NPR : National Public Radio : News & Analysis, World, US, Music & Arts NPR delivers breaking national and world news. Also top stories from business, politics, health, science, technology, music, arts and culture. Subscribe to podcasts and RSS feeds.

In early September 2020, Seattle, Wash., had some of the worst air quality in the world because of wildfire smoke. The city was among the first to create smoke shelters for the most vulnerable. Nathan Rott/NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Nathan Rott/NPR

Study Finds Wildfire Smoke More Harmful To Humans Than Pollution From Cars

In Southern California, pollutants from wildfire smoke caused up to a 10% increase in hospital admissions. Researchers say there's a need for better air monitoring and public health programs.

Bill Magness, the former president and CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas was removed from his post Wednesday following last month's winter storm that resulted in days-long blackouts for more than 4 million Texans. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Eric Gay/AP

ERCOT CEO Refuses $800K Payout Following Firing

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas CEO Bill Magness was removed from his post Wednesday. He informed the organization he will not accept his $800,000 severance.

National Guard members examine a terrain model of Capitol Hill on Thursday. U.S. Capitol Police requested the guardsmen stay another two months after threats of further violence emerged. Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

Capitol Police Call For Extension Of National Guard Help

The Capitol Police is alert for a possible attack from militia members. There are currently 5,200 Guard members in the Capitol following the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol building.

Tasreen Khamisa and Tony Hicks in San Diego, Calif. Tariq Khamisa Foundation hide caption

toggle caption
Tariq Khamisa Foundation

She Found 'Layers To Forgiveness,' In Befriending The Man Who Killed Her Brother

Tony Hicks was a teen gang member when he killed Tariq Khamisa. At StoryCorps, Tariq's sister Tasreen tells Tony that meeting him 20 years later "made a lot of room in my heart for light to come in."

She Found 'Layers To Forgiveness,' In Befriending The Man Who Killed Her Brother

Audio will be available later today.
Calla Kessler/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Capital Gazette: 'I Know He Did It'

The Capital Gazette takes on a new beat: itself. As the shooter's case works its way towards trial, the staff tries to balance coverage obligations with personal feelings.

Capital Gazette: "I Know He Did It"

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/973276696/973539876" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Canada Post is providing prepaid postcards to 13.5 million households in the country. This is one of six designs that will arrive in mailboxes this week and next. Canada Post hide caption

toggle caption
Canada Post

How Canada Post Is Encouraging Folks To Reach Out And Write With Free Postcards

Canada Post is distributing prepaid postcards to 13.5 households in an effort to encourage people to connect with others through a handwritten note in its #WriteHereWriteNow campaign.

How Canada Post Is Encouraging Folks To Reach Out And Write With Free Postcards

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/973732043/973806272" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Fernando Norat WNYC Studios hide caption

toggle caption
WNYC Studios

Levittown: Where The Good Life Begins

For many Americans, Levittown is the prototypical suburb, founded on the idea of bringing Americans into a middle-class lifestyle after World War II. But there was a parallel story in Puerto Rico during a time of great change on the island.

Levittown: Where the Good Life Begins

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/972580037/973498759" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Stockton, Calif., resident Susie Garza displays the city-provided debit card she receives monthly as part of a pilot universal basic income program. The program began in 2019, when this photo was taken. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Rich Pedroncelli/AP

California Program Giving $500 No-Strings-Attached Stipends Pays Off, Study Finds

Independent researchers found that the first year of a universal basic income experiment in Stockton, Calif., measurably improved recipients' job prospects, financial stability and overall well-being.

Ghana is the first country to receive a shipment of COVID-19 vaccines from the global COVAX program. Above: The vaccines are unloaded at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra on February 24. Nipah Dennis/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Nipah Dennis/AFP via Getty Images

Ghana Greets Historic Vaccine Delivery With A Dose Of Skepticism

It's the first country to receive free vaccines from the COVAX program. But that shipment of 600,000 can't protect a nation of 30 million. And conspiracy theories about the vaccine are swirling.

Former Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao used her agency's resources to assist in person errands and to help her family, according to an inspector general report. Samuel Corum/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Samuel Corum/Getty Images

Elaine Chao Used DOT Resources For Personal Errands, Family Business, IG Report Says

The Transportation Department's inspector general referred the findings to the Justice Department in December of 2020. The DOJ declined to open its own investigation into the matter.

