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How Lin-Manuel Miranda And Quiara Alegría Hudes Assert Dignity With 'In The Heights'

Friday, June 11, 2021

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Lin-Manuel Miranda and screenwriter Quiara Alegría Hudes about their new film In the Heights, based off the Tony-award winning musical Miranda created and starred in.


We Hold These Truths: How Newsroom Leaders Wrestled With Covering A Tumultuous Year

Thursday, June 03, 2021

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with NPR's Terry Samuel, PBS's Sara Just and Chicago Block Club's Dawn Rhodes about how editorial decisions are made in this fractured news environment.


There's More News Than Ever, But That Doesn't Mean The Truth Is Breaking Through

Wednesday, June 02, 2021

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks to CNN's Jake Tapper, CBS' Lesley Stahl and NPR's Ayesha Rascoe about the role of the media in democracy as the public struggles to agree on the same set of facts.


Biden Hasn't Changed ICE's Budget, But He Has Changed The Agency's Approach

Friday, May 28, 2021

NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Randy Capps from the U.S. research at the Migration Policy Institute about the Biden administration's approach to funding Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


The Story of 'Sesame Street': From Radical Experiment To Beloved TV Mainstay

Saturday, May 08, 2021

A new documentary Street Gang: How We Got To Sesame Street recounts how the classic program reinvented children's television and continues to interpret the world with authenticity.


New Documentary Explores The Controversial Early Days Of 'Sesame Street'

Friday, May 07, 2021

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Marilyn Agrelo, director of the new documentary Street Gang: How We Got To Sesame Street, and actor Sonia Manzano, who played Maria on Sesame Street.


Behind The Demographics Shifts That Are Reshaping Political Power In The U.S.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Alexa Ura, reporter for the Texas Tribune, about the demographic shifts that are driving Sunbelt states like Texas to grow in population and political power.


Afghan General Says Army Will Survive U.S. Troop Withdrawal

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Gen. Sami Sadat spoke with NPR about day-to-day life in Afghanistan, how the army will operate without U.S. support and what he's learned over the years during the war.


As Michigan Virus Cases Surge, State Would Rather Add Vaccinations Than Restrictions

Friday, April 16, 2021

Coronavirus cases are surging in Michigan. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Michigan's chief medical executive, about the state's decision not to implement new restrictions.


Generation Unemployed: Another Class Of Graduates Faces Pandemic-Scarred Future

Monday, April 05, 2021

Although the overall jobs market is starting to come back, youth unemployment remains stubbornly high, creating a lot of anxiety among the latest class of college and high school seniors.


Another Graduating Class Faces A Workforce In Which Young People Are Struggling

Thursday, April 01, 2021

Unemployment is falling, but young people have been hit especially hard by pandemic job loss and have been slow to recover. Now, a whole new class of graduates is preparing to enter the workforce.


Marty Walsh, Boston Mayor With Union Roots, Confirmed As Labor Secretary At Key Time

Monday, March 22, 2021

The former union leader will head the Labor Department at a time when the pandemic has left millions unemployed and raised concerns about workplace safety.


Marty Walsh Confirmed As Labor Secretary

Monday, March 22, 2021

Marty Walsh has been confirmed as labor secretary. The two-term mayor of Boston is also a former union leader — the first one to run the Labor Department in roughly half a century.


So How Should Your Favorite Restaurant Pay Its Servers? Well, It's Complicated

Saturday, March 20, 2021

A fierce debate is taking shape within the restaurant industry as a push to raise the minimum wage threatens to upend the tipped wage structures for servers.


Some In The Food Industry Want To Stay With A Subminimum Wage — But Plenty Don't

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

The most recent Democratic proposal to raise the minimum wage included a provision to eliminate the subminimum wage for tipped workers. What would that mean for restaurants and those who staff them?


'Why Us?': A Year After Being Laid Off, Millions Are Still Unemployed

Sunday, March 07, 2021

Millions who lost jobs at the beginning of the pandemic are still out of the labor force, making up levels of the unemployed not seen since the Great Recession.


Long-term Unemployment Remains High Despite American Jobs Returning

Thursday, March 04, 2021

The U.S. job market is starting to show signs of recovery. Though unemployment has been falling, around 4 million people had been unemployed for over six months in February.


Senate Says No To $15 Minimum Wage For Now, But Democrats Vow To Push On

Friday, February 05, 2021

Raising the federal minimum wage to $15 remains a priority of President Biden and Democrats after the Senate approved an amendment prohibiting a wage increase during the pandemic.


How To Retain Your Heat And Stay Upbeat While Socializing In Winter

Friday, December 11, 2020

Say yes to that second s'more and dressing like an onion. Cold weather enthusiasts — and one hater — offer their advice on how to survive and perhaps even thrive during pandemic outdoor gatherings.


In New Picture Book, Family Adds A 'Ninth Night Of Hanukkah'

Thursday, December 10, 2020

In Erica Perl's new children's book, a family's box of Hanukkah items are misplaced during a move. Their neighbors help them to make their holiday a success — so they add a ninth night to thank them.