can it be done and what does this kind of reform even look like?This is episode 1 of the new Embedded ser...more

  • Saturday, August 13, 2022

    Aug 13 2022

    Newly released documents offer insight into what prompted the search of Donald Trump's Florida residence. The Inflation Reduction Act will invest more than $300 billion in energy and climate reform. Many Afghans are struggling a year after the Taliban took over their country's governance.

  • Friday, August 12, 2022

    Aug 12 2022

    Attorney General Merrick Garland has requested that the Mar-a-Lago search warrant be made public. Violent rhetoric from the GOP fueled an attack on the Cincinnati FBI office. The CDC relaxes COVID-19 guidance signaling a new phase of the pandemic.

  • Thursday, August 11, 2022

    Aug 11 2022

    The average price for a gallon of gas has fallen below $4 after hitting a historic high last month. Five years ago white nationalists held a violent rally in Charlottesville VA that inspired the far right. EU Negotiators say there's hope for a renewed nuclear deal between Iran and the US.

  • Wednesday, August 10, 2022

    Aug 10 2022

    GOP Politicians are calling the FBI raid on former president Trump's estate a lawless partisan raid. Police have arrested and charged a suspect in the killings of four Muslim men in Albuquerque. Kenyans go to the polls to elect a new president.

  • Tuesday, August 9, 2022

    Aug 09 2022

    The FBI carried out an hours-long search of former President Trump's residence at Mar-a-Lago in Florida. Fighting in Ukraine draws close to Europe's largest nuclear reactor. The Muslim community in Albuquerque is reeling with shock and grief after three South Asian men are murdered in two weeks.

  • Inflation Reduction Act, Blinken in Africa, Healthcare Poll

    Aug 08 2022

    Senate Democrats pass major legislation addressing health care, taxes, and climate change. Antony Blinken is in South Africa to lay out a new strategy for US relations in the region. Results of a new poll find stark racial disparities when it comes to accessing healthcare.

  • Rough Translation: The Cat Must Still Be Fed

    Aug 07 2022

    As the Russian military advances in eastern Ukraine, readers of a local news site in New York's Hudson Valley are captivated by the accounts of one Ukrainian man. He sends dispatches about his daily life in a village outside of Kramatorsk: spinning nunchucks, feeding his cat, and tending his growing garden. Local readers are perplexed, then drawn in by surprisingly intimate accounts of his world.

  • Saturday, August 6, 2022

    Aug 06 2022

    Senate starts voting on a reconciliation bill addressing concerns over inflation, drug pricing, and the climate. Also, U.S.-China relations have grown tense in recent days because of China's military drills in response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taiwan. And WNBA star Brittney Griner's lawyers prepare an appeal of her nine-year prison sentence in Russia.

  • Friday, August 5, 2022

    Aug 05 2022

    The White House declares Monkeypox a public health emergency. Democrats clear another hurdle with their major climate and tax bill. Alex Jones is ordered to pay damages to the parents of a child slain in the Sandy Hook school shooting.

  • Thursday, August 4, 2022

    Aug 04 2022

    China held large scale live-fire military drills in six zones around Taiwan, while the US Secretary of State met with the ASEAN ministers in Cambodia. Hungary's far-right leader Viktor Orbán is scheduled to speak at a conservative conference in Texas. The Reduce Inflation Act making its way through congress could help lower prescription drug prices.

  • Wednesday, August 3, 2022

    Aug 03 2022

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has held high profile meetings in Taiwan despite China's persistent warnings against her visit. In the first test of abortion rights at the ballot box, voters in Kansas choose to keep abortion protections intact. Five states choose candidates for the November midterms.

  • Tuesday, August 2, 2022

    Aug 02 2022

    A U.S. drone strike kills an Al Qaeda leader, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, in Kabul. Despite Chinese warnings, the House speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to visit Taiwan. And voters in Arizona choose candidates for key races in November's midterm election.

  • Monday, August 1, 2022

    Aug 01 2022

    The first ship carrying Ukrainian grain departs the port city of Odesa, after months of blockade. Dozens are dead and unaccounted for in Kentucky floods. And the basketball legend, 11-time NBA champion, Bill Russell dies at 88.

  • The Changing Ways We Work

    Jul 31 2022

    The pandemic shook up a lot about how we work. There have been changes in the hours we put in, the kinds of work we do, our relationships to our jobs and even what we wear when we show up to the office. We'll hear from people who welcomed these changes into their lives and even began seeing themselves differently as they shifted the way they work.

  • Saturday, July 30, 2022

    Jul 30 2022

    Floods have swallowed entire towns in Kentucky with more rain in the forecast. Also, inflation has cooled the spending frenzy in the U.S. — we'll look at how that will affect the economy. We'll also have the latest on the war in Ukraine.

  • Friday, July 29, 2022

    Jul 29 2022

    The White House is trying to get the monkeypox outbreak under control as the number of cases is rising. Parts of the US are coping with dangerous floods, which have become more frequent, partially due to climate change. And tech companies are facing various challenges due to the economic downturn.

  • Thursday, July 28, 2022

    Jul 28 2022

    Senator Joe Manchin has agreed with Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer on a climate, healthcare and inflation bill. President Biden is expected to have a call with Chinese leader Xi Jinping amid tensions over Taiwan. And the US offered a deal to Moscow to release two detained Americans, Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan.

