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The Daily

This is what the news should sound like. The biggest stories of our time, told by the best journalists in the world. Hosted by Michael Barbaro. Twenty minutes a day, five days a week, ready by 6 a.m.

This is what the news should sound like. The biggest stories of our time, told by the best journalists in the world. Hosted by Michael Barbaro. Twenty minutes a day, five days a week, ready by 6 a.m.

 

#1250

Day X, Part 4: Franco A.

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. ... Read more

18 Jun 2021

39 MINS

39:54

18 Jun 2021


#1249

The Transformation of Ralph Northam

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. There were widespread calls for his resignation. Two years later, Mr. Northam has emerged as the most racially progressive leader in the state’s history. How did it happen? Guest: [Astead W. Herndon] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/astead-w-herndon?smid=pc-thedaily) , a national political reporter for The New York Times.  [Sign up here] (https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/signup/NTTD?smid=pc-thedaily) to get The Daily in your inbox each morning. And for an exclusive look at how the biggest stories on our show come together, [subscribe to our newsletter] (https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/the-daily?module=inline) .  Background reading:  ---When a racist picture was discovered on his yearbook page, Ralph Northam refused to resign. Now he’s leaving office with [ a widely praised progressive record] (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/14/us/politics/northam-interview.html?smid=pc-thedaily) on racial justice. ---Virginia’s governor survived a blackface scandal with the help of Black Democrats, who saw a chance for policy concessions. [ Both got more from the relationship] (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/14/us/politics/ralph-northam-virginia.html?smid=pc-thedaily) than they could have imagined. For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday. ... Read more

17 Jun 2021

22 MINS

22:09

17 Jun 2021


#1248

The War in Tigray

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, and a looming famine that could strike millions in the northern region of Tigray.  How did Ethiopia get here? Guest: [Declan Walsh] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/declan-walsh?smid=pc-thedail) , the chief Africa correspondent for The New York Times.  [Sign up here] (https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/signup/NTTD?smid=pc-thedaily) to get The Daily in your inbox each morning. And for an exclusive look at how the biggest stories on our show come together, [subscribe to our newsletter] (https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/the-daily?module=inline) .  Background reading:  ---Thousands of Ethiopians have fled the country and given accounts of [ a devastating and complex conflict] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/09/world/africa/ethiopia-tigray-sudan.html?smid=pc-thedaily) . A U.S. report found that officials are leading a [ systematic campaign of ethnic cleansing] (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/26/world/middleeast/ethiopia-tigray-ethnic-cleansing.html?smid=pc-thedaily) in the northern region of Tigray. ---United Nations agencies have said the crisis in the Tigray region had plunged it into famine. It’s  [ a starvation calamity] (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/10/world/africa/ethiopia-famine-tigray.html?smid=pc-thedaily) bigger at the moment than anywhere else in the world. For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday. ... Read more

16 Jun 2021

27 MINS

27:10

16 Jun 2021


#1247

Why Billionaires Pay So Little Tax

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 citizens: They have paid almost nothing in taxes. Why does the U.S. tax system let that happen? Guest: [Jonathan Weisman] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/jonathan-weisman?smid=pc-thedaily) , a congressional correspondent for The New York Times.  [Sign up here] (https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/signup/NTTD?smid=pc-thedaily) to get The Daily in your inbox each morning. And for an exclusive look at how the biggest stories on our show come together, [subscribe to our newsletter] (https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/the-daily?module=inline) .  Background reading:  ---An analysis by ProPublica showed that from 2014 to 2018, the nation’s richest executives [ paid just a fraction of their wealth in taxes] (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/08/us/politics/income-taxes-bezos-musk-buffett.html) — $13.6 billion in federal income taxes during a time when their collective net worth reportedly increased by $401 billion. ---The exposé [ has refocused attention on the tax code] (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/09/us/politics/propublica-taxes-jeff-bezos-elon-musk.html) and how it applies to the superrich. For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily.] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday. ... Read more

