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BONUS: Dispatches From The ER
13:52In this bonus episode from NPR's Short Wave, two emergency room workers reflect on the first year of the pandemic, how their lives have changed, and what's next as more people get vaccinated.
Covid Stimulus Package, Johnson and Johnson Vaccine FAQ, Cuomo's Political Fight
14:50President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus stimulus package spent a rocky evening in the Senate, until Democratic leaders agreed to scale back unemployment payments. The Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine is different than the other two FDA approved vaccines — we'll tell you why and what it means for you. New York lawmakers have passed a bill to repeal Governor Andrew Cuomo's expanded emergency executive powers.
Friday, March 5, 2021
13:18The Labor Department's new jobs report comes out today as Congress is poised to pass a new round of COVID-19 relief. The Biden administration ended Trump's "Remain in Mexico" policy, but that doesn't mean the asylum system is up and running. And, the Chinese national parliament meeting that begins today will include a proposal to give the Chinese government new control over Hong Kong's elections. (Correction: The audio of this podcast reports that the Biden administration is converting three detention centers into migrant processing centers. They are converting two. The move has not been officially announced, but was confirmed through reporting from NPR's Franco Ordoñez.)
Thursday, March 4, 2021
13:27President Joe Biden is pushing states to vaccinate teachers by the end of March so schools can reopen for in-person instruction. The House cancels its session today because of a renewed security threat. And, Pope Francis will become the first pope to visit Iraq.
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
12:40Biden announces there will be enough COVID-19 vaccines for every adult in America by May. Neera Tanden withdraws her nomination for Director of the Office of Management and Budget. And, Texas Governor Greg Abbott says that statewide COVID-19 restrictions will end next week.
Tuesday, March 2, 2021
13:29FBI Director Christopher Wray faces Senator's questions about the Capitol riot on January 6th. Georgia Republicans have passed new restrictions on voting in the state. And, an NPR investigation finds that health care provider One Medical distributed COVID-19 to ineligible people, some with connections to leadership.