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This moment demands an explanation. This show is on a mission to find it. Only what you want to know, none of what you don’t. Hosted by Michael Barbaro. Powered by New York Times journalism. Twenty minutes a day, five days a week, ready by 6 a.m.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Apr 25 • 20 min
Congress needs to pass a budget. President Trump wants to use that budget to finance his signature domestic policy. Is the United States government about to shut down over the border wall? Guests: Jennifer Steinhauer and Jonathan Weisman, reporters at The…
Monday, April 24, 2017
Apr 24 • 29 min
A special episode: James Comey and the 2016 election. It’s the behind-the-scenes story of how the F.B.I. director handled investigations into Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and shaped the presidential race. Guest: Matt Apuzzo, one of the reporters…
Friday, April 21, 2017
Apr 21 • 18 min
Marine Le Pen wants to “make France French again.” We look at the first round of the country’s presidential election on Sunday, and its many parallels to the presidential election in the United States last year — including signs of meddling by Russia.…
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Apr 20 • 22 min
Fox News’s biggest star is out of a job two and a half weeks after a Times investigation into sexual harassment allegations. We talk to one of the two reporters who are most responsible — perhaps responsible — for Bill O’Reilly’s ouster. Guests: Emily…
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Apr 19 • 21 min
Why so many of President Trump’s advisers are urging him to break a major promise on climate change. And the view from inside Scott Pruitt’s Environmental Protection Agency, where staff members are rebelling against their new boss. Guests: Coral…
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Apr 18 • 17 min
What did we learn about the newest member of the Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch, from his first day on the job? And why would a democratic country voluntarily make itself more authoritarian? Guests: Adam Liptak, our Supreme Court reporter; and…
Monday, April 17, 2017
Apr 17 • 23 min
Sabotage and diplomacy. A look at the two ways the United States is dealing with North Korea’s nuclear threat. Guests: David E. Sanger, the chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times who recently returned from Russia; Max Fisher and Amanda…
Friday, April 14, 2017
Apr 14 • 26 min
How do we reconcile unexpected American military action overseas with President Trump’s isolationist campaign rhetoric? Guests: Helene Cooper, a reporter in Washington who covers the Pentagon; Rick Perlstein, who writes for The Times Magazine. For more…
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Apr 13 • 16 min
A week ago, President Trump was accused of being a tool of President Vladimir V. Putin. Now, he says ties with Moscow are at an all-time low. What is going on between the United States and Russia? Guest: David E. Sanger, who is currently in Moscow. For…
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Apr 12 • 17 min
The relationship between two key figures in the White House, Stephen K. Bannon and Jared Kushner, has deteriorated to the point of breakdown. Is Mr. Bannon in trouble? Guest: Jeremy W. Peters, who has been covering the story from Washington. For more…
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Apr 11 • 21 min
How did Bashar al-Assad, a mild-mannered ophthalmologist, become a ruler who uses chemical weapons against his own people? And why is President Trump rejecting Mr. Assad, even as he is embracing another Middle Eastern leader with a reputation for…
Monday, April 10, 2017
Apr 10 • 13 min
Why President Trump’s decision to launch missiles into Syria is at odds with nearly everything he has said about Syria. Guest: Peter Baker, the chief White House correspondent. For more information on today’s episode, visit
Friday, April 7, 2017
Apr 7 • 20 min
The United States has launched 59 tomahawk missiles at an air base in Syria — a swift and decisive response to the Syrian government’s chemical weapons attack this week. And we navigate a historic day in the Senate. Guests: Helene Cooper, the Pentagon…
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Apr 6 • 22 min
President Trump sits down for an exclusive interview with The New York Times. How a conversation about infrastructure veered off into allegations of spying, new thinking on the chemical attacks in Syria and a response to the sexual harassment claims…
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Apr 5 • 20 min
President Trump treats the Syrian president as a potential ally. Will Tuesday’s deadly chemical weapons attack change that? Plus: the story of one village election that has become as much about Mr. Trump as about the candidates on the ballot. Guests: Anne…
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Apr 4 • 17 min
In 2013, Republicans in the Senate warned Democrats that they would soon regret a decision so extreme that it’s called “going nuclear.” That prediction may prove true this week, as Republicans prepare to go one step further to ensure the confirmation of…
Monday, April 3, 2017
Apr 3 • 19 min
Inside the New York Times investigation into accusations of harassment and other inappropriate behavior by Bill O’Reilly, and the lengths to which Fox News went to to keep the allegations quiet. Guest: Emily Steel, who has spent the last few months…
Friday, March 31, 2017
Mar 31 • 21 min
The latest twist in a bizarre Washington drama that began 10 days ago, and what a technological development tells us about progress and repression in India. Guests: Matt Rosenberg, who is tracking the developments with Representative Devin Nunes; Ellen…
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Mar 30 • 22 min
Not a boogeyman. Not a savior. Why Scott Pruitt, President Trump’s E.P.A. chief, confounds both sides. Plus: How the federal battles over climate change feel to one coal miner. Guests: Coral Davenport, who covers energy and the environment for The New…
