Up First

Up First Podcast

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 Rachel Martin, Noel King, David Greene and Steve Inskeep. Now available on Saturdays by 8 a.m. ET, with hosts Lulu Garcia-Navarro and Scott Simon. Subscribe and listen, then support your local NPR station at donate.npr.org.

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020
President Trump is at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center with "moderate" COVID-19 symptoms. The president has been treated with Remdesivir as well as a dose of an experimental cocktail, Regeneron. The public reacts to the news of Trump's diagnosis just weeks before the election....

Friday, October 2, 2020
President Trump and the first lady, Melania Trump, have tested positive for the coronavirus. The president's physician says he will continue to conduct business while in isolation, but his campaign is having to make some adjustments with the election just a little over four weeks away. Also, the president is at a higher risk of serious complications from the virus because of his age and weight. And, world markets are reacting to the president's diagnosis....

Thursday, October 1, 2020
President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden wasted no time as they both returned to the campaign trail just five weeks before election day. The president is under tremendous pressure for not condemning white supremacy during Tuesday's chaotic debate. Also, with so many people voting by mail, the results could be delayed by days or even weeks. Social media companies fear the potential to spread conspiracy theories will be high. And, new rapid result COVID testing could dramatically change the way this c...


Wednesday, September 30, 2020
The first presidential debate of the 2020 election was a chaotic night full of interruptions and schoolyard insults. Also, the president reiterated false claims about mail-in voting in the debate; his words may be influencing how people vote this fall. And, COVID cases are up again in New York City. More than 3% of the tests results have come back positive, primarily around Orthodox Jewish communities....

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
The New York Times report about the president's taxes will likely be a hot topic tonight as Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden face off on the debate stage for the first time. Also, infection rates are climbing at a staggering rate in India as the world marks one million COVID deaths. And, more than 68,000 people are under evacuation orders as two fast-moving wildfires tear through Northern California's wine country....

Monday, September 28, 2020
The New York Times says it's obtained about two decades worth of President Trump's financial records, showing he avoided paying taxes for years. Also, GOP leadership have been heavily promoting the president's pick to the Supreme Court, Judge Amy Coney Barrett. They're rushing to fill the vacancy left by Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death before the election. And, a federal judge in Washington blocked President Trump's order banning new downloads of the popular video-sharing app Tik Tok, but the company's le...


Sunday, September 20, 2020
In this bonus episode of Code Switch, NPR's podcast about race and identity, hosts Shereen Marisol Meraji and Gene Demby find out how a police killing in Minneapolis in May lead people thousands of miles across the Atlantic Ocean to pull down the statue of a slave trader who's been dead for nearly three centuries....

Saturday, Septermber 26, 2020
A conservative judge is tipped to be the nominee to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. We look at the latest on COVID-19 vaccine trials. And the grand jury decision in killing of Breonna Taylor has lead to more protests and no closure for her family and community....

Friday, September 25, 2020
The President is refusing to say he'll accept the results of the election, casting doubts about the legitimacy of the ballots. Also, protesters marched for a second night in Louisville, Kentucky calling for justice in the Breonna Taylor case. Kentucky's governor and Louisville's mayor have called on the attorney general to release the grand jury's evidence. And, the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans says the pandemic is causing more people to reach out for help, reversing decades of progress with hom...


Thursday, September 24, 2020
Protest continue in cities around the country after a grand jury ruled that the actions of two police officers who shot at Breonna Taylor were justified. A third officer is charged with endangering her neighbors. Two officers were shot during protests in Louisville, KY. Also, President Trump says the White House can overrule the FDA's guidelines for a COVID vaccine. While the CDC is releasing new data showing young people are spreading the virus. And, the Trump administration is threatening to cut funding t...

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Calculations have changed for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as GOP Senators rally to fill the vacancy left by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Also, an NPR and Harvard University poll shows nearly half of Americans say they are facing "serious financial problems" as the global pandemic drags on. And, regardless of who wins the election, the U-S will still formally exit the Paris climate agreement on November 4. It's the only country of the nearly 200 who signed to withdraw....

