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NPR's Up First is the news you need to start your day. The three biggest stories of the day, with reporting and analysis from NPR News ? in 10 minutes. Available weekdays by 6 a.m. ET, with hosts Leila Fadel, Steve Inskeep, Rachel Martin and A Martinez. Also available on Saturdays by 8 a.m. ET, with Ayesha Rascoe and Scott Simon. On Sundays, hear a longer exploration behind the headlines with Rachel Martin, available by 8 a.m. ET. Subscribe and listen, then support your local NPR station at NPR's reporting by subscribing to Up First+ and unlock sponsor-free listening. Learn more at


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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Voters take to the polls in Georgia's Senate runoff election. U.S. Capitol Police receive highest civilian honor. China holds memorial for late leader Jiang Zemin.
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Monday, December 5, 2022

OPEC Plus plays wait and see over Russian sanctions. Supreme Court to hear case of businesses who don't want to do business with LGBTQ clients. Arizona is set to certify votes after a county stalled.
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NPR Investigates a Single War Crime in Ukraine

Since the invasion into Ukraine began 11 months ago, investigators have opened more than 50,000 war crimes investigations looking at alleged atrocities committed by Russian troops. NPR Investigative Correspondent Tim Mak heard a rumor about a man, brutally killed, who lay in the streets of a town for 30 days. So he decided to investigate. One war crime, one story, to show the challenge that war crimes investigators face all over Ukraine.
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December 3, 2022

The US job market is strong with employers adding more than a quarter million jobs a month. Georgia gears up for its Tuesday Senate runoff. And the U.S. faces the Netherlands in the knockout stage of the World Cup.
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Friday, December 2, 2022

Felony tax fraud trial of the Trump Organization winds down. Supreme Court to hear Biden's student loan forgiveness plan. Sofa stuffed with cash leads to calls for South Africa's president to resign.
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Thursday, December 1, 2022

The West will impose more sanctions on Russian oil to defund its war in Ukraine. France's Macron is guest at Biden's first state dinner. FTX founder ignores his lawyers' advice and takes questions.
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November 30, 2022

Prosecutors get rare seditious conspiracy conviction in Jan. 6 case. NATO foreign ministers meet on Ukraine. Republicans join Democrats on same-sex marriage bill; will they do the same on rail strike?
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November 29, 2022

China cracks down on protesters. Supreme Court to hear arguments over how to enforce immigration laws. After battling off the pitch, Team USA and Iran face off in the World Cup.
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Monday, November 28, 2022

Chinese people protest government's COVID lockdown. Democrats rush to pass bills before Republicans take over the House. Voting starts in Georgia in runoff for final unresolved Senate seat.
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'A Heart That Works'

The actor and comedian Rob Delaney is known for tackling heavy topics with humor. Fans of his hit tv show Catastrophe have seen that on full display. But what most viewers didn't know is that while making the last two seasons of that show he was going through the hardest experience of his life. His two year old son Henry died from brain cancer after extensive medical treatments. Delaney's new memoir A Heart That Works is raw and honest window into that painful period of his family's life.

If you or someone you know may be considering suicide or is in crisis, call or text 9 8 8 to reach the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.
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Saturday, November 26, 2022

Georgia voters head back to the polls to choose between Democrat Raphael Warnock and his Republican opponent, Herschel Walker, in the runoff race for a Senate seat. And, in China, workers at the biggest Apple iPhone manufacturer are protesting pay and conditions. Also, the World Cup is underway with the U.S. facing Iran on Tuesday.
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November 25th, 2022

Why aren't red flag laws used more often? The Bidens convene a family meeting on 2024. Despite the economy, holiday shoppers don't seem to be scaling back that much.
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Thursday, November 24th, 2022

Who were the victims of the mass shooting at a Virginia Walmart earlier this week and what were their last moments like? And are airlines ready for travel to return to pre-pandemic levels? Plus, what can a United Nations council do to support protestors in Iran as the government intensifies its crackdown?
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Wednesday, November 23rd, 2022

Walmart shooting leaves seven dead, including shooter. Change in law makes it easier to prove hate crimes in Colorado. Bombshells fall in FTX bankruptcy trial.
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Tuesday, November 22, 2022