15 Jun 2021

27 MINS

27:31

15 Jun 2021


#1246

Apple’s Bet on China

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: [Jack Nicas] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/jack-nicas) , who covers technology from San Francisco for The New York Times. He is one of the reporters behind the investigation into Apple’s compromises in China. [Sign up here] (https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/signup/NTTD?smid=pc-thedaily) to get The Daily in your inbox each morning. And for an exclusive look at how the biggest stories on our show come together, [subscribe to our newsletter] (https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/the-daily?module=inline) .  Background reading:  ---An [ investigation from The New York Times] (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/17/technology/apple-china-censorship-data.html?smid=pc-thedaily) offers an extensive inside look at how Apple has given in to escalating demands from the Chinese authorities. ---One of the compromises Apple made to China was storing its Chinese customers’ data on servers controlled by the Chinese government. Here are [ four more takeaways from the report] (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/17/technology/apple-china-privacy-censorship.html?smid=pc-thedaily) . ---In the United States, [ data requests have placed Apple and other tech giants] (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/11/technology/apple-google-leak-investigation-data-requests.html?smid=pc-thedaily) in an uncomfortable position between law enforcement, the courts and the customers whose privacy they have promised to protect. For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.  ... Read more

14 Jun 2021

31 MINS

31:32

14 Jun 2021


#1245

From The Sunday Read Archives: ‘My Mustache, My Self’

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 gay.” It was a comment on a group call, however, that gave him pause. Someone noted that his mustache made him look like a lawyer for the N.A.A.C.P.’s legal defense fund. “It was said as a winking correction and an earnest clarification — Y’all, this is what it is,” Wesley said. “The call moved on, but I didn’t. That is what it is: one of the sweetest, truest things anybody had said about me in a long time.” On today’s episode of The Sunday Read, Wesley Morris’s story about Blackness and the symbolic power of the mustache. This story was written by Wesley Morris and recorded by Audm. To hear more audio stories from publications like The New York Times, [download Audm for iPhone or Android] (https://www.audm.com/?utm_source=nytmag&utm_medium=embed&utm_campaign=my_mustache) . ... Read more

13 Jun 2021

38 MINS

38:35

13 Jun 2021


#1244

Day X, Part 3: Blind Spot 2.0

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 a bank robbery went wrong.  In this episode, we ask: Why has a country that spent decades atoning for its Nazi past so often failed to confront far-right extremism? ... Read more

11 Jun 2021

40 MINS

40:31

11 Jun 2021


#1243

The Unlikely Pioneer Behind mRNA Vaccines

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 roadblocks. Then, the coronavirus hit and her obsession would help shield millions from a once-in-a-century pandemic.  Today, a conversation with Dr. Kariko about her journey.  Guest: [Gina Kolata] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/gina-kolata?smid=pc-thedaily) , a reporter covering science and medicine for The New York Times.  [Sign up here] (https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/signup/NTTD?smid=pc-thedaily) to get The Daily in your inbox each morning. And for an exclusive look at how the biggest stories on our show come together, [subscribe to our newsletter] (https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/the-daily?module=inline) .  Background reading:  ---Collaborating with devoted colleagues, Dr. Kariko laid the groundwork for the mRNA vaccines [ turning the tide of the pandemic] (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/08/health/coronavirus-mrna-kariko.html?smid=pc-thedaily) . For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.  ... Read more

10 Jun 2021

34 MINS

34:04

10 Jun 2021


#1242

The Bill That United the Senate

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, why did they come together for this? Guest: [David E. Sanger] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/david-e-sanger) , a White House and national security correspondent for The New York Times.    [Sign up here] (https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/signup/NTTD?smid=pc-thedaily) to get The Daily in your inbox each morning. And for an exclusive look at how the biggest stories on our show come together, [subscribe to our newsletter] (https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/the-daily?module=inline) .  The Daily is doing a live online event: We follow up with students and faculty from our series Odessa. And we hear from the team who made the documentary. [Times subscribers can join us June 10] (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/17/us/The-Daily-covid-graduation.html) . Background reading:  ---The [ wide margin of support in the Senate] (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/08/us/politics/china-bill-passes.html) reflects a sense of urgency among lawmakers in both parties about shoring up the technological and industrial capacity of the United States. For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.  ... Read more

09 Jun 2021

28 MINS

28:20

09 Jun 2021


#1241

Who is Hacking the U.S. Economy?

