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A Tactical Disaster for Russia’s Military
Three months since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, one of the biggest surprises has been the inability of the Russian military to achieve some of its basic goals. One clear example: A failed attempt to cross the Donets river in eastern Ukraine earlier this month left hundreds of Russian soldiers dead. Its aftermath is raising doubts in Russia, even among the military’s most ardent supporters.
Guest: Anton Troianovski, the Moscow bureau chief for The New York Times.
The Sunday Read: ‘Can Virtual Reality Help Ease Chronic Pain?’
Chronic pain is one of the leading causes of long-term disability in the world. By some measures, 50 million Americans live with chronic pain, in part because the power of medicine to relieve it remains inadequate.
Helen Ouyang, a physician and contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, explores the potentially groundbreaking use of virtual reality in the alleviation of acute pain, as well as anxiety and depression, and meets the doctors and entrepreneurs who believe this “nonpharmacological therapy” is a good alternative to prescription drugs.
A lush forest, a snow-capped mountain, a desert at sunset — could these virtual experiences really be the answer for managing chronic pain?
A Better Understanding of Long Covid
Throughout the pandemic, long Covid — symptoms that occur after the initial coronavirus infection — has remained something of a medical mystery.
Now, amid the latest surge of infections, a series of major studies are shedding light on the condition.
Guest: Pam Belluck, a health and science reporter for The New York Times.
Inside Operation Lone Star
In the post-Trump era, some red states have moved aggressively to rebuke the Biden administration at the local level and signal to voters what a Republican-led country might look like.
In Texas, immigration is a key battleground. Today, we speak to Hunter Schuler, a member of the National Guards, about why Gov. Greg Abbott has sent him and thousands of other security officers to the U.S.-Mexico border.
Guest: Lulu Garcia-Navarro, a Times Opinion podcast host; and J. David Goodman, the Houston bureau chief for The New York Times.
The Battle for Azovstal: A Soldier’s Story
For the past two months, a group of Ukrainian fighters has been holed up in the Azovstal steel plant in the city of Mariupol, mounting a last stand against Russian forces in a critical part of eastern Ukraine.
On Monday, Ukraine finally surrendered the plant.
After the end of the determined resistance at Azovstal, we hear from Leonid Kuznetsov, a 25 year-old soldier who had been stationed inside.
Guest: Michael Schwirtz, an investigative reporter for The New York Times.
The Mexican Model of Abortion Rights
When the Supreme Court decriminalized abortion with Roe v. Wade, it established the United States as a global leader on abortion rights, decades ahead of many other countries.
Now, with Roe likely to be overturned, we look to Mexico, a country where the playbook for securing legalized abortion could be a model for activists in the United States.
Guest: Natalie Kitroeff, a correspondent covering Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean for The New York Times.
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Such good coverage of a broad range of domestic US issues and international events. Amazing, diverse team of reporters and correspondents. Big fan of Adam Liptak who seems to be able to elicit his content so succinctly. Michael is gold. Sabrina is a gem. Love your work.
Really good 👍
Really good but Michael always seems to make a hmph or hmm noise noise between the guests sentences which drives me CRAZY 😝 but it’s okay because I really like the podcast and it is soo quality, definitely best news podcast ever 😜
Far too many ads
All was all in, until the ads started. Skip, skip, skip. Still ad readings. To much pulls you out of the story they’re telling. BBC daily is much better