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How Brittney Griner Became a Political Pawn
Brittney Griner, the American W.N.B.A. star who has been detained in Russia since February, recently sent a letter to President Biden. “I’m terrified I might be here forever,” she wrote.
The White House vowed to use “every tool” to bring Ms. Griner back to the United States, but organizing her release is a tricky proposition, complicated not least by Washington’s break with Moscow over the war in Ukraine.
Guest: Michael Crowley, a diplomatic correspondent for The New York Times.
The Promises and Pitfalls of the New Gun Law
President Biden has heralded the recent gun safety bill as the most significant federal attempt to reduce gun violence in 30 years.
But after a gunman opened fire from a rooftop onto a Fourth of July parade in a Chicago suburb, questions abound about what the landmark legislation will — and will not — achieve.
Guest: Sheryl Gay Stolberg, a Washington correspondent covering health policy for The New York Times.
An Abortion Rights Champion of the 1970s on Life Before and After Roe
A little over 50 years ago, Nancy Stearns, a young lawyer, was presenting a case in New York with a bold legal assertion: that the right to abortion was fundamental to equal rights for women.
She never got to conclude her argument — first New York changed the law, then came Roe v. Wade. Now, with Roe overturned, she describes how it feels to watch the right to terminate a pregnancy fall away.
Guest: Nancy Stearns, a lawyer who used an argument of equal rights to challenge the constitutionality of abortion bans.
How Long Will Europe Support Ukraine?
At the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, European leaders painted the battle in stark moral terms, imposing harsh sanctions against Russia and talking about President Volodymyr Zelensky as a hero.
But as the war drags on, different conversations have taken place behind the scenes to consider what Ukraine might need to give up to achieve peace.
Guest: Matina Stevis-Gridneff, the Brussels bureau chief for The New York Times.
An Explosive Jan. 6 Hearing
On Jan. 6, 2021, when supporters of Donald Trump stormed the Capitol, Cassidy Hutchinson was at work in the White House alongside her boss, Mark Meadows, then the chief of staff.
Her stunning testimony has provided a fly-on-the-wall account of what Mr. Trump knew about the events that day.
Guest: Luke Broadwater, a congressional reporter for The New York Times.
The New U.S. Abortion Map
In the days since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, states have rushed to either ban, restrict or protect abortion.
The different approaches have created a fragmented, patchwork map of America.
Guest: Margot Sanger-Katz, a domestic correspondent covering health care for The New York Times.
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