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Friday, July 30, 2021
Internal documents from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the delta variant of the coronavirus appears to cause more severe illness than earlier variants and could spread as easily as chickenpox. Also, defrocked Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was criminally charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy in 1974. And, about 200 Afghan interpreters have been flown from Kabul to Virginia under a program to bring them to the U.S. because of their service to American forces.
Thursday, July 29, 2021
Senate Democrats and Republicans came together to advance a roughly $1 trillion proposal to improve the country's aging infrastructure, a deal months in the making. Also, President Biden is set to announce that all civilian federal employees must be vaccinated against the coronavirus or submit to regular testing and other restrictions. And, a look at how global warming is driving extreme and deadly weather this summer.
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revised its guidance on wearing masks and is now recommending that some fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors if they live in areas with significant or high coronavirus spread. Also, four police officers testified about the physical and verbal assaults they faced responding to the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol in a highly emotional hearing. And, Olympic champion Simone Biles' withdrawal from the team and all-around competition at the Tokyo Olympics is renewing a conversation about the pressures and mental stress of elite athletes.
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Four police officers who defended the U.S. Capitol on January 6 will be the first to testify today when a House select committee opens its investigation. Also, in New York City, all city workers are being told they have to be vaccinated by mid-September. This is one of several vaccine mandates popping up around the country for health care workers and federal workers as coronavirus cases are on the rise again. And, for the first time, a federal opioid trial goes to closing arguments. Three of the nation's biggest drug wholesalers are accused of shipping millions of pills to rural communities in West Virginia.
Monday, July 26, 2021
A surge in coronavirus cases across the U.S. fueled by the delta variant is prompting a growing number of public health experts to call for everyone to mask back up, especially indoors. Also, Iraq's prime minister is in Washington to meet with President Biden, and on the table is how long to keep U.S. troops stationed in Iraq. And, more than 200 of the world's leading climate scientists come together today — to summarize how the Earth's climate has changed — and what the future looks like.
BONUS: The Indicator: Inflation Or Shrinkflation?
This week's bonus episode of Up First comes from NPR's daily business podcast The Indicator from Planet Money. The Bureau of Labor Statistics updates the Consumer Price Index each month. The latest number shows a 5.4% increase over the last twelve months. That has some inflation watchers worried. So how do we measure inflation? And what about inflation's sneaky cousin, "shrinkflation"?
Perfect Morning Routine
I teach at a high school in my community, and I have virtually no commute (10-15 minutes with “traffic”), so I don’t spend an hour in my car. Up First is the perfect way for me to wake up, make coffee and keep up with all of the world’s or nation’s news, all before I begin my “commute.” Three stories in ten to fifteen minutes- Goldilocks would approve. Thanks NPR- keep providing the informed, unbiased, professional news you do.
Brief and unbiased
Anyone saying NPR is biased heard that on Fox and has never listened to NPR. They trip over themselves to be non biased. Anyway this is a nice summary of what’s going on to start your day.
Sometimes One Side is Lying
Both-sidesing the Capital Riot is like both-sidesing climate change. After 25yrs of listening, you folks keep taking on more sponsors and more money from Amazon and Facebook, I have to ask—Is NPR a new low-key Fox News? Thanks for the newer format, I’ve been able to distribute your donations to more deserving organizations.