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America's overseas military empire
Friday 26 February 2021
: International correspondent Kim Hjelmgaard and Brown University researcher Stephanie Savell discuss the U.S. military's presence abroad....
House to vote on Equality Act
Thursday 25 February 2021
: Kate Sosin from the 19th tells us about potential legislation that could extend protections for LGBTQ Americans. Plus, we hear from...
Johnson & Johnson nears vaccine authorization
Wednesday 24 February 2021
: Patient safety reporter Karen Weintraub maps out some vaccine timelines. Plus, the Supreme Court hears arguments on when police can enter...
Tuesday 23 February 2021
: 500,000 people in the U.S. have now died from COVID-19. But they're more than a number. Plus, enterprise editor Cristina Silva talks about...
Bias in insurance costs
Monday 22 February 2021
: Economic opportunity reporter Charisse Jones reports. Plus, Congress returns to tackle virus relief, Texans want answers after a winter...
Teaching Black history from Black perspectives
Sunday 21 February 2021
: Teaching Black history from Black perspectives means re-visiting the same stories we might be used to hearing, and challenging ourselves to...
Democrats unveil Biden's immigration bill
Saturday 20 February 2021
: Senior Video Producer Hannah Gaber and immigration reporter Rebecca Morin discuss what to expect. Plus, more charges are made relating to...
Experts fear Texas damage could be similar to the effects of a hurricane
Friday 19 February 2021
: Plus, health reporter Elizabeth Weise updates us on vaccines, it was a successful Mars landing, business reporter Nathan Bomey talks cars...
Deadly winter storms continue
Thursday 18 February 2021
: Millions remain without power in Texas. Weather reporter Doyle Rice tells us about the polar vortex wreaking havoc. Plus, Florida Today...
Gender expression in the pandemic
Wednesday 17 February 2021
: Producer Claire Thornton spoke with reporter Sammy Gibbons about the story they worked on. Plus, health reporter Adrianna Rodriguez explains...
Biden's next moves
Tuesday 16 February 2021
: Senior Video Producer Hannah Gaber and politics editor Annah Aschbrenner discuss. Plus, the latest Mars rover is looking for signs of life,...
What's next after Trump acquittal?
Monday 15 February 2021
: Washington Managing Editor Caren Bohan and Senior Video Producer Hannah Gaber discuss. Plus, it's Presidents Day, health experts are worried...
Black and white America: a Sunday poem
Sunday 14 February 2021
: Poetry is having a moment. Each of National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman's three forthcoming books will have a first printing of one...
Impeachment trial may wrap up Saturday
Saturday 13 February 2021
: Former President Donald Trump's defense team argued for only three of their 16 hours. Plus, activist Amanda Nguyen talks about violence...
How much more dangerous are COVID-19 variants?
Friday 12 February 2021
: Patient safety reporter Karen Weintraub explores. Plus, personal finance and markets reporter Jessica Menton takes a look at anger toward...
Senators shocked at Capitol riot videos
Thursday 11 February 2021
: Plus, some Valentine's Day gift ideas, pharmacies begin delivering COVID-19 vaccines, a stay has been granted for an Alabama execution and...
Incentives to get vaccinated
Wednesday 10 February 2021
: Business reporter Nathan Bomey tells us how some companies are giving workers incentives. Plus, Deputy Washington Bureau Chief Caren Bohen...
Trump's impeachment trial begins
Tuesday 09 February 2021
: Washington Correspondent Christal Hayes reports. Plus, politics editor Annah Aschbrenner is back to talk about COVID-19 relief, we hear from...
Tom Brady wins his seventh Super Bowl
Monday 08 February 2021
: Plus, money editor Josh Rivera talks about investing, Senate Democrats will unveil more details of their COVID-19 relief plan, a polar...
The debate over sending humans to Mars
Sunday 07 February 2021
: More than 50 years after we sent humans to the moon – the closest celestial body to Earth – the plan is still to head to Mars. Despite...
Super Bowl LV
Saturday 06 February 2021
: NFL reporter Jori Epstein previews the big game. Plus USA TODAY Sports' Josh Peter looks at the juxtaposition of the ongoing pandemic during...
Johnson & Johnson applies for vaccine authorization
Friday 05 February 2021
: Will its single dose vaccine be approved? Plus, Congressional reporter Nicholas Wu explains how a congressman wants to explore giving...
Smokers are being prioritized for COVID-19 vaccines
Thursday 04 February 2021
: Health reporter Adrianna Rodriguez says not everyone is happy. Plus, money reporter Michael Braga explores whether the country is in another...
Biden says GOP COVID-19 relief plan is too small
Wednesday 03 February 2021
: Plus, White House reporter Rebecca Morin explains how President Biden is overturning some Trump immigration policies, Jeff Bezos steps down...
CDC travel mask rule goes into effect
Tuesday 02 February 2021
: Travel and consumer news editor Julia Thompson reports. Plus, health reporter Eizabeth Wiese looks into the vaccine rollout, Deputy...