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- June 17, 2021

Obamacare Wins At SCOTUS; Biden Admin Expands Transgender Student Protections

The Supreme Court threw out a Republican-led challenge to the Affordable Care Act, and the justices ruled unanimously in favor of a Catholic foster agency denying service to LGBTQ couples. Plus, the Biden administration expanded transgender and gay student protections, setting up potential legal battles in conservative states.

This episode: Congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, White House correspondent Asma Khalid, national justive correspondent Carrie Johnson, and education correspondent Cory Turner.

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Politics Podcast

- June 16, 2021

"I Did What I Came To Do": President Biden Meets With Russia's Vladimir Putin

In Geneva, President Biden and Russia President Vladimir Putin met for hours. At separate news conferences Putin described the talks as “constructive” and Biden said he did what he came to do. Both leaders agreed to keep talking.

This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and NPR’s Moscow correspondent Lucian Kim.

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Politics Podcast

- June 15, 2021

Vice President Harris, Texas Lawmakers Meet To Push Forward Voting Reform

Democrats on the Hill are meeting with Democratic state lawmakers from Texas to discuss federal legislation on voting rights, an issue that was recently added to the Vice President’s list of priorities. But a couple of key moderate Democrats still stand in the way of nationwide reform.

This episode: White House correspondents Scott Detrow and Ayesha Rascoe, and congressional correspondent Susan Davis.

Politics Podcast

- June 14, 2021

In First Trip Abroad, Biden Tells Allies "America Is Back"

In the first overseas trip of his presidency, Biden is in Europe delivering a central message to allies: America is back. But while G-7 leaders agree on confronting the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, they diverge on how hard to push China. Plus, will Biden’s meeting with Vladimir Putin pave the way for a more predictable relationship with Russia?

This episode: White House correspondents Scott Detrow, Tamara Keith and Franco Ordoñez.

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Politics Podcast

- June 11, 2021

Weekly Roundup: June 11th

In a speech announcing the change, President Biden’s Attorney General Merrick Garland emphasized that allowing every eligible American adult the chance to vote was not something that is up for debate.

Also: a bipartisan group of ten senators brokered their own infrastructure agreement. Now all they have to do is…. convince fifty of their colleagues to sign on.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Asma Khalid, Justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, and senior political editor and correspondent Ron Elving.

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Politics Podcast

- June 10, 2021

What's Behind The GOP's 'Critical Race Theory' Rhetoric?

Some Republican lawmakers have branded the efforts to teach about the effects of racism as “critical race theory.” They have introduced legislation in statehouses around the country hoping to ban it.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, racial justice and politics correspondent Juana Summers, and political reporter Barbara Sprunt.

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Politics Podcast

- June 9, 2021

VP Harris Emphasizes Anti-Corruption In Trip To Guatemala, Mexico

Vice President Harris emphasized the need for development and healthy civil society in her first foreign trip, meant to curb the flow of migrants and asylum-seekers coming to the United States. And Biden is negotiating over infrastructure with a larger bipartisan group after his negotiations with Republicans foundered.

This episode: politics, demographics, and culture reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, international correspondent Carrie Kahn, and congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell.

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- June 8, 2021

Senate Insurrection Report And Biden's First Trip Abroad

A bipartisan Senate investigation found that police had more alarming intelligence ahead of the Jan. 6 attack than previously documented. And the president is off to Europe this week. He will attempt to reassure leaders that the U.S. is a reliable partner and an important ally against China and Russia.

This episode: politics, demographics, and culture reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and congressional correspondent Claudia Grisales.

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Politics Podcast

- June 7, 2021

How Does Trump's Return To The Public Eye Impact GOP Lawmakers?

Former president Donald Trump spoke at a North Carolina Republican Party meeting over the weekend. The appearance demonstrated his lasting control of the conservative political ecosystem.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.

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Politics Podcast

- June 4, 2021

Weekly Roundup: June 4th

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont had asked the Labor Department to bar governors from prematurely ending supplementary unemployment payments tied to the pandemic. In an interview with NPR, Walsh said there probably wasn’t anything the administration could do to stop them.

Also: Vice President Harris is taking her first international trip in an effort to stem the flow of migrants to the U.S. southern border.

This episode: White House correspondent Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell.

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Politics Podcast

- June 3, 2021

With North Carolina Speech, Trump Returns To The Political Stage

Former President Trump will speak at the North Carolina Republican Party’s state convention this weekend, kicking off his unofficial return to the campaign trail as he prepares to stump for Republican candidates. Also, while some Trump administration alumni have followed traditional conservative routes since leaving the White House, others are working to keep the MAGA movement alive.

