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NPR's Up First is the news you need to start your day. The biggest stories and ideas — from politics to pop culture — in 10 minutes. Hosted by Rachel Martin, David Greene and Steve Inskeep, with reporting and analysis from NPR News. Available weekdays by 6 a.m. ET. Subscribe and listen, then support…


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    Debt Ceiling Deal, Turkey Election Results, Ukrainian Counter-offensive

    Play Episode Listen Later May 29, 2023 13:10

    President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy have reached a deal to raise the debt ceiling. Turkey's President Recep Tayyib Erdogan won the runoff election on Sunday, and is set to extend his two decade rule. And Kyiv is under Russian attack as Ukraine prepares for a counter-offensive.

    The Sunday Story: Stephanie Foo's book has a happy ending

    Play Episode Listen Later May 28, 2023 26:37

    When Stephanie Foo turned 30, she learned she had complex PTSD. Her efforts to heal from an abusive childhood and intergenerational trauma drove her to write What My Bones Know, a book that combines memoir with the rigorous reporting she'd honed as a journalist.Stephanie talks with producer Justine Yan about the initial shame upon hearing her diagnosis, lessons she learned when she went home to San Jose, California, and the fierce love she's practicing as she expects her first child.

    US Treasury Debt, Default and Work Requirements, New HIV Data

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2023 15:25

    If the US government defaults, the world's financial system would be affected, but some experts say that would actually increase demand for US government debt. An obstacle in the debt ceiling negotiations is tougher work requirements for social safety-net programs. New data shows the US is doing well in preventing new HIV infections, but the gains are happening unevenly across racial and ethnic groups.

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    Doctor Abortion Case, Texas AG Impeachment, Turkey Election

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2023 13:00

    Indiana doctor Caitlin Bernard, who spoke out publicly about providing an abortion to a 10-year-old girl from Ohio, faces disciplinary action for violating privacy laws. Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton might be impeached in a vote by members of his own party for allegedly abusing his power. And, voters will head to the polls in Turkey this weekend to decided if President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will continue his 20-year rule.

    Ukraine's Delayed Offensive, IVG Reproduction, Preparing for Debt Default

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2023 14:28

    Ukraine has been preparing for months to launch a counteroffensive against Russia's invasion, but the high stakes operation has seen many delays. Scientists are using a new method known as in vitro gametogenesis, or IVG, that could revolutionize the way babies are made. And if the government defaults on its debt, people will have a harder time borrowing money.

    DeSantis Announcement, U.S.-China Relations, Debt Ceiling Impact

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2023 15:13

    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is set to announce his bid for the Republican nomination live on Twitter with CEO Elon Musk. Relations between Washington and Beijing have been tense lately, but China's new ambassador to the U.S. says he wants to get the two sides back on track. And, the United States is at risk of downgrading its AAA credit rating as debt ceiling negotiations drag on.

    Treasury Prioritizes Bills, Colorado River Deal, TikTok Sues Montana

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2023 15:10

    The Treasury department is preparing for the possibility of a national default by deciding which bills to pay first if President Joe Biden fails to strike a deal with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on raising the debt limit. California, Arizona and Nevada are proposing new cutbacks to their use of the drought-stricken Colorado River to keep it from running dry. And, TikTok is suing the state of Montana to block a law that would put an outright ban on the popular video-sharing app.

    Debt Ceiling Talks, Senator Tim Scott 2024 Bid, Columbus OH Curfew

    Play Episode Listen Later May 22, 2023 14:11

    President Joe Biden spoke with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on his way back from Japan as they prepare to meet at the White House today to discuss the debt ceiling. Senator Tim Scott is announcing his bid for the Republican nomination for president in the 2024 race. And while gun regulations are being argued in court, the mayor of Columbus, Ohio is instating a curfew after a deadly month in the city.

    The Sunday Story: Parched

    Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2023 42:21

    The Colorado River has more dams on it than any other river in the United States. They were built to harness water high in the mountains and across the arid desert so people could build cities, industries and farms. But the visionaries of the past didn't account for the kind of population growth the southwest has experienced, and they didn't make a plan for what to do if there wasn't enough water to go around. Now, as the region suffers through a second decade of a mega drought, residents are scrambling to find solutions that will preserve their way of life. Today on The Sunday Story from Up First, we head to Las Vegas, where water conservation has a new starring role. This episode comes from a new podcast from Colorado Public Radio and reporter Michael Elizabeth Sakas. It's called Parched.

    Saturday, May 20, 2023

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2023 14:54

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy arrives in Hiroshima, Japan. Markets don't seem very concerned about political wrangling over the debt ceiling. Greek voters head to the polls Sunday for elections clouded by a deadly train crash.

