Episodes
The Great Salt Lake is drying up. Soaring demand for water, exacerbated by drought and higher temperatures in the region, are shrinking the waters, which play such a crucial role in the landscape, ecology and weather of Salt Lake City and Utah. Can the lake be saved? Guest: Christopher Flavelle, a climate reporter for The New York Times.
Published 07/22/22
A series of blockbuster hearings from the Jan. 6 committee has put growing pressure on Attorney General Merrick B. Garland to bring criminal charges against former President Donald J. Trump over the efforts to overturn the 2020 election. Before today’s committee hearing, we speak with Andrew D. Goldstein, one of the prosecutors who led the last major investigation into Mr. Trump, about why winning a case against the former president is such a challenge. Guest: Andrew Goldstein, a federal...
Published 07/21/22
Across the United States, Republicans emboldened by the overturning of Roe v. Wade are passing laws intended to stop medical staff from providing an abortion. But those same laws may also be scaring health workers out of providing basic care for miscarriages. Guest: Pam Belluck, a health and science writer for The New York Times.
Published 07/20/22
A record-breaking heat wave is currently washing over Europe. In parts of Britain, the mercury has hit a freakishly high 100 degrees Fahrenheit or more. While that is happening, both Europe and the United States — two of the world’s largest contributors to global warming — are abandoning key commitments to limit emissions. Guest: Somini Sengupta, the international climate reporter for The New York Times.
Published 07/19/22
In the past, President Biden has called Saudi Arabia a “pariah” for its human rights abuses and said that he would never meet with its de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. But Mr. Biden’s first trip as president to the Middle East included talks with the prince. What prompted the change in course? Guest: Ben Hubbard, the Beirut bureau chief for The New York Times.
Published 07/18/22
People heading to court often turn to the internet for guidance. In so doing, many come across the work of Justin Paperny, who dispenses advice on his YouTube channel. His videos offer preparation advice and help manage expectations, while providing defendants information to be able to hold their current lawyers accountable, and to try to negotiate a lighter sentence. Mr. Paperny, a former financial criminal, also leads White Collar Advice with his partner Michael Santos, another former...
Published 07/17/22
Ancient galaxies carpeting the sky like jewels on black velvet. Fledgling stars shining out from deep within cumulus clouds of interstellar dust. Hints of water vapor in the atmosphere of a remote exoplanet. This week, NASA released new images captured from a point in space one million miles from Earth. Today, we discuss the James Webb Space Telescope, the world’s most powerful space observatory, its journey to launch and what it can teach us about the universe. Guest: Kenneth Chang, a...
Published 07/15/22
In recent days, the political crisis in Sri Lanka has reached a critical point, with its president fleeing the country and protesters occupying his residence and office. Today, “The Daily” explores how the island nation, whose economy was once held up as a success story in South Asia, came apart — and why it’s a cautionary tale. Guest: Emily Schmall, a South Asia correspondent for The New York Times.
Published 07/14/22
For months, leaders of the Democratic Party and President Biden have been bracing for huge losses in the upcoming midterm elections. Today, “The Daily” explores a new New York Times poll that complicates that thinking — and could set the stage for a very different showdown in November. Guest: Nate Cohn, a domestic correspondent for The Upshot at The New York Times.
Published 07/13/22
Last week, Elon Musk announced that he was pulling out of his $44 billion agreement to purchase Twitter. Today, we explore why a company that once tried to fend off this acquisition is now trying to force Mr. Musk to buy it. Guest: Kate Conger, a technology reporter for The New York Times.
Published 07/12/22
When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the court’s conservative majority argued it was simply handing the question of abortion to the states and their voters to decide for themselves. But in reality, the court was ensuring that many states, from Arizona to Ohio, would immediately ban the procedure without much debate, because their legislatures are now dominated by hard-line Republicans. Today, we tell the story of how those Republican legislators achieved that dominance. Guest:...
Published 07/11/22
Warning of imminent ecological catastrophe, the Earth Liberation Front became notorious in the late 1990s for setting fire to symbols of ecological destruction, including timber mills, an S.U.V. dealership and a ski resort. The group was widely demonized. Its exploits were condemned by mainstream environmental groups, ridiculed by the media and inspired a furious crackdown from law enforcement. But in 2022 the group is more relevant than ever. These days even America’s mainstream...
Published 07/10/22
After a flurry of ministerial resignations and calls from members of his own party for his departure, Boris Johnson agreed on Thursday to resign as prime minister of Britain. During his tenure, Mr. Johnson survived a series of scandals and skated past a lot of bad news. But even he was unable to maneuver his way out of his latest misstep. Guest: Mark Landler, the London bureau chief for The New York Times.