This episode: White House correspondents Asma Khalid and Ayesha Rascoe, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

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Politics Podcast

- June 2, 2021

Battles In Texas, Arizona Are Just The Beginning Of The Fight Over Voting Rights

In Texas this week, state Democrats blocked a number of Republican voting changes purportedly aimed at increasing election confidence. Arizona’s continued recounts of 2020 ballots have helped to sustain right-wing conspiracies about irregularities in the presidential election.

This episode: White House correspondent Asma Khalid, voting and disinformation reporter Miles Parks, KUT reporter Ashley Lopez, and KJZZ reporter Ben Giles.

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Politics Podcast

- June 1, 2021

Biden Visits Tulsa On 100th Anniversary Of Racist Terror That Killed Hundreds

The White House announced a number of new orders aimed at tackling the racial wealth gap in connection with the visit. Centenarian survivors of the attack testified before Congress last month about the ongoing lack of justice and accountability for Black Americans harmed by racism.

This episode: White House correspondent Asma Khalid, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and politics and racial justice correspondent Juana Summers.

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- May 31, 2021

50 Years Of NPR's Political Coverage

This month NPR is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and to commemorate the moment we’re looking back on the women who shaped how NPR has covered the biggest political stories. Linda Wertheimer, Nina Totenberg, and Mara Liasson built NPR’s political coverage from the ground up and take us into the rooms where history was made.

This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow and White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe.

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Politics Podcast

- May 28, 2021

Weekly Roundup: May 28th

The country’s reckoning with policing, racial equity, and representation have reshaped the contest to run the largest city in the U.S. And, Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has pushed for eight years to change the way the military prosecutes sexual assaults. Now, it looks like her legislation could pass Congress.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, WNYC reporter Brigid Bergin, senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro, and congressional reporter Claudia Grisales.

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Politics Podcast

- May 27, 2021

Pandemic Likely Began With Animals, But US Intel Agencies Will Investigate

The U.S. government and scientists remain uncertain about the exact origins of the coronavirus outbreak: transmission from animals or research lab escape? Either option has lessons for how society can contain future pandemics.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and science correspondent Geoff Brumfiel.

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- May 26, 2021

The Docket: The Law Defers To Police During Traffic Stops

The Docket is a new ongoing series from The NPR Politics Podcast where we examine the backstory of the laws that impact our daily life.

Traffic stops are a routine police practice, but with the rise in body cams and cell phone footage, people have begun to witness how they can escalate to violence and even death. We examine how the law itself may contribute to that escalation. Warning: this episode contains graphic audio.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis and national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson.

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Politics Podcast

- May 25, 2021

Biden Misses His Own Police Reform Deadline

During his first address to Congress, President Biden pushed for his party’s police reform and racial justice package to be passed by May 25th, the first anniversary of George Floyd’s murder by police. They have now missed that deadline.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, and politics and racial justice reporter Juana Summers.

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Politics Podcast

- May 24, 2021

After A $500B Haircut, WH Infrastructure Plan Isn't Attracting More Republicans

The White House dropped half a trillion dollars in spending from Biden’s infrastructure and stimulus proposal in an ongoing show of “bipartisanship,” but the cuts weren’t to the levels or areas that would improve the legislation’s standing with conservatives. And: how Donald Trump has maintained his influence over Republicans.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

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- May 22, 2021

The Winners And Losers Of America's Economic Transformation

Alec MacGillis’ book Fulfillment tells the story of America’s three-decade long economic transformation through the lens of Amazon’s rise to corporate dominance. NPR’s Danielle Kurtzleben interviews the author for the latest installment of the Politics Podcast book club.

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- May 21, 2021

Weekly Roundup: May 21st

The left flank of the Democratic party has exerted a lot of influence over the Biden administration on issues like climate change and economic strain. Will progressive sway Biden on Israel, too? And concerns over mental health could present a foothold for bipartisan regulation of big tech.

This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Asma Khalid, senior political editor and correspondent Ron Elving, and political reporter Miles Parks.

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- May 20, 2021

Are Expanded Unemployment Benefits Keeping People From Returning To Work?

Twenty-two Republican led states are planning to roll back expanded unemployment benefits, because they say the benefits are keeping people from returning to work. Progressives argue employers need to do a better job of incentivizing workers to return. We look at what’s really going on.

This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, and chief economic correspondent Scott Horsley.

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Politics Podcast

- May 19, 2021

Supreme Court Will Consider Guns And Abortion Before 2022 Election

The court, a 6-to-3 conservative majority, has increasingly filled the legislative role abdicated by a dysfunctional Congress. And as Republican leadership balks at a commission to investigate the January 6th insurrection, it is worth considering what role an official record of the event would play in civic life.

