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The Daily

By The New York Times  

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.

 

#1029

Chaos and Contempt: The First Presidential Debate

This episode contains strong language. Both presidential candidates had clear goals for their first debate on Tuesday. For Joseph R. Biden Jr., the contest was an opportunity to consolidate his lead in polls before Election Day. President Trump’s task was, politically, a taller order — to change the course of a race that he seems to be losing. His tactics for doing that emerged quickly: interrupt and destabilize. The result was a chaotic 90-minute back-and-forth, an often ugly melee in which the two major party nominees expressed levels of acrid contempt for each other. We speak to our correspondent Alexander Burns about the mood and themes of the debate and whether any of it moved the dial for the election. Guest: [Alexander Burns] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/alexander-burns) , a national political correspondent for The New York Times. For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) Background reading: ---With cross talk, lies and mockery, President Trump [ made little attempt to reassure swing voters] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/29/us/politics/trump-biden-debate.html) about his leadership. Mr. Biden hit back: “This is so unpresidential.” ---In his second time moderating a presidential debate, Chris Wallace of Fox News [ struggled to rein in the president’s behavior] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/29/us/politics/chris-wallace-debate.html?action=click&module=RelatedLinks&pgtype=Article) . ---Here are [ six takeaways from the debate] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/30/us/politics/presidential-debate-recap.html) . ... Read more

30 Sep 2020

31 MINS

31:57

30 Sep 2020


#1028

The President’s Taxes

Russ Buettner and Susanne Craig, investigative reporters for The Times, have pored over two decades and thousands of pages of documents on Donald J. Trump’s tax information, up to and including his time in the White House. What they found was an existential threat to the image he has constructed about his wealth and lifestyle. The tax documents consistently appeared to call into question the business acumen he has cited in his presidential campaign and throughout his public life. The records suggest that whenever Mr. Trump was closely involved in the creation and running of a business, it was more likely to fail. They show no payments of federal income taxes in 11 of 18 years that The Times examined, and reveal a decade-long audit by the Internal Revenue Service that questions the legitimacy of a $72.9 million tax refund. They also point to a reckoning on the horizon: The president appears to be personally on the hook for loans totaling $421 million, most of which is coming due within four years. We speak to Russ and Susanne about their findings and chart President Trump’s financial situation. Guest: [Russ Buettner] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/russ-buettner) and [ Susanne Craig] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/susanne-craig) , investigative reporters for The New York Times. For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) Background reading: --- [Long-concealed records on Mr. Trump’s tax information] (https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/09/27/us/donald-trump-taxes.html?action=click&module=Spotlight&pgtype=Homepage) reveal struggling properties, vast write-offs, an audit battle and hundreds of millions in debt coming due. --- [Here are some of the key findings] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/27/us/trump-taxes-takeaways.html?action=click&module=Spotlight&pgtype=Homepage) from the previously hidden tax information. ---While the president’s Republican allies have mostly remained silent on the situation, [ Democrats have pounced] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/28/us/politics/trump-taxes-presidential-debate.html?action=click&module=Spotlight&pgtype=Homepage) . ... Read more

29 Sep 2020

29 MINS

29:10

29 Sep 2020


#1027

The Past, Present and Future of Amy Coney Barrett

Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s pick to fill the empty seat on the Supreme Court, is a product of the conservative legal movement of the 1980s. She clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia, a giant of conservative jurisprudence, and his influence is evident throughout her judicial career. Opponents of abortion, in particular, are hoping that her accession to the Supreme Court would be a crucial step forward for their movement. Her nomination ceremony in the Rose Garden this weekend appeared unremarkable. But it took place just weeks from a presidential election and barely eight days after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Republicans have the votes in the Senate to confirm Judge Barrett and a timetable that suggests that they would be able to do so before Election Day. With her path seemingly clear, we reflect on Judge Barrett’s career and her judicial philosophy. Guest: [Adam Liptak] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/adam-liptak) , who covers the Supreme Court for The New York Times. For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) Background reading: ---In choosing Judge Barrett, President Trump opted for [ the candidate most likely to thrill his conservative base] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/26/us/politics/amy-coney-barrett-supreme-court.html) and outrage his liberal opponents. ---Judge Barrett’s record suggests that she would push the Supreme Court to the right. Here’s a guide to [ her stance on abortion, health care, gun rights and the death penalty] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/26/us/amy-coney-barrett-views-abortion-health-care.html) . ... Read more

