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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.




The Sunday Read: ‘The Man Who Made Spain the Magic Capital of the World’

Going out to dinner with Juan Tamariz in Madrid is a little like accompanying a cartoon character on a journey to the real world. As Shuja Haider, the author of today’s Sunday Read, walked with him on side streets off the city center’s main drag, the Calle Gran Vía, heads turned left and right. Mr. Tamariz, 80, has been a professional magician for 52 years, and in that time, he has managed the singular feat of becoming both a household name in his home country and a living legend in magic...


The End of the Pandemic Emergency in the U.S.

The Biden administration said this week that it would end the public health emergency for Covid, a sign that federal officials believe that the pandemic has moved into a new, less dire phase. The move carries both symbolic weight and real-world consequences for millions of Americans. Guest: Apoorva Mandavilli, a science and global health reporter for The New York Times. Background reading: complex set of policy changes and signals a new stage the effects of the changeFor more information...


A Revolution in How Democrats Pick a President

For the past 50 years, the race to become the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee has been shaped by the where the contest begins: Iowa. But that process could soon be overhauled. In a coming meeting of the Democratic National Committee, South Carolina — a state that is more representative of the party and, possibly, of the country — could take over the key role of going first. Guest: Adam Nagourney, a West Coast cultural affairs correspondent for The New York Times. Background...


The State of the U.S. Economy in 4 Numbers

The typical sales price of an existing family home in the United States in December: 372,700. The number of layoffs in the tech sector since the beginning of the year: 76,000. The number by which consumer spending fell in December: 0.2 percent. The increase in the cost of the same kind of carton of eggs bought by an editor on “The Daily” a year apart: 251 percent. What do these numbers tell us about the state of the country’s economy? Guest: Ben Casselman, an economics and business...


7 States, 1 River and an Agonizing Choice

In the United States, 40 million people in seven states depend on water provided by the Colorado River. After 20 years of drought, the situation is dire and the river is at risk of becoming a “deadpool,” a condition in which there is not enough water to pass through the dams. The states were supposed to come up with a deal to cut their usage by Tuesday. Now, the federal government may have to step in and make a difficult decision. Guest: Christopher Flavelle, a climate reporter for The...


The Death of Tyre Nichols

This episode contains descriptions of violence and strong language. Tyre Nichols was a 29-year-old Black man who lived in Memphis. His mother described him as living a simple and pleasant life. He worked for FedEx, loved to skateboard, was an amateur photographer and had a 4-year-old son. On the evening of Jan. 7, after a traffic stop, Mr. Nichols was violently beaten by the police, sustaining severe injuries. He died on Jan. 10. For weeks, what exactly had happened was unclear. This...


The Sunday Read: ‘Has the Amazon Reached Its “Tipping Point”?’

In the past half-century, 17 percent of the Amazon — an area larger than Texas — has been converted to croplands or cattle pasture. Less forest means less recycled rain, less vapor to cool the air, less of a canopy to shield against sunlight. Under drier, hotter conditions, even the lushest of Amazonian trees will shed leaves to save water, inhibiting photosynthesis — a feedback loop that is only exacerbated by global warming. According to the Brazilian Earth system scientist Carlos Nobre,...


Arrests, Executions and the Iranian Protesters Who Refuse to Give Up

This episode contains descriptions of violence and injury. In September, protests began in Iran over the death of a young woman, Mahsa Amini, at the hands of the government. The demonstrations have since intensified, as has the government’s response, with thousands arrested and a terrifying campaign of public executions underway. Today, Iranians who have taken part in the demonstrations tell us — in their own words — why they are willing to brave such severe punishments to help bring about...


An Aggressive New Approach to Childhood Obesity

Recent advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended a bold approach to treating the millions of children in the United States who are affected by obesity. Counseling, drug treatment and even surgery should be considered, the group says. The guidelines are a response to a deeper understanding of what obesity is — and what to do about it. Guest: Gina Kolata, a medical reporter for The New York Times. Background reading: underscored how complicated childhood obesity isFor...


How Nonprofit Hospitals Put Profits Over Patients

Nonprofit hospitals — which make up around half of hospitals in the United States — were founded to help the poor. But a Times investigation has revealed that many have deviated from those charitable roots, behaving like for-profit companies, sometimes to the detriment of the health of patients. Guest: Jessica Silver-Greenberg, an investigative business reporter for The New York Times. Background reading: trained staff members to wring money out of patients preferential treatment to...


