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May 6, 2021
A Major Ruling From Facebook’s ‘Supreme Court’
Was Facebook right to indefinitely bar former President Donald J. Trump from the platform after the Capitol riot? The company’s oversight board, which rules on some of the thorniest speech decisions on the platform, decided that, while the ban was justified at the time, the parameters of the suspension needed to be defined. What does the ruling tell us about Facebook’s “Supreme Court.” Guest: Cecilia Kang, a reporter covering technology and regulatory policy for The New York Times.
May 5, 2021
A Shrinking Society in Japan
Japan is the “grayest” nation in the world. Close to 30 percent of the population is over 65. The reason is its low birthrate, which has caused the population to contract since 2007. With the birthrate in the United States also dropping, what are the implications of a shrinking population, and what lessons can be learned from Japan? Guest: Motoko Rich, the Tokyo bureau chief for The New York Times.
May 4, 2021
A Population Slowdown in the U.S.
The latest census revealed that the United States had seen the second-slowest decade of population growth since 1790, when the count began. The country may be entering an era of substantially lower population growth, demographers said. How could this redefine the nation’s future? Guest: Sabrina Tavernise, a national correspondent covering demographics for The New York Times.
May 2, 2021
The Sunday Read: ‘He Wants to Save Classics From Whiteness. Can the Field Survive?’
For years, Dan-el Padilla Peralta, a Dominican-born teacher of classics at Princeton, has spoken openly about the harm caused by the discipline’s practitioners in the two millenniums since antiquity — the classical justifications of slavery, race science, colonialism, Nazism and other 20th-century fascisms. He believes that classics is so entangled with white supremacy as to be inseparable from it. Today on The Sunday Read, how Dr. Padilla is trying to change the way the subject is taught.
May 1, 2021
Introducing: ‘The Improvement Association,’ From the Makers of Serial
For at least a decade, allegations of cheating have swirled around elections in rural Bladen County, N.C. Some people point fingers at a Black advocacy group, the Bladen County Improvement Association, accusing it of bullying voters, tampering with ballots and stealing votes outright. These allegations have never been substantiated, but they persist. The reporter Zoe Chace went to Bladen County to investigate what’s really going on. From the makers of Serial and The New York Times, this five-part audio series about allegations of election fraud -- and the powerful forces that fuel them -- is out now. Binge the whole series, and find out more here:
April 30, 2021
Odessa, Part 4: Wellness Check
Joanna Lopez, the high school senior we met in our first episode of Odessa, has turned inward: staying in her bedroom, ghosting friends and avoiding band practice. But playing with the marching band at the last football game of her high-school career offers a moment of hope that maybe, one day, things will get better. In the finale of our four-part series, we listen as the public health crisis becomes a mental health crisis in Odessa.
April 29, 2021
‘We Have to Prove Democracy Still Works’
In his first speech to a joint session of Congress, President Biden set out an expansive vision for the role of American government. He spent much of the address detailing his proposals for investing in the nation’s economic future — spending that would total $4 trillion. We analyze the president’s address and his plans for remaking the American economy. Guest: Jim Tankersley, a White House correspondent for The New York Times.
April 28, 2021
Fear and Loss: Inside India’s Coronavirus Crisis
At the beginning of this year, many people in India thought the worst of the pandemic was finished there. But in the last few weeks, any sense of ease has given way to widespread fear. The country is suffering from the worst coronavirus outbreak in the world, with people being turned away from full hospitals and a scarcity of medical oxygen. How did India, after successfully containing the virus last year, get to this point? Guest: Jeffrey Gettleman, the South Asia bureau chief for The New York Times, based in New Delhi.
April 27, 2021
Can the U.S. Win Back Its Climate Credibility?
During a global climate summit, President Biden signaled America’s commitment to fighting climate change with an ambitious target: The U.S. will cut its economywide carbon emissions by 50 percent of 2005 levels by 2030. What became clear is that the rest of the world has become cautious about following the United States’ lead after years of commitments shifting from one administration to the next. What happened at the summit and how can the U.S. regain its credibility in the struggle against climate change? Guest: Coral Davenport, who covers energy and environmental policy for The New York Times, with a focus on climate change.