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
President Trump said he's likely to announce his nominee to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by the weekend. Also, the CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is meeting today to decide who will be first to get a COVID vaccine when it becomes available. And, the United Nations is marking its 75th anniversary during the pandemic. World leaders will be attending virtually....


Monday, September 21, 2020
The election is just 43 days away, President Trump and Senate Republicans are in a hurry to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. And, COVID cases are spiking again as the U.S. approaches the grim milestone of 200,000 coronavirus deaths....

Saturday, September 19, 2020
The leader of the liberal wing of the Supreme Court, and a champion of equal rights for women, has died from complications from pancreatic cancer. Many are mourning her death as both Republicans and Democrats prepare for a political battle over her replacement....


Friday, September 18, 2020
President Trump says left-wing indoctrination in American schools is teaching kids to hate their country. He will sign an executive order to establish a commission promoting "patriotic education." The move is a reaction to a growing push by some academics for schools to teach an American history that better acknowledges systemic racism. Also, the race in Florida is tightening and Latino voters there are being targeted by alarming messages and conspiracy theories on social media. And, the attack on Russian o...

Thursday, September 17, 2020
President Trump disputes the CDC director's testimony to congressional leaders on a coronavirus vaccine timeline and masks. Also, the spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services is taking a leave of absence after he falsely accused government scientists of engaging in "sedition" and "sacrificing lives" for political gain. And, tropical depression Sally is slowly moving inland after it smashed into the coast of Alabama and Florida as a Category 2 Hurricane. Torrential rain brought historic floo...

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Six months into the Covid-19 pandemic, the US still doesn't have enough personal protective equipment. Also, a whistleblower complaint alleges that medical staff at an ICE detention center sterilized women without their informed consent. And, congressional report into two Boeing 737 MAX plane crashes that killed a total of 346 people finds damning evidence of failures by Boeing and the FAA....


Tuesday, September 15, 2020
More than three million acres are burning in over twenty separate fires across the state of California. President Trump denies climate change is involved, despite warnings from climate experts that the worst is yet to come. Also, there are four storms brewing in the Atlantic Basin as communities along the Gulf of Mexico brace for the impact of Hurricane Sally. And, Israeli's Prime Minister will be at the White House today to sign deals to formally establish diplomatic relations with both the United Arab Emi...

Monday, September 14, 2020
Wildfires have burned millions of acres in California, Oregon and Washington state, killing at least 30 people. Also, All Things Considered co-host Mary Louise Kelly sat down with journalist Bob Woodward about his new book about President Trump entitled Rage. And, Pennsylvania was key to Trump 2016 victory. With 50 days util the election, polls show Biden leading there....

BONUS: No Compromise
Discover a social media empire with an unapologetic vision of gun rights—generating millions of likes, follows, and dollars. From Guns & America, reporters Lisa Hagen of WABE and Chris Haxel of KCUR expose how three brothers from the most uncompromising corner of the gun debate are turning hot-button issues into donations and controversy....


Saturday, September 12, 2020
Half a million people in Oregon are under evacuation orders as fires advance to the suburbs of Portland and Salem. Campaign season is in full swing despite the pandemic, with one candidate is still holding rallies. Brexit talks look close to collapsing....

Friday, September 11, 2020
Plumes of smoke clouds and bright red spots can be seen from space as deadly West Coast wildfires force hundreds of thousands of people from their homes. Also, the stalemate over a relief bill is dragging on in Congress as Democrats block a Republican-backed relief package. And, the same Russian group involved in the 2016 hack of Hillary Clinton's campaign is at it again. Microsoft reveals hackers with ties to Russia, China and Iran are attempting to influence the 2020 election....

Thursday, September 10, 2020
Extreme heat and 50 mile per hour wind gusts are fueling major fires across 11 Western States. Two towns in Oregon are completely burned down. Also, the president told famous Watergate journalist Bob Woodward in early February that he believed coronavirus was "deadly" despite offering reassuring public statements. And, a whistleblower at the Department of Homeland Security says he was ordered to alter intelligence reports on white supremacists, Russia and China, all to please the president....