1. Why Didn't Biden Start Evacuating Americans Sooner? We Asked Him. NPR 29:25

President Biden spoke about the situation in Afghanistan again Friday, emphasizing his commitment to evacuating all Americans and Afghan allies after the Taliban’s swift takeover. NPR’s Scott Detrow asked him why these evacuations didn’t begin months ago when the U.S. still had more control in the country.

And as COVID cases continue to rise, many school administrators are implementing mask mandates for teachers and students despite orders in some states that prohibit the rules. The Biden administration said this week that ensuring a safe learning environment for students is a civil rights issue.

This episode: congressional correspondent Kelsey Snell, White House correspondent Scott Detrow, White House correspondent Ayesha Rascoe, and education reporter Clare Lombardo.

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