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States are reopening. Parks are crowded. Restaurants are filling, again, with diners. But is this dangerous? Six months into the pandemic, we reflect on what we’ve learned about the virus — and ask how that knowledge should chart the course forward. Guest: Donald G. McNeil Jr., a science and health reporter for The New York Times. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily  Background reading: As New York businesses reopened, Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned that a second wave of infections was almost inevitable if residents did not abide by social-distancing rules. “It will come,” he said. “And once it comes, it’s too late.” Restrictions are easing across the United States, but Arizona, Florida and Texas are reporting their highest case numbers yet. As of Saturday, coronavirus cases were climbing in 22 states.
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In this episode of The Sunday Read, one man reflects on what it was like to go to prison as a child and to attempt to become an attorney upon his release. In doing so, he asks: What is punishment in America? What is it for? And how should we think about it? This story was recorded by Audm. To hear more audio stories from publishers like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android.
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What does an autopsy reveal about Rayshard Brooks' death? Video shows the 27-year-old Georgia man seized a police officer's Taser as he fled an arrest. The autopsy shows the officer who shot him hit him twice in the back. Florida, Texas and other states have set records for new coronavirus cases. But Arizona's governor says the state is ready to reopen even as new cases soar.
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In this bonus episode, the team at NPR's Planet Money brings us a story on patents in the U.S. Dr. Lisa Cook found a blindspot in a big theory on innovation: the idea that if we just make strong patent laws, innovation will come. True for some, not true for others. Her research has huge implications for Black Americans — and for the wealth of entire countries. But convincing her colleagues took a lot more than data.
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Ronda McIntyre’s classroom is built around a big rug, where her students crowd together often for group instruction. But since March, when schools across the country shut down because of the coronavirus, she has had to try to create the same sense of community remotely. Her class, and her job, are not the same — and they may never be. Guest: Ronda McIntyre, a grade-school teacher at Indianola Informal K-8 school in Columbus, Ohio. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily  Background reading: Elizabeth A. Harris, a Times reporter, spoke with Ms. McIntyre earlier this year in the course of reporting about the frustrations of parents trying to do their jobs while helping children with class work.The realities of remote learning for fourteen other teachers, in illustrated vignettes.Restarting classes is central to reviving economies. But even as students in Europe return to school, a question hangs over the efforts: What’s the risk of children getting, and spreading, the virus?
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The Times critic Wesley Morris had listened to Patti LaBelle’s live rendition of “If You Don’t Know Me by Now” over a hundred times before. But one recent Sunday, the song came on and he heard something new. “I heard her thinking through an ultimatum now being laid down in the streets of this country,” he went on to write. Soon after, he got a call from one Ms. Patti LaBelle.
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Some states are seeing a worrying rise in coronavirus infections. President Trump is caught between supporting police and pressure to reform some of their tactics. Protesters in the U.K. are targeting monuments they say glorify a racist past.
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A full-scale meltdown of new voting systems in Georgia is alarming Democratic leaders — and revealing a new national playing field — ahead of the general election in November. Today, we explore why voting access in Georgia has become a national issue for the party. Guest: Astead W. Herndon, who covers national politics for The New York Times. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily  Background reading: Long lines and malfunctioning voting machines marred Georgia primary elections, renewing attention on voting rights there, and raising questions about how to ensure access to voting in the general election.With both Senate seats in play and President Trump up for re-election in November, Georgia Democrats are telling anyone who will listen: This time will be different.
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Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed by a white officer in Atlanta this weekend, in another horrific instance of police violence. Atlanta’s police chief subsequently announced she would step down and the officer who shot Brooks was fired.  Tens of thousands of people protested violence against Black trans people this weekend in cities across America. These protests came just as the Trump administration moved to revoke discrimination protections for trans people in health care and health insurance.  And in headlines: an update on COVID-19 in the US and around the world, African nations call on the UN to address racism and police brutality, and FKA Lady Antebellum just can’t get it right. Follow and donate to groups working to protect black trans people: The Okra Project pays Black trans chefs to go into the homes of Black trans people to cook them a healthy and home-cooked meal: theokraproject.com Black and Pink is an LGBTQ prison abolitionist organization working to support LGBTQ and HIV positive prisoners: blackandpink.org The Marsha P. Johnson Institute protects and defends the human rights of Black trans people through organizing and advocacy: marshap.org Find more: actblue.com/donate/black_led_lgbtq Support our sponsors: 60 in 6 available on Quibi: link.quibi.com/60in6
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This episode contains strong language. Nearly 30 years ago, George Perry Floyd Jr. told a high school classmate he would “touch the world” someday. We went to the funeral in Houston of an outsize man who dreamed equally big and whose killing has galvanized a movement against racism across the globe. Guest: Manny Fernandez, The New York Times’s bureau chief in Houston. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily  Background reading: Mr. Floyd’s funeral served as both a national reckoning and a moment of personal mourning. The Rev. Al Sharpton demanded more action against police brutality.As a young man, Mr. Floyd had big plans for his future. This is the story of his life and dreams.
