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Will Democrats Change The Senate Rules To Pass Voting Rights Legislation?

Wed, 20 Oct 2021
Another high-profile voting rights push has failed because it did not attract enough Republican support to reach the de facto 60-vote threshold needed to pass legislation through the Senate. Will Democrats change the rules to pass their civil rights legislation with a simple majority?

This episode: demographics and culture correspondent Danielle Kurtzleben, politics and racial justice correspondent Juana Summers, and White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe.

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Why Are School Board Officials Getting Death Threats?

Tue, 19 Oct 2021
School boards are the latest frontier in the culture wars, as incensed community members and right-wing activists protest mask mandates and anti-racist curricula.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, education correspondent Anya Kamenetz, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

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If You're Vaccinated, You Can Visit The US From Abroad In November

Mon, 18 Oct 2021
The Biden administration announced that the U.S. will admit vaccinated foreign travelers beginning November 8th. Also: the latest on vaccination boosters and availability for kids.

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, national political corrsepondent Mara Liasson, and science editor and correspondent Rob Stein.

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Weekly Roundup: October 15th

Fri, 15 Oct 2021
The two senators who are forcing more negotiations over the Biden administration's multi-trillion dollar climate and social programs bill appear to have different priorities for what they want to see changed. But it is hard to know for sure: Kyrsten Sinema avoids reporters and has said little publicly about her views to the frustration of her Democratic colleagues.

And top Trump aides have so far refused to appear before the House of Representatives committee investigating the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol. That could lead to criminal penalties against former adviser Steve Bannon.

This episode: White House reporter Asma Khalid, acting congressional correspondent Deirdre Walsh, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, congressional reporter Claudia Grisales, and justice correspondent Ryan Lucas.

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The Boston Marathon Bomber Is Undoubtedly Guilty, But Should He Be Executed?

Thu, 14 Oct 2021
The Supreme Court heard arguments for and against reinstating the death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bomber. President Biden himself has argued against ever using the death penalty, but here his administration is arguing that Tsarnaev should receive the harshest punishment.

This episode: White House correspondent Asma Khalid, legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg, and WBUR's Deborah Becker.

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