The latest on the Colorado LGBTQ club shooting. Unions reject White House deal to keep trains running. Rescuers are digging through rubble from Indonesia earthquake expecting death toll to rise.
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Monday, November 21, 2022

Police investigate motive in Colorado LGBTQ club shooting. COP27 closes with one deal to help developing countries but fails to reach one on limiting causes. U.S. soccer fans' eight-year wait is over.
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Finding Family

For many of us, Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what we are grateful for?with the people we love. This week, we travel through the archives and hear from writers, poets, musicians and our own listeners on how they have found strength and understanding through family, be it the one they were born into or the one they created along the way.
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Saturday, November 19, 2022

Attorney General Merrick Garland says Jack Smith will oversee two ongoing criminal probes into Donald Trump's conduct. A tumultuous week at Twitter ended with what seemed like an online wake by users. A winter storm socks Buffalo, N.Y.
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Friday, November 18, 2022

Mass resignations at Twitter after Musk's "hardcore" ultimatum. Pelosi's historic leadership to end ? who's lining up to succeed her? Congress now involved in Ticketmaster-Taylor Swift fiasco.
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Thursday, November 17, 2022

How will Republicans govern in control of the House? Trump's CFO on the stand in criminal tax fraud trial. Ukraine and its partners disagree on the source of missile that exploded in Poland.
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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

NATO holds emergency meeting on missile explosion in Poland. Russian missiles strike cities across Ukraine. Trump announces he's running again in 2024.
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Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Congress returns for a busy lame-duck session as midterm results still being decided. Democrat defeats election-denier in Arizona governor race. Tales of Russian occupation emerge from Kherson.
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Monday, November 14, 2022

President Biden and China's Xi meet face-to-face at G20 summit. How did Democrats keep control of the Senate? Bombing on popular Istanbul commercial street strikes at the heart of Turkey.
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The Last Cup: Lionel Messi's Dream

Lionel Messi is considered one of the greatest soccer players of all time. An Argentine by birth, he rose to stardom playing in Europe. Messi has won almost every accolade possible for a professional soccer player?save one?the World Cup. He's never been able to lead his Argentine national team to victory and he says this year's competition will be his final attempt.

In The Last Cup, a new bilingual podcast series from NPR and Futuro Studios, NPR's Jasmine Garsd looks at how Messi has wrestled with the disappointment of the home crowd after each devastating World Cup loss. Over time, his connection to his own country has been questioned after spending time abroad. Garsd, an immigrant from Argentina herself asks: What can Messi's story tell us about the cost of leaving home, and the struggle to return?

Listen to The Last Cup in Spanish and English on NPR One, Apple Podcasts or Spotify.
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Saturday, November 12, 2022

Democrat Mark Kelly wins the Senate race in Arizona. Ukraine retakes the city of Kherson. President Biden says he wants to understand China's "red lines" in his Monday meeting with Xi Jinping.
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Friday, November 11, 2022

Officials slog through vote-counting in Arizona, including a pivotal Senate race. President Biden to declare America will lead again on climate change. And his student debt relief plan hits a wall.
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Thursday, November 10, 2022

Georgia Senate runoff might determine the balance of power again. Biden says he'll work with Republicans if they take power in Congress. Ukraine skeptical as Russian announces withdrawal from Kherson.
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November 9, 2022

Republicans picked up seats in Congress, but it wasn't as big a win as expected. Pivotal Senate race in Georgia too close to call. Voting issues were few and far between.
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Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Mail-in voting might keep election night from being results night. Supreme Court takes up Indian Child Welfare Act and adoption. Italy's new government is taking a hard line on Mediterranean migrants.
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Monday, November 7, 2022

The next two days will determine the Biden administration's next two years. Annual climate conference takes on new urgency. Twitter's Elon Musk era isn't off to a smooth start.
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Easy Money: An NPR Investigation

March 2020. The financial magnitude of the COVID pandemic was becoming clear. The country was facing an unprecedented economic catastrophe and Congress felt it needed to act?immediately. So it offered potentially forgivable loans to small businesses through something called the Paycheck Protection Program. The government ultimately spent almost $800 billion dollars on that effort.

