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Matt Allen, who records under the name Nur-D, wrote  "One Step Forward" for the Morning Edition Song Project — in which ...
05/12/2021
For Twin Cities Rapper Nur-D, Another Step Forward

Matt Allen, who records under the name Nur-D, wrote "One Step Forward" for the Morning Edition Song Project — in which he finds reason for hope in the progress of the last year, and recognition of the long road ahead.

All of a sudden, Matt Allen found himself caring for injured and teargassed protesters in Minneapolis last year. The enduring experience found its way into his sunny music.

The FDA on Monday approved emergency use authorization of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for patients ages 12 to 15.
05/11/2021
FDA OKs Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine For 12-15 Age Group

The FDA on Monday approved emergency use authorization of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for patients ages 12 to 15.

Pfizer said in late March that clinical trials found "100% efficacy and robust antibody responses" to the coronavirus in 12- to 15-year-olds.

Facebook was justified in suspending then-President Trump after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, the company's oversigh...
05/05/2021
Facebook Justified In Banning Donald Trump, Social Media's Oversight Board Rules

Facebook was justified in suspending then-President Trump after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, the company's oversight board ruled.

While the panel upheld Facebook's suspension of the former president, it said the company's indefinite ban was wrong and gave Facebook six months to either ban Trump permanently or reinstate him.

The Biden administration is raising the cap on refugee admissions to 62,500, up from 15,000 under Trump administration p...
05/04/2021
Biden Raises Refugee Cap To 62,500 After Earlier Criticism

The Biden administration is raising the cap on refugee admissions to 62,500, up from 15,000 under Trump administration policies.

The new ceiling for refugee admissions will be 62,500 — far above former President Donald Trump's cap of 15,000. Advocates had been concerned Biden was not moving fast enough on a campaign promise.

Money Mark, often known as "the fourth Beastie Boy," found himself all-consumed by Black Lives Matter protests and his r...
04/29/2021
Money Mark, Beastie Boys Keyboardist, Has A Timeless Reminder

Money Mark, often known as
"the fourth Beastie Boy," found himself all-consumed by Black Lives Matter protests and his role in the fight for racial justice.

It inspired his new song, "Fight With Love."

As part of Morning Edition's Song Project, Mark Ramos Nish*ta revisited the songwriting routine he implemented at the beginning of lockdown, and which changed dramatically throughout it.

President Biden is set to unveil a sweeping package of spending and tax reforms called the American Families Plan — comp...
04/28/2021
White House Proposes $1.8 Trillion Plan For Children And Families

President Biden is set to unveil a sweeping package of spending and tax reforms called the American Families Plan — complementing the proposed American Jobs Plan.

The American Families Plan would expand free public education and make child care more affordable. The White House wants to pay for the measure by raising taxes on the country's richest.

Ahead of President Biden's first 100 days in office, his approval rating is 53% — higher than any day of President Trump...
04/27/2021
Biden's 1st 100 Days: A Look By The Numbers

Ahead of President Biden's first 100 days in office, his approval rating is 53% — higher than any day of President Trump's time in office.

Under Biden, the number of presidential tweets is down, while the volume of executive orders is up. His job approval is higher than Trump's ever was, but he has signed less than half as many bills.

"Adam died because he complied with the officer's directive," said Adeena Weiss-Ortiz, the attorney for the family of Ad...
04/19/2021
Attorney For Adam Toledo's Family: 'Adam Died Because He Complied'

"Adam died because he complied with the officer's directive," said Adeena Weiss-Ortiz, the attorney for the family of Adam Toledo.

The attorney for the family of the 13-year-old Chicago boy shot in an alley by police said he didn't need to die. "Adam may still be alive today had the officer given him the opportunity to comply."

President Biden is set to announce all American adults will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations by April 19.
04/06/2021
Biden To Say All Adults Should Be Vaccine Eligible By April 19

President Biden is set to announce all American adults will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations by April 19.

The White House says Biden will announce on Tuesday that states must open vaccine eligibility to all U.S. residents 16 and older by April 19, about two weeks ahead of his initial May 1 deadline.

Coronavirus cases are rising again, with tens of thousands of new cases reported daily nationwide.
04/05/2021
Coronavirus Cases Are Rising Again. See How Your State Is Doing

Coronavirus cases are rising again, with tens of thousands of new cases reported daily nationwide.

View NPR's maps and graphics to see where COVID-19 is hitting hardest in the U.S., which state outbreaks are growing and which are leveling off.

Infinity Song, a band formed of five siblings, introduces the latest addition to the Morning Edition Song Project."Outsi...
04/01/2021
Get Out Of Your Head With Infinity Song's 'Outside Myself'

Infinity Song, a band formed of five siblings, introduces the latest addition to the Morning Edition Song Project.

"Outside Myself" is about overcoming anxiety and finding the confidence in your voice.

"Outside Myself," Infinity Song's entry for the Morning Edition Song Project, is about trying to remember the big, wide world outside of you.

Jurors in Derek Chauvin's trial on murder charges is hearing more from a key prosecution witness on Tuesday, as Donald W...
03/30/2021
Jury In Chauvin Trial Hears More From Witness About 'Blood Choke'

Jurors in Derek Chauvin's trial on murder charges is hearing more from a key prosecution witness on Tuesday, as Donald Williams returns to the stand.

