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  • 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 at 6:30 a.m. ET, with hosts Leila Fadel, Steve Inskeep, Michel Martin and A Martinez. Also available on Saturdays at 9 a.m. ET, with Ayesha Rascoe and Scott Simon. On Sundays, hear a longer exploration behind the headlines with Ayesha Rascoe on "The Sunday Story," available by 8 a.m. ET. Subscribe and listen, then support your local NPR station at donate.npr.org.

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  • Israel Defense Chief in U.S., Attacks in Russia, Two Years Since Abortion Ruling
    Jun 24 2024
    Israel's defense chief meets with senior U.S. officials over the conflicts in Gaza and Lebanon, gunmen kill more than 19 police officers and civilians in southern Russia, abortions up two years since the Supreme Court revoked federal abortion protections.

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    Today's episode of Up First was edited by Kevin Drew, Catherine Laidlaw, John Helton, Olivia Hampton and Lisa Thomson.
    It was produced by Ziad Buchh, Christopher Thomas and Nina Kravinsky.

    Our technical director is Zac Coleman, with engineering support from Stacey Abbott.

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    13 mins
  • The Sunday Story: Lost Mental Hospitals, Lost Patients
    Jun 23 2024
    A few hours north of Seattle, Washington, there's a kind of ghost town dotted with decaying barns and milking sheds, an old cemetery, and once-stately buildings that housed thousands. It was never an actual town, it was a psychiatric facility, Northern State Hospital—a place that contained deep contradictions. The gardens and farm fields were designed to provide residents work and fulfillment in a bucolic setting. But the medical treatments were often harsh.

    Northern State closed in 1973. It was a time when states across the nation were shutting down their own mental institutions in favor of a new model of community care.

    Today on The Sunday Story, a look at the move towards deinstitutionalization—what it's meant for people with mental illness and for the entire society.

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  • SCOTUS Gun Ruling, Early Heat Wave Hurts, French Right Wing Rises
    Jun 22 2024
    What the Supreme Court decision on guns means for domestic violence victims. How extreme heat affects bodies when they are not used to it. Why the French National Rally party is gaining Jewish supporters.

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Yay! Ayesha’s here!

I am so glad to hear Ayesha Roscoe hosting this show. I have been a fan of her reporting for some time. Up First is my favorite morning news podcast and it is great to hear her as a host.

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Well produced, in-depth news for commuters

NPR offers this well produced, in-depth news for commuters. Their network of independent informed reporters do a great job explaining both domestic and international news.

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Morning ride choice!

Definitely one of my favorites! Not too much not too little the perfect snapshots of the news; also professional journalism.

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Actual news not talking heads

So much of what people think of as news is just talking heads who try to appease their followers with whatever will make them angry or excited so that they continue to watch. This then feeds the talking head more money and power. There are not many true news channels left. This is one of them. It actually gathers the information and does its research And lets the listener decide.

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needed to hear this

I loved this episode. it really speaks to those of us that have anxiety or have loved ones that suffer from it. it also speaks to loving our family members on the spectrum. thank you.

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could have been an interesting Sunday Story

I was interested to listen to this topic. Unfortunately, I the tired "imperialistic male" narrative made listening such a bore. Glacial melt is an important issue but such a presentation turns audiences away. Sadly, some people never seem to realize that.

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Best Daily News

This is perfect to start your day with a cup of coffee
short and informative!

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Content great but no showing up on time.

Daily episodes consistently not available during my morning commute despite being well past the stated service.

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Since New York Times ended

This is keeping me afloat and very well indeed! Thank you NPR! This is more international (rather than NYT’s typical American focus) but excellent nonetheless.

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Listen Every Morning

I listen to this when I get ready for work in the morning. It's a great way for me to know what's going on in the world without the unnecessary, biased commentary! It's to the point and informative.

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