  • Wednesday, July 27, 2022

    Jul 27 2022

    The Federal Reserve is expected to hike interest rates on Wednesday. An Indiana doctor speaks out about the consequences she has faced for providing an abortion to a 10-year-old who had been raped. Russia cut down its gas supplies to European Union forcing the bloc to reduce the consumption in the coming months.

  • Tuesday, July 26, 2022

    Jul 26 2022

    Former President Trump and his former Vice President are both back in Washington DC speaking to supporters, but they're not together. The Biden administration is trying to expedite availability of the new vaccine boosters that are more effective against the Omicron subvariants. And, China's economy survived most of the pandemic, but severe lockdowns in the country are hurting one of the world's strongest economies.

  • Monday, July 25, 2022

    Jul 25 2022

    Ukraine moves forward with grain shipments despite Russian missile strikes on the Black Sea port in Odessa this weekend. The Oak Fire in Mariposa County California is spreading fast near Yosemite National Park forcing thousands to evacuate. And, Vice President Kamala Harris is headed to Indianapolis today to discuss reproductive rights as Indiana's GOP led legislature prepares a new abortion ban.

  • NPR Politics: Exposing The Secrets Of The January 6th Attack

    Jul 24 2022

    How did the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol come together? Who was involved in planning it? What did President Trump know and why did he take so long to respond? How much danger were lawmakers in? And, finally, who will be held accountable? In this hourlong special, the NPR Politics team breaks down the key insights from the public hearings.

  • Saturday, July 23, 2022

    Jul 23 2022

    Former top Trump aide Steve Bannon has been found guilty of contempt of Congress. The House Jan. 6 committee concluded a summer series of public hearings investigating the attack on the Capitol. White House doctors are monitoring President Biden while he isolates with COVID-19.

  • Jan. 6 Hearing, UN Grain Deal, Biden COVID Treatment

    Jul 22 2022

    New evidence from the Jan. 6 hearing shows Vice President Mike Pence's Secret Service detail feared for their lives in the 187 minutes it took for the President to call off the mob. The United Nations brokered a deal between Russia, Ukraine and Turkey to get badly needed grain supplies from Ukraine to the rest of the world. And, President Biden has tested positive for COVID-19, his physician has prescribed a course of Paxlovid antiviral pills.

  • Insurrection Hearing Preview, NPR Jan. 6 Poll, Nord Stream Pipeline Resumes

    Jul 21 2022

    The House Jan. 6 committee preps for a primetime hearing examining what Trump was and was not doing in the 3 hours and 7 minutes before he asked rioters to go home that day. An NPR-PBS NewsHour-Marist survey looks at how many people are actually following the hearings. And, a key pipeline that brings natural gas from Russia to Germany is partially reopen, and there's concern in Berlin that they my not go back to full capacity.

  • Sri Lanka's New President, Netflix Loses Subscribers, Aftermath Of New Mexico Fires

    Jul 20 2022

    Sri Lanka's parliament selected its new president today, the vote comes after weeks of protest forced out the former president. Netflix says losing one million subscribers is not as bad as it sounds, they're looking at ways to boost membership and revenue. And, the victims of a governmental mistake that burned 530 acres of land are looking for compensation.

  • Putin In Iran, Record Heatwave In Europe, New ATF Head

    Jul 19 2022

    Russia's president is making a rare visit to Iran today as his war in Ukraine rages on. Europe is struggling to deal with raging wildfires and record heatwaves that sweeping across the content. And, amid a rise in gun violence across the country, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives finally has a permanent director.

  • Uvalde Report, Bannon On Trial, Treason In Ukraine

    Jul 18 2022

    An investigative report by a Texas legislative committee outlined a series of "systemic failures" and says law enforcement "failed to prioritize saving the lives of innocent victims over their own safety." Trump's onetime chief political strategist, Steve Bannon, is on trial for refusing to comply with a subpoena from the Jan. 6 committee. And, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy fired his spy chief and the nation's top prosecutor citing hundreds of cases of alleged treason and collaboration...more

  • Changed by a Near-Death Experience

    Jul 17 2022

    When Randy Schiefer was hospitalized in March 2020 with COVID-19, his chances at survival didn't look good. After nearly a month in a medically induced coma he pulled through, but an experience he had while unconscious left him forever changed. Randy shares the story of his near-death experience and psychiatrist Dr. Bruce Greyson shares what he's learned from 50 years of studying what happens when people are close to death.To learn more about Dr. Greyson's research visit his website or the Inter...more

  • Saturday, July 16, 2022

    Jul 16 2022

    President Biden wraps up his trip to the Middle East with a visit to Saudi Arabia to discuss the nation's security and energy interests. Ukraine calls the Russian long-range missile strike on Vinnytsia that killed dozens of people an act of terrorism. A new national hotline launches to meet the needs of people with mental health emergencies.

  • Secret Service Text Messages, Biden Meets Abbas, Russian Strikes On Civilians

    Jul 15 2022

    The inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security says the U.S Secret Service deleted texts sent during a two-day period surrounding the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, shortly after the texts were requested. President Biden is in the occupied West Bank meeting Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. And Russian missiles killed and wounded dozens of civilians, including children in Vinnytsia, Ukraine.

  • President Biden In Israel, Economic Outlook, Sri Lanka Crisis

    Jul 14 2022

    President Biden is set to expand security ties with Israel. Companies report their second quarter earnings which could indicate how the economy is doing. And Sri Lanka is in a political turmoil as demands for a change in leadership continue.