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  • 14 minutes 16 seconds
    Boeing CEO Testifies, New Mexico Wildfires, Hospital Hacks
    Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun apologized to families of 737 Max victims during a Senate hearing and admitted that the company retaliated against whistleblowers in the company. Tribal, state and federal officials in New Mexico are scrambling to save homes and lives as two rapidly growing fires threaten the village of Ruidoso. And Ascension hospitals, one of the country's largest health systems, is still recovering from a massive ransomware attack that caused dangerous mix ups and serious complications with patient care.

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    Today's episode of Up First was edited by Russell Lewis, Eric Whitney, Diane Webber, Mohamad ElBardicy and Alice Woelfle.
    It was produced by Ziad Buchh, Christopher Thomas and Taylor Haney.

    Our technical director is Zac Coleman, with engineering support from Carleigh Strange.

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    19 June 2024, 9:57 am
  • 12 minutes 44 seconds
    Protections For Undocumented Spouses, Extreme Heat Designation, Putin in North Korea
    President Biden is set to announce a plan to protect hundreds of thousands of undocumented spouses of U.S. citizens from deportation. A coalition of environmental, labor and health professionals are petitioning the Federal Emergency Management Agency to treat extreme heat as a "major disaster." And Russian President Vladimir Putin makes a rare trip to North Korea for a two-day state visit.

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    Today's episode of Up First was edited by Alfredo Carbajal, Nick Spicer, Sadie Babits, Lisa Thomson and Alice Woelfle. It was produced by Ziad Buchh, Chris Thomas and Taylor Haney. We get engineering support from Carleigh Strange. And our technical director is Zac Coleman.


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    18 June 2024, 10:07 am
  • 12 minutes 45 seconds
    Israel-Lebanon Border Escalation, Ukraine Peace Summit, Military Healthcare Deserts
    Cross border fighting intensifies between Israel and Iranian-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon as the Israeli military pauses daytime military operations in Southern Gaza's Rafah city. 80 of the 90 countries at a peace summit in Switzerland called on Russia to respect Ukraine's territorial integrity. And, An NPR Ivestigation finds that 50% of US military bases are located in areas where healthcare is hard to find.

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    Today's episode of Up First was edited by Hannah Block, Nick Spicer, Andrew Sussman, Mohamad ElBardicy and Alice Woelfle.
    It was produced by Ziad Buchh, Christopher Thomas and Taylor Haney.

    Our technical director is Zac Coleman, with engineering support from Carleigh Strange.

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    17 June 2024, 9:53 am
  • 28 minutes 22 seconds
    The Sunday Story: Roy Wood Jr. on the Road to Rickwood
    What does a comedian know about baseball? And what can America's oldest baseball field tell us about the civil rights movement?

    Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama is America's oldest ballpark. It's older than Wrigley Field and Fenway park. But its history is full of contradictions. In its heyday, Rickwood was home to both the Birmingham Barons and the Birmingham Black Barons, one of the most talented teams in the Negro Leagues. The field hosted a women's suffrage event, but the stadium's owner also allowed a KKK rally to take place there.

    Comedian Roy Wood Jr. hosts a new podcast called Road to Rickwood from WWNO & WRKF, which takes a closer look at the field's history as a microcosm of the civil rights movement itself. Wood Jr. grew up in Birmingham playing baseball at Rickwood. In the podcast, he speaks to historians, civic leaders, major league baseball executives, former Negro Leaguers, and members of Alabama's first integrated sports team. For himself and those he interviewed, baseball was an oasis. It was also a space where racism shaped the lives of some of the nation's best baseball players.

    In today's episode of The Sunday Story, Wood Jr. sits down with host Ayesha Rascoe to talk baseball, Birmingham, and race in America.

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    16 June 2024, 7:00 am
  • 13 minutes 38 seconds
    Supreme Court Scuttles Bump Stock Ban, Ukraine Peace Summit, Latest on Bird Flu
    The U.S. Supreme Court of Friday tossed out a ban on bump stocks - modifications that make semi-automatic rifles work more like machine guns. Also Ukraine is hosting a peace summit in Switzerland, but some key players, including Russia, will not be there. Plus, a series of new reports released this week tell us more about the bird flu is speading through cattle in the U.S..

