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  • 02 AUG 2021
    A New Chapter of the Coronavirus
    21m 41s

    Recent data from the C.D.C. has found that not only can vaccinated people get infected with the Delta variant of the coronavirus, though instances are rare, but they also can potentially spread the virus just as much as an unvaccinated pers...

  • 01 AUG 2021
    The Sunday Read: ‘Is There a Right Way to Act Blind?’
    30m 42s

    Activists slammed the TV show “In the Dark” for casting a sighted actress in a blind lead role. But what if blindness is a performance of its own?

  • 31 JUL 2021
    From Opinion: Nikole Hannah-Jones and Ta-Nehisi Coates on the Story We Tell About America
    1h 17m 54s

    You’ve heard the 1619 podcast right here on The Daily. And we’ve covered the backlash to the 1619 Project and the battle over critical race theory that followed. In this interview, Ezra Klein, an Opinion columnist at The New York Times and...

  • 30 JUL 2021
    The Story of Simone Biles
    25m 52s

    This episode contains mentions of sexual abuse. Simone Biles, 24, showed up on the national stage at 16, when she competed in and won the national championships. She equally impressed at her first Olympics, in 2016 in Rio. Going into the...

  • 29 JUL 2021
    Why Is China Expanding Its Nuclear Arsenal?
    20m 15s

    For decades, nuclear weapons did not figure prominently in China’s military planning. However, recent satellite images suggest that the country may be looking to quintuple its nuclear arsenal. Why is China changing strategy now? Guest: D...

  • 28 JUL 2021
    The Saga of Congress’s Jan. 6 Investigation
    30m 8s

    This episode contains strong language. The first hearing of the special congressional committee on the Jan. 6 riots was an emotional affair, but it was not quite the investigation that was originally envisaged. In January, lawmakers on bo...

  • 27 JUL 2021
    The Vaccine Mandate Conundrum
    22m 15s

    In the effort to raise America’s vaccination rate, some agencies and private organizations have turned to the last, and most controversial, weapon in the public health arsenal: vaccine mandates. How have the federal government and the Whit...

  • 26 JUL 2021
    Breakthrough Infections, Explained
    22m 44s

    For the past couple of weeks, some Americans have reported a curious phenomenon: They have caught the coronavirus despite being vaccinated. Vaccines are still doing their job by protecting against serious illness and hospitalization, but t...

  • 25 JUL 2021
    The Sunday Read: ‘The Little Hedge Fund Taking Down Big Oil’
    37m 30s

    An activist investment firm won a shocking victory at Exxon Mobil. But can new directors really put the oil giant on a cleaner path?

  • 23 JUL 2021
    Putting a Price on Pollution
    25m 40s

    Extreme weather across Europe, North America and Asia is highlighting a harsh reality of science and history: The world as a whole is neither prepared to slow down climate change nor live with it. European officials are trying to change th...

  • 22 JUL 2021
    Who Killed Haiti’s President?
    32m 57s

    A promise of a well-paying assignment abroad for retired Colombian soldiers. A security company in Miami. An evangelical Haitian American pastor with lofty ideas. Trying to join the dots in the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse took...

  • 21 JUL 2021
    Reacting to Chinese Cyberattacks
    23m 51s

    The Chinese government’s hacking of Microsoft was bold and brazen. The Biden administration tried to orchestrate a muscular and coordinated response with Western allies. But while the U.S. has responded to cyberattacks from Russia with eco...

  • 20 JUL 2021
    Facebook vs. the White House
    24m 26s

    Is misinformation on Facebook an impediment to ending the pandemic? President Biden even said that platforms like Facebook, by harboring skepticism about the shots, were killing people. Facebook immediately rejected the criticism, but who...

  • 19 JUL 2021
    Do We Need a Third Covid Shot?
    22m 15s

    The rise of the Delta variant has prompted a thorny question: Do we need a booster dose of the vaccine for Covid-19? Vaccine makers think so, but regulators are yet to be convinced. Principles are also at stake: Should richer countries be...

  • 18 JUL 2021
    The Sunday Read: ‘The Mystery of the $113 Million Deli’
    34m 18s

    It made headlines around the world: a New Jersey sandwich shop with a soaring stock price. Was it just speculation, or something stranger?

  • 16 JUL 2021
    State-Sponsored Abuse in Canada
    26m 24s

    This episode contains accounts of physical and sexual abuse. The residential school system was devised by the Canadian government under the auspices of education, but very little education took place. Instead, children were taken from thei...

  • 15 JUL 2021
    Cubans Take to the Streets
    26m 48s

    This episode contains strong language. It was a surprise to many recently when protesters took to the streets in a small town near Havana to express their grievances with Cuba’s authoritarian government. Cubans do not protest in huge numbe...

