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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.

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  • 25.06.2021
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    Day X, Part 5: Defensive Democracy

    In this episode, we get answers on just how bad the problem of far-right infiltration in the German military and police really is — and how Germany is trying to address it. We learn about Germany's "defensive democracy," which was designed after World War II to protect the country against threats from the inside. One of those threats, according to some German officials, is the Alternative for Germany, widely known by its German initials AfD. We meet intelligence officials who have put parts of the party under formal surveillance.

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  • 24.06.2021
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    The Struggles of India’s Vaccine Giant

    When the coronavirus hit, the Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine maker, seemed uniquely positioned to help. It struck a deal with AstraZeneca, promising a billion vaccine doses to low- and middle-income nations. Earlier this year, a ban instituted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi put a stop to those plans. What has that meant for the nations promised millions of doses? Guest: Emily Schmall , a South Asia correspondent for The New York Times based in New Delhi. Sign up here 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 . Background reading: The Serum Institute vowed to protect its country from the coronavirus and inoculate the world’s poor, but India’s crisis has pushed it past its limits .Big-power muscle flexing helps explain many of the world’s vaccine inequities, but there’s another problem: The manufacturing challenge is unprecedented . For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.

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  • 23.06.2021
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    Lessons from the Demise of a Voting Rights Bill

    The For the People Act, a bill created by House Democrats after the 2018 midterm elections, could have been the most sweeping expansion of voting rights in a generation. On Tuesday night, however, Senate Republicans filibustered the bill before it could even be debated. What lessons can we take from its demise? Guest: Nicholas Fandos , a congressional correspondent for The New York Times. Sign up here 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 . Background reading: By blocking the sweeping voting rights bill , Republicans dealt a blow to Democrats’ attempts to counter a wave of state-level ballot restrictions, while also supercharging a campaign to end the legislative filibuster.In the wake of the bill’s demise, Democrats and civil rights groups have reaffirmed their resolve to fight for voting protections in Congress. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.

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  • 22.06.2021
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    Policing and the New York Mayoral Race

    In the wake of last year’s Black Lives Matter protests, a central question of the New York City mayoral contest has become: Is New York safer with more or fewer police officers? Today, we see this tension play out in a single household, between Yumi Mannarelli and her mother, Misako Shimada. Guests: Misako Shimada and Yumi Mannarelli, a mother and daughter who live in New York City. Sign up here 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 . Background reading: The New York City mayoral race has been fluid , but the centrality of crime and policing has remained constant. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.

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  • 21.06.2021
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    A Crucial Voting Rights Decision

    How does the 1965 Voting Rights Act work? That is the question in front of the Supreme Court as it rules on a pair of Arizona laws from 2016 — the most important voting rights case in a decade. What arguments have been made in the case? And what implications will the decision have? Guest: Adam Liptak , a reporter covering the United States Supreme Court for The New York Times. Sign up here 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 . Background reading: The Supreme Court has signaled that it could tighten the standards for using the Voting Rights Act to challenge all kinds of voting restrictions.The sprawling voting rights legislation known as H.R. 1, could result in lawsuits leading to a dozen Supreme Court cases , according to legal experts. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.

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  • 20.06.2021
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    The Sunday Read: ‘Finding My Father’

    During his childhood, Nicholas Casey, Madrid bureau chief for The New York Times, received visits from his father. He would arrive from some faraway place where the ships on which he worked had taken him, regaling his son with endless stories. He had black curly hair like Nicholas’s and the beard he would one day grow. But then after Nicholas’s seventh birthday, he vanished. The familial riddle that plagued him would remain unsolved until his 33rd birthday with a gift from his mother: an ancestry test. This story was written by Nicholas Casey and recorded by Audm. To hear more audio stories from publications like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android .

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  • 18.06.2021
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    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.

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  • 17.06.2021
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    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 , a national political reporter for The New York Times. Sign up here 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 . 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 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 than they could have imagined. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.

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  • 16.06.2021
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    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 , the chief Africa correspondent for The New York Times. Sign up here 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 . Background reading: Thousands of Ethiopians have fled the country and given accounts of a devastating and complex conflict . A U.S. report found that officials are leading a systematic campaign of ethnic cleansing 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 bigger at the moment than anywhere else in the world. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.

