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All of the things you need to know now from the editors of TIME




Inside Broadway’s Jubilant Homecoming

For the spectator, Broadway is magic, not work: Every show, whether it’s a drama or a musical, is a feat of illusion, designed to allow an audience to slip into another world for a few hours. But the creation of any illusion involves labor, and that’s especially true on Broadway. Every performance of every show is in some way touched by thousands of hands.


The Social Democrats Have Beaten Angela Merkel’s Bloc in the German Elections

BERLIN — Germany's center-left Social Democrats won the biggest share of the vote in a national election Sunday, narrowly beating outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel ’s center-right Union bloc in a closely fought race that will determine who succeeds the long-time leader at the helm of Europe's biggest economy.


Biden Laid Out an Ambitious Global Agenda at the UN General Assembly. Here’s How It Compares to Reality

Everything is easier said than done, and that’s especially true for big challenges. Like, for example, trying to establish America’s place in the 21st century world—or persuading other governments to place their confidence in you. But no matter how tall the tasks, we shouldn’t dismiss a presidential speech at the United Nations as only hot air.


In a New Lifetime Documentary, Olympic Gymnast Aly Raisman Finds a Path to Healing After Her Experience With Sexual Abuse

In Aly Raisman: From Darkness to Light, the former Olympian confronts her most challenging task yet: recovering from the sexual abuse she experienced while training as an elite gymnast.


Apple TV+’s Beautiful, Frustrating Foundation Is the Latest Example of the Problem With Genre TV

How can the doomed societies of the present help the societies of the future flourish? This is the central question of Foundation, the gorgeous, expensive, potential-packed but initially quite confusing Apple TV+ sci-fi series based on Isaac Asimov’s classic novels. The answer is more complicated than it might seem, even in our age of all-digital-everything, when you start looking farther ahead than a few generations or centuries.


Biden Administration Grapples With How to Send Aid to Afghanistan Without Supporting the Taliban

When President Joe Biden stood in front of the iconic green marble and gold foil backdrop to address the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Sept. 21, he declared that the U.S. had ended 20 years of conflict in Afghanistan and opened a new era of “relentless diplomacy, of using the power of our development aid to invest in new ways of lifting people up around the world.” That new era has gotten off to a rocky start. Afghanistan desperately needs U.S.


Meet the 14-Year-Old Girl Whose Solar-Powered Invention Is a Finalist for Prince William’s Earthshot Prize

Tell Vinisha Umashankar that your teen years pale in comparison to hers, and she is quick to remind you that everyone has a different life journey. But the 14-year-old also knows that the future looks very different for her generation if the world doesn't act to slow global warming and the effects of climate change. Still, she's optimistic that "collective action" of people her age will turn the tide. That's probably why Umashankar has already been doing more than her fair share.


Dr. Lorna Breen’s Family: Doctors Shouldn’t Be ‘Punished’ for Seeking Support

When Dr. Lorna Breen, an emergency-room physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, died by suicide in April 2020, her family and colleagues were cratered. She had been on the front lines of the huge, early COVID-19 surge before contracting the virus herself, and she confided in family that the anxiety, exhaustion and uncertainty were overwhelming—for her patients, but also for herself.


How to Free Up Storage Space on Your iPhone

There’s nothing worse than that dreaded iPhone message that always seems to pop up at the wrong time: “Not enough storage.” Maybe you’ve taken one too many 4K videos, or maybe you’re worried you'll get the notification as you update to the new iOS 15. Whether it’s a preventative measure or you desperately just need to be able to take photos again, here’s how you can free up more space on your iPhone.


‘Defund the Police’ Was a Catchy Slogan. It’s Also Why a Policing Bill Fell Apart

This article is part of the The DC Brief, TIME’s politics newsletter. Sign up here to get stories like this sent to your inbox every weekday. Richard Nixon had an energy crisis on his hands as he began what would be his last year as President. Arab members of the oil cartel OPEC had quadrupled prices for the United States to protest Washington’s support for Israel in the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, and the costs at the pump for Americans was mind blowing.