This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.

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- May 18, 2021

Biden Won Georgia And Arizona. Why Are Their Democratic Senators So Different?

The states both have long histories of Republican control, but the two pairs of senators have taken remarkably different tactics in Congress. Arizona’s Mark Kelly and Kyrsten Sinema came to Washington by persuading the state’s split-ticket voters and soft partisans, while Georgia’s Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock won by exciting Democratic base voters.

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This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, WABE reporter Emma Hurt, KJZZ reporter Ben Giles, and congressional editor Deirdre Walsh.

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- May 17, 2021

How Black And White Americans' Views On Race Differ

A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll out Monday reveals how Americans view race after a white police officer was found guilty of George Floyd’s murder.

More Poll Results

This episode: demographics and culture reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

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- May 14, 2021

Weekly Roundup: May 14th

Escalating Israeli-Palestinian violence presents a new hurdle for an administration that has tried to stay laser-focused on its own legislative agenda. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has once again updated their guidance: vaccinated people may stop wearing masks in most indoor settings.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, international correspondent Daniel Estrin, and congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell.

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- May 13, 2021

Fuel Squeeze And Inflation Marker Could Create Trouble For Biden—If They Last

The president said the country’s fuel supply will return to normal soon and that there was no cause for a run on gas stations. And a consumer goods price spike could give Republicans an easy-to-explain reason to oppose the president’s high-dollar infrastructure bill.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.

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- May 12, 2021

House Republicans Oust Liz Cheney After Persistent Criticism of Donald Trump

She served as the Republican Conference Chair, the third-ranking leadership position among Republicans in the House. She intends to remain in Congress and says her criticism of Trump will continue.

This episode: White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and senior political editor and correspondent Ron Elving.

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- May 11, 2021

Biden Wants $10 Billion To Put Young People To Work On Environmental Projects

The president’s Civilian Climate Corps proposal is a reboot of a New Deal era program that employed young men to build trails, parks, and other nature projects. While it is hard to say what will get through Congress, the initiative appears popular with a diverse set of voters.

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This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House correspondent Scott Detrow, and national correspondent Nate Rott.

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- May 10, 2021

At Florida's Retirement Xanadu, GOP Firebrands Lead Their Own Trump Rally

House Republican bomb throwers Marjorie Taylor Greene and Matt Gaetz threw a rally at The Villages retirement community in Florida this weekend. It showcased how the Republican Party’s base has dropped its ideological core to define itself by loyalty to Trump, even after his defeat.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, demographics and culture reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.

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- May 7, 2021

Weekly Roundup: May 7th

Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney currently sits as the third highest ranking Republican in the House, but that may not last long. She’s at odds with her party over one thing: that former President did in fact lose the election. A rising star and Trump loyalist is now poised to take her position. Plus, as Biden punts on immigration reform, activists worry that no substantial change will come during his term.

This episode: political reporter Juana Summers, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez.

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- May 6, 2021

Patents Are Just One Piece Of The Global Vaccine Manufacturing Problem

Technical expertise and supply chains shortages will pose huge challenges for global manufactures hoping to manufacture coronavirus vaccines, despite President Biden’s support in waiving patents. Plus, how to convince more Americans to get vaccinated.

This episode: political correspondent Juana Summers, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and pharmaceutical correspondent Sydney Lupkin.

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- May 5, 2021

Trump's Facebook Ban Remains, For Now

Facebook’s moderation board has upheld the company’s decision to suspend Donald Trump’s account because of posts expressing support for rioters, though the board says Facebook should determine whether or not the ban is permanent within six months.

This episode: political correspondent Juana Summers, tech correspondent Shannon Bond, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

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- May 4, 2021

Dems To Justice Breyer: Retire From Supreme Court While We Control Senate

Reeling from the political fallout after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, some liberal groups are pushing for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to retire from the high court while Democrats control the nomination and confirmation process.

This episode: political correspondent Juana Summers, demographics and culture reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg.

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- May 3, 2021

How Much Is Biden Willing To Compromise On His Infrastructure Plan?

President Biden has touted his desire to bring transformational change to American society, but his pursuit of compromise might curb what’s possible on infrastructure.

This episode: political correspondent Juana Summers, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.

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- April 30, 2021

Weekly Roundup: April 30th

This week, California’s secretary of state confirmed that there are enough valid signatures to trigger a recall election of Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat. Newsom was praised last spring for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state, so how did the tides turn against him?

Also, federal investigators raided Rudy Giuliani’s apartment this week as part of a probe into the former New York city mayor’s activities involving Ukraine.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, justice correspondent Ryan Lucas, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales and CapRadio’s Nicole Nixon.

