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This is what the news should sound like. The biggest stories of our time, told by the best journalists in the world. Hosted by Michael Barbaro and Sabrina Tavernise. Twenty minutes a day, five days a week, ready by 6 a.m. Listen to this podcast in New York Times Audio, our new iOS app for news subscribers. Download now at nytimes.com/audioapp

2160 Episodes

The Closing Arguments in the Trump Trial

On Tuesday, lawyers for the prosecution and the defense delivered their final arguments to the jury in the criminal case of The People of the State of New York v. Donald J. Trump. Jonah Bromwich, one of the lead reporters covering the trial for The Times, was there.

Transcribed - Published: 29 May 2024

The Alitos and Their Flags

The discovery that an upside-down American flag — a symbol adopted by the campaign to overturn the 2020 election result — had flown at the home of Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. elicited concerns from politicians, legal scholars and others. And then came news of a second flag. Jodi Kantor, the Times reporter who broke the stories, discusses the saga.

Published: 28 May 2024

'The Interview': Ted Sarandos’s Plan to Get You to Binge Even More

Netflix won the streaming battle, but the war for your attention isn’t over.

Transcribed - Published: 25 May 2024

Whales Have an Alphabet

Ever since the discovery of whale songs almost 60 years ago, scientists have been trying to decipher the lyrics. But sperm whales don’t produce the eerie melodies sung by humpback whales, sounds that became a sensation in the 1960s. Instead, sperm whales rattle off clicks that sound like a cross between Morse code and a creaking door.

Transcribed - Published: 24 May 2024

I.C.C. Prosecutor Requests Warrants for Israeli and Hamas Leaders

This week, Karim Khan, the top prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, requested arrest warrants for Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the country’s defense minister, Yoav Gallant. Patrick Kingsley, the Times’s bureau chief in Jerusalem, explains why this may set up a possible showdown between the court and Israel with its biggest ally, the United States.

Transcribed - Published: 23 May 2024

Biden’s Open War On Hidden Fees

The Biden administration is trying to crack down on sneaky fees charged by hotels, rental cars, internet providers and more. Jim Tankersley, a White House correspondent, explains why the effort is doubling as a war against something else that Biden is finding much harder to defeat. Guest: Jim Tankersley, who covers economic policy at the White House for The New York Times

Transcribed - Published: 22 May 2024

The Crypto Comeback

This month, customers of FTX — Sam Bankman-Fried’s cryptocurrency exchange, which collapsed in 2022 — were told that they would get their money back, with interest. David Yaffe-Bellany, our technology reporter, explains what was behind this change in fortune and what it says about the improbable resurgence of crypto. Guest: David Yaffe-Bellany, a technology reporter for The New York Times, covering the crypto industry from San Francisco.

Transcribed - Published: 21 May 2024

Was the 401(k) a Mistake?

The first generation to be fully reliant on 401(k) plans is now starting to retire. As that happens, it is becoming clear just how broken the system is. Michael Steinberger, a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, explains.

Transcribed - Published: 20 May 2024

The Sunday Read: ‘Why Did This Guy Put a Song About Me on Spotify?’

Have you heard the song “Brett Martin, You a Nice Man, Yes”? Probably not. On Spotify, “Brett Martin, You a Nice Man, Yes” has not yet accumulated enough streams to even register a tally. Even Brett Martin, a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and the titular Nice Man, didn’t hear the 1 minute 14 second song until last summer, a full 11 years after it was uploaded by an artist credited as Papa Razzi and the Photogs. When Martin stumbled on “Brett Martin, You a Nice Man, Yes,” he naturally assumed it was about a different, more famous Brett Martin: perhaps Brett Martin, the left-handed reliever who until recently played for the Texas Rangers; or Brett Martin, the legendary Australian squash player; or even Clara Brett Martin, the Canadian who in 1897 became the British Empire’s first female lawyer. Only when the singer began referencing details of stories that he made for public radio’s “This American Life” almost 20 years ago did he realize the song was actually about him. The song ended, “I really like you/Will you be my friend?/Will you call me on the phone?” Then it gave a phone number, with a New Hampshire area code. So, he called.

Transcribed - Published: 19 May 2024

'The Interview': Ayana Elizabeth Johnson Has an Antidote to Our Climate Delusions

The scientist talks to David Marchese about how to overcome the “soft” climate denial that keeps us buying junk.

Transcribed - Published: 18 May 2024

The Campus Protesters Explain Themselves

This episode contains explicit language. Over recent months, protests over the war in Gaza have rocked college campuses across the United States. As students graduate and go home for the summer, three joined “The Daily” to discuss why they got involved, what they wanted to say and how they ended up facing off against each other.

