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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. Twenty minutes a day, five days a week, ready by 6 a.m.




New York City’s 3 Percent Problem

This week New York City’s public schools will close their doors and students will once again undertake online instruction. The shutdown was triggered when 3 percent of coronavirus tests in the city came back positive over seven days. There are questions, however, around this number being used as a trigger — some health officials maintain that schools are safe. When is the right time for schools to reopen and what is the right threshold for closures? We explore what lessons New York City’s...


The Sunday Read: 'Man to Man'

For years, Wil S. Hylton had been drawn to his cousin’s strength and violence. He was pulled in by the archetype that he embodied and was envious of the power he seemed to command. Wil describes his relative’s violence as “ambient” and “endemic,” but he was sure it wouldn’t turn on him. Until a few years ago, when his cousin tried to kill him. “My attraction to my cousin and my detachment as a husband both reside in the pantheon of male tropes,” he wrote. “Masculinity is a religion. It’s a...


When the Pandemic Came to Rural Wisconsin

When the pandemic struck, Patty Schachtner, in her capacity as both a member of the Wisconsin State Senate and chief medical officer for St. Croix County, tried to remain one step ahead. It was an approach criticized by many in her conservative community. She was preparing for the worst-case scenario. And now it has arrived — cases and deaths are on the rise in Wisconsin. We chart her journey through the months of the pandemic. Guest: Julie Bosman, who covers the Midwest for The New York...


The Pandemic Economy in 7 Numbers

There are several figures that tell the story of the American economy right now. Some are surprisingly positive — the housing market is booming — while others paint a more dire picture. Using seven key numbers, we look at the sectors that have been affected most profoundly and consider what the path to recovery might look like. Guest: Ben Casselman, who covers economics and business for The New York Times, walks us through the pandemic’s impact. We want to hear from you. Fill out our...


The Rise, Fall and Resurrection of the Taliban

President Trump is pushing the military to accelerate the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, all but guaranteeing a major place for the Taliban in the country’s future. As a child, Mujib Mashal lived through the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. Now a senior correspondent there for The New York Times, he has for years reported on the extremist group and, more recently, has covered the progress of peace talks. In this episode of “The Daily,” he shares...


Why Europe Is Flattening the Curve (and the U.S. Isn’t)

As it became clear that Europe was heading into another deadly wave of the coronavirus, most of the continent returned to lockdown. European leaders pushed largely similar messages, asking citizens to take measures to protect one another again, and governments offered broad financial support. Weeks later, the effort seems to be working and infection rates are slowing. In several parts of the United States, it’s a different story. In the Midwest, which is experiencing an explosion of cases...


Division Among the Democrats

For four years, Democrats had been united behind the mission of defeating President Trump. But after the election of Joe Biden, the party’s disappointing showing in congressional races — losing seats in the House and facing a struggle for even narrow control of the Senate — has exposed the rifts between progressives and moderates. In interviews with The New York Times, House members on each side of that divide — Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Representative Conor...


The Sunday Read: 'Hard Times'

For the folk duo Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, pandemic isolation brought about a creative boon. In a year that has been defined by uncertainty, they have returned to what they know: songs about the slow, challenging, beautiful heat of living. This story was written by Hanif Abdurraqib and recorded by Audm. To hear more audio stories from publishers like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android.


A Non-Transfer of Power

Maggie Haberman on why the traditional transfer of power is not happening this year, and the implications of that delay. Guest: Maggie Haberman, a White House correspondent for The New York Times For more information on today’s episode, visit Background reading: Joseph R. Biden Jr. was declared the winner Mr. Trump is seeing how far he can push his case Republicans have rallied around the president senators have tiptoed around the reality of Mr. Trump’s loss lack of...


A Vaccine Breakthrough

It’s a dark time in the struggle with the coronavirus, particularly in the United States, where infections and hospitalizations have surged. But amid the gloom comes some light: A trial by the drug maker Pfizer has returned preliminary results suggesting that its vaccine is 90 percent effective in preventing Covid-19. With the virus raging, how strong is this new ray of hope? Guest: Carl Zimmer, a science writer and author of the “Matter” column for The New York Times. Background...


