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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.




Four Million Ukrainians in Limbo

Since the beginning of Russia’s war in Ukraine, 10 million Ukrainians — about a quarter of the population — have been displaced, and about four million have fled the country. Iryna Baramidze is one of them. From a middle-class neighborhood of Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital, she has been married to her husband for 12 years and has an 11 year-old son, Yuri. Over three weeks, our producer Clare Toeniskoetter followed Iryna as she made an impossible choice. Have you lost a loved one during the...


The Sunday Read: ‘Nurses Have Finally Learned What They’re Worth’

Demand for traveling nurses skyrocketed during the pandemic. In March 2020, there were over 12,000 job opportunities for traveling nurses, but by early December of that year, the number had grown to more than 30,000 open positions. Lauren Hilgers details the experiences of America’s traveling nurses and questions whether this “boom” will continue. Myriad factors compelled thousands to abandon their permanent posts, among them the flexible nature of being a traveling nurse and its associated...


‘The Dreams We Had Are Like a Dream’

Since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan last year, thousands of women and girls who were in school or had jobs were forced back into their homes. The Daily producers Lynsea Garrison and Stella Tan have been talking to women and girls across the country about their lives under Taliban rule — and about what kind of future they now face. Background reading: reneged on its promise to open Afghanistan’s girls’ schoolsWant more from The Daily? For one big idea on the news each week from...


Ukraine Puts Putin’s Playbook to the Test

From the outside, Russia’s relentless bombardment of Ukraine looks indiscriminate and improvised. But the approach is part of an approach devised decades ago in Chechnya. The Times journalist Carlotta Gall, who covered the Chechen conflict, explains why wars fought by Russia some 30 years ago could inform what happens next in Ukraine. Guest: Carlotta Gall, the Istanbul bureau chief for The New York Times. Have you lost a loved one during the pandemic? The Daily is working on a special...


The Confirmation Hearing of Ketanji Brown Jackson

Democratic support for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, who could become the first Black woman to serve as a Supreme Court justice, was never in much doubt. Less certain was the depth of Republican opposition. To analyze how the arguments have played out so far in her confirmation hearing, we look at four key moments. Guest: Adam Liptak, a reporter covering the Supreme Court for The New York Times. Have you lost a loved one during the pandemic? The Daily is working on a special episode...


Will Sanctioning Oligarchs Change the War?

Among the actions taken by the West to punish Moscow for the invasion of Ukraine is the blacklisting of the incredibly rich and politically connected Russian businessmen known as oligarchs. But how could sanctions on Russia’s superwealthy increase the pressure on President Vladimir V. Putin to end the war? Guest: Matt Apuzzo, a reporter for The New York Times, based in Brussels. Have you lost a loved one during the pandemic? The Daily is working on a special episode memorializing those we...


Could the U.S. See Another Covid Wave?

More than two years into the pandemic, coronavirus infections are surging in China and nations in Europe. The reason: BA.2, a highly contagious version of the Omicron variant. At the same time, the United States is doing away with a number of pandemic restrictions, with mask mandates ending and businesses no longer requiring proof of vaccination from customers. We explore what these BA.2 surges look like and ask whether the U.S. is ready for a new wave of Covid cases. Guest: Apoorva...


The Global Race to Mine the Metal of the Future

In the high-stakes competition to dominate the business of clean energy, the Democratic Republic of Congo is a major arena: The country is the source of more than two-thirds of the world’s cobalt, a key component of electric-car batteries. In recent years, China has established a strong presence in Congo, while the United States has lost ground. We went to the African country to understand how that happened. Guest: Dionne Searcey, a correspondent for The New York Times. Have you lost a...


Four Paths Forward in Ukraine

It has been three weeks since the war in Ukraine began. The fighting grinds on and there is no clear end in sight. But what are the potential paths forward in the coming days and weeks? On Wednesday, President Volodymyr Zelensky, in an address to Congress, proposed one such path, though it is an incredibly unlikely one: a no-fly zone over Ukraine. Elsewhere, Times reporting has suggested four other potential scenarios — a diplomatic end to the conflict; protracted monthslong fighting;...


Inflation Lessons From the 1970s

With prices on the rise in the U.S. economy, the Federal Reserve is expected to announce on Wednesday an increase in interest rates, essentially pouring a cold glass of water on the economy. Why would the central bank do that? The answer lies in the inflation crisis of the 1970s, when a failure to react quickly enough still looms large in the memory. Guest: Jeanna Smialek, a reporter covering the Federal Reserve and the economy for The New York Times. Have you lost a loved one during the...