Published 07/08/22
After Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, a group of conservative lawyers embarked on what would become a decades-long mission to reverse the ruling. One of those lawyers, James Bopp, explains how they succeeded and what comes next. Guest: James Bopp, general counsel for the National Right to Life Committee.
Published 07/07/22
Brittney Griner, the American W.N.B.A. star who has been detained in Russia since February, recently sent a letter to President Biden. “I’m terrified I might be here forever,” she wrote. The White House vowed to use “every tool” to bring Ms. Griner back to the United States, but organizing her release is a tricky proposition, complicated not least by Washington’s break with Moscow over the war in Ukraine. Guest: Michael Crowley, a diplomatic correspondent for The New York Times.
Published 07/06/22
President Biden has heralded the recent gun safety bill as the most significant federal attempt to reduce gun violence in 30 years. But after a gunman opened fire from a rooftop onto a Fourth of July parade in a Chicago suburb, questions abound about what the landmark legislation will — and will not — achieve. Guest: Sheryl Gay Stolberg, a Washington correspondent covering health policy for The New York Times.
Published 07/05/22
A little over 50 years ago, Nancy Stearns, a young lawyer, was presenting a case in New York with a bold legal assertion: that the right to abortion was fundamental to equal rights for women. She never got to conclude her argument — first New York changed the law, then came Roe v. Wade. Now, with Roe overturned, she describes how it feels to watch the right to terminate a pregnancy fall away. Guest: Nancy Stearns, a lawyer who used an argument of equal rights to challenge the...
Published 07/01/22
At the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, European leaders painted the battle in stark moral terms, imposing harsh sanctions against Russia and talking about President Volodymyr Zelensky as a hero. But as the war drags on, different conversations have taken place behind the scenes to consider what Ukraine might need to give up to achieve peace. Guest: Matina Stevis-Gridneff, the Brussels bureau chief for The New York Times.
Published 06/30/22
On Jan. 6, 2021, when supporters of Donald Trump stormed the Capitol, Cassidy Hutchinson was at work in the White House alongside her boss, Mark Meadows, then the chief of staff. Her stunning testimony has provided a fly-on-the-wall account of what Mr. Trump knew about the events that day. Guest: Luke Broadwater, a congressional reporter for The New York Times.
Published 06/29/22
In the days since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, states have rushed to either ban, restrict or protect abortion. The different approaches have created a fragmented, patchwork map of America. Guest: Margot Sanger-Katz, a domestic correspondent covering health care for The New York Times.
Published 06/28/22
This episode contains strong language and mentions sexual assault. The Supreme Court decision on Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade sent abortion clinics into a tailspin. That day Rosenda, a receptionist at a family planning clinic in Arizona, spent eight hours on the phone telling women the clinic could no longer help them. “I wanted to hug her, I wanted to help her but I know I can’t,” she said of one patient she called. “I wanted to scream.” In the hours after the decision, we spoke to...
Published 06/27/22
Michael Kimmelman, the architecture critic of The New York Times, traveled to Houston to observe an approach to chronic homelessness that has won widespread praise. Houston, the nation’s fourth-most populous city, has moved more than 25,000 homeless people directly into apartments and houses in the past decade, an overwhelming majority of whom remain housed after two years. This has been achieved through a “housing first” practice: moving the most vulnerable from the streets directly into...
Published 06/26/22
This episode contains strong language. The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, a ruling that eliminates women’s constitutional right to abortion after almost 50 years. “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. wrote on behalf of the majority, while President Biden has denounced the court’s action as the “realization of extreme ideology.” In this special episode, we explore how the court arrived at this landmark decision — and how it will transform American...
Published 06/25/22
A bitter debate about the criteria for enrolling students at Lowell, in California, has echoes of the soul-searching happening across the U.S. education system. Guest: Jay Caspian Kang, a writer for Times Opinion and The New York Times Magazine; and Jessica Cheung, a senior audio producer for The Daily.
Published 06/24/22
In the most sweeping ruling on firearms in decades, the Supreme Court struck down a New York law today that had placed strict limits on carrying guns outside the home. The decision has far-reaching implications, particularly for six other states that have similar laws limiting guns in public. This evening, we revisit an episode from November 2021 that tells the story behind one of the most significant gun cases in American history.  Guest: Adam Liptak, a reporter covering the Supreme Court...
Published 06/23/22