"The only reason why he's looking at me right now is because I told him it was a 'blood choke,'" witness Donald Williams said of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

"Just please hold on a little while longer," said the CDC's Dr. Rochelle Walensky, warning of a possible fourth surge. U...
03/29/2021
CDC Director Fears 'Impending Doom' If U.S. Opens Too Quickly

"Just please hold on a little while longer," said the CDC's Dr. Rochelle Walensky, warning of a possible fourth surge.

U.S. coronavirus cases are up 10% over the previous week.

"Just please hold on a little while longer," said Dr. Rochelle Walensky, warning of a possible fourth surge. U.S. coronavirus cases are up 10% over the previous week.

The economy is on a path to recovery, Jerome Powell tells NPR. The Federal Reserve chairman compared the central bank's ...
03/25/2021
Jerome Powell: Economy Is Better Thanks To 'Dunkirk'-Like Rescue By Fed, Congress

The economy is on a path to recovery, Jerome Powell tells NPR.

The Federal Reserve chairman compared the central bank's response to the pandemic to the rescue of British and allied forces in Dunkirk.

The Fed Chairman told NPR the U.S. economy is on a clear path to recovery thanks to its "Dunkirk"-like rescue plan and the stimulus passed by Congress.

Ten people died in the shooting at a Colorado grocery store on Monday. They ranged in age from 20 to 65. Here are their ...
03/24/2021
Here's What We Know About The Victims Of The Boulder Shooting

Ten people died in the shooting at a Colorado grocery store on Monday.

They ranged in age from 20 to 65.

Here are their stories.

Ten people died in the shooting at a Colorado grocery store on Monday. They ranged in age from 20 to 65. Here are their stories, as we learn them.

The threat of domestic extremist groups increased last year and will likely be heightened in 2021, intelligence agencies...
03/18/2021
U.S. Intelligence Agencies Warn Of Heightened Domestic Extremism Threat

The threat of domestic extremist groups increased last year and will likely be heightened in 2021, intelligence agencies reported.

The threat of militia extremist groups increased last year and is expected to continue to be heightened throughout 2021, U.S. intelligence agencies reported.

Michael League of Snarky Puppy wrote "The Last Friend" for the Morning Edition Song Project. The song takes another, mor...
03/17/2021
On 'The Last Friend,' Michael League Imagines Death As A Benevolent Companion

Michael League of Snarky Puppy wrote "The Last Friend" for the Morning Edition Song Project. The song takes another, more nurturing way of viewing death.

Michael League of Snarky Puppy joins the Morning Edition Song Project with "The Last Friend," a song that reimagines death not as a severance, but as a compassionate force.

Eight people were killed in three shootings targeting Atlanta-area spas. Six victims were of Asian descent.
03/17/2021
Atlanta Shooting Suspect Is Believed To Have Visited Spas He Targeted

Eight people were killed in three shootings targeting Atlanta-area spas. Six victims were of Asian descent.

Robert Aaron Long, 21, was arrested within hours of the attacks on the three massage parlors, after police tracked his vehicle on the interstate in south Georgia.

Nearly half of former President Donald Trump's supporters said they do not plan to get a COVID-19 vaccine, according to ...
03/16/2021
Calls Grow For Trump To Urge Hesitant Supporters To Get COVID-19 Vaccine

Nearly half of former President Donald Trump's supporters said they do not plan to get a COVID-19 vaccine, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.

Trump supporters are the least likely to say they will seek a COVID-19 vaccine when one becomes available to them. Of the hesitancy among Republicans, Dr. Anthony Fauci says, "I just don't get it."

People who stormed the Capitol were radicalized by what they consumed online and in social media. Ten years ago, ISIS us...
03/15/2021
A Tale Of 2 Radicalizations

People who stormed the Capitol were radicalized by what they consumed online and in social media.

Ten years ago, ISIS used a similar strategy to lure Americans to Syria.

🔬Smart sutures that can tell if a wound is infected.🦠A model to predict COVID-19 spread in vulnerable communities.🧪 New ...
03/12/2021
High School STEM Competition Finalists Discuss Their Innovative Projects

🔬Smart sutures that can tell if a wound is infected.
🦠A model to predict COVID-19 spread in vulnerable communities.
🧪 New methods to stop a fungus killing coffee trees.

These projects from high schoolers Dasia Taylor, Vivian Yee, and Edgar Sosa are just some of the innovative ideas from finalists in the Society for Science #RegeneronSTS competition.

Rachel Martin speaks with three of the 40 high school finalists in the Society for Science and Regeneron's annual STEM competition.

ER doctor Angela Chen was already on the front lines of the pandemic last spring when she diagnosed NYC's first confirme...
03/11/2021
ER Doctor Who Diagnosed First Confirmed NYC COVID-19 Case Reflects 1 Year Later

ER doctor Angela Chen was already on the front lines of the pandemic last spring when she diagnosed NYC's first confirmed COVID-19 case. Now, a year later, she recalls the fear, mental exhaustion, and humanity she saw while working.

For four months last year, Dr. Angela Chen only saw her child through a window. A year into the global pandemic, the view is a different, but it's impossible to forget the memories of last spring.

Known as the American Rescue Plan, the legislation allocates money for vaccines, schools, small businesses and anti-pove...
03/09/2021
Here's What's In The American Rescue Plan As It Heads Toward Final Passage

Known as the American Rescue Plan, the legislation allocates money for vaccines, schools, small businesses and anti-poverty programs.

The colossal package allocates money for COVID-19 vaccines, schools, small businesses and anti-poverty programs like the child tax credit. Here are the highlights, including what the Senate changed.

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