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  • 15.06.2021
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    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 , a congressional correspondent for The New York Times. Sign up here 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 . 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 — $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 and how it applies to the superrich. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily. Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.

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  • 14.06.2021
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    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 , 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 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 . Background reading: An investigation from The New York Times 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 .In the United States, data requests have placed Apple and other tech giants 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 . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.

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  • 13.06.2021
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    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 .

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  • 11.06.2021
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    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?

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  • 10.06.2021
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    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 , a reporter covering science and medicine for The New York Times. Sign up here 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 . Background reading: Collaborating with devoted colleagues, Dr. Kariko laid the groundwork for the mRNA vaccines turning the tide of the pandemic . For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.

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  • 09.06.2021
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    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 , a White House and national security correspondent for The New York Times. Sign up here 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 . 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 . Background reading: The wide margin of support in the Senate 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 . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.

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  • 08.06.2021
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    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 , a reporter covering cybersecurity and digital espionage for The New York Times. Sign up here 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 . 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 . Background reading: The Biden administration has taken steps to counter the growing threat of cyberattacks 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 .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 . For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.

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  • 07.06.2021
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    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 , who covered Israel, the occupied Palestinian territories and the Middle East as the Jerusalem bureau chief of The New York Times. Sign up here 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 . 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 . Background reading: Mr. Netanyahu, a dominant figure who has pushed his nation’s politics to the right, is on the verge of losing power .The main players in the latest twist in Israeli politics have very different agendas, but one common goal. Can they change Israel? For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.

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  • 06.06.2021
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    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.

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  • 05.06.2021
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    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.

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  • 04.06.2021
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    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.

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  • 03.06.2021
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    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 , 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 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 . 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 .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 . For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.

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  • 02.06.2021
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    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 , a national political correspondent for The New York Times. Sign up here 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 . Background reading: In Washington, policy revolves around Joe Manchin. Read Jonathan Martin’s exploration of why the senator likes it that way . For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.

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  • 01.06.2021
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    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 , a member of the New York Times editorial board. Sign up here 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 . 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 .The three known survivors, who were all children in 1921, offered their firsthand accounts of the race massacre 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 . For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.

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  • 28.05.2021
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    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

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  • 27.05.2021
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    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 , the Moscow bureau chief for The New York Times. Sign up here 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 . 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 .Disgusted by the brutality of Mr. Lukashenko, Mr. Protasevich bravely embarked at 16 on a life in opposition. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.

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  • 26.05.2021
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    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 , the Beirut bureau chief for The New York Times. Sign up here 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 . 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 .Israel’s military said its airstrikes killed dozens of senior Hamas operatives and destroyed critical military infrastructure. But victory is hard to measure . For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.

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  • 25.05.2021
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    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 , a reporter covering the United States Supreme Court for The New York Times. Sign up here 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 . Background reading: In a lively Supreme Court argument, the justices struggled to determine how the First Amendment applies 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 . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.

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  • 24.05.2021
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    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 , an investigative reporter for The New York Times. Sign up here 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 . Background reading: The N.R.A. filed for bankruptcy this year to beat regulatory action in New York, but a judge rejected the strategy .How an internal power struggle, a New York State investigation and accusations of fraud and betrayal on all sides left Mr. LaPierre reeling . For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.

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  • 23.05.2021
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    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 .

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  • 22.05.2021
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    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.

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  • 21.05.2021
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    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 , the Metro editor for The New York Times. Sign up here 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 . 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 .An exploration of how decisions weighed heavily on Adrian Bonenberger, a junior officer .In 2011, after a year in combat, there were many unexpected perils of coming home . For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.

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  • 20.05.2021
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    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 , a diplomatic correspondent for The New York Times. Sign up here 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 . 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 .Among Democrats in Congress, attitudes toward Israel have grown more critical as the party base expresses concern about the human rights of Palestinians . Here’s what to know about the conflict between Israel and Hamas. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.

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  • 19.05.2021
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    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 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 . Background reading: In Gaza, an ordinary street, and extraordinary horror, as missiles thunder in .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 about the conflict. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.

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  • 18.05.2021
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    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 , an economics and business reporter for The New York Times. Sign up here 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 . 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 .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 . For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.

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  • 17.05.2021
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    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 , a reporter covering courts and criminal justice for The New York Times. Sign up here 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 . Background reading: Prosecutors are negotiating plea agreements as they confront a sprawling investigation 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 against them. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.

