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The NPR Politics Podcast is where NPR's political reporters talk to you like they talk to each other. With weekly roundups and quick takes on news of the day, you don't have to keep up with politics to know what's happening. You just have to keep up with us.

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Despite Health Risks, In-Person Voting Underway in Wisconsin

Listen to Despite Health Risks, In-Person Voting Underway in WisconsinAfter a protracted tug-of-war between the state's governor, legislature and Supreme Court, voting is underway in Wisconsin's primary election. Results will not be disclosed until Monday to allow for the counting of absentee ballots.

And is Bernie Sanders staying in the presidential race in order to extract concessions in the Democratic Party's platform?

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro, and Shawn Johnson of Wisconsin Public Radio.

White House: This Week Could Be Toughest Yet

Listen to White House: This Week Could Be Toughest YetDeaths from the coronavirus outbreak are expected to spike this week in some of the country's hardest hit communities. President Trump breaks from his medical advisers and recommends a coronavirus treatment that is still being tested.

And lawmakers adjust to legislating in the era of social distancing.

This episode: White House correspondents Tamara Keith and Franco Ordoñez, and congressional reporter Claudia Grisales.

Weekly Roundup: Friday, April 3rd

Listen to Weekly Roundup: Friday, April 3rdThe Democratic National Committee has agreed to push back their nominating convention until mid-August. Mike Bloomberg is facing lawsuits from former campaign staffers who say they were promised jobs through the general election.

And the NPR Politics team answers listener questions about the coronavirus outbreak.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, national political correspondent Mara Liasson, demographics and culture reporter Juana Summers, and voting and election security reporter Miles Parks.

Nearly Ten Million Americans Have Filed For Unemployment In The Last Two Weeks

Listen to Nearly Ten Million Americans Have Filed For Unemployment In The Last Two WeeksMore than six million people filed for unemployment last week, on top of the 3.3 million claims the week prior. Analysts project the share of Americans out of work could go as high as 15 percent this year.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, chief economics correspondent Scott Horsley, and reporter Danielle Kurtzleben.

How Tennessee and Colorado Are Responding to Pandemic

Listen to How Tennessee and Colorado Are Responding to PandemicAs the White House warns the American public to expect 100 thousand or more deaths from the coronavirus outbreak, the administration is deferring to states to determine the best response. Many of those governors are looking to the federal government for more support. This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, political correspondent Scott Detrow, WPLN reporter Sergio Martínez-Beltrán, and Colorado Public Radio reporter Bente Birkeland.

Pandemic Opens A New Front In The Battle Over Abortion Access

Listen to Pandemic Opens A New Front In The Battle Over Abortion AccessShould abortion count as an essential medical service during the coronavirus outbreak? States disagree, prompting court fights. And lawmakers differ on what a fourth round of rescue legislation should look like. This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and national correspondent Sarah McCammon.

President Trump Extends Social Distancing Guidance Through April

Listen to President Trump Extends Social Distancing Guidance Through AprilPresident Trump is now asking Americans to stay at home through April, with some hints that the social distancing measures could last even longer. Even with the aggressive measures in place, the White House says 100,000 Americans could die from the outbreak. This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and science correspondent Richard Harris.

Weekly Roundup: Friday, March 27

Listen to Weekly Roundup: Friday, March 27A record number of Americans filed for unemployment benefits for the first time last week as the coronavirus hammered the economy. It's nearly five times the levels seen during the Great Recession.

Plus, President Trump has hit his highest approval rating since becoming president – 47%, according to an average of the polls. That's an increase of nearly 3 points over the last two weeks.

This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, chief economic correspondent Scott Horsley, White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe, and senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.

Joe Biden, Retail Politician, Tries His Hand At Virtual Campaigning

Listen to Joe Biden, Retail Politician, Tries His Hand At Virtual CampaigningJoe Biden has held a number of web-based campaign events and fundraisers now that the coronavirus outbreak has grounded his campaign. Early efforts were plagued with problems, though there are signs things are improving.

And congressional candidates are also facing challenges, even with the most essential of campaign tasks — like getting enough signatures to appear on the ballot.

This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, and demographics and culture reporter Juana Summers.

Senate and White House Announce Deal On Coronavirus Package

Listen to Senate and White House Announce Deal On Coronavirus PackageSenate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell touted a bipartisan deal to provide emergency funds in response to the new coronavirus pandemic and committed to passing the legislation Wednesday, though some in his caucus have raised objections to a key provision. If passed, the bill would provide cash payments to Americans, help to struggling small businesses and more resources to state and local governments, as well as to hospitals. It also includes a number of accountability measures meant to ensure the funds are used responsibly.

This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and chief economics correspondent Scott Horsley.

As Congress Closes In On A Deal, Trump Says He Wants To Open U.S. By Easter

Listen to As Congress Closes In On A Deal, Trump Says He Wants To Open U.S. By EasterA Senate agreement on emergency funding to address the coronavirus could be "hours" away, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday, as Republicans and Democrats seemed close to bridging disagreements that have stalled a deal on the approximately $2 trillion package.

