This episode contains strong language and emotional descriptions about the challenges of parenting during the pandemic, so if your young child is with you, you might want to listen later. Several months ago, The Times opened up a phone line to ask Americans what it’s really been like to raise children during the pandemic. Liz Halfhill, a single mother to 11-year-old Max, detailed her unvarnished highs and lows over the past year. Guest: Liz Halfhill, a single mother and full-time paralegal, in Spokane, Wash.
Today, science writer Carl Zimmer explains the decision-making process, how long the suspension might last and the impact it could have not only in the U.S. but around the world. Guest: Carl Zimmer, a science writer and author of the “Matter” column for The New York Times.
In a ruling a few days ago, the Supreme Court lifted coronavirus restrictions imposed by California on religious services held in private homes. The decision gave religious Americans another win against government rules that they say infringe on their freedom to worship. With the latest victory, the question has become whether the Supreme Court’s majority is protecting the rights of the faithful or giving them favorable treatment. Guest: Adam Liptak, who covers the Supreme Court for The Times.
It started with a picture posted on the internet, and ended in an extravagant cryptocurrency bidding war. NFTs, or “nonfungible tokens,” have recently taken the art world by storm. Sabrina Tavernise, a national correspondent for The Times, speaks with the Times columnist Kevin Roose about digital currency’s newest frontier, his unexpected role in it and why it matters. Guest: Kevin Roose, a technology columnist for The Times who examines the intersection of technology, business, and culture.
Europe’s vaccination process was expected to be well-orchestrated and efficient. So far, it’s been neither. Sabrina Tavernise, a national correspondent for The Times, spoke with our colleague Matina Stevis-Gridneff about Europe’s problems and why things could get worse before they get better. Guest: Matina Stevis-Gridneff, the Brussels correspondent for The New York Times, covering the European Union.
The author Philip Roth, who died in 2018, was not sure whether he wanted to be the subject of a biography. In the end, he decided that he wanted to be known and understood. His search for a biographer was long and fraught — Mr. Roth parted ways with two, courted one and sued another — before he settled on Blake Bailey, one of the great chroniclers of America’s literary lives. Today on The Sunday Read, the journey of rendering a writer whose life was equal parts discipline and exuberance.
Last fall, as Odessa High School brought some students back to campus with hybrid instruction, school officials insisted mask wearing, social distancing and campus contact tracing would keep students and faculty safe. And at the beginning of the semester, things seemed to be going OK. But then a spike in coronavirus cases hit town, putting the school’s safety plan to the test. In part three of our four-part series, we follow what happened when a student quarantine stretched the school’s nurses to capacity, fractured friendships and forced some marching band members to miss a critical rite of passage: the last football game of their high school career.
In Minneapolis, the tension is palpable as the city awaits the outcome of the trial of Derek Chauvin, the police officer accused of murdering George Floyd last summer. The court proceedings have been both emotional — the video of Mr. Floyd’s death has been played over and over — and technical. At the heart of the case: How did Mr. Floyd die? Today, we look at the case that has been brought against Mr. Chauvin so far.
The I.R.S. says that Bristol Myers Squibb, America’s second-largest drug company, has engaged a tax-shelter setup that has deprived the United States of $1.4 billion in tax revenue. The Biden administration is looking to put an end to such practices to pay for its policy ambitions, including infrastructure like improving roads and bridges and revitalizing cities. We look at the structure of these tax arrangements and explore how, and whether, it’s possible to clamp down on them.
How one woman with a grudge was able to slander an entire family online, while the sites she used avoided blame.