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Host Kelly McEvers takes a story from the news and goes deep. Whether that means digging into the Trump administration's past, the stories behind police shootings caught on video, or visiting a town ravaged by the opioid epidemic, Embedded takes you ...Show More
Trump Stories: Trump SoHo

43:18 | Nov 4th, 2017

As a businessman, President Trump was known for his towering buildings. Today we tell the story of one of those skyscrapers and what it says about how and with whom Trump does business. Follow Kelly McEvers on Twitter @kellymcevers, Alina Selyukh @al...Show More
Trump Stories: Bannon

43:14 | Oct 19th, 2017

Now that Steve Bannon has left the Trump Administration, he says he is waging #war against the Republican establishment in the name of populist nationalism. But before he got involved in politics, Bannon spent decades in Hollywood, and his time there...Show More
How It Ends: The Search

24:44 | Apr 18th

In 2015, Bashir Shikder returned from an overseas trip to an empty house. His wife had taken his two young children to live in the Islamic State. For the past four years he's done everything he can to try to get them back. And now that ISIS has lost ...Show More
How It Ends: Judgment

25:22 | Apr 11th

What does a country do with tens of thousands of people, who might have collaborated with ISIS? What counts as justice? And what's just revenge?
Trump Stories: Scott Pruitt

59:13 | Apr 26th, 2018

As Donald Trump's EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt is popular with conservatives for his aggressive rollback of Obama-era environmental regulations. He has also been strongly criticized for alleged ethics violations. But there's another side of Pruitt...Show More
Trump Stories: Kushner

42:37 | Oct 26th, 2017

Jared Kushner has taken on a lot of responsibilities in the Trump White House, from tackling the opioid crisis to negotiating Middle East peace. But like many members of the administration, he has no previous government experience. In this episode, w...Show More
Police Videos: Cincinnati

28:04 | Mar 23rd, 2017

On April 16, 2015, police officer Jesse Kidder encountered a murder suspect named Michael Wilcox in a suburb outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. What happened next was caught on video and surprised a lot of people, including police. And the incident tells u...Show More
Police Videos: Flagstaff

40:36 | Mar 16th, 2017

On Dec. 28, 2014, Robert "Bobby" Smith shot police officer Tyler Stewart and himself in Flagstaff, Arizona. The video of that shooting has since taken on a life of its own. Police use it to talk about the dangers they face every day. Other people see...Show More
Police Videos: Charlotte

43:53 | Mar 9th, 2017

On Sept. 14, 2013, Jonathan Ferrell was shot and killed by a police officer named Randall "Wes" Kerrick in Charlotte, North Carolina. Like a lot of recent police shootings, much of what we know about what happened comes from a video. But the way you ...Show More
The League

40:18 | May 19th, 2016

When you play basketball in the NBA's minor league – it's called the D-League — the stands aren't full, the schedule is grueling, and the pay can be as low as $13,000 a year. Compare that to the NBA, where the profile is high and the salary is way hi...Show More
The House

34:42 | Mar 31st, 2016

Meet the people inside a house at the center of an HIV outbreak in Indiana. Find Kelly McEvers on Twitter @kellymcevers. Email us at embedded@npr.org.
Judges 2: 'Worse Than Willie Horton'

32:27 | Aug 1st

There are more than 30,000 state judges in America. And the vast, vast majority of them are not shielded from politics: They have to fight for their seats in elections. Sometimes very contentious elections, funded by millions of dollars in dark money...Show More
Judges 1: 'A Downward Death Spiral'

30:20 | Jul 26th

The U.S. Supreme Court does not have an army to enforce its rulings, the way the President does. It doesn't control budgets, the way Congress does. So what happens when the process to nominate and confirm judges becomes so politicized that people sta...Show More
Mitch Part 5: '9 And 0'

16:56 | Jun 27th

Mitch McConnell knows that he is not popular. But, he says, the only judgment that really matters is on election day. And of the people who have challenged him, he says, "so far, there have been nine losers."
Mitch Part 4: 'Not A Happy Choice'