28 Sep 2020

30 MINS

30:43

28 Sep 2020


#1026

The Sunday Read: 'How Climate Migration Will Reshape America'

In August, Abrahm Lustgarten, who reports on climate, watched fires burn just 12 miles from his home in Marin County, Calif. For two years, he had been studying the impact of the changing climate on global migration and recently turned some of his attention to the domestic situation. Suddenly, with fires raging so close to home, he had to ask himself the question he had been asking other people: Was it time to move? This week on The Sunday Read, Abrahm explores a nation on the cusp of transformation. This story was written by Abrahm Lustgarten and recorded by Audm. To hear more audio stories from publishers like The New York Times, [download Audm for iPhone or Android.] (https://www.audm.com/?utm_source=nytmag&utm_medium=embed&utm_campaign=where_americans_live) ... Read more

27 Sep 2020

44 MINS

44:25

27 Sep 2020


#1025

The Field: Policing and Power in Minneapolis

This episode contains strong language. In June, weeks after George Floyd was killed by the police, a veto-proof majority of the Minneapolis City Council expressed support for dismantling the city’s police department. The councilors’ pledges to “abolish,” “dismantle” and “end policing as we know it” changed the local and national conversation about the police. President Trump has wielded this decision and law-and-order arguments in his campaigning — Midwestern states like Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota may be decisive in the general election. He has claimed that Joseph R. Biden Jr. wants to defund the police — which he does not — and told voters that they would not be safe in “Biden’s America.” On the ground in Minneapolis, Astead Herndon, a national politics reporter, speaks to activists, residents and local politicians about the complexities of trying to overhaul the city’s police. Guest: [Astead W. Herndon] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/astead-w-herndon?smid=pc-thedaily) , a national politics reporter for The New York Times, speaks to Black Visions Collective co-director, Miski Noor; Jordan Area Community Council executive director, Cathy Spann; and Minneapolis City Council president, Lisa Bender. For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) Background reading: ---Across America there have been calls from some activists and elected officials to defund, downsize or abolish police departments. What would efforts to [ defund or disband] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/08/us/what-does-defund-police-mean.html?searchResultPosition=1) the police really mean? ---In the wake of George Floyd’s killing, some cities asked if the police are being asked to do jobs they were never intended to do. Budgets are [ being re-evaluated] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/05/us/defund-police-floyd-protests.html?action=click&module=RelatedLinks&pgtype=Article) . ... Read more

25 Sep 2020

40 MINS

40:49

25 Sep 2020


#1024

On the Ground in Louisville

This episode contains strong language. Breonna Taylor’s mother and her supporters had made their feelings clear: Nothing short of murder charges for all three officers involved in Ms. Taylor’s death would amount to justice. On Wednesday, one of the officers was indicted on a charge of “wanton endangerment.” No charges were brought against the two officers whose bullets actually struck Ms. Taylor. In response, protesters have again taken to the streets to demand justice for the 26-year-old who was killed in her apartment in March. We speak to our correspondent Rukmini Callimachi, who is on the ground in Louisville, Ky., about the reaction to the grand jury’s decision. Guest: [Rukmini Callimachi] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/rukmini-callimachi) , a correspondent for The New York Times. For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) Background reading: ---A former Louisville police detective has been charged with “reckless endangerment” for his role in the killing of Breonna Taylor. [ Protesters poured into the streets] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/23/us/breonna-taylor-officer-indicted.html) , and two officers were shot in Louisville after the announcement. The city’s police chief said that neither of the officers’ injuries were life-threatening. ---A Times investigation explores [ the events leading up to the shooting of Ms. Taylor and its consequences] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/30/us/breonna-taylor-police-killing.html) . ... Read more