The Story Behind a Defining War Photo

This episode details graphic scenes and contains strong language. The image shows four people lying on the ground — a woman, a man and two children who had been fleeing from a suburb of Kyiv, the Ukrainian capital. The woman and her children had been killed by a mortar moments earlier. Around them are Ukrainian soldiers attempting to revive the man. The picture was taken by the photojournalist Lynsey Addario, alongside Andriy Dubchak, a Ukrainian videographer. When it was published by The...


How Russians See the War in Ukraine

Russians and Ukrainians are deeply connected. Millions of Ukrainians have relatives in Russia. Many have lived in the country. But Moscow has taken steps to shield its people from open information about the war, even as its bombing campaign intensifies. When Ukrainians try to explain the dire situation to family members in Russia, they are often met with denial, resistance, and a kind of refusal to believe. Guest: Valerie Hopkins, a correspondent for The New York Times, currently in...


The Sunday Read: ‘What Rashida Tlaib Represents’

Rozina Ali profiles Rashida Tlaib, the 45-year-old second-term congresswoman from Detroit, who has risen from adverse circumstances to play a significant role in American politics, most notably bringing greater awareness to the ongoing conflict over Palestine. Tlaib is the only Palestinian American serving in the House of Representatives, and the first with family currently living in the West Bank, whose three million inhabitants’ lives are, as Ali explains, “intimately shaped by American...


Putin’s Endgame: A Conversation With Fiona Hill

Ending the war in Ukraine very much depends on how and when President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia allows it to end. In an interview for his podcast “The Ezra Klein Show,” the opinion columnist Ezra Klein spoke with one of the world’s leading experts on Mr. Putin, Fiona Hill, a foreign policy adviser for three United States presidents. Today, we run the discussion between Ms. Hill and Ezra Klein about how Mr. Putin is approaching this moment, and the right and wrong ways for the West to...


Inside Ukraine’s Embattled Cities

It has been two weeks since the beginning of the war in Ukraine and Russia’s high-tech army of nearly 200,000 soldiers have not taken control of any major cities, except the southern port of Kherson. The state of the war is eerily stalled and the Russians’ answer has been to encircle cities and, from a distance, bomb what they can’t control. Today, we hear dispatches on two cities in Ukraine’s south that are surrounded and under attack. Guest: Michael Schwirtz, an investigative reporter...


Will Banning Russian Oil Hurt Russia, or the U.S.?

On Tuesday morning, President Biden took to the podium at the White House to deliver a solemn and provocative speech. As punishment for waging war on Ukraine, he announced, the United States would cut off Russian oil imports. Mr. Biden said the move would require some sacrifice, but would be for the greater good. How much will the ban hurt Russia, and American consumers? Guest: Clifford Krauss, a national energy business correspondent for The New York Times. Have you lost a loved one...


Why Zelensky Poses a Unique Threat to Putin

Since the start of the war in Ukraine, no single figure has antagonized President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia as effectively or persistently as President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine. His defiant videos and speeches have inspired the West into action and, by his own account, made him a target for Russian assassins. What is it about the comedian-turned-president and his rise to power that poses such a unique threat to Mr. Putin? Guest: Anton Troianovski, the Moscow bureau chief for The New...


On the Road With Ukraine’s Refugees

This episode contains strong language. In response to Russia’s increasingly brutal campaign against Ukrainian towns and cities, an estimated 1.5 million people — most of them women and children — have fled Ukraine over the past 10 days. It’s the fastest displacement of people in Europe since World War II. While evacuating the capital city of Kyiv for Lviv in the west, a seven-hour journey that took two days and nights, the Daily host Sabrina Tavernise traveled alongside some of those...


The Sunday Read: ‘The Waco Biker Shootout Left Nine Dead. Why Was No One Convicted?’

It was a perplexing event, with little in the way of legal closure. Seven years on from a fatal biker shootout in 2015, Mark Binelli explores the details of the event — which started as a brawl between rival “outlaw” motorcycle clubs, the Cossacks and the Bandidos, at a restaurant in Waco, West Texas, which left nine dead and 20 wounded — and the investigation that followed. The article delves into the methodology of the case’s main investigator, Paul Looney, and a trial-preparation...


The Death of the Competitive Congressional District

This episode contains strong language. After winning his House seat in the 2018 midterm elections, Representative Dan Crenshaw, a Republican of Texas, seemed to have found a sweet spot between full-blown Trumpism and the anti-Trump wing of the party. But after Jan. 6, and ahead of this year’s midterms, more extreme factions of the Republican Party have cast him less as a vision for the future and more as a symbol of what needs snuffing out. The once-in-a-decade redistricting process gives...