Padma Lakshmi Finds a New Voice, Amplifying the Voices of Others

“Am I stepping on anything?” Padma Lakshmi asks on her new show “Taste the Nation,” as the farmer Scott Chang-Fleeman guides her through rows of dirt. “Please, tell me! I don’t want to be a rude guest!” At Shao Shan Farm in Bolinas, Calif., Mr. Chang-Fleeman tends to hakurei turnips; Chinese cauliflower; Taiwanese cabbage; an…

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Help! It’s Been Months. I’m Still in a Travel Mess.

I’ve received thousands of emails from Times readers since the coronavirus put the brakes on travel in mid-March. And if there’s one thing that’s obvious, it’s that the aftershocks of canceled trips persist. Unclear policies, confusing customer-service protocols and not-yet-fulfilled refunds continue to be an issue — months later, and even as the world reopens.…

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Climate Change Tied to Pregnancy Risks, Affecting Black Mothers Most

WASHINGTON — Pregnant women exposed to high temperatures or air pollution are more likely to have children who are premature, underweight or stillborn, and African-American mothers and babies are harmed at a much higher rate than the population at large, according to sweeping new research examining more than 32 million births in the United States.…

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Striking a Pose on FaceTime

Tia Nash, a wedding photographer from New Orleans, was looking forward to a busy spring. She had wedding and engagement photo shoots lined up months in advance, and in mid-March managed to photograph three weddings in one weekend. But a few days later, Ms. Nash became ill with what she believed was the coronavirus, and…

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In This Pandemic, Personal Echoes of the AIDS Crisis

This article is part of our latest Pride special report, featuring L.G.B.T.Q. voices on the challenges and possibilities of these troubled times. Alexander Chee is the author of “How to Write an Autobiographical Novel” and “Queen of the Night.” The first weekend of the coronavirus shutdown in March, my husband, Dustin, and I made calls…

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They Want to Sell Balloon Rides 19 Miles Up. Haven’t We Heard This Before?

Nearly seven years ago, two entrepreneurs unveiled a company, World View, that would take tourists on a gentle balloon journey to the stratosphere, about 19 miles off the ground — high enough to view the blackness of space and the curvature of a round Earth. Those journeys never happened. But on Thursday, those same entrepreneurs…

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Why Can’t I Appreciate the Confederate Flag and Also Condemn Racism?

Thanks to political correctness, I can no longer converse freely with my three adult children. I live in the South; they’ve scattered across the country. I think I’m a good person. No one has ever called me racist — except my children. When I was young, my parents hung a Confederate flag in our home.…

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Hot Weather Carries Risks for Some Dogs More Than Others

Big dogs, older dogs, dogs with flat faces and certain breeds are all at higher risk of illness or death in hot weather. Using veterinary hospital records of dogs under care in 2016, British researchers found 395 cases of heat-related illness. More than 40 percent of them happened in July, during the European heat wave…

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David Juda Discusses Working With David Hockney, Christo and More

LONDON — Wearing a fedora and faded jeans, Bruno Mars strikes a contemplative pose in the portrait on sale at Masterpiece Online. It costs $1.2 million, which may sound hefty for a work on sale at a virtual fair. But the charcoal-and-crayon canvas from 2018 is by David Hockney, who holds the record as the…

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This Year, a London Art Fair Will Happen Everywhere

The whole point of art fairs is to gather people from all over the world in one place to look at, and trade in, works — a goal that, given the coronavirus pandemic, is being rethought. Fairs have been going online since Art Basel Hong Kong, scheduled for March, became among the first such events…

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