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A Legal Winning Streak for Religion
In a ruling a few days ago, the Supreme Court lifted coronavirus restrictions imposed by California on religious services held in private homes. The decision gave religious Americans another win against government rules that they say infringe on their freedom to worship.
With the latest victory, the question has become whether the Supreme Court’s majority is protecting the rights of the faithful or giving them favorable treatment.
Guest: Adam Liptak, who covers the Supreme Court for The Times.
Cryptocurrency’s Newest Frontier
It started with a picture posted on the internet, and ended in an extravagant cryptocurrency bidding war. NFTs, or “nonfungible tokens,” have recently taken the art world by storm. Sabrina Tavernise, a national correspondent for The Times, speaks with the Times columnist Kevin Roose about digital currency’s newest frontier, his unexpected role in it and why it matters.
Guest: Kevin Roose, a technology columnist for The Times who examines the intersection of technology, business, and culture.
Europe’s Vaccination Problem
Europe’s vaccination process was expected to be well-orchestrated and efficient. So far, it’s been neither. Sabrina Tavernise, a national correspondent for The Times, spoke with our colleague Matina Stevis-Gridneff about Europe’s problems and why things could get worse before they get better.
Guest: Matina Stevis-Gridneff, the Brussels correspondent for The New York Times, covering the European Union.
The Sunday Read: ‘The Ghost Writer’
The author Philip Roth, who died in 2018, was not sure whether he wanted to be the subject of a biography. In the end, he decided that he wanted to be known and understood.
His search for a biographer was long and fraught — Mr. Roth parted ways with two, courted one and sued another — before he settled on Blake Bailey, one of the great chroniclers of America’s literary lives.
Today on The Sunday Read, the journey of rendering a writer whose life was equal parts discipline and exuberance.
Odessa, Part 3: The Band Bus Quarantine
Last fall, as Odessa High School brought some students back to campus with hybrid instruction, school officials insisted mask wearing, social distancing and campus contact tracing would keep students and faculty safe. And at the beginning of the semester, things seemed to be going OK. But then a spike in coronavirus cases hit town, putting the school’s safety plan to the test.
In part three of our four-part series, we follow what happened when a student quarantine stretched the school’s nurses to capacity, fractured friendships and forced some marching band members to miss a critical rite of passage: the last football game of their high school career.
The Case Against Derek Chauvin
In Minneapolis, the tension is palpable as the city awaits the outcome of the trial of Derek Chauvin, the police officer accused of murdering George Floyd last summer.
The court proceedings have been both emotional — the video of Mr. Floyd’s death has been played over and over — and technical.
At the heart of the case: How did Mr. Floyd die?
Today, we look at the case that has been brought against Mr. Chauvin so far.
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