Five articles from around The Times, narrated just for you.
This weekend, listen to a collection of narrated articles from around The New York Times, read aloud by the reporters who wrote the story.
Written and narrated by Kashmir Hill
The internet is a fossil machine. It preserves our thoughts, our political positions, our jokes, our photos, our triumphs and our mistakes in silicon amber, just waiting to be dug up. And that has led to a kind of modern sport: Find an outrageous piece of a person’s past that can be weaponized, put it on display for all to see and hope for the worst.
The most surprising thing, though, is that this is still happening.
The latest target of adversarial archaeologists is Emily Wilder, who was fired by The Associated Press just three weeks into the job after her pro-Palestine social media posts and activism from her time in college were surfaced.
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Written and narrated by Elizabeth Williamson
It is difficult to overstate the significance to Native people of Deb Haaland’s role as the first Native American to lead a cabinet agency and specifically the Interior Department — an agency historically responsible for eradicating the homes, the culture and often the lives of Indigenous people.
It is also difficult to overstate the pressures and expectations Ms. Haaland faces from her people, who hope she will address 150 years of betrayal by a department officially entrusted with ensuring Native Americans’ welfare.
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Written and narrated by Emma Goldberg
For decades, the Orthodox Jewish community has relied on its own E.M.T. services through the volunteer ambulance group Hatzalah. But because Hatzalah has an all-male local E.M.T. force, Orthodox women — who might want to preserve their modesty, even in medical emergencies — have not always been able to get proper medical care.
In recent years, dozens of Orthodox Jewish women in New York City have trained and begun working as E.M.T.s. In doing so, they’ve challenged their community’s conception of the role women can play in public and professional life.
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Written and narrated by Dennis Overbye
The big news about the sun is that there is no big news. But the inhabitants (if there are any) of the planets orbiting the neighboring star Proxima Centauri are less fortunate. In April astronomers announced that a massive flare had erupted from its surface in 2019.
For seven seconds, the little star had increased its output of ultraviolet radiation in one of the most violent such flares ever seen in our galaxy.
A new cycle of storms will begin any day now, and astrophysicists are divided on how active or threatening it will be.
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Written and narrated by Gina Kolata
She grew up in Hungary, daughter of a butcher. She decided she wanted to be a scientist, although she had never met one. She moved to the United States in her 20s, but for decades never found a permanent position, instead clinging to the fringes of academia.
Now Katalin Kariko, 66, known to colleagues as Kati, has emerged as one of the heroes of Covid-19 vaccine development.
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The Times’s narrated articles are made by Parin Behrooz, Claudine Ebeid,Carson Leigh Brown, Anna Diamond, Aaron Esposito, Elena Hecht, Emma Kehlbeck, Marion Lozano, Anna Martin, Tracy Mumford, Tanya Perez, Margaret Willison, Kate Winslett and John Woo. Special thanks to Sam Dolnick, Ryan Wegner, Julia Simon and Desiree Ibekwe.