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The Sunday Read: ‘Can Virtual Reality Help Ease Chronic Pain?’

Chronic pain is one of the leading causes of long-term disability in the world. By some measures, 50 million Americans live with chronic pain, in part because the power of medicine to relieve it remains inadequate. Helen Ouyang, a physician and contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, explores the potentially groundbreaking use of…

A Better Understanding of Long Covid

Throughout the pandemic, long Covid — symptoms that occur after the initial coronavirus infection — has remained something of a medical mystery. Now, amid the latest surge of infections, a series of major studies are shedding light on the condition. Guest: Pam Belluck, a health and science reporter for The New York Times. Want more…

Inside Operation Lone Star

In the post-Trump era, some red states have moved aggressively to rebuke the Biden administration at the local level and signal to voters what a Republican-led country might look like. In Texas, immigration is a key battleground. Today, we speak to Hunter Schuler, a member of the National Guards, about why Gov. Greg Abbott has…

The Battle for Azovstal: A Soldier’s Story

For the past two months, a group of Ukrainian fighters has been holed up in the Azovstal steel plant in the city of Mariupol, mounting a last stand against Russian forces in a critical part of eastern Ukraine. On Monday, Ukraine finally surrendered the plant. After the end of the determined resistance at Azovstal, we…

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….