Tag: The Weekly (TV Program)

Russia’s Playbook for Disrupting Democracy

Episode 13: ‘The Blueprint’ Producer/Director John Marks Russia’s brazen interference in the 2016 American presidential election shouldn’t have been a total shock. President Vladimir Putin’s government had done it before, almost a decade earlier in tiny Estonia, where Russian operatives provoked political violence and mounted malicious cyberattacks. In fact, many of the methods Moscow used […]

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Life-Changing Drugs Almost Nobody Can Afford

Episode 11: ‘The Six Million Dollar Claim’ Producer/Director Suzanne Hillinger Patients suffering from rare diseases who had little hope for a treatment now have access to life-changing medicines, thanks to pharmaceutical companies’ investment in so-called orphan drugs, which treat diseases that affect fewer than 200,000 people. But the increasing number of people who would benefit […]

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No Pre-Reading, No Rehearsing: How ‘The Weekly’ Kept Its Recreation of Historic Opioid Testimony Authentic

Video CreditCredit“The Weekly”/The New York Times/FX/Hulu Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. The parents, grandparents, husbands and wives came forward one by one to testify. In a federal courtroom in western Virginia, they told a judge about children lost to deadly […]

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A Secret Opioid Memo That Could Have Slowed an Epidemic

Episode 10: ‘The Memo’ Producer/Director John Pappas A confidential government document containing evidence so critical it had the potential to change the course of an American tragedy was kept in the dark for more than a decade. The document, known as a “prosecution memo,” details how government lawyers believed that Purdue Pharma, the maker of […]

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How YouTube Radicalized Brazil

NITERÓI, Brazil — When Matheus Dominguez was 16, YouTube recommended a video that changed his life. He was in a band in Niterói, a beach-ringed city in Brazil, and practiced guitar by watching tutorials online. YouTube had recently installed a powerful new artificial intelligence system that learned from user behavior and paired videos with recommendations […]

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What Is YouTube Pushing You to Watch Next?

Episode 9: ‘The Rabbit Hole’ Producers/Directors Gemma Jordan and Alyse Shorland A wave of vocal, right-wing provocateurs has been elected to public office in Brazil in recent years, riding a surge of enthusiasm from their loyal YouTube viewers. Watched more than almost any TV network in Brazil, the nearly ubiquitous social video platform even helped […]

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New York Times Up to 4.7 Million Subscribers as Profits Dip

As digital revenue becomes more central to the newspaper business — and with a small boost from the launch of “The Weekly,” a television show on FX and Hulu — The New York Times Company on Wednesday reported second-quarter revenue growth of 5.2 percent compared with the same quarter last year. Operating profit declined by […]

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Progressive Activists Have Pushed Democrats to the Left on Climate Issues. Now What?

DETROIT — In April, young activists with the Sunrise Movement, a liberal environmental group, held a rally here at Wayne State University to champion radical steps to curb climate change. Their aim: to get Democratic presidential candidates on record supporting the Green New Deal, which ties traditional goals, like reducing greenhouse gas emissions, with social […]

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Young Climate Activists Push Democrats to the Left

Episode 8: ‘Hard Left’ Producer/Director Samantha Stark Many Democrats want their 2020 presidential nominee to do two things above all: Defeat Donald Trump and protect the planet from imminent environmental disaster. But liberal activists, party officials and even some of the candidates themselves disagree on how far left the party should go to successfully accomplish […]

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Facebook Love Scams: Who’s Really Behind That Friend Request?

Episode 7: ‘Connecting the World’ Producer/Director Rolake Bamgbose A lonely Florida woman established a Facebook romance with a man she thought was an American soldier in Iraq. It wasn’t until she had sent him tens of thousands of dollars from her and husband’s life savings that she learned her buff, blue-eyed friend was a fake. […]

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G.M. Leaves Lordstown Behind in Hard Bet on Future

Episode 6: ‘The End of the Line’ Producer/Director Alyse Shorland With its focus on a future of self-driving cars and renewable fuels, General Motors is leaving some manufacturing plants like the one in Lordstown, Ohio, in its rearview. Workers who spent a lifetime at the plant — and constructed their lives around G.M. as they […]

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Trump’s Inauguration: The Money Behind the Most Expensive Presidential Debut in U.S. History

Episode 5: ‘Inauguration, Inc.’ Producer/Director John Pappas Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration was the most expensive in the country’s history, with $107 million raised for black-tie parties and bespoke gifts. That’s more than double the previous record set by Barack Obama. Where did the money come from? Where did it all go? And why should we […]

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When ISIS Killed Cyclists on Their Journey Around the World

Episode 4: “Collision” Producer/Director Singeli Agnew An American couple quit their Washington office jobs to bike around the world in search of experiences they couldn’t find from behind their desks. After thousands of miles through more than two dozen countries, Jay Austin and Lauren Geoghegan’s journey came to a violent end on the side of […]

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The Youngest Known Child Separated From His Family by the Trump Administration

Exclusive from ‘The Weekly,’ Our New TV Series on FX and Hulu The youngest known child taken from his parents at the U.S.-Mexico border was a 4-month-old baby named Constantin Mutu. While he was sent to Michigan to live with a foster family, his father was sent to a detention facility and ultimately deported to […]

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A Helicopter Crash Unsettles the City

Weather: Showers are likely early, then clouds yield to mostly clear skies. Brisk winds could turn gusty. The high should be in the upper 70s. Alternate-side parking: In effect until July 4. ImageCreditPeter Foley for The New York Times A helicopter took off from a heliport on the East River yesterday afternoon amid fog and […]

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How NYC Taxi Drivers Bought Medallions and Became Victims of a Reckless Lending Scheme

Episode 2: The Myth of the Medallion Producer/Director Suzanne Hillinger How does a New York City taxi driver who makes about $22,000 a year get a loan for almost $1 million? Our reporters investigating the taxi industry for “The Weekly” found that a group of under-regulated industry leaders created a financial bubble in the market […]

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Louisiana School Scandal: The Truth Behind Students’ Viral Videos

About the Series Premiere A school in Louisiana had become famous for its record of placing students at elite universities, broadcasting their success through viral videos. Then, The New York Times published an investigation, uncovering rampant abuse of multiple students, few classes and fake transcripts. The school’s myth burst. The reporters, Erica L. Green and […]

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