Emily Alfin Johnson

Emily Alfin Johnson is a producer for NPR One.

Before joining NPR, Alfin Johnson was digital editor for the public media collaborative Guns & America, where she managed digital content and strategy for the 10-station collaboration, in addition to writing and editing (including the award-winning multimedia series "Shattered: Life After Being Shot" by WAMU's Tyrone Turner and NPR's Alana Wise).

Alfin Johnson also worked as digital producer and senior producer at Member station Vermont Public Radio, where she covered the 2012 DNC, helped produce an award-winning multimedia investigation on the role of guns in Vermont life and reported that Target was finally coming to the Green Mountain State.

Prior to that, she interned with NHPR and the NPR Training team, and was a producer for NPR's On Point.

She is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, and takes far too many pictures of her dogs.

As of Thursday morning, the Taliban now have control of 10 provincial capital cities — effectively putting them in control of two-thirds of Afghanistan.

NPR's Morning Edition spoke to Lynne O'Donnell, a journalist based in the capital of Kabul for Foreign Policy.

O'Donnell said things on the ground in Kabul "feel like a city under siege in a besieged country":

  • People are flooding into Kabul from neighboring regions.

Fire crews in Oregon are working hard to contain the Bootleg Fire. There are firefighters on site from as far west as Alaska and as far south as Puerto Rico.

Every morning, outside a small town called Silver Lake, Emery Johnson and hundreds of her coworkers climb out of their tents and RVs and gather around a large map. It displays the 647 square miles in Oregon that are on fire.

Authorities warn current conditions are ideal for more fires. Officials say embers from the Bootleg Fire can travel long distances on the current 25 mph winds.

One-third of COVID-19 cases nationwide last week occurred in Florida and Texas, according to Jeffrey Zients, the White House's COVID-19 response coordinator.

This comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports a 44% increase in daily new cases in the last week of July. Last week's average of daily new COVID-19 cases is "higher than our peak of last summer," according to the CDC's director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky.

If you think parenting is stressful, imagine parenting while also competing as a Paralympic athlete.

Lora Webster, who competes in sitting volleyball, is a mother of three, with number four on the way.

"This baby is a surprise and also the timing of it. I never planned to go to Tokyo pregnant," she says.

Pandemic protocols have kept Olympic venues primarily fan-free, required extra precautions and testing for athletes and staff and prevented many loved ones from cheering their teams on in person.

But one COVID-19 concession may actually make for a beautiful new Olympic tradition.

For all the socializing that can't happen this year at the Olympic village because of COVID-19 restrictions, Olympic TikTok is giving everyone (those in Tokyo and those stuck at home) a socially distanced way to connect.