24 Sep 2020

23 MINS

23:32

24 Sep 2020


#1023

A Historic Opening for Anti-Abortion Activists

President Trump appears to be on course to give conservatives a sixth vote on the Supreme Court, after several Republican senators who were previously on the fence said they would support quickly installing a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In our interview today with Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List, she says she senses a turning point. “No matter who you are, you feel the ground shaking underneath,” she said. “I’m feeling very optimistic for the mission that our organization launched 25 years ago.” In pursuit of that mission, the Susan B. Anthony List struck a partnership with Mr. Trump during the 2016 election. The group supported his campaign and provided organizational backup in battleground states in exchange for commitments that he would work to end abortion rights. Ms. Dannenfelser described the partnership as “prudential.” “Religious people use that term quite a lot because it acknowledges a hierarchy of goods and evils involved in any decision,” she said. “and your job is to figure out where the highest good is found.” Guest: Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List. For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) Background reading: ---The transformation of groups like the Susan B. Anthony List from opponents of Mr. Trump early in the 2016 campaign into proud and unwavering backers of his presidency illustrates how intertwined the conservative movement has become with the president — and how much [ they need each other] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/19/us/politics/trump-supreme-court.html) to survive politically. ---For months, abortion has been relegated to a back burner in the presidential campaign. The death of Justice Ginsburg and the battle to replace her has put the issue [ firmly back on the agenda] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/20/us/abortion-supreme-court-trump-biden.html?searchResultPosition=3) . ... Read more

23 Sep 2020

35 MINS

35:01

23 Sep 2020


#1022

Swing Voters and the Supreme Court Vacancy

This episode contains strong language and descriptions of sexual violence. The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the ensuing battle to fill her seat is set to dominate American politics in the lead up to the election. A poll conducted for The New York Times before Justice Ginsburg’s death found voters in the battleground states of Arizona, Maine and North Carolina placed greater trust in Joseph R. Biden Jr. than in President Trump to fill the next Supreme Court vacancy. Now that it’s longer a hypothetical scenario, what impact will the vacant seat have on the thinking of swing voters? We take a look at the polling and ask undecided voters whether the death of Justice Ginsburg and the president’s decision to nominate another justice have affected their voting intention. Guest: [Nate Cohn] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/nate-cohn?smid=pc-thedaily) , a domestic correspondent for The Upshot at The New York Times. For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) Background reading: ---In surveys before Justice Ginsburg’s death, Joe Biden led by a [ slightly wider margin] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/19/upshot/supreme-court-polls.html) on choosing the next justice than he did over all against President Trump. ... Read more

22 Sep 2020

31 MINS

31:18

22 Sep 2020


#1021

Part 1: The Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

When Ruth Bader Ginsburg graduated from law school, she received no job offers from New York law firms, despite being an outstanding student. She spent two years clerking for a federal district judge, who agreed to hire her only after persuasion, and was rejected for a role working with Justice Felix Frankfurter because she was a woman. With her career apparently stuttering in the male-dominated legal world, she returned to Columbia University to work on a law project that required her to spend time in Sweden. There, she encountered a more egalitarian society. She also came across a magazine article in which a Swedish feminist said that men and women had one main role: being people. That sentiment would become her organizing principle. In the first of two episodes on the life of Justice Ginsburg, we chart her journey from her formative years to her late-life stardom on the Supreme Court. Guest: [Linda Greenhouse] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/linda-greenhouse?smid=pc-thedaily) , who writes about the Supreme Court for The New York Times. For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) Background reading: --- [Ruth Bader Ginsburg] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/18/us/ruth-bader-ginsburg-dead.html) died in her home in Washington on Friday. She was 87. The second woman appointed to the Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg’s [ pointed and powerful dissenting opinions] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/18/us/rbg-accomplishments.html) made her a cultural icon. ---“Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life and landmark opinions moved us closer to a more perfect union,” former President Bill Clinton, who nominated her for the court, wrote on Twitter. Other [ tributes have poured in] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/18/us/RBG-death-reactions.html) from leaders on all sides of the political spectrum. ... Read more

21 Sep 2020

38 MINS

38:54

21 Sep 2020


#1020

Part 2: The Battle Over Her Seat

In the second episode of a two-part special, we consider the ramifications of Justice Ginsburg’s death and the struggle over how, and when, to replace her on the bench. The stakes are high: If President Trump is able to name another member of the Supreme Court, he would be the first president since Ronald Reagan to appoint three justices, tipping the institution in a much more conservative direction. Guest: [Julie Hirschfeld Davis] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/julie-hirschfeld-davis) , a congressional editor for The New York Times. For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) Background reading: ---President Trump’s determination to confirm a replacement before the election set lawmakers in Congress [ on a collision course] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/20/us/politics/trump-supreme-court-rbg.html?action=click&module=Spotlight&pgtype=Homepage) . ... Read more

21 Sep 2020

29 MINS

29:44

21 Sep 2020


#1019

The Sunday Read: 'The Agency'