31:42 | Jun 21st

Mitch McConnell says he never expected Donald Trump to become president. And during the campaign, he was openly critical of Trump's rhetoric. So how are these two very different men working together now? And how are they changing the country?
Mitch Part 3: 'Darth Vader Has Arrived'

26:53 | Jun 13th

Mitch McConnell continues his rivalry with John McCain, and dramatically changes the role of money in American politics.
Mitch Part 2: 'Money Money Money'

34:35 | Jun 6th

A lot of us don't pay much attention to money in politics. But Mitch McConnell does. And unlike most politicians, he speaks bluntly in favor of more political spending, not less. That stance led to a long battle with one Senator, who fought McConnell...Show More
Mitch Part 1: 'Win This Thing'

35:19 | May 30th

Mitch McConnell has been described as "opaque," "drab," and even "dull." He is one of the least popular - and most polarizing - politicians in the country. So how did he win eight consecutive elections? And what does it tell us about how he operates?
Coming Soon: Mitch

01:29 | May 23rd

Coming soon from NPR's Embedded: How did Mitch McConnell become one of the most powerful people in the world? And how did he change America in the process? Episodes available beginning May 30, 2019.
How It Ends: The Brother

32:35 | Apr 6th

What would you do if your brother wound up far away, having made a terrible mistake? What would you do if it involved ISIS? How far would you go? On today's show, we find out.
Coming Next Week: How It Ends

02:17 | Mar 28th

Now that ISIS has lost its territory, what happens to all the people from around the world who ran off to join it? Their governments don't want them. But their families do. We follow them as they try to get their loved ones out.
After The Storm

26:15 | Feb 21st

The deadliest part of Hurricane Maria was not the storm, but its aftermath. The story behind one family's struggle to keep their son alive, and the danger that remains.
The Hearing

34:06 | Nov 1st, 2018

This is a story about who is allowed to vote... and who is not. In Florida, the ultimate swing state, 1.5 million people cannot vote, because they have a past felony on their record. And there is one way to try and get that right back: Ask the govern...Show More
Trump Stories: The Apprentice

37:01 | Aug 17th, 2018

Omarosa Manigault Newman has a new book. What about those tapes? We re-visit an episode from our "Trump Stories" season.
The Waiver

35:06 | Jul 4th, 2018

President Trump's travel ban has been upheld by the Supreme Court. People from the seven banned countries can still come to the U.S. if they get a special "waiver." So far, few people have gotten them. We follow one Yemeni family as they try to get a...Show More
The Red Line

37:12 | Jun 27th, 2018

From 2011-2013, Kelly covered the war in Syria, where people would ask, "Why won't the U.S. intervene?" Then came a chemical attack, ordered by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, that killed more than 1,000 people, and the U.S. almost intervened, but ...Show More
Police Videos: North Miami

38:34 | Jun 21st, 2018

Police shoot the wrong guy. A collaboration with WNYC Studios and their series Aftereffect.
The Apology Broker

41:04 | Jun 14th, 2018

This week, an episode from NPR's Rough Translation podcast.
Coal Stories 5

23:27 | Jun 1st, 2018

It's been a year and a half. Gary, Kyle, and Brad move on.
Coal Stories 3

23:10 | May 17th, 2018

It's not all about Trump. Kyle makes progress. Gary has decisions to make. Brad makes a change.
Coal Stories 2

24:34 | May 10th, 2018

After the election. The price of a certain kind of coal goes up. People's lives start changing. Some think it's because of Trump.
Coal Stories 1

24:05 | May 3rd, 2018

The "war on coal." Getting Appalachia wrong. Which side are you on? What it's like to live a decline.
Trump Stories: Obstruction

1:00:07 | Feb 15th, 2018

Embedded tells the story of another part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation--the question of whether President Trump may have obstructed justice by attempting to thwart the Russia investigation. It's a crime that could have been commit...Show More
Trump Stories: Collusion

1:06:31 | Feb 9th, 2018

Embedded tells the story of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. What contacts did people in Trump campaign have with Russia? What financial and business ties has President Trump had with Russ...Show More
Coming Soon: Trump Stories - Russia

02:21 | Feb 7th, 2018

NPR's Embedded tells the story of the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller of President Donald Trump.
Trump Stories: The Golf Course

