🔊 Exclusive: We found the youngest child known to have been separated from his parents at the border under President Trump. He was only 4 months old. Meet him and his family in this week's episode of @theweekly Watch the episode now on @FXnetworks or @hulu Check out our Instagram story for more.
Recently, 2 scientists traveled to East Timor to investigate what has become a national mystery: Why are so many Timorese being killed by crocodiles? The attacks have increased 20-fold in the past decade, numbering at least one death a month in a country of 1.2 million people. But the people of East Timor have for centuries revered and even worshiped crocodiles, and they believe the killers must be migrant crocodiles from Australia. “The people believe that these crocs are our ancestors, and ancestors don’t go attacking people,” one official said. “Our grandparents don’t kill us.” To test the theory, the scientists had to collect DNA samples from a number of crocodiles. For obvious reasons, swabbing the inside of a crocodile’s cheek is not an option. Instead, they had to penetrate the crocs’ leathery hides using a needle attached to a 12-foot-long aluminum rod, known as a biopsy pole. Read more at the link in our bio. @mattabbottphoto shot this photo.
Japan is scrambling to come up with enough child care for mothers to go back to work; close to 20,000 babies and toddlers are on waiting lists for day care. But day care workers are often pressured or forced out of the profession for having babies of their own. That’s what happened to preschool teacher Erica Takato when she got pregnant. “I was so discouraged and lost hope of being able to work,” she said. According to the Ministry for Health, Labor and Welfare, complaints against employers for demoting or telling women to resign because they got married, became pregnant or gave birth have increased by more than 20% in the last decade. Read more at the link in our bio. @andreadicenzo shot this photo.
"I didn’t want to play a long-suffering Indian woman whom everyone called chubby. Mindy Lahiri believed she was a great catch. The entire world was telling her that wasn’t true, but she insisted it was." At 39, @mindykaling somehow seems like both a show-business veteran and someone who is still in her first creative bloom. Her work — as a writer, producer and actor on the sitcoms “The Office” and “The Mindy Project,” as well as in the new movie “Late Night” — has re-energized classic rom-com and workplace comedy tropes. Read more from her interview with @nytmag at the link in our bio. Photo by @mamadivisuals
“Society does not expect a whole lot from dads, much less single dads,” Dedan Bruner writes in an essay for @nytparenting But he’d been thinking about the type of father he’d be ever since he was a kid growing up without one. Now that his daughter is 8, he has a few answers. “There is no secret (that I could find ) to fatherhood. Being there and being engaged matter most.” Read his essay at the link in our bio, and happy Father’s Day. Dedan Bruner provided this photo.
“It’s 2019: Nudes are the currency of love,” Zendaya's character explains in the first episode of the new TV series “Euphoria,” which debuts on HBO Sunday. Zendaya’s character, Rue, plays a high school junior committed to numbing herself with vodka and whatever drugs she can get her hands on after a failed stint in rehab. It’s a far cry from Zendaya’s 8-year run as a Disney Channel star. “It’s a scary jump,” Zendaya said of her role in “Euphoria.” “But I think it was time for me to do this.” She’s confident the “Euphoria” audience is unlikely to overlap with Disney’s target demographic. “I don’t think any of my 8-year-old fans know” that this show exists, she said, smiling. “If they do, I don’t think their parents will let them watch it.” Read more of our interview with @zendaya at the link in our profile. @chantalaanderson shot this photo.
There's nothing complicated about this potato salad. It's really just boiled potatoes, a simple Dijon vinaigrette and fresh herbs. That's it. Get @williamnorwich 's recipe for Potato Salad With Dijon Vinaigrette at the link in our bio and follow @nytcooking for more recipes, both simple and complex. Photo by @krausfoto6
She's the queen of eating shellfish on the internet. Bethany Gaskin ( @bloveslife2 ) claims that eating giant crab legs on YouTube has made her a millionaire. That's because she's a celebrity in the world of #mukbang , an internet phenomenon that involves eating outsize portions on camera. 🦀 Get all you can eat at the link in our bio. Photograph by @maddiemcgarvey for @nytimesfashion
20 years ago, a new game appeared in American arcades: Dance Dance Revolution. Players hit floor pads in sync with arrows that fly past on the cabinet’s screen in time to a relentless dance beat. Skilled players aim for “full combos” — not missing any of the steps. In Manhattan, only 2 DDR machines now remain in arcades, but they maintain a devoted following. Keya You, who plays at Dave & Buster’s in Times Square, said “Everyone there is trying to get better, but it’s not one of those games where you get better by bringing other people down.” Visit the link in our profile to meet more die-hard #DanceDanceRevolution players. Video by @canepari_til_i_die
The New York Times has obtained a preliminary design of the Harriet Tubman $20 bill, pictured above. The image of the bill, which was to be the first to bear the face of an African-American, was previously unreleased. The Trump administration announced last month that it would delay the release of the design by 6 years, citing technical reasons. The change would push completion of the imagery past President Trump’s time in office, even if he wins a second term, stirring speculation that Mr. Trump had intervened to keep his favorite president, Andrew Jackson, a fellow populist, on the front of the bill. Click the link in our bio to learn more about the bill and the plans for its release. #💵
Hootie & the Blowfish is a great American rock band. Yes, really. The band that produced “Cracked Rear View,” one of the albums that defined the 1990s and spawned the Top 10 hits “Hold My Hand,” “Let Her Cry” and “Only Wanna Be With You,” has generally been reviled, shrugged off or forgotten. But it’s time for a reassessment, according to our pop music critic, Jon Caramanica. “At its peak, Hootie & the Blowfish was a genuinely excellent band,” @joncaramanica writes. “This is perhaps one of the last unpopular opinions.” Visit the link in our profile to read more in defense of the band, and share your thoughts in the comments below. @lovebryan shot this photo.
