This January, we launched Book Review Live, a new event series celebrating the written word. Our first event marked the publication of the latest book by Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn — “Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope.”
In a discussion led by Jennifer Szalai, The Times’s nonfiction book critic, the authors explored the disintegration of America’s working class — the result of lost jobs, drugs, shattered families and failed policies. Kristof and WuDunn removed their professional distance as they shared the stories from friends and neighbors that inspired “Tightrope.”
The conversation didn’t stop there. We took a closer look at the consequences of globalization with Andrew Ross Sorkin, the founder of DealBook; watched exclusive clips from a forthcoming documentary based on the book; and heard a live reading from actor MaYaa Boateng.
Pulitzer Prize-winning Times journalist and Marine veteran C. J. Chivers moderated a conversation on the wounds of war with Dr. Mary Alexis Iaccarino, director of brain health services for Home Base, an organization in Boston that provides free mental health care to veterans; Capt. Gregory Galeazzi, an Army veteran and Harvard medical school student who was hit by an I.E.D. in Afghanistan and lost both of his legs and part of his right arm; and Dr. Dave Lounsbury, a retired Army doctor and editor of “War Surgery in Afghanistan and Iraq” and “Emergency War Surgery.” Mr. Chivers is also a contributor to At War, The Times’s channel for exploring the experience and costs of war, and a former foreign correspondent who has covered Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, among other conflict areas.
Across a wide range of battlegrounds worldwide, conflict photographers face daunting perils to capture indelible images. From dodging gunfire to facing psychological and cyber dangers, these journalists are steadfast in bringing you the truth. At a moment when legitimate journalism is repeatedly attacked by leaders around the globe, acknowledging the import of this work is crucial.
Spend an evening with Rachael Ray, one of the world’s most influential food personalities, in an intimate conversation with Times food correspondent Kim Severson. Ms. Ray is out with a new book, titled “Rachael Ray 50,” that celebrates turning 50 and reveals stories about her loves, her life lessons and her favorite things to cook. Ms. Severson, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for public service reporting on sexual harassment, began covering Ms. Ray in 2005.
Over the last 15 years, more than 2,000 American newspapers have merged or closed. What happens when the presses stop rolling? Who will tell the stories of touchdowns scored, heroes honored and neighbors lost? And who will hold mayors and school boards accountable? Join four journalists for a wide-ranging conversation about local journalism and the void left when newspapers close.
Before the candidates take the stage, join us for an exclusive live discussion with journalists from The Times’s political desk, including Alex Burns, Sydney Ember, Astead Herndon and Lisa Lerer. They’ll bring you a lively look at the state of the race so far and what to watch for Tuesday night, hosted by deputy politics editor Rachel Dry.
Times subscribers joined a conversation about “The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation,” a new book by Kate Kelly and Robin Pogrebin, who helped cover the Supreme Court justice’s confirmation hearings for The Times. Testimony at those hearings transfixed the nation and revealed a cultural divide.
join us in Austin, Tex., for a Politics Live event featuring the New York Times political reporters Matt Flegenheimer, Katie Glueck, Astead Herndon and Jennifer Medina about the state of the 2020 presidential race. And Kim Severson, a Southern-based correspondent who covers the nation’s food culture, and the national political correspondent Jonathan Martin will discuss two very important things that often go together: food and politics. Hosted by the deputy politics editor Rachel Dry at Stateside at the Paramount.
Lauren Katzenberg, editor of The Times’s At War channel, moderated this conversation with C. J. Chivers, Pulitzer Prize-winning Times journalist and Marine veteran; Elizabeth D. Samet, a historian, author and professor of English at the United States Military Academy; Dennis Laich, a retired Army major general and the executive director of the All-Volunteer Force Forum; and Wayne F. Smith, a veterans advocate who has worked for peace, justice and racial equality for more than four decades.
On August 20, 1619, a ship carrying enslaved Africans arrived at a port in the British colony of Virginia. It marked the start of the system of slavery on which America would be built. As part of The Times’s 1619 Project, the August 18 issue of The New York Times Magazine examined the story of slavery and the many ways its legacy continues to define our nation. This event is your chance to hear from Nikole Hannah-Jones, the Times correspondent who sparked the idea for this issue. She’ll be joined by Wesley Morris, Times critic at large and “Still Processing” podcast co-host; genealogist and 1619 Project contributor, Kenyatta D. Berry, who is a native of Detroit; and Rochelle Riley, director of arts and culture for the City of Detroit. With thanks to Wilson Chandler for making this event possible.
Since 2001, tens of thousands of service members have been forced out of the military with “bad paper” or a less-than-honorable discharge that prevents them from accessing V.A. health care and other veterans benefits. Often these administrative discharges for misconduct are the result of PTSD or traumatic brain injury, as service members seeks ways to cope with the invisible wounds they endured in the military. For these veterans, a bad paper discharge may have lifelong consequences, as research shows it can lead to higher rates of unemployment, homelessness and suicide.
On Sept. 11, Pulitzer Prize-winning Times journalist and Marine veteran C. J. Chivers will moderate a discussion of the issue. The panel will include national correspondent and Pulitzer Prize winner Dave Philipps; Rose Carmen Goldberg, a lecturer at U.C. Berkeley School of Law who represented veterans with bad paper as a supervising staff attorney at Swords to Plowshares, a veterans rights organization in San Francisco; as well as Monique Edwards, a Navy veterans who was discharged with bad paper. Mr. Chivers and Mr. Philipps are both contributors to At War, The Times’s channel for exploring the experiences and costs of war.
