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    The Sunday Read: 'The Lonely Death of George Bell'

    The Sunday Read: 'The Lonely Death of George Bell'

    Thousands die in New York every year. Some of them alone. The city might weep when the celebrated die, or the innocent are slain, but for those who pass in an unwatched struggle, there is no one to mourn for them and their names, simply added to a death table.

    In 2014, George Bell, 72, was among those names. He died alone in his apartment in north central Queens.

    On today’s Sunday Read, what happens when someone dies, and no one is there to arrange their funeral? And who exactly was George Bell?

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Biden’s Dilemmas, Part 1: Punishing Saudi Arabia

    Biden’s Dilemmas, Part 1: Punishing Saudi Arabia

    Joe Biden has had harsh words for the Saudis and the kingdom’s de facto leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

    It appeared that the period of appeasement toward the Saudis in the Trump administration was over. But the Biden administration’s inaction over a report that implicated the crown prince in the 2018 killing of the dissident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi has disappointed many of his allies.

    Today, the first of a two-part look at what we’re learning about the Biden administration. First, a look at its approach to Saudi Arabia.

    • 26 min
    How Close Is the Pandemic’s End?

    How Close Is the Pandemic’s End?

    It’s been almost a year since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic.

    And the virus is persisting: A downward trend in the U.S. caseload has stalled, and concern about the impact of variants is growing. Yet inoculations are on the rise, and the F.D.A. has approved Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine, the third to be approved in the U.S.

    Today, we check in on the latest about the coronavirus.

    • 30 min
    Can Bill Gates Vaccinate the World?

    Can Bill Gates Vaccinate the World?

    When the coronavirus pandemic hit, the Microsoft founder Bill Gates was the most powerful and provocative private individual operating within global public health.
    Today, we look at the role he has played in public health and his latest mission: procuring Covid-19 vaccines for countries in the developing world.

    • 31 min
    The $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Plan

    The $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Plan

    The Senate is preparing to vote on another stimulus bill — the third of the pandemic.
    The bill has the hallmarks of a classic stimulus package: money to help individual Americans, and aid to local and state governments. It also contains provisions that would usher in long-term structural changes that have been pushed for many years by Democrats.
    Today, we explore the contours of the Biden administration’s stimulus bill and look at the competing arguments.

    • 23 min
    Texas After the Storm

    Texas After the Storm

    Even as the cold has lifted and the ice has melted in Texas, the true depth of the devastation left by the state’s winter storm can be difficult to see.
    Today, we look at the aftermath through the eyes of Iris Cantu, Suzanne Mitchell and Tumaini Criss — three women who, after the destruction of their homes, are reckoning with how they are going to move forward with their lives.

    • 28 min

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