Russell Harvard wants to know why there’s a TV show about meerkats but not one about deaf people. “Are the writers afraid of writing deaf characters? Are we too complex?” he asked. In the Broadway production of “King Lear,” which closed June 9, Russell, 38, played the Duke of Cornwall, a role in which he translated Shakespeare’s language into American sign language. In the 2007 movie “There Will Be Blood,” Russell played another deaf character and used a vintage form of sign language: signing “small,” as he put it. “Now we sign bigger," he said. “There’s a lot more facial expression. Back in earlier decades, facial expression was very limited. We were a lot more stoic when we signed, because we didn’t want to be too intrusive with hearing people in their environment.” Read more at the link in our profile. @nate_nate shot this photo.
In a warehouse in Venice, on an artificially lit seashore fashioned from 30 tons of sand, volunteers stripped out of street clothes to don bathing suits and pack beach bags with magazines, books, snacks and other beach day essentials. They had answered an online call for unpaid extras in the Lithuanian opera “Sun & Sea (Marina ),” which won the top prize at this year’s @labiennale The opera gave spectators a bird’s-eye view of the sunbathers and their observations about human and environmental frailty. @giannicipriano shot this photo. Visit the link in our profile to read more.
The shorebirds of Delaware Bay are going hungry. On their migrations north, famished birds stop to feast on eggs laid by horseshoe crabs. But the crabs — which are used in the biomedical industry and for commercial fishery bait — have been overfished, and conservationists say that some bird species may not recover. The bird shown here is part of an annual “catch” in which teams of scientists and volunteers attach metal leg bands, plastic tags and tiny radio transmitters to the birds so they can monitor their migration. “It’s not just about the birds,” said David Mizrahi, vice president for research and monitoring at New Jersey Audubon. “It’s about the whole ecosystem.” Read more at the link in our profile. @michellegustafson took this photo.
“In this section, the steps are choreographed, but the dancers have their own timing,” the choreographer Pam Tanowitz said of “Time is forever dividing itself toward innumerable futures,” her first outdoor piece. “When they do have to be in unison, it creates group will.” Part of @lmcc_nyc ’s River to River Festival, the work, set to music by Ted Hearne, will be performed at Nelson A. Rockefeller Park in Lower Manhattan next Tuesday and Wednesday and features 11 dancers. One is the @nycballet principal @saramearns , who instigated the project by asking Pam to choreograph a work that was not for a proscenium stage. At the time, Pam had not yet been commissioned by New York City Ballet to create a new work. (That happened this spring. ) “Pam is amazing,” Sara said. “It was a choice I felt I had to make for my artistry.” One of City Ballet's brightest stars, Sara is usually a featured dancer; here she is part of the group. “It feels really good to dance with people because I don’t ever get to,” she told the @nytimes writer @giadk “It’s so nice to dance with my community.” @anrizzy made this video for #SpeakingInDance , our weekly series exploring the world of #dance
Christi Bragg and her family loved attending the Village Church, one of the most prominent Southern Baptist churches in the country and a bedrock of Texas evangelical culture. When her daughter told her she had been molested by a minister at a church summer camp, Christi waited for an explanation and an apology from the Village, as well as for a conversation with its leader, Matt Chandler. Instead, she ended up leaving the church. The Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the United States, has vowed to address sexual abuse in its churches, and said it would focus on the problem this week at its annual gathering of pastors. Read more at the link in our profile. @annieflanagan shot this photo.