According to Ludmila Savchuk, a former employee, every day at the Internet Research Agency was essentially the same. From an office complex in the Primorsky District of St. Petersburg, employees logged on to the internet via a proxy service and set about flooding Russia’s popular social networking sites with opinions handed to them by their bosses. The shadowy organization, which according to one employee filled 40 rooms, industrialized the art of “trolling.” On this week’s Sunday Read, Adrien Chen reports on trolling and the agency, and, eventually, becomes a victim of Russian misinformation himself. This story was written by Adrian Chen and recorded by Audm. To hear more audio stories from publishers like The New York Times, [download Audm for iPhone or Android.] (https://www.audm.com/?utm_source=nytmag&utm_medium=embed&utm_campaign=the_agency_chen) ... Read more

20 Sep 2020

1 HR 01 MINS

1:01:06

20 Sep 2020


#1018

Special Episode: ‘An Obituary for the Land’

“Nothing comes easily out here,” Terry Tempest Williams, a Utah-based writer, said of the American West. Her family was once almost taken by fire, and as a child of the West, she grew up with it. Our producer Bianca Giaever, who was working out of the West Coast when the wildfires started, woke up one day amid the smoke with the phrase “an obituary to the land” in her head. She called on Ms. Williams, a friend, to write one. “I will never write your obituary,” her poem reads. “Because even as you burn, you throw down seeds that will sprout and flower.” Guest: Bianca Giaever, a producer for The New York Times, speaks to the writer Terry Tempest Williams. For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily ] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) ... Read more

18 Sep 2020

10 MINS

10:31

18 Sep 2020


#1017

A Messy Return to School in New York

Iolani Grullon teaches dual-language kindergarten in Washington Heights in New York City, where she has worked for the last 15 years. She, like many colleagues, is leery about a return to in-person instruction amid reports of positive coronavirus cases in other schools. “I go through waves of anxiety and to being hopeful that it works out to just being worried,” she told our editor Lisa Chow. On top of mixed messaging from the city about the form teaching could take, her anxiety is compounded by a concern that she might bring the coronavirus home to her daughter, whose immune system is weaker as a result of an organ transplant. Today, we look at how one teacher’s concerns in the lead up to the first day back illustrates issues around New York City’s reopening of public schools. Guest: Lisa Chow, an audio editor for The New York Times, speaks to a kindergarten teacher in New York City. For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) Background reading: ---New York City was scheduled to reopen public schools on Monday. Mayor Bill de Blasio this week [ delayed the start of in-person instruction] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/17/nyregion/nyc-schools-reopening.html?searchResultPosition=1?smid=pc-thedaily) . ---Nearly 40 percent of parents have opted to have their children learn fully remotely through at least the first few months of the school year. That number [ reflects the deep divide among the city’s families] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/04/nyregion/nyc-schools-reopening.html?smid=pc-thedaily) about how to approach in-person learning. ... Read more

18 Sep 2020

31 MINS

31:40

18 Sep 2020


#1016

The Forgotten Refugee Crisis in Europe

Among the olive groves of Moria, on the Greek island of Lesbos, a makeshift city of tents and containers housed thousands of asylum seekers who had fled conflict and hardship in Africa, the Middle East and elsewhere. Already frustrated at the deplorable conditions, inhabitants’ anger was compounded by coronavirus lockdown restrictions. The situation reached a breaking point this month when fires were set, probably by a small group of irate asylum seekers, according to the authorities. The flames decimated the camp and stranded nearly 12,000 of its residents in the wild among tombstones in a nearby cemetery and on rural and coastal roads. We chart the European refugee crisis and the events that led up to the blaze at Moria. Guest: [Matina Stevis-Gridneff] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/matina-stevis-gridneff) , who covers the European Union for The New York Times. For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) Background reading: ---The [ fires at the Moria camp] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/13/world/europe/camp-fire-greece-migrants.html) have intensified what was already a humanitarian disaster. Originally built to hold 3,000 newly arrived people, it held more than 20,000 refugees six months ago ---The camp’s inhabitants had for years resented the squalid conditions and the endless delays in resolving their fates. Those frustrations collided with the restrictions imposed to combat the coronavirus, and [ the combination has proved explosive] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/10/world/europe/lesbos-fires-coronavirus.html) . ... Read more

