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2021 was supposed to be better than 2020, and right now, that's looking questionable. But there are some good things coming our way, like new music.

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The pandemic destroyed jobs that require people to be face to face. But vaccines bring hope of recovery. And history offers encouragement. Here's Greg Rosalsky from our Planet Money podcast.

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Our next guest was sworn into Congress for the first time on Sunday. Her first week has included the assault on the U.S. Capitol. Republican Nancy Mace of South Carolina is on the line. Congresswoman, good morning.

NANCY MACE: Good morning.

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Health experts warned that the coronavirus pandemic would get worse before it got better. And that is happening. December was the deadliest month of the pandemic in the United States. The vaccines have made people optimistic, but the process has been slow.

Dr. Anthony Fauci — head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, who will be President-elect Joe Biden's chief medical adviser — said Thursday that the initial rollout of COVID-19 vaccines has been slow because it came during the holiday period.

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Reverend Raphael Warnock made history overnight. He won his Senate runoff election against Republican Kelly Loeffler. He will be Georgia's first Black senator. And he's on the line with me now. Good morning, Reverend Warnock.

RAPHAEL WARNOCK: Good morning. Great to be here with you.

KING: To what do you attribute your win? And what do you think it says about Georgia?

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If you're looking to buy a new handbag, some cognac or a lipstick, you could be looking at higher prices. That's because the Trump administration is putting new tariffs on goods from Europe.

NPR's Scott Horsley explains why.

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A Preview Of New Music To Start Off 2021

Jan 6, 2021

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A new year means new music, and the NPR Music team is sharing some of the albums they are most excited about.

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On a recorded phone call, President Trump asked a Georgia official to help him steal the state's electoral votes. He told Brad Raffensperger, the secretary of state, to, quote, "find" votes for him.

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Kim Wehle is with us next for some analysis. She is a professor of law at the University of Baltimore. Happy new year. Good morning.

KIM WEHLE: Good morning, Steve.

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CELINE DION: (Singing) All by myself...

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