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Tuesday, October 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
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.
It's Been A Minute: The Legacy Of 'Soul Train'
When Soul Train was first nationally syndicated in October of 1971, there was nothing else like it on TV. It became an iconic Black music and dance show — a party every weekend that anyone could join from their living room. In the first episode of a three-part It's Been A Minute series examining the concept of crossover in pop music across three decades, Sam Sanders breaks down the lasting influence of Soul Train. With Hanif Abdurraqib, author of A Little Devil in America, as well as scholars, fans and even a few featured dancers, they ask: why has there never been another show like Soul Train since it went off the air?
Saturday, October 16, 2021
A U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel recommends booster shots for those who got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. The killing of a British lawmaker is called an act of terrorism, and is prompting a review of security protocols. Ethiopia's civil war is entering a new phase, with civilians not only in the path of violence but also facing famine.
Friday, October 15, 2021
FDA advisors are unanimous in endorsing more COVID-19 vaccine boosters. A former high-profile Trump advisor is first to face criminal contempt proceedings in Congress for defying Jan. 6 attack investigators. And three white men go to trial next week in Georgia in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man who was shot while jogging.
Thursday, October 14, 2021
A study suggests Johnson & Johnson vaccine recipients could benefit from another booster brand. Also, investigators looking into the Jan. 6 riot await answers from four former Trump administration officials. And the White House calls on ports and private industry to help unstop shipping bottlenecks and rescue the holiday shopping season.
More to-the-point than the daily
To the point, more unbiased, good podcast.
I’ve listened to every single episode since this podcast came out. Unfortunately, Up First lost every semblance of credibility when this morning’s episode referred to pregnant “people.” We have a word for those people, they’re called “women.”
Another FOX wannabe
Been with NPR and PBS for decades now, but...wow! It’s like they’re trying to turn Trump and the alt-right into prophets with their terrible and downright obviously biased coverage. Clearly, they’ve figured out how to chase left-wing social media funded clickbait with no care for the country’s nuanced truth while they do it. Need proof, ask yourself how they exploit Black people for ratings where they can daily, yet, have utterly ignored Chicago and its 900+ (and counting) shootings there. Why? Because it doesn’t fit a formulated narrative made by Twitter and might just have their reporters having to do hard work by asking hard questions of hard people. But, no, it’s much easier to play Breitbarty McLeftFox than to do real journalism.