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 the world’s largest beef suppliers, was hit. The so-called ransomware attacks have long been a worry. But who are the hackers and how can they be stopped? Guest: [Nicole Perlroth] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/nicole-perlroth) , a reporter covering cybersecurity and digital espionage for The New York Times.  [Sign up here] (https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/signup/NTTD?smid=pc-thedaily) to get The Daily in your inbox each morning. And for an exclusive look at how the biggest stories on our show come together, [subscribe to our newsletter] (https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/the-daily?module=inline) .  The Daily is doing a live online event: We follow up with students and faculty from our series Odessa. And we hear from the team who made the documentary. [Times subscribers can join us June 10] (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/17/us/The-Daily-covid-graduation.html) . Background reading:  ---The Biden administration has [ taken steps to counter the growing threat of cyberattacks] (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/04/us/politics/ransomware-cyberattacks-sept-11-fbi.html) on U.S. businesses. The F.B.I. director compares the danger of ransomware to the 9/11 terror threat. ---As the ransomware industry exploded, a Russian-speaking outfit called DarkSide offered would-be computer criminals not just the tools, but also customer support. Here’s how the group [ became a hacking powerhouse] (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/29/world/europe/ransomware-russia-darkside.html) . ---It’s been almost a decade since Leon Panetta, then the secretary of defense, warned of an impending “Cyber Pearl Harbor.” [ He didn’t want to be right] (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/05/business/leon-panetta-cyber-attacks.html) . For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.  ... Read more

08 Jun 2021

22 MINS

22:31

08 Jun 2021


#1240

Will Netanyahu Fall?

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. Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, might soon be ousted from office. What has given his rivals the momentum to try to topple him? And who might be his replacement? Guest: [David M. Halbfinger] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/david-m-halbfinger?smid=pc-thedaily) , who covered Israel, the occupied Palestinian territories and the Middle East as the Jerusalem bureau chief of The New York Times.  [Sign up here] (https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/signup/NTTD?smid=pc-thedaily) to get The Daily in your inbox each morning. And for an exclusive look at how the biggest stories on our show come together, [subscribe to our newsletter] (https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/the-daily?module=inline) .  The Daily is doing a live online event: We follow up with students and faculty from our series Odessa. And we hear from the team who made the documentary. [Times subscribers can join us June 10] (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/17/us/The-Daily-covid-graduation.html) . Background reading:  ---Mr. Netanyahu, a dominant figure who has pushed his nation’s politics to the right, is [ on the verge of losing power] (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/02/world/middleeast/netanyahu-bennett-israel-coalition.html) . ---The main players in the latest twist in Israeli politics have very different agendas, but one common goal. [ Can they change Israel?] (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/31/world/middleeast/Netanyahu-Israel-Bennett-Lapid.html) For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.  ... Read more

07 Jun 2021

27 MINS

27:46

07 Jun 2021


#1239

The Sunday Read: ‘The Native Scholar Who Wasn't’

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 prominent activists such as Angela Davis. Last fall, however, a number of academics, including Ms. Smith, were outed as masquerading as Black, Latino or Indigenous. While many of them explained themselves and the lies they told, Ms. Smith never did. Why? This story was written by Sarah Viren and recorded by Audm. To hear more audio stories from publications like The New York Times, [download Audm for iPhone or Android.] (https://www.audm.com/?utm_source=nytmag&utm_medium=embed&utm_campaign=genealogy_of_lie_viren) ... Read more

06 Jun 2021

1 HR 01 MINS

1:01:25

06 Jun 2021


#1238

Bonus: Ezra Klein Talks to Obama About How America Went From ‘Yes We Can’ to ‘MAGA’

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 invites you into a conversation on something that matters. Subscribe to the show wherever you listen to podcasts. ... Read more

05 Jun 2021

59 MINS

59:09

05 Jun 2021


#1237

Day X, Part 2: In the Stomach

Franco A. visited the workplaces of two of his alleged targets. We meet both targets to hear the stories of two Germanies: One a beacon of liberal democracy that has worked to overcome its Nazi past, the other a place where that past is attracting new recruits.  Today, we explore how Germany's history is informing the fight for the country’s future. ... Read more

