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A New Way to Mourn: An Update

This week, The Daily is revisiting some of our favorite episodes from this year and checking in on what has happened since the stories first ran. In our society, the public part of mourning is ritualized by a coming together. What do we do now that the opportunity for collective mourning has been taken away?…

How a Small Bar Battled to Survive the Coronavirus: 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 Jack Nicas, a technology reporter for The Times, first moved to California five years ago, he set about finding a local bar of choice. Unpretentious, cheap…

The Sunday Read: ‘Cher Everlasting’

The escapism of movies took on a new importance during pandemic isolation. Caity Weaver, the author of this week’s Sunday Read, says that to properly embrace this year’s cinematic achievements, the Academy Awards should not only hand out accolades to new releases, but also to the older films that sustained us through this period. If…

24 Hours Inside a Brooklyn Hospital: An Update

This episode contains strong language. 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 New York City was the epicenter of the coronavirus crisis in the U.S., Sheri Fink, a public health correspondent for The…

The Year in Good News

A few weeks ago, we put a callout on The Daily, asking people to send in their good news from a particularly bleak year. The response was overwhelming. Audio messages poured into our inboxes from around the world, with multiple emails arriving every minute. There was a man who said that he had met Oprah…

The Lives They Lived

It is a very human thing, at the end of a year, to stop and take stock. Part of that involves acknowledging that some remarkable people who were here in 2020 will be not joining us in 2021. Today, we take a moment to honor the lives of four of those people. And in marveling…

Delilah

The radio host Delilah has been on the air for more than 40 years. She takes calls from listeners across the United States, as they open up about their heavy hearts, their hopes and the important people in their lives. She tells callers that they’re loved, and then she plays them a song. “A love…

The Sunday Read: ‘The Movement to Bring Death Closer’

“If death practices reveal a culture’s values,” writes Maggie Jones, the author of today’s Sunday Read, “we choose convenience, outsourcing, an aversion to knowing or seeing too much.” Enter home-funeral guides, practitioners who believe families can benefit from tending to — and spending time with — the bodies of the deceased. On today’s Sunday Read,…

Evicted During the Pandemic

For years there has been an evictions crisis in the United States. The pandemic has made it more acute. On today’s episode, our conversations with single mother of two from Atlanta over several months during the pandemic. After she lost her job in March, the bottom fell out of her finances and eviction papers started…

Should Facebook Be Broken Up?

This episode contains strong language. When the photo-sharing app Instagram started to grow in popularity in the 2010s, the chief executive of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, had two options: build something comparable or buy it out. He opted for the latter. The subsequent $1 billion deal is central to a case being brought against Facebook by…