17 Sep 2020

28 MINS

28:09

17 Sep 2020


#1015

Quarantine on a College Campus

This episode contains strong language. Infected with the coronavirus and separated from their peers in special dorms, some college students have taken to sharing their quarantine experiences on TikTok. In some videos posted to the social media app, food is a source of discontent; one student filmed a disappointing breakfast — warm grape juice, an unripe orange, a “mystery” vegan muffin and an oat bar. Others broach more profound issues like missed deliveries of food and supplie. It was within this TikTok community that Natasha Singer, our business technology reporter, found 19-year-old Zoie Terry, a sophomore at the University of Alabama, who was one of the first students to be sequestered at her college’s isolation facility. Today, we speak to Ms. Terry about her experience and explore what it tells us about the reopening of colleges. Guest: Natasha Singer, a technology reporter for The New York Times, spoke with Zoie Terry, a sophomore at the University of Alabama. For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) Background reading: ---Across America, colleges that have reopened for in-person teaching are [ struggling to contain the spread of the coronavirus] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/09/business/colleges-coronavirus-dormitories-quarantine.html?searchResultPosition=1?smid=pc-thedaily) . To this end, the institutions are using one of the oldest infection control measures: quarantine. ---While universities in other states were closing their doors, the University of Alabama opened up to students, banking on its [ testing and technology program] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/19/business/alabama-uab-coronavirus-tests.html?smid=pc-thedaily) to prevent an outbreak. ... Read more

16 Sep 2020

31 MINS

31:13

16 Sep 2020


#1014

A Deadly Tinderbox

“The entire state is burning.” That was the refrain Jack Healy, our national correspondent, kept hearing when he arrived in the fire zone in Oregon. The scale of the wildfires is dizzying — millions of acres have burned, 30 different blazes are raging and thousands of people have been displaced. Dry conditions, exacerbated by climate change and combined with a windstorm, created the deadly tinderbox. The disaster has proved a fertile ground for misinformation: Widely discredited rumors spread on social media claiming that antifa activists were setting fires and looting. Today, we hear from people living in the fire’s path who told Jack about the toll the flames had exacted. Guest: [Jack Healy] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/jack-healy) , a national correspondent for The New York Times. For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) Background reading: ---“The long-term recovery is going to last years,” an emergency management director said as the fires left [ a humanitarian disaster] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/11/us/fires-oregon-california-washington.html) in their wake. ---The fearmongering and false rumors that accompanied a tumultuous summer of protests in Oregon have become [ a volatile complication in the disaster] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/11/us/fires-oregon-antifa-rumors.html) . ... Read more

15 Sep 2020

27 MINS

27:37

15 Sep 2020


#1013

Inside Trump’s Immigration Crackdown

This episode contains strong language. After Donald Trump was elected president, two filmmakers were granted rare access to the operations of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Since Mr. Trump had campaigned on a hard-line immigration agenda, the leaders of the usually secretive agency jumped at a chance to have their story told from the inside. Today, we speak to the filmmakers about what they saw during nearly three years at ICE and how the Trump administration reacted to a cut of the film. Guests: Christina Clusiau and Shaul Schwarz, the filmmakers behind the six-hour documentary series “ [Immigration Nation] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/02/arts/television/immigration-nation-review-netflix.html?smid=pc-thedaily) .” For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) Background reading: ---The Trump administration has [ threatened the two filmmakers with legal action] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/23/us/trump-immigration-nation-netflix.html?smid=pc-thedaily) and fought to delay the release of “Immigration Nation” until after the election. ... Read more

14 Sep 2020

25 MINS

25:32

14 Sep 2020


#1012

The Sunday Read: 'The Children in the Shadows'

Prince is 9 years old, ebullient and bright; he has spent much of the pandemic navigating the Google Classroom app from his mother’s phone. The uncertainty and isolation of the coronavirus lockdown is not new to him — he is one of New York City’s more than 100,000 homeless schoolchildren, the largest demographic within the homeless population. Families like Prince’s are largely invisible. Samantha M. Shapiro, a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, has spent the last two years speaking with over a dozen homeless families with children of school age. On this week’s The Sunday Read, she explores what their lives are like. This story was written by Samantha M. Shapiro and recorded by Audm. To hear more audio stories from publishers like The New York Times, [download Audm for iPhone or Android.] (https://www.audm.com/?utm_source=nytmag&utm_medium=embed&utm_campaign=children_in_the_shadows) ... Read more