04 Jun 2021

39 MINS

39:03

04 Jun 2021


#1236

Inside the Texas Legislature

Over the weekend, months of tension in the Texas Legislature came to a head. A group of Democratic lawmakers got up and left the building before a vote — an act of resistance amid the most conservative Texas legislative session in recent memory.  The population of Texas is becoming less old, less white and less Republican, so why is its Legislature moving further right? Guest: [Manny Fernandez] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/manny-fernandez?smid=pc-thedaily) , the Los Angeles bureau chief for The New York Times. He spent more than nine years covering Texas as the Houston bureau chief. [Sign up here] (https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/signup/NTTD?smid=pc-thedaily) to get The Daily in your inbox each morning. And for an exclusive look at how the biggest stories on our show come together, [subscribe to our newsletter] (https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/the-daily?module=inline) .  Background reading:  ---The recent session that pushed Texas further to the right, at a time when it seemed least likely to do so — as the state [ becomes younger, less white and less Republican] (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/01/us/texas-republicans.html?smid=pc-thedaily) . ---After Democrats killed a bill to restrict voting in the state, Republicans pledged to pass it in a special legislative session. [A new fight looms] (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/31/us/politics/texas-voting-bill-.html?smid=pc-thedaily) .  For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday. ... Read more

03 Jun 2021

27 MINS

27:13

03 Jun 2021


#1235

Joe Manchin’s Motivations

Representing a vanishing brand of Democratic politics that makes his vote anything but predictable, Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia has become the make-or-break legislator of the Biden era. We explore how and why Mr. Manchin’s vote has become so powerful. Guest: [Jonathan Martin] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/jonathan-martin?smid=pc-thedaily) , a national political correspondent for The New York Times.  [Sign up here] (https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/signup/NTTD?smid=pc-thedaily) to get The Daily in your inbox each morning. And for an exclusive look at how the biggest stories on our show come together, [subscribe to our newsletter] (https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/the-daily?module=inline) .  Background reading:  ---In Washington, policy revolves around Joe Manchin. Read Jonathan Martin’s exploration of [ why the senator likes it that way] (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/27/us/politics/joe-manchin.html?smid=pc-thedaily) .  For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday. ... Read more

02 Jun 2021

31 MINS

31:16

02 Jun 2021


#1234

The Burning of Black Tulsa

This episode includes disturbing language including racial slurs. In the early 20th century, Greenwood in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was an epicenter of Black economic influence in the United States. However, in the early hours of June 1, 1921, a white mob — sanctioned by the Tulsa police — swept through the community burning and looting homes and businesses, and killing residents. A century later, the question before Congress, the courts and the United States as a whole is: What would justice look like? Guest: [Brent Staples] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/brent-staples?smid=pc-thedaily) , a member of the New York Times editorial board. [Sign up here] (https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/signup/NTTD?smid=pc-thedaily) to get The Daily in your inbox each morning. And for an exclusive look at how the biggest stories on our show come together, [subscribe to our newsletter] (https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/the-daily?module=inline) .  Background reading:  ---A century ago, a prosperous Black neighborhood in Tulsa perished at the hands of a white mob. [ Here is what the massacre destroyed] (https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/05/24/us/tulsa-race-massacre.html?smid=pc-thedaily) . ---The three known survivors, who were all children in 1921, [offered their firsthand accounts of the race massacre] (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/20/us/tulsa-massacre-survivors.html?smid=pc-thedaily) at a hearing in Washington last month. ---A centennial commission that raised $30 million for a history exhibit center has said the government [ should be responsible for repaying survivors and their descendants] (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/28/us/tulsa-race-massacre-commission.html?smid=pc-thedaily) . For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday. ... Read more

01 Jun 2021

33 MINS

33:57

01 Jun 2021


#1233

Day X, Part 1: Shadow Army?

This episode contains strong language.  The mysterious story of a German soldier, a faked Syrian identity and a loaded gun in an airport bathroom cracks the door open to a network of far-right extremists inside the German military and the police. They are preparing for the day democracy collapses — a day they call Day X. But just how dangerous are they? See all episodes of Day X at  [nytimes.com/dayx] (http://nytimes.com/dayx) ... Read more