What Biden Miscalculated About His Classified Documents

Over the weekend, F.B.I. agents found classified documents at President Biden’s residence in Wilmington, Del., after conducting a 13-hour search. The search — at the invitation of Mr. Biden’s lawyers — resulted in the latest in a series of discoveries that has already led to a special counsel investigation. What miscalculations have Mr. Biden and his team make throughout this ordeal? Guest: Michael D. Shear, a White House correspondent for The New York Times. Background reading: secret...


The Debt Ceiling Showdown, Explained

In the past decade or more, votes over increasing the U.S. debt ceiling have increasingly been used as a political tool. That has led to intense showdowns in 2011, 2013 and, now, 2023. This year, both sides of the argument are dug in and Republicans appear more willing to go over the cliff than in the past. What does this year’s showdown look like and how, exactly, did the United States’ debt balloon to $31 trillion? Guest: Jim Tankersley, a White House correspondent for The New York...


The Sunday Read: ‘Could I Survive the “Quietest Place on Earth”?’

In a room in a modest concrete building in a leafy Minneapolis neighborhood is silence exceeding the bounds of human perception. Technically an “anechoic chamber,” the room is the quietest place on the planet — according to some. What happens to people inside the windowless steel room is the subject of wild and terrible speculation. Public fascination with it exploded 10 years ago, with an article on The Daily Mail’s website. The article left readers to extrapolate their own conclusions...


A Mother, a Daughter, a Deadly Journey

With mountains, intense mud, fast-running rivers and thick rainforest, the Darién Gap, a strip of terrain connecting South and Central America, is one of the most dangerous places on the planet. Over the past few years, there has been an enormous increase in the number of migrants passing through the perilous zone in the hopes of getting to the United States. Today, we hear the story of one family that’s risking everything to make it across. Guest: Julie Turkewitz, the Andes bureau chief...


Why the U.S. Is Sending More Powerful Weapons to Ukraine

Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, the United States and allies have held back from sending Kyiv their most potent arms. Over the past few weeks, that has started to change. Guest: Eric Schmitt, a national security correspondent for The New York Times. Background reading: a narrow window of time Kyiv needs the power to strike CrimeaFor more information on today’s episode, visit . Transcripts of each episode will be made available by the next workday.


The ‘Enemies List’ at Madison Square Garden

With little warning or regulation, companies are increasingly using facial recognition technology on their customers — as a security measure, they say. But what happens when the systems are actually being used to punish the companies’ enemies? Guest: Kashmir Hill, a technology reporter for The New York Times. Background reading: an “exclusion list” undermined the company’s banFor more information on today’s episode, visit Transcripts of each episode will be made...


China’s Abrupt Reversal of ‘Zero Covid’

For nearly three years, China had one of the lowest coronavirus death rates in the world, thanks to its strict yet effective “zero Covid” approach. But last month, the government suddenly abandoned the policy. Since then, there have been millions of coronavirus cases across the country. Guest: Alexandra Stevenson, the Shanghai bureau chief for The New York Times. Background reading: has suddenly left people to improviserecorded nearly 60,000 fatalities linked to the coronavirusFor more...


The Sunday Read: ‘Risking Everything to Offer Abortion Access Across State Lines’

In states where abortion is severely limited or illegal, clinicians face imminent prosecution if they continue to provide abortions. What is much less clear is what happens if providers in blue states offer telemedicine abortions to women in states where that’s against the law. These clinicians, too, could be arrested or sued or lose their medical licenses. To protect themselves, they may have to give up traveling to certain parts of the country — and it’s still no guarantee. In the face of...


The Presidents and the Classified Documents

The Justice Department is scrutinizing how both former President Donald J. Trump and President Biden came to have classified records after they left office. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland appointed a special counsel after the discovery of two batches of classified documents from Mr. Biden’s time as vice president. How are the two cases similar, how are they different and what might that mean for both? Guest: Glenn Thrush, a Washington correspondent for The New York Times. Background...


The California Floods

For weeks, a string of major storms have hit California, causing extreme flooding. While it might seem as if rain should have a silver lining for a state stuck in a historic drought, the reality is far more complicated. Today, how California’s water management in the past has made today’s flooding worse and why it represents a missed opportunity for the future of the state’s water crisis. Guest: Christopher Flavelle, a climate reporter for The New York Times. Background reading: suited...