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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…

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,…

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….

The Unseen Trauma of America’s Drone Pilots

This episode contains descriptions of suicide.  Over the past five years, a series of investigations by The Times has revealed the terror and tragedy that America’s air wars, despite being promoted as the most precise in history, have brought to civilians on the ground. The program has also exacted a heavy toll on the military…

The Sunday Read: ‘It Was Just a Kayaking Trip. Until It Upended Our Lives.’

It was meant to mark the start of their lives out of college, but the adventure quickly turned into a nightmare. Beginning with what seemed to be a lucky whale sighting, three friends set out on a sea-kayaking trip through Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska, watching out for bears, and having a good time,…

The Story of Roe v. Wade, Part 2: The Culture Wars (From the Archive)

Today, we revisit a two-part series that first ran in 2018 about the history of Roe v. Wade and the woman behind it. Almost 50 years ago, when the Supreme Court first ruled that women had the constitutional right to an abortion, it was met with little controversy. In Part 2, we asked: How, then,…