And on a Fox News special, President Trump said that he hopes the United States can begin to get back to normal by the middle of next month, potentially setting up a clash with public health officials. Th

is episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez, and congressional reporter Claudia Grisales.

Tempers Flare In Coronavirus Aid Negotiations

Listen to Tempers Flare In Coronavirus Aid NegotiationsAs financial markets fall and case numbers soar, Congress has (so far) been unable to reach a deal on a major coronavirus aid package with an expected price tag of more than a trillion dollars. Also, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has become the first senator to test positive for the coronavirus. Close contact with Paul has led at least two other senators to self-quarantine.

This episode: political correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell.

Weekly Roundup: Friday, March 20

Listen to Weekly Roundup: Friday, March 20The Senate is negotiating another aid package to address the coronavirus, one that would provide direct cash payments, loan guarantees for impacted businesses and more resources for testing and development of vaccines.

Also, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee warned a small group of well-connected constituents three weeks ago to prepare for dire economic and societal effects of the coronavirus, according to a secret recording obtained by NPR.

This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, congressional correspondent Susan Davis, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and investigative correspondent Tim Mak.

White House Touts Coronavirus Treatments, As FDA Warns They May Be Months Away

Listen to White House Touts Coronavirus Treatments, As FDA Warns They May Be Months AwayThe White House gave a press conference Thursday afternoon touting potential new treatments for the coronavirus. The head of the Food and Drug Administration warned that their effectiveness and testing timeline remain uncertain.

Also, Congress may soon pass a trillion dollar stimulus package that would provide cash directly to Americans and a backstop for the wide swaths of the economy crippled by the coronavirus outbreak.

This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, and Chief Economics Correspondent Scott Horsley.

President Trump Partly Shuts Border With Canada

Listen to President Trump Partly Shuts Border With CanadaThe Defense Department said it would contribute to the coronavirus pandemic response with hospital ships, field treatment centers and medical supplies. Congress also ramped up its response, with the Senate expected to pass a stimulus package Wednesday afternoon.

This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and White House correspondent Tamara Keith.

After More Primaries Biden Grows Lead As Coronavirus Reshapes Primary Calendar

Listen to After More Primaries Biden Grows Lead As Coronavirus Reshapes Primary CalendarJoe Biden now has secured more than half of delegates in the Democratic primary contest, making a Bernie Sanders comeback increasingly unlikely. Biden won primaries in Florida, Illinois, and Arizona on Tuesday night. Sanders gave a speech before voting had ended without mentioning the election at all. Instead, he used the address to debut his proposal to combat the economic impact of the coronavirus.

This episode: congressional correspondent Susan Davis, campaign correspondents Asma Khalid and Scott Detrow, and voting reporter Miles Parks.

Trump: Avoid Gatherings Of More Than 10 People To Limit Contagion

Listen to Trump: Avoid Gatherings Of More Than 10 People To Limit ContagionPresident Trump gave a briefing on the coronavirus this afternoon in which he acknowledged that the coronavirus could cause disruptions for several more months. The stock market dropped more than 10 percent Monday.

Also, four states are scheduled to hold primaries tomorrow: Ohio, Florida, Arizona, and Illinois. But concerns about the spread of the coronavirus have made the prospect of in-person voting more complicated.

This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.

Biden, Sanders Debate One-On-One As Coronavirus Upends The Race

Listen to Biden, Sanders Debate One-On-One As Coronavirus Upends The RaceFormer Vice President Joe Biden made big news, committing to have a woman as his running mate. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said it would be his "strong tendency."

Biden and Sanders started Sunday night's debate with an elbow bump and responded to the coronavirus crisis. They got into detailed arguments over their records on a range of issues, from bankruptcy to immigration.

This episode: political reporter Danielle Kurtzleben, political correspondent Asma Khalid, and national political correspondent Mara Liasson.

Weekly Roundup: Friday, March 13

Listen to Weekly Roundup: Friday, March 13President Trump declared a national emergency Friday afternoon amid growing concern about the coronavirus outbreak across the United States. The move, widely expected, frees up $50 billion for states to deal with the crisis.

This week former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders both criticized President Trump for his handling of the pandemic. The virus has now reshaped how candidates will campaign ahead of the next round of primaries only days away.

This episode: Congressional correspondents Susan Davis and Kelsey Snell, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, and political correspondents Scott Detrow and Asma Khalid.

Pelosi Vows To Bring Coronavirus Bill To House Floor As Republicans Push For Changes

Listen to Pelosi Vows To Bring Coronavirus Bill To House Floor As Republicans Push For ChangesSpeaker Nancy Pelosi said the House will vote Thursday on a package of measures to address the coronavirus despite pushback from the top House Republican that the bill "comes up short."

This episode: White House correspondent Tamara Keith, congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, and White House correspondent Franco Ordoñez.