    G7 Summit, Arab League, Disney Vs. DeSantis

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2023 13:18

    Ukraine's president is planning on attending the G7 summit in Hiroshima, Japan in an effort to convince world leaders to offer more support against Russia. After a 12-year ban for his brutal civil war in Syria, President Bashar Al Assad is being welcomed back to the Arab League meeting in Saudi Arabia. And, Disney is canceling a $1 billion investment plan in Florida amid an ongoing feud with Governor Ron DeSantis.

    Discord Leak, Pakistan Crisis, Montana TikTok Ban

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2023 13:19

    New court filings show 21-year-old National Guard Airman Jack Teixeira, who leaked classified information on a game chat platform, was previously red flagged for improperly accessing top secret documents. Pakistani security forces have surrounded the home of the former prime minister Imran Khan, claiming he is sheltering rioters from recent protests. And, Montana has become the first state to push for a complete ban on TikTok.

    Biden in Japan, Abortion Pill Ban, Ukraine Latest

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2023 13:20

    President Joe Biden is in Japan for the G7 summit but he's cutting his Asia trip short to settle the debt ceiling debate with lawmakers. The commonly used abortion pill, Mifepristone, could soon be removed from the U.S. market completely. And, Russian strikes on Kiyv damaged a U.S. Patriot missile defense system as the war in Ukraine intensifies.

    AI Hearing, Christianity in America, Philadelphia Mayoral Race

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2023 12:56

    The CEO of the company behind ChatGPT will testify before Congress as lawmakers eye regulations on AI technology. New research from the Public Religion Research Institute finds that religion is declining in the lives of Americans. And, the mayoral race in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is putting a spotlight on major issues is many big cities in America.

    Turkey's Tight Election, Nakba 75th Anniversary, North Carolina Abortion Bill

    Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2023 12:59

    Turkey's presidential election appears to be headed for a runoff between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his main opponent Kemal Kilicdaroglu. For the first time, the UN is holding a Nakba Day event to commemorate the displacement of Palestinians 75 years ago in Israel's founding war. And, the Republican supermajority in North Carolina vowed to override the governor's veto on a bill that would ban abortions after 12-weeks.

    The Sunday Story Presents: Buffalo Extreme

    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2023 45:37

    Exactly one year ago, on May 14, 2022, a young white man walked into a Buffalo, New York grocery store and shot thirteen people. The ten who died were all black. The shooter acknowledged that he was specifically targeting black people that day, trying to kill as many as possible. The shooting happened a few blocks from a gym, where members of a black competitive cheer team were practicing. Some of the girls at the gym lost family and friends in the shooting. Some did not. But all felt fear and grief and the weight of racism, many for the first time. Today on the Sunday Story, we bring you the first episode of "Buffalo Extreme" from NPR's Embedded podcast. In the series, the girls, their moms and coaches tell us their story of the past year and what it takes to try to recover from a brutal act of racial violence.

    New Twitter CEO, Unrest in Pakistan, Texas Power Struggle

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2023 13:17

    Billionaire Elon Musk names former NBCUniversal executive Linda Yaccarino as the new Twitter CEO. Pakistan's former prime minister, Imran Khan, is released on bail after his arrest on corruption charges. Lawmakers in Texas are trying to slow the growth of renewable energy, even though the state's already a leader in wind and solar.

    After Title 42, Turkey Elections, Pandemic Learning Loss

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2023 12:36

    The American Civil Liberties union is suing the Biden Administration over strict new border rules aimed at deterring migrants from crossing the border illegally. Turkish President Recep Tayip Erdogan is facing his toughest presidential challenge yet as voters head to the polls this weekend. And new research, covering nearly 8,000 school districts, shows that many students in the US suffered significant learning loss during pandemic.

    End of Title 42, George Santos Charged, EPA Power Plant Rules

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2023 13:02

    The Biden Administration is implementing strict new rules to deter migrants from overwhelming the border as Title 42 comes to an end. New York Representative George Santos is being charged with 13 federal crimes, including money laundering, theft of public funds and lying to the U.S. House. And, The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing new rules to lower emissions from power plants.

    Trump Verdict, Pakistan Protests Khan's Arrest, Debt Ceiling Negotiations

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2023 13:26

    Former President Donald Trump is fighting back against a guilty verdict in the sexual assault and defamation case of writer E. Jean Carroll. Anger is growing in Pakistan as supporters of former Prime Minister Imran Khan face off against the country's powerful military. And, President Joe Biden will meet again with Congressional leaders on Friday after stalled progress in debt ceiling negotiations.