Transcribed - Published: 17 May 2024

The Make-or-Break Testimony of Michael Cohen

This episode contains explicit language. Michael Cohen, Donald J. Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, took the stand in the former president’s hush-money trial. Jonah E. Bromwich, a criminal justice reporter, discusses how Mr. Cohen could cause problems for Mr. Trump himself.

Transcribed - Published: 16 May 2024

The Possible Collapse of the U.S. Home Insurance System

Across the United States, more frequent extreme weather is starting to cause the home insurance market to buckle, even for those who have paid their premiums dutifully year after year. Christopher Flavelle, a climate reporter, discusses a Times investigation into one of the most consequential effects of the changes.

Transcribed - Published: 15 May 2024

Voters Want Change. In Our Poll, They See It in Trump.

The latest Times polling shows the extent of the challenge that President Biden faces and the strengths that Donald J. Trump retains. A yearning for change — as well as discontent over the economy and the war in Gaza among young, Black and Hispanic voters — may lie behind both. Nate Cohn, our chief political analyst, explains the surveys: New York Times/Siena College polls of Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia, Nevada and Arizona, and the inaugural Times/Philadelphia Inquirer/Siena poll in Pennsylvania.

Transcribed - Published: 14 May 2024

How Biden Adopted Trump’s Trade War With China

Donald Trump upended decades of American policy when he started a trade war with China. Many thought that President Biden would reverse those policies. Instead, he’s stepping them up. Jim Tankersley, who covers economic policy at the White House, explains.

Transcribed - Published: 13 May 2024

Revisiting 'The Mother Who Changed: A Story of Dementia'

Earlier this year, we shared the story of one family’s dispute over a loved one with dementia. That story, originally reported in The New York Times Magazine by Katie Engelhart, won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing this past week. Today, we're revisiting Katie’s story – and the question at the heart of it: When cognitive decline changes people, should we respect their new desires?

Transcribed - Published: 12 May 2024

'The Interview': Charlamagne Tha God Won’t Take Sides

The radio host talks to Lulu Garcia-Navarro about how he plans to wield his considerable political influence during this election cycle.

Transcribed - Published: 11 May 2024

Stormy Daniels Takes The Stand

This episode contains descriptions of an alleged sexual liaison. What happened when Stormy Daniels took the stand for eight hours in the first criminal trial of former President Donald J. Trump? Jonah Bromwich, one of the lead reporters covering the trial for The Times, was in the room.

Transcribed - Published: 10 May 2024

One Strongman, One Billion Voters, and the Future of India

India is in the midst of a national election and its prime minister, Narendra Modi, is running to extend his 10 years in power. Mr. Modi has become one of the most consequential leaders in India’s history, while also drawing criticism for anti-democratic practices and charges of religious persecution. Mujib Mashal, the South Asia bureau chief for The New York Times, discusses what we might see from Mr. Modi in a third term. Guest: Mujib Mashal, the South Asia bureau chief for The New York Times.

Transcribed - Published: 9 May 2024

A Plan to Remake the Middle East

If and when Israel and Hamas reach a deal for a cease-fire, the United States will immediately turn to a different set of negotiations over a grand diplomatic bargain that it believes could rebuild Gaza and remake the Middle East. Michael Crowley, who covers the State Department and U.S. foreign policy for The Times, explains why those involved in this plan believe they have so little time left to get it done.

Transcribed - Published: 8 May 2024

How Changing Ocean Temperatures Could Upend Life on Earth

While many of the effects of climate change, including heat waves, droughts and wildfires, are already with us, some of the most alarming consequences are hiding beneath the surface of the ocean. David Gelles and Raymond Zhong, who both cover climate for The New York Times, explain just how close we might be to a tipping point.

Transcribed - Published: 7 May 2024

R.F.K. Jr.’s Battle to Get on the Ballot

As Robert F. Kennedy Jr. tries to get on the presidential ballot in all 50 states, he’s confronting fierce resistance from his opponents. Rebecca Davis O’Brien, who covers campaign finance and money in U.S. elections for The New York Times, discusses the high-stakes battle playing out behind the scenes.

Transcribed - Published: 6 May 2024

'The Interview': Marlon Wayans Lost Nearly 60 Loved Ones. Comedy Saved Him.

The comedian talks to David Marchese on becoming a different person after unimaginable loss.

