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




Biden’s Dilemmas, Part 1: Punishing Saudi Arabia

Joe Biden has had harsh words for the Saudis and the kingdom’s de facto leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. It appeared that the period of appeasement toward the Saudis in the Trump administration was over. But the Biden administration’s inaction over a report that implicated the crown prince in the 2018 killing of the dissident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi has disappointed many of his allies. Today, the first of a two-part look at what we’re learning about the Biden...


How Close Is the Pandemic’s End?

It’s been almost a year since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. And the virus is persisting: A downward trend in the U.S. caseload has stalled, and concern about the impact of variants is growing. Yet inoculations are on the rise, and the F.D.A. has approved Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine, the third to be approved in the U.S. Today, we check in on the latest about the coronavirus. Guest: Carl Zimmer, a science writer and author of the...


Can Bill Gates Vaccinate the World?

When the coronavirus pandemic hit, the Microsoft founder Bill Gates was the most powerful and provocative private individual operating within global public health. Today, we look at the role he has played in public health and his latest mission: procuring Covid-19 vaccines for countries in the developing world. Guest: Megan Twohey, an investigative reporter for The New York Times; and Nicholas Kulish, an enterprise correspondent covering philanthropy, wealth and nonprofits for The...


The $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Plan

The Senate is preparing to vote on another stimulus bill — the third of the pandemic. The bill has the hallmarks of a classic stimulus package: money to help individual Americans, and aid to local and state governments. It also contains provisions that would usher in long-term structural changes that have been pushed for many years by Democrats. Today, we explore the contours of the Biden administration’s stimulus bill and look at the competing arguments. Guest: Jim Tankersley, a White...


Texas After the Storm

Even as the cold has lifted and the ice has melted in Texas, the true depth of the devastation left by the state’s winter storm can be difficult to see. Today, we look at the aftermath through the eyes of Iris Cantu, Suzanne Mitchell and Tumaini Criss — three women who, after the destruction of their homes, are reckoning with how they are going to move forward with their lives. Guest: Jack Healy, a Colorado-based national correspondent for The New York Times. Sign up here to get The Daily...


The Sunday Read: ‘Sigrid Johnson Was Black. A DNA Test Said She Wasn’t’

It all started when Sigrid E. Johnson was 62. She got a call from an old friend, asking her to participate in a study about DNA ancestry tests and ethnic identity. She agreed. Ms. Johnson thought she knew what the outcome would be. When she was 16, her mother told her that she had been adopted as an infant. Her biological mother was an Italian woman from South Philadelphia, and her father was a Black man. The results, however, told a different story. Today on The Sunday Read, what the...


Odessa, Part 1: The School Year Begins

Odessa is a four-part audio documentary series about one West Texas high school reopening during the pandemic — and the teachers, students and nurses affected in the process. For the past six months, The New York Times has documented students’ return to class at Odessa High School from afar through Google hangouts, audio diaries, phone calls and FaceTime tours. And as the country continues to debate how best to reopen schools, Odessa is the story of what happened in a school district that...


Fate, Domestic Terrorism and the Nomination of Merrick Garland

Five years ago, Judge Merrick B. Garland became a high-profile casualty of Washington’s political dysfunction. President Barack Obama selected him to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, but Senate Republicans blocked his nomination. In the process, Mr. Garland became known for the job he didn’t get. Now, after being nominated by the Biden administration to become the next attorney general, Mr. Garland is finding professional qualifications under...


When Covid Hit Nursing Homes, Part 2: ‘They’re Not Giving Us an Ending’

When the pandemic was bearing down on New York last March, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration issued a directive that allowed Covid-19 patients to be discharged into nursing homes in a bid to free up hospital beds for the sickest patients. It was a decision that had the potential to cost thousands of lives. Today, in the second part of our look at New York nursing homes, we explore the effects of the decisions made by the Cuomo administration and the crisis now facing his...


When Covid Hit Nursing Homes, Part 1: ‘My Mother Died Alone’

When New York was the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States, Gov. Andrew Cuomo emerged as a singular, strong leader. Now his leadership is embattled, particularly over the extent of deaths in nursing homes during the peak. Today, in the first of two parts on what went wrong in New York's nursing homes, we look at the crisis through the eyes of a woman, Lorry Sullivan, who lost her mother in a New York nursing home. Guest: Amy Julia Harris, an investigative reporter on The New York...