28 May 2021

33 MINS

33:38

28 May 2021


#1232

The Saga of Ryanair Flight 4978

Last week, when the pilots on a commercial flight headed for Lithuania told passengers they were about to make an unexpected landing in the Belarusian capital of Minsk many were confused — except Roman Protasevich. The 26-year-old dissident journalist and one Belarus’s biggest enemies sensed what was about to happen. How and why did Belarus force down the plane and arrest Mr. Protasevich? And what comes next?  Guest: [Anton Troianovski] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/anton-troianovski?smid=pc-thedaily) , the Moscow bureau chief for The New York Times.  [Sign up here] (https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/signup/NTTD?smid=pc-thedaily) to get The Daily in your inbox each morning. And for an exclusive look at how the biggest stories on our show come together, [subscribe to our newsletter] (https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/the-daily?module=inline) .  Background reading:  ---The forced landing of a commercial flight on Sunday has put Belarus and its authoritarian leader, Aleksandr Lukashenko, in a new global spotlight. [ Here’s what you need to know] (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/26/world/europe/whats-happening-in-belarus.html) . ---Disgusted by the brutality of Mr. Lukashenko, Mr. Protasevich [ bravely embarked at 16] (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/25/world/europe/belarus-news-roman-protasevich.html) on a life in opposition. For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday. ... Read more

27 May 2021

24 MINS

24:59

27 May 2021


#1231

Why Hamas Keeps Fighting, and Losing

After 11 days of fighting over the skies of Israel and Gaza, a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel was announced last week. The conflict wrought devastation in Gaza. Yet Hamas’s leaders took to television and declared victory. We look at where the organization comes from and their objectives to understand why it has, for decades, engaged in battles it knows it can’t win. Guest: [Ben Hubbard] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/ben-hubbard?smid=pc-thedaily) , the Beirut bureau chief for The New York Times.  [Sign up here] (https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/signup/NTTD?smid=pc-thedaily) to get The Daily in your inbox each morning. And for an exclusive look at how the biggest stories on our show come together, [subscribe to our newsletter] (https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/the-daily?module=inline) .  Background reading:  ---After the cease-fire, in addition to relief, some Gaza residents felt a sense of déjà vu, having survived several recent wars with Israel. After each war, it [ takes years for Gaza to recover] (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/21/world/middleeast/gaza-war-ceasefire-israel.html) . ---Israel’s military said its airstrikes killed dozens of senior Hamas operatives and destroyed critical military infrastructure. But [ victory is hard to measure] (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/21/world/middleeast/israel-gaza-war-ceasefire.html) . For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday. ... Read more

26 May 2021

28 MINS

28:39

26 May 2021


#1230

A Cheerleader, a Snapchat Post and the Supreme Court

When Brandi Levy was 14, she posted an expletive-filled video to Snapchat, expressing her dismay at not making the varsity cheerleading squad. It got her suspended from cheerleading entirely for a year. Can a public school deal with off-campus speech in this way without infringing the First Amendment? The Supreme Court will decide. Guest: [Adam Liptak] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/adam-liptak?smid=pc-thedaily) , a reporter covering the United States Supreme Court for The New York Times. [Sign up here] (https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/signup/NTTD?smid=pc-thedaily) to get The Daily in your inbox each morning. And for an exclusive look at how the biggest stories on our show come together, [subscribe to our newsletter] (https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/the-daily?module=inline) .  Background reading:  ---In a lively Supreme Court argument, the justices [ struggled to determine how the First Amendment applies] (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/28/us/supreme-court-free-speech.html?smid=pc-thedaily) to public schools’ power to punish students for social media posts and other off-campus speech. For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday. ... Read more

25 May 2021

26 MINS

26:40

25 May 2021


#1229

The Crumbling of the N.R.A.

It had long appeared that the National Rifle Association was impervious to anything or anyone. Now, an investigation into financial misconduct accusations led by the New York attorney general’s office imperils the very existence of America’s most powerful gun rights group. We look at how a plan to circumvent this investigation through a bankruptcy filing backfired. Guest: [Danny Hakim] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/danny-hakim?smid=pc-thedaily) , an investigative reporter for The New York Times.  [Sign up here] (https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/signup/NTTD?smid=pc-thedaily) to get The Daily in your inbox each morning. And for an exclusive look at how the biggest stories on our show come together, [subscribe to our newsletter] (https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/the-daily?module=inline) .  Background reading:  ---The N.R.A. filed for bankruptcy this year to beat regulatory action in New York, but [a judge rejected the strategy] (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/11/us/nra-bankruptcy.html?smid=pc-thedaily) . ---How an internal power struggle, a New York State investigation and accusations of fraud and betrayal on all sides [ left Mr. LaPierre reeling] (https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/18/magazine/wayne-lapierre-nra-guns.html?smid=pc-thedaily) . For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday. ... Read more

24 May 2021

30 MINS

30:25

24 May 2021


#1228

The Sunday Read: ‘Neanderthals Were People, Too’