    White House Debt Ceiling, Russia Victory Day, Teens & Social Media

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2023 13:23

    President Joe Biden will meet with the top four Congressional leaders at the White House to discuss how to avoid a federal debt default. Russia's annual Victory Day celebration takes on new symbolism with Putin's invasion of Ukraine. And, the American Psychological Association is issuing recommendations for teenagers' use of social media after evidence of its harmful side effects.

    Texas Mall Shooting, Title 42 Ending, Trump Trial

    Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2023 14:11

    A motive is still unknown for the gunman in Texas who killed eight people and wounded seven others on Saturday at an outdoor mall north of Dallas, Texas. Tile 42 is set to expire, and tensions are running high at the U.S.-Mexico border after a car hit people outside a migrant center in southern Texas. Closing arguments begin today in former President Donald Trump's sexual assault trial.

    The Sunday Story: So you want to be an influencer?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 7, 2023 20:52

    The word influencer wasn't added to some dictionaries until 2019, and yet, according to at least one survey, a quarter of all Gen Zers say they plan to become social media influencers. A whole industry has developed to serve them. There are now training courses, influencer agents and conferences. So, how did a generation of people get the idea that they could make money filming themselves? And is it really a viable career path? Today on The Sunday Story, Wailin Wong, a reporter and co-host of NPR's The Indicator from Planet Money podcast, helps us unravel the intricacies of the influencer economy and what it takes to succeed.

    Coronation Ceremony, Empty Office Spaces Hit Banking, Utah Age Law

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2023 16:00

    The coronation of King Charles III takes place in London's Westminster Abbey. Businesses are shedding excess office space, which could destabilize regional banks. Utah's age verification requirement for adult content websites is the subject of a lawsuit.

    Proud Boys Convicted, NYC Subway Killing, Coronation of King Charles III

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2023 12:35

    Four members of the far-right group Proud Boys were convicted of sedition conspiracy to overthrow the government of the United States. Outrage is growing over the chokehold homicide of a mentally ill homeless man during a violent episode on a New York subway train. And, England prepares to welcome King Charles III as the new King of England.

    Alleged Kremlin Drone Attack, Sudan Humanitarian Crisis, SCOTUS Low Approval

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2023 12:51

    Ukraine is denying involvement in two alleged assassination drones that Russia says were brought down above the Kremlin in Moscow. Mediators say a seven day ceasefire was agreed upon by the warring sides in Sudan after multiple failed truces to allow desperately needed humanitarian aid. And, a new poll shows Americans are losing faith in the Supreme Court especially after reports revealing several justices had questionable business dealings.

    Texas Massacre Suspect, Nation's Report, Fed Interest Rates

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2023 12:30

    After a four-day search, police say they've arrested a suspect in last week's massacre in Texas that left five people dead including a mother and her 9-year-old child. Findings by the National Assessment for Educational Progress show that most students in the US are struggling in subjects like civics and history. And the Federal Reserve is expected to make its tenth interest rate hike as it struggles to rein in inflation.

    Writers' Strike, Debt Ceiling, SCOTUS Ethics Hearing

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2023 12:51

    The Writers Guild of America called on their members to stage a strike after failed negotiations over updates to compensation agreements in the streaming era. President Joe Biden has invited lawmakers to the White House for talks to settle the debt ceiling debate after a deadline was set for default. And, The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing today on Supreme Court Ethics after findings that several justices hadn't disclosed questionable business dealings and gifts.

    First Republic Bank Buyout, Sudan Evacuations, Writers Strike

    Play Episode Listen Later May 1, 2023 13:02

    After taking over the ailing First Republic Bank, federal regulators have sold it to JPMorgan Chase & Co. A fragile ceasefire is extended as thousands of people flee the fighting between Sudan's Army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF). And Hollywood writers are demanding updated contacts or they'll strike.

    The Sunday Story: American parole and one man's case for freedom

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2023 28:33

    How much time in prison is enough for a brutal crime? And how do we decide when a prisoner is rehabilitated and deserves to be free?In 2016, after 30 years of incarceration and seven hearings before an Arizona parole board, Jacob Wideman was finally released from prison. Within months, after a minor violation, Wideman's parole was revoked and he was again put behind bars.In this episode of The Sunday Story from Up First, we speak to journalist Beth Schwartzapfel about her new podcast Violation from WBUR and The Marshall Project. Schwartzapfel spent years reporting on Wideman's case and the questions it raises about punishment, forgiveness and the American parole system.Violation is a new podcast by WBUR and The Marshall Project. For more information about Jake's case, including additional documents, photos, and related stories, go to themarshallproject.org/violation and WBUR.org/violation.

    Russian Strikes, Venezuela Democracy Crisis, California Flooding

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2023 14:17

    The deadliest Russian attacks in months leave more than 20 dead in Ukraine. Venezuela's political situation could push more people to flee the country. California braces for potentially devastating floods as an expected heat wave begins to melt record snow pack.