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This episode contains strong language. Several major U.S. cities are proposing ways to defund and even dismantle their police departments. But what would that actually look like? Guest: John Eligon, a national correspondent covering race for The New York Times. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily  Background reading: In protests across the country, pleas for changes in policing have ranged from reform to abolition. Some proposed measures include restricting police use of military-style equipment and requiring officers to face strict discipline in cases of misconduct.Nine members of the Minneapolis City Council — a veto-proof majority — pledged to dismantle the city’s Police Department, promising to create a new system of public safety.
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President Trump plans to sign an executive order encouraging better practices by police departments, but rejected more far-reaching proposals to tackle racial injustice and police brutality in the United States. Also, a look at what some cities and states are already doing to address calls for police reforms. And, how is the development for a coronavirus vaccine going as many areas of the U.S. begin to re-open?
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Atlanta erupts as a scuffle with police officers escalates into a shooting. President Trump's campaign backs away from a plan for a Juneteenth rally. And growing Black Lives Matter protests overseas have led to violent conflicts.
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After 33 seasons, the reality TV show Cops was canceled this week. Should scripted police dramas follow? Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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This episode contains strong language. Across the country, the police have responded to protests over police brutality with more force. Today, we listen in on confrontations at demonstrations in New York. Guest: Ali Watkins, a crime and law enforcement reporter at The New York Times. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily  Background reading: Across the country, police officers have responded to growing protests over police brutality with increasingly violent crowd control techniques, using batons, tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullets on protesters, bystanders and journalists.In New York, officers have charged and swung batons at demonstrators after curfew with seemingly little provocation. The mayor said he would review any reports of inappropriate enforcement.
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Luckin Coffee was supposed to disrupt China's coffee market. But a Wall Street Journal investigation has found that the company used fake coffee orders, fake supply orders and even a fake employee to fabricate nearly half its sales last year. WSJ's Jing Yang explains Luckin's scheme.
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A.M. Edition for June 15. Understanding the unique challenge of slowing down the coronavirus among India's 1.3 billion people. The aftermath of a deadly police shooting in Atlanta. And why a rise in volatility, and the trading of it, are complicating things on Wall Street. Marc Stewart hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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With the presidential election just a few months away, President Trump and Democratic hopeful former vice president Joe Biden are returning to the campaign trail. How are they making their case to lead a nation in crises? Also, Amazon is putting a one-year moratorium on police use of its facial-recognition technology, yielding to pressure from police-reform advocates and civil rights groups. And, a U.S. grad student imprisoned in Iran for more than three years tells his story for the first time since being released in December.
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Today on “The Sunday Read,” listen to Claudia Rankine reflect on the precariousness of being black in America. Her words were written five years ago after avowed white supremacist Dylann Roof killed nine black people at a Bible study in Charleston, South Carolina. We are revisiting them now that they have — yet again — been rendered relevant. This story was recorded by Audm. To hear more audio stories from publishers like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android.
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Police in Seattle abandoned their East Precinct building and ceded about six blocks of the city to protestors, who have now set up the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone or CHAZ. Some conservatives are comparing that area to “Lord of the Flies,” while those on the ground say it’s more like orientation week at Evergreen State College. Another 1.5 million workers filed for unemployment last week. Trump plans to hold rallies again starting next Friday, building up to a packed RNC speech that’s now officially set for Jacksonville. And in headlines: a giant fuel spill in Siberia, a new police unit in Hong Kong, and Twitter wants you to read. Plus, Erin Ryan fills in for Akilah Hughes. Listen to her podcast! http://apple.co/hysteria
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Note: This episode contains strong language. Today, we’re sharing the series finale of “Rabbit Hole,” a Times podcast with the tech columnist Kevin Roose. In this episode, we follow one QAnon believer’s journey through faith and loss — and what becomes of reality as our lives move online. For more information on “Rabbit Hole” and today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/rabbithole.
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Vox’s Dylan Scott says it’s hard to tell because the United States is riding 50 different Covid-19 waves. Transcript at vox.com/todayexplained. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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It’s World Refugee Day on June 20, a time to commemorate the most vulnerable populations around the world. CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta turns to Bex Wright, who covers the Rohingya refugee crisis for CNN, and David Miliband, the CEO of the International Rescue Committee, to talk about how we can never be free of a global pandemic unless everywhere in the world is safe.
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The past and future of Hollywood’s love affair with law enforcement. And, the symbolism of clothes on Capitol Hill this week.
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For many of us, it's been months since we started sheltering-in-place. And it's exhausting. Now, as states begin to reopen and social distancing rules are relaxed, how do we decide what is safe to do and what isn't? And what about those of us who haven't had the luxury of staying at home? CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta speaks to experts about quarantine fatigue and how we should move forward with our daily lives.
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P.M. Edition for June 12. Experts are worried about a spike in coronavirus cases, in states that have already reopened. Eliza Collins has more. Plus, as protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd continue, protesters are determined to keep the momentum going. Josh Jamerson reports. Annmarie Fertoli hosts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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This episode includes disturbing language including racial slurs. They came together to protest the killing of George Floyd — and because what happened to him had echoes in their own experiences. Today, we speak with five protesters about the moments in their lives that brought them onto the streets. Guests: Donfard Hubbard, 44, from Minneapolis; Rashaad Dinkins, 18, from Minneapolis; Joe Morris, 32, from Tallahassee, Fla.; Azalea Hernandez, 12, from Minneapolis; and Joyce Ladner, 76, from Washington. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily