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What We Know About the Omicron Variant
The story of the Omicron variant began a week ago, when researchers in southern Africa detected a version of the coronavirus that carried 50 mutations.
When scientists look at coronavirus mutations, they worry about three things: Is the new variant more contagious? Is it going to cause people to get sicker? And how will the vaccines work against it?
We explore when we will get the answers to these three questions, and look at the discovery of the variant and the international response to it.
Guest: Apoorva Mandavilli, a reporter covering science and global health for The New York Times.
A Prosecutor’s Winning Strategy in the Ahmaud Arbery Case
This episode contains strong language.
Heading into deliberations in the trial of the three white men in Georgia accused of chasing down and killing Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed Black man, it was not clear which way the jurors were leaning.
In the end, the mostly white jury found all three men guilty of murder. We look at the prosecution’s decision not to make race a central tenet of their case, and how the verdict was reached.
Guest: Richard Fausset, a correspondent based in Atlanta.
The Farmers Revolt in India
After a landslide re-election in 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s control over India seemed impossible to challenge.
But a yearlong farmers’ protest against agricultural overhauls has done just that, forcing the Indian prime minister to back down.
How did the protesters succeed?
Guest: Emily Schmall, a South Asia correspondent for The New York Times.
Righting the Historical Wrong of the Claiborne Highway
In the 1950s and ’60s, the Tremé neighborhood of New Orleans, one of the oldest African-American neighborhoods in the United States, was a vibrant community.
But the construction of the Claiborne Expressway in the 1960s gutted the area.
The Biden administration has said that the trillion-dollar infrastructure package will address such historical wrongs.
How might that be achieved?
Guest: Audra D.S. Burch, a national correspondent for The New York Times.
The Acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse
This episode contains strong language.
On Aug. 25, 2020, Kyle Rittenhouse, a teenager, shot three men, two of them fatally, during street protests in Kenosha, Wis., over the shooting of a Black man by a white police officer.
Mr. Rittenhouse’s trial, which began on Nov. 1, revolved around a central question: Did his actions constitute self-defense under Wisconsin law?
Last week, a jury decided that they did, finding him not guilty on every count against him.
We look at key moments from the trial and at how the verdict was reached.
Guest: Julie Bosman, the Chicago bureau chief of The New York Times.
The Sunday Read: ‘Did Covid Change How We Dream?’
As the novel coronavirus spread and much of the world moved toward isolation, dream researchers began rushing to design studies and set up surveys that might allow them to access some of the most isolated places of all, the dreamscapes unfolding inside individual brains. The first thing almost everyone noticed was that for many people, their dream worlds seemed suddenly larger and more intense.
One study of more than 1,000 Italians living through strict lockdown found that some 60 percent were sleeping badly — before the pandemic, only a third of Italians reported trouble sleeping — and they were also remembering more of their dreams than during normal times and reporting that those dreams felt unusually real and emotional and bizarre.
Even social media sites, researchers found, were full of people surprised at how much more active and vivid their dream lives had become. “Is it just me?” many of them asked. It was not.
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This podcast is amazing,I love the spectrum of Topics and the fact based notions and amazing journalism. The Kyle Rittenhouse story was very fascinating,and spoke for both sides as well as the Sunday read,I love to listen to it when I’m falling asleep or in the morning it has intriguing and mysterious plot lines and story’s. Keep up the good work! I love learning something new from this podcast. (Micheal Barbaros voice is so soothing 🤣🤣)
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