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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 and Sabrina Tavernise. 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 and Sabrina Tavernise. Twenty minutes a day, five days a week, ready by 6 a.m.

 

#1635

The Run-Up: 'The Republic'

In kicking off the midterms, Joe Biden talked about American democracy as a shared value, enshrined in the country’s founding — a value that both Democrats and Republicans should join together in defending. But there is another possible view of this moment. One that is shared by two very different groups: the voters who propelled Biden to the presidency … and the conservative activists who are rejecting democracy altogether. “ [The Run-Up] (https://www.nytimes.com/column/election-run-up-podcast) ” is a new politics podcast from The New York Times. Leading up to the 2022 midterms, we’ll be sharing the latest episode here every Saturday. If you want to hear episodes when they first drop on Thursdays, follow “The Run-Up” wherever you get your podcasts, including on [Apple] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-run-up/id1142083165) , [Spotify] (https://open.spotify.com/show/6mWcEpRBJ3hCMtcBQiKYVv?si=de2f346204224cad&nd=1) , [Google] (https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5zaW1wbGVjYXN0LmNvbS9LY3RuMVJEQg?sa=X&ved=0CAIQ9sEGahgKEwjIsOW9pID6AhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQogE) , [Stitcher] (https://www.stitcher.com/show/the-run-up) and [Amazon Music] (https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/d00566e5-d738-4166-9794-9102adb15da8/the-run-up?ref=dm_sh_fwYnU6MJQiH18TSxZvauWZ9Gx) .       ... Read more

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#1634

The Pastors Being Driven Out by Trumpism

Evangelicals make up about a quarter of the population in the United States and are part of the nation’s largest religious group. But lately the movement is in crisis. The biggest issue is church attendance. Many churches closed at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic and struggled to reopen while congregations thinned. But a smaller audience isn’t the only problem: Pastors are quitting, or at least considering doing so.   Guest: [Ruth Graham] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/ruth-graham) is a national correspondent covering religion, faith and values for The New York Times. Background reading:  ---Across the country, theologically conservative white evangelical churches that were once comfortably united [ are at odds over many of the same issues dividing the Republican Party] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/09/us/arkansas-pastor-evangelical-churches.html) and other institutions. 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

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#1633

Putin’s Escalation of the War in Ukraine

In a speech on Wednesday, President Vladimir V. Putin said that he would require hundreds of thousands more Russians to fight in Ukraine — and alarmed the West by once again raising the specter of nuclear force. The mobilization signals that Mr. Putin is turning the war from one of aggression to one of defense, offering clues about what the next phase of the fighting will involve. Guest: [Anton Troianovski] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/anton-troianovski?smid=pc-thedaily) , the Moscow bureau chief for The New York Times. Background reading:  --- [Accelerating his war effort] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/21/world/europe/putin-ukraine-russia-nuclear.html) , Mr. Putin accused the West of trying to “weaken, divide and ultimately destroy” Russia. ---American and other officials vowed to [ continue sending military, economic and humanitarian aid] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/21/us/politics/putin-ukraine-biden.html) to Ukraine. 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

22 Sep 2022

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22 Sep 2022


#1632

How Border Politics Landed in Martha’s Vineyard

Last week, nearly 50 Venezuelan migrants showed up, without warning, on the wealthy island of Martha’s Vineyard. Their arrival was the culmination of a monthslong strategy by two of the United States’ most conservative governors to lay the issue of undocumented immigration at Democrats’ doorstep. How has this strategy played out and what has it meant for the migrants caught in the middle? Guest: [Miriam Jordan] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/miriam-jordan?smid=pc-thedaily) , a national correspondent covering immigration for The New York Times. Background reading:  ---Scores of migrants have been shipped north by southern Republican governors. [Here’s what you need to know] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/16/us/politics/migrants-marthas-vineyard-desantis.html?smid=pc-thedaily) . ---Martha’s Vineyard, the moneyed summer resort, [has become an unlikely arena in the fight over illegal immigration] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/14/us/desantis-florida-migrants-marthas-vineyard.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 Sep 2022

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21 Sep 2022


#1631

Why Adnan Syed Was Released From Prison

Adnan Syed was accused of the 1999 killing of his classmate and ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, whose body was found buried in a car park in Baltimore. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison but has proclaimed his innocence for the last 23 years. Mr. Syed was the subject of the first season of the podcast “Serial,” which painstakingly examined his case and the evidence against him. Yesterday, his conviction was overturned. On today’s episode, the “Serial” team looks at how this happened.  Guest: [Sarah Koenig] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/sarah-koenig?smid=pc-thedaily) , the host and executive producer of the “Serial” podcast. Background reading:  ---Mr. Syed had been serving a life sentence for the 1999 murder of his high school classmate Hae Min Lee. [ Here is the timeline of his legal journey] (https://www.nytimes.com/article/adnan-syed-serial-timeline-serial.html?smid=pc-thedaily) . ---A Baltimore City Circuit Court judge vacated Mr. Syed’s conviction “ [in the interests of justice and fairness] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/19/us/adnan-syed-murder-conviction-overturned.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

20 Sep 2022

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20 Sep 2022


#1630

Can the U.K. Remain United Without the Queen?

The funeral of Queen Elizabeth today will be one of the most extraordinary public spectacles of the last several decades in Britain, accompanied by an outpouring of sadness, reverence and respect. But the end of the queen’s 70-year reign has also prompted long-delayed conversations about the future of the Commonwealth and of the four nations that make up the United Kingdom. Guest: [Mark Landler] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/mark-landler?smid=pc-thedaily) , the London bureau chief for The New York Times. Background reading:  ---In Commonwealth nations with British colonial histories, Queen Elizabeth’s death has [ rekindled discussions about a more independent future] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/11/world/queen-elizabeth-commonwealth.html) . ---The loss of the beloved figurehead has left many in Britain anxious and unmoored, unsure of their nation’s identity, its economic and social well-being, or [ even its role in the world] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/10/world/europe/queen-elizabeth-uk-identity.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

19 Sep 2022

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19 Sep 2022


#1629

The Sunday Read: “Why Do We Love TikTok Audio Memes? Call it ‘Brainfeel.’”

“Nobody’s gonna know. They’re gonna know.” If you’ve been on TikTok in the past year, you’re most likely familiar with these two sentences, first drolly uttered in a post by TikTok creator Chris Gleason in 2020. The post has become a hit and has been viewed more than 14 million times. But the sound is more famous than the video. When uploading a video to TikTok, the creator has the option to make that video’s audio a “sound” that other users can easily use in their own videos — lip-syncing to it, adding more noise on top of it or treating it like a soundtrack. Gleason’s sound has been used in at least 336,000 other videos, to humorous, dramatic and sometimes eerie effect. The journalist Charlotte Shane delves into the world of repurposed sounds, exploring how TikTok and other apps have enabled, as she writes in her recent article for The Times, “cross-user riffing and engagement, like quote-tweeting for audio.” She also considers “what makes a sound compelling beyond musical qualities or linguistic meaning.” While “brainfeel” may be an apt buzzword for the sensation audio memes elicit, Ms. Shane writes, it is more than a mere trend: We have entered the “era of the audio meme.” This story was written by Charlotte Shane 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=age_old_question_jabr) . ... Read more

18 Sep 2022

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18 Sep 2022


#1628

The Run-Up: 'The Autopsy'

It’s March 2013. The G.O.P., in tatters, issues a scathing report blaming its electoral failures on an out-of-touch leadership that ignores minorities at its own peril. Just three years later, Donald Trump proves his party dead wrong. Today, how certain assumptions took hold of both parties — and what they’re still getting wrong — heading into the midterm elections. ... Read more

17 Sep 2022

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17 Sep 2022


#1627

Promise and Peril at the Bottom of the Sea

The adoption of electric cars has been hailed as an important step in curbing the use of fossil fuels and fighting climate change. There is a snag, however: such vehicles require around six times as many metals as their gasoline-powered counterparts. A giant storehouse of the necessary resources sits at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. But retrieving them may, in turn, badly damage the environment. Guest: [Eric Lipton] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/eric-lipton?smid=pc-thedaily) , an investigative reporter for The New York Times. Background reading:  ---Mining in the Pacific Ocean was meant to benefit poorer countries, but an international agency [ gave a Canadian company access] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/29/world/deep-sea-mining.html) to seabed sites. ---Miles below the surface, harvesting metallic nodules may [ threaten animals found nowhere else on the planet] (https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2022/08/29/world/deep-sea-riches-mining-nodules.html) . ---Here are some of the [seabed authority emails and other documents] (https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/22266044-seabed-mining-selected-documents-2022) The Times assembled as it worked on its investigation of seabed mining. 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 Sep 2022

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16 Sep 2022


#1626

Could a National Abortion Ban Save Republicans?