NPR's Investigations correspondent Sacha Pfeiffer looked into the program and found that even after the government realized huge sums of money had gone to fraudulent borrowers and companies that may not have deserved the funding, it still forgave the vast majority of those loans. In the end, the Paycheck Protection Program basically became a federal grant program. And generations of taxpayers may wind up footing the bill.
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Saturday, November 5, 2022

What data tells us about early voting as midterm election counts down. Elon Musk's 13 billion dollar financial dilemma with Twitter. Russians and Ukrainians prepare for a fight over the port city of Kherson.
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Friday, November 4, 2022

G7 diplomats meet to help Ukraine through the winter. Two omicron variants could cause a new COVID surge. Borrowing on credit cards and for car loans is getting a lot more expensive.
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Thursday, November 3, 2022

Biden tries to tamp down political violence and motivate Democrats. North Korea missile launches edges region closer to armed conflict. Will a cease fire in Ethiopia lead to end of two-year conflict.
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Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Republicans have edge in enthusiasm in final six days before the midterms. Pelosi attack increases lawmakers' concerns for safety. Fed expected to raise interest rates for the sixth time this year.
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Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Pelosi attack suspect to appear in court. Will Russia allow Ukrainian grain shipments to continue after pulling out of U.N. backed deal? Netanyahu leads ultranationalist bloc in comeback attempt.
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Monday, October 31, 2022

Luiz InĂ¡cio Lula da Silva's remarkable comeback in Brazil. South Korea mourns victims of crowd surge as it investigates its cause. Affirmative action gets its biggest test before the Supreme Court.
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Surrender: A Conversation with Bono

Host Rachel Martin sits down with the lead singer of U2 to talk about his new memoir, Surrender: 40 songs, One Story. Bono says his faith has been at the center of everything he's done. His 40 year marriage, the relationships with his band members, his activism and his music.
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Saturday, October 29, 2022

Nancy Pelosi's husband is hospitalized after an attacker assaults him at home. Elon Musk officially owns Twitter. Brazilians vote for a new president.
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Friday, October 28, 2022

Elon Musk cleans house after Twitter deal closes. Death toll is rising as protests in Iran gain momentum. Houston Astros are favored as they take on the Philadelphia Phillies in World Series opener.
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Thursday, October 27, 2022

How might Americans' experience with inflation translate into votes? Putin raises stakes as he watches Russia practice for nuclear war. Hospitals near capacity with severe virus patients.
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Wednesday, October 26, 2022

A debate in Pennsylvania could decide control of the Senate, embattled Los Angeles city council members miss work but not their paychecks and Haiti aid workers fear for their safety.
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Tuesday, October 25, 2022

The West warns Russia over its accusations that Ukraine is preparing a dirty bomb, top bankers and investors flock to Saudi conference, Trump's family business goes on trial for tax evasion.
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Monday, October 24, 2022

Boris Johnson won't run again and history could be in the making. Harvey Weinstein faces a second sexual assault trial. Despite chaos in Port-au-Prince, Haitians don't want another intervention.
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Solito - A Child's Story of Migration

On April 6, 1999 Javier Zamora woke at dawn. He put on the clothes his grandparents had laid out for him: A dark blue dress shirt, dark blue jeans, a black belt, black dress shoes. Nearby sat his backpack?it held his toiletries and more black clothing. The backpack was also black. Everything had to be dark, that was what the Coyote had told them. In his new memoir, Solito, Javier Zamora recounts his three-thousand mile journey from a small fishing village in El Salvador to the United States. He made the trip alone, without family, relying on the help of strangers. He was just nine years old.
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Saturday, October 22, 2022

President Biden's student loan debt relief plan is on court-ordered hold. The January 6th committee wants Donald Trump to testify under oath. Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson may attempt a comeback.
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Friday, October 21, 2022

The revolving door at No. 10 Downing Street. Steve Bannon faces sentencing for defying the Jan. 6 committee's subpoena. Interest rates throw cold water on the once-hot housing market.
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Thursday October 20, 2022

Iran faces sanctions over drones being used against Ukraine. Turmoil and distrust in British PM Liz Truss' two-month-old government. Despite safe alternatives, chemical companies still use asbestos.
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Wednesday, October 19th, 2022

Russian attacks are destroying Ukraine's infrastructure as winter nears. Biden to make more moves to rein in gas prices. Haiti suffers as gangs keep a stranglehold on supply lines.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Does Russia's use of Iranian drones signal a shift in strategy? Governor candidates debate in Georgia rematch. Biden to make what's billed as a "major" speech on abortion rights.
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