Comedian Ziwe On Her New Showtime Variety Show

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with comedian Ziwe Fumudoh about her new variety show Ziwe which premiered on Showtime on May 9.

The Pioneering Legacy Of The International Sweethearts of Rhythm

NPR's Michel Martin speaks to Cathy Hughes about the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, the all-female band of which her mother was a founding member, and their legacy.

What AAPI Heritage Month Means To Dr. Leana Wen

Dr. Leana Wen, a physician and former Baltimore Health Commissioner, discusses what Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month means to her.

In Juarez, Transgender Women In Limbo Await U.S. Asylum Exception

Most asylum seekers who try to enter the U.S. have been expelled during the pandemic. The Biden administration is expanding efforts to grant exceptions to vulnerable migrants, including trans people.

California Sen. Alex Padilla On Essential Worker Immigration Bill

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with U.S. Sen. Padilla (D-Calif.) about legislation he has introduced to give essential immigrant workers a path to citizenship.

Russia Cracks Down On U.S. Broadcaster RFE/RL

Russia is ratcheting up the pressure on a U.S. funded media organization that had its roots in the Cold War. RFE/RL is facing huge fines and had its bank accounts in Moscow frozen.

Christine Todd Whitman Pushes Formation Of Alternative Republican Party

NPR's Michel Martin speaks to the former New Jersey Governor about an op-ed she co-wrote for The Washington Post announcing a new coalition of former Republicans.

Israel Bombards Gaza, Destroying Offices Of Al Jazeera And AP

On the sixth day of fighting between Israel and Palestinians, an Israeli air strike destroyed a Gaza high-rise that housed the offices of the Associated Press and Al Jazeera.

After Chauvin Verdict, Black Police Officers Consider What Has Changed

After the murder conviction of Derek Chauvin, Black police officers in America are considering what's changed and what hasn't in the year since George Floyd's death.

WHO Report Calls Pandemic ‘Preventable Disaster,’ Calls Out Lack Of Global Leadership

David Miliband discusses his work on a report presented by the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response to the World Health Organization.

Blinken To Head North On Arctic Trip

Secretary of State Antony Blinken's latest trip is focused on U.S. interests in the Arctic. He will also hold talks with his Russian counterpart during an Arctic Council meeting in Iceland.

Stolen Beehives Devastate French Beekeepers

French beekeepers say there's been an increase in beehive thefts, often with a large number being taken at once. The likely culprits are other beekeepers, says the French beekeeping union president.

When Your Company Is Named Covid, You’ve Heard All The Jokes

Covid Inc. in Tempe, Ariz., has been selling audiovisual equipment for decades, but in the past year, some visitors stop by for an altogether different reason: They're looking for a COVID-19 test.

Complaints Soar As Customers Fight Airlines For Refunds From Pandemic Cancellations

Airlines got billions in federal COVID-19 aid over the past year, but consumer advocates and two senators say the companies are sitting on nearly $15 billion in refunds owed for canceled travel.

Russian Show ‘Fake News’ Wages Lone Battle Against The Kremlin’s TV Propaganda

There is almost no news alternative to government propaganda on Russian television — save for one channel known as TV Rain. But it only streams on the Web after cable dropped.

Biden Takes Muted Approach To Violence In Israel And Gaza

President Biden has offered few public comments on escalating violence between Israel and Hamas. The White House says it is focused on diplomacy behind the scenes.

National Gallery Of Art And A Few Smithsonian Museums Have Reopened In D.C.

The National Gallery of Art and four Smithsonian museums have reopened in Washington, D.C., but not fully. Some are only open five days a week and their hours are reduced.

St. Vincent On The Sleazy ’70s Sounds And The Background Stories Of ‘Daddy’s Home’

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with musician Annie Clark about her new '70s-inspired album as St. Vincent, called Daddy's Home.

Anti-Government Protests In Colombia Now In Their 3rd Week

In Colombia, deadly anti-government protests are now in their third week. Protesters are taking to the streets over police violence, economic inequity and health reform amid the pandemic.

The Olympics Are In 10 Weeks, But Many In Japan Don’t Want Them

The Tokyo Summer Olympics are 10 weeks away. NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with The New York Times' Motoko Rich in Tokyo about the games' unpopularity in Japan, where the pandemic is still out of control.

Lawmakers Reach Deal On Bipartisan Commission To Address Capitol Security

House lawmakers reached a deal on a bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by supporters of then-President Trump and to recommend changes to further protect the complex.

One-To-One Concerts Bring Listeners Back To Live Music, One At A Time

A live-music series founded in Europe, which connects one musician with one listener at a time, comes to Brooklyn for two weekends of concerts by Silkroad Ensemble artists.

What Does A Path Forward Look Like For Israel And Palestinians?

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Mkhaimar Abusada, political science professor at Al-Azhar University in Gaza, and Israeli political analyst Akiva Eldar, about paths to a ceasefire in Israel.

Seeking Hate Crime Charges Can Be Harder With Asian Victims

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Thien Ho of the Sacramento County district attorney's office about the unique challenges of prosecuting those who commit hate crimes against members of the AAPI community.

Author Explains Why Those 4-Letter Words Are So Satisfying To Say Out Loud

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with linguist John McWhorter about his new book, Nine Nasty Words: English in the Gutter: Then, Now, and Forever, which looks at how profanities have evolved over centuries.

Judge Puts Hold On Ruling That Could Result In Millions Of Families Getting Evicted

A federal judge that threw out an eviction moratorium by the CDC has now put the ruling on holding pending appeal. The fate of many of the 7 million households behind on rent hangs in the balance.

To Many Firefighters Across The Country, A COVID-19 Vaccine Has Been A Tough Sell

Firefighters in some major cities aren't being vaccinated at the rate of other essential workers. But Los Angeles has managed to reach one of the highest rates in the U.S. due to targeted outreach.

Coronavirus Variant From India Appears To Be Spreading In The U.S.

The coronavirus variant first spotted in India appears to be spreading in the U.S., which is worrisome because this variant appears to be more contagious and better at evading the immune system.

Some Afghans Dread The Departure Of Foreign Forces. Others See It As Liberation

Some Kabul residents fear a Taliban takeover. Others are eager for the departure of troops they see as foreign intruders. "Afghans will have to come together and listen to each other," says a cleric.

Israeli-Palestinian Violence Continues As U.S. Envoy Arrives

Israel added artillery to its assault on the Gaza Strip as Palestinian casualties increased and some rocket fire from militants continued into Israel.

Michigan Hospital ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ About New Mask Rules

The CDC's relaxed mask guidance is a major pandemic milestone. NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Dr. Barbara Ducatman of Michigan's Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak about how the pandemic looks there.

‘An Embarrassing Time’: The Challenges For Arab Nations That Made Peace With Israel

"This is an embarrassing time for Gulf countries," says political scientist Bessma Momani. "Ultimately, they gave Israel a normalization deal, but didn't really extract anything for the Palestinians."