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Life in Ukraine as Russia Weaponizes Winter
For months, the war in Ukraine was about territory as both sides fought to control areas in the country’s south and east.
In recent weeks, the war has taken a new turn.
Mounting attacks on civilian infrastructure have left people across Ukraine without power, heat and sometimes water as the snow begins to fall.
Guest: Marc Santora, the International News Editor for The New York Times.
The Sunday Read: ‘How Noah Baumbach Made “White Noise” a Disaster Movie for Our Moment’
Jon Mooallem met with the director Noah Baumbach to discuss his latest film, an adaptation of Don DeLillo’s 1985 novel “White Noise.”
The pair explore the recent chain of personal and public events in Baumbach’s life, including the toll of the coronavirus pandemic and the death of his father, and how this “routine trauma” has affected his work, and why it prompted him to create a discombobulated, “elevated reality” for his film in the vein of David Lynch, the Coen brothers and Spike Lee.
Who Pays the Bill for Climate Change?
Last month at COP27, the U.N. climate change conference, a yearslong campaign ended in an agreement. The rich nations of the world — the ones primarily responsible for the emissions that have caused climate change — agreed to pay into a fund to help poorer nations that bear the brunt of its effects.
In the background, however, an even more meaningful plan was taking shape, led by the tiny island nation of Barbados.
Guest: David Gelles, a climate correspondent for The New York Times.
A Landmark Jan. 6 Verdict
In a landmark verdict, a jury convicted Stewart Rhodes, leader of the Oath Keepers, a right-wing militia, of sedition for his role in the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol.
The charge he faced, seditious conspiracy, is one that can be traced to the American Civil War.
How did federal prosecutors make their case, and what does the verdict tell us about just how organized the attack really was?
Guest: Alan Feuer, a reporter covering courts and criminal justice for The New York Times.
What It’s Like Inside One of China’s Protests
Over the weekend, protests against China’s strict coronavirus restrictions ricocheted across the country in a rare case of nationwide civil unrest. It was the most extensive series of protests since the pro-democracy movement in Tiananmen Square in 1989.
This is what these demonstrations look and feel like, and what they mean for President Xi Jinping and his quest for “zero Covid.”
Guest: Vivian Wang, a China correspondent for The New York Times.
A Secret Campaign to Influence the Supreme Court
For the past few months, Jodi Kantor and Jo Becker, investigative reporters for The New York Times, have looked into a secretive, yearslong effort by an anti-abortion activist to influence the justices of the Supreme Court.
This is the story of the Rev. Rob Schenck, the man who led that effort.
Guest: Jodi Kantor, an investigative reporter for The New York Times.