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Tuesday, January 25, 2022
The White House and European leaders are trying to deter Russia from invading Ukraine. What happens if Vladimir Putin sends his troops in anyway? And the Federal Reserve is poised to raise interest rates soon. Will that help or hurt anxieties on Wall Street? Plus, soldiers in Burkina Faso say they have ousted the country's democratically elected leader. Why have there been so many coups in Western Africa in recent months?
Monday, January 24, 2022
President Biden is thinking about sending thousands of U.S. troops to Eastern Europe to deter Russia from invading Ukraine. Will the plan work or will it provoke Russian President Vladimir Putin? And cases of coronavirus are dropping rapidly in parts of the country. Why do scientists avoid saying we're near the pandemic's end? Plus, former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin is suing the New York Times. What does the case say about the freedom of the press to be wrong?
Bridging The Divide: A Scientist's Search For Faith And Truth
Francis Collins was director of the National Institutes of Health for more than a decade. He's also an evangelical Christian. Host Rachel Martin talked to Collins about some of life's biggest questions and how he's found answers with science and faith.
Saturday, January 22, 2022
The diplomatic push to keep Russia from invading Ukraine is in high gear. President Joe Biden wants more semiconductor makers to follow Intel's lead and build factories in the U.S. Does omicron's relatively high transmissibility translate to the outdoors?
Friday, January 21, 2022
Secretary of State Antony Blinken presses his Russian counterpart over Ukraine. Anti-abortion rights activists mark the Roe v. Wade anniversary with new hope for a Supreme Court reversal. And healthcare experts press Spotify to police the platform's most popular podcaster over bogus COVID claims.
Thursday, January 20, 2022
President Biden's voting rights priority meets defeat in the U.S. Senate. The U.S. won't send troops to Ukraine, even if Russia invades, so what are Kyiv's options? And days after a massive volcanic eruption, the international community struggles to bring relief to the island nation of Tonga.
Bridging the Divide episode
I listen to Up First daily and enjoy, but this Sunday’s episode stood out. I appreciated the longer format interview and the thought provoking questions from Rachel Martin. I particularly enjoyed hearing from Francis Collins and the evolution of his beliefs - his music at the end brought me to tears. I am an Evangelical Christian skeptic and his perspective was impactful. Thank you for tremendous podcast.
Bridging the Divide
Best episode I’ve heard in a very long time. Science and faith do go hand in hand and I have been waiting for someone to communicate this truth so eloquently! Well done, Rachel Martin.
Leap of faith
I did not expect Up First to be proselytizing today. Disappointing to say the least.