In the summer of 1856, workers quarrying limestone in a valley outside Düsseldorf, Germany, found an odd looking skull. It was elongated and almost chinless. William King, a British geologist, suspected that this was not merely the remains of an atypical human, but belonged to a typical member of an alternate humanity. He named the species Homo neanderthalensis: Neanderthal man. Guided by racism and phrenology, he deemed the species brutish, with a “moral ‘darkness.’” It was a label that stuck. Recently, however, after we’d snickered over their skulls for so long, it became clear we had made presumptions. Neanderthals weren’t the slow-witted louts we’d imagined them to be. This story was written by Jon Mooallem and recorded by Audm. To hear more audio stories from publications like The New York Times, [ download Audm for iPhone or Android] (https://www.audm.com/?utm_source=nytmag&utm_medium=embed&utm_campaign=neanderthals_were_people_too) . ... Read more

23 May 2021

1 HR 07 MINS

1:07:22

23 May 2021


#1227

Presenting This American Life: “The Daily”

When our friends at This American Life made an episode called ... wait for it! ... “The Daily,” we knew we wanted to share it with you. It’s about life’s daily practices, and what you learn from doing a thing every day. Wait for the end. There’s a little surprise.  And if you want to hear more episodes of This American Life, you can find the show wherever you listen to podcasts.   ... Read more

22 May 2021

1 HR 02 MINS

1:02:18

22 May 2021


#1226

Two Soldiers, Ten Years

This episode contains strong language and scenes of war that some may find distressing.  In 2010, James Dao, then a military affairs reporter for The New York Times, began following a battalion of U.S. soldiers headed for Afghanistan. Two soldiers caught his attention: Adrian Bonenberger, a single, 32-year-old captain, and Tamara Sullivan, a 30-year-old sergeant and mother of two. As President Biden prepares to withdraw troops from Afghanistan this fall, we revisit those interviews and follow up with the two soldiers. Guest: [James Dao] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/james-da) , the Metro editor for The New York Times.  [Sign up here] (https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/signup/NTTD?smid=pc-thedaily) to get The Daily in your inbox each morning. And for an exclusive look at how the biggest stories on our show come together, [subscribe to our newsletter] (https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/the-daily?module=inline) .  Background reading:  ---In 2010, over the course of the year, James followed one battalion’s wrenching deployment to Afghanistan. [ Read the beginning of his reporting here] (https://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/27/world/27battalion.html?smid=pc-thedaily) . ---An exploration of how decisions weighed heavily on [ Adrian Bonenberger, a junior officer] (https://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/21/world/asia/21captain.html?smid=pc-thedaily) . ---In 2011, after a year in combat, there were many [ unexpected perils of coming home] (https://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/29/us/29soldiers.html?smid=pc-thedaily) . For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday. ... Read more

21 May 2021

48 MINS

48:47

21 May 2021


#1225

Netanyahu and Biden: A History

It has been more than a week since the latest escalation between Israel and Hamas, and President Biden has been taking a cautious approach. The president has stressed Israel’s right to defend itself, but he seems reluctant to place too much pressure on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. Mr. Biden has known Mr. Netanyahu for decades. Is that a help or a hindrance? Guest: [Michael Crowley] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/michael-crowley?smid=pc-thedaily) , a diplomatic correspondent for The New York Times.  [Sign up here] (https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/signup/NTTD?smid=pc-thedaily) to get The Daily in your inbox each morning. And for an exclusive look at how the biggest stories on our show come together, [subscribe to our newsletter] (https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/the-daily?module=inline) .  Background reading:  ---Mr. Biden has maintained his public support toward Israel even as he adopted a somewhat sharper private tone with Mr. Netanyahu, [ a calculus shaped by their longtime relationship] (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/18/us/politics/biden-netanyahu.html) . ---Among Democrats in Congress, attitudes toward Israel have grown more critical as the party base expresses concern [ about the human rights of Palestinians] (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/17/us/politics/israel-gaza-democrats-biden.html) . --- [Here’s what to know] (https://www.nytimes.com/article/israel-gaza-what-we-know.html) about the conflict between Israel and Hamas. For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday. ... Read more