Transcribed - Published: 4 May 2024

The Protesters and the President

Warning: this episode contains strong language. Over the past week, students at dozens of universities held demonstrations, set up encampments and, at times, seized academic buildings. In response, administrators at many of those colleges decided to crack down and called in the local police to detain and arrest demonstrators. As of Thursday, the police had arrested 2,000 people across more than 40 campuses, a situation so startling that President Biden could no longer ignore it. Jonathan Wolfe, who has been covering the student protests for The Times, and Peter Baker, the chief White House correspondent, discuss the history-making week. Guest: Jonathan Wolfe, a senior staff editor on the newsletters team at The New York Times. Peter Baker, the chief White House correspondent for The New York Times covering President Biden and his administration.

Transcribed - Published: 3 May 2024

Biden Loosens Up on Weed

For half a century, the federal government has treated marijuana as one of the more dangerous drugs in the United States. On Tuesday, the Biden administration signaled a significant shift in approach. Zolan Kanno-Youngs, a White House correspondent for The Times, explains how big an impact the proposed changes could have. Guest: Zolan Kanno-Youngs, a White House correspondent for The New York Times.

Transcribed - Published: 2 May 2024

The New Abortion Fight Before the Supreme Court

But in Washington, the Biden administration is challenging one of those bans in a case that is now before the Supreme Court, arguing that Idaho’s strict rules violate a federal law on emergency medical treatment. Pam Belluck, a health and science reporter at The Times, and Abbie VanSickle, who covers the Supreme Court, explain how the federal law, known as EMTALA, relates to abortion, and how the case could reverberate beyond Idaho. Guests: Pam Belluck, a health and science reporter for The New York Times. Abbie VanSickle, who covers the Supreme Court for The New York Times.

Transcribed - Published: 1 May 2024

The Secret Push That Could Ban TikTok

American lawmakers have tried for years to ban TikTok, concerned that the video app’s links to China pose a national security risk. Sapna Maheshwari, a technology reporter for The Times, explains the behind-the-scenes push to rein in TikTok and discusses what a ban could mean for the app’s 170 million users in the United States. Guest: Sapna Maheshwari, who covers TikTok, technology and emerging media companies for The New York Times.

Transcribed - Published: 30 April 2024

Trump 2.0: What a Second Trump Presidency Would Bring

In a special series leading up to Election Day, “The Daily” will explore what a second Trump presidency would look like, and what it could mean for American democracy. In the first part, we will look at Tump’s plan for a second term. On the campaign trail, Trump has outlined a vision that is far more radical, vindictive and unchecked than his first one. Jonathan Swan and Maggie Haberman, political correspondents for The Times, and Charlie Savage, who covers national security, have found that behind Trump’s rhetoric is a highly coordinated plan, to make his vision a reality. Guest: Jonathan Swan, who covers politics and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign for The New York Times. Maggie Haberman, a senior political correspondent for The New York Times. Charlie Savage, who covers national security and legal policy for The New York Times.

Transcribed - Published: 29 April 2024

Introducing ‘The Interview’: Yair Lapid Says the World Misunderstands Israel

Frustrated at the growing protest movement, the opposition leader defends his country’s “existential” war.

Transcribed - Published: 28 April 2024

Introducing ‘The Interview’: Anne Hathaway Is Done Trying to Please

On the debut of ’The Interview,' the actress talks to David Marchese about learning to let go of other people’s opinions.

Transcribed - Published: 27 April 2024

Harvey Weinstein Conviction Thrown Out

When the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein was convicted of sex crimes four years ago, it was celebrated as a watershed moment for the #MeToo movement. Yesterday, New York’s highest court of appeals overturned that conviction. Jodi Kantor, one of the reporters who broke the story of the abuse allegations against Mr. Weinstein in 2017, explains what this ruling means for him and for #MeToo. Guest: Jodi Kantor, an investigative reporter for The New York Times.

Transcribed - Published: 26 April 2024

The Crackdown on Student Protesters

Columbia University has become the epicenter of a growing showdown between student protesters, college administrators and Congress over the war in Gaza and the limits of free speech. Nicholas Fandos, who covers New York politics and government for The Times, walks us through the intense week at the university. And Isabella Ramírez, the editor in chief of Columbia’s undergraduate newspaper, explains what it has all looked like to a student on campus. Guest: Nicholas Fandos, who covers New York politics and government for The New York Times Isabella Ramírez, editor in chief of the Columbia Daily Spectator

Transcribed - Published: 25 April 2024

Is $60 Billion Enough to Save Ukraine?

Lawmakers approved a giant new tranche of support for Ukraine late last night after a tortured passage through the U.S. Congress, where it was nearly derailed by right-wing resistance in the House. Marc Santora, a Times reporter in Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, explains what effect the money could have, given Ukraine’s increasing desperation on the battlefield. Guest: Marc Santora, who covers Ukraine for The New York Times.

