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NPR's Up First is the news you need to start your day. The three biggest stories of the day, with reporting and analysis from NPR News — in 10 minutes. Available weekdays by 6 a.m. ET, with hosts Leila Fadel, Steve Inskeep, Rachel Martin and A Martinez. Also available on Saturdays by 8 a.m. ET, with Ayesha Rascoe and Scott Simon. On Sundays, hear a longer exploration behind the headlines with Rachel Martin, available by 8 a.m. ET. Subscribe and listen, then support your local NPR station at donate.npr.org.

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Comprehending Loss

As the COVID-19 death toll in the U.S. ticked past one million, it was another milestone in a pandemic full of staggering milestones. Eric Boynton, philosopher and dean of Beloit College, discusses the limitations we all have in comprehending such loss and what it feels like to experience individual grief while others are grieving around you.


22 May 2022

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Saturday, May 21, 2022

President Biden is meeting with leaders of South Korea and Japan on his Asian trip. The first funeral for victims of the mass shooting in Buffalo, N.Y., occurred Friday. Investors are unhappy higher costs are eating into profits at big box stores.


21 May 2022

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Friday, May 20, 2022

Russia says more than 1,700 Ukrainian fighters have surrendered from their stronghold at the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol, as international concerns mount over the soldiers' fate in Russian hands. US President Joe Biden makes his first presidential trip to Asia, where China's growing influence looms large. And disinformation expert Nina Jankowicz steps down from her post at the helm of a newly formed government board after becoming a target of... disinformation.


20 May 2022

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

A new poll finds that two-thirds of Americans oppose reversing abortion rights. The white 18-year old accused of a racist shooting rampage in Buffalo, New York appears in court today in a first glimpse of the evidence against him. And a Russian soldier pleads guilty in a Kyiv courtroom to killing an unarmed Ukrainian a few days after the war began.


19 May 2022

Rank #4

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Results are in from primary elections in five states, including heated contests in North Carolina and Pennsylvania. And Elon Musk is expressing doubts about his $44 billion deal to buy Twitter. Shell-shocked residents of Buffalo, New York are reeling from the killings and still grappling with how to feel safe again, even after President Biden's visit during which he called for unity.


18 May 2022

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Ukrainian fighters are evacuated from a steel plant to Russian-controlled areas, where they may be subjected to a prisoner exchange with Russia. Families of the Buffalo shooting victims mourn the dead as President Biden and the first lady visit the city. And major U.S. infant formula manufacturer Abbott has clinched a deal with the FDA to get a Michigan factory up and running again in order to stem a nationwide shortage.


17 May 2022

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