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- April 29, 2021

Census: More Seats For Texas, Fewer For California and New York

The first round of Census numbers out this week will help to determine each community’s electoral clout and share of federal resources. An ongoing audit will help to determine if groups were correctly counted and the margin of error.

This episode: demographics and culture reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and Census correspondent Hansi Lo Wang.

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- April 29, 2021

Biden's Pitch to Congress: Make Government Great Again

In his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Biden detailed how he says his two multi-trillion dollar legislative proposals will reshape American society.

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This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and political correspondent Juana Summers.

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- April 27, 2021

The Docket: "Mean Girls" Meets The Supreme Court

The Docket is a new ongoing series from The NPR Politics Podcast where we examine the major legal questions of our time. Where does a law come from, and how does it impact daily life?

This year the Supreme Court will decide whether or not a student cussing out her school on Snapchat is free speech. The decision could have wide-reaching implications for students across the country.

This episode: legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg and congressional correspondent Susan Davis.

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- April 26, 2021

The Pandemic And Biden's First 100 Days

As President Biden nears his 100th day in office, how much credit is he due for curbing the pandemic and what challenges remain?

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and health correspondent Allison Aubrey.

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- April 23, 2021

Weekly Roundup: April 23rd

In a 94-to-1 vote, the Senate passed a bill aimed at reducing hate crimes directed at Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. And more than half of American adults have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine; reaching the rest will be harder.

This episode: White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and congressional reporter Claudia Grisales.

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- April 22, 2021

World Leaders Convene (Virtually) For White House Climate Summit

Ahead of the meeting, the US announced its goal to halve emissions from 2005 levels by the end of this decade. It was one of a number of pledges announced by world leaders at Thursday’s Earth Day summit.

This episode: White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, White House correspondent Scott Detrow, and science correspondent

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- April 21, 2021

DOJ Announces Minneapolis Police Investigation; Biden Governs With An Eye On History

One day after a jury convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on murder charges, the U.S. Justice Department launched an investigation into possible patterns of discrimination and excessive force among the police department there. President Biden, the oldest man to occupy the nation’s highest office, is conspicuously concerned with how history will remember him.

This episode: White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, national correspondent Cheryl Corley, national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, and senior political editor and correspondent Ron Elving.

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- April 20, 2021

George Floyd's Family, White House Push For Police Reform Law After Guilty Verdict

The jury has found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all the counts he faced over the death of George Floyd. After the verdict, President Biden and Vice President Harris joined Floyd’s family in calling on the Senate to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.

This episode: White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, political correspondent Juana Summers, and national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson.

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- April 20, 2021

White House Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy On Summit

How will the US slash emissions by 2030? White House climate adviser Gina McCarthy talks to NPR’s Scott Detrow ahead of this week’s climate summit with world leaders.

This episode: White House correspondents Ayesha Rascoe and Scott Detrow.

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- April 19, 2021

Biden Holds Bipartisan Infrastructure Talks At White House

Members of the House and Senate, all former governors and mayors, attended a meeting at the White House today to talk infrastructure priorities with the president. A second infrastructure plan, in addition to the current $2 trillion plan under consideration, will focus on paid leave and childcare issues.

This episode: White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, and congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell.

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Politics Podcast

- April 16, 2021

Weekly Roundup: April 16th

Testimony ended Thursday in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, facing charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in George Floyd’s death.

After the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was halted in the United States, conspiracy theorists leveraged news articles to spread disinformation online.

This episode: White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, national correspondent Adrian Florido, national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson, political reporter Miles Parks, and political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben.

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- April 15, 2021

Americans Support An Expanded View Of "Infrastructure" But Not How To Pay For It

A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll found that Americans generally support making things like broadband part of infrastructure, but they don’t agree on how to pay for it. Plus, Republicans shift away from corporations to shore up their support from the white working class.

This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, and senior editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

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- April 14, 2021

After Almost Two Decades Of War, Biden To Withdraw Troops From Afghanistan

President Biden says that U.S. troops will be out of Afghanistan by September 11th, 2021. The president said in an address Wednesday that after nearly two decades of conflict, there was no reason to continue to wait for an ideal time to leave.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, senior political editor and correspondent Ron Elving, and Justice correspondent Ryan Lucas.

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- April 13, 2021

White House Says It Will Meet Vaccine Goals Despite Pause In Johnson & Johnson Use

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration recommended pausing the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after six rare cases of blood clotting. The White House is emphasizing the condition is extremely uncommon, and it still plans to meet its goal of 200 million doses in President Biden’s first 100 days in office.

This episode: White House correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and health reporter Selena Simmons-Duffin.

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