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The Writers Revolt (UPDATE)

Corrected on April 22, 2021

A previous version of this story referred to HBO's newest streaming service as HBO Now. The name of that service is HBO Max.

2021 Oscars Guide: Documentary Features

Corrected on April 20, 2021

The original version of this episode erroneously stated that The Mole Agent takes place in San Francisco. The documentary was primarily filmed in Chile.

All Things Considered

Dredging Plan Threatens Sea Turtles In Georgia

Corrected on April 16, 2021

An earlier headline incorrectly suggested that shipping channels may threaten the actual beaches where sea turtles nest.

Ask Me Another

Alternative 80s

Corrected on April 12, 2021

In the clue about the Sistine Chapel, we asked, "In what '80s was the Sistine Chapel completed?" Construction of the chapel was completed in the 1480s. However, the lyrics in the clue reference the frescoes within the chapel, focusing on Michelangelo's famous work on the ceiling. While some of the chapel's frescoes were completed in the 1480s, Michelangelo did not paint the ceiling until the 1500s.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Politics Chat: The 2020 Election Is Over, But Issues Remain

Corrected on April 11, 2021

In an earlier version of this conversation, we said, "In Maryland, the Democratic legislature and Republican governor just signed — passed and signed into law a package of police reform bills. Not every one the Democrats had passed." Gov. Larry Hogan allowed part of the package to become law without his signature and vetoed other provisions. The legislature overrode his vetoes.

Virginia 16th State To Legalize Recreational Pot, Latest To Emphasize 'Social Equity'

Corrected on April 7, 2021

A previous version of this story said Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam had initially proposed the law take effect Jan. 1, 2024. In fact, the legislature set that date, a year later than Northam first proposed.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly referred to Tommy Norment as Virginia's Senate majority leader. Norment is the state Senate minority leader.

Morning Edition

Second City Still Funny At 50

Corrected on April 6, 2021

A previous Web introduction to this report incorrectly spelled Dan Aykroyd's last name as Ackroyd. The reference has been removed.

The Land of the Fee

Corrected on March 30, 2021

A previous version of this episode incorrectly said that the Senate voted against raising the minimum wage. Changing the minimum wage was not included in the Covid-19 relief bill on the advice of the Senate parliamentarian.

Want To Listen Better? Turn Down Your Thoughts And Tune In To Others

Corrected on March 30, 2021

An earlier version of this story said that CommunicationFIRST defends the civil rights of people with disabilities that affect their ability to communicate verbally. In fact, the organization serves members with speech-related communication disabilities.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Lordstown Motors Faces Skepticism From Investors

Corrected on March 25, 2021

The audio, and a previous version of the digital story, stated the Hindenburg Research report triggered inquiries from the Securities and Exchange Commission; in fact, those inquiry began before the report was publicly issued.

Morning Edition

'Last Soul Company' Details The Story Of Malaco Records

Corrected on March 23, 2021

A previous Web introduction to this report incorrectly said that Malaco Records is the oldest continuously run independent record label in America. In fact, it's one of the oldest.

Fresh Air

Loretta Lynn Traces Her Roots From 'Coal Miner's Daughter' To Country Stardom

Corrected on March 21, 2021

The audio of this interview, originally broadcast in 2010, says that Loretta Lynn was married at age 13, as Lynn wrote in her memoir, Coal Miner's Daughter. However, in 2012 The Associated Press reported that Lynn is three years older than she had stated and married a few months before she turned 16.

IRS Postpones Tax Filing Deadline To May 17

Corrected on March 18, 2021

An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the coronavirus relief package makes the first $10,200 in unemployment insurance collected in 2019 tax-exempt for many recipients. In fact, it applies to unemployment insurance collected in 2020.

The Agony And Subversion Of The 'Promising Young Woman' Ending

Corrected on March 18, 2021

An earlier version of this piece misstated the plot of the I May Destroy You finale as depicting Arabella's various fantasies about the night of her attack. The events depict Arabella's fantasies of enacting revenge on her attacker.

Escapism, Not Escape, At A Grammy Night Defined By Exceptions

Corrected on March 16, 2021

An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Bad Bunny's win for best Latin pop or urban album was the first time a Latin category was included in the main Grammys broadcast. The story also implied that Bad Bunny delivered his acceptance speech entirely in Spanish; in fact, it was in both Spanish and English.