  • 14 JUL 2021
    The Heat Wave That Hit the Pacific Northwest
    24m 45s

    The heat wave that hit the usually cool and rainy American Pacific Northwest was a shock to many — Oregon and Washington were covered by a blanket of heat in the triple digits. After the temperatures soared, a group of scientists quickly c...

  • 13 JUL 2021
    Will a Top Trump Deputy Flip?
    29m 17s

    In its investigation of the Trump Organization’s financial affairs, the Manhattan district attorney’s office has zeroed in on Allen Weisselberg, the company’s former finance chief, who spent almost half a century working for the Trump famil...

  • 12 JUL 2021
    A City’s Step Toward Reparations
    38m 40s

    For decades, the granting of racial reparations in the United States appeared to be a political nonstarter. But Evanston, Ill., recently became the first city to approve a program of reparations for its Black residents. How did this happen...

  • 11 JUL 2021
    From The Sunday Read Archives: ‘Alone at Sea’
    42m 16s

    For Aleksander Doba, pitting himself against the wide-open sea — storms, sunstroke, monotony, hunger and loneliness — was a way to feel alive in old age. Today, listen to the story of a man who paddled toward the existential crisis that is...

  • 09 JUL 2021
    The Assassination of Haiti’s President
    29m 35s

    Early on Wednesday morning, a group of men killed President Jovenel Moïse of Haiti in his residence on the outskirts of the capital, Port-au-Prince. It was a brazen act. Very rarely is a nation’s leader killed in at home. What does the at...

  • 08 JUL 2021
    The End of America’s 20-Year War
    30m 20s

    After a 20-year war, the United States has effectively ended its operations in Afghanistan with little fanfare. In recent weeks, the Americans have quietly vacated their sprawling military bases in the nation, and without giving Afghan secu...

  • 07 JUL 2021
    'Some Hope Is Better Than Having No Hope'
    36m 59s

    When the F.D.A. approved the drug Aduhelm, the first Alzheimer’s treatment to receive the agency’s endorsement in almost two decades, it gave hope to many. But the decision was contentious; some experts say there’s not enough evidence that...

  • 06 JUL 2021
    The Rise of Delta
    21m 17s

    The Delta variant of the coronavirus is threatening to put the world in an entirely new stage of the pandemic. The variant is spreading fast, particularly in places with low vaccination rates — it is thought to be around 50 percent more tra...

  • 02 JUL 2021
    The Debate Over Critical Race Theory
    31m 5s

    In Loudoun County, Va., a fierce debate has been raging for months inside normally sleepy school board meetings. At the heart of this anger is critical race theory, a once obscure academic framework for understanding racism in the United S...

  • 01 JUL 2021
    A New Era in College Sports
    30m 29s

    Throughout its 115-year history, the N.C.A.A.’s bedrock principle has been that student-athletes should be amateurs and not allowed to profit off their fame. This week, after years of agitation and legislation, the rule was changed. What w...

  • 30 JUN 2021
    Inside the U.F.O. Report
    27m 2s

    Recently, the government released a long-awaited report: a look at unexplained aerial phenomena. We explore the report and what implications it may have. Will it do anything to quell theories of extraterrestrial visitors?

  • 29 JUN 2021
    The Collapse of Champlain Towers
    27m 2s

    A few years ago, engineers sounded alarm bells about Champlain Towers, a residential building in Surfside, Fla. Last week, disaster struck and the towers collapsed. At least 11 residents have been confirmed dead and 150 more are still unacc...

  • 28 JUN 2021
    What the Japanese Think of the Olympics
    24m 32s

    After last year’s postponement, both the International Olympic Committee and the Japanese government are determined that the Tokyo Games will take place this summer. But the public in Japan appears unconvinced: About 85 percent of people s...

  • 27 JUN 2021
    The Sunday Read: ‘The Woman Who Made van Gogh’
    53m 26s

    Neglected by art history for decades, Jo van Gogh-Bonger, the sister-in-law to Vincent van Gogh, is finally being recognized as the force who opened the world’s eyes to his genius.

  • 26 JUN 2021
    From Opinion: Anthony Fauci Is Pissed Off
    33m 26s

    On this episode of Sway, a podcast from NYT Opinion, America’s chief immunologist responds to the recent leak of his emails, being compared to Hitler, and weighs in on the Wuhan lab-leak theory. Every Monday and Thursday on Sway, Kara Swi...

  • 25 JUN 2021
    Day X, Part 5: Defensive Democracy
    40m 28s

    In this episode, we get answers on just how bad the problem of far-right infiltration in the German military and police really is — and how Germany is trying to address it. We learn about Germany's "defensive democracy," which was designed...

  • 24 JUN 2021
    The Struggles of India’s Vaccine Giant
    28m 2s

    When the coronavirus hit, the Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine maker, seemed uniquely positioned to help. It struck a deal with AstraZeneca, promising a billion vaccine doses to low- and middle-income nations. Earlier...

