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A Landmark Jan. 6 Verdict

In a landmark verdict, a jury convicted Stewart Rhodes, leader of the Oath Keepers, a right-wing militia, of sedition for his role in the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol. The charge he faced, seditious conspiracy, is one that can be traced to the American Civil War.  How did federal prosecutors make their case,…

What It’s Like Inside One of China’s Protests

Over the weekend, protests against China’s strict coronavirus restrictions ricocheted across the country in a rare case of nationwide civil unrest. It was the most extensive series of protests since the pro-democracy movement in Tiananmen Square in 1989. This is what these demonstrations look and feel like, and what they mean for President Xi Jinping…

A Secret Campaign to Influence the Supreme Court

For the past few months, Jodi Kantor and Jo Becker, investigative reporters for The New York Times, have looked into a secretive, yearslong effort by an anti-abortion activist to influence the justices of the Supreme Court. This is the story of the Rev. Rob Schenck, the man who led that effort. Guest: Jodi Kantor, an…

Qatar’s Big Bet on the World Cup

The World Cup, the biggest single sporting event on the planet, began earlier this month. By the time the tournament finishes, half the global population is expected to have watched.  The 2022 World Cup has also been the focus of over a decade of controversy because of its unlikely host: the tiny, energy-rich country of…

Talking Turkey: A Holiday Special Edition

Being tasked with the turkey on Thanksgiving can be a high-pressure, high-stakes job. Two Times writers share what they’ve learned. Kim Severson takes listeners on a journey through some of the turkey-cooking gimmicks that have been recommended to Americans over the decades, and J. Kenji López-Alt talks about his foolproof method for roasting a bird….

The ‘Tripledemic’ Explained

This winter, three major respiratory viruses — respiratory syncytial virus or R.S.V., the flu and the coronavirus — are poised to collide in the United States in what some health officials are calling a “tripledemic.” What does this collision have to do with our response to the coronavirus pandemic, and why are children so far…

Trump Faces a New Special Counsel

Donald J. Trump is running for president again. Donald J. Trump is back on Twitter again. And now a special prosecutor has been appointed to investigate Donald J. Trump again. In the saga of the Trump investigations, there seem to be recurring rhythms and patterns. Here’s what to know about the latest developments. Guest: Michael…

The Sunday Read: ‘What Does Sustainable Living Look Like? Maybe Like Uruguay’

Across the world, developed nations have locked themselves into unsustainable, energy-intensive lifestyles. As environmental collapse threatens, the journalist Noah Gallagher Shannon explores the lessons in sustainability that can be learned from looking “at smaller, perhaps even less prosperous nations” such as Uruguay. “The task of shrinking our societal footprint is the most urgent problem of…

‘The Run-Up’: The Post-Mortem

The midterm elections have left both parties in a moment of reflection. For Republicans, it’s time to make a choice about Trumpism, but one that may no longer be theirs to make. For Democrats, it’s about how much of their future is inherently tied to the G.O.P. 

The Man Who Was Supposed to Save Crypto

Earlier this year, much of the crypto industry imploded, taking with it billions of dollars. From that crash, one company and its charismatic founder emerged as the industry’s savior. Last week, that company collapsed. Who is Sam Bankman-Fried, how did he become the face of crypto, and why did so many believe in him? Guest:…