Morning Edition

Scientists Find New Invasive Mosquito Species In Florida

Corrected on March 16, 2021

In the audio, and a previous version of the digital story, Lindsay Campbell says, "If you end up with a species that's capable of transmitting to bats and likes to also bite humans, that's the prime condition for a spillover event." Campbell misspoke and meant to say birds. Mosquito-borne diseases are not known to be transmitted between bats and people.

Twice As Many White Alabamans Are Getting COVID-19 Vaccinations As Black Alabamans

Corrected on March 16, 2021

In this report, we incorrectly say Alabama Regional Medical Services had not yet received any doses of COVID-19 vaccine. In fact, the clinic says it received its first vaccines from the Jefferson County Health Department on Feb. 19 and its first shipment of vaccines from the state allocation on March 8.

All Things Considered

Alabama Official On Vaccine Rollout: 'How Can This Disparity Exist In This Country?'

Corrected on March 11, 2021

A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Alabama Regional Medical Services, a clinic in Birmingham, Ala., had not yet received any doses of the coronavirus vaccine. In fact, ARMS says it received its first vaccines from the Jefferson County Health Department on Feb. 19 and its first shipment of vaccine from the state allocation on March 8.

All Things Considered

Roblox Goes Public — What's Roblox? Ask Anyone With Kids.

Corrected on March 9, 2021

A previous version of this story incorrectly said the Lil Nas X concert took place in December 2020. In fact, it took place in November. Also, a previous version implied that the game "Adopt Me" was developed by Roblox. While "Adopt Me" is playable on the Roblox platform, Roblox didn't develop it.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Pope Francis Closes Out Trip To Iraq

Corrected on March 7, 2021

A previous version of this report incorrectly said that much of Iraqi Kurdistan was formerly controlled by the Islamic State and that Mosul is part of Iraqi Kurdistan. In fact, the Islamic State didn't take over much of Iraqi Kurdistan, and Mosul is not part of Iraqi Kurdistan.

Economy Latest, Asylum Policy, Chinese Parliament on Hong Kong

Corrected on March 5, 2021

The audio of this podcast reports that the Biden administration is converting three detention centers into migrant processing centers. They are converting two. The move has not been officially announced, but was confirmed through reporting from NPR's Franco Ordoñez.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Former Gymnast Sarah Klein Discusses Coach John Geddert's Sex Abuse Charges

Corrected on March 2, 2021

In this story, we incorrectly say that the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee did not respond to requests for comment. It was the International Olympic Committee, not the USOPC, that did not respond.

The IOC referred the request to the USOPC on March 1, and CEO Sarah Hirshland offered this comment: "It's the voices of the survivors that matter most at this time. They continue to show bravery and strength in the most difficult circumstances — including today's events," Hirshland said, referencing the charges filed against John Geddert and his death.

Previously posted March 1: In this report, we incorrectly say John Geddert died on Friday, Feb. 26. In fact, he died on Thursday, Feb. 25.

Morning Edition

Widespread Alcohol Abuse Clouds Mongolia's Future

Corrected on March 1, 2021

An earlier Web version of this story incorrectly said Mongolia became independent from the Soviet Union in 1990. In fact, Mongolia was never part of the Soviet Union.

Morning Edition

Post Makes Custom Box Of Fruity Pebbles For Cereal-Loving Cat

Corrected on February 26, 2021

In the audio of this story and in a previous Web introduction, we incorrectly say Trash Panda was adopted in Fulton County, Ga. The cereal-loving celebrity cat actually calls the Midwest home. He lives in Fulton County, Ill.

Magnets: The Hidden Objects Powering Your Life

Corrected on February 26, 2021

An earlier version of this episode incorrectly described the role magnets play in creating sound in speakers. It has since been updated to explain it correctly.

All Things Considered

Remembering U-Roy, Jamaican Dancehall Icon

Corrected on February 23, 2021

In this report, we incorrectly say that the Whatz Up TV interview with U-Roy and DJ Kool Herc took place in 2013. It was actually recorded in 2004.

Ask Me Another

Raining Hamiltons

Corrected on February 22, 2021

In this episode, we incorrectly say that Aaron Burr refers to Alexander Hamilton as the $10 Founding Father in the musical Hamilton. In fact, the line in the musical is said by the actor who plays John Laurens and Philip Hamilton.

Price Check: Nations Pay Wildly Different Prices For Vaccines

Corrected on February 21, 2021

In an earlier version of this post, the government of India was credited for donating some doses of the vaccine to Trinidad and Tobago. In fact, India donated doses to Barbados, which distributed batches of them to several of its Caribbean neighbors.