13 Sep 2020

1 HR 30 MINS

1:30:41

13 Sep 2020


#1011

A Self-Perpetuating Cycle of Wildfires

When many in California talk about this year’s wildfires, they describe the color — the apocalyptic, ominous, red-orange glow in the sky. The state’s current wildfires have seen two and a half million acres already burned. Climate change has made conditions ripe for fires: Temperatures are higher and the landscape drier. But the destruction has also become more acute because of the number of homes that are built on the wildland-urban interface — where development meets wild vegetation. The pressures of California’s population have meant that towns are encouraged to build in high-risk areas. And when a development is ravaged by a fire, it is often rebuilt, starting the cycle of destruction over again. Today, we explore the practice of building houses in fire zones and the role insurance companies could play in disrupting this cycle. Guest: Christopher Flavelle, who covers the impact of global warming on people, governments and industries for The New York Times. For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) Background reading: ---“People are always asking, ‘Is this the new normal?’” a climate scientist said. “I always say no. It’s going to get worse.” If climate change was an abstract notion a decade ago, today [ it is all too real for Californians] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/10/us/climate-change-california-wildfires.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage) . ---Research suggests that most Americans [ support restrictions] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/04/climate/flood-fire-building-restrictions.html) on building homes in fire- or flood-prone areas. ... Read more

11 Sep 2020

24 MINS

24:24

11 Sep 2020


#1010

The Killing of Breonna Taylor, Part 2

This episode contains strong language. “So there’s just shooting, like we’re both on the ground,” Kenneth Walker, Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend, said of the raid on her home. “I don’t know where these shots are coming from, and I’m scared.” Much of what happened on the night the police killed Ms. Taylor is unclear. As part of an investigation for The New York Times, our correspondent Rukmini Callimachi and the filmmaker Yoruba Richen spoke to neighbors and trawled through legal documents, police records and call logs to understand what happened that night and why. In the second and final part of the series, Rukmini talks about her findings. Guest: Rukmini Callimachi, a correspondent for The New York Times. For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) Background reading: ---Run-ins with the law by Jamarcus Glover, Ms. Taylor’s ex-boyfriend, entangled her even as she tried to move on. An investigation involving interviews, documents and jailhouse recordings helps explain [ what happened the night she was killed] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/30/us/breonna-taylor-police-killing.html?searchResultPosition=2) and how she landed in the middle of a deadly drug raid. ... Read more

10 Sep 2020

30 MINS

30:53

10 Sep 2020


#1009

The Killing of Breonna Taylor, Part 1

At the beginning of 2020, Breonna Taylor posted on social media that it was going to be her year. She was planning a family with her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker; she had a new job and a new car. She had also blocked Jamarcus Glover, a convicted drug dealer with whom she had been romantically involved on and off since 2016, from her phone. But forces were already in motion. The Louisville Police Department was preparing raids on locations it had linked to Mr. Glover — and Ms. Taylor’s address was on the target list. In the raid that ensued, Ms. Taylor was fatally shot. Her name has since become a rallying cry for protesters. Today, in the first of two parts, we explore Ms. Taylor’s life and how law enforcement ended up at her door. Guests: Rukmini Callimachi, a correspondent for The Times, and Yoruba Richen, a documentary filmmaker, talk to Ms. Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer; her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker; and her cousin, Preonia Flakes. For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) Background reading: ---The story of what happened the night Breonna Taylor was killed remains largely untold. A Times Investigation explores [the path to the shooting and its consequences] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/30/us/breonna-taylor-police-killing.html?smid=pc-thedaily) . ... Read more

09 Sep 2020

27 MINS

27:32

09 Sep 2020


#1008

What Happened to Daniel Prude?

This episode contains strong language. In March, Daniel Prude was exhibiting signs of a mental health crisis. His brother called an ambulance in the hopes that Mr. Prude would be hospitalized, but he was sent back home after three hours without a diagnosis. Later, when Mr. Prude ran out of the house barely clothed into the Rochester night, his brother, Joe Prude, again called on the authorities for help, but this time it was to the police. After a struggle with officers, Daniel Prude suffered cardiac distress. It would be days before Joe Prude was able to visit him in the hospital — permitted only so he could decide whether to take his brother off life support — and months before the family would find out what had happened when he was apprehended. Today, we hear from Joe Prude about that night and examine the actions taken by the police during his brother’s arrest, including the official narrative that emerged after his death. Guest: [Sarah Maslin Nir,] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/sarah-maslin-nir) a reporter for The New York Times, who spoke to Daniel Prude’s brother, Joe Prude. For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) Background reading: ---In the minutes after Mr. Prude’s heart briefly stopped during a struggle with officers, an unofficial police narrative took hold: He had suffered a drug overdose. But the release of body camera footage [ complicated that version of events] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/04/nyregion/rochester-police-daniel-prude.html) . ---The Monroe County medical examiner ruled Mr. Prude’s death a homicide caused by “complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint.” [ Seven Rochester police officers] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/03/nyregion/daniel-prude-police-rochester.html) have now been suspended. ... Read more

