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The United States v. Elizabeth Holmes
When Elizabeth Holmes founded Theranos, the blood testing start-up, she was held up as one of the next great tech innovators.
But her company collapsed, and she was accused of lying about how well Theranos’s technology worked. Now she is on trial on fraud charges.
The case against Ms. Holmes is being held up as a referendum on the “fake it till you make it” culture of Silicon Valley, but it’s also about so much more.
Guest: Erin Griffith, a reporter covering technology start-ups and venture capital for The New York Times.
Mexico’s Path to Legalizing Abortion
In a major turn of events in Mexico, which has one of the largest Catholic populations in the world, its Supreme Court last week decriminalized abortions.
The Supreme Court ruling is a milestone for Mexico’s feminist movement. But change might not come quickly: Abortion law is mostly administered at the state level in Mexico, much of the country remains culturally conservative, and many Mexican medical workers are morally opposed to abortion.
In a country where polls indicate most people don’t believe that abortion should be legal, what effect will the ruling have in practice?
Guest: Natalie Kitroeff, a correspondent covering Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean for The New York Times.
A Hidden Shame in Nursing Homes
For decades, the law has sought to restrain nursing homes from trying to control the behavior of dementia patients with antipsychotic drugs, which are known to have adverse health effects.
An alarming rise in schizophrenia diagnoses suggests some homes have found a way to skirt the rules.
We hear the story of David Blakeney, a dementia sufferer whose health declined rapidly after he was placed in a South Carolina nursing home.
Biden’s Bet on Vaccine Mandates
As recently as a month ago, President Biden appeared to be skeptical about imposing coronavirus vaccine mandates. Now that skepticism has given way to a suite of policies that aim to force the hands of the unvaccinated.
What has changed?
Special Episode: What Does It Mean to 'Never Forget'?
Two planes hijacked by Al Qaeda pierced the north and south towers of the World Trade Center. A third slammed into the Pentagon in Arlington, Va. A fourth crashed in an open field outside Shanksville, Pa. All in less than 90 minutes.
What, exactly, do you remember? What stories do you tell when a casual conversation morphs into a therapy session? What stories do you keep to yourself? And what instantly transports you back to that deceptively sunny Tuesday morning?
In a study of more than 3,000 people, what distinguished the memories of Sept. 11, when compared with ordinary autobiographical memories, was the extreme confidence that people had developed in their altered remembrances.
Dan Barry, a longtime Times reporter, remembered “the acrid smell of loss drifting uptown through the newsroom’s open windows. The landfill. The funerals.” Today, he shares an essay about the effects of time on those memories.
‘We’re Going to Take Over the World’
On the internet, there are bizarre subcultures filled with conspiracy theorists — those who believe the coronavirus is a hoax or that the 2020 election was stolen, or even that Hillary Clinton is a shape-shifting lizard. It’s a way of thinking that can be traced back to the first real internet blockbuster, a 9/11 conspiracy documentary called “Loose Change.” Today, we explore the film’s impact.
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I’m so tired of this being so political . The stat I just heard , US having the lowest rate of vaccination with ominous music.. all the country’s they say are surpassing us are a QUARTER of the size!! the us has vaccinated way more people than these country’s mentioned but using the rate stat makes it sound scary - STOP SPREADING FEAR AND ENCOURAGING PANIC