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How a ‘Red Flag’ Law Failed in Indiana
Last spring, Brandon Hole’s mother alerted the police in Indiana about her son’s worrying behavior. Invoking the state’s “red flag” law, officers seized his firearm.
But Mr. Hole was able to legally purchase other weapons, and last week, he opened fire on a FedEx facility, killing eight people and then himself. Why did the law fail?
Guest: Campbell Robertson, a national correspondent for The New York Times.
Guilty of All Charges
On Tuesday, after three weeks of jury selection, another three weeks of testimony and 10 hours of deliberations, Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, was found guilty of murder in the death of George Floyd.
The jurors found Mr. Chauvin guilty of all three charges: second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Sentencing will take place several weeks from now. Second-degree murder could mean as long as 40 years in prison.
We look back on key moments from the trial and discuss the reactions to the guilty verdict.
Guest: John Eligon, a national correspondent covering race for The New York Times.
A Wave of Anti-Transgender Legislation
Just four months into 2021 and there have already been more than 80 bills, introduced in mostly Republican-controlled legislatures, that aim to restrict transgender rights, mostly in sports and medical care.
But what’s the thinking behind the laws, and why are there so many?
We look into the motivation behind the bills and analyze the impact they could have.
Guest: Dan Levin, who covers American youth for The New York Times’s National Desk.
A Difficult Diplomatic Triangle
When a nuclear fuel enrichment site in Iran blew up this month, Tehran immediately said two things: The explosion was no accident, and the blame lay with Israel.
Such an independent action by Israel would be a major departure from a decade ago, when the country worked in tandem with the United States to set back Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
We look at what the blast says about relations between the United States, Iran and Israel.
Guest: David E. Sanger, a White House and national security correspondent for The New York Times.
The Sunday Read: ‘Voices Carry’
The Skagit Valley choir last sang together on the evening of March 10, 2020. This rehearsal, it would turn out, was one of the first documented superspreader events of the pandemic. Of the 61 choristers who attended practice that night, 53 developed coronavirus symptoms. Two later died.
The event served as an example to other choirs of the dangers of coming together in the pandemic. It also provided crucial evidence for scientists seeking to understand how the coronavirus was being transmitted.
Today, a look at the Skagit Valley case and the choir’s road to singing together once again.
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.