The Legacy of Rush Limbaugh

The conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh died last week. He was 70. For decades, he broadcast mistrust and grievance into the homes of millions. Mr. Limbaugh helped create an entire ecosystem of right-wing media and changed the course of American conservatism. Today, we look back on Rush Limbaugh’s career and how he came to have an outsize influence on Republican politics. Guest: Jim Rutenberg, a writer at large for The New York Times and The Times Magazine. Sign up here to get The...


The Sunday Read: ‘The Man Who Turned Credit Card Points Into an Empire’

In recent years, travel — cheap travel, specifically — has boomed. Like all booms it has its winners (including influencers and home-sharing platforms like Airbnb) and its losers (namely locals and the environment). Somewhere in that mix is The Points Guy, Brian Kelly, who runs a blog that helps visitors navigate the sprawling, knotty and complex world of travel and credit card rewards. Today on The Sunday Read, a look at the life and business of Mr. Kelly, a man who goes on vacation for a...


Kids and Covid

The end of summer 2021 has been earmarked as the time by which most American adults will be vaccinated. But still remaining is the often-overlooked question of vaccinations for children, who make up around a quarter of the U.S. population. Without the immunization of children, herd immunity cannot be reached. Today, we ask when America’s children will be vaccinated. Guest: Apoorva Mandavilli, a science and global health reporter for The New York Times. For an exclusive look at how the...


A Battle for the Soul of Rwanda

The story of how Paul Rusesabagina saved the lives of his hotel guests during the Rwandan genocide was immortalized in the 2004 film “Hotel Rwanda.” Leveraging his celebrity, Mr. Rusesabagina openly criticized the Rwandan government, and is now imprisoned on terrorism charges. Today, we look at what Mr. Rusesabagina’s story tells us about the past, present and future of Rwanda. Guest: Declan Walsh, chief Africa correspondent for The New York Times; and Abdi Latif Dahir, East Africa...


The Blackout in Texas

An intense winter storm has plunged Texas into darkness. The state’s electricity grid has failed in the face of the worst cold weather there in decades. The Texas blackouts could be a glimpse into America’s future as a result of climate change. Today, we explore the reasons behind the power failures. Guest: Clifford Krauss, a national energy business correspondent based in Houston for The New York Times; and Brad Plumer, a climate reporter for The Times. For an exclusive look at how the...


An Impeachment Manager on Trump’s Acquittal

There was a sense of fatalism going into former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial. Many felt that it would almost certainly end in acquittal. Not the Democratic impeachment managers. “You cannot go into a battle thinking you’re going to lose,” said Stacey Plaskett, the congressional representative from the U.S. Virgin Islands who was one of the managers. Today, we sit down with Ms. Plaskett for a conversation with Ms. Plaskett about the impeachment and acquittal and what...


The Sunday Read: 'Who's Making All Those Scam Calls?'

The app Truecaller estimates that as many as 56 million Americans have fallen foul to scam calls, losing nearly $20 billion. Enter L., an anonymous vigilante, referred to here by his middle initial, who seeks to expose and disrupt these scams, posting his work to a YouTube channel under the name “Jim Browning.” On today’s Sunday Read, Yudhijit Bhattacharjee follows L.’s work and travels to India to understand the people and the forces behind these scams. This story was written by Yudhijit...


France, Islam and ‘Laïcité’

“Laïcité,” or secularism, the principle that separates religion from the state in France, has long provoked heated dispute in the country. It has intensified recently, when a teacher, Samuel Paty, was beheaded after showing his class caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. We look at the roots of secularism and ask whether it works in modern, multicultural France. Guest: Constant Méheut, a reporter for The New York Times in France. For an exclusive look at how the biggest stories on our show...


A Broken System for Housing the Homeless

This episode contains descriptions of sexual violence. Victor Rivera has framed his life story as one of redemption and salvation. Escaping homelessness and drug addiction, he founded the Bronx Parent Housing Network, one of the largest nonprofits operating homeless shelters in New York City. But that’s not the whole story. A Times investigation has found a pattern of allegations of sexual abuse and financial misconduct against him during his career. We look at the accusations against Mr....


What Will It Take to Reopen Schools?

Almost a year into the pandemic and the American education system remains severely disrupted. About half of children across the United States are not in school. The Biden administration has set a clear goal for restarting in-person instruction: reopening K-8 schools within 100 days of his inauguration. Is that ambitious target possible? Guest: Dana Goldstein, a national education correspondent for The New York Times. For an exclusive look at how the biggest stories on our show come...