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People under 20 are about half as susceptible to coronavirus infection as people over 20, according to the author of a n...
06/20/2020
Coronavirus Mystery: Are Kids Less Likely To Catch It Than Adults Are?

People under 20 are about half as susceptible to coronavirus infection as people over 20, according to the author of a new study. But critical questions remain, including: What role do kids play in transmission?

A new study offers some answers. But many questions remain, including what role children play in transmission.

150 years ago, West Virginia seceded from Virginia to align with the Union during the Civil War. It rejected the Confede...
06/20/2020
West Virginia, Born Out Of The Civil War, Grapples With Confederate Monuments

150 years ago, West Virginia seceded from Virginia to align with the Union during the Civil War. It rejected the Confederacy then — but as Confederate statues come down across the South, all still stand there.

On June 20, 1863, West Virginia seceded from Virginia to align with the Union during the Civil War. It rejected the Confederacy then, but the state hasn't taken down any Confederate statues in 2020.

Google's workforce is just 3% black. At Apple, that number is 9%. To commit to racial equity in Big Tech, black Silicon ...
06/20/2020
Big Talk From Big Tech On Racial Equity, But Not All Workers Are Buying It

Google's workforce is just 3% black. At Apple, that number is 9%.

To commit to racial equity in Big Tech, black Silicon Valley workers say companies need to do a lot more than make statements and donate.

More than 200 technology companies have issued statements supporting the advancement of racial justice, but black tech workers say internal policies and tech culture needs an overhaul first.

In “Democracy In One Book Or Less,” David Litt, former speechwriter to President Obama, debunks myths about our founders...
06/20/2020
'Democracy In One Book Or Less' Proposes Solutions To U.S. Government Ills

In “Democracy In One Book Or Less,” David Litt, former speechwriter to President Obama, debunks myths about our founders, pointing up false narratives and warped historical perceptions.

David Litt, former speechwriter to President Obama and author of Thanks, Obama, refreshingly debunks myths about our founders, pointing up false narratives and warped historical perceptions.

If we don't interrupt the systems we live within, then we're complicit in them, says Robin DiAngelo, the author of "Whit...
06/20/2020
'Interrupt The Systems': Robin DiAngelo On 'White Fragility' And Anti-Racism : Life Kit

If we don't interrupt the systems we live within, then we're complicit in them, says Robin DiAngelo, the author of "White Fragility."

"In that way, we can say that nice white people who do nothing further to challenge racism are racist."

You may not think of yourself as racist, but Robin DiAngelo says that "nice white people" are still complicit in racist structures. DiAngelo has tips to help white people break from apathy, interrupt racist systems and commit to anti-racist practices.

SAULT's latest album digs into the everyday aspects of Black existence, funneling rage and sorrow into contemplative str...
06/20/2020
SAULT's 'UNTITLED' Lights Up The Full Spectrum Of Blackness

SAULT's latest album digs into the everyday aspects of Black existence, funneling rage and sorrow into contemplative streams of thought.

SAULT's latest and best album is a capital-B Black record that funnels rage and sorrow into contemplative streams of thought, over equally brooding music meant to slow your heart rate.

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman — who has investigated key Trump allies — says he "has no intention of resigning" despite ...
06/20/2020
Geoffrey Berman, U.S. Attorney Who Prosecuted Trump Allies, Says He Won't Quit

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman — who has investigated key Trump allies — says he "has no intention of resigning" despite an announcement by Attorney General William Barr.

Berman says his office's "investigations will move forward without delay or interruption."

Attorney General William Barr announced that Berman is stepping down as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. But Berman says "I have no intention of resigning."

Set against an easy-rolling funk groove characteristic of the artist's summery sound, "Lockdown" relates Anderson .Paak'...
06/20/2020
Anderson .Paak's 'Lockdown' Examines The Quiet Spaces Of An Uprising

Set against an easy-rolling funk groove characteristic of the artist's summery sound, "Lockdown" relates Anderson .Paak's own experiences attending recent protests and voices his belief in the motivations behind them.

In a new song and video, Anderson .Paak and video director Dave Meyers take a hushed look at the lives amidst the movement.

