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Immediately’s high tales
Iowa Republicans kick off the 2024 election season tonight as they maintain the primary caucuses to appoint a presidential candidate. Donald Trump is the clear favourite, however his rivals have been campaigning exhausting — at the same time as temperatures plunge under zero. This is how the first-in-the-nation caucuses work and why they’re so vital.
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- “It actually looks like a battle for second place,” NPR’s Don Gonyea reviews for Up First from Iowa. Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis are in a detailed battle after Trump. Gonyea says DeSantis has “poured a lot” into the race, and if he finishes third, there could be calls for him to drop out. Haley is wanting ahead to the New Hampshire main later this month, the place she’s been polling nicely — however nonetheless behind Trump.
- NPR’s Elena Moore covers new voters and says Iowa’s Gen Z Republicans are additionally “on the Trump practice.” However caucuses have a tendency to draw fewer voters than primaries, and the individuals who end up are usually older. She says the much less versatile system with no early or mail-in voting is “all-around a bad combo for brand new and younger voters.”
- NPR journalists will carry you caucus information, outcomes and evaluation — on-line and on air — all day. Keep updated with NPR’s dwell weblog, try Iowa Public Radio and tune in to dwell protection on many public radio stations and the NPR app.
Individuals in Israel, Gaza and all over the world marked 100 days of struggle this weekend following the Oct. 7 Hamas assault that killed greater than 1,200 folks in Israel, in keeping with the nation’s authorities. Gaza’s Ministry says greater than 24,000 folks in Gaza — principally ladies and kids — have been killed by Israel’s army response to the assaults.
- Israelis held vigils this weekend for hostages taken by Hamas. NPR’s Lauren Frayer reviews there was a way that “time is running out for their safe return.” U.S. officers, in the meantime, are pushing Israel to tamp down on its bombardment of Gaza and shift to focused missions to hunt Hamas leaders and discover hostages.
- Moshe Lavi’s brother Omri Miran was one of many hostages taken by Hamas. As he tells Morning Version his brother’s story, Lavi says there is a “sense of urgency proper now that must be amplified in every single place by everybody past the political discourse.”
Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.
The Iowa caucuses fall on a nationwide vacation this 12 months: Martin Luther King Jr. Day. For 2024, Individuals are honoring the civil rights chief on his precise birthday. He would have been 95. Right here are some things to learn about why we rejoice this vacation:
- Whereas King is extensively lauded as a nonviolent civil rights hero now, his views have been thought of radical by the federal government and far of White America throughout his lifetime.
- A marketing campaign to make MLK Day a nationwide vacation started virtually instantly after his assassination on April 4, 1968. President Ronald Reagan signed it into legislation in 1983, nevertheless it wasn’t formally noticed till 1986.
- In 1994, MLK Day turned the one federal vacation devoted to volunteerism. Individuals are inspired to honor King’s life via “acts of civic work and neighborhood service.”
To study extra about MLK’s legacy, pay attention to those six podcasts about his life, together with Code Swap’s episode on the facility of King’s anger.
From our hosts
This essay was written by Steve Inskeep. He joined NPR in 1996 and began internet hosting Morning Version in 2004. He additionally hosts Up First.
In 2008, Michele Norris approached me with an concept. We must always collect a mixed-race group of voters and interview them about that 12 months’s presidential election, which Barack Obama was on his option to profitable.
Michele proposed encouraging frank discussions by serving dinner first after which speaking for hours and hours. She thought meals improved dialog. Trying again, I notice she instructed me this whereas we have been in a restaurant. She was recruiting me for the undertaking whereas taking me to lunch.
The ensuing York Mission traced voter attitudes and fears in a historic 12 months — and launched Michele on a brand new path. Many individuals thought Obama’s election heralded a post-racial America. She did not suppose so. Finally, she based the Race Card Mission, which inspired folks to inform their tales about race and identification in six phrases. She left NPR as she pursued this.
Now, she’s collected greater than a decade of six-word tales and follow-up interviews, which she views as a particular document of our period. In today’s interview about her e-book Our Hidden Dialogs, she compares the tales to “dendrochronology, the research of tree rings.” While you reduce down a tree, the rings within the trunk — one from every year — will inform a narrative of floods and droughts, fires or human disturbances and chemical compounds within the soil. “The tree will inform a narrative, and the tree by no means lies.”
In a tumultuous period, she instructed us, “This archive of human expertise is a social tree ring.”
Race and variety reads and listens
Sandhya Dirks is a nationwide correspondent protecting race and identification for NPR. She approaches race and fairness not as a beat however as a elementary lens for all investigative and explanatory reporting. Dirks shares some NPR reporting to learn, pay attention and mirror on for MLK Day.
There’s one MLK quote you will hear when a gaggle or politician goes after range however couching it within the language of civil rights: “I’ve a dream that my 4 little kids will in the future dwell in a nation the place they won’t be judged by the colour of their pores and skin however by the content material of their character.
“This quote will get appropriated to push for a shade blindness that willfully rejects the realities of systemic racism. This piece by my colleague Adrian Florido appears to be like on the try to dilute King’s legacy and phrases — one thing essential to recollect immediately. This must-listen episode of Code Swapdoes the identical.
College districts face rising threats nationwide to restrict or suppress instructing the information of systemic racism and Black historical past. I spoke with highschool college students within the Southern California suburb of Temecula on what it is like residing with bans on “vital race concept” and “divisive subjects,” which successfully silence speaking about race. It seems the bans enhance college students’ experiences of racism. Adrian has a strong story chronicling how Black lecturers in Oklahoma discover methods to fill in gaps with information and knowledge.
I ended in Memphis, Tenn., whereas driving cross nation to go to my in-laws for the vacations. Seeing the Lorraine Motel, the location of King’s assassination, in actual life was highly effective. It is exhausting to clarify, however the sense of profound loss remains to be uncooked many years later.
On this journey, I listened to a podcast referred to as The Sum of Us, hosted by Heather McGhee, who spoke to NPR about her e-book of the identical identify. The 2022 Memphis episode describes what it is wish to encounter this hallowed floor and focuses on a then-mostly unknown native activist named Justin Pearson.
Pearson is not unknown. Final 12 months, he was one in all two younger Black legislators expelled by the white, Republican majority within the Tennessee legislature. Earlier than he was expelled (after which reinstated and reelected), he gave a rousing speech about democracy and race that reminded many not simply of how civil rights period battles are nonetheless being fought however how new leaders are rising to hold on King’s legacy.