  • 23 JUN 2021
    Lessons from the Demise of a Voting Rights Bill
    24m 35s

    The For the People Act, a bill created by House Democrats after the 2018 midterm elections, could have been the most sweeping expansion of voting rights in a generation. On Tuesday night, however, Senate Republicans filibustered the bill b...

  • 22 JUN 2021
    Policing and the New York Mayoral Race
    37m 42s

    In the wake of last year’s Black Lives Matter protests, a central question of the New York City mayoral contest has become: Is New York safer with more or fewer police officers? Today, we see this tension play out in a single household, be...

  • 21 JUN 2021
    A Crucial Voting Rights Decision
    25m 44s

    How does the 1965 Voting Rights Act work? That is the question in front of the Supreme Court as it rules on a pair of Arizona laws from 2016 — the most important voting rights case in a decade. What arguments have been made in the case? An...

  • 20 JUN 2021
    The Sunday Read: ‘Finding My Father’
    50m 45s

    During his childhood, Nicholas Casey, Madrid bureau chief for The New York Times, received visits from his father. He would arrive from some faraway place where the ships on which he worked had taken him, regaling his son with endless stori...

  • 18 JUN 2021
    Day X, Part 4: Franco A.
    39m 54s

    We meet Franco A., an officer in the German military who lived a double life as a Syrian refugee and stands accused of plotting an act of terrorism to bring down the German government.

  • 17 JUN 2021
    The Transformation of Ralph Northam
    22m 9s

    In 2019, it seemed to many that Gov. Ralph Northam’s career was over. That year, the Democratic governor of Virginia became embroiled in a highly publicized blackface scandal centered on a racist picture in his medical-school yearbook. The...

  • 16 JUN 2021
    The War in Tigray
    27m 10s

    This episode contains descriptions of sexual violence. Just a few years ago, Ethiopia’s leader was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Now, the nation is in the grips of a civil war, with widespread reports of massacres and human rights abuses,...

  • 15 JUN 2021
    Why Billionaires Pay So Little Tax
    27m 23s

    Jeff Bezos, Michael Bloomberg, Elon Musk and George Soros are household names. They are among the wealthiest people in the United States. But a recent report by ProPublica has found another thing that separates them from regular Americans...

  • 14 JUN 2021
    Apple’s Bet on China
    31m 32s

    Apple built the world’s most valuable business by figuring out how to make China work for Apple. A New York Times investigation has found that the dynamic has now changed. China has figured out how to make Apple work for China. Guest: Jac...

  • 13 JUN 2021
    From The Sunday Read Archives: ‘My Mustache, My Self’
    38m 35s

    During months of pandemic isolation, Wesley Morris, a critic at large for The New York Times, decided to grow a mustache. The reviews were mixed and predictable. He heard it described as “porny” and “creepy,” as well as “rugged” and “extra...

  • 11 JUN 2021
    Day X, Part 3: Blind Spot 2.0
    40m 31s

    Franco A. is not the only far-right extremist in Germany discovered by chance. For over a decade, 10 murders in the country, including nine victims who were immigrants, went unsolved. The neo-Nazi group responsible was discovered only when...

  • 10 JUN 2021
    The Unlikely Pioneer Behind mRNA Vaccines
    34m 4s

    When she was at graduate school in the 1970s, Dr. Katalin Kariko learned about something that would become a career-defining obsession: mRNA. She believed in the potential of the molecule, but for decades ran up against institutional roadb...

  • 09 JUN 2021
    The Bill That United the Senate
    28m 20s

    The Senate passed the largest piece of industrial policy seen in the U.S. in decades on Tuesday, directing about a quarter of a trillion dollars to bolster high-tech industries. In an era where lawmakers can’t seem to agree on anything, wh...

  • 08 JUN 2021
    Who is Hacking the U.S. Economy?
    22m 31s

    In the past few weeks, some of the biggest industries in the U.S. have been held up by cyberattacks. The first big infiltration was at Colonial Pipeline, a major conduit of gas, jet fuel and diesel to the East Coast. Then, J.B.S., one of t...

  • 07 JUN 2021
    Will Netanyahu Fall?
    27m 46s

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has always sold himself as a peerless defender of his country. In the minds of many Israelis, he has become a kind of indispensable leader for the nation’s future. Despite that image, Mr. Netanya...

  • 06 JUN 2021
    The Sunday Read: ‘The Native Scholar Who Wasn't’
    1h 1m 25s

    Andrea Smith had long been an outspoken activist and academic in the Native American community. Called an icon of “Native American feminism,” she was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy work and has aligned herself with promi...

  • 05 JUN 2021
    Bonus: Ezra Klein Talks to Obama About How America Went From ‘Yes We Can’ to ‘MAGA’
    59m 9s

    On this episode of The Ezra Klein Show, former President Barack Obama discusses Joe Biden, aliens and what he got right and wrong during his two terms in office. Each Tuesday and Friday for The New York Times Opinion section, Ezra Klein in...