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Odessa, Part 1: The School Year Begins
Odessa is a four-part audio documentary series about one West Texas high school reopening during the pandemic — and the teachers, students and nurses affected in the process.
For the past six months, The New York Times has documented students’ return to class at Odessa High School from afar through Google hangouts, audio diaries, phone calls and FaceTime tours. And as the country continues to debate how best to reopen schools, Odessa is the story of what happened in a school district that was among those that went first.
Fate, Domestic Terrorism and the Nomination of Merrick Garland
Five years ago, Judge Merrick B. Garland became a high-profile casualty of Washington’s political dysfunction. President Barack Obama selected him to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, but Senate Republicans blocked his nomination. In the process, Mr. Garland became known for the job he didn’t get.
Now, after being nominated by the Biden administration to become the next attorney general, Mr. Garland is finding professional qualifications under scrutiny once again. In light of the attack on the Capitol, we explore how his career leading investigations into domestic terrorism prepared him for his Senate confirmation hearing.
When Covid Hit Nursing Homes, Part 2: ‘They’re Not Giving Us an Ending’
When the pandemic was bearing down on New York last March, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration issued a directive that allowed Covid-19 patients to be discharged into nursing homes in a bid to free up hospital beds for the sickest patients. It was a decision that had the potential to cost thousands of lives.
Today, in the second part of our look at New York nursing homes, we explore the effects of the decisions made by the Cuomo administration and the crisis now facing his leadership.
When Covid Hit Nursing Homes, Part 1: ‘My Mother Died Alone’
When New York was the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States, Gov. Andrew Cuomo emerged as a singular, strong leader. Now his leadership is embattled, particularly over the extent of deaths in nursing homes during the peak.
Today, in the first of two parts on what went wrong in New York's nursing homes, we look at the crisis through the eyes of a woman, Lorry Sullivan, who lost her mother in a New York nursing home.
The Legacy of Rush Limbaugh
The conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh died last week. He was 70.
For decades, he broadcast mistrust and grievance into the homes of millions. Mr. Limbaugh helped create an entire ecosystem of right-wing media and changed the course of American conservatism.
Today, we look back on Rush Limbaugh’s career and how he came to have an outsize influence on Republican politics.
The Sunday Read: ‘The Man Who Turned Credit Card Points Into an Empire’
In recent years, travel — cheap travel, specifically — has boomed. Like all booms it has its winners (including influencers and home-sharing platforms like Airbnb) and its losers (namely locals and the environment). Somewhere in that mix is The Points Guy, Brian Kelly, who runs a blog that helps visitors navigate the sprawling, knotty and complex world of travel and credit card rewards.
Today on The Sunday Read, a look at the life and business of Mr. Kelly, a man who goes on vacation for a living.
Customer ReviewsSee All
Well executed, and actually relatively fair
Though a registered Dem, I feel The New York Times (as with most media) has gone off the rails in an alarming and divisive way that I would have never expected. The Daily, and specifically Michael, do a great job at covering a wide variety of issues with the fairness, openness, and criticality that has all but vanished from the rest of the publication. While some guests go all in on identity politics and pandering, Michael manages to always keep the tone shockingly professional and objective no matter the guest or topic.
Biased reporting on Rwanda
Incredibly disappointed with the reporting in the episode about Paul Rusesabagina and Kagame. Not a single Rwandan perspective. I find it hard to believe the NYTimes couldn't find any qualified Rwandan journalists to shed some light on how Rwandans feel about the situation regarding Rusesabagina, refugees in the Congo, and the violent attack the FNL carried out against Rwandans after Rusesabagina’s message to them to “use any means necessary.” Instead, they chose to have an American, an Irishman, and what I believe is a Kenyan man tell this deeply Rwandan story.
Throughout the podcast, I felt continually that the reporting was grossly irresponsible, biased, and deliberately misconstruing facts for the sake of leading viewers to a specific and incomplete conclusion.
I’ve listened to the daily everyday for the past year and a half and was so disappointed with the reporting in this episode.
A good podcast should feel like a long natural conversation, this show feels like short 3 minute related audio clips stitched together.