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Up First: Tuesday, October 26, 2021

A former top diplomat on Afghanistan addresses what went wrong in the U.S. withdrawal. Lawmakers are set to question YouTube, Snapchat and TikTok about social media's impact on kids. And the U.S. State Department suspends millions in direct aid to Sudan after a military coup.

Story of the Day : NPR: The impact of social media on kids is again the focus of a Senate hearing

Does social media use harm children? That's one question senators will be asking executives from YouTube, Snap and TikTok at Tuesday's hearing on Capitol Hill.

World Story of the Day : NPR: U.S. suspends economic aid to Sudan after Monday's military coup

NPR's Noel King talks to journalist Isma'il Kushkush about Sudan's military coup, and whether it marks the end of a democratic transition following the ouster of a longtime dictator in 2019.

Business Story of the Day : NPR: College enrollment plummeted during the pandemic. This fall, it's even worse

The pandemic has seen far fewer students go to college — that trend continued this fall, according to preliminary data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

The NPR Politics Podcast: How Safe Are Kids Online? Senators Ask TikTok, Snapchat, And YouTube

TikTok and Snapchat appeared for the first time before Congress alongside YouTube to answer questions about how safe their platforms are for young people. Senators are calling for regulations, the company representatives agreed, but dodged any real commitments.<br/><br/>This episode: White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, political reporter Miles Parks, and tech reporter Bobby Allyn.<br/><br/><strong>Connect:<br/></strong>Subscribe to the <a href="">NPR Politics Podcast here</a>.<br/>Email the show at <a href=""></a><br/>Join the NPR Politics Podcast <a href="">Facebook Group</a>.<br/>Listen to our playlist<a href=""> The NPR Politics Daily Workout</a>.<br/>Subscribe to the <a href="">NPR Politics Newsletter</a>.<br/>Find and support <a href="">your local public radio station</a>.

Talk and Interview

Fresh Air: Katie Couric

The former 'Today Show' anchor spoke with Terry Gross about her early career in news, the allegations against her former co-anchor Matt Lauer, and why she's done trying to appeal to everyone. "My goal in life isn't to please people anymore. ... I think if you're just likable, you're not very interesting," she says. Her new memoir is 'Going There.' <br/><br/>Also, Ken Tucker reviews a new collection of Beach Boys tracks called 'Feel Flows.'

1A: Life In Prison Gets a New Chapter

Since 2017, the podcast Ear Hustle has showcased the daily realities of life inside San Quentin State Prison in California. Eight seasons later, it's still going strong.<br/><br/>Earlonne Woods is the show's co-host and co-producer. In 1999, he was sentenced to 31 years to life in prison. In November 2018, his sentence was commuted after 21 years served. <br/><br/>Nigel Poor is also a co-host and co-producer. She's a visual artist and photography professor at California State University in Sacramento.<br/><br/>They are co-authors of the new book "This Is Ear Hustle: Unflinching Stories of Everyday Prison Life."<br/><br/>Want to support 1A?<a href=""> Give to your local public radio station</a> and subscribe to this podcast. Have questions? Find us on Twitter<a href=""> @1A</a>.

On Point: The causes and consequences of inflation

<p>Inflation is back.</p> <p>The past year has seen more than a 5% jump in the Consumer Price Index. While the price of food, gas, cars, lumber are all up. </p> <p>But what is inflation, and do economists really know how it works? Jack Beatty, Diane Swonk and Laura Tyson join Meghna Chakrabarti.</p>

Latino USA: At Odds With Cuba’s 'Myth'

<p>In July, massive protests erupted in Cuba against the one-party government that has ruled for over 60 years. One protester died and thousands were detained. In this Latino USA episode, we look at the root causes behind the protests and how the left is being redefined in a conversation with Carolina Barrero, an art historian based in Havana who is part of a movement of dissident artists, and who has been in house arrest for more than three months.</p>


All Songs Considered: New Mix: Quinn Christopherson, mehro, Anjimile, IDLES, more

<em>All Songs Considered </em>host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new tracks of the week, including a new one from Tiny Desk contest winner Quinn Christopherson, the English punk group IDLES and more.<br/><br/>Featured Tracks:<br/>1. IDLES: "The Beachland Ballroom," from <em>Crawler</em><br/>2. Quinn Christopherson: "Bubblegum," from <em>I Am Bubblegum</em> (EP)<br/>3. Anjimile: "Stranger" (Single)<br/>4. mehro: "howling" (Single)<br/>5. Anna Leone: "Still I Wait," from<em> I've Felt All These Things</em><br/>6. Scout LaRue Willis: "Love Without Possession"(Single)<br/>7. Chloe Lilac: "19" (Single)<br/>

Fun and Sports

The Best of Car Talk: #2147: Diogenes Auto Repair

Jeff, who has just moved to Pittsburgh, has a problem with his Toyota and Tom and Ray want him to make like the ancient Philosopher Diogenes and use the opportunity to test the honesty of the local mechanics. Shorter, but no less noble automotive quests have Kay hoping to preserve her Nissan's turbo and Richard attempting to unstick his Corvette's clutch. Will they all achieve auto-enlightenment? Check it out.