The (Unfinished) Battle for the Senate

After the tumult of last week’s voting, one crucial question remains: Who will control the Senate? The answer lies in Georgia, where two runoff elections in January will decide who has the advantage in the upper chamber. With so much at stake, we look at how those races might shake out. Guest: Julie Hirschfeld Davis, congressional editor for The New York Times. For more information on today’s episode, visit Background reading: turning out President Trump’s...


About Those Polls…

Nate Cohn, an expert on polling for The New York Times, knows that the predictions for the 2016 presidential election were bad. But this year, he says, they were even worse. So, what happened? Nate talks us through a few of his theories and considers whether, after two flawed performances, polling should be ditched. Guest: Nate Cohn, a domestic correspondent for The Upshot at The New York Times, speaks to us about the polls and breaks down the election results. For more information on...


Celebration and Sorrow: Americans React to the Election

This episode contains strong language. The sound of victory was loud. It was banging pots, honking horns and popping corks as supporters of President-elect Joe Biden celebrated his win. But loss, too, has a sound. In the days after the U.S. election result was announced, some of the 71 million-plus Americans who backed President Trump are grieving. Can the country overcome its differences? In discussions with voters in areas both red and blue, we traced the fault lines of the country’s...


The Sunday Read: ‘Lost in the Deep’

On the afternoon of Sept. 15, 1942, the U.S.S. Wasp, an aircraft carrier housing 71 planes, 2,247 sailors and a journalist, was hit by torpedoes fired by a Japanese submarine, sending it more than two and a half miles to the bottom of the Pacific. It has remained there ever since. Last year, a team on the Petrel — perhaps the most successful private vessel on Earth for finding deepwater wrecks — set out to find it. In his narrated story, Ed Caesar, a contributor to The New York Times...


Special Episode: Joe Biden Wins the Presidency

After days of uncertainty, Joe Biden has been elected president, becoming the first candidate in more than a quarter of a century to beat an incumbent. His running mate, Kamala Harris, is the first woman and woman of color elected vice president. Mr. Biden’s win is set to be contested — President Trump said in a statement that “the election is far from over.” Today we host a roundtable of three Times political journalists who discuss the election results, Mr. Biden’s victory and Mr....


The President’s Damaging Lie

When President Trump took to the podium in the White House briefing room Thursday evening to give a statement on the election count, he lied about the legality of the votes against him in key battleground states and called into question the integrity of poll workers, laying a conspiracy at the feet of Democrats. Both the Republican establishment and the conservative news media have been split in their responses to his claims. Inside the White House and the Trump campaign, there is shock at...


Joe Biden Takes the Lead

By the end of election night, the results in six key states — Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — were still to be called. On Wednesday, as mail-in ballots were totaled up, Joe Biden gained ground, taking Michigan and Wisconsin and placing him within striking distance of the Electoral College votes needed to win the White House. The count is still in progress in many places. Mr. Biden is leading by a decent margin in Arizona and slightly in Nevada, while...


An Unfinished Election

The U.S. presidential election is a lot closer than the polls indicated. Millions of votes, many in key battleground states, are yet to be counted. Florida — which went for President Trump — is the only bellwether to have confirmed its result. Other crucial states, including Arizona, Georgia and North Carolina, are yet to be called. For the moment, it looks like both Mr. Trump and Joe Biden will need to break through in the Midwest and Pennsylvania to clinch victory. The race to control...


The Field: On Election Day, 'Two Different Worlds'

This episode contains strong language. At the heart of one race for the Wisconsin State Assembly are some of the same political cracks splitting the U.S. as a whole. Some believe keeping businesses running is a priority during the coronavirus pandemic; others think keeping people safe and healthy should be given precedence. What do the different approaches reveal about Wisconsin politics and about broader American divisions? Reid J. Epstein, a politics reporter for The New York Times, and...


Special Announcement: The Daily's Live Election Day Broadcast

The Daily is going live today! Join us at 4 p.m. Eastern time for our first-ever Election Day broadcast. You can listen at and on The New York Times iPhone app. Michael Barbaro and Carolyn Ryan, a deputy managing editor at The Times, will call our correspondents for the latest on a history-making day. We’ll get live updates from key battleground states and break down the state of the race. We hope to see you soon.