Amid the Pandemic, the Rise of the Single Problem Parent: The Week in Commented Articles

This weekend, listen to a collection of narrated articles from The New York Times, read aloud by the journalists who wrote them.

Nearly half of Americans oppose masking and a similar portion is against Covid vaccine mandates for schoolchildren, polls show. But what’s obscured by these numbers is the intensity with which some parents have embraced these views. While they once described themselves as Republicans or Democrats, they now identify as independents, who plan to vote solely on the basis of vaccination policies.

Their transformation injects an unpredictable element into November’s midterm elections. Fueled by a sense of justice after the end of vaccination and mask mandates, many of these parents have become increasingly dogmatic in their opinions, convinced that if they do not act, new mandates will be passed after the mi -mandate.

More than 140 million trees in California have been destroyed by droughts and beetle invasions over the past decade, including 2.4 million in Yosemite National Park alone. Forestry experts describe the state’s forests as wounded and extremely vulnerable. Now, with the state suffering from another severe drought, Yosemite seems perpetually beleaguered by fire and smoke.

Over the past month, the Oak and Washburn fires have raged near and inside the park, prompting evacuations and closures and threatening larger stands of redwoods, including the highly prized Mariposa Grove.

Increasingly, leading forestry experts are offering a view that seems dissonant to an audience accustomed to the idea of ​​preserving the country’s wild lands: sometimes you have to cut down trees to save trees and burn forests to save forests.

Written and narrated by Hope Corrigan

The case in court involved a Rhode Island greyhound named Lexus who was accused of killing a Pomeranian at a dog park. The prosecution demanded the death penalty, and a defense lawyer, Richard Rosenthal, was there to arrest him.

As an animal lawyer for more than a decade, Mr. Rosenthal has taken on custody cases, sued veterinary clinics for malpractice and made a specialty of defending dangerous dogs. . In doing so, he often angered local officials, animal control officers and district attorneys. Even animal rights groups have expressed their frustration with him.

“I’m a mercenary,” Mr. Rosenthal said, acknowledging his reputation as the go-to lawyer if a dog is on death row. “If I take a deal, it’s to win. I take it because I believe in it.

The Lexus case was a turning point for Mr. Rosenthal. In 2009, he and his wife, Robin Mittasch, founded the Lexus Project, a non-profit organization that provides legal representation for dogs sentenced to euthanasia. It turned out there was a market for his services.

Written and narrated by Ron Lieber

For savvy fans looking to buy Bruce Springsteen tickets this month, requesting a special Ticketmaster access code seemed like the best way to beat the odds. If they got one, they could try to top the service’s virtual queues on days when bundles of shows were on sale.

Instead, countless contestants found that the full-price tickets they had hoped to purchase were nowhere to be found. Instead, a dynamic, demand-driven pricing system had taken hold – and someone somewhere had decided that the remaining seats should cost many times the normal price, up to around $5,500.

Was the boss okay with that?

Written and narrated by Julia Jacobs

At the beginning of the musical “Funny Girl”, a young and determined Fanny Brice sings a line that anyone who knows even a little about the series will know: “I am… (deedle-dee deedle-dee) the biggest star… (deedle-dee deedle-dee).

“I am by far,she continues, with endearing nerve. “But no one knows.”

Those five words — “but no one knows” — were a source of solace for Julie Benko, who covered Beanie Feldstein’s Brice in the Broadway revival of the series. Benko is well aware of the disappointment that some spectators may have felt when they opened their Playbills and saw this piece of white paper fall: “The role of Fanny Brice will be performed by…”

For a month-long run that started this week, Benko will be the Fanny Brice the public will expect. After Feldstein announced she would be stepping down from the role on July 31, nearly two months ahead of schedule, production asked Benko to take over until September 4, after which the former ‘Glee’ star Lea Michele will intervene. The events placed Benko at the center of a media obsession that she said she tried to mostly ignore, choosing instead to focus on the opportunity for the role of a lifetime.

The Times narrated articles are written by Tally Abecassis, Parin Behrooz, Anna Diamond, Sarah Diamond, Jack D’Isidoro, Aaron Esposito, Dan Farrell, Elena Hecht, Adrienne Hurst, Elisheba Ittoop, Emma Kehlbeck, Marion Lozano, Tanya Pérez, Krish Seenivasan, Margaret H. Willison, Kate Winslett, John Woo, and Tiana Young. Special thanks to Sam Dolnick, Ryan Wegner, Julia Simon and Desiree Ibekwe.


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