August 3, 2021
Florida now leads the nation in new COVID-19 cases, and experts say it may be weeks before the surge begins to wane. Also, the Biden Administration is poised to deliver 110 million vaccine doses around the world. And, state lawmakers from Texas and several other states are descending on Washington, D.C. today to urge Congress to approve a new voting rights law.
August 2, 2021
The delta variant is leading to a surge in new COVID-19 cases, along with growing calls for tougher restrictions. But officials also report vaccinations are on the rise, especially in some hotspots. Also, the CDC's eviction moratorium comes to an end, after Congress fails to extend it, leading to new worries that many Americans could lose their homes. And, NPR speaks to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona about the roadmap to getting kids back in school for in-person learning.
August 1, 2021
This week's bonus episode of Up First comes from NPR's Throughline. The Olympics originated in Ancient Greece and were resurrected in the 1890's after a 1,500 year ban. Since then, the International Olympic Committee has been behind every Olympic Games. This episode explores the story of how the IOC turned the Olympics into a huge commercial success and whether the cities that host the games end up winning or losing.
July 31, 2021
As the CDC tracks the delta variant and tells vaccinated Americans in high-risk areas to mask up, experts are warning about further mutations of the coronavirus. President Biden is adapting his messaging to the changing pandemic. And an update on wildfires tearing across many western states.
July 30, 2021
Internal documents from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the delta variant of the coronavirus appears to cause more severe illness than earlier variants and could spread as easily as chickenpox. Also, defrocked Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was criminally charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy in 1974. And, about 200 Afghan interpreters have been flown from Kabul to Virginia under a program to bring them to the U.S. because of their service to American forces.
July 29, 2021
Senate Democrats and Republicans came together to advance a roughly $1 trillion proposal to improve the country's aging infrastructure, a deal months in the making. Also, President Biden is set to announce that all civilian federal employees must be vaccinated against the coronavirus or submit to regular testing and other restrictions. And, a look at how global warming is driving extreme and deadly weather this summer.