Month: November 2020

The Sunday Read: ‘Hard Times’

For the folk duo Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, pandemic isolation brought about a creative boon. In a year that has been defined by uncertainty, they have returned to what they know: songs about the slow, challenging, beautiful heat of living. This story was written by Hanif Abdurraqib and recorded by Audm. To hear more…

A Non-Transfer of Power

Maggie Haberman on why the traditional transfer of power is not happening this year, and the implications of that delay.  Guest: Maggie Haberman, a White House correspondent for The New York Times  For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily  Background reading:  Days after President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. was declared the winner of the…

A Vaccine Breakthrough

It’s a dark time in the struggle with the coronavirus, particularly in the United States, where infections and hospitalizations have surged. But amid the gloom comes some light: A trial by the drug maker Pfizer has returned preliminary results suggesting that its vaccine is 90 percent effective in preventing Covid-19. With the virus raging, how…

The Battle for the Senate

After the tumult of last week’s voting, one crucial question remains: Who will control the Senate? The answer lies in Georgia, where two runoff elections in January will decide who has the advantage in the upper chamber. With so much at stake, we look at how those races might shake out. Guest: Julie Hirschfeld Davis,…

About Those Polls…

Nate Cohn, an expert on polling for The New York Times, knows that the predictions for the 2016 presidential election were bad. But this year, he says, they were even worse. So, what happened? Nate talks us through a few of his theories and considers whether, after two flawed performances, polling should be ditched. Guest:…

Celebration and Sorrow: Americans React to the Election

This episode contains strong language. The sound of victory was loud. It was banging pots, honking horns and popping corks as supporters of President-elect Joe Biden celebrated his win. But loss, too, has a sound. In the days after the U.S. election result was announced, some of the 71 million-plus Americans who backed President Trump…

The Sunday Read: ‘Lost in the Deep’

On the afternoon of Sept. 15, 1942, the U.S.S. Wasp, an aircraft carrier housing 71 planes, 2,247 sailors and a journalist, was hit by torpedoes fired by a Japanese submarine, sending it more than two and a half miles to the bottom of the Pacific. It has remained there ever since. Last year, a team…

Special Episode: Joe Biden Wins the Presidency

After days of uncertainty, Joe Biden has been elected president, becoming the first candidate in more than a quarter of a century to beat an incumbent. His running mate, Kamala Harris, is the first woman and person of color elected vice president. Mr. Biden’s win is set to be contested — President Trump said in…

The President’s Dangerous Lies

When President Trump took to the podium in the White House briefing room Thursday evening to give a statement on the election count, he lied about the legality of the votes against him in key battleground states and called into question the integrity of poll workers, laying a conspiracy at the feet of Democrats. Both…

Joe Biden Has the Edge

By the end of election night, the results in six key states — Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — were still to be called. On Wednesday, as mail-in ballots were totaled up, Joe Biden gained ground, taking Michigan and Wisconsin and placing him within striking distance of the Electoral College votes needed to…