Month: July 2021

Facebook vs. the White House

Is misinformation on Facebook an impediment to ending the pandemic? President Biden even said that platforms like Facebook, by harboring skepticism about the shots, were killing people. Facebook immediately rejected the criticism, but who is right? Guest: Cecilia Kang, a correspondent covering technology and regulatory policy for The New York Times.  Sign up here to…

Do We Need a Third Covid Shot?

The rise of the Delta variant has prompted a thorny question: Do we need a booster dose of the vaccine for Covid-19? Vaccine makers think so, but regulators are yet to be convinced. Principles are also at stake: Should richer countries be talking about administering extra doses when so many people around the world are…

The Sunday Read: ‘The Mystery of the $113 Million Deli’

It made headlines around the world: a New Jersey sandwich shop with a soaring stock price. Was it just speculation, or something stranger? This story was written by Jesse Barron and recorded by Audm. To hear more audio stories from publications like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android.

Abuse Inside Canada’s Residential Schools

This episode contains accounts of physical and sexual abuse. The residential school system was devised by the Canadian government under the auspices of education, but very little education took place. Instead, children were taken from their families in order to wipe out Indigenous languages and culture. In 1959, when Garry Gottfriedson was 5, he was…

Cubans Take to the Streets

This episode contains strong language. It was a surprise to many recently when protesters took to the streets in a small town near Havana to express their grievances with Cuba’s authoritarian government. Cubans do not protest in huge numbers. Even more remarkable: The protests spread across the island. Why are Cubans protesting, and what happens…

The Heat Wave That Hit the Pacific Northwest

The heat wave that hit the usually cool and rainy American Pacific Northwest was a shock to many — Oregon and Washington were covered by a blanket of heat in the triple digits. After the temperatures soared, a group of scientists quickly came together to answer a crucial question: How much is climate change to…

Will a Top Trump Deputy Flip?

In its investigation of the Trump Organization’s financial affairs, the Manhattan district attorney’s office has zeroed in on Allen Weisselberg, the company’s former finance chief, who spent almost half a century working for the Trump family.  Criminal charges have been brought against Mr. Weisselberg in the hopes of getting him to cooperate in an investigation…

A City’s Step Toward Reparations

For decades, the granting of racial reparations in the United States appeared to be a political nonstarter. But Evanston, Ill., recently became the first city to approve a program of reparations for its Black residents. How did this happen, and can it be replicated in other parts of the country?  Guest: Megan Twohey, an investigative…

From The Sunday Read Archives: ‘Alone at Sea’

For Aleksander Doba, pitting himself against the wide-open sea — storms, sunstroke, monotony, hunger and loneliness — was a way to feel alive in old age. Today, listen to the story of a man who paddled toward the existential crisis that is life and crossed the Atlantic alone in a kayak. Three times. Mr. Doba…

The Assassination of Haiti’s President

Early on Wednesday morning, a group of men killed President Jovenel Moïse of Haiti in his residence on the outskirts of the capital, Port-au-Prince. It was a brazen act. Very rarely is a nation’s leader killed in at home. What does the attack means for Haiti’s future? Guest: Maria Abi-Habib, bureau chief for Mexico, Central…