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KYIV, Ukraine — Artyom and Marina Kluchnikov have made do raising four children in a cramped, Soviet-style apartment in Ukraine's capital. They can provide their family with hearty dinners of chicken, cabbage and prunes. But now they're facing the prospect that their modest yet stable existence could suddenly be upended.

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State and local police are on the front lines when it comes to violent crime. But Attorney General Merrick Garland told the nation's mayors today that the federal government stands ready to help.


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This huge omicron surge appears to be peaking in the U.S. That's according to a growing number of infectious disease experts who are tracking the pandemic.

NPR health correspondent Rob Stein joins us now with the latest. Hey, Rob.

Updated January 21, 2022 at 6:47 PM ET

Without drastic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, climate change threatens future Winter Olympic Games because their locations would be too warm to host the events, a new study has found.

Temperatures hovered at around 20 degrees as thousands gathered in Washington, D.C., for the 49th annual March for Life protest.

The march occurs around the anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision: Jan. 22, 1973. And this year, there's a growing sentiment among the protesters that it could be the last march before Roe is possibly overturned.

"We are hoping and praying that this year, 2022, will bring us historic change for life," March for Life president Jeanne Mancini said. "Roe is not settled law," she said to cheers from the crowd.

The Biden administration on Friday opened a phone line for people to order free at-home COVID-19 tests.

The phone number — 1-800-232-0233 — follows the launch earlier this week of a website to order the tests, and is available for those who may have difficulty accessing the internet or need additional help to place their orders.

According to the White House, the phone line is open from 8 a.m. to midnight ET seven days a week, and offers assistance in more than 150 languages.

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Jan 21, 2022


We've all been there – the foreboding moment when the person you thought would be the love of your life switches up.

Each week, we answer frequently asked questions about life during the coronavirus crisis. If you have a question you'd like us to consider for a future post, email us at with the subject line: "Weekly Coronavirus Questions." See an archive of our FAQs here.

A federal court in Texas on Friday blocked the Biden administration's vaccine requirement for federal workers, which has been in place since November, in a ruling that the administration is expected to appeal.

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NASA scientists say the massive volcano eruption near Tonga was equivalent to 10 megatons of TNT. They believe the explosion was triggered by seawater flooding into a chamber filled with magma.

NPR’s Geoff Brumfiel reports.

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When Nazis invaded the Polish town of Bielica, Philip Lazowski and his family were among the Jewish residents who were sent to the Zhetel ghetto during Word War II.

One April morning in 1942, the Lazowski family caught wind that the Nazis were killing Jews in the ghetto, in what is now Belarus, and decided to go into hiding. Philip, then just 11 years old, helped his parents and siblings take shelter in a hideout they'd built in their apartment. He closed off the hiding spot so it wouldn't be discovered, telling his family he would find another place to hide.

For years, non-alcoholic beer required a sacrifice: to lose the buzz, you also had to lose the flavor. But that has changed in recent years, thanks to new technology that lets brewers make beer that tastes great, without the alcohol.

"The non-alcoholic beers of the past tasted like punishment," as beer expert John Holl put it.

That's changed in recent years. For beer fans who want the deep flavors of IPAs and porters without the baggage of alcohol, the new brews are hitting the spot.

Here & Now‘s Tonya Mosley speaks with Oriini Kaipara, a Maori journalist from New Zealand who made history last month when she became the first woman with a traditional face marking to anchor a primetime TV news show.

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Shelves at grocery stores across the country are bare and fresh produce is sparse. Checkout lines snake through the aisles because of a shortage of workers.

MSNBC anchor and economics correspondent Ali Velshi explains how supply chain snags and labor problems are making grocery shopping more difficult.

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McClatchy White House correspondent Francesca Chambers and C-SPAN Washington Journal host Jesse Holland join Here & Now hosts Tonya Mosley and Scott Tong to discuss how the White House is hoping to shape the second year of the Biden presidency, as his legislative agenda stalls.

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We revisit host Tonya Mosley’s conversation with the R&B singer-songwriter Maxwell, who talks about the 25th anniversary of his debut album, “Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite,” a groundbreaking record of neo-Soul music.

Hear the full conversation with Maxwell from our special podcast here.

PARIS — Total Energies and Chevron, two of the world's largest energy companies, said Friday they were stopping all operations in Myanmar, citing rampant human rights abuses and deteriorating rule of law since the country's military overthrew the elected government in February.

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Netflix’s launched the fourth season of its hit “Ozark” on Friday. The show follows Laura Linney and Jason Bateman, heads of a family-run money laundering operation.

Plus, we discuss the new costume drama “The Gilded Age,” produced by the man behind “Downton Abbey.”

We discuss it all with NPR TV critic Eric Deggans.

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As the Supreme Court debates various abortion-related laws before it, we revisit a conversation with Laura Kaplan, a former member of a Chicago group that provided abortions to women illegally before the Supreme Court legalized the procedure in the 1970s. The group was called The Abortion Counseling Service of Women’s Liberation, or Jane.

Updated January 21, 2022 at 5:51 PM ET

FBI agents on Friday arrested a Texas man for allegedly threatening to kill election and other government officials in Georgia.

Chad Christopher Stark of Leander, Texas, was taken into custody Friday morning after being indicted in the Northern District of Georgia on a single count of making interstate threats.

The Brooklyn Nets are being fined $25,000 after assistant coach David Vanterpool interfered with a pass in a matchup against the Washington Wizards, the NBA announced. Vanterpool was fined $10,000.

Medical centers run by the Department of Veterans Affairs are getting squeezed by staff shortages because of the COVID-19 surge. More than 70 have taken special measures to try to cover essential jobs.

WUNC’s Jay Price reports.

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High school students across the country are concerned about COVID-19 safety and demanding more protections from their districts.

Here & Now‘s Tonya Mosley speaks with two teenagers from Colorado and Texas, Haven Coleman and Eliana Smith, who were inspired by students in Oakland to organize. They see teachers leaving the profession and say the current system is unsustainable.

Workers who contract COVID-19 on the job should be entitled to workers’ compensation. But some claims are being denied because insurance companies say it’s not possible to prove someone got the virus at work.

Here & Now‘s Scott Tong speaks with WBUR senior investigative reporter Beth Healy about this issue in Massachusetts.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken met Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Geneva Friday to discuss tensions over Ukraine as 100,000 Russian troops remain on Ukraine’s border.

NPR’s Moscow correspondent Charles Maynes shares the latest details about the crisis.

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