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  • 16.05.2021
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    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.

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  • 14.05.2021
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    A Conversation With a Dogecoin Millionaire

    This episode contains strong language. What started out as a kind of inside joke in the world of cryptocurrency has quickly become, for some, a very serious path to wealth. Today we explore the latest frenzy around a digital currency, what it tells us about the flaws in the old economy — and the risks and rewards of the new one. Guest: Kevin Roose , a technology columnist for The New York Times, spoke with Glauber Contessoto about his investment in Dogecoin. Sign up here 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 . Background reading: Dogecoin has experienced a scarcely believable surge in the past few weeks. And the currency’s value has been closely tied to the Twitter presence, and even the “Saturday Night Live” appearance , of Elon Musk. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.

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  • 13.05.2021
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    The Israeli-Palestinian Crisis, Reignited

    In the past few days, the deadliest violence in years has erupted between Israel and the Palestinians. Hundreds of missiles are streaking back and forth between Gaza and cities across Israel, and there have been shocking scenes of mob violence on the streets. Why is this happening and how much worse could it get? Guest: Isabel Kershner , a correspondent for The New York Times based in Jerusalem. Sign up here 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 . Background reading: Rioting and mob violence between Arabs and Jews has torn through towns and cities across Israel, while rockets from Gaza and Israeli airstrikes have continued to kill civilians . For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.

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  • 12.05.2021
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    ‘Ignoring the Lie Emboldens the Liar’

    Today, Liz Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House, is expected to be removed from her leadership position. She has found herself on a lonely political island by continuing to speak out against former President Donald Trump. We look at the factors behind her ouster and the new requirements for Republican leadership. Guest: Catie Edmondson , a reporter in The New York Times’s Washington bureau. Sign up here 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 . Background reading: In turning on Ms. Cheney,Republicans have bowed to Mr. Trump’s election lies .The Wyoming congresswoman challenged Republicans to turn away from Trump after Jan. 6. Instead, they turned on her .“History is watching.” Here are five key arguments from Ms. Cheney’s Washington Post opinion essay this month. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.

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  • 11.05.2021
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    Apple vs. Facebook

    Recently, Apple released a seemingly innocuous software update: a new privacy feature that would explicitly ask iPhone users whether an app should be allowed to track them across other apps and sites. For Facebook, however, this feature is anything but innocuous — it strikes at the heart of the company’s business model. The dispute represents a further deterioration in the frosty relations between the two companies. What’s at the heart of this conflict, and why have the stakes become so high for both sides? Guest: Mike Isaac , a technology correspondent for The New York Times. Sign up here 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 . Background reading: The chief executives of Facebook and Apple have opposing visions for the future of the internet. Their differences have recently escalated .With Apple’s latest mobile software update, we can decide whether apps monitor and share our activities with others. Here’s what to know . For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.

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  • 10.05.2021
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    Rural Tennessee’s Vaccine Hesitators

    Vaccine hesitancy is a major reason that many experts now fear the United States will struggle to attain herd immunity against the coronavirus. And while many initially hesitant demographics have become more open to vaccinations, one group is shifting much less: white Republican evangelical Christians, who tend to live in rural communities. Here’s what that looks like in Greeneville, Tenn. Guest: Jan Hoffman , a reporter covering behavioral health and health law for The New York Times. Sign up here 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 . Background reading: Reluctance to get vaccinated is widespread in white, Republican communities like this one in Appalachia. But it’s far more complicated than just a partisan divide. Read Jan’s reporting here . For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.

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    From The Sunday Read Archive: ‘The Accusation’

    In this episode of The Sunday Read, we revisit a story from our archives. When the university told one woman about the sexual-harassment complaints against her wife, they knew they weren’t true. But they had no idea how strange the truth really was. 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.

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  • 07.05.2021
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    Why Herd Immunity Is Slipping Away

    From the earliest days of the pandemic, herd immunity has consistently factored into conversations about how countries can find their way out of lockdowns and restrictions. Now, many experts believe that the United States may never reach the requisite level of immunity. We explore why, and what it might look like to live in a country where there is no herd immunity against the coronavirus. Guest: Apoorva Mandavilli , a science and global health reporter for The New York Times. Sign up here 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 . Background reading: The emergence of widely circulating coronavirus variants and persistent hesitancy about vaccines will keep the goal out of reach. The virus appears to be here to stay , but vaccinating the most vulnerable may be enough to restore normalcy. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.