Kelly Clements, United Nations deputy high commissioner for refugees, says that the Biden administration's promise to welcome more refugees into the U.S. sets an important tone on the international stage. Johan Ordonez/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Johan Ordonez/AFP via Getty Images

U.N. Official: Biden Plan To Boost Refugee Resettlement 'Sends Important Signal'

U.N. Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees Kelly Clements says she's pleased the U.S. plans to raise the cap on refugees to 125,000 per year. Work is already underway at the U.S.-Mexico border.

U.N. Official: Biden Plan To Boost Refugee Resettlement 'Sends Important Signal'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/973763365/973792054" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Photo Illustration by Kara Frame and Becky Harlan

Navigating Consent Is All About Communication. Here's Where To Start

Everyone has different boundaries. In this episode, we'll talk through what consent is and how to get clear about what you're comfortable with — so you can communicate that to others.

Navigating Consent Is All About Communication. Here's Where To Start

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/972452455/973528734" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A pumpjack operates in the desert oil fields in southern Bahrain on April 22, 2020. Bahrain and other members of the OPEC+ alliance decided Thursday to keep output largely unchanged as they hope to push crude prices even higher after a recent rally. Mazen Mahdi/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Mazen Mahdi/AFP via Getty Images

OPEC And Allies Keep Oil Production Steady As Saudi Arabia Urges 'Caution'

Oil prices have risen remarkably over the last few months. Now the powerful oil cartel is keeping a lid on supply in an attempt to push crude prices even higher.

Former Laurel, Md., police chief David Crawford is under arrest, facing dozens of criminal charges related to a string of arson attacks on homes and garages. Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department hide caption

toggle caption
Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department

A Former Police Chief In Md. Was A 'Serial Arsonist,' Authorities Say

In a stunning turn of events, David Crawford, a law enforcement veteran, is now under arrest and facing dozens of charges in connection to at least 12 fires at homes, garages and cars.

School desks make up an exhibit called "Pandemic Classroom" at the United Nations in New York City. Each of the 168 seats represents 1 million children living in countries where schools have been entirely closed almost a year. Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images

Empty Desks At U.N. Represent Millions Of Children Who Have Missed School In Pandemic

The 168 school desks make up an exhibit called "Pandemic Classroom." Each of the seats represents 1 million children living in countries where schools have been closed for almost a year.

Empty Desks At U.N. Represent Millions Of Children Who Have Missed School In Pandemic

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/973660093/973662557" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Kevin Chen, an assistant professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, envisions a time when his insect-sized drone could be used as a search and rescue robot — to find survivors in disaster debris that bigger drones couldn't reach. Kevin Yufeng Chen hide caption

toggle caption
Kevin Yufeng Chen

Don't Swat This Bug. It Might Be A Robot On A Rescue Mission

Scientists are trying to build a tiny drone with the agility of a mosquito. These light but strong flying robots could be used in critical situations, such as finding people in a collapsed building.

Don't Swat This Bug. It Might Be A Robot On A Rescue Mission

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/973610866/973611485" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

First lady Jill Biden and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona tour Benjamin Franklin Elementary School in Meriden, Conn. Mandel Ngan/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Mandel Ngan/AP

Education Secretary Miguel Cardona Wants Schools Open 'As Soon As Possible'

Just one day after being sworn in, Cardona traveled to his hometown of Meriden, Conn., with first lady Jill Biden to take a tour of schools meant to push for the return of in-person learning.

New Education Secretary Miguel Cardona Wants Schools Open 'As Soon As Possible'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/973561015/973561016" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Clapp frequents a local racetrack. She has been out and about in the past year and says hardly anyone in New Zealand wears masks. Carol Clapp hide caption

toggle caption
Carol Clapp

Stranded in Paradise: N.H. Retiree Rides Out Pandemic In New Zealand

Carol Clapp, a 73-year-old widow, has been taking art classes, gardening — and she has a new sweetheart.

Stranded in Paradise: N.H. Retiree Rides Out Pandemic In New Zealand

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/972914258/973465559" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

WATCH

MORE VIDEOS

TDC video carousel

New and exclusive videos from the popular concert series.

more from