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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. Twenty minutes a day, five days a week, ready by 6 a.m.

    Microsoft and the Metaverse

    Microsoft and the Metaverse

    Microsoft announced this week that it was acquiring Activision Blizzard, the maker of video games such as Call of Duty and Candy Crush, in a deal valued at nearly $70 billion.
    Microsoft, the owner of Xbox, said the acquisition was a step toward gaining a foothold in the metaverse.
    But what exactly is the metaverse? And why are some of the biggest companies in the world spending billions of dollars to get involved?

    • 23 min
    A Last-Gasp Push on Voting Rights

    A Last-Gasp Push on Voting Rights

    It’s a big week in the Senate for voting rights. Democrats have two bills that include measures to bolster and protect elections.
    But the bills are almost certain to fail.
    Why has it proved almost impossible to pass legislation so integral to the agenda of President Biden and the Democrats?

    • 31 min
    The Civilian Casualties of America’s Air Wars

    The Civilian Casualties of America’s Air Wars

    Four years ago, Azmat Khan, an investigative reporter for The Times Magazine, told us the story of Basim Razzo, whose entire family was killed in a U.S.-led airstrike in Iraq. His story helped reveal how American air wars were resulting in a staggering number of civilian deaths.
    Analyzing thousands of pages of U.S. military reports and investigating in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, Azmat was able to gain a better understanding of why this was happening.

    • 36 min
    The Sunday Read: ‘This Isn’t the California I Married’

    The Sunday Read: ‘This Isn’t the California I Married’

    Elizabeth Weil, the author of today’s Sunday Read, writes that, in her marriage, there was a silent third spouse: California.

    “The state was dramatic and a handful,” Weil writes. “But she was gorgeous, and she brought into our lives, through the natural world, all the treasure and magic we’d need.”

    However, for Weil, there is internal conflict living in a state where wildfires have become the norm. She describes living through a discontinuity in which previously held logic fails to stand up to reality.

    Today, Weil analyzes the sources of California’s crisis — from the impact of colonization and the systemic erasure of Indigenous practices to the significant loss of fire-management practices and critical dryness caused by global warming.

    In California, as in much of the world, climate anxiety and climate futurism coalesce into trans-apocalyptic pessimism. But, in spite of the doom, Weil suggests the situation is not completely devoid of hope.

    • 46 min
    The Life and Legacy of Sidney Poitier

    The Life and Legacy of Sidney Poitier

    Sidney Poitier, who was Hollywood’s first Black matinee idol and who helped open the door for Black actors in the film industry, died last week. He was 94.

    For Wesley Morris, a Times culture critic, it is Mr. Poitier — not John Wayne, Cary Grant or Marilyn Monroe — who is the greatest American movie star.

    “His legacy is so much wider and deeper than the art itself,” Wesley said. “This man has managed to affect what we see, how we relate to people, who we think we are, who we should aspire to be. And if that’s not a sign of greatness, I don’t know what is.”

    • 39 min
    ‘The Kids Are Casualties in a War’

    ‘The Kids Are Casualties in a War’

    As the highly infectious Omicron variant surged, a high-stakes battle played out between Mayor Lori Lightfoot of Chicago and the city’s teachers’ union about how to keep schools open and safe.

    We chart this battle on the ground in Chicago, speaking with teachers, parents and students about the standoff.

    • 31 min

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Rebekah the Reader ,

Show suggestion…

I really enjoy and appreciate The Daily and the work done to inform people of important issues.
Would you please do a show looking into how Manchin and Synema can claim to want bi partisan work on voting rights when it doesn’t seem the republicans are really game for that?
Thanks for your time and consideration.

Juanhooknows ,

Love it.

One suggestion. Keep using actors to recite the Sunday read. As compelling as Ms Weil’s story was, that scourge of twenty first century public radio, and podcasts , vocal fry, was a more compelling reason to stop listening well before the piece was over.

Sunshinecatx ,

Vendetta ruins woman’s life

In Azmat’s search for truth and military accountability, she instead focuses on her own anger and tells a woman people were erroneously killed? How does that uncover any truth? The answer is it doesn’t. There was zero food that would come from ruining that’s woman’s life and the peace with which she was living. It was Azmat’s own elitism and selfishness. She justifies her actions saying the woman thanked her and would never forget this conversation. Yeah, I bet she won’t. .

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