‘So Hard To Prove You Exist’: Flawed Fraud Protections Deny Unemployment To Millions

Efforts to prevent fraud in state unemployment systems are outdated, hurting millions of people with legitimate claims by causing lengthy and unnecessary delays while not managing to catch much fraud.

Supreme Court Allows Trump Administration To End Census Counting On Oct. 15

The Trump administration asked, and the Supreme Court allowed, for a suspension to a lower court order that extends the census schedule. The move sharpens the threat of an incomplete count.

What Is Amy Coney Barrett’s Stance On Issues That Often Arise Before Supreme Court?

Judge Amy Coney Barrett fielded questions from senators on Tuesday on the second day of her confirmation hearings for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Apocalypse With Absurdity: ‘Save Yourselves!’ Offers A Perfect Mix For Year 2020

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with actor Sunita Mani about diversity in Hollywood and her role in the new film Save Yourselves!.

Democratic Senator On Amy Coney Barrett’s Confirmation Hearings

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, about Judge Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court.

Ohio Blue Collar Voters Express Uncertainty On The Election

The shutdown of an auto plant in northeast Ohio in 2019 looms large in the presidential race. Ohio is a state that Trump won easily in 2016, but it is in toss-up territory now.

Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing, Day 2

NPR offers highlights from inside the room during the confirmation hearing of Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the U.S. Supreme Court.

How Movie Industry Is Doing Overseas During The Pandemic

U.S. movie theaters are struggling to survive during the coronavirus pandemic. But overseas, the film industry is recovering more quickly.

Fire Expert On How Indigenous Land Management Could Help With Fires In California

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Don Hankins, a fire expert at California State University, Chico, about how Native Americans' "cultural burning" could be folded into the state's fire management plans.

Front-Line Workers Use Online Tools And Public Shaming To Fight For Fairer Workplace

Front-line workers at grocery and retail stores have been flocking to a nonprofit site, Coworker.org, to make demands such as better pay and better schedules — with a fair degree of success.

North Carolina Lawmakers Split On Absentee Ballot Rules After 2018 Election Scandal

With hundreds of thousands of North Carolina absentee ballots in the mail, Democrats and Republicans there are still fighting over the rules on how to fill out and when to submit those ballots.

Amy Coney Barrett Doesn’t Identify Her Stance On Abortion Rights At Senate Hearing

Abortion has been an important topic in most recent Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Like many nominees before her, Judge Amy Coney Barrett was coy about her views on abortion rights.

Vatican Plagued By Scandal As Pope Francis Sorts Through Its Finances

Pope Francis faces a scandal as he tries to sort out the Vatican's finances. This month, he appeared publicly with European financial inspectors to reassure them that he's cleaning house.

A Look At Why Johnson & Johnson Paused Coronavirus Vaccine Trial

The development of a coronavirus vaccine is nearing the finish, but there have been stumbles. NPR discusses the pause in Johnson & Johnson's trial and the testing stages of other vaccines.

American Centenarian Athlete With 5 World Records Dies At 105

Donald Pellmann, who set five Senior Olympics records at the age of 100, died this week at age 105.

Amy Coney Barrett Faces Questions On Her Philosophy From Senate Judiciary Committee

On the second day of confirmation hearings, Judge Amy Coney Barrett faced questions on her judicial philosophy. But she cited precedent that she could not answer how she might rule on future cases.

California GOP On Party’s Refusal To Remove Illegal Ballot Drop Boxes

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Hector Barajas, spokesman for the California Republican Party, about why the party won't comply with orders to remove unofficial ballot drop boxes around the state.

Tens Of Thousands Flee Latest Taliban Offensive, And Afghan Civilian Casualties Rise

The victims of recent fighting in Helmand include a pregnant woman struck by a stray bullet. Peace talks continue, but the Taliban argue that an Afghan cease-fire should come as the talks conclude.

‘This Is An Opportunity’: Fareed Zakaria On ‘Lessons For A Post-Pandemic World’

The CNN host and author says COVID-19 has widened the inequality gap. "The most important piece of what the federal government can do is to stabilize these people's lives with direct aid," he says.

Senate Panel Begins 2nd Day Of Hearings For Supreme Court Nominee Barrett

The Senate Judiciary Committee has begun its second day of hearings on President Trump's nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Democrats Are Politicizing Barrett Confirmation Hearings, Sen. Sasse Says

NPR's Noel King talks to Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee about the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

Anxiety, Depression Increased During Pandemic. Why Not Loneliness?

When the pandemic hit, mental health professionals predicted lockdowns and social distancing would result in a wave of loneliness. But researchers who study loneliness say that hasn't happened.

Sen. Hirono Says Barrett Confirmation Hearings Are Illegitimate

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii about the Supreme Court confirmation hearing process of President Trump's nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

Stranded Tourist Gets Machu Picchu All To Himself

Peru granted Jesse Takayama special permission to enter the world heritage site. He's been waiting since March to visit the site. He's been trapped in Peru because of pandemic travel restrictions.

Wisconsin Couple Finds Small Wooden Boat That Set Sail 27 Years Ago

A second-grade class in Minnesota launched the toy-like boat decades ago. A message on the boat read: "I am traveling to the ocean. Please put me back in the water." The couple did just that.

Morning News Brief

Day 2 of hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett. California officials tell state GOP to stop distributing ballot drop boxes. And, October student totals will determine school funding.

PBS Documentary, ‘Driving While Black,’ Examines Long Road Of Racism

Ric Burns' PBS film Driving While Black argues many pivotal moments in U.S. history, from the Civil War to the Great Migration, are rooted in efforts to control Black people's mobility.

Presidential Campaigns Visit Key States As November’s Election Nears

President Trump was back on the trail Monday night, a week after leaving the hospital for COVID-19. Former Vice President Joe Biden stumped in Ohio, as the two campaigns go flat out before Nov. 3.

Joe Morgan, Baseball Great And Broadcast Pioneer, Dies At 77

Morgan is remembered as one of the league's greatest second baseman. He was a spark plug in the Big Red Machine, the Cincinnati team that dominated the 1970s and won two championships.

3 Key States Have To Wait Until Election Day To Count Mail-In Ballots

Voters and politicians alike will be clamoring for quick results on Nov. 3. But in some swing states, where law prevents early absentee ballot processing, that won't be possible.

Confirmation Hearing Highlights For Supreme Court Nominee Barrett

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday continues Judge Amy Coney Barrett's hearing. During the first day, Republicans swatted down complaints from Democrats that it's an illegitimate process.

Computer Whiz Who Died In 2006 Could Become 1st Millennial Saint

Carlo Acutis, who died of leukemia at age 15, is a step closer to becoming a saint. He was beatified on Saturday, making him the first millennial to be put on the path to Catholic sainthood.