There were 15 bus-related search and rescue operations by the state between 2009 and 2017, according to the state's Depa...
06/20/2020
Helicopter removes 'Into the Wild' bus that lured Alaska travelers to their deaths - Alaska Public Media

There were 15 bus-related search and rescue operations by the state between 2009 and 2017, according to the state's Department of Natural Resources. Hikers drowned in 2010 and 2019. Alaska Public Media

An Army National Guard heavy-lift helicopter has removed the old Fairbanks city bus from the spot near Denali National Park where it once housed Christopher McCandless, the subject of the popular nonfiction book “Into the Wild.” Photos posted to Facebook on Thursday show a twin-bladed Chinook he...

“I am just so happy that I have lived long enough to witness this moment,” activist Angela Davis says. “And I think that...
06/20/2020
'An Extraordinary Moment': Angela Davis Says Protests Recognize Long Overdue Anti-Racist Work

“I am just so happy that I have lived long enough to witness this moment,” activist Angela Davis says. “And I think that I see myself as witnessing this moment for all of those who lost their lives in the struggle over the decades.” Here & Now

"I am just so happy that I have lived long enough to witness this moment," legendary activist Angela Davis says.

Teyana Taylor's third musical project, simply titled “The Album,” is a sprawling work of 23 tracks that sends a clear me...
06/20/2020
Teyana Taylor On 'The Album' And Asserting Her Creative Vision

Teyana Taylor's third musical project, simply titled “The Album,” is a sprawling work of 23 tracks that sends a clear message: She's done compromising her creative vision.

NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Teyana Taylor about The Album, her anticipated follow-up to the Kanye West-produced K.T.S.E. that features guests like Lauryn Hill, Missy Elliott and Erykah Badu.

Courts are using Zoom calls to hold eviction hearings for people who can't pay rent amid the pandemic. For some, the ina...
06/20/2020
Zoom Call Eviction Hearings: 'They'll Throw Everything I Have Out On The Street'

Courts are using Zoom calls to hold eviction hearings for people who can't pay rent amid the pandemic.

For some, the inability to connect to the call may not just be the loss of basic rights — but also the "difference between housing and homelessness."

During the outbreak, courts have turned to the online conferencing service. But some people don't have access to smartphones or the Internet. Legal challenges are likely.

Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Quinton Lucas proposed a plan to completely remove all offenses related to marijuana possession ...
06/20/2020
Mayor Of Kansas City, Mo., Wants To Eliminate Marijuana Offenses

Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Quinton Lucas proposed a plan to completely remove all offenses related to marijuana possession from the city code — which he says are often pretexts for stopping people and lead to over-policing of Black and brown communities.

Quinton Lucas says marijuana is often a pretext for police stops that disproportionately affect Black people. While pushing for local reforms, he doubts the possibility of larger, lasting change.

Several Major League Baseball and National Hockey League teams have closed their facilities in Florida after players tes...
06/20/2020
Florida's Surging Coronavirus Numbers Hobble Several Pro Sports Teams

Several Major League Baseball and National Hockey League teams have closed their facilities in Florida after players test positive for COVID-19.

Several Major League Baseball and National Hockey League teams have shuttered facilities in Florida after players test positive for COVID-19. Experts worry it's too soon to bring back pro sports.

- Can you spray yourself with disinfectant?- Is it safe for a repair person to work in your home?- Is it OK to go to the...
06/20/2020
Coronavirus FAQs: Home Repair Guidelines, Toilet Plumes, Manicures And Self-Spraying

- Can you spray yourself with disinfectant?

- Is it safe for a repair person to work in your home?

- Is it OK to go to the salon for manicures, pedicures or massages?

We’re answering your coronavirus questions 👇

By popular demand, we've updated our guidelines for repair people in the home — and taken on new topics as well.

The Navy will not reinstate Capt. Brett Crozier, who raised alarms in late March about a serious coronavirus outbreak ab...
06/20/2020
In A Reversal By Navy, Sacked Captain Of USS Roosevelt Will Not Be Reinstated

The Navy will not reinstate Capt. Brett Crozier, who raised alarms in late March about a serious coronavirus outbreak aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier he commanded.

Brett Crozier was initially recommended to retain command of an aircraft carrier after being removed for protesting the Navy's response to the virus on the ship. The Navy now says he won't go back.

Archivists found the original handwritten General Order No. 3 buried in the stacks of the National Archives Building.The...
06/20/2020
U.S. National Archives Unearths Original Juneteenth Order

Archivists found the original handwritten General Order No. 3 buried in the stacks of the National Archives Building.

The order, issued in Galveston on June 19, 1865, informed the people of Texas that all enslaved people were now free.

"The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free," states General Order No. 3.