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  • 06.05.2021
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    A Major Ruling From Facebook’s ‘Supreme Court’

    Was Facebook right to indefinitely bar former President Donald J. Trump from the platform after the Capitol riot? The company’s oversight board, which rules on some of the thorniest speech decisions on the platform, decided that, while the ban was justified at the time, the parameters of the suspension needed to be defined. What does the ruling tell us about Facebook’s “Supreme Court.” Guest: Cecilia Kang , a reporter covering technology and regulatory policy for The New York Times. Sign up here 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 . Background reading: Facebook’s company-appointed panel ruled that Facebook should reassess the barring of Mr. Trump and make a final decision in six months.Lawmakers, both Republican and Democrat , have criticized the board’s decision.Here are some central facts to know about the oversight board . For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.

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  • 05.05.2021
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    A Shrinking Society in Japan

    Japan is the “grayest” nation in the world. Close to 30 percent of the population is over 65. The reason is its low birthrate, which has caused the population to contract since 2007. With the birthrate in the United States also dropping, what are the implications of a shrinking population, and what lessons can be learned from Japan? Guest: Motoko Rich , the Tokyo bureau chief for The New York Times. Sign up here 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 . Background reading: The contracting population in Japan poses a serious threat to the country’s economic vitality and the security of its social safety net.As Japan’s population shrinks and ages, rural areas are emptying out. In one childless village, two dozen adults compensate for the absence with the company of hundreds of giant handmade dolls .The birthrate in the United States declined for the sixth straight year in 2020 and has fallen by about 19 percent since its recent peak in 2007. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.

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  • 04.05.2021
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    A Population Slowdown in the U.S.

    The latest census revealed that the United States had seen the second-slowest decade of population growth since 1790, when the count began. The country may be entering an era of substantially lower population growth, demographers said. How could this redefine the nation’s future? Guest: Sabrina Tavernise , a national correspondent covering demographics for The New York Times. Sign up here 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 . Background reading: The numbers, the product of the most embattled census process in decades, underlined the long-running trend of population gains in the South and West .Here is a roundup of what you need to know about the census results. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.

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  • 03.05.2021
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    A Vast Web of Vengeance, Part 2

    Inside the world of complaint sites and what can be done about the “the bathroom wall of the internet.” Sign up here 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 . Background: Listen to part one here . For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.

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  • 02.05.2021
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    The Sunday Read: ‘He Wants to Save Classics From Whiteness. Can the Field Survive?’

    For years, Dan-el Padilla Peralta, a Dominican-born teacher of classics at Princeton, has spoken openly about the harm caused by the discipline’s practitioners in the two millenniums since antiquity — the classical justifications of slavery, race science, colonialism, Nazism and other 20th-century fascisms. He believes that classics is so entangled with white supremacy as to be inseparable from it. Today on The Sunday Read, how Dr. Padilla is trying to change the way the subject is taught. This story was written by Rachel Poser and recorded by Audm. To hear more audio stories from publishers like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android .

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    Introducing: ‘The Improvement Association,’ From the Makers of Serial

    For at least a decade, allegations of cheating have swirled around elections in rural Bladen County, N.C. Some people point fingers at a Black advocacy group, the Bladen County Improvement Association, accusing it of bullying voters, tampering with ballots and stealing votes outright. These allegations have never been substantiated, but they persist. The reporter Zoe Chace went to Bladen County to investigate what’s really going on. From the makers of Serial and The New York Times, this five-part audio series about allegations of election fraud -- and the powerful forces that fuel them -- is out now. Binge the whole series, and find out more here: https://nytimes.com/improvementassociation

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    Odessa, Part 4: Wellness Check

    This episode contains references to mental health challenges, including eating disorders. Joanna Lopez, the high school senior we met in our first episode of Odessa, has turned inward: staying in her bedroom, ghosting friends and avoiding band practice. But playing with the marching band at the last football game of her high-school career offers a moment of hope that maybe, one day, things will get better. In the finale of our four-part series, we listen as the public health crisis becomes a mental health crisis in Odessa.

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