Transcribed - Published: 24 April 2024

A Salacious Conspiracy or Just 34 Pieces of Paper?

The prosecution and the defense both opened their cases on Monday in the first criminal trial of Donald Trump. Jonah Bromwich, who watched from inside the courtroom, walks us through the arguments. Guest: Jonah E. Bromwich, a reporter for The New York Times covering criminal justice in New York.

Transcribed - Published: 23 April 2024

The Evolving Danger of the New Bird Flu

The outbreak of bird flu currently tearing through the nation’s poultry is the worst in U.S. history. Scientists say it is now spreading beyond farms into places and species it has never been before. Emily Anthes, a science reporter for The Times, explains. Guest: Emily Anthes, a science reporter for The New York Times.

Transcribed - Published: 22 April 2024

Sunday Special: 'Modern Love'

The chef Samin Nosrat lives by the idea that food is love. Her Netflix series, “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat,” and the James Beard Award-winning cookbook that inspired it, were about using food to build community and forge connections. Since then, all of her creative projects and collaborations have focused on inspiring people to cook, and eat, with their friends and loved ones. After the recent loss of her father, Samin has gained an even deeper understanding of what it means to savor a meal — or even an hour — with loved ones. This week, she reads an essay about exactly that: “You May Want to Marry My Husband” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. It’s one of the most-read Modern Love essays ever.

Transcribed - Published: 21 April 2024

The Supreme Court Takes Up Homelessness

Debates over homeless encampments in the United States have intensified as their number has surged. To tackle the problem, some cities have enforced bans on public camping. As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments about whether such actions are legal, Abbie VanSickle, who covers the court for The Times, discusses the case and its far-reaching implications. Guest: Abbie VanSickle, a Supreme Court correspondent for The New York Times.

Transcribed - Published: 19 April 2024

The Opening Days of Trump’s First Criminal Trial

Political and legal history are being made in a Lower Manhattan courtroom as Donald J. Trump becomes the first former U.S. president to undergo a criminal trial. Jonah Bromwich, who covers criminal justice in New York, explains what happened during the opening days of the trial, which is tied to Mr. Trump’s role in a hush-money payment to a porn star. Guest: Jonah E. Bromwich, who covers criminal justice in New York for The New York Times.

Transcribed - Published: 18 April 2024

Are ‘Forever Chemicals’ a Forever Problem?

The Environmental Protection Agency has begun for the first time to regulate a class of synthetic chemicals known as “forever chemicals” in America’s drinking water. Kim Tingley, a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, explains how these chemicals, which have been linked to liver disease and other serious health problems, came to be in the water supply — and in many more places. Guest: Kim Tingley, a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine.

Transcribed - Published: 17 April 2024

A.I.’s Original Sin

A Times investigation shows how the country’s biggest technology companies, as they raced to build powerful new artificial intelligence systems, bent and broke the rules from the start. Cade Metz, a technology reporter for The Times, explains what he uncovered. Guest: Cade Metz, a technology reporter for The New York Times.

Transcribed - Published: 16 April 2024

Iran’s Unprecedented Attack on Israel

Overnight on Saturday, Iran launched its first direct attack on Israeli soil, shooting hundreds of missiles and drones at multiple targets. Eric Schmitt, a national security correspondent for The Times, explains what happened and considers whether a broader war is brewing in the Middle East. Guest: Eric Schmitt, a national security correspondent for The New York Times.

Transcribed - Published: 15 April 2024

The Sunday Read: ‘What I Saw Working at The National Enquirer During Donald Trump’s Rise’

At the center of the criminal case against former President Donald Trump in Manhattan is the accusation that Trump took part in a scheme to turn The National Enquirer and its sister publications into an arm of his 2016 presidential campaign. The documents detailed three “hush money” payments made to a series of individuals to guarantee their silence about potentially damaging stories in the months before the election. Because this was done with the goal of helping his election chances, the case implied, these payments amounted to a form of illegal, undisclosed campaign spending. And because Trump created paperwork to make the payments seem like regular legal expenses, that amounted to a criminal effort at a coverup, argued Alvin Bragg, the district attorney of Manhattan. Trump has denied the charges against him. For Lachlan Cartwright, reading the indictment was like stepping through the looking glass, because it described a three-year period in his own professional life, one that he has come to deeply regret. Now, as a former president faces a criminal trial for the first time in American history, Cartwright is forced to grapple with what really happened at The Enquirer in those years — and whether and how he can ever set things right.

