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A New Chapter of the Coronavirus
Recent data from the C.D.C. has found that not only can vaccinated people get infected with the Delta variant of the coronavirus, though instances are rare, but they also can potentially spread the virus just as much as an unvaccinated person.
What are the practical implications of this new information?
Guest: Apoorva Mandavilli, a science and global health reporter for The New York Times.
The Sunday Read: ‘Is There a Right Way to Act Blind?’
Activists slammed the TV show “In the Dark” for casting a sighted actress in a blind lead role. But what if blindness is a performance of its own?
From Opinion: Nikole Hannah-Jones and Ta-Nehisi Coates on the Story We Tell About America
You’ve heard the 1619 podcast right here on The Daily. And we’ve covered the backlash to the 1619 Project and the battle over critical race theory that followed. In this interview, Ezra Klein, an Opinion columnist at The New York Times and host of The Ezra Klein Show, speaks with Nikole Hannah-Jones and Ta-Nehisi Coates about these skirmishes, and how they have gripped our national discourse. At the heart of the conversation in this episode is the question: How do we understand American history?
Each Tuesday and Friday for New York Times Opinion, Ezra Klein invites you into a conversation on something that matters. Subscribe to the show wherever you listen to podcasts.
The Story of Simone Biles
This episode contains mentions of sexual abuse.
Simone Biles, 24, showed up on the national stage at 16, when she competed in and won the national championships. She equally impressed at her first Olympics, in 2016 in Rio.
Going into the Tokyo Games this year, Ms. Biles — who is considered one of the greatest gymnasts of all time — was expected to win the all-around. So she shocked many this week when she pulled out of the competition.
What prompted her decision?
Guest: Juliet Macur, a sports reporter for The New York Times.
Why Is China Expanding Its Nuclear Arsenal?
For decades, nuclear weapons did not figure prominently in China’s military planning. However, recent satellite images suggest that the country may be looking to quintuple its nuclear arsenal.
Why is China changing strategy now?
Guest: David E. Sanger, a White House and national security correspondent for The New York Times.
The Saga of Congress’s Jan. 6 Investigation
This episode contains strong language.
The first hearing of the special congressional committee on the Jan. 6 riots was an emotional affair, but it was not quite the investigation that was originally envisaged.
In January, lawmakers on both sides spoke of putting aside partisanship and organizing an investigation akin to the 9/11 commission, considered the gold standard of nonpartisan fact-finding.
Why did the commission fail and what is taking place instead?
Guest: Luke Broadwater, a congressional reporter for The New York Times.
My Favorite Podcast and Daily Obsession
I have been a religious listener of this show for years now and it has consistently delivered great journalism, incredible story telling, and up to date insights into current events. I look forward to refreshing my podcast application every morning to see what the latest episode is and I love starting my day with a dose of political history mixed with entertainment.
Michael is a strong host and it’s been great to see the other team members shine during his parental leave. I generally agree with the opinions presented on political topics, as I’m also a New Yorker who leans left. However, it would be appreciated if the approach were a bit more centered. The New York Times is such a respectable organization and as much as I am usually thinking the things the hosts are saying out loud, in this political climate I’d actually appreciate more of just the facts rather than blatant opinions coming from news publications. There’s already enough division in our country and if reputable organizations like NYT could start appealing to more than 50% of the population, there might be a real opportunity to help unify.
Overall, a big thanks to the team that seamlessly puts this show together every single business day with relevant topics as they’re happening in real time. I can’t imagine the stress and pressure that goes on behind the scenes, so just know, your listeners are very grateful for all the hard work and dedication!
I love this and I listen to everyday I drive to work!
Why are you podcast voicing so hard
Good info but the intro/outro speaker needs to stop pausing and starting and stopping with such a predictable cadence. Unnatural and unnerving.