The Senate is preparing to vote on another stimulus bill — the third of the pandemic.
The bill has the hallmarks of a classic stimulus package: money to help individual Americans, and aid to local and state governments. It also contains provisions that would usher in long-term structural changes that have been pushed for many years by Democrats.
Today, we explore the contours of the Biden administration’s stimulus bill and look at th...
Even as the cold has lifted and the ice has melted in Texas, the true depth of the devastation left by the state’s winter storm can be difficult to see.
Today, we look at the aftermath through the eyes of Iris Cantu, Suzanne Mitchell and Tumaini Criss — three women who, after the destruction of their homes, are reckoning with how they are going to move forward with their lives.
Guest: Jack Healy, a Colorado-based national corresponde...
It all started when Sigrid E. Johnson was 62. She got a call from an old friend, asking her to participate in a study about DNA ancestry tests and ethnic identity. She agreed.
Ms. Johnson thought she knew what the outcome would be. When she was 16, her mother told her that she had been adopted as an infant. Her biological mother was an Italian woman from South Philadelphia, and her father was a Black man.
The results, however, told a...
Odessa is a four-part audio documentary series about one West Texas high school reopening during the pandemic — and the teachers, students and nurses affected in the process.
For the past six months, The New York Times has documented students’ return to class at Odessa High School from afar through Google hangouts, audio diaries, phone calls and FaceTime tours. And as the country continues to debate how best to reopen schools, Odess...
Five years ago, Judge Merrick B. Garland became a high-profile casualty of Washington’s political dysfunction. President Barack Obama selected him to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, but Senate Republicans blocked his nomination. In the process, Mr. Garland became known for the job he didn’t get.
Now, after being nominated by the Biden administration to become the next attorney general, ...
When the pandemic was bearing down on New York last March, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration issued a directive that allowed Covid-19 patients to be discharged into nursing homes in a bid to free up hospital beds for the sickest patients. It was a decision that had the potential to cost thousands of lives.
Today, in the second part of our look at New York nursing homes, we explore the effects of the decisions made by the Cuomo admi...
When New York was the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States, Gov. Andrew Cuomo emerged as a singular, strong leader. Now his leadership is embattled, particularly over the extent of deaths in nursing homes during the peak.
Today, in the first of two parts on what went wrong in New York's nursing homes, we look at the crisis through the eyes of a woman, Lorry Sullivan, who lost her mother in a New York nursing home.
The conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh died last week. He was 70.
For decades, he broadcast mistrust and grievance into the homes of millions. Mr. Limbaugh helped create an entire ecosystem of right-wing media and changed the course of American conservatism.
Today, we look back on Rush Limbaugh’s career and how he came to have an outsize influence on Republican politics.
Guest: Jim Rutenberg, a writer at large for The New York...
In recent years, travel — cheap travel, specifically — has boomed. Like all booms it has its winners (including influencers and home-sharing platforms like Airbnb) and its losers (namely locals and the environment). Somewhere in that mix is The Points Guy, Brian Kelly, who runs a blog that helps visitors navigate the sprawling, knotty and complex world of travel and credit card rewards.
Today on The Sunday Read, a look at the life a...
The end of summer 2021 has been earmarked as the time by which most American adults will be vaccinated. But still remaining is the often-overlooked question of vaccinations for children, who make up around a quarter of the U.S. population.
Without the immunization of children, herd immunity cannot be reached.
Today, we ask when America’s children will be vaccinated.
Guest: Apoorva Mandavilli, a science and global health reporter for T...
The story of how Paul Rusesabagina saved the lives of his hotel guests during the Rwandan genocide was immortalized in the 2004 film “Hotel Rwanda.” Leveraging his celebrity, Mr. Rusesabagina openly criticized the Rwandan government, and is now imprisoned on terrorism charges.
Today, we look at what Mr. Rusesabagina’s story tells us about the past, present and future of Rwanda.
Guest: Declan Walsh, chief Africa correspondent for The ...
An intense winter storm has plunged Texas into darkness. The state’s electricity grid has failed in the face of the worst cold weather there in decades.
The Texas blackouts could be a glimpse into America’s future as a result of climate change. Today, we explore the reasons behind the power failures.
There was a sense of fatalism going into former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial. Many felt that it would almost certainly end in acquittal.
Not the Democratic impeachment managers. “You cannot go into a battle thinking you’re going to lose,” said Stacey Plaskett, the congressional representative from the U.S. Virgin Islands who was one of the managers.
Today, we sit down with Ms. Plaskett for a conversation with Ms....
The app Truecaller estimates that as many as 56 million Americans have fallen foul to scam calls, losing nearly $20 billion.
Enter L., an anonymous vigilante, referred to here by his middle initial, who seeks to expose and disrupt these scams, posting his work to a YouTube channel under the name “Jim Browning.”
On today’s Sunday Read, Yudhijit Bhattacharjee follows L.’s work and travels to India to understand the people and the force...
“Laïcité,” or secularism, the principle that separates religion from the state in France, has long provoked heated dispute in the country. It has intensified recently, when a teacher, Samuel Paty, was beheaded after showing his class caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.
We look at the roots of secularism and ask whether it works in modern, multicultural France.
Guest: Constant Méheut, a reporter for The New York Times in France.
This episode contains descriptions of sexual violence.
Victor Rivera has framed his life story as one of redemption and salvation. Escaping homelessness and drug addiction, he founded the Bronx Parent Housing Network, one of the largest nonprofits operating homeless shelters in New York City.
But that’s not the whole story. A Times investigation has found a pattern of allegations of sexual abuse and financial misconduct against him ...
Almost a year into the pandemic and the American education system remains severely disrupted. About half of children across the United States are not in school.
The Biden administration has set a clear goal for restarting in-person instruction: reopening K-8 schools within 100 days of his inauguration.
Is that ambitious target possible?
Guest: Dana Goldstein, a national education correspondent for The New York Times.
The second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump will begin today.
This time, the case against Mr. Trump is more straightforward: Did his words incite chaos at the Capitol on Jan. 6?
We look ahead to the arguments both sides will present.
Guest: Jim Rutenberg, a writer at large for The New York Times and The Times Magazine.
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The departure of President Donald Trump and the storming of the Capitol have reignited a long-dormant battle over the future of the Republican Party.
Today, we look at two lawmakers in the Republican House conference whose fate may reveal something about that future: Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who voted in favor of Mr. Trump’s second impeachment, and Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, a proponent of conspiracy theories.
Guest: Alexander ...
Jay Caspian Kang, the author and narrator of this week’s Sunday Read, spoke with the actor Steven Yeun over Zoom at the end of last year. The premise of their conversations was Mr. Yeun’s latest starring role, in “Minari” — a film about a Korean immigrant family that takes up farming in the rural South.
They discussed the usual things: Mr. Yeun’s childhood, his parents and acting career — which includes a seven-year stint on the hug...