43:25 | Oct 12th, 2017

When Donald Trump came to Rancho Palos Verdes in Southern California in 2002, he was greeted as a "white knight." Trump was buying a golf club that had gone into bankruptcy when the 18th hole had literally fallen into the ocean. But what followed was...Show More
Trump Stories: The Apprentice

37:09 | Oct 11th, 2017

13 years ago, one TV show changed how the world saw Donald Trump. Today, the story of how it became a hit, why it may have helped his eventual election and how the people involved feel about it now. Follow Kelly McEvers @kellymcevers and producers @T...Show More
Coming In October: Embedded On President Trump

01:30 | Sep 7th, 2017

NPR's Embedded takes a story from the news and goes deep. And in a new series of episodes, host Kelly McEvers tells the inside stories of what Donald Trump and members of his administration were doing before they got into politics - from a new kind o...Show More
Coming Soon: Embedded On Police Videos

03:21 | Feb 23rd, 2017

So often, it seems like there's a new video of a deadly police encounter in the news. But those videos only tell us part of the story. Embedded is back March 9, and we'll have three episodes that each tell the story of a different video. We'll find o...Show More
An Update + Embedded Live

01:39 | Oct 13th, 2016

Kelly's here for a quick assurance: Yes we are working on more episodes at this very moment, and we'll tell you more as soon as we can. But in the meantime, check us out LIVE on stage in Anaheim, CA on Saturday October 29th at the Now Hear This Podca...Show More
The School

40:55 | Jun 11th, 2016

It's happening all across the country, for complicated reasons: Schools are closing. And this is disproportionately affecting poor, black students. Shereen Marisol Meraji and Chris Benderev go to Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania to ask kids, parents, and te...Show More
The Arctic

26:53 | Jun 2nd, 2016

Reporter Rebecca Hersher spent three months in Greenland trying to understand why that country has the highest suicide rate in the world. And then, the story came to her. Follow Kelly McEvers on Twitter @KellyMcEvers and Rebecca Hersher @rhersher. Em...Show More
The Hospital

30:43 | May 26th, 2016

Medicins Sans Frontieres is also known as MSF, or Doctors Without Borders. They are the first ones to arrive when there's a war, an earthquake, an outbreak, or a famine. And increasingly, they are coming under attack. We spend a week inside one MSF h...Show More

01:42 | May 12th, 2016

A dispatch from Embedded HQ. Follow Kelly on Twitter @KellyMcEvers. Email us at embedded@npr.org.
We Found Joy

0:00 | May 5th, 2016

We go back to Austin, Indiana to see how Joy, the nurse from our first episode, is dealing with her addiction to a painkiller called Opana. Follow Kelly McEvers on Twitter @KellyMcEvers. Email us at embedded@npr.org.
The Immigrant

39:41 | Apr 28th, 2016

On its face, the immigration system can look a lot like the criminal justice system: prisons, courts, judges, prosecutors. But the rules are different and the details are often hard to access. Today we go inside an immigration courtroom to follow the...Show More
The Police

27:25 | Apr 21st, 2016

On Skid Row in Los Angeles, where thousands of poor, homeless people live — many of them black — questions of how police should use force and interact with people come up all the time. We embed with both the police and the locals after the police sho...Show More
The Capital

33:18 | Apr 14th, 2016

El Salvador is the murder capital of the world, by many estimates. It has the highest homicide rate anywhere outside of war zones. The reason? Violent street gangs, exported from the U.S. We spend 24 hours in the capital city, San Salvador, when the ...Show More
The Bikers

35:23 | Apr 8th, 2016

A shootout last year in Waco, Texas between rival biker groups the Cossacks and the Bandidos ended with nine people dead, 20 injured, and a lot of questions. Hear bikers give eyewitness accounts of the shootout and their predictions for what's next i...Show More
Introducing Embedded

03:46 | Mar 9th, 2016

Here's a preview of what's coming up on Embedded, a new show from NPR hosted by Kelly McEvers. Each episode we'll pick a story from the news that might seem far away, and take you deep into the place where it's happening. Subscribe now.