Phoenix has joined several cities across Arizona requiring residents to wear masks in public spaces amid a sharp spike i...
06/20/2020
Phoenix Passes Face Mask Mandate Amid Arizona Coronavirus Surge

Phoenix has joined several cities across Arizona requiring residents to wear masks in public spaces amid a sharp spike in COVID-19 cases.

Additionally, businesses have the right to refuse service to anyone who doesn't comply with the order.

The vote comes days after Gov. Doug Ducey granted local governments autonomy to set their own health and safety measures to fight rising COVID-19 cases. Arizona lifted stay-at-home rules last month.

AMC Theaters now says it will require face coverings for customers in all of its theaters reopening in July. The change ...
06/20/2020
AMC Theaters Will Now Require Guests To Wear Masks When It Reopens

AMC Theaters now says it will require face coverings for customers in all of its theaters reopening in July. The change came after an outcry against the company for not making it a mandate in the first place.

After an outcry, the multiplex chain said it will require face coverings for guests in all of its theaters reopening in July. Earlier plans mandated masks only for staff and where laws required them.

The Pentagon is lifting travel restrictions for military personnel in 46 states  — despite a rise in new coronavirus inf...
06/20/2020
Half Of States Where Pentagon Lifts Travel Ban Have Rising Coronavirus Infections

The Pentagon is lifting travel restrictions for military personnel in 46 states — despite a rise in new coronavirus infections in 23 states.

The Defense Department appears to be ignoring its own guidance for lifting restrictions, which stipulates that a state must show a "14-day downward trajectory” of new cases.

The Defense Department appears to be ignoring its own guidance by lifting travel restrictions for military personnel in 23 states with cases of COVID-19 on upward trajectory.

Apple is closing 11 stores in four states where coronavirus infections are surging: Florida, North Carolina, South Carol...
06/19/2020
Apple Closing 11 Stores Again In States Seeing a Spike in Coronavirus Cases

Apple is closing 11 stores in four states where coronavirus infections are surging: Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Arizona.

The move comes just weeks after it had reopened those locations.

Stores in Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Arizona are once again shutting their doors, beginning Saturday, as those states see mounting coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court rejected a legal challenge seeking to order a Tulsa arena to enforce social distancing measur...
06/19/2020
Tulsa Curfew Lifted, As Court Rejects Public Health Challenge To Trump Rally

The Oklahoma Supreme Court rejected a legal challenge seeking to order a Tulsa arena to enforce social distancing measures at President Trump’s campaign rally on Saturday.

The city was originally intended to be under curfew for the weekend, but it was lifted at the request of the Secret Service.

President Trump will rally supporters on Saturday at an indoor arena, even as COVID-19 cases spike in Oklahoma. The rally had been scheduled for Friday, but was moved due to the Juneteenth holiday.

A growing number of cities and states are reporting an uptick of people in their 20s and 30s testing positive for the co...
06/19/2020
Younger Adults Are Increasingly Testing Positive For Coronavirus

A growing number of cities and states are reporting an uptick of people in their 20s and 30s testing positive for the coronavirus.

Public health experts say the trend is likely due to more testing — and less adherence to social distancing and mask guidelines.

In parts of the country, more people in their 20s and 30s are testing positive for the coronavirus. Experts say this is likely due to more testing and less adherence to distancing and mask guidelines.

The coronavirus pandemic reached a new one-day high on Thursday with 150,000 new confirmed cases, according to the World...
06/19/2020
Coronavirus Spread Hits 1-Day High, World Health Organization Says

The coronavirus pandemic reached a new one-day high on Thursday with 150,000 new confirmed cases, according to the World Health Organization.

Almost half of those cases were reported in the Americas.

"The world is in a new and dangerous phase," WHO's director-general says. "Many people are understandably fed up with being at home ... but the virus is still spreading fast."

"This celebration is tinted with sorrow because of the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery. But there i...
06/19/2020
Across The U.S., A Juneteenth 'Tinted With Sorrow' And Buoyed By Hope

"This celebration is tinted with sorrow because of the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery. But there is hope ... Hope that social justice will occur in this country and will occur soon," a county commissioner in Galveston, Texas, said at a Juneteenth celebration.

Rallies are happening from Atlanta to Los Angeles — including in Galveston, Texas, where the holiday was born. Amid a reckoning around race, this year's Juneteenth has an even more urgent meaning.