8 sticks of butter. Is a 6-layer rainbow cake with fewer than 8 sticks of butter really worth making anyway? Instead of dyeing each layer of cake, @emcdowell dyes the frosting in between each layer. And that ombré technique on the outside is surprisingly simple. Get the recipe at the link in bio. Video by @vaughn @scottloitsch
On Sunday, hundreds of thousands of people filled the sweltering streets of Hong Kong in an immense protest against a government plan to allow extraditions to mainland China. The mass demonstration was one of the largest in the city’s history and a stunning display of rising fear and anger over the erosion of the civil liberties that have long set this former British colony apart from the rest of the country. The police estimated there were 240,000 protesters at the peak of the demonstration, but organizers said they counted more than 1 million people, or nearly 1 in 7 Hong Kong residents. “I think this law will take away our freedoms if it is implemented,” said Peter Lam, a 16-year-old high school student. “We will not have the right to express ourselves. So we must stand up and express ourselves today.” Visit the link in our profile to read more. @lamyikfei shot this photo.
“I have a family, I love my family. So, I don’t want to kill myself.” In the latest episode of our new TV show @TheWeekly , which aired last night, a New York taxi driver stuck with crippling debt reveals his struggle. There are thousands like him. Our reporters investigated the New York taxi crisis and revealed how thousands of drivers were steered into reckless loans while industry leaders profited. Watch the episode on @FXnetworks or @hulu Follow @theweekly to dive into our new show.
"Have you seen our door to the Sahara?” South of Marrakesh, the Draa Valley — an 8,900-square-mile oasis that runs along the Algerian border — still exerts an indefinable pull, retaining traces of its now almost-vanished Berber kingdom. For @tmagazine 's Spring Travel issue, @aatishalitaseer went in search of ancient #Morocco Click the link in our profile for the full story. Photo by @richard_mosse
Spike Lee has a lot of projects underway, including the second season of his Netflix TV series, “She’s Gotta Have It.” So it’s no wonder he spends most of his Sundays working, either in his NYU office or the @40acresandamulefilmworks headquarters in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Some other things we learned when we asked him about his Sunday routine: He uses his BlackBerry as his alarm: “Yes, I have a BlackBerry. I don’t like typing on the iPhone.” He’s trying to cut out bread. He buys all the papers on Sunday. “That was my chore growing up. I had to get the Sunday paper. Back then you had to do what your parents told you to do.” Read more via the link in our profile. @elias williams shot this photo.
“It’s almost as if the president is trying to cast a spell to confuse people so they cannot know the true nature of reality, and what we do is pick apart the way in which the [expletive] was sold to you. I think that’s why it’s going well. Our job is to identify the [expletive], and there’s never been more.” Read more from @stephenathome 's conversation with David Marchese in @nytmag through the link in our bio. @mamadivisuals shot this portrait.
These are like those 3-ingredient peanut butter cookies everyone loves, but with a little cocoa powder and bittersweet chocolate thrown in. Follow @nytcooking for more delicious treats, or hit the link in our profile for @samanthaseneviratne ’s recipe. Photo by @conpoulos , food styling by @simoncooks
Meet the Reggae Girlz, the first national soccer team from the Caribbean to qualify for the #WomensWorldCup , which begins tomorrow. While women’s international soccer has made significant progress in some countries, support for it, especially the financial kind, varies widely within individual federations and among corporate sponsors. For the @reggaegirlz , that’s meant no funding from the Jamaican soccer federation since 2015. “We’ve always been an afterthought, and we’re still fighting for equality,” said goalkeeper Nicole McClure, 29. “We want a seat at the table.” On the way to France, the host country for this year’s @fifaworldcup , the players detoured to South Florida to try to raise money to cover the costs of training camps, travel, warm-up matches and future tournaments. @scottymacphoto photographed the team in Florida, along with one of their big benefactors, @cedellamarley , Bob Marley's daughter. Visit the link in our profile to read more. #⚽
Capt. John Noel was a photographer and filmmaker who accompanied the Royal Geographical Society’s 1922 expedition up Mount Everest — the first documented attempt to summit the highest peak on earth. Using a telephoto lens, he captured George Finch and Capt. John Geoffrey Bruce’s progress in a short film, “Climbing Mt. Everest,” the first motion picture made at that high an altitude. “If you’ve ever faced the Himalayas, you know they can swallow you whole,” Somini Sengupta, a reporter on the @nytimes Climate desk, writes. At least 11 people died last month during one of the busiest climbing seasons on record, and Nepalese officials have said they may change the rules about who is allowed up in future seasons to combat congestion and other safety hazards. Pictures like this one “are a glimpse into our collective capacity for adventure and courage,” Somini observes. “But looking at them now, they are also a glimpse into our capacity for self-destruction, our ability to squander what we love.” Read her full story from @nytarchives in the link in our profile.