    Biden Migration Plans, E. Jean Carroll Testimony, Fox Without Tucker Carlson

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2023 12:50

    The Biden administration is planning out new measures to deter migrant influx on the U.S.-Mexico border, as one of the current policies, Title 42, is set to expire in May. Writer E. Jean Carroll testified in her civil suit against former President Donald Trump alleging that he raped her in a New York department store in the 1990s. And Fox News is losing ratings following the departure of their biggest star Tucker Carlson.

    Debt Ceiling Standoff, Disney Sues DeSantis, Montana Bars Transgender Lawmaker

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2023 13:30

    The House voted to pass the debt ceiling bill on Wednesday, but it is not expected to pass the Senate and President Biden has threatened to veto it. Disney sued Florida's Governor Ron DeSantis alleging that he has overseen a "targeted campaign of government retaliation" against the company. Montana Republicans barred a transgender lawmaker Zooey Zephyr from the House floor over her opposition to a bill that would ban gender-affirming care for trans youth.

    South Korea's President In Washington, McCarthy's Debt Ceiling Bill, Sudan Conflict

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2023 13:08

    South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol is meeting President Biden in Washington D.C. to discuss defense and business ties, as the two countries mark 70 years of alliance this year. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is gathering votes to try to pass his proposed debt ceiling bill. And as the Sudan conflict drags on, it may threaten regional stability.

    Biden Presidential Bid, Trump Civil Trial, Tucker Carlson Leaves Fox

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2023 13:03

    President Joe Biden launched his reelection bid today, four years after declaring his 2020 candidacy. A civil trial is set to begin in New York involving former President Trump who is accused of sexually assaulting magazine columnist E. Jean Carroll. And Fox News Media announced that they have agreed to part ways with their most popular host, Tucker Carlson.

    Sudan Evacuations, Pittsburgh Synagogue Trial, SCOTUS Poll

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 24, 2023 12:55

    Foreign diplomats start evacuating Sudan as fighting intensifies, but thousands of American citizens remain in the country. Jury selection begins today in the trial of a man accused of killing 11 worshippers at a Pittsburgh synagogue in 2018. A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll shows that a majority of Americans don't have much confidence in the Supreme Court.

    The Sunday Story: Two kindergartners, torn apart by war

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 23, 2023 23:42

    The war in Ukraine has forever changed the young students of one kindergarten classroom, who are now scattered all around the world. For the past year, NPR's Elissa Nadworny has been following a group of six-year-olds from the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. After the city came under attack by Russian forces, the children's school abruptly closed and many families fled. In this episode of The Sunday Story from Up First, Nadworny helps us understand the ripple effects of war through the eyes of children who lost the world they knew.

    Supreme Court on Mifepristone, Evacuating Sudan, Ukraine Latest

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2023 14:29

    The Supreme Court overturned restrictions a lower court placed on the abortion medication mifespristone. U.S. embassy staff are preparing to flee violence in Sudan. Russia says it accidentally bombed a Russian city near its border with Ukraine.

    Uncertainty Over Abortion Pill, Sudan Violence, Mexican Cartel Indictments

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2023 12:48

    The Supreme Court is set to decide by midnight tonight whether to allow an abortion pill to remain widely available or restrict its access. The U.S. is sending additional troops to its base in Djibouti in case of a possible evacuation from Sudan, as violence escalates in the country. U.S. officials have launched a new effort to arrest operatives of the Mexican cartel smuggling most of the fentanyl that reaches Americans.

    White House Abortion Fight, Debt Ceiling Proposal, Children's Vaccines

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2023 13:33

    The White House says it is prepared to fight for reproductive rights, as abortion access lingers in the hands of the courts for now. President Biden rejected House Speaker Kevin McCarthy's plan to raise the debt ceiling by $1.5 trillion. UNICEF says 67 million children worldwide missed out on immunizations because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Fox Settles With Dominion, Abortion Pill Case At SCOTUS, Pentagon Data Leaker Hearing

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2023 12:44

    Fox News averted a major trial by settling a defamation lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems for $787.5 million. The Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling on access to mifepristone, which is the most commonly used abortion pill. And Jack Teixeira, the Air National Guardsman accused of leaking top-secret documents, will appear in federal court in Boston.

    Sudan Fighting, Debt Ceiling, Tax Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2023 14:39

    A US diplomatic convoy came under fire as clashes in Sudan continue between rival military factions. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy says Republicans will vote to raise the debt ceiling in exchange for spending cuts. And the deadline to file taxes is today, and it comes as the IRS is embarking on a makeover to improve the agency.

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