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The Sunday Read: ‘Why Was Vicha Ratanapakdee Killed?’
Throughout 2020, multiple strangers came at Monthanus Ratanapakdee seemingly out of nowhere. An old man yelled at her in Golden Gate Park — something about a virus and going back to her country. When she discussed these incidents, her father would ask, “Is it really that bad?”
Her father, Vicha Ratanapakdee, 84, was a lifelong Buddhist, the kind of person who embraced the world with open arms. During the coronavirus pandemic, he usually left the house before 8 a.m. and made it back before his grandsons started their Zoom classes.
This year, on the morning of Jan. 28, he headed out. A surveillance video captured what happened next. A tall figure suddenly darts across a street and slams into a much smaller one; the smaller figure crumples onto the pavement and doesn’t get back up.
Mr. Ratanapakdee's death helped awaken the nation to a rise in anti-Asian violence. For his grieving family, the reckoning hasn’t gone far enough.
Germany, and Europe, After Merkel
After 16 years in power, Angela Merkel, the chancellor of Germany, is walking out of office one of the most popular politicians in the country.
In those years, Ms. Merkel has not only served as the leader of Germany, but also as a leader of Europe, facing down huge challenges — such as the eurozone and the refugee crises — all while providing a sense of stability.
As Germans head to the polls this weekend, the question is: who can lead Germany and Europe at a time when the world faces no fewer crises?
Guest: Katrin Bennhold, the Berlin bureau chief for The New York Times.
Redrawing the Map in New York
New York, like many other states, is enmeshed in the process of redrawing legislative districts.
The outcome of the reconfiguring could be crucial in determining which party takes control of the House of Representatives next year.
Clearly aware of the stakes, New York Democrats are considering a tactic that is usually a preserve of the Republican Party: gerrymandering.
Guest: Nicholas Fandos, a political correspondent for The New York Times.
Submarines and Shifting Allegiances
The recent U.S.-British deal to provide Australia with nuclear-powered submarines might look relatively inconsequential. But it signifies a close alliance between the three countries to face off against China.
It is also notable for another reason: It has greatly angered the French. Why?
Guest: Mark Landler, the London bureau chief for The New York Times.
A ‘Righteous Strike’
When he visited the site of an American drone strike in Kabul, Matthieu Aikins, a Times journalist, knew something wasn’t adding up. He uncovered a story that was quite different from the one offered up by the United States military.
We follow The Times’s investigation and how it forced the military to acknowledge that the drone attack was a mistake.
Guest: Matthieu Aikins, a writer based in Afghanistan for The New York Times.
One Family’s Fight Against the Dixie Fire
Annie Correal, a reporter for The Times, has family in Indian Valley, in Northern California, roots which extend back to the 1950s.
This summer, as wildfires closed in on the area, she reported from her family’s property as they sought to fend off the flames — and investigated the divided opinions about what had caused the devastating blazes.
Guest: Annie Correal, a reporter covering New York City for The New York Times.
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The content is spot on, very well curated, presented and then Michael Barbaro voice is very addictive :-) Highly recommended!
Too much focus on personal stories
Often spot-on and incredibly good, but seems to be increasingly focusing on personal stories (sometimes to support a woke, unrealistic stance). Your main task should be to enlighten your listeners with a fact-based birds-eye view of complex situations.
Terrible sound - is this Siri reading?
Heard The Sunday read about small Helge funds. The subject is interesting but the way it was read was unfortunately terrible. It was like listening to Google Translate "reading" an article. Is this a human reading? If so, something has to be done. It was just so monotone and sleep inducing.