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Qaddafi's Son is Alive, and He Wants to Take Back Libya
Before the Arab Spring, Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi, the second son of the Libyan dictator Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, was establishing himself as a serious figure internationally. Then, the Arab Spring came to Libya.
His father and brothers were killed and Seif himself was captured by rebels and taken to the western mountains of Libya.
For years, rumors have surrounded the fate of Seif. Now he has re-emerged, touting political ambitions, but where has he been and what has he learned?
Guest: Robert F. Worth, a contributor to The New York Times Magazine.
A Showdown in Chicago
Chicago is in the midst of a crime wave — but there is also a question about whether police officers will show up for work.
That’s because of a showdown between the mayor, Lori Lightfoot, and the police union over a coronavirus vaccine mandate.
Some 30,000 city workers are subject to the mandate, but no group has expressed more discontent than the police.
Guest: Julie Bosman, the Chicago bureau chief for The New York Times.
How a Single Senator Derailed Biden’s Climate Plan
The Clean Electricity Program has been at the heart of President Biden’s climate agenda since he took office.
But passage was always going to come down to a single senator: Joe Manchin of West Virginia.
With Mr. Manchin’s support now extremely unlikely, where does that leave American climate policy?
Guest: Coral Davenport, a correspondent covering energy and environmental policy for The New York Times.
The Life and Career of Colin Powell
Colin Powell, who in four decades of public service helped shape U.S. national security, died on Monday. He was 84.
Despite a stellar career, Mr. Powell had expressed a fear that he would be remembered for a single event: his role in leading his country to war in Iraq.
We look back on the achievements and setbacks of a trailblazing life.
Guest: Robert Draper, writer for The New York Times Magazine and author of “To Start a War: How the Bush Administration Took America into Iraq.”
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.
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I like this podcast but I hate listening to how Michael speaks, it drives me crazy. Too many pauses. Just get your sentence out
Disappointing political coverage
The podcast about the Virginia governor’s race provided no new information. The reporter just packaged all the ‘hot takes’, recent tweets and FB posts. Please stop being lazy! Do the actual reporting. And provide some professional, experienced insight into the work you’re presenting. Strive for better than average, even in an environment that so greatly rewards average work.
I felt this reporting on his life was very biased I don’t think that is all he was remembered by. If you have this kind of gloom over someone who dedicated his life to service to the country I hope that you do the same to the majority of politicians that have done terrible things in there life as well but as biased as this one is, is overly positive on some people and only focus on the “wonderful” things they have done. But by who’s standards? Don’t be so obviously biased