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Day X, Part 1: Shadow Army?

This episode contains strong language.  The mysterious story of a German soldier, a faked Syrian identity and a loaded gun in an airport bathroom cracks the door open to a network of far-right extremists inside the German military and the police. They are preparing for the day democracy collapses — a day they call Day…

Why Hamas Keeps Fighting, and Losing

After 11 days of fighting over the skies of Israel and Gaza, a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel was announced last week. The conflict wrought devastation in Gaza. Yet Hamas’s leaders took to television and declared victory. We look at where the organization comes from and their objectives to understand why it has, for decades,…

Two Soldiers, Ten Years

This episode contains strong language and scenes of war that some may find distressing.  In 2010, James Dao, then a military affairs reporter for The New York Times, began following a battalion of U.S. soldiers headed for Afghanistan. Two soldiers caught his attention: Adrian Bonenberger, a single, 32-year-old captain, and Tamara Sullivan, a 30-year-old sergeant…

Netanyahu and Biden: A History

It has been more than a week since the latest escalation between Israel and Hamas, and President Biden has been taking a cautious approach. The president has stressed Israel’s right to defend itself, but he seems reluctant to place too much pressure on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel. Mr. Biden has known Mr. Netanyahu…

Nine Days in Gaza

“You never get used to the sound of bombings,” Rahf Hallaq tells us on today’s episode. Ms. Hallaq, an English language and literature student, lives in the northwestern area of Gaza City, where she shares a home with her parents and five siblings. She turns 22 next month. We talk with Ms. Hallaq about her…

A Conversation With a Dogecoin Millionaire

This episode contains strong language. What started out as a kind of inside joke in the world of cryptocurrency has quickly become, for some, a very serious path to wealth. Today we explore the latest frenzy around a digital currency, what it tells us about the flaws in the old economy — and the risks…

Apple vs. Facebook

Recently, Apple released a seemingly innocuous software update: a new privacy feature that would explicitly ask iPhone users whether an app should be allowed to track them across other apps and sites.  For Facebook, however, this feature is anything but innocuous — it strikes at the heart of the company’s business model. The dispute represents…

Rural Tennessee’s Vaccine Hesitators

Vaccine hesitancy is a major reason that many experts now fear the United States will struggle to attain herd immunity against the coronavirus. And while many initially hesitant demographics have become more open to vaccinations, one group is shifting much less: white Republican evangelical Christians, who tend to live in rural communities. Here’s what that…

Why Herd Immunity Is Slipping Away

From the earliest days of the pandemic, herd immunity has consistently factored into conversations about how countries can find their way out of lockdowns and restrictions. Now, many experts believe that the United States may never reach the requisite level of immunity. We explore why, and what it might look like to live in a…

A Major Ruling From Facebook’s ‘Supreme Court’

Was Facebook right to indefinitely bar former President Donald J. Trump from the platform after the Capitol riot? The company’s oversight board, which rules on some of the thorniest speech decisions on the platform, decided that, while the ban was justified at the time, the parameters of the suspension needed to be defined. What does…