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    15 June 2024, 1:09 pm
  • 12 minutes 50 seconds
    SCOTUS Tosses Mifepristone Case, Telsa Shareholders Vote, Healthcare Cyberattacks
    The commonly used abortion pill Mifepristone will stay on the market after the Supreme Court disqualified a case aimed at limiting access to the pill. Despite an ongoing court challenge, Telsa shareholders overwhelmingly vote to reinstate a massive pay package for CEO Elon Musk. And the White House announced a partnership with Microsoft and Google to help secure vulnerable healthcare systems in America.

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    Today's episode of Up First was edited by Catherine Laidlaw, Emily Kopp, Russell Lewis, Mohamad ElBardicy and Alice Woelfle.
    It was produced by Ziad Buchh, Ben Abrams, Christopher Thomas and Julie Depenbrock.

    Our technical director is Zac Coleman, with engineering support from Arthur Laurent.

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    14 June 2024, 10:01 am
  • 15 minutes 52 seconds
    Biden At G7 Summit, Israel Hamas Negotiations, Microsoft Cybersecurity
    President Biden meets with leaders of the largest economies at the G7 Summit in Italy where they'll discuss the world's most pressing issues including the wars in Ukraine and Gaza. Mediators are working to close a ceasefire deal in Gaza after Hamas proposed amendments to the US backed proposal. And, Microsoft's president is testifying before the House Homeland Security Committee as ProPublica publishes an investigation into the company's security practices around 2020's SolarWinds cyber hack.

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    Today's episode of Up First was edited by Roberta Rampton, Hannah Bloch, Alice Woelfle, and Mohamad ElBardicy.
    It was produced by Ziad Buchh, Ben Abrams and Lindsay Totty.
    Our technical director is Zac Coleman, with engineering support from Arthur Laurent.


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    13 June 2024, 10:17 am
  • 13 minutes 3 seconds
    Hunter Biden Conviction Aftermath, Garland Contempt Vote, Inflation Report
    President Biden says he will respect the judicial process after his son Hunter was convicted on three felony charges. Meanwhile, Republicans are going after the head of the justice department, the House will vote today on a resolution to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress for failing to turn over recording of President Biden's interview with prosecutors on the mishandling of classified documents. And, inflation numbers are out today and it looks like people will have to wait a little longer for interest rates to cool.

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    Today's episode of Up First was edited by Krishnadev Calamur, Rafael Nam, Mohamad ElBardicy and Alice Woelfle.
    It was produced by Ziad Buchh, Ben Abrams and Lindsay Totty.
    Our technical director is Zac Coleman, with engineering support from Carleigh Strange.


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    12 June 2024, 10:02 am
  • 13 minutes 20 seconds
    Lebanon-Israel Border Escalation, Southern Baptist Convention, Siri's AI Upgrade
    Cross border attacks between Israel and Lebanon are intensifying as Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with Israeli leaders to push for a ceasefire deal in Gaza. The country's largest Protestant group gathers for its annual meeting. The Southern Baptist convention will vote on a number of key issues including banning women pastors and IVF fertility among other issues churches are facing. And, Siri is getting an AI upgrade after Apple announced a deal with ChatGPT.

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    Today's episode of Up First was edited by
    Hannah Bloch, Cheryl Corely, Gabriel Spitzer, Mohamad ElBardicy and Alice Woelfle. It was produced by Ziad Buchh, Ben Abrams and Lindsay Totty. Our technical director is Zac Coleman, with engineering support from Carleigh Strange.

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    11 June 2024, 10:09 am
  • 13 minutes 2 seconds
    Israel-Gaza Latest, EU Elections Results, Hunter Biden Trial
    Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in the Middle East to push president Biden's ceasefire deal amid international outrage over Israel's mission that rescued four hostages and killed more than 270 Palestinians in Gaza. European election results are in, and some of the biggest countries in the EU are swinging to the right. Also, Hunter Biden's defense will present their case as the felony gun trial of the president's son continues.

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    Today's episode of Up First was edited by Hannah Bloch, Nick Spicer, Dana Farrington, Mohamad ElBardicy and Alice Woelfle. It was produced by Ziad Buchh, Ben Abrams and Lindsay Totty. Our technical director is Zac Coleman, with engineering support from Arthur Laurent.


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    10 June 2024, 10:04 am
  • 27 minutes 35 seconds
    The Sunday Story: Video Game Economics (It's Not Play Money)
    Can you get a college scholarship for playing video games? Are they becoming more accessible? Will forever games really last... forever? Wailin Wong, co-host of The Indicator from Planet Money, joins us to discuss the economics of gaming and efforts to make the industry sustainable in the wake of mass layoffs.

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    9 June 2024, 10:19 am
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