Transcribed - Published: 14 April 2024

How One Family Lost $900,000 in a Timeshare Scam

Warning: this episode contains descriptions of violence. A massive scam targeting older Americans who own timeshare properties has resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars sent to Mexico. Maria Abi-Habib, an investigative correspondent for The Times, tells the story of a victim who lost everything, and of the criminal group making the scam calls — Jalisco New Generation, one of Mexico’s most violent cartels. Guest: Maria Abi-Habib, an investigative correspondent for The New York Times based in Mexico City.

Transcribed - Published: 12 April 2024

The Staggering Success of Trump’s Trial Delay Tactics

For former President Donald J. Trump, 2024 was supposed to be dominated by criminal trials. Instead, he’s found ways to delay almost all of them. Alan Feuer, who covers the criminal cases against Mr. Trump for The Times, explains how he did it. Guest: Alan Feuer, who covers extremism and political violence for The New York Times.

Transcribed - Published: 11 April 2024

Trump's Abortion Dilemma

By the time his first term was over, Donald J. Trump had cemented his place as the most anti-abortion president in U.S. history. Now, facing political blowback, he’s trying to change that reputation. Lisa Lerer, a national political correspondent for The Times, discusses whether Mr. Trump’s election-year pivot can work. Guest: Lisa Lerer, a national political correspondent for The New York Times.

Transcribed - Published: 10 April 2024

How Tesla Planted the Seeds for Its Own Potential Downfall

When Elon Musk set up Tesla’s factory in China, he made a bet that brought him cheap parts and capable workers — a bet that made him ultrarich and saved his company. Mara Hvistendahl, an investigative reporter for The Times, explains why, now, that lifeline may have given China the tools to beat Tesla at its own game. Guest: Mara Hvistendahl, an investigative reporter for The New York Times.

Transcribed - Published: 9 April 2024

The Eclipse Chaser

Today, millions of Americans will have the opportunity to see a rare total solar eclipse. Fred Espenak, a retired astrophysicist known as Mr. Eclipse, was so blown away by an eclipse he saw as a teenager that he dedicated his life to traveling the world and seeing as many as he could. Mr. Espenak discusses the eclipses that have punctuated and defined the most important moments in his life, and explains why these celestial phenomena are such a wonder to experience. Guest: Fred Espenak, a.k.a. “Mr. Eclipse,” a former NASA astrophysicist and lifelong eclipse chaser.

Transcribed - Published: 8 April 2024

The Sunday Read: ‘What Deathbed Visions Teach Us About Living’

Chris Kerr was 12 when he first observed a deathbed vision. His memory of that summer in 1974 is blurred, but not the sense of mystery he felt at the bedside of his dying father. Throughout Kerr’s childhood in Toronto, his father, a surgeon, was too busy to spend much time with his son, except for an annual fishing trip they took, just the two of them, to the Canadian wilderness. Gaunt and weakened by cancer at 42, his father reached for the buttons on Kerr’s shirt, fiddled with them and said something about getting ready to catch the plane to their cabin in the woods. “I knew intuitively, I knew wherever he was, must be a good place because we were going fishing,” Kerr told me. Kerr now calls what he witnessed an end-of-life vision. His father wasn’t delusional, he believes. His mind was taking him to a time and place where he and his son could be together, in the wilds of northern Canada. Kerr followed his father into medicine, and in the last 10 years he has hired a permanent research team that expanded studies on deathbed visions to include interviews with patients receiving hospice care at home and with their families, deepening researchers’ understanding of the variety and profundity of these visions.

Transcribed - Published: 7 April 2024

An Engineering Experiment to Cool the Earth

Decades of efforts to cut carbon emissions have failed to significantly slow the rate of global warming, so scientists are now turning to bolder approaches. Christopher Flavelle, who writes about climate change for The Times, discusses efforts to engineer our way out of the climate crisis. Guest: Christopher Flavelle, who covers how the United States tries to adapt to the effects of climate change for The New York Times.

Transcribed - Published: 5 April 2024

Israel’s Deadly Airstrike on the World Central Kitchen

The Israeli airstrike that killed seven workers delivering food in Gaza has touched off global outrage and condemnation. Kim Severson, who covers food culture for The Times, discusses the World Central Kitchen, the aid group at the center of the story; and Adam Rasgon, who reports from Israel, explains what we know about the tragedy so far. Guest: Kim Severson, a food correspondent for The New York Times. Adam Rasgon, an Israel correspondent for The New York Times.

Transcribed - Published: 4 April 2024

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