Can Cannabis Help Your Gut?

When Joe Silverman developed Crohn’s disease at age 21, the symptoms started out mild. While the sight of blood in his stools initially freaked him out, what really bothered him was the frequent abdominal pain and bloating that occurred as his condition progressed to moderate and then severe.


Texas’ Abortion Law Could Worsen the State’s Maternal Mortality Rate

Texas’ controversial six-week abortion ban has been in effect just 21 days, and physicians and researchers are already warning that the impact could be dire: if the law remains in effect, Texas could see a significant increase in maternal mortality. A new analysis from Dr.


Anita Hill: I Didn’t Need Joe Biden’s Apology. What I Need Is His Commitment to End Gender-Based Violence

In March 2019, I sat in a hotel room in Houston waiting for a conversation that was nearly 28 years in the making. The apology that in December 2017 Joe Biden told a journalist he owed me was about to happen—maybe. For more than a year, as other journalists asked Biden whether he had reached out to me, my partner Chuck and I played a game.


What Would a Climate-Conscious Facebook Look Like?

A version of this story first appeared in the Climate is Everything newsletter. If you’d like sign up to receive this free once-a-week email, click here. After a summer of devastating hurricanes, heat waves and wildfires, Facebook's new measures to address climate misinformation leave something to be desired. In fact, you might be forgiven for thinking they were a joke.


A Parole Board Recommended Julius Jones’ Death Sentence Be Commuted. A Week Later, His Execution Date Was Set

Julius Jones, a Black man on death row in Oklahoma having been charged with murder in 1999, is scheduled to be executed on Nov. 18, despite the state's parole board recommending that his sentence be commuted. Jones' legal team is now awaiting the decision of Gov. Kevin Stitt after the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole board made their recommendation on Sept. 13. (In a 3-1 vote, the board ruled that Jones' death sentence should be commuted to life in prison.


Column: Democrats Must Pass Voting Rights Protections, But They Can't Codify a Lie

Back from their summer recess, Senate Democrats announced last week that they have united behind the "Freedom to Vote" Act, a compromise bill that would expand and protect the right to vote in important ways. It comes on the heels of a summer-long effort by poor and low-income people, as well as grassroots voting rights advocates, to demand that Democrats act now to protect the right to vote and defend democracy.


Who’s Afraid of Peter Thiel? A New Biography Suggests We All Should Be

Paypal cofounder Peter Thiel is famous for destroying media outlets, not paying taxes, and being a conservative tech billionaire. A new biography, The Contrarian, suggests that he is after more than riches. TIME chatted with its author, journalist Max Chafkin. Why should we care about Peter Thiel, apart from the fact that he is another rich tech billionaire and they're all weirdly fascinating? I think that Peter Thiel is secretly the most important person in Silicon Valley.


With His Agenda on the Brink, Joe Biden Scrambles to Unite Democrats

Joe Biden ran for president promising to be a savvy dealmaker in Congress. But now, with his domestic agenda threatened by disagreements within his own party, he is facing the ultimate test. Biden spent Wednesday afternoon and evening huddling in the Oval Office with three groups of Democratic lawmakers, trying to convince them to overcome their differences to pass an infrastructure bill that would invest $1 trillion in repairing the country’s aging roads and bridges, and a $3.


CDC Panel Outlines Who Should Get Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Booster Shots, And Who Should Wait

In a four-part vote, a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) committee today recommended booster shots of Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine for people 65 years or older, as well as anyone over 50 with certain underlying medical conditions. The committee also recommended allowing people 18- to 49-years-old with underlying medical conditions to receive a booster if they desired, based on individualized decisions about the benefits and risks to them.


China Says All Cryptocurrency Transactions Are Illegal

China’s central bank said all cryptocurrency-related transactions are illegal and must be banned, sending the strongest signal yet on its determination to crack down on the industry. All crypto currencies, including bitcoin and tether, are not fiat currency and cannot be circulated on the market, the People’s Bank of China said on its website.