Month: April 2021

Odessa, Part 4: Wellness Check

This episode contains references to mental health challenges, including eating disorders. Joanna Lopez, the high school senior we met in our first episode of Odessa, has turned inward: staying in her bedroom, ghosting friends and avoiding band practice. But playing with the marching band at the last football game of her high-school career offers a…

‘We Have to Prove Democracy Still Works’

In his first speech to a joint session of Congress, President Biden set out an expansive vision for the role of American government. He spent much of the address detailing his proposals for investing in the nation’s economic future — spending that would total $4 trillion.  We analyze the president’s address and his plans for…

Fear and Loss: Inside India’s Coronavirus Crisis

At the beginning of this year, many people in India thought the worst of the pandemic was finished there. But in the last few weeks, any sense of ease has given way to widespread fear.  The country is suffering from the worst coronavirus outbreak in the world, with people being turned away from full hospitals…

Can the U.S. Win Back Its Climate Credibility?

During a global climate summit, President Biden signaled America’s commitment to fighting climate change with an ambitious target: The U.S. will cut its economywide carbon emissions by 50 percent of 2005 levels by 2030.   What became clear is that the rest of the world has become cautious about following the United States’ lead after years…

Why Russia Is Exporting So Much Vaccine

In recent years, Russia has tried to reassert its global influence in many ways, from military action in Ukraine to meddling in U.S. elections. So when Russia developed a coronavirus vaccine, it prioritized exporting it to dozens of other countries — at the expense of its own people. Today, we look at how Russia has…

The Sunday Read: ‘The “Herald Square Bomber” Who Wasn’t’

In summer 2003, Shahawar Matin Siraj, then 21, met Osama Eldawoody, a nuclear engineer twice his age. To Mr. Siraj’s delight they struck up an unlikely friendship — never before had someone this sophisticated taken him so seriously. At the older man’s encouragement, Mr. Siraj became entangled in a plot to place a bomb in…

The Super League That Wasn’t

This episode contains strong language.  On Sunday, 12 elite soccer teams in Europe announced the formation of a super league. The plan was backed by vast amounts of money, but it flew in the face of an idea central to soccer’s identity: You have to earn your place. Fans reacted with blind fury and protest….

How a ‘Red Flag’ Law Failed in Indiana

Last spring, Brandon Hole’s mother alerted the police in Indiana about her son’s worrying behavior. Invoking the state’s “red flag” law, officers seized his firearm. But Mr. Hole was able to legally purchase other weapons, and last week, he opened fire on a FedEx facility, killing eight people and then himself. Why did the law…

Guilty of All Charges

On Tuesday, after three weeks of jury selection, another three weeks of testimony and 10 hours of deliberations, Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, was found guilty of murder in the death of George Floyd. The jurors found Mr. Chauvin guilty of all three charges: second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Sentencing will…

A Wave of Anti-Transgender Legislation

Just four months into 2021 and there have already been more than 80 bills, introduced in mostly Republican-controlled legislatures, that aim to restrict transgender rights, mostly in sports and medical care. But what’s the thinking behind the laws, and why are there so many? We look into the motivation behind the bills and analyze the…