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HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra on the administration's response to the Omicron variant

Friday, December 03, 2021

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra on the Biden administration's ongoing response to the Omicron variant.


The impact on Supreme Court rulings beyond abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned

Thursday, December 02, 2021

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Florida State University law professor Mary Ziegler about the other Supreme Court decisions that could be impacted if Roe v. Wade is overturned.


How to find personal gifts without buying new during the holiday season

Wednesday, December 01, 2021

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with writer Annalise Griffin about her efforts to avoid buying anything new during the holidays.


Books We Love: Mary Louise Kelly picks Miranda Cowley Heller's 'The Paper Palace'

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

2021's NPR Books We Love list is here, full of recommendations from NPR staff and book critics. Mary Louise Kelly picked The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller as one of her favorite reads.


What's the environmental impact each time we hit 'buy now,' and can we change course?

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with author J.B. MacKinnon about the impact of American consumerism on the environment, and how pulling back could positively affect the planet.


Why Americans buy so much stuff

Monday, November 29, 2021

As holiday shopping overlaps with historic supply chain disruptions, NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Lizabeth Cohen on the economy's reliance on spending and the culture of consumerism in the U.S.


Books We Love: Audie Cornish recommends 'Nina' by Traci Todd and Christian Robinson

Friday, November 26, 2021

It's NPR Books' most wonderful time of the year, when beloved books are gathered and shared. One of Audie Cornish's favorites is 'Nina: A Story of Nina Simone' by Traci N. Todd and Christian Robinson.


Dr. Francis Collins on what we know about the Omicron variant so far

Friday, November 26, 2021

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with National Institutes of Health director Dr. Francis Collins about how the new COVID-19 variant might affect U.S. response and where the national strategy goes from here.


Books We Love: Ari Shapiro picks 'Build Your House Around My Body'

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

The 2021 NPR Books We Love list is here. NPR's Ari Shapiro shares one of his favorite books from this year, Build Your House Around My Body by Violet Kupersmith.


Ann Patchett on the friendship that came from quarantining with Tom Hanks' assistant

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with author Ann Patchett about her latest collection of essays, These Precious Days, and how she ended up quarantining with Tom Hanks' personal assistant.


Judge approves $626 million settlement for victims of the Flint water crisis

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Ted Leopold, co-lead counsel for the people of Flint, Mich., after a judge approved a settlement for victims of the city's water crisis.


Author Jeff Chu on completing the book Rachel Held Evans started before she died

Friday, October 29, 2021

NPR's Sarah McCammon speaks with author Jeff Chu about completing Wholehearted Faith, a book started by his friend, Rachel Held Evans, before she passed away in 2019.


What is and isn't in Biden's infrastructure framework — and where it goes from here

Thursday, October 28, 2021

President Biden outlined a framework that he said would win support from all 50 Senate Democrats and pass the House. But it's unclear whether that is true.


Gene Freidman, the 'Taxi King' who inflated prices of taxi medallions, dies at 50

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Gene Freidman, know as the "Taxi King" after operating the largest fleet of taxis in New York City and inflating the cost of taxi medallions, died on Sunday at the age of 50.


Author Kati Marton explores Angela Merkel's impact on the world in 'The Chancellor'

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

NPR's Sarah McCammon speaks with author Kati Marton about her new biography of Angela Merkel, The Chancellor, and what her departure will mean for Germany and the world.


Is there still hope for HBCUs as negotiations continue over Democrat's spending bill?

Monday, October 25, 2021

NPR's Sarah McCammon speaks with Lodriguez Murray, United Negro College Fund senior vice president, on recent protests over student housing at HBCUs and where President Biden's pledge to HBCUs stands.


The Freedom To Vote Act is the latest fight in a bitter battle over voting rights

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

The Senate is acting Wednesday to advance Democrats' latest effort at legislation to protect voting rights. The bill is expected to be blocked by a Republican filibuster.


Rep. Jayapal on negotiations between Biden and House Democrats over Build Back Better

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Washington State Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal about negotiations with President Biden over the infrastructure bill and reconciliation package.


Colin Powell's former Chief of Staff Bill Smullen on his friend's legacy

Monday, October 18, 2021

NPR's Sarah McCammon speaks with Colin Powell's former Chief of Staff Col. Bill Smullen about his good friend's career and legacy.


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar explores relationship between his cop father and his activism

Tuesday, October 05, 2021

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar about his new essay, "Black Cop's Kid," on growing up with a police officer as a father and how Black activism in sports has changed since the 1960s.