This is what the news should sound like. The biggest stories of our time, told by the best journalists in the world. Hosted by Michael Barbaro and Sabrina Tavernise. Twenty minutes a day, five days a week, ready by 6 a.m.
Boy Scouts vs. Girl Scouts
Five years ago, after decades of resistance, the Boy Scouts of America made a momentous change, allowing girls to participate. Since then, tens of thousands have joined.
Today we revisit a story, first aired in 2017, about 10-year-old twins deciding which group to join, and find out what’s happened to them since.
Pregnant at 16
This episode contains strong language and descriptions of an abortion.
With the end of Roe v. Wade, Louisiana has become one of the most difficult places in the United States to get an abortion. The barriers are expected to disproportionately affect Black women, the largest group to get abortions in the state.
Today, we speak to Tara Wicker and Lakeesha Harris, two women in Louisiana whose lives led them to very different positions in the fight over abortion access.
The F.B.I. Search of Trump’s Home
On Monday, federal agents descended on Mar-a-Lago, the private club and Florida home of former President Donald J. Trump, reportedly looking for classified documents and presidential papers.
Trump supporters expressed outrage about the agency’s actions, while many Democrats reacted with glee. But what do we know about the search, and what comes next?
Guest: Maggie Haberman, a White House correspondent for The New York Times.
How Democrats Salvaged a History-Making Bill
This weekend, Democrats passed legislation that would make historic investments to fight climate change and lower the cost of prescription drugs — paid for by raising taxes on businesses.
How did the party finally make progress on the bill, and what effects will it have?
Guest: Emily Cochrane, a Washington-based correspondent for The New York Times.
The Alex Jones Verdict and the Fight Against Disinformation
This episode contains descriptions of distressing scenes.
In a landmark ruling, a jury in Texas ordered Alex Jones, America’s most prominent conspiracy theorist, to pay millions of dollars to the parents of a boy killed at Sandy Hook for the damage caused by his lies about the mass shooting.
What is the significance of the trial, and will it do anything to change the world of lies and misinformation?
Guest: Elizabeth Williamson, a feature writer based in the Washington bureau of The New York Times.
The Sunday Read: 'Why Was Joshua Held for More Than Two Years for Someone Else’s Crimes?'
The more he insisted that his name was Joshua, the more delusional he came to be seen.
Journalist Robert Kolker tells us the remarkable story of Joshua Spriestersbach, a homeless man who wound up serving more than two years in a Honolulu jail for crimes committed by someone else.
It was a case of mistaken identity that developed into “a slow-motion game of hot potato between the police, the courts, the jails and the hospitals,” Mr. Kolker writes. He delves into how homelessness and mental illness shaped Mr. Spriestersbach’s adult life, two factors that led him into a situation in which he had little control — a bureaucratic wormhole that commandeered and consumed two and a half years of his life.
Ugh. Just tried listening to another Sunday Read ruined by a professional reader. Why don’t the authors read their own stories?! The intro, read by the author, is so much more engaging. I get interested, then most times can’t even finish listening because of the robotic style of the narrator.
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But Barbaro’s hemming and humming are unbearable. Great journalism crumbles under the manufactured condescension of his verbal tics.
Pregnant at 16
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