All Things Considered

The Capitol Siege: The Arrested And Their Stories

Corrected on February 20, 2021

In an earlier version of this database, the summary for Vitali GossJankowski was mistakenly entered twice and appeared incorrectly for Cindy Sue Fitchett.

Metropolitan Opera Backstage Workers: 'Without People, The Opera Is Nothing'

Corrected on February 19, 2021

A previous version of this story incorrectly attributed a statement to Metropolitan Opera general manager Peter Gelb. The statement came from the Met's press office. In addition, we incorrectly stated that negotiations had yet to begin between the Met and its two musicians' unions. In fact, negotiations have begun with the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA).

Son Of Prominent Conservative Activist Charged In Capitol Riot

Corrected on February 19, 2021

An earlier version of this story, relying on court documents, noted that a witness informed the FBI that Bozell was a girls' basketball coach at the Hershey Christian Academy. After publication, the school stated that this information was incorrect, and Bozell has never been a coach at the school.

Morning Edition

13,150,080 Minutes: It's Been 25 Years Since The First Performance Of 'Rent'

Corrected on February 19, 2021

The previous headline on this story, "13,140,000 Minutes: It's Been 25 Years Since The First Performance Of 'Rent,'" referenced a lyric from the song "Seasons of Love": Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred minutes / How do you measure? Measure a year? However, not all years have 525,600 minutes. Leap years have 527,040 minutes. There have been seven leap years in the last 25 years, and thus the headline has been changed to "13,150,080 Minutes: It's Been 25 Years Since The First Performance Of 'Rent.'"

Steps Of The Senate Impeachment Trial: What Happens Before Final Vote

Corrected on February 12, 2021

In a previous version of this story, opening statements made by Trump lawyer Michael van der Veen were mistakenly attributed to Bruce Castor Jr. These statements included characterizing the trial as "political vengeance" that is part of a years-long "witch hunt."

Morning Edition

Historic Portraits, Including 1 Of Susan B. Anthony, Discovered In Attic

Corrected on February 10, 2021

An earlier version of the audio of this report incorrectly said that Susan B. Anthony helped organize the women's rights convention in Seneca Falls. She did not organize that convention.

Clarification, previously posted Feb. 9: An earlier version of this report used the word "suffragette," a word that can have a negative connotation. It has been replaced with "suffragist."

Morning Edition

Up For Sale: 'Possibly The Thinnest House In London'

Corrected on February 9, 2021

A previous Web introduction to this report incorrectly said that the house had an asking price of $1.3 billion. In fact, the price is $1.3 million.

Moderna Increases COVID-19 Vaccine Shipments While Pfizer Lags Behind

Corrected on February 8, 2021

An earlier version of this online story said there was insufficient transparency around the supply of Shingrix shingles vaccine in 2009, but a former official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention clarified to NPR that the problem that year was with flu vaccine. Issues with Shingrix occurred in subsequent years.

Morning Edition

'An American Project': For Decades, Dawoud Bey Has Chronicled Black Life

Corrected on February 3, 2021

A previous version of this story said the exhibition was at the High Museum of American Art. It should have said the High Museum of Art. Also, the story originally said that Trayvon Martin was killed by a police officer. In fact, George Zimmerman, the man who killed Martin, was a neighborhood watch volunteer at the time of the shooting.

All Things Considered

Early Data Shows Striking Racial Disparities In Who's Getting The COVID-19 Vaccine

Corrected on January 29, 2021

A previous version of this Web story mistakenly said that 15% of Black people in Mississippi and 15% of Hispanic people in Texas have been vaccinated. In fact, 15% of those who have been vaccinated in Mississippi are Black, while 15% of those vaccinated in Texas are Hispanic.

The College Buyout Boom

Corrected on January 27, 2021

In an earlier version of this episode, we said Pennsylvania State University had closed some of its regional campuses. This is incorrect. Penn State has not closed any of its campuses. We have removed the language related to that error.

Morning Edition

He Saved 669 Children From Nazis — A New Book Tells His Story To Kids

Corrected on January 27, 2021

An earlier version of this story mistakenly said Nicholas Winton died in 2016. In fact, he died in 2015. Also, a previous summary of this story that appeared on the homepage mistakenly said the children escaped Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia in 1938. In fact, the year was 1939.

Morning Edition

Pompeo Accused China Of Genocide. Experts Say That Term Is Complicated

Corrected on January 24, 2021

In this story, we incorrectly say that President Biden's national security adviser agrees that the Chinese government is committing genocide and crimes against humanity against ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims. While Biden's nominee for secretary of state agrees with this assessment, his national security adviser hasn't publicly weighed in on the issue.

