Month: May 2022

The Mexican Model of Abortion Rights

When the Supreme Court decriminalized abortion with Roe v. Wade, it established the United States as a global leader on abortion rights, decades ahead of many other countries.  Now, with Roe likely to be overturned, we look to Mexico, a country where the playbook for securing legalized abortion could be a model for activists in…

The Racist Theory Behind So Many Mass Shootings

Over the weekend, an 18-year-old man livestreamed himself shooting 13 people and killing 10. Within hours it became clear that the shooter’s intent was to kill as many Black people as possible. The suspect wrote online that he was motivated by replacement theory — a racist idea that white people are deliberately being replaced by…

The Sunday Read: ‘I Lived the #VanLife. It Wasn’t Pretty.’

The Times journalist Caity Weaver was tasked by her editor to go on an adventure: With an old college friend she would spend a week in California, living out of a converted camper van, in pursuit of the aesthetic fantasy known as #VanLife. Given the discomfort that can arise even in the plushiest of vehicles,…

One Million

This episode contains strong language.  Hilma Wolitzer lost her husband, Morty Wolitzer, a psychologist who loved cooking and jazz, on April 11, 2020. They had been together for 68 years. Mary-Margaret Waterbury’s uncle Michael Mantlo had introduced her to Nirvana, grunge and Elvis Costello. Chris Orr’s husband, Paul Cooper, died on March 3, 2021, before…

Why Inflation Doesn’t Affect Us All the Same

Fresh data from the U.S. government on Wednesday showed that inflation was still climbing at a rapid pace, prompting President Biden to say that controlling the rising prices was his “top domestic priority.” But not everybody experiences inflation equally. Why is that? Guest: Ben Casselman, an economics and business reporter for The New York Times….

A Post-Roe America, Part 2: The Abortion Providers

This episode contains descriptions of sexual violence.   In Part 1 of our two-part series, we spoke to anti-abortion activists about their preparations for a future without Roe v. Wade. Today, we talk to people working in abortion clinics about what the potential change could mean for their patients. “Everybody’s scared,” said one provider from Oklahoma….

How Putin Co-opted Russia’s Biggest Holiday

For years, President Vladimir V. Putin has taken advantage of Victory Day — when Russians commemorate the Soviet triumph over Nazi Germany — to champion his country’s military might and project himself as a leader of enormous power. This year, he drew on the pageantry of May 9 for an even more pressing goal: making…

The Unseen Trauma of America’s Drone Pilots

This episode contains descriptions of suicide.  Over the past five years, a series of investigations by The Times has revealed the terror and tragedy that America’s air wars, despite being promoted as the most precise in history, have brought to civilians on the ground. The program has also exacted a heavy toll on the military…

The Sunday Read: ‘It Was Just a Kayaking Trip. Until It Upended Our Lives.’

It was meant to mark the start of their lives out of college, but the adventure quickly turned into a nightmare. Beginning with what seemed to be a lucky whale sighting, three friends set out on a sea-kayaking trip through Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska, watching out for bears, and having a good time,…

The Story of Roe v. Wade, Part 2: The Culture Wars (From the Archive)

Today, we revisit a two-part series that first ran in 2018 about the history of Roe v. Wade and the woman behind it. Almost 50 years ago, when the Supreme Court first ruled that women had the constitutional right to an abortion, it was met with little controversy. In Part 2, we asked: How, then,…