NPR3 min readMedical
Coronavirus Is Surging: How Severe Is Your State's Outbreak?
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.
NPR5 min readCrime & Violence
Members Of Right-Wing Militias, Extremist Groups Are Latest Charged In Capitol Siege
Eight alleged members of extremist groups were charged in the past week in connection with the Jan. 6 siege at the U.S. Capitol.
NPR4 min readMedical
China's Sinovac Vaccine Is Rolling Out Around The World. Will It Work?
The vaccine is now being used in Brazil, Indonesia and Turkey for starters. But there are conflicting reports about its degree of effectiveness.
NPR5 min readAmerican Government
Senate Begins Biden Cabinet Confirmation Hearings As Impeachment Trial Looms
The Senate returns for the first time since the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. Five committees will question nominees to lead Defense, State, Homeland Security, Treasury and the top Intelligence post.
NPR4 min readPolitics
Here's How America's Crisis Feels Too Familiar To This Immigrant Who Has Covered War
No, Washington, D.C., is not Baghdad, despite now having a Green Zone of its own. But the events of Jan. 6 make the comparison more apt than any of us would wish.
NPR4 min readPolitics
Ken Burns Says U.S. Has 3 Viruses: COVID-19, White Supremacy And Misinformation
Documentarian Ken Burns believed there were three major crises in the nation's past: The Civil War, the Depression and World War II. Now, he says, we are living through the fourth.
NPR3 min read
Locust Swarms Threaten Parts Of East Africa
Swarms of locusts have reached dangerous levels in parts of Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya. They're reproducing rapidly in part because of unusual rainfall patterns.
NPR5 min readAmerican Government
Poll: Most Americans Think Trump Will Be Remembered As A Subpar President
By a 60%-to-27% margin, Americans said they thought Trump would go down as either one of the worst presidents in history or below average. President-elect Joe Biden is viewed more positively.
NPR2 min readCrime & Violence
Pharmacist Accused Of Tampering With COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Charged With Misdemeanor
Steven Brandenburg, the Wisconsin pharmacist who admitted to removing some 570 doses of the Moderna vaccine from cold storage last month, has been charged with attempted criminal damage to property.
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Gabriel Garzón-Montano: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
An eight-piece backing band, dressed almost entirely in white, helps Garzón-Montano bring the music of his latest album, Agüita, to life.
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'We Must Remember': Biden, Harris Memorialize COVID-19 Victims
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, who will be sworn in as president and vice president on Wednesday, called on Americans to unite through their mourning of lost loved ones.
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Mets Terminate General Manager Who Reportedly Sent Lewd Texts To Reporter
The team's owner said Jared Porter has been terminated after ESPN reported he repeatedly sent explicit messages to a reporter while he worked for the Chicago Cubs in 2016.
NPR1 min readPolitics
DOJ Drops Insider Trading Investigation Into Sen. Richard Burr
Officials launched a probe into Burr's business dealings after the senator warned a group of constituents in February to prepare for the coronavirus then sold off $1.7 million in stocks.
NPR4 min readAmerican Government
Militant Christian Nationalists Remain A Potent Force
The conviction of some Christians that God has a particular plan for America gave extra potency to efforts in support of Trump's attempts to overturn his election defeat.
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400 Lights, For 400,000 Dead, Illuminate Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool
"Sharing grief brings people together," says historian Micki McElya. The ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday was the most prominent memorial so far to the victims of COVID-19.
NPR3 min readAmerican Government
Biden Pick For Intel Chief: 'Biggest Challenge Is Building Trust And Confidence'
Avril Haines began her confirmation hearing by pledging to "never shy from speaking truth to power."
NPR4 min readPolitics
Union Pushing Keystone XL Faces Racial Discrimination Suit
Pipeliners Local 798, which represents thousands of workers on projects across the country, has a history of racism and faces new allegations it discriminated against Black members.
NPR2 min readGender Studies
In Historic 1st, Biden To Nominate Transgender Doctor As Assistant Health Secretary
Dr. Rachel Levine is currently the secretary of health in Pennsylvania, where she leads the state's fight against COVID-19.
NPR2 min readMedical
Federal Data Reveal Which Hospitals Are Dangerously Full This Week. Is Yours?
COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to skyrocket in the U.S. NPR built a tool to explore the latest trends around the country. Look up your local hospital to see how it's faring.
NPR3 min read
Punk And Harmony: Rising Rock Trio Palberta Finds A Sweet Spot
Just as soon as you think you have a frame of reference for the Brooklyn band's sound, it swerves into an entirely new direction. Palberta's new album, Palberta5000, comes out Jan. 22.
NPR4 min read
The 'Uncollected Stories' Show Allan Gurganus At His Finest
This is Gurganus's first book since 2013, and it's worth the wait. These stories are funny, compassionate, and marked by the author's amazing ability to reflect both light and dark in his characters.
NPR5 min readAmerican Government
The 'Racial Caste System' At The U.S. Capitol
After the Capitol was cleared of insurrectionists last week, there was work to be done — and it wasn't lost on many that cleaning up the mess would fall largely to Black and Brown people.
NPR6 min readNature
Supreme Court Considers Baltimore Suit Against Oil Companies
Overwhelmed sewers. Flooded streets. Deadly heat waves. Baltimore is one of many American cities where the costs of climate change far exceed local resources. Should oil companies pay?
NPR3 min readAmerican Government
Secretary Of State Nominee Antony Blinken Promises 'Humility And Confidence'
"Humility and confidence should be the flip sides of America's leadership coin," Blinken will testify at his Senate confirmation hearing, vowing to work for the "greater good."
NPR1 min readMedical
Coronavirus World Map: Tracking The Spread Of The Outbreak
A map of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths around the world. The respiratory disease has spread rapidly across six continents and has killed at least 1 million globally.
NPR2 min readAmerican Government
'The Movement We Started Is Only Just Beginning': Trump Releases Farewell Video
The outgoing president vowed to continue the movement he launched among fervent supporters of his "Make America Great Again" agenda.
NPR4 min readPolitics
Why Nations Fail, America Edition
We talk with the authors of Why Nations Fail about whether the Capitol insurrection is a sign our nation is failing, and, if so, if there's anything we can do about it.
NPR2 min readWorld
Pompeo Accuses China Of Genocide Against Muslim Uighurs In Xinjiang
"I believe this genocide is ongoing," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a forceful statement issued on his last full day representing the U.S. to the world.
NPR4 min readAmerican Government
Biden's Inauguration Is Going To Look Very Different. Here's What To Know
President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration has been largely downsized because of the coronavirus pandemic and security concerns after the attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6.
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TH1RT3EN: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
The Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. It's the same spirit — stripped-down sets, an intimate setting — just a
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