President Trump won the 2016 election, in which 25% of ballots were cast by mail. By railing against absentee voting, "y...
06/19/2020
Tom Ridge, Ex-DHS Secretary, Laments 'Sad' Trump Fears About Voting By Mail

President Trump won the 2016 election, in which 25% of ballots were cast by mail. By railing against absentee voting, "you potentially jeopardize your own interest," says Tom Ridge, Pennsylvania's former Republican governor.

The former Pennsylvania governor tells NPR that he worries the president is hurting his own cause by talking down absentee voting because in many cases, it helps Republicans.

On a new episode of NPR's It's Been a Minute host Sam Sanders chats about the Supreme Court with Slate's Mark Joseph Ste...
06/19/2020
Supreme Court Protects Rights For DACA And LGBTQ Workers : It's Been a Minute with Sam Sanders

On a new episode of NPR's It's Been a Minute host Sam Sanders chats about the Supreme Court with Slate's Mark Joseph Stern, then checks in with Tobore Oweh, a DACA recipient who is hopeful yet realistic about her status. https://trib.al/ADUkIMw

What does it all mean when so much change happens at the same time? This week, the Supreme Court protected the rights of two marginalized groups — DACA recipients and LGBTQ workers — and protests against police brutality continued around the world. Sam chats about the Supreme Court with Slate's ...

New York City will officially observe Juneteenth as a city and school holiday starting next year, Mayor Bill de Blasio h...
06/19/2020
De Blasio Makes Juneteenth An Official New York City Holiday

New York City will officially observe Juneteenth as a city and school holiday starting next year, Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced.

Juneteenth commemorates the effective end of slavery in the United States. Now, New York City will officially observe Juneteenth as an official city and school holiday starting next year.

Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 when Union soldiers arrived in Texas to inform some of the last enslaved Americans that...
06/19/2020
Celebrating Juneteenth: A Reading Of The Emancipation Proclamation

Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 when Union soldiers arrived in Texas to inform some of the last enslaved Americans that they were free.

They enforced President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which had taken effect two years earlier on Jan. 1, 1863.

On this Juneteenth, NPR is marking the day in 1865 when Union forces arrived in Texas with the news that slavery had been abolished two years earlier with a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation.

06/19/2020
Here & Now

Welcome to NPR’s Friday Film Club! This week, we're mixing things up. Tonya chats with NPR's Sam Sanders and culture writer Kelley L. Carter about the films that lift their spirits.
Drop your questions - and your own top films for joy and comfort - in comments!

Welcome to NPR’s Friday Film Club! This week, we're mixing things up. Tonya chats with NPR's Sam Sanders and culture writer Kelley L. Carter about the films that lift their spirits.
Drop your questions - and your own top films for joy and comfort - in comments!

Bestselling novelist Carlos Ruiz Zafón has died at age 55. He was frequently called the most-read Spanish author since C...
06/19/2020
Bestselling Spanish Novelist Carlos Ruiz Zafón Dies At 55

Bestselling novelist Carlos Ruiz Zafón has died at age 55. He was frequently called the most-read Spanish author since Cervantes — and his 2001 novel "The Shadow of the Wind" was a breakout hit.

Zafón has been called the most-read Spanish author since Cervantes. He wrote young adult fiction, but his adult debut The Shadow of the Wind was a breakout hit, selling millions of copies worldwide.

"I'm so, so, so grateful for the life that America has provided me. But it's because I'm so grateful for that life that ...
06/19/2020
'I'm Willing To Fight For America': 5 Student Activists On Protesting For Change

"I'm so, so, so grateful for the life that America has provided me. But it's because I'm so grateful for that life that I'm willing to fight for America and willing to fight for American citizens' liberties."

High school and college students from across the country share the different ways they are fighting for an end to structural racism.

COVID-19 closed schools all over the world. But students are still taking the lead in the Black Lives Matter protests. So we ask student activists how they're organizing during the pandemic.

No single lineage can contain the magic of New Orleans music. But one essential thread, dating back before rock and roll...
06/19/2020
How Queer Tastemakers, Movers And Shakers Shaped The Music Of New Orleans

No single lineage can contain the magic of New Orleans music. But one essential thread, dating back before rock and roll, is the legacy of queer people — from Bobby Marchan to Big Freedia — who steered the sounds and the scenes.

No single lineage can contain New Orleans music. But one central thread is the legacy of queer performers and tastemakers — from Bobby Marchan to Big Freedia — who steered the sounds and the scenes.

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