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Mar 29 • 21 min
The message was hardly subtle: coal miners at the Environmental Protection Agency. How President Trump is promising to do away with Obama’s legacy on climate change. Plus: the latest “Brexit” news. Guests: Coral Davenport, who covers energy and the…
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Mar 28 • 15 min
President Trump wanted a faster battle plan. Iraqi leaders wanted quicker airstrikes. Is that why about 200 civilians are now dead in Mosul? Guests: Tim Arango and Rukmini Callimachi, New York Times reporters who have reported from Iraq. For more…
Monday, March 27, 2017
Mar 27 • 23 min
Now that the Republican health care bill is dead, what is the future of the Democratic plan it was supposed to replace? And we talk with one of the ordinary Canadians who signed on for a grand social experiment: adopting Syrian refugees for one year. What…
Friday, March 24, 2017
Mar 24 • 22 min
It was supposed to be a historic day for Republicans, with the House voting to repeal President Obama’s health care law. At least that was the idea. What went awry? And we look at a battle over school choice in Iowa that may be a preview for a larger…
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Mar 23 • 20 min
Republicans control the government So why, as they head to a vote on the Republican health care plan, is the bill so disliked — and the party so divided? Plus: a view from the scene of yesterday’s deadly attacks in London. Guests: Jennifer Steinhauer, who…
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Mar 22 • 19 min
On the second day of the confirmation hearings for Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, senators want to know about his independence from the man who nominated him. Guests: Adam Liptak, who covers the Supreme Court for The New York Times; Cynthia Orr, the plaintiff in…
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Mar 21 • 21 min
He said it under oath. James Comey, the head of the F.B.I., confirms at a House hearing that his agency is investigating the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, and says it will pursue it “no matter how long that takes.” And why the president’s Supreme Court…
Monday, March 20, 2017
Mar 20 • 17 min
There is no knock on the door, just the sound of a SWAT team smashing through it. Times reporter Kevin Sack talks about his year-long investigation into a controversial police tactic. For more information on today’s episode, visit
Friday, March 17, 2017
Mar 17 • 23 min
As a candidate, Donald J. Trump called for a total Muslim ban. Now that he’s president, the courts won’t let him forget it. And as the White House fights to protect the travel ban, we discuss the immigration story of our vice president, Mike Pence.…
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Mar 16 • 21 min
President Trump’s plan to deregulate America is underway. He’s starting in the heart of America, with one of Barack Obama’s most cherished regulations. And Mr. Trump will soon meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany for the first time. Guests: Eric…
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Mar 15 • 19 min
Eight men. Ten days. An extraordinary plan to rush a series of executions on Arkansas’ death row. Guest: Alan Blinder, the New York Times reporter who is tracking the case. For more information on today’s episode, visit
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Mar 14 • 18 min
The rise of the far right in Europe. Why the populism that put Donald J. Trump in the White House is starting to sweep across the Continent, as voters there confront similar questions of national identity and immigration. Guests: Amanda Taub and Max…
Monday, March 13, 2017
Mar 13 • 19 min
What the F.B.I.’s most wanted cybercriminal can tell us about how the Russian government has created such a sophisticated hacking program. Guests: Michael Schwirtz, a reporter for The New York Times, and Arkady Bukh, a lawyer who defends accused Russian…
Friday, March 10, 2017
Mar 10 • 23 min
As the Republican answer to the Affordable Care Act moves rapidly through Congress, we look at what the repeal of Obamacare might mean for a rural community in West Virginia. And we sample music from “The EP,” a multitrack collection from The New York…
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Mar 9 • 19 min
The sanctuary city movement can be traced to a single Presbyterian minister in 1980s Arizona. We tell the story. Guests: Scott Michels, a producer at Retro Report. For more information on today’s episode, visit
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Mar 8 • 20 min
Why are Republicans revolting against the plan to replace the Affordable Care Act they so hated? We look to history. Then we call Newt Gingrich. Guests: Margot Sanger-Katz, who has been reporting on our health care system for years; Newt Gingrich, a…
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Mar 7 • 21 min
The Trump administration issued a new ban on travel from predominantly Muslim countries. Has the policy changed — or just the message? And a slow-paced television drama about a bygone era in Russian-American relations has suddenly taken on a whole new…
Monday, March 6, 2017
Mar 6 • 23 min
We bring you two newly revealed stories about the transition of power from one president to the next. One is a story of warning; the other a story of accusation. Guests: David E. Sanger and William J. Broad, who have reported together on nuclear arms and…
Friday, March 3, 2017
Mar 3 • 21 min
What was Jeff Sessions, the new attorney general, doing meeting with the Russian ambassador two months before election day? And who is this mysterious Russian ambassador who has caused so much trouble for not one but two senior officials in the Trump…
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Mar 2 • 22 min
