Member Of The Temptations, Bruce Williamson Jr., Dies At 49

The family of Bruce Williamson Jr., who was a former lead singer with the Temptations, died on Sept. 6 in Las Vegas of complications from COVID-19.

How A Perpetrator’s Race And Age Factor Into Who Is Executed

The federal death penalty process is considered the "gold standard" in the justice system but evidence suggests it's plagued by racial disparities and ineffective legal representation.

CDC Criticized For Posting COVID-19 Guidance And Then Withdrawing It

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published, then withdrew, guidance on aerosol spread of the coronavirus. NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to Dr. Ali Khan, an ex-CDC official, about the action.

‘Conditional Citizens’ Examines What It Means To Be An American

Laila Lalami's new book is Conditional Citizens: On Belonging in America. She says conditional citizens — of which she's one — are people sometimes embraced by America, other times rejected.

92nd Street Y Pivots From In-Person Events To Virtual Programs

The pandemic has made for a bleak outlook for the arts. Enter the 92nd Street Y in New York, which outlasted the depression, Sept. 11 attacks and is making changes to stay afloat during the pandemic.

What Can Social Media Do To Slowdown The Spread Of Misinformation

On social media, it's easy for rumors to go viral. One proposal to fix this is a "circuit breaker" for viral posts, modeled on how stock markets stop trading when shares are too volatile.

Experts Warn Britain Could See A Severe Uptick In Coronavirus Cases

The United Kingdom's top science adviser says, "The epidemic is doubling roughly every seven days" — warning of a dangerously high rate of new coronavirus cases.

Greek Island Caught In The Middle Of Dispute Over Energy Reserves

NATO allies Greece and Turkey are contesting offshore energy reserves in the Eastern Mediterranean. For weeks, warships patrolled near a tiny Greek island off the Turkish coast.

News Brief: Court Vacancy, COVID-19 Vaccine Ethics, U.N. General Assembly

Where things stand with the vacancy on the Supreme Court. When a coronavirus vaccine becomes available, who should get it first? And, world leaders will address the U.N. General Assembly virtually.

Step Aside Election 2000: This Year’s Election May Be The Most Litigated Yet

In 2000, lawyers and election officials endlessly examined and debated butterfly ballots and hanging chads. Now, the legal arguments are more complex and center on the rules governing mail-in voting.

Black Protest Leaders To White Allies: ‘It’s Our Turn To Lead Our Own Fight’

As Black Lives Matter protests spread across the country, a lot of white people joined in to help the cause. In many cities Black leaders are being deliberate about the roles "white allies" play.

As U.S. Nears 200,000 Dead, Hospital Staff Reflect On Those Lost

Front-line workers in Houston, Seattle and New York City tell NPR about their experiences in hospitals over the last six months. "2020 can't keep going like this," one doctor says.

In A ‘Coast-To-Coast Roast,’ Colin Quinn Finds Humor In The State We’re In

As a veteran stand-up comedian, Quinn has spent decades on the road, performing in 47 out of the 50 states he now affectionately eviscerates in his new book, Overstated.

NFL Sees Spate Of Injuries. Is The Pandemic To Blame?

There were plenty of injuries in the second week of the NFL season. Delayed training camps and no preseason games due to the pandemic are among potential causes.

Former Senators On Filling Ginsburg’s Seat At The Supreme Court

NPR's Sacha Pfeiffer talks with former Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., about the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Actor Regina King Wins Her 4th Emmy In 6 Years

American actor Regina King won an Emmy for her work in the HBO series Watchmen. It's her fourth Emmy in six years, all for different roles.

Stocks Plunge As Investors Become Less Optimistic About Economic Recovery

Stocks plunged Monday amid new worries about the strength of the economic rebound. There's also talk of a new coronavirus lockdown in Britain.

CDC Takes Down Its Guidance On Aerosol Transmission On The Coronavirus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidelines Friday to say the coronavirus can spread via tiny aerosol particles. But on Monday, the agency abruptly pulled the new guidance.

Autopsies Show Inmates’ Lungs Filling With Fluid As They’re Executed

An NPR investigation looked into the autopsies of inmates executed by lethal injection and found evidence that such deaths are far less peaceful than states have claimed for decades.

‘Parks And Recreation’ Cast Educates Wisconsin Voters On How To Vote By Mail

As Americans shift to voting by mail, political parties are investing heavily in making sure voters know their options. In Wisconsin, Parks and Recreation actors joined Democrats in this effort.

Is It Possible To Expand The Supreme Court?

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Judge Glock, a senior policy adviser for the Cicero Institute, about the history of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's attempt to pack the Supreme Court.

Allies Disagree With U.S. On Sanctions Against Iran

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other U.S. officials say new sanctions against Iran have begun. Not only does Iran reject that move, but so do America's usual allies.

Emergency Doctor On How Her Work Has Changed During The Pandemic

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Dr. Sachita Shah, an emergency physician at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, about her experiences over the course of the pandemic.

McMaster: Goal Of Changing Putin Is A ‘Delusion’ Suffered By 3 Presidents

Former national security adviser H.R. McMaster told NPR that President Trump isn't the first U.S. president to suffer under a misapprehension about what's possible in dealings with Moscow.

Neurologist Oliver Sacks On The Hallucination That Saved His Life

A new documentary, Oliver Sacks: His Own Life, chronicles the late neurologist's efforts to understand perception, memory and consciousness. Sacks spoke to Fresh Air in 2012.

Jeffrey Toobin On ‘Tough As Nails’ Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Toobin spoke to Fresh Air in 2013 about his New Yorker profile of Ginsburg, written as she marked her 20th anniversary on the Supreme Court. Ginsburg died Sept. 18 at the age of 87.

Omaha Bar Owner Has Died By Suicide After He Was Charged In Shooting Of Black Man

Jake Gardner was on the West Coast when a grand jury indicted him last week for the May killing of James Scurlock in Omaha. Gardner died "at his own hand," his lawyers said Sunday.

Latest Tell-All, By Former National Security Adviser McMaster, Is Not All About Trump

This book may be the master in-depth briefing H.R. McMaster always wanted to give the president. For better or worse, it seems listening to lengthy historical explanations has not been Trump's style.

Trump To Name His Pick For Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court Seat

President Trump and Senate Republicans appear determined to get a new Supreme Court justice confirmed before the November election. Democrats are vowing to stop that from happening.

Ohio Dad Figures Out Socially Distant Trick Or Treating

The dad got a shipping tube, painted it orange and fastened it to the front porch to make a candy chute, according to WJAR-TV. Kids put their bags at the end of the chute, and call out trick or treat!

Gasping For Air: Autopsies Reveal Troubling Effects Of Lethal Injection

For decades, states have claimed that lethal injection is quick, peaceful and painless. An NPR investigation — and legal battles across the country — tell a different story.

Trump’s TikTok Deal: What Just Happened And Why Does It Matter?

President Trump is claiming victory after blessing a deal in which Oracle and Walmart will own a stake of TikTok, but experts wonder whether the terms of the agreement will really change anything.