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Why Are All Eyes on the Virginia Governor’s Race?
In 2020, Virginia epitomized the way in which Democrats took the White House and Congress — by turning moderate and swing counties.
But President Biden’s poll numbers have been waning, and in the coming race for governor, Republicans see an opportunity.
Guest: Lisa Lerer, a national political correspondent for The New York Times.
The Sunday Read: ‘Laurie Anderson Has a Message for Us Humans’
When the Hirshhorn Museum told Laurie Anderson that it wanted to put on a big, lavish retrospective of her work, she said no.
For one thing, she was busy and has been for roughly 50 years. Over the course of her incessant career, Ms. Anderson has done just about everything a creative person can do. She helped design an Olympics opening ceremony, served as the official artist in residence for NASA, made an opera out of “Moby-Dick” and played a concert for dogs at the Sydney Opera House. And she is still going.
On top of all this, Ms. Anderson had philosophical qualms about a retrospective. She is 74, which seems like a very normal age to stop and look back, and yet she seems determined, at all times, to keep moving forward.
The Great Supply Chain Disruption
Throughout the pandemic, businesses of all sizes have faced delays, product shortages and rising costs linked to disruptions in the global supply chain. Consumers have been confronted with an experience rare in modern times: no stock available, and no idea when it will come in.
Our correspondent, Peter Goodman, went to one of the largest ports in the United States to witness the crisis up close. In this episode, he explains why this economic havoc might not be temporary — and could require a substantial refashioning of the world’s shipping infrastructure.
Guest: Peter Goodman, a global economics correspondent for The New York Times.
‘No Crime Is Worth That’
This episode contains strong language and descriptions of violence.
A Times investigation has uncovered extraordinary levels of violence and lawlessness inside Rikers, New York City’s main jail complex. In this episode, we hear about one man’s recent experience there and ask why detainees in some buildings now have near-total control over entire units.
Guest: Jan Ransom, an investigative reporter for The Times focusing on criminal justice issues, spoke with Richard Brown, a man detained at Rikers.
‘The Decision of My Life’
This episode contains descriptions of violence and a suicide attempt.
When the Taliban took over Afghanistan in August, our producer started making calls. With the help of colleagues, she contacted women in different cities and towns to find out how their lives had changed and what they were experiencing.
Then she heard from N, whose identity has been concealed for her safety.
This is the story of how one 18-year-old woman’s life has been transformed under Taliban rule.
Guest: Lynsea Garrison, a senior international producer for The Daily, spoke with N, a young woman whose life changed drastically after the fall of Kabul.
Is Child Care a Public Responsibility?
Many Americans pay more for child care than they do for their mortgages, even though the wages for those who provide the care are among the lowest in the United States.
Democrats see the issue as a fundamental market failure and are pushing a plan to bridge the gap with federal subsidies.
We went to Greensboro, N.C., to try to understand how big the problem is and to ask whether it is the job of the federal government to solve.
Guest: Jason DeParle, a senior writer for The New York Times.
Aren’t journalists supposed to know correct English?
Today’s story (10/13/21) begins with, “Me and my colleagues…” This should have been, “My colleagues and I…” Where is the editor? This is the New York Times for Pete’s sake!
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New York Times is better off having a robot as the host than Sabrina. Sabrina doesn’t seem to be engaged, ask terrible follow up questions, and sounds monotone. I tend to skip those episodes when she’s the host.