The Uncounted Workforce

Corrected on January 23, 2021

In an earlier version of this episode and in the Web introduction, we said several companies had relied on the labor of incarcerated people in past decades. One of those companies, AT&T, disputed the claim. We relied on sourcing from decades ago, but after review, could not independently and directly confirm those sources today. We have removed the language related to that.

Photos: The Internet's Favorite Inauguration Day Fashions

Corrected on January 22, 2021

In a previous version of this story, Ella Emhoff's stylist was incorrectly identified as Joseph Charles Viola. In fact, Jill Lincoln and Jordan Johnson styled Emhoff for the event. Viola is Emhoff's agent.

DOJ Drops Insider Trading Investigation Into Sen. Richard Burr

Corrected on January 20, 2021

An earlier version of this story said that Sen. Burr privately warned a group of well-connected constituents about the threat from coronavirus and then sold his shares in travel companies. In fact, he sold the shares two weeks prior to issuing that warning.

U.S. Space Command Headquarters May Land In Alabama

Corrected on January 14, 2021

An earlier version of this story said Space Command is a department of the Air Force. It is a combatant command of the Department of Defense that conducts operations in, from and to outer space.

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Real Or Fake Holiday Album

Corrected on January 14, 2021

In this episode, we incorrectly say that Curious George: A Very Curious Christmas is a real title. In fact, the real title is Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas.

Morning Edition

Sheldon Adelson, Conservative Donor And Casino Titan, Dies At 87

Corrected on January 12, 2021

An earlier version of this story said that Birthright Israel sends American Jewish youth to Israel on free guided trips. The organization sends Jewish youth from around the world on the trips.

All Things Considered

How One Kenyan Tribe Produces The World's Best Runners

Corrected on January 11, 2021

An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified David Epstein as a senior editor at Sports Illustrated. At the time this story was published, he had recently changed jobs from senior writer at Sports Illustrated to reporter with ProPublica.

Police Confirm Death Of Officer Injured During Attack On Capitol

Corrected on January 8, 2021

A version of this story published at 8 p.m. ET prematurely reported that U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick had died, based on information from a source. Later, U.S. Capitol Police announced that Sicknick had died at 9:30 p.m.

Trump Condemns Capitol Hill Violence, Ignores His Role In Inciting The Mob

Corrected on January 7, 2021

Updated Saturday at noon

An earlier version of this story incorrectly said the video came two weeks after the election rather than two months. In addition, a version of this story published at about 8 p.m. ET prematurely reported that five people, including a Capitol Police officer, died, based on information from a source. The death toll was four at that time. Later, U.S. Capitol Police announced that Officer Brian D. Sicknick had died at 9:30 p.m.

Timeline: How One Of The Darkest Days In American History Unfolded

Corrected on January 7, 2021

A previous version of this story attributed one of President Trump's quotes to the wrong medium. He did not say, "These are the things and events that happen ... Remember this day forever " in the video he released. He made that statement in a subsequent tweet that has now been removed.

It All Comes Down To This — 2 Georgia Races That Will Determine Control Of The Senate

Corrected on January 5, 2021

A previous version of this story incorrectly said that in both Senate races, all candidates from all parties were on one ballot in November. That was only true of the special election, which ended in a runoff between Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Raphael Warnock. The Perdue-Ossoff contest went through a traditional primary process.

Weekend Edition Sunday

2020 Was A Record-Breaking Year For Gun-Related Deaths In The U.S.

Corrected on January 4, 2021

In this report, we incorrectly say Sonali Rajan is an associate professor in the Department of Health and Behavioral Studies at Columbia University. In fact, she is an associate professor of health education at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Morning Edition

In Memoriam 2020: The Musicians We Lost

Corrected on January 2, 2021

A previous version of this story incorrectly listed Sean Malone's birth date as Jan, 1, 1970. He was born April 12, 1970.

A previous version of this story incorrectly described producer Hal Willner. He was a live event record producer, curator of tributes and musical matchmaker — not a Nashville-based singer-songwriter.

Party Like It's 1925 On Public Domain Day (Gatsby And Dalloway Are In)

Corrected on January 1, 2021

A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Congress pushed the date of copyright expiration from 75 years to 97 years in 2001. In fact, the Copyright Term Extension Act was passed in 1998 and extended copyright for certain works, including those from 1925, to 95 years.