Twenty minutes a day, five days a week, hosted by Michael Barbaro and powered by New York Times journalism
The Daily is a daily news podcast and radio show by the American newspaper The New York Times. Hosted by Times political journalist Michael Barbaro, its episodes are based on the Times’ reporting of the day. Episodes last 20 to 30 minutes, and new episodes air every weekday.
The Daily is based on interviews with Times journalists, in which they summarize and comment on their story, and is complemented by recordings related to the topic, or original reporting such as interviews with persons involved in the story. A summary of headlines concludes the podcast.
Started in January 2017, The Daily became a noted success for the Times; TheStreet.com described it as “a phenomenon, an out-of-the-blue hit”. It had 3.8 million individual listeners by August 2017, and was regularly in the top ten most-listened podcasts by autumn 2017. The New Yorker attributed this success, in part, to the podcast’s “conversational and intimate” tone, which made news more accessible, and to Barbaro’s “idiosyncratic intonation”. The podcast began being syndicated to radio by American Public Media in 2018. As of June 2018, the podcast receives 1.1 million downloads every weekday.
The Daily is free to listen and financed by advertising; it is profitable according to the Times. The Times has said it intends to build a news podcast franchise around it, beginning with a spin-off podcast, The New Washington, in summer 2017. The New Washington ran from July 2017 until December of the same year. A children’s edition of The Daily is also planned. In January 2019, The Daily launched a weekly newsletter.
The success of the podcast led to a weekly documentary series called The Weekly, which was announced on May 8, 2019 by FX and debuted on June 2, 2019.