08 Sep 2020

29 MINS

29:03

08 Sep 2020


#1007

Bringing the Theater Back to Life

Three months into Broadway’s shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic, Michael Paulson, a theater reporter for The New York Times, got a call from a theater in western Massachusetts — they planned to put on “Godspell,” a well-loved and much-performed musical from 1971, in the summer. Today, we explore how, in the face of huge complications and potentially crushing risks, a regional production attempted to bring theater back to life. Guest: Michael Paulson, a theater reporter for The Times. For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) Background reading: ---Masks, partitions and a contactless crucifixion — the Berkshire Theater Group’s [ production of Godspell] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/08/theater/godspell-review-berkshires.html?searchResultPosition=1?smid=pc-thedaily) , labeled one of the “huggiest musicals ever created,” is also a kind of [ public health experiment] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/05/theater/godspell-berkshires-coronavirus.html?searchResultPosition=2?smid=pc-thedaily) . ... Read more

04 Sep 2020

26 MINS

26:04

04 Sep 2020


#1006

Jimmy Lai vs. China

This episode contains strong language. Jimmy Lai was born in mainland China but made his fortune in Hong Kong, starting as a sweatshop worker and becoming a clothing tycoon. After the Tiananmen massacre in 1989, he turned his attention to the media, launching publications critical of China’s Communist Party. “I believe in the media,” he told Austin Ramzy, a Hong Kong reporter for The New York Times. “By delivering information, you’re actually delivering freedom.” In August, he was arrested under Hong Kong’s new Beijing-sponsored national security law. Today, we talk to Mr. Lai about his life, his arrest and campaigning for democracy in the face of China’s growing power. Guests: [Austin Ramzy] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/austin-ramzy) and [Tiffany May] (https://www.nytimes.com/by/tiffany-may) , who cover Hong Kong for The Times, spoke with Jimmy Lai, a pro-democracy media tycoon and founder of Apple Daily. For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) Background reading: ---In August, Mr. Lai, his two sons and four executives from Apple Daily [ were arrested] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/09/world/asia/hong-kong-arrests-lai-national-security-law.html?smid=pc-thedaily) under the new national security law. The publication was [a target and a test case] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/12/world/asia/hong-kong-apple-daily-jimmy-lai.html?smid=pc-thedaily) for the government’s authority over the media. ... Read more

03 Sep 2020

32 MINS

32:47

03 Sep 2020


#1005

A High-Stakes Standoff in Belarus

Aleksandr Lukashenko came to office in Belarus in the 1990s on a nostalgic message, promising to undo moves toward a market economy and end the hardship the country had endured after gaining independence from the Soviet Union. As president, he acquired dictatorial powers, removing term limits, cracking down on opposition and stifling the press. In recent years, however, economic stagnation has bred growing discontent. And when Mr. Lukashenko claimed an implausible landslide victory in a presidential election last month, he found himself facing mass protests that have only grown as he has attempted to crush them. Today, we chart Mr. Lukashenko’s rise to power and examine his fight to hold on to it. Guest: Ivan Nechepurenko, a reporter with the Moscow bureau of The New York Times. For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) Background reading: ---The protests in Belarus [ present the greatest challenge yet] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/24/world/europe/Lukashenko-Belarus.html?searchResultPosition=2?smid=pc-thedaily) to Mr. Lukashenko’s hold on power. [ Formerly apolitical people] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/29/world/europe/belarus-protest.html?searchResultPosition=6?smid=pc-thedaily) have taken to the streets against him. ---Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the opposition candidate who has galvanized the movement against Mr. Lukashenko, is [a newcomer to politics] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/13/world/europe/belarus-opposition-svetlana-tikhanovskaya.html?smid=pc-thedaily) who took up the role when more established figures were jailed or exiled. ... Read more