20 May 2021

29 MINS

29:58

20 May 2021


#1224

Nine Days in Gaza

“You never get used to the sound of bombings,” Rahf Hallaq tells us on today’s episode. Ms. Hallaq, an English language and literature student, lives in the northwestern area of Gaza City, where she shares a home with her parents and five siblings. She turns 22 next month. We talk with Ms. Hallaq about her life, her dreams and what the last nine days have been like in Gaza. Guest: Rahf Hallaq, a 21 year-old English student and resident of Gaza City. [Sign up here] (https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/signup/NTTD?smid=pc-thedaily) to get The Daily in your inbox each morning. And for an exclusive look at how the biggest stories on our show come together, [subscribe to our newsletter] (https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/the-daily?module=inline) .  Background reading:  ---In Gaza, an ordinary street, and extraordinary horror, [ as missiles thunder in] (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/13/world/middleeast/gaza-airstrikes-palestinians-israel.html) . ---As fighting enters its second week, it is being defined by civilian casualties, undiminished rocket fire and airstrikes, and by historical tensions erupting into unrest. [ Here’s what to know] (https://www.nytimes.com/article/israel-gaza-what-we-know.html) about the conflict.  For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday. ... Read more

19 May 2021

26 MINS

26:30

19 May 2021


#1223

A Strange Moment for the U.S. Economy

Why is the economic recovery from the pandemic so uneven? Why are companies finding it hard to hire? And why are the prices of used cars surging? Recent economic reports have commentators scratching their heads. We dig into the theories behind this strange moment for the American economy.  Guest: [Ben Casselman] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/ben-casselman?smid=pc-thedaily) , an economics and business reporter for The New York Times.  [Sign up here] (https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/signup/NTTD?smid=pc-thedaily) to get The Daily in your inbox each morning. And for an exclusive look at how the biggest stories on our show come together, [subscribe to our newsletter] (https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/the-daily?module=inline) .  Background reading:  ---April’s anemic job creation was so out of line with what other indicators have suggested that it will [ take some time to unravel the mystery] (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/07/upshot/jobs-report-surprise.html?smid=pc-thedaily) . ---The weak jobs report could help the Federal Reserve justify its patient approach to its policies. Officials have said that they want to see real, not just forecast, progress [ toward full employment and stable inflation] (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/07/business/jobs-report-fed-interest-rates.html?smid=pc-thedaily) . For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday. ... Read more

18 May 2021

33 MINS

33:16

18 May 2021


#1222

Prosecuting the Capitol Rioters

In the months since a pro-Trump mob breached the walls of the Capitol building, some 420 people have been arrested and charged in connection with the attack. And that number is expected to rise. As federal prosecutors prepare for a unique challenge, we look at the twists and turns of bringing those who were in the building to justice. Guest: [Alan Feuer] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/alan-feuer?smid=pc-thedaily) , a reporter covering courts and criminal justice for The New York Times.  [Sign up here] (https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/signup/NTTD?smid=pc-thedaily) to get The Daily in your inbox each morning. And for an exclusive look at how the biggest stories on our show come together, [subscribe to our newsletter] (https://www.nytimes.com/newsletters/the-daily?module=inline) .  Background reading:  ---Prosecutors are negotiating plea agreements as they [ confront a sprawling investigation] (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/07/us/politics/capitol-riot-investigation-plea-deals.html) with hundreds of defendants. ---Defense lawyers have complained that some charges do not apply to what unfolded on Jan. 6. Here’s how those accused have [ challenged the accusations] (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/14/us/politics/capitol-riot-investigation-defenses.html) against them. For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday. ... Read more

17 May 2021

26 MINS

26:50

17 May 2021


#1221

From The Sunday Read Archive: ‘Weird Al Yankovic’s Weirdly Enduring Appeal’

In this episode of The Sunday Read, we revisit a story from our archives. Sam Anderson, a staff writer, claims Weird Al Yankovic is not just a parody singer — he’s “a full-on rock star, a legitimate performance monster and a spiritual technician doing important work down in the engine room of the American soul.” In these absurd times, Sam reaches into his childhood to explain the enduring appeal of an absurd artist. This story was written by Sam Anderson and recorded by Audm. To hear more audio stories from publications like The New York Times, [download Audm for iPhone or Android.] (https://www.audm.com/?utm_source=Daily&utm_medium=embed&utm_campaign=weird_weird_weird_world) ... Read more

16 May 2021

57 MINS

57:54

16 May 2021