Month: July 2021

From Opinion: Nikole Hannah-Jones and Ta-Nehisi Coates on the Story We Tell About America

You’ve heard the 1619 podcast right here on The Daily. And we’ve covered the backlash to the 1619 Project and the battle over critical race theory that followed. In this interview, Ezra Klein, an Opinion columnist at The New York Times and host of The Ezra Klein Show, speaks with Nikole Hannah-Jones and Ta-Nehisi Coates…

The Story of Simone Biles

This episode contains mentions of sexual abuse. Simone Biles, 24, showed up on the national stage at 16, when she competed in and won the national championships. She equally impressed at her first Olympics, in 2016 in Rio. Going into the Tokyo Games this year, Ms. Biles — who is considered one of the greatest…

Why Is China Expanding Its Nuclear Arsenal?

For decades, nuclear weapons did not figure prominently in China’s military planning. However, recent satellite images suggest that the country may be looking to quintuple its nuclear arsenal.  Why is China changing strategy now? Guest: David E. Sanger, a White House and national security correspondent for The New York Times.    Sign up here to…

The Saga of Congress’s Jan. 6 Investigation

This episode contains strong language. The first hearing of the special congressional committee on the Jan. 6 riots was an emotional affair, but it was not quite the investigation that was originally envisaged. In January, lawmakers on both sides spoke of putting aside partisanship and organizing an investigation akin to the 9/11 commission, considered the…

The Vaccine Mandate Conundrum

In the effort to raise America’s vaccination rate, some agencies and private organizations have turned to the last, and most controversial, weapon in the public health arsenal: vaccine mandates. How have the federal government and the White House approached the issue? Guest: Jennifer Steinhauer, a Washington reporter for The New York Times.  Sign up here…

Breakthrough Infections, Explained

For the past couple of weeks, some Americans have reported a curious phenomenon: They have caught the coronavirus despite being vaccinated. Vaccines are still doing their job by protecting against serious illness and hospitalization, but the frequency of so-called breakthrough infections has surprised experts. How do such cases happen, and what risks do they pose?…

The Sunday Read: ‘The Little Hedge Fund Taking Down Big Oil’

An activist investment firm won a shocking victory at Exxon Mobil. But can new directors really put the oil giant on a cleaner path? This story was written by Jessica Camille Aguirre and recorded by Audm. To hear more audio stories from publications like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android.

Putting a Price on Pollution

Extreme weather across Europe, North America and Asia is highlighting a harsh reality of science and history: The world as a whole is neither prepared to slow down climate change nor live with it. European officials are trying to change that. The European Commission, the E.U.’s executive arm, recently introduced ambitious legislation aimed at sharply…

Who Killed Haiti’s President?

A promise of a well-paying assignment abroad for retired Colombian soldiers. A security company in Miami. An evangelical Haitian American pastor with lofty ideas. Trying to join the dots in the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse took us from the Caribbean to South America to Florida — and there are still plenty of questions. Guest:…

Reacting to Chinese Cyberattacks

The Chinese government’s hacking of Microsoft was bold and brazen. The Biden administration tried to orchestrate a muscular and coordinated response with Western allies. But while the U.S. has responded to cyberattacks from Russia with economic sanctions, when it comes to Beijing, the approach is more complicated. Why does the U.S. take a different course…