Public assassinations. Chemical weapons in international airports. Open threats of nuclear war. Is North Korea’s strategy so crazy that it just might work? And what we know about President Trump’s plan for “merit-based” immigration. Guests: Max Fisher and…
Wednesday, Mar. 1, 2017
Mar 1 • 20 min
In his speech to Congress on Tuesday night, President Trump tells the story of America. It’s a story that looks back, but it also looks forward with an optimistic view of where we’ll be nine years from now, on our 250th anniversary. Guests: Patrick Healy,…
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017
Feb 28 • 21 min
How a dinner party in Washington held months before Donald Trump announced his run for president laid the groundwork for his sweeping immigration plans today. Guests: Emily Bazelon, a staff writer for The New York Times Magazine; Joe Cochrane, a…
Monday, Feb. 27, 2017
Feb 27 • 22 min
What happened when Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents showed up in a small town that voted overwhelmingly for President Trump, transforming his campaign rhetoric into reality. Guests: Monica Davey, the Chicago bureau chief for The New York Times;…
Friday, Feb. 24, 2017
Feb 24 • 20 min
President Trump’s top deputies delivered a blunt message to the party faithful on Thursday: the Republicans are winning the fight — and it is a fight. Plus a conversation with the director of “Moonlight.” Guests: Jonathan Martin, who has covered the…
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017
Feb 23 • 20 min
Rukmini Callimachi takes us into Iraq to see if a major victory over the Islamic State is really at hand in the streets of Mosul. Guests: Ms. Callimachi, a New York Times correspondent covering terrorism; Nathaniel Popper, a Times reporter covering…
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017
Feb 22 • 21 min
Are 11 million people suddenly facing deportation? What we know and don’t know about the Trump administration’s new plan for undocumented immigrants. Guests: Michael D. Shear, a White House reporter at The New York Times, and Caitlin Dickerson, a national…
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017
Feb 21 • 20 min
Who are the 500 private citizens with unprecedented access to President Trump on the weekends? And what is the “deep state”? Guests: Scott Shane, who has covered national security and the U.S. intelligence community for The Times for decades, and Nicholas…
Friday, Feb. 17, 2017
Feb 17 • 18 min
President Trump’s sprawling surprise news conference and the view from Russia. Guests: Jim Rutenberg, the media columnist for The New York Times; Neil MacFarquhar, The Times’s Moscow bureau chief. For more information on today’s episode, visit…
Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017
Feb 16 • 18 min
President Trump says peace in the Middle East does not require a two-state deal. What we know and what we don’t about the Trump campaign’s communication with Russia. And why did Republicans turn on Andrew Puzder? Guests: Mark Mazzetti; Alan Rappeport. For…
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017
Feb 15 • 18 min
From fateful call to resignation, the 47-day fall of President Trump’s national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn. We tell the whole story. Guest: Matthew Rosenberg, a national security reporter for The New York Times who has known Mr. Flynn for years.…
Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017
Feb 14 • 20 min
America and the Middle East in the Trump administration: deep, personal ties and an emerging plan for peace. Guests: Jodi Kantor, a reporter for The New York Times; Amanda Taub and Max Fisher, who write The Times’ Interpreter column. For more information…
Monday, Feb. 13, 2017
Feb 13 • 20 min
Where did Stephen Miller come from, and how will his views on immigration influence the presidency? Also, farmers torn between support for President Trump and fear that he might deport their employees. Guests: Glenn Thrush, White House correspondent for…
Friday, Feb. 10, 2017
Feb 10 • 20 min
Is President Trump’s travel ban headed to the Supreme Court? Did the boy in the photograph make it to America? Plus: your stories about living through history.
Thursday, Feb. 9. 2017
Feb 9 • 18 min
Is Senator Warren actually a danger to the Democratic party? And what does Trump’s election mean for the markets? We discuss.
Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017
Feb 8 • 20 min
The travel ban litigation, live-streamed. And why the 60-year-old words of the novelist James Baldwin captured in the film “I Am Not Your Negro” are so resonant right now.
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017
Feb 7 • 19 min
Why the nomination of Betsy DeVos for secretary of education is President Trump’s most controversial appointment in an already controversial cabinet. Plus: the meaning of four hardback chairs in the Oval Office.
Monday, Feb. 6, 2017
Feb 6 • 20 min
What single figure connects the 2008 financial crisis, the creation of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, the Tea Party movement, Donald J. Trump’s election and, now, the potential dismantling of the biggest safeguard against America’s economic ruin? His name is…
Friday, Feb. 3, 2017
Feb 3 • 17 min
The biggest story in sports meets the biggest story in politics. And a bloody mission in Yemen reminds us that a new administration doesn’t always mean a new start.
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017
Feb 2 • 22 min
Who is influencing our new president’s views of Islam and radical Islamic terrorism? Are we seeing the beginning of a Tea Party for the Left? And why are its leaders looking to Republicans for inspiration? More on that — plus Beyoncé — on today’s show.
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017
Feb 1 • 20 min
In a ceremony made for prime-time television, President Trump announced his Supreme Court nominee: Neil M. Gorsuch, a conservative judge with a sterling résumé. We spent the night at The New York Times talking with some of our most insightful colleagues…
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