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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
The 4 part series was the best podcast I have ever listened to. Poignant and very moving the series dramatically illustrated the challenges of young students coping with the impact of covid on their lives. I have enormous sympathy for all students and a better appreciation of the impact for my own grandson’s situation with the absence of regular classroom instruction and interaction with his peers. Thank you!
So far left I can’t stand to listen anymore
Been a subscriber who just ignores the left leaning comments because I didn’t want to miss interesting content. It has become so radical left I would skip entire episodes because I couldn’t stand to listen. Finally just unsubscribing all together
I listened to almost every episode until recently. The show seems to have been pulled hard to the left and is no longer balanced. Hopefully this is temporary.