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The Vaccine Mandate Conundrum
In the effort to raise America’s vaccination rate, some agencies and private organizations have turned to the last, and most controversial, weapon in the public health arsenal: vaccine mandates.
How have the federal government and the White House approached the issue?
Guest: Jennifer Steinhauer, a Washington reporter for The New York Times.
Breakthrough Infections, Explained
For the past couple of weeks, some Americans have reported a curious phenomenon: They have caught the coronavirus despite being vaccinated.
Vaccines are still doing their job by protecting against serious illness and hospitalization, but the frequency of so-called breakthrough infections has surprised experts.
How do such cases happen, and what risks do they pose?
Guest: Apoorva Mandavilli, a science and global health reporter for The New York Times.
The Sunday Read: ‘The Little Hedge Fund Taking Down Big Oil’
An activist investment firm won a shocking victory at Exxon Mobil. But can new directors really put the oil giant on a cleaner path?
Putting a Price on Pollution
Extreme weather across Europe, North America and Asia is highlighting a harsh reality of science and history: The world as a whole is neither prepared to slow down climate change nor live with it.
European officials are trying to change that. The European Commission, the E.U.’s executive arm, recently introduced ambitious legislation aimed at sharply cutting emissions to slow down climate change within the next decade, specifically by weaning one of the world’s biggest and most polluting economies off fossil fuels. But can it generate the political will to see it through?
Guest: Somini Sengupta, the international climate reporter for The New York Times.
Who Killed Haiti’s President?
A promise of a well-paying assignment abroad for retired Colombian soldiers. A security company in Miami. An evangelical Haitian American pastor with lofty ideas. Trying to join the dots in the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse took us from the Caribbean to South America to Florida — and there are still plenty of questions.
Guest: Julie Turkewitz, the Andes bureau chief for The New York Times, and Frances Robles, a national and foreign correspondent for The Times based in Florida.
Reacting to Chinese Cyberattacks
The Chinese government’s hacking of Microsoft was bold and brazen.
The Biden administration tried to orchestrate a muscular and coordinated response with Western allies. But while the U.S. has responded to cyberattacks from Russia with economic sanctions, when it comes to Beijing, the approach is more complicated.
Why does the U.S. take a different course with China?
Guest: David E. Sanger, a White House and national security correspondent for The New York Times.
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