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A Preview Of New Music To Start Off 2021

Jan 6, 2021

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A new year means new music, and the NPR Music team is sharing some of the albums they are most excited about.

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A question that is on a lot of people's minds, why is this country's vaccine campaign moving so slowly and can we do anything about it? NPR health correspondent, Rob Stein has been looking into that. Hi, Rob.

ROB STEIN, BYLINE: Good morning, Noel.

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When Joe Biden won Georgia in the presidential election, part of his winning margin may have come from Asian Americans.

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Kim Wehle is with us next for some analysis. She is a professor of law at the University of Baltimore. Happy new year. Good morning.

KIM WEHLE: Good morning, Steve.

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On a recorded phone call, President Trump asked a Georgia official to help him steal the state's electoral votes. He told Brad Raffensperger, the secretary of state, to, quote, "find" votes for him.

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CELINE DION: (Singing) All by myself...

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The river Seine runs through the heart of Paris. It has provided serenity for many Parisians during the pandemic, including our colleague Eleanor Beardsley.

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South Korea, one of the most successful countries in fighting the pandemic, is doing worse. Case numbers are growing during a third wave of infections. NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports on the debate over how to respond.

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Court ruling in 2021 may offer judgement of some protests in the past year. In Detroit, protesters want a restraining order against police, but Detroit sued them right back. Here's Eli Newman of WDET.

Taking An Icy Plunge Into The New Year

Jan 1, 2021

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This morning, Ellyce Shulman is taking a plunge to ring in the new year. Shulman is from Seattle, Wash. And for the past eight months, she's been open water swimming in the Puget Sound.

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The campaign to vaccinate Americans against COVID-19 is getting off to a slower start than officials had hoped - much slower.

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When the coronavirus hit the U.S., hospitals issued strict limitations on visitors. Nurses and doctors started acting as liaisons to the sick and dying for family members not allowed at bedsides. As deaths reach new daily highs, that work is not getting any easier. The emotional toil of adapting to new dynamics with patients and families at one rural hospital in Livingston, Mont., is a case study of what health care workers are grappling with all over the country.

President-elect Joe Biden's choice for White House press secretary says she will restore a tradition. Unlike her immediate predecessors in the Trump administration, Jen Psaki plans to take questions from reporters each day.

Psaki has played similar roles before. She was the spokesperson for the State Department when John Kerry was secretary of state, then President Barack Obama's communications director, and she now speaks for Biden.

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