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Monday, March 8, 2021
The $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill passed by the Senate heads back to House this week. The U.S. is now averaging more than 2 million COVID-19 vaccines a day. And, jury selection is set to begin in the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin charged with killing George Floyd.
BONUS: Dispatches From The ER
In this bonus episode from NPR's Short Wave, two emergency room workers reflect on the first year of the pandemic, how their lives have changed, and what's next as more people get vaccinated.
Covid Stimulus Package, Johnson and Johnson Vaccine FAQ, Cuomo's Political Fight
President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus package spent a rocky evening in the Senate, until Democratic leaders agreed to scale back unemployment payments. The Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine is different than the other two FDA approved vaccines — we'll tell you why and what it means for you. New York lawmakers have passed a bill to repeal Governor Andrew Cuomo's expanded emergency executive powers.
Friday, March 5, 2021
The Labor Department's new jobs report comes out today as Congress is poised to pass a new round of COVID-19 relief. The Biden administration ended Trump's "Remain in Mexico" policy, but that doesn't mean the asylum system is up and running. And, the Chinese national parliament meeting that begins today will include a proposal to give the Chinese government new control over Hong Kong's elections. (Correction: The audio of this podcast reports that the Biden administration is converting three detention centers into migrant processing centers. They are converting two. The move has not been officially announced, but was confirmed through reporting from NPR's Franco Ordoñez.)
Thursday, March 4, 2021
President Joe Biden is pushing states to vaccinate teachers by the end of March so schools can reopen for in-person instruction. The House cancels its session today because of a renewed security threat. And, Pope Francis will become the first pope to visit Iraq.
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Biden announces there will be enough COVID-19 vaccines for every adult in America by May. Neera Tanden withdraws her nomination for Director of the Office of Management and Budget. And, Texas Governor Greg Abbott says that statewide COVID-19 restrictions will end next week.
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i migrated to this show from the daily (new york times) because i couldn’t stand michael’s pauses lol. this show has a great balance of interviews and there isn’t much opinion other than urging viewers to follow CDC guidelines around covid. i would say the show is definitely left-leaning but doesn’t skew the news in a biased way.
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I am a liberal who used to love this show in the morning while I got ready for work, but over the past year it’s become so embarrassingly biased toward the left that it completely misses major news stories (purposefully). The hosts make their opinions front and center instead of delivering the news we need to know. So, the content is biased and the delivery is biased. What an outstanding lack of journalistic integrity. NPR should be ashamed and reflect on how to be journalists once again. The only good thing is that the biases are becoming blatantly obvious - I hope others are able to see it too.