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Coup In Sudan?, Reviewing Kids' Vaccines, Suing White Nationalists

A U.S. envoy says Washington is "deeply alarmed" by reports of a military takeover in Sudan. FDA advisors will review data on kid-size Pfizer vaccine doses for children aged 5 to 11. And jury selection begins for a civil trial targeting accused organizers of the deadly 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Coup In Sudan?, Reviewing Kids' Vaccines, Suing White Nationalists

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Book Of The Day: How Colin Powell Wanted The World To Remember Him

When Colin Powell died on October 18 at the age of 84 from COVID-19 complications, he left behind a long, decorated career in Washington and the U.S. Army. He spent much of his life in the military, eventually rising to the rank of four-star general, and went on to become the first Black Secretary of state and chairman of the Joint Chiefs. But, as he discussed in a 2012 interview with NPR's Robert Siegel about his memoir It Worked For Me, Powell's reputation was tarnished when he used faulty evidence to push for the Iraq War: "I'll never leave it behind." This episode comes from NPR's new podcast, Book of the Day.

Book Of The Day: How Colin Powell Wanted The World To Remember Him

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Facebook And January 6, Spending Negotiations, A Guide To Vaccine News

Internal documents show Facebook employees raised alarms about "Stop the Steal" misinformation before January 6. President Biden is negotiating with fellow Democrats about the size of his social spending bill. More adults will now be able to get COVID-19 booster shots; are kids' shots next?

Facebook And January 6, Spending Negotiations, A Guide To Vaccine News

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COVID Vaccine Booster Green Light, Dire Nursing Gaps, Meeting Veterans' Needs

The CDC closes the loop on booster recommendations for three vaccines. Hospitals confront a pandemic-driven nursing shortage. And NPR speaks with Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough about government failures to meet veterans' healthcare needs.

COVID Vaccine Booster Green Light, Dire Nursing Gaps, Meeting Veterans' Needs

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Moderna & J&J COVID Boosters Advance, Voting Rights Bill Fails, Russia Hosts Taliban

Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine boosters clear another regulatory hurdle. Senate Democrats lose a major push for voting rights protections. And a meeting in Moscow signals Russia's embrace of closer contact with Afghanistan's Taliban rule.

Moderna & J&J COVID Boosters Advance, Voting Rights Bill Fails, Russia Hosts Taliban

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Capitol Contempt And Agenda Cuts, Florida School Shooting Plea, School Board Outrage

Congressional investigators endorse a criminal contempt charge against a key Trump ally, as Democrats weigh cuts in the Biden spending agenda. The accused gunman in a Florida high school shooting appears in court, while families of victims near a settlement. And will parental outrage at school board meetings translate to votes in fall elections?

Capitol Contempt And Agenda Cuts, Florida School Shooting Plea, School Board Outrage

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Trial In Arbery Killing Opens, Trump Sues Over Probe, Polling Kids' Wellbeing

Jury selection begins in the Georgia trial of three white men charged with murdering a 25-year-old Black man, Ahmaud Arbery. Former President Donald Trump sues the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. And the Biden administration promotes new support for kids' mental health as new NPR poll data reveals continued pandemic harm.

Trial In Arbery Killing Opens, Trump Sues Over Probe, Polling Kids' Wellbeing

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Kidnapping In Haiti, China's Sputtering Economy, FDA's COVID Vaccine Booster Moves

U.S. officials join an investigation into the kidnapping of 17 missionaries and family members in Haiti. China's economic growth slows as the huge real estate firm Evergrande races toward possible debt default. And the FDA is poised to approve more COVID vaccine booster shots.

Kidnapping In Haiti, China's Sputtering Economy, FDA's COVID Vaccine Booster Moves

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It's Been A Minute: The Legacy Of 'Soul Train'

When Soul Train was first nationally syndicated in October of 1971, there was nothing else like it on TV. It became an iconic Black music and dance show — a party every weekend that anyone could join from their living room. In the first episode of a three-part It's Been A Minute series examining the concept of crossover in pop music across three decades, Sam Sanders breaks down the lasting influence of Soul Train. With Hanif Abdurraqib, author of A Little Devil in America, as well as scholars, fans and even a few featured dancers, they ask: why has there never been another show like Soul Train since it went off the air?

It's Been A Minute: The Legacy Of 'Soul Train'

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Johnson & Johnson Booster Shots, Slain British MP, Ethiopia's Civil War

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel recommends booster shots for those who got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. The killing of a British lawmaker is called an act of terrorism, and is prompting a review of security protocols. Ethiopia's civil war is entering a new phase, with civilians not only in the path of violence but also facing famine.

Johnson & Johnson Booster Shots, Slain British MP, Ethiopia's Civil War

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