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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. Twenty minutes a day, five days a week, ready by 6 a.m.

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It’s been four years since the 2016 election laid bare the powerful role that social media companies have come to play in shaping political discourse and beliefs in America.Since then, there have been growing calls to address the spread of polarization and misinformation promoted on such platforms.While Facebook has been slower to acknowledge a need for change, Twitter has embraced the challenge, acknowledging that the company made mistakes in the past. But with three months to go until the 2020 election, these changes have been incremental, and Twitter itself is more popular than ever.Today, Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s C.E.O., discusses the platform’s flaws, its polarizing potential — and his vision for the future.For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily Background reading: A 17-year-old in Florida was recently responsible for one of the worst hacking attacks in Twitter’s history — successfully breaching the accounts of some of the world’s most famous people, including Barack Obama, Kanye West and Elon Musk. But did the teenager do the country a favor?Twitter is in hot water with the government for sharing with advertisers phone numbers given to the company for personal security purposes
The Day That Shook Beirut

The Day That Shook Beirut

2020-08-0623:4923

A mangled yellow door. Shattered glass. Blood.A devastating explosion of ammonium nitrate stored at the port in Beirut killed at least 135 people and razed entire neighborhoods on Tuesday. This is what our correspondent in the Lebanese capital saw when the blast turned her apartment “into a demolition site” — and what happened in the hours after.Guest: Vivian Yee, our correspondent based in Beirut. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily Background reading: As the shock of the blast turns to anger in Lebanon, this is what we know so far about the explosion.In a land conditioned by calamity, Vivian wrote about what it felt like to emerge from the debris into the kindness of strangers and friends.
‘Stay Black and Die’

‘Stay Black and Die’

2020-08-0543:4819

Demonstrations against police brutality are entering their third month, but meaningful policy action has not happened. We speak with one demonstrator about her journey to the front lines of recent protests — and the lessons she’s learned about the pace of change.Caitlin Dickerson, an immigration reporter at The New York Times, spoke with Sharhonda Bossier, deputy director at Education Leaders of Color, an advocacy group.For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily Background reading: While protests in most American cities have tapered off, the confrontation between protesters and federal agents in downtown Portland, Ore., continues.Here is our latest reporting on the protests against racism and police violence that spread around the world after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May.
The United States is preparing to hold its first ever socially distant presidential election. But will it actually work?Guest: Reid J. Epstein, who covers campaigns and elections for The New York Times. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily Background reading: President Trump’s suggestion that the Nov. 3 vote could be delayed — something he cannot do on his own — drew unusually firm Republican resistance and signaled worry about his re-election bid.Georgia’s troubled primary elections in June may be a preview of graver battles coming in the general election.
Facial recognition is becoming an increasingly central component of police departments’ efforts to solve crimes. But can algorithms harbor racial bias?Guest: Annie Brown, a producer for The New York Times, speaks with Kashmir Hill, a technology reporter, about her interview with Robert Julian-Borchak Williams, who was arrested after being misidentified as a criminal by an algorithm. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily Background reading: In response to Mr. Williams’s story being published by The New York Times, the Wayne County prosecutor’s office said that he could have the case and his fingerprint data expunged.
In this episode, Leslie Jamison, a writer and teacher, explores the potentially constructive force of female anger — and the shame that can get attached to 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.
The remains of Vanessa Guillen, an Army specialist, were discovered last month about 25 miles from Fort Hood in central Texas. She was the victim, officials said, of a fellow soldier. Now her death has attracted the attention of the nation — veterans, active-duty service members and civilians.Today, we examine what some claim to be a pervasive culture of sexual harassment inside the U.S. military. Guest: Jennifer Steinhauer, a Washington reporter for The New York Times. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily Background reading: Women from the military say the response to Specialist Guillen’s killing is their #MeToo moment and a prompt to examine racial inequities in the service.
The Big Tech Hearing

The Big Tech Hearing

2020-07-3034:3129

The C.E.O.s of America’s most influential technology companies — Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook — were brought before Congress to answer a question: Are they too powerful?Today, we talk to our colleague who was in the room about what happened. Guest: Cecilia Kang, a technology and regulatory policy reporter for The New York Times.For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily Background reading: In the hearing, the chiefs of Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook faced withering questions from Democrats about anti-competitive practices and from Republicans about anti-conservative bias.
Confronting China

