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The Agony of Pandemic Parenting
This episode contains strong language and emotional descriptions about the challenges of parenting during the pandemic, so if your young child is with you, you might want to listen later.
Several months ago, The Times opened up a phone line to ask Americans what it’s really been like to raise children during the pandemic.
Liz Halfhill, a single mother to 11-year-old Max, detailed her unvarnished highs and lows over the past year.
Guest: Liz Halfhill, a single mother and full-time paralegal, in Spokane, Wash.
The Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Pause Explained
Today, science writer Carl Zimmer explains the decision-making process, how long the suspension might last and the impact it could have not only in the U.S. but around the world.
Guest: Carl Zimmer, a science writer and author of the “Matter” column for The New York Times.
A Legal Winning Streak for Religion
In a ruling a few days ago, the Supreme Court lifted coronavirus restrictions imposed by California on religious services held in private homes. The decision gave religious Americans another win against government rules that they say infringe on their freedom to worship.
With the latest victory, the question has become whether the Supreme Court’s majority is protecting the rights of the faithful or giving them favorable treatment.
Guest: Adam Liptak, who covers the Supreme Court for The Times.
Cryptocurrency’s Newest Frontier
It started with a picture posted on the internet, and ended in an extravagant cryptocurrency bidding war. NFTs, or “nonfungible tokens,” have recently taken the art world by storm. Sabrina Tavernise, a national correspondent for The Times, speaks with the Times columnist Kevin Roose about digital currency’s newest frontier, his unexpected role in it and why it matters.
Guest: Kevin Roose, a technology columnist for The Times who examines the intersection of technology, business, and culture.
Europe’s Vaccination Problem
Europe’s vaccination process was expected to be well-orchestrated and efficient. So far, it’s been neither. Sabrina Tavernise, a national correspondent for The Times, spoke with our colleague Matina Stevis-Gridneff about Europe’s problems and why things could get worse before they get better.
Guest: Matina Stevis-Gridneff, the Brussels correspondent for The New York Times, covering the European Union.
The Sunday Read: ‘The Ghost Writer’
The author Philip Roth, who died in 2018, was not sure whether he wanted to be the subject of a biography. In the end, he decided that he wanted to be known and understood.
His search for a biographer was long and fraught — Mr. Roth parted ways with two, courted one and sued another — before he settled on Blake Bailey, one of the great chroniclers of America’s literary lives.
Today on The Sunday Read, the journey of rendering a writer whose life was equal parts discipline and exuberance.
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