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Monday, January 17, 2022
A gunman held several people hostage at a Texas synagogue over the weekend. Why did he choose Congregation Beth Israel and what did he want? And new coronavirus cases and hospitalization rates are flattening in some places in the U.S., so why are deaths still rising? Plus, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is fighting for his political life. How did he fall so far so fast?
Rough Translation: May We Have This Dance?
Lindy Hop is a Black dance born in Harlem in the 1920s. In the past decades it has been adopted by several dance communities around the world. In this episode of Rough Translation we travel to a dance camp in Sweden and we follow the efforts of Black dancers trying to reclaim Lindy Hop as a living tradition.
Saturday, January 15, 2022
President Biden's agenda continues to be stymied — has his administration set expectations too high for what the political reality can deliver? Yesterday, the U.S. accused Russia of planning a 'false flag' operation in Ukraine to create a pretext to invade that country — what happens next? And as COVID cases surge in Europe, how are individual countries responding?
Friday, January 14, 2022
The Supreme Court has blocked President Biden's vaccine mandate for large employers, but a vaccination requirement still stands for millions of health care workers. Will the rule push employees out of an already-strapped health care system? And members of the far-right Oath Keepers militia are now facing sedition charges for participating in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Why is the Justice Department coming down hard on them and not other rioters? Plus, Australia has revoked tennis star Novak Djokovic's visa again over his vaccination status. Can he appeal in time to compete in the Australian Open?
Thursday, January 13, 2022
How far can President Biden and Democrats go to pass voting rights legislation? And the CDC is expected to issue new mask guidance soon. What should you look for in an upgrade? Plus, talks between Russia and NATO leaders continue today over the fate of Ukraine. What does Russia want and why is it so hard for the U.S. to meet Moscow partway?
Bonus: Trump On Elections & Republicans
In this bonus episode of Up First, you'll hear part of Steve Inskeep's interview with former President Donald Trump. Even after his unceremonious exit from the White House, Trump continues to hold a large sway within the Republican Party.