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  • Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020

    Dec 02 2020

    U.K. approves Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use. The Justice Department has not found widespread election fraud. Plus, California experiences a sharp increases in COVID-19 cases and deaths.

  • Tuesday, December 1st, 2020

    Dec 01 2020

    New survey underscores how the U.S. got to such a deadly point with COVID-19. CDC advisers will vote on who will be vaccinated first. Plus, new report examines the pandemic's effect on learning.

  • Monday, November 30, 2020

    Nov 30 2020

    Health experts warn of another surge in COVID-19 cases. President-elect Biden's team announces more picks for administration posts. And, the Supreme Court hears another case over the 2020 census.

  • 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.