02 Sep 2020

36 MINS

36:48

02 Sep 2020


#1004

Joe Biden’s Rebuttal

Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s plan for winning the presidential election relies on putting together African-American voters of all ages, including younger Black people who are less enthusiastic about him, and white moderates who find President Trump unacceptable. At last week’s Republican National Convention, the Trump campaign appeared to be sowing discord within that coalition. By framing the response to unrest in cities as binary — you are either for violence or for the police — Republicans seemed to be daring Mr. Biden to challenge young Black voters. In a speech in Pittsburgh yesterday, Mr. Biden rejected that choice. Instead, he recognized the grievances of peaceful protesters, while denouncing “the senseless violence of looting and burning and destruction of property.” Today, we examine whether the speech worked — and what it means for the rest of the election campaign. Guest: Alexander Burns, a national political correspondent for The New York Times. For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) Background reading: ---Over the weekend, [ protesters and Trump supporters] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/30/us/portland-shooting-protests.html?smid=pc-thedaily) clashed in Portland, resulting in the fatal shooting of a man affiliated with a right-wing group. The shooting immediately reverberated in a presidential campaign [ now entering its most intense period] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/28/us/politics/joe-biden-trump-conventions.html?searchResultPosition=7?smid=pc-thedaily) . ---In his speech in Pittsburg, Joe Biden deflected Republican criticism and attempted to [ refocus the spotlight] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/31/us/politics/biden-speech-trump.html?smid=pc-thedaily) on the president’s character and leadership in the midst of the pandemic. ... Read more

01 Sep 2020

26 MINS

26:46

01 Sep 2020


#1003

‘Who Replaces Me?’

This episode contains strong language. As a police officer in his hometown of Flint, Mich., Scott Watson has worked to become a pillar of the community, believing his identity has placed him in a unique position to do his job. He has given out his cellphone number, driven students to prom and provided food and money to those who were hungry. After watching the video of the killing of George Floyd, his identity as a Black police officer became a source of self-consciousness instead of pride. Today, we speak to Mr. Watson about his career and the internal conflicts that have arisen from his role. Guest: Scott Watson, a Black police officer in Flint, Mich. For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) Background reading: ---Many Black and Hispanic officers in New York City have found themselves [ caught between competing loyalties] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/17/nyregion/black-hispanic-officers-nypd-protests.html?searchResultPosition=2?smid=pc-thedaily) in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. ... Read more

31 Aug 2020

41 MINS

41:40

31 Aug 2020


#1002

The Sunday Read: 'In the Line of Fire'

Many American states use the labor of inmates to help fight its fires, but none so more than California. Using incarcerated firefighters saves the state’s taxpayers an estimated $100 million a year. The women that choose to enter the firefighting camps are afforded better pay, by prison standards, and an improved quality of time served. However, the money they earn from putting their lives on the line is dwarfed by the salaries of the civilian firefighters they work alongside — one woman reports to earn $500 a year, compared with the $40,000 starting salary on the outside. On today’s episode of The Sunday Read, Jaime Lowe explores California’s invisible line of defense against wildfires. This story was written by Jaime Lowe and recorded by Audm. To hear more audio stories from publishers like The New York Times, [download Audm for iPhone or Android.] (https://www.audm.com/?utm_source=nytmag&utm_medium=embed&utm_campaign=incarcerated_women_california) ... Read more

30 Aug 2020

32 MINS

32:04

30 Aug 2020


#1001

Donald Trump Jr.’s Journey to Republican Stardom

For much of his life, Donald Trump Jr. has been disregarded by his father. He played only a bit part in the 2016 campaign and when the team departed for Washington, he was left to oversee a largely unimportant part of the Trump Organization. But after The New York Times revealed that he had played an integral role in organizing the Trump Tower meeting between campaign officials and Russians promising information on Hillary Clinton, the younger Mr. Trump struck back hard at his father’s detractors and the media, finding a voice and an audience. Aggressive, politically incorrect and with an instinctual understanding of the president’s appeal, he has become a conservative darling and his father’s most sought-after surrogate. Today, we look at his rise to prominence. Guest: Jason Zengerle, a writer at large for The New York Times Magazine. For more information on today’s episode, visit [nytimes.com/thedaily] (http://nytimes.com/thedaily?smid=pc-thedaily) Background reading: ---Read Jason Zengerle’s account of how Donald Trump Jr.’s became his father’s [ most valuable political weapon.] (https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/24/magazine/donald-trump-jr.html?smid=pc-thedaily) ... Read more

28 Aug 2020

34 MINS

34:21

28 Aug 2020