How A Florida Elections Official Is Leaning On Creativity During A Complicated Year

Chris Anderson, supervisor of elections in Seminole County, Fla., talks about finding the solution to an equipment problem at Dollar Tree and other challenges of running an election during a pandemic.

Reporter Investigates Political Meddling In The Fight Against COVID-19

Politico reporter Dan Diamond describes efforts by Trump loyalists at HHS to interfere with the work of scientists at the health agencies in an effort to promote the president's political agenda.

Rule Changes In Swing States Mean More Votes Will Count, Results May Take Longer

Changes in Wisconsin and North Carolina mean absentee ballots that are postmarked by Election Day will count, if received within 6 and 9 days of the election respectively.

Gale Sayers, Who Wowed NFL Fans And Inspired A Beloved TV Movie, Dies At 77

The story of the Black football star's friendship with a white teammate, Brian Piccolo, who died of cancer inspired the 1971 TV movie Brian's Song.

As Pandemic Deaths Add Up, Racial Disparities Persist — And In Some Cases Worsen

With more complete racial data for COVID-19 available, the trends are impossible to ignore: Minorities are getting sick and dying at disproportionate rates. Here's a state-by-state analysis.

1 in 7 Americans Have Experienced Dangerous Air Quality Due To Wildfires This Year

Parts of the West Coast experienced very unhealthy or hazardous air from wildfires for the first time ever recorded. Millions endured that smoke for twice as long as the recent average.

Kentucky Grand Jury Indicts 1 Of 3 Officers Over Breonna Taylor Killing

The grand jury did not announce charges against the other two officers involved. Demonstrators have long called for the officers to face criminal charges.

Uncle Ben’s Changing Name To Ben’s Original After Criticism Of Racial Stereotyping

"We understand the inequities that were associated with the name and face of the Uncle Ben's brand and ... we have committed to change," the parent company said in a statement.

As U.S. Views Of China Grow More Negative, Chinese Support For Their Government Rises

Recent trends in public sentiment run parallel to deteriorating U.S.-China relations. In China, the pandemic "increased people's satisfaction and support for their government," says a sociologist.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg To Be Honored At The Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is honoring Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a private ceremony and then a public viewing today. Ginsburg died on Friday. She was 87.

Americans Who Can’t Enjoy Full Rights Deemed ‘Conditional Citizens’ In New Book

In her first non-fiction work, Laila Lalami says these Americans want the country to succeed, but can't avoid the gulf between purported values of equality and the realities of systematic oppression.

‘Not Our World’: This Greek Island Wants An End To Greece And Turkey’s Feud

Kastellorizo has become a pawn in a dispute between Greece and Turkey over maritime borders and offshore resources. But as the governments' standoff continues, islanders speak of peace and harmony.

NPR Poll: Black, Latino Households Struggle To Pay Rent, Mortgages

The latest poll looking at the racial wealth gap during the pandemic shows that Black and Latino households are two times more likely than white households to have fallen behind on housing payments.

Odds Tilt In Coney Barrett’s Favor To Replace Ginsburg, Says Sen. Braun

NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to Republican Sen. Mike Braun of Indiana about one of President Trump's potential choices for the Supreme Court vacancy: Amy Coney Barrett, who is also from Indiana.

A Tech Powerhouse, U.S. Lags In Using Smartphones For Contact Tracing

Google and Apple teamed up on using smartphones to track coronavirus infections. But the systems are only available in a few states, where they're being used by a tiny percentage of the population.

Springsteen Credits Fan’s Gift For The Existence Of His New Album

Needing inspiration, Bruce Springsteen says he wandered through his house playing a guitar that a fan gave him. He tells Rolling Stone he wrote the songs for his new album on it in less than 10 days.

Nixon, Carson Sandwiches Are Still In Former Boy Scout’s Freezer

VP Richard Nixon ate half a sandwich at a campaign stop in Illinois 60 years ago. Steve Jenne took the other half. In 1988, he brought it onto The Tonight Show with a fresh one for Johnny Carson.

Charles Krebbs Is Among The More Than 200,000 People Who Died Of COVID-19

Charles Henry Krebbs of Phoenix, Ariz., died of COVID-19 at age 75. His daughter Tara Krebbs remembers his love of fashion, his sense of humor and the chance to say goodbye.

N.C. Race Is One That Could Determine Which Party Controls U.S. Senate

In North Carolina, GOP Sen. Thom Tillis and Democrat Cal Cunningham held a second debate. The fight over the open Supreme Court seat was one issue. A Democratic win could flip control of the chamber.

U.S. Reaches COVID-19 Milestone: Death Toll Is Over 200,000

More than 200,000 people in the U.S. have died of COVID-19. We hear from three areas of the country about how the pandemic has affected life there.

As U.S. Revokes Chinese Student Visas, Concerns Rise About Loss Of Research Talent

The U.S. canceled 1,000 visas given to Chinese students it alleges have ties to the Chinese military. The dramatic step is to counter what officials say is a concerted Chinese espionage effort.

New Movie: ‘The Secrets We Keep’

NPR's David Greene speaks with actress Noomi Rapace about her new film: The Secrets We Keep. She also starred in the Swedish version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

What Will 2021 Hold For U.S. Climate Diplomacy?

What has been the impact been on climate science after President Trump decided to pull out of the Paris agreement on climate change? The U.S. will be officially out of the agreement on Nov. 4.

EU Fills Leadership Void After U.S. Pulled Of Paris Climate Agreement

The U.S. will officially be out of the Paris climate agreement the day after the presidential election. Where does climate diplomacy stand, and how are other countries reacting?

First-Time Voters In Wisconsin Weigh In On Election Issues

NPR's Noel King talks to young people in the polarized state of Wisconsin, who will be voting for the first time this fall's election. They are divided by many issues, including race.

When You Spot A Stray, Who You Gonna Call? In Rabat, ADAN Is Likely The Answer

Even before the pandemic, it was relatively uncommon in Morocco to keep house pets. ADAN was founded 16 years ago by Ahmed Tazi and his sister Habiba, who also largely fund and run it, to help strays.

Morning News Brief

President Trump plans to announce his Supreme Court pick on Saturday. The pandemic continues to hurt minority households. The U.S. officially exits the Paris climate accords on Nov. 4th.

Swastika, New York, Is Keeping Its Name

When an outsider suggested the tiny northern hamlet of Swastika should change its name, town supervisors quickly rejected a change.

After Aerosols Misstep, Former CDC Official Criticizes Agency Over Unclear Messaging

Dr. Ali Khan, a former CDC official, says "it's becoming harder to trust what CDC tells us" after the agency posted, then deleted, information on coronavirus transmission. It's the latest flip-flop.

Can Circuit Breakers Stop Viral Rumors On Facebook, Twitter?

False claims that blame left-wing activists for wildfires in Oregon have spread on social media. To stop the rumors, some experts say platforms should take inspiration from the stock market.

No Charges Against Tucson Police Officers In Death Of Carlos Ingram-Lopez

He died in April after being handcuffed and held face-down in a garage with two plastic emergency blankets and a "spit sock hood" over his head.

There’s No ‘Convenient Structure To Life,’ Says Allie Brosh

Comic artist Allie Brosh has just published her long-awaited second book, Solutions and Other Problems. It's full of her trademark googly-eyed drawings and stories about life, pets and loss.