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Thursday, January 27, 2022
Now that Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer plans to retire, President Biden has a chance to deliver on his promise of nominating a Black woman to the high court. With the mid-term elections looming, how much pressure are Democrats facing to quickly get a confirmation through? And the U.S. is calling on Russia to respond to diplomacy while also sending weapons to Ukraine. What's Russia's next move? Plus, GDP data come out today. What will it tell us about the overall health of the U.S. economy?
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
A former Ukrainian official explains why he doesn't think a Russian invasion is imminent. And for severe cases of COVID-19, there are treatments to keep people out of the hospital. So, why is the FDA restricting some of them? Plus, a new algorithm can determine early release for certain prison inmates. But there are problems with machine bias. Can they be fixed?
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?
Edited to change my rating to 5 stars because I love this show but I’m still upset about the weekend extra episodes.
I listen every day. It is great and I love the news that is covered. The amount of time it takes is perfect for me to know what stories to look for later in the day. The reason that this gets 4 stars not 5 is because there are almost as many BONUS episodes as there are regular episodes. There isn’t a way to opt out. If I wanted all these other things, I would go looking for them. The reason a person subscribed to something like up first is because we want something that is succinct and uncluttered. This is succinct but it is NOT uncluttered.
Bridging the Divide
I have listened to Up First from its inception and always catch the Mon-Sat news episodes. I only occasionally listen to the Sunday bonus episodes, but am so glad I pushed the play button to hear “Bridging the Divide.” As an evangelical Christian (and someone who also loves science!), I seldom feel my views are represented well in the media or even given much respect. Thanks, Rachel, for hosting a great episode, for the excellent questions you asked, and for the courage you and NPR took to represent a minority perspective. It was surprisingly refreshing! Well done.
When she reports , her voice is so hard to listen to.