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Social Distancing, Masks Help New York Keep COVID-19 Cases Down

Until recently, New York was the epicenter of the nation's coronavirus crisis. The state locked down hard and now has numbers many other states might envy.

Anti-Columbus Sentiment Rocks Ohio City Named After The Explorer

Statues of Christopher Columbus are being dismantled, torn down or removed in cities across the country. That's the case in a city that's named after him.

Hasan Minhaj On Police Brutality, COVID-19 And The 6th Season Of ‘Patriot Act’

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with comedian Hasan Minhaj about the topics he's been tackling on the latest season of his show, Patriot Act, on Netflix.

Far-Right Group Pranked: ‘Dude, Is This Like A Bad Impression Of Borat?’

The actor and serial prankster Sacha Baron Cohen is suspected of infiltrating a far-right group's rally in Washington state over the weekend.

Black In America: Listeners Share Their Experiences

As part of NPR's special series, "America Reckons with Racial Injustice," listeners from across the country share their personal experience of being Black in America.

College Athletes Rise Up To Protest Racism

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Ramogi Huma, executive director of the National College Players Association, about the recent student athlete protests across the country.


Aurora NAACP Leader: Independent Investigation Into McClain’s Death Long Overdue

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Omar Montgomery, president of the Aurora, Colo., NAACP about the case of Elijah McClain, a Black man who died after police officers detained him in 2019.

Evangelical Leader On Role Of Church In Moment Of Upheaval

NPR's Michel Martin speaks to Russell Moore, head of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, about how his faith informs his perspective during two national crises.

Black Progressive Candidates Win Support In Primary Elections

President Trump retweeted and then deleted a video that shows a supporter yelling "white power" at a protester in a retirement community in Florida.

Universal Health Care Supports Thailand’s Coronavirus Strategy

Thailand has been relatively successful at containing the spread of the coronavirus. Many say it's due in no small part to Thailand's universal health care system.

Interview With The Director Of ‘Welcome To Chechnya’

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with David France, director of the new movie Welcome to Chechnya, about the persecution of gay, lesbian and trans people in the Russian republic.

Justice Department Charges 4 Over Attempt To Topple Andrew Jackson Statue In D.C.

The men are accused of trying to tear down the monument in Lafayette Park, near the White House. President Trump promises to prosecute such cases to the fullest extent of the law.

How Coronavirus Could Widen The Gender Wage Gap

Women have slowly made economic gains over the last half-century, and the gender wage gap is as narrow as it has ever been. But coronavirus could reverse those gains, and motherhood is a big reason.

Joaquin Castro Calls Police Violence A Major, If Underreported, Problem For Latinos

The Texas Democrat says police violence is not associated with Latinos in the same way it is with African Americans, "but it has been a real problem for the Latino community."

Kevin Kwan’s New ‘Sex And Vanity’ Is A Summer Romp With A Satirical Sting

For his latest novel, Kevin Kwan decided to update one of his own favorite books, A Room With a View. The result is Sex and Vanity, a fun, decadent whirl that manages to take on some serious subjects.

Lin-Manuel Miranda Sees The ‘Language Of Revolution’ In ‘Hamilton’ And Today

Lin-Manuel Miranda says his musical Hamilton, which starts streaming on Disney+ this week, shows "everything that's past is present."

Brazil’s Maracana Stadium Mark’s 70th Anniversary, But COVID-19 Is Spoiling The Party

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has made Rio de Janeiro's famed Maracana soccer stadium a field for his battle to reopen the country despite the mounting coronavirus caseload and deaths.

Global Economy Far Worse Off Than Previously Thought, IMF Predicts

The International Monetary Fund forecasts that economies hit by COVID-19 are in more trouble than previously forecasted. NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro and Jim Zarroli speak with the IMF's Gita Gopinath.

Q&A: Are Face Mask Requirements Legal?

"State and local governments have really quite broad authority" to mandate the use of face masks during a pandemic, says the head of American University's Health Law and Policy Program, Lindsay Wiley.

As The Country Reexamines Statues And Symbols, The VA Resists A Gender-Neutral Motto

The Department of Veterans Affairs has a male-focused motto that some veterans and lawmakers say needs updating.

NYC To Crack Down On Mystery Fireworks That Are Fraying Nerves And Disrupting Sleep

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has formed a task force aimed at halting the illegal sale of fireworks that have prompted thousands of complaints.

One Of Democrats’ Top Senate Recruits Stumbles Amid Protests

While former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is still seen as having an edge in his state's Senate primary, recent and past comments about race have dampened enthusiasm for him among some voters.

A Black Mother Reflects On Giving Her 3 Sons ‘The Talk’ … Again And Again

It's Been A Minute host Sam Sanders talks with Kenya Young, executive producer of Morning Edition and mother of three boys about "the talk" that Black parents have with their kids.

1 Fatally Shot, 1 Injured At Park Where Protesters Gathered For Breonna Taylor

Shots were fired at Jefferson Square Park in Louisville, Ky., Saturday night. Demonstrators have gathered at the park for weeks to protest the police killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.

Mississippi Lawmakers Clear Path To Remove Confederate Emblem From State Flag

Mississippi state lawmakers cleared the path for legislation to remove and redesign the 126-year-old state flag, which includes the Confederate battle emblem. The governor said he will sign it.

Princeton To Remove Woodrow Wilson’s Name From Public Policy School

Princeton trustees voted to remove Wilson's name from the School of Public and International Affairs. The board said, "Wilson's racist thinking and policies make him an inappropriate namesake."

After Pushing Lies, Former Cigna Executive Praises Canada’s Health Care System

NPR'S Michel Martin speaks with former health insurance executive Wendell Potter about the differences between U.S. and Canadian health systems highlighted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Lockdown, Safety Measures Bear Success In Italy

Due to spikes in COVID-19 cases in several U.S. states, the European Union is preparing to restrict visitors from the United States next month.

Why A History Professor Says ‘Racist’ Emancipation Memorial Shouldn’t Come Down

Protesters want to remove the Emancipation Memorial in Washington, D.C. NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Yale history professor David Blight about why he thinks the memorial should stay up.

Black Doctors Say Pandemic Reveals Enduring Racial Inequity Medicine Alone Cannot Fix

Three African American ER physicians in Washington, D.C., recount experiences on their wards, where Black patients make up the vast majority of the city's COVID-19 fatalities.

Missouri Rural Hospital Braces For ‘A Worse Surge’ In COVID-19 Cases

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Dr. Randy Tobler, the CEO of Scotland County Hospital in Memphis, Mo., about the impact a surge in COVID-19 cases is having on rural hospitals.

Justice Department Issues Warning About Fake Mask Exempt Cards

The department says the public should ignore the fraudulent cards, which purport to carry the authority of the "Freedom to Breathe Agency," which is neither a federal nor a state agency.