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The Sunday Read: ‘The Quest by Circadian Medicine to Make the Most of Our Body Clocks’
The concept of having a “body clock” is a familiar one, but less widespread is the awareness that our body contains several biological clocks. Understanding their whims and functions may help us optimize our lives and lead to better overall health, according to scientists.
Every physiological system is represented by a clock, from the liver to the lungs, and each one is synced “to the central clock in the brain like an orchestra section following its conductor,” writes Kim Tingley, a New York Times journalist who explored the effect this knowledge has on how conditions are treated, and spoke to scientists about how misalignment or deregulation of these clocks can have a profound effect on our health.
Exploring the components that dictate our lives, and how they work together like the “gears in a mechanical watch,” Ms. Tingley builds a case for the importance of paying attention to all our circadian rhythms — and not just when it comes to monitoring our sleep.
The Run-Up: 'The Republic'
In kicking off the midterms, Joe Biden talked about American democracy as a shared value, enshrined in the country’s founding — a value that both Democrats and Republicans should join together in defending. But there is another possible view of this moment. One that is shared by two very different groups: the voters who propelled Biden to the presidency … and the conservative activists who are rejecting democracy altogether.
“The Run-Up” is a new politics podcast from The New York Times. Leading up to the 2022 midterms, we’ll be sharing the latest episode here every Saturday. If you want to hear episodes when they first drop on Thursdays, you can search for “The Run-Up” wherever you get your podcasts. Visit nytimes.com/therunup to learn more.
The Pastors Being Driven Out by Trumpism
Evangelicals make up about a quarter of the population in the United States and are part of the nation’s largest religious group. But lately the movement is in crisis.
The biggest issue is church attendance. Many churches closed at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic and struggled to reopen while congregations thinned.
But a smaller audience isn’t the only problem: Pastors are quitting, or at least considering doing so.
Guest: Ruth Graham is a national correspondent covering religion, faith and values for The New York Times.
Putin’s Escalation of the War in Ukraine
In a speech on Wednesday, President Vladimir V. Putin said that he would require hundreds of thousands more Russians to fight in Ukraine — and alarmed the West by once again raising the specter of nuclear force.
The mobilization signals that Mr. Putin is turning the war from one of aggression to one of defense, offering clues about what the next phase of the fighting will involve.
Guest: Anton Troianovski, the Moscow bureau chief for The New York Times.
How Border Politics Landed in Martha’s Vineyard
Last week, nearly 50 Venezuelan migrants showed up, without warning, on the wealthy island of Martha’s Vineyard.
Their arrival was the culmination of a monthslong strategy by two of the United States’ most conservative governors to lay the issue of undocumented immigration at Democrats’ doorstep.
How has this strategy played out and what has it meant for the migrants caught in the middle?
Guest: Miriam Jordan, a national correspondent covering immigration for The New York Times.
Why Adnan Syed Was Released From Prison
Adnan Syed was accused of the 1999 killing of his classmate and ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, whose body was found buried in a car park in Baltimore.
He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison but has proclaimed his innocence for the last 23 years.
Mr. Syed was the subject of the first season of the podcast “Serial,” which painstakingly examined his case and the evidence against him.
Yesterday, his conviction was overturned. On today’s episode, the “Serial” team looks at how this happened.
Guest: Sarah Koenig, the host and executive producer of the “Serial” podcast.
Enough with the grunts!
I am a frequent listener and I appreciate the effort that goes into making these podcasts.
It’s clear the participants are very well informed and prepared and yet I also believe the vocal but non verbal reactions from Michael are not necessary and sometimes border on editorializing in a way.
Overall, reasonably balanced, but the grunts, sighs and “HMMM” reactions often become distracting.
Michael, your vocabulary is rich! Use it, sir!
The should rename it the mmm-hmmm podcast
Good podcast, but is hard for me to listen to with headphones because of the hosts tendency to say mmmm and mmm-hmmm frequently.
The Run-up: ‘Republic’ was the worst episode I’ve ever listened too
Who cares why a South Carolina senator backed Joe Biden in 2020? We are facing completely different problems today, inflation is 8.6%, the Dollar Index is at all time highs (hurting U.S. companies), Europe’s decision to rely on Russian gas is going to have a massive impact on us…but instead talk about 2020