One Giant Leap:
The Apollo 11 Moon Landing, 50 Years On
Renowned astronauts and stars of stage and screen participated in this soaring Times event commemorating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 and humankind’s first steps on the moon.
The evening featured the reading of a short play by Tony Award-winning author J. T. Rogers. Commissioned specifically for this event, the play wove together transcripts of the Apollo 11 mission, Times coverage from the period and excerpts from interviews with the men and women who made it happen.
The performers who brought these historic moments to life included: Lauren Ambrose, Jeff Daniels, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Samuel L. Jackson, Dakin Matthews, Arian Moayed, Kristine Nielsen and JoAnna Rhinehart, with special guests Rosdely Ciprian and Thursday Williams. Directed by Tony winner (and nine-time nominee) Bartlett Sher and produced by Cambra Overend.
Following the reading, Michael Barbaro of “The Daily” hosted an onstage conversation with Michael Collins, command module pilot on Apollo 11; Peggy Whitson, the first female commander of the International Space Station; and Poppy Northcutt, the first female engineer to work in NASA’s Mission Control.
Opinion columnists David Leonhardt, Michelle Goldberg and Ross Douthat don’t always see eye to eye. In The Times’s Opinion pages and now in our weekly podcast, “The Argument,” they weigh in on the big issues of the day with all their powers of persuasion. Times subscribers joined us for an evening of conversation and razor-sharp, sometimes clashing political perspectives.
The issue of traveling while black endures as stinging commentary on American society, whether in the Oscar-winning film “The Green Book” or the January article by Times senior editorial writer Brent Staples. Join us for a screening of the immersive virtual reality film “Traveling While Black,” directed by Roger Ross Williams and made in collaboration with Felix & Paul Studios and Oculus. Then, a discussion between Dr. Staples and Marcia Fingal, chief outreach officer and global impact program manager of Intersections International. They will be joined by Reverend Dr. Damaris D. Whittaker, senior minister at Fort Washington Collegiate Church. Continue the conversation afterward at the event’s reception.
Five short documentaries tell poignant stories of separation and identity. Times readers enjoyed an evening of diverse, personal films that offer a perspective on immigrants’ experiences. In these films — produced by Concordia Studio for Op-Docs, The New York Times Opinion section’s series of award-winning short documentaries — see the heartbreak of those detained by ICE and the hope that’s found on a dance floor, as well as the optimism in a contest for girls in “the toughest town in Texas.” Director Laura Nix was on hand to speak with subjects from her film, dancers Paul and Millie Cao. National immigration correspondent Miriam Jordan moderated, and dancers Maksym Kapitanchuk and Elena Krifuks performed.
Azam Ahmed, The Times’s bureau chief for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, spoke with National correspondent Jose A. Del Real about the impact of Trump’s immigration policy on migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Mr. Ahmed and photographers spent several weeks along the 1,900-mile border, reporting on the everyday life of people living there and the desperation of those trying to cross. Times subscribers enjoyed a special exhibition of their photographs.
Mr. Ahmed has covered subjects ranging from gang violence in El Salvador to hurricanes in the Caribbean, and has accompanied migrant caravans from Central America to the border. He previously served as The Times’s Afghanistan bureau chief.
The Times’s renowned Crossword editor Will Shortz and his deputy editor and digital puzzles editor Joel Fagliano talked with Times subscribers about everything from their all-time favorite New York Times crosswords and how a crossword is made to a quick history of the Times Crossword and what they do as editors. Then, they took part in “Beat the Champ,” an audience participation word game Will invented.
Some of Broadway’s brightest stars performed songs from this season’s Broadway musicals — exclusively for The Times — just days after the Tony nominees were announced. They sampled performances from “Ain’t Too Proud,” “Be More Chill,” “The Cher Show,” “Hadestown,” “Oklahoma,” “The Prom” and “Tootsie.”
Days before the Boston Marathon, The Times discussed this with some of the best distance runners in the country: Des Linden, who took first place in last year’s race; Sarah Sellers, who finished second in last year’s race; Shalane Flanagan, winner of the 2017 New York City Marathon — the first American to win in 40 years; Paralympian athlete and five-time Boston Marathon winner Tatyana McFadden; Sarah Crouch; Lindsay Flanagan; Sara Hall; and Jordan Hasay.
Times readers joined the paper’s theater reporter for a special performance of one of the hottest shows of the moment: “The Jungle” at the historic Curran theater in San Francisco. The play, which has just wrapped up successful runs in London and New York, is a timely look at the plight of refugees; Times theater critic Ben Brantley hailed it as a “thrilling drama.” The production is immersive, as the theater is transformed to replicate a refugee camp in Calais, France, and the show was constructed in collaboration with refugees at that camp, some of whom perform in the cast.
Women of the 116th Congress
Times subscribers celebrated Women’s History Month at a special exhibition of photographs from The Times’s series “Redefining Representation: Women of the 116th Congress.” We explored the fascinating journey that led to the taking of these portraits with The Times’s photo editor Marisa Schwartz Taylor and photographer and Times contributor Celeste Sloman, who captured these remarkable women at this significant moment in our nation’s history. The Times’s Nellie Bowles, who covers tech and internet culture from San Francisco, moderated the conversation.