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COVID Vaccine Booster Green Light, Dire Nursing Gaps, Meeting Veterans' Needs

The CDC closes the loop on booster recommendations for three vaccines. Hospitals confront a pandemic-driven nursing shortage. And NPR speaks with Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough about government failures to meet veterans' healthcare needs.

COVID Vaccine Booster Green Light, Dire Nursing Gaps, Meeting Veterans' Needs

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Moderna & J&J COVID Boosters Advance, Voting Rights Bill Fails, Russia Hosts Taliban

Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine boosters clear another regulatory hurdle. Senate Democrats lose a major push for voting rights protections. And a meeting in Moscow signals Russia's embrace of closer contact with Afghanistan's Taliban rule.

Moderna & J&J COVID Boosters Advance, Voting Rights Bill Fails, Russia Hosts Taliban

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Capitol Contempt And Agenda Cuts, Florida School Shooting Plea, School Board Outrage

Congressional investigators endorse a criminal contempt charge against a key Trump ally, as Democrats weigh cuts in the Biden spending agenda. The accused gunman in a Florida high school shooting appears in court, while families of victims near a settlement. And will parental outrage at school board meetings translate to votes in fall elections?

Capitol Contempt And Agenda Cuts, Florida School Shooting Plea, School Board Outrage

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Trial In Arbery Killing Opens, Trump Sues Over Probe, Polling Kids' Wellbeing

Jury selection begins in the Georgia trial of three white men charged with murdering a 25-year-old Black man, Ahmaud Arbery. Former President Donald Trump sues the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. And the Biden administration promotes new support for kids' mental health as new NPR poll data reveals continued pandemic harm.

Trial In Arbery Killing Opens, Trump Sues Over Probe, Polling Kids' Wellbeing

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Kidnapping In Haiti, China's Sputtering Economy, FDA's COVID Vaccine Booster Moves

U.S. officials join an investigation into the kidnapping of 17 missionaries and family members in Haiti. China's economic growth slows as the huge real estate firm Evergrande races toward possible debt default. And the FDA is poised to approve more COVID vaccine booster shots.

Kidnapping In Haiti, China's Sputtering Economy, FDA's COVID Vaccine Booster Moves

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It's Been A Minute: The Legacy Of 'Soul Train'

When Soul Train was first nationally syndicated in October of 1971, there was nothing else like it on TV. It became an iconic Black music and dance show — a party every weekend that anyone could join from their living room. In the first episode of a three-part It's Been A Minute series examining the concept of crossover in pop music across three decades, Sam Sanders breaks down the lasting influence of Soul Train. With Hanif Abdurraqib, author of A Little Devil in America, as well as scholars, fans and even a few featured dancers, they ask: why has there never been another show like Soul Train since it went off the air?

It's Been A Minute: The Legacy Of 'Soul Train'

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Johnson & Johnson Booster Shots, Slain British MP, Ethiopia's Civil War

A U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel recommends booster shots for those who got the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. The killing of a British lawmaker is called an act of terrorism, and is prompting a review of security protocols. Ethiopia's civil war is entering a new phase, with civilians not only in the path of violence but also facing famine.

Johnson & Johnson Booster Shots, Slain British MP, Ethiopia's Civil War

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More COVID Vaccine Boosters, Jan. 6 Criminal Contempt, Ahmaud Arbery Trial

FDA advisors are unanimous in endorsing more COVID-19 vaccine boosters. A former high-profile Trump advisor is first to face criminal contempt proceedings in Congress for defying Jan. 6 attack investigators. And three white men go to trial next week in Georgia in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man who was shot while jogging.

More COVID Vaccine Boosters, Jan. 6 Criminal Contempt, Ahmaud Arbery Trial

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Mix COVID Vaccine Boosters?, Capitol Probe Deadlines, Supply Chain Woes

A study suggests Johnson & Johnson vaccine recipients could benefit from another booster brand. Also, investigators looking into the Jan. 6 riot await answers from four former Trump administration officials. And the White House calls on ports and private industry to help unstop shipping bottlenecks and rescue the holiday shopping season.

Mix COVID Vaccine Boosters?, Capitol Probe Deadlines, Supply Chain Woes

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Oil-Powered Inflation, Ransomware Summit, E-Cigarette Stamp Of Approval

Oil prices and a tangled supply chain are top inflation predictors for today's consumer price snapshot. Thirty countries join a virtual White House cybersecurity summit. And the FDA for the first time is authorizing an e-cigarette product.

Oil-Powered Inflation, Ransomware Summit, E-Cigarette Stamp Of Approval

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