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‘Restoring the First Brick of Dignity’: Biden Supporters on His Inauguration

Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States today. Among Democrats, there is a sense of joy and hope, but also of caution and concern. We speak with a range of Mr. Biden’s supporters, including activists who had originally hoped for a more progressive ticket and longtime fans who…

The Sunday Read: ‘The Valve Turners’

Most Americans treat climate change seriously but not literally — they accept the science, worry about forecasts but tell themselves that someone else will get serious about fixing the problem very soon. The Valve Turners, on the other hand, take climate change both very seriously and very literally. In the fall of 2016, the group…

‘Rankly Unfit’: The View From a Republican Who Voted to Impeach

This episode contains strong language.  Three days after being sworn into Congress, Representative Peter Meijer, Republican of Michigan, was sitting in the gallery of the House of Representatives as pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol. After the siege, Mr. Meijer made his feelings clear: President Trump’s actions proved that he was “rankly unfit.” A week later,…

A Pandemic Update: The Variant and the Vaccine Rollout

As 2020 drew to a close, a concerning development in the pandemic came out of Britain — a new variant of the coronavirus had been discovered that is significantly more transmissible. It has since been discovered in a number of countries, including the United States. The emergence of the new variant has added a new…

The Sunday Read: ‘A Mother and Daughter at the End’

Without many predators or any prey, rhinos flourished for millions of years. Humans put an end to that, as we hunted them down and destroyed their habitat. No rhino, however, is doing worse than the northern white. Just two, Najin and Fatu, both females, remain. In his narrated story, Sam Anderson, a staff writer at…

How They Stormed Congress

This episode contains strong language.  The pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol on Wednesday made their plans in plain sight. They organized on social media platforms and spoke openly of their intentions to occupy the Capitol. But leaders in Washington opted for a modest law enforcement presence. In the aftermath, those security preparations are attracting…

An Assault on the Capitol

This episode contains strong language. It was always going to be a tense day in Washington. In the baseless campaign to challenge Joe Biden’s victory, Wednesday had been framed by President Trump and his allies as the moment for a final stand. But what unfolded was disturbing and previously unthinkable: A mob, urged on by…

The Georgia Runoffs, Part 2: ‘I Have Zero Confidence in My Vote’

Since the presidential election was called for Joe Biden, President Trump has relentlessly attacked the integrity of the count in Georgia. He has floated conspiracy theories to explain away his loss and attacked Republican officials. Today, we speak to Republican activists and voters on the ground and consider to what extent, if at all, Mr….

The Georgia Runoffs, Part 1: ‘We Are Black Diamonds.’

A strong Black turnout will be integral to Democratic success in the U.S. Senate races in Georgia this week. In the first of a two-part examination of election strategies in the Georgia runoffs, we sit down with Stacey Abrams, a Georgia Democrat who has become synonymous with the party’s attempts to win statewide, to talk…

Genie Chance and the Great Alaska Earthquake: An Update

This week, The Daily is revisiting some of our favorite episodes of the year and checking in on what has happened in the time since they first ran. When Alaska was hit by a devastating earthquake in 1964, it was the voice of Genie Chance — a journalist, wife and mother — that held the…