With the midterm elections a few weeks away, Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, forwarded a plan to save his party from the growing backlash over abortion. But the proposal — a federal ban on almost all terminations after 15 weeks — has served mostly to expose the division among Republicans about the issue. Guest: [Lisa Lerer] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/lisa-lerer?smid=pc-thedaily) , a national political correspondent for The New York Times. Background reading:  ---Mr. Graham’s effort has reignited debate on an issue that Republicans have [ worked to confront before midterm elections] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/13/us/politics/lindsey-graham-abortion.html) in which abortion rights have become a potent issue. ---The rejection of Mr. Graham’s bill was the latest misfire in [ the party’s struggle to unite behind a clear strategy] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/13/us/politics/republicans-abortion-national-ban.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

15 Sep 2022

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15 Sep 2022


#1625

The College Pricing Game

When President Biden canceled college debt last month, he left untouched the problem that created that debt: the soaring price of college. In the 1980s, the list price of undergraduate education at a private four-year institution could hit $20,000 a year. At some of these schools in the last couple of years, it has topped $80,000.  Why has a college education become increasingly costly, and why has that become such a difficult problem to solve? Guest: [Ron Lieber] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/ron-lieber?smid=pc-thedaily) , a personal finance columnist for The New York Times and author of “The Price You Pay for College.” Background reading:  ---Instead of making higher education free, the United States subsidizes it later through repayment plans and attempts at debt cancellation. [The complexity is disrespectful] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/03/your-money/student-loans-personal-finance.html?smid=pc-thedaily) , Ron Lieber writes in his “Your Money” column. ---Also from “Your Money”: Student loan borrowers don’t deserve “forgiveness,” [ they deserve an apology] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/13/your-money/student-loan-forgiveness.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

14 Sep 2022

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14 Sep 2022


#1624

Is Ukraine Turning the Tide in the War?

Over the weekend, Ukraine’s military stunned the world. After months of a kind of stalemate, its military took hundreds of miles of territory back from Russia — its biggest victory since the start of the war. How did the war reach this critical point, and what does Ukraine’s success mean for the future? Guest: [Eric Schmitt] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/eric-schmitt%20?smid=pc-thedaily) , a correspondent covering national security for The New York Times. Background reading:  ---A lightning Ukrainian offensive in the country’s northeast [has reshaped what had become a grinding war of attrition] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/10/world/europe/ukraine-offensive-izium-donbas.html?smid=pc-thedaily) . ---Stunned by a lightning advance, Russia has acknowledged the loss of the northern region of Kharkiv, which [cast doubt on the premise that Ukraine could never defeat it] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/11/world/europe/ukraine-kharkiv-russian-retreat.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

13 Sep 2022

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13 Sep 2022


#1623

Serena Williams’s Final Run

The U.S. Open crowned its winners this weekend. But for a lot of fans, this year’s competition was less about who won, and more about a player who wasn’t even involved in the final matches. Serena Williams, who announced last month that she’d be retiring from tennis after this year’s tournament, has made an indelible impact on her sport and left a legacy away from the court that has very little precedent. Guest: [Wesley Morris] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/wesley-morris) , a critic at large for The New York Times and co-host of Times podcast “Still Processing.” Background reading:  ---At the U.S. Open, Serena Williams laughed, rocked sparkly shoes, rang the bell at the stock exchange, beat two opponents, teared up and said goodbye. Here’s an exploration of her [ magical last week in tennis] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/04/sports/tennis/serena-williams-last-us-open.html) . ---As Ms. Williams played her final matches, women have seen [ their own lives reflected in the triumphs and trials] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/02/well/serena-williams-women-fans.html) of the tennis superstar. 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

12 Sep 2022

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12 Sep 2022


#1622

The Sunday Read: ‘How the Claremont Institute Became a Nerve Center of the American Right’

The Claremont Institute, a right-wing think tank in California, has in recent years become increasingly influential in Republican circles. In 2016, its goal was to turn Donald J. Trump into a legitimate candidate — and then it did . The journalist Elisabeth Zerofsky traces the origins of the divisive organization, explaining how it made the intellectual case for Trumpism but also how, with ties to Ron DeSantis and John Eastman, the think tank has become a home for “counterrevolutionary” politics that go far beyond the former president. This story was written by Elisabeth Zerofsky 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=age_old_question_jabr) ... Read more

11 Sep 2022

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11 Sep 2022


#1621

How Queen Elizabeth II Preserved the Monarchy

The death of Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday brought to an end a remarkable reign that spanned seven decades, 15 prime ministers and 14 American presidents. During her time on the throne, which saw the crumbling of the British Empire and the buffeting of the royal family by scandals, Elizabeth’s courtly and reserved manner helped to shore up the monarchy and provided an unwavering constant for her country, the Commonwealth and the wider world. Guest: Alan Cowell, a contributor to The New York Times and a former Times foreign correspondent. Background reading:  ---Amid social and economic upheaval across her 70-year reign, the queen remained unshakably [ committed to the rituals of her role] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/08/world/europe/queen-elizabeth-dead.html) . ---Her heir, Charles, was long an uneasy prince. But he comes to the throne, at 73, as [ a self-assured, gray-haired eminence] (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/09/08/world/europe/charles-king-uk.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

09 Sep 2022

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09 Sep 2022