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

For months, social media has functioned as if mass death and collective trauma can be addressed (or at least ignored) by rigorously delivering topical memes to our phones.

Now, the long-running Covid drama appears to be nearing its end, in the form of an orgiastic flurry of vaccine content.

Images of completed immunization cards are status symbols. The syringe emoji pops up everywhere. There are TikToks vaccine fanfictions where pharmaceutical brands are turned into whole personalities. There’s even a vaccine idiot: Huge Ma, the “Vaccine Daddy” behind the @TurboVax Twitter account, which is surfacing in New York City.

Since Blaine Wetzel took over the kitchen of the Willows Inn, a restaurant on Lummi, a small island near the San Juan Archipelago of Washington State, it has grown into a global destination. Culinary pilgrims come for multi-course dinners of forage dandelions, roasted birch bark infused flans, and salmon pulled from Pacific waters that they can view from the dining room.

Beyond the food, guests come for the story and pay at least $ 500 to live there overnight.

But 35 former staff members who spoke to The New York Times said that this story – the one Mr. Wetzel tells to diners, the media and aspiring chefs who come to Lummi to learn from him – is deeply misleading.

Written and narrated by Michael wilson

New York’s next mayor faces a series of extraordinary challenges: resurrecting tourism and filling empty Midtown Manhattan skyscrapers, bringing back jobs and commuters to run them, reducing crime while increasing confidence in the police and the city’s law enforcement agencies.

And yet, a seemingly large portion of New Yorkers, with just eight weeks to go to the Democratic primary, remain utterly disengaged and oblivious to the race.

For many, the continued efforts to live with the coronavirus and the lingering weariness of the 2020 presidential campaign have squeezed the time or energy for local politics.

Written and narrated by Gabriel Popkin

In just a decade, the wood pellet industry in the Southeastern United States has grown from virtually nothing to 23 plants capable of producing more than 10 million metric tonnes per year for export. It directly employs over 1,000 people and has stimulated local logging and trucking businesses.

Proponents see this thriving industry as a source of climate-friendly rural jobs. For others, it is a polluter and destroyer of nature.

Written and narrated by Ali watkins

Ambulance teams that service much of rural America are strapped for cash and volunteers, a crisis exacerbated by the demands of the pandemic and a neglected patchwork 911 system.

The situation is particularly acute in Wyoming, where nearly half of the population lives in a land so empty it is still considered the border. At least 10 locations across the state are at risk of losing ambulance service, some imminently, according to an analysis reviewed by the New York Times.

The Times narrated articles are written by Parin Behrooz, 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.

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