Eat, pray, love, lose, write a book, repeat. Elizabeth Gilbert, whose 2006 blockbuster memoir “Eat Pray Love” turned the magazine writer and author into a goddess of chick lit and a self-help guru, has made a career out of sharing the details of her personal life with everyone. Now she has a new novel out this week, “City of Girls.” It’s a lively period novel set primarily during World War II, and its main characters — a tribe of women who drink to excess, make bone-headed decisions and have sex with strangers and each other — don’t suffer too terribly for their bad decisions. “Ruination has not been my experience as a promiscuous girl,” Ms. Gilbert said, “and it’s not been the experience of a lot of people I know. You can actually survive your terrible judgment.” Read more at the link in our profile and follow @nytbooks for more book coverage. @heathersten took this photo.
“Once the music comes on, the dance just takes over — it feels joyful,” @laurahalzack said of her playful solo in Paul Taylor’s radiant “Brandenburgs” (1988 ). Starting this weekend, the @paultaylordancecompany appears as part of the 2019 @oslmusic Bach Festival at the Manhattan School of Music. “It’s one of those great pieces in the repertoire that celebrates women and the breadth of what a powerful female body can do,” Laura said. It’s also the last chance to see Laura dance in New York; she is 1 of 6 veteran members retiring from the company this year. “Brandenburgs” is a fitting farewell: It was one of the reasons she wanted to dance for Paul, who died last year. “It feels like you’re flying,” she told the #nytimes writer @giadk “I try not to do it the same way twice.” @alexandra sapp made this video for #SpeakingInDance , our weekly series exploring the world of #dance
These French doors lead from a sitting area to a bedroom decorated with Marcel Breuer’s Wassily chair and a vintage Moroccan shag rug. Welcome to Casa Fortunato in Lisbon, Portugal. It’s a hotel — and a home. Here, the architect António Falcão Costa Lopes and his wife, Filipa Fortunato, live among (and just above ) their guests with their 4 kids and dog. Visit the link in our profile to see more photos of the home, and follow @tmagazine for more gorgeous architecture. @manoloyllera shot this room.
Today is the 30th anniversary of the crackdown on a student-led democracy movement at Tiananmen Square, in which Chinese soldiers killed hundreds, possibly thousands, of demonstrators in Beijing and other cities. In Hong Kong, a former British colony that returned to Chinese control in 1997, organizers estimated that over 180,000 people attended the annual vigil this year at Victoria Park, far more than last year. “I can feel that the space for freedom in Hong Kong is tightening, so I finally made up my mind to come,” said Lee Yuet-ting, 43, who said he was attending the vigil for the first time. In Beijing, where such a vigil is impossible, crowds of confused tourists were turned away from the square on Tuesday and Chinese social media services were censored more vigorously than usual. Visit the link in our profile to read more. @lamyikfei shot this photo.
James Holzhauer who? Emma Boettcher didn’t know she was about to dethrone James before he was able to beat Ken Jennings’s “Jeopardy!” record. When Emma, a 27-year-old librarian from Chicago, arrived at the studio on a Tuesday in March, she hadn’t heard of him. She didn’t know that he had already won 32 games and amassed $2.46 million. (The games are prerecorded, and his first win would not air till April. ) By Final Jeopardy, she knew she had the win, but it didn’t quite feel real yet. “I don’t think I felt like I won until Alex said so.” Read more about Emma’s win in the link in our profile. @whittensabbatini shot this photo.
“Melissa Clark is a genius,” one @nytcooking reader wrote after making this lamb tagine. “Tagine,” which refers to both the North African cooking pot and the stew cooked inside it, is a marriage of sweet and savory ingredients. Here, @clarkbar uses dried apricots, cinnamon and nutmeg for sweetness, with lamb, saffron, turmeric and tomato paste to make it deeply savory. Visit the link in our profile to get this and other recipes to celebrate Eid al-Fitr and mark the end of Ramadan. Or tap the bookmark ☝️to save it for later. @francescotonelli shot this photo.
The men known as the Central Park Five were teenagers when they were arrested and imprisoned. In “When They See Us,” a new Netflix series, @Ava DuVernay brings their story to life. “When we were found innocent,” said Yusef Salaam, one of the 5 men, “there was no tsunami of media that followed in the way that tsunami came out within the first few weeks when they thought we were guilty. The criminal justice system says that you’re innocent until proven guilty. But if you’re black or brown, you are guilty and have to prove yourself innocent.” Visit the link in our profile to read the conversations between the men and their onscreen counterparts pictured here. @bradogbonna shot this photo.