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Up First: Monday, August 3, 2020

With cases and deaths rising nationwide, Dr. Deborah Birx says the coronavirus has entered a "new phase." Presumptive democratic nominee Joe Biden is close to naming a running mate. Plus, what the successful SpaceX landing means for space exploration.

Story of the Day : NPR: Census Cuts All Counting Efforts Short By A Month

Under pressure to meet legal deadlines that Congress hasn't changed despite pandemic-related delays, the Census Bureau announced a new end date after NPR reported that door knocking will be cut short.

Story of the Day : NPR: Teachers, Parents To Protest School Reopenings Without Adequate Funding

More school districts are reopening with in-person classes or under a hybrid model this week. But are schools reopening safely? What does the science say?

World Story of the Day : NPR: 2 Survivors Reunite A Year After Deadly El Paso Mass Shooting

Monday marks one year since a gunman went to a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, and killed 23 people. A year later, some of the victims are meeting to discuss what happened, and how they've coped.

The NPR Politics Podcast: The 2020 Battleground Map—With 90 Days Left.

<a href="https://www.npr.org/2020/08/03/897202359/2020-electoral-map-ratings-trump-slides-biden-advantage-expands-over-270-votes?utm_source=aug3podcastdescription&utm_medium=nprpoliticspodcast">NPR's 2020 Battleground Map</a><br/><strong><br/></strong>The latest NPR analysis of the Electoral College has several states shifting in Biden's favor, and he now has a 297-170 advantage over Trump with exactly three months to go until Election Day. <br/><br/>This episode: campaign correspondent Asma Khalid, White House correspondent Tamara Keith, senior political editor and correspondent Domenico Montanaro.<em><br/></em><br/><strong>Connect:<br/></strong>Subscribe to the <a href="https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510310/npr-politics-podcast">NPR Politics Podcast here</a>.<br/>Email the show at <a href="mailto:nprpolitics@npr.org">nprpolitics@npr.org</a>.<br/>Join the NPR Politics Podcast <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/nprpoliticspodcast/?ref=pages_profile_groups_tab&source_id=1604383669807606">Facebook Group</a>.<br/>Listen to our playlist<a href="https://spoti.fi/3gfzCxG"> The NPR Politics Daily Workout</a>.<br/>Subscribe to the <a href="https://www.npr.org/politicsnewsletter">NPR Politics Newsletter</a>.<br/>Find and support <a href="https://www.npr.org/stations/">your local public radio station</a>.

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Fresh Air: The Decline Of Local News

Since 2004, more than 2,000 American newspapers have gone out of business. 'Washington Post' media columnist Margaret Sullivan talks about the decline of local news coverage, a crisis she says is as serious as the spread of disinformation on the internet. Her new book is 'Ghosting the News: Local Journalism and the Crisis of American Democracy.'<br/><br/>Film critic Justin Chang reviews the thriller 'She Dies Tomorrow.'

1A: What President Trump Means By 'Suburban Lifestyle Dream'

"Housing and neighborhoods are really the fundamental way that we've segregated people," former HUD secretary Shaun Donovan says. "At the very time that we need to be moving the country forward [...] President Trump wants to take us back to a racist past."<br/><br/>Want to support 1A? <a href="https://www.npr.org/donations/510316">Give to your local public radio station</a> and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter <a href="https://www.npr.org/donations/510316">@1A</a>.

On Point: Cities That Heal: How The Coronavirus Pandemic Could Change Urban Design

<p>In the age of coronavirus, can we design cities that heal? We talk with an architect and urban planner about how better urban design could improve human health. Matt Murphy and Ken Greenberg join Meghna Chakrabarti.</p>

On Point: How The Pandemic Is Changing The Way We Experience Art

<p>We talk the arts during the pandemic. What gives art meaning? Is it the shared experience of taking it in? What impact does physical distancing have on our consumption and appreciation of art, both performance and visual?Helen Molesworth, Melinda Lopez and Richard Nelson join Meghna Chakrabarti.</p>

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