Confronting China

2020-07-2928:3940

A cooperative relationship with China has been a pillar of U.S. foreign policy for more than half a century. So why does the Trump administration think it’s time for a change? Guest: Edward Wong, a diplomatic correspondent for The New York Times. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily Background reading: Why top aides to President Trump want to leave a lasting legacy of ruptured diplomatic ties between China and the United States.
A fight has erupted among congressional Republicans over how long and how generously the government should help those unemployed during the pandemic. But what is that battle really about? Guest: Nicholas Fandos, who covers Congress for The New York Times. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily Background reading: Supplemental checks for laid-off workers are set to stop at the end of July. Republicans and Democrats disagree on what to do next.Why the two parties are unlikely to reach a deal before the end of the month.
A New York Times investigation found that surviving the coronavirus in New York had a lot to do with which hospital a person went to. Our investigative reporter Brian M. Rosenthal pulls back the curtain on inequality and the pandemic in the city.Guest: Brian M. Rosenthal, an investigative reporter on the Metro Desk of The New York Times.For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily Background reading: At the peak of New York’s pandemic, patients at some community hospitals were three times more likely to die than were patients at medical centers in the wealthiest parts of the city.The story of a $52 million temporary care facility in New York illustrates the missteps made at every level of government in the race to create more hospital capacity.
When the university told one woman about the sexual-harassment complaints against her wife, they knew they weren’t true. But they had no idea how strange the truth really was.This story was recorded by Audm. To hear more audio stories from publishers like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android.
This episode contains strong language.Today, we go inside the fraught weeks that led up to the opening game of the 2020 professional baseball season — from the perspective of the commissioner of Major League Baseball. Guest: Michael S. Schmidt, who covers national security for The New York Times, spoke with Rob Manfred, the commissioner of Major League Baseball. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily Background reading: The schedule is short. The stadiums will be empty. This is what our baseball writer thinks the season might look like this year.
The Showdown in Portland

The Showdown in Portland

2020-07-2330:1448

This episode contains strong language. Federal agents dressed in camouflage and tactical gear have taken to the streets of Portland, Ore., unleashing tear gas, bloodying protesters and pulling some people into unmarked vans. Today, we go behind protest lines to ask why militarized federal authorities are being deployed to an American city. Guests: Zolan Kanno-Youngs, The New York Times’s homeland security correspondent, and Mike Baker, a Pacific Northwest correspondent for The Times.For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily Background reading: The federal authorities said they would bring order to Portland, after weeks of protests. But local leaders believe the federal presence is making things worse, and a backlash has grown since the deployment began.Protesters have used everyday home items, including pool noodles, to try to fight the militarized force. This is what our reporter saw on the streets of Portland.
Around the world, safely reopening schools remains one of the most daunting challenges to restarting national economies. While approaches have been different, no country has tried to reopen schools with coronavirus infection rates at the level of the United States. Today, we explore the risks and rewards of the plan to reopen American schools this fall. Guest: Pam Belluck, a health and science writer at The New York Times. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily Background reading: The pressure to bring American students back to classrooms is intense, but the calculus is tricky with infections out of control in many communities.Local economies might not fully recover until working parents can send children to school. Here’s why the plan to reopen New York City schools is so important.
The Vaccine Trust Problem

The Vaccine Trust Problem

2020-07-2128:5858

Public health officials and private researchers have vowed to develop a coronavirus vaccine in record time. But could that rush backfire? Guest: Jan Hoffman, a health reporter for The New York Times. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily Background reading: Billions of dollars are being poured into developing a coronavirus vaccine, but the rapid timetable may be creating even more vaccine-hesitant patients.Three vaccine developers report that early trials showed promising results with minimal side effects, but one researcher cautioned, “There is still a long way to go.”
This episode includes disturbing language including racial slurs.Representative John Lewis, a stalwart of the civil rights era, died on Friday. We take a look at his life, lessons and legacy. Guest: Brent Staples, a member of the Times editorial board.For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily.Background reading: Mr. Lewis, a son of sharecroppers and an apostle of nonviolence who was bloodied at Selma, Ala., and across the Jim Crow South in the historic struggle for racial equality, and who then carried a mantle of moral authority into Congress, died on Friday. He was 80.Bipartisan praise poured in for the civil rights leader, as friends, colleagues and admirers reached for the appropriate superlatives to sum up an extraordinary life.Mr. Lewis risked his life for justice, The Times’s editorial board wrote.
When the Iowa Attorney General's office began investigating an unclaimed lottery ticket worth millions, an incredible string of unlikely winners came to light, and a trail that pointed to an inside job. Today, listen to a story about mortality — about our greed, hubris and, ultimately, humility.This story was recorded by Audm. To hear more audio stories from publishers like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android.
For the remainder of this week, “The Daily” is revisiting episodes with people we met in the early weeks of the pandemic to hear what’s happened to them since our original conversations were first aired.Climbing on the roof to look at stars in the middle of summer. Making French toast and popcorn. Kind eyes. These are some of the memories Tilly Breimhorst has of her grandfather, Craig. We spoke with Tilly in May about losing her grandfather to coronavirus. Today, we check back in with her.Guest: Matilda Breimhorst, a 12-year-old who recently lost her grandfather to the coronavirus. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily Background reading: In personal and profound ways, the coronavirus crisis has created a sense of collective loss. Here are some ways to grieve.
For the remainder of this week, “The Daily” is revisiting episodes with people we met in the early weeks of the coronavirus pandemic to hear what has happened to them since our original conversations were first aired.As state stay-at-home orders expired, small business owners faced a daunting question: Should they risk the survival of their company, or their health? Today, we speak again with one restaurant owner about the decision she made.Guest: Jasmine Lombrage, a restaurant owner in Baton Rouge, La. For more information on today’s episode, visit nytimes.com/thedaily Background reading: In personal and profound ways, the coronavirus crisis has created a sense of collective loss. Here are some ways to grieve.
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Alex Mercedes

Arrgh! 30 minutes and I can't take anymore of Barbaro. he seems unfamiliar with the idea that any tool can be used for good or for ill....what?

Aug 8th
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Alex Mercedes

I really hate when Barbaro gets locked into an adversarial posture with a guest. He misses important new information revealed by the interviewee because he is so intent on his pre-planned agenda, doggedly pursuing some kind of abject mea culpa when that's such old news. despite this, hearing Jack Dorsey in his own words was eye-opening for me. he seems like a decent human being, a surprise after listening to what many pundits say about him.

Aug 8th
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Top Clean

Politicians and diapers should be changed frequently and all for the same reason. ... When you are poor, they call it welfare. When you are rich, they call it saving the economy. It's socialism for the rich, and harsh capitalism for everyone else. A man's fate should not be decided on any single event, but on the sum of his contributions. ... Positive thinking will let you do everything better, than negative thinking will. "Stop trumping around, you aren't getting anything done!" You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do. Trump has two parts of brain, 'left' and 'right'. In the left side, there's nothing right. In the right side, there's nothing left. ... https://www.factcheck.org/2020/06/trumps-absentee-vs-mail-in-ballot-spin/ https://www.getyourballot.org/ #Vote.org

Aug 7th
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James Callaway

. mlm

Aug 7th
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Sasha Anne Lyn

I grew up in a white country full of new immigrants like myself. My classeooms were like the United Nations but I graduated into a workforce dominated by elderly white people and no one knew how to imagine anything different until it was. Mixed children mixed with mixed children, grew up and commandeered jobs and poaitions. This is the only way that I see change happening on a fundamental level - the orosion of differnece and exposure to another. Being Canadian and benefiting from the system in place as well as the lack of the budeon of history has accelerated this change. Its not perfect but there are glimpses of a harmonious multicultural future.

Aug 7th
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Jonathan Petherbridge

Police arrest the wong guy, police blame a computer for there mistake. NYT talks about racist algorithm for half an hour...

Aug 5th
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Josh Mangum

defund these shitbags

Aug 3rd
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Jonathan Petherbridge

I don't like angry men or angry women, other people don't seem to either. When you are angry you make bad decisions and do stupid things. I'm embarrassed when I loose my temper and you should be to, it doesn't help you or anyone else.

Aug 3rd
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jacob kemper

woke bullshit

Aug 2nd
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AH

The loud music during the reading was annoying & distracting.

Aug 2nd
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Sybil Lee

Sexual harassment and rape for tears. none of the military services do much about. The victim is labelled a slut and a whore while the rapist goes on with his career

Jul 31st
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Clo Redden

rďď

Jul 31st
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Albert H

My issue with the unemployment aid was that it did not take into account the cost of living on each state. $800 per week goes a loooong way in places like Arizona but in states like California and New York it is barely enough. I'm not going to lie, at times I've felt a little jealous of people in my city getting more money on unemployment than I make even with overtime.

Jul 31st
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Paz Ibarra

I'm surprised there's no mention in here about how Amazon absolutely crushed and bought diapers.com by leveraging the reach of their platform.

Jul 30th
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Somnambulist_23

No mention of $1.75 billion toward FBI building refurbish so they don't move away from trump hotel, OR $30 billion pentagon gift that is in GOP senate HEALS act. Reduced help for taxpayers while simultaneously throwing money to trump and military, is also part of the story.

Jul 30th
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Sasha Anne Lyn

Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and all the rest of them sound like hollow tin men. After lying to the American people and giving themselves an outrageously.huge tax cut in 2017 wherin the rich got richer, the economy flat lined and the deficit grew, they hypocrisy is limitless as real, working people neeed a few hundeed dollars more. letsbis never forget that the people need this money yesterday soley because of the inaction of their own party leader and by default, them: the minions. At this point I am shocked the have the nerve to stand up there like tin pot dictators and that the people have not stormed the Bastille over this.

Jul 30th
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Jonathan Petherbridge

Don't make this about trump, it is about genocide and expansionism. Surely left and right can agree on genocide. Did "never again" mean anything to anyone? The CCP is the bad guy here not the US President.

Jul 30th
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CraggyPete

I need this money to survive!! these democrats better not take my money! #Trump2020 #KeepAmericaGreat

Jul 29th
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John Smith

there "is" evidence that the virus originated in a Chinese laboratory. It skipped so many steps in its sequences, to become this dangerous, that it almost certainly was modified and tampered with. ....But the Times knows its dopey audience won't look into that because they propagandize you like the idiots you are

Jul 29th
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ellen cox

I can't tell if @CraggyPete is being sardonic or really believes that pussy-grabbing, science-averse Drumpf gives a crap about anyone except himself... Yes, these are novel times and the notion of pushing vaccines thru so quickly can be nerve-wracking and scary, but also scary and terribly sad are the deaths of approx 150,000 US citizens, many of whom could have been spared if Drumpf's "leadership" consisted of more than navel-gazing and xenophobia...

Jul 29th
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