The Life and Sudden Death of America’s Strongest Woman: The Week in Reporter Reads

This weekend, listen to a selection of articles from The New York Times, read aloud by the reporters who wrote them.

Written and narrated by John Leland

Rebecca Lorch is a strong female champion who won America’s Strongest Woman in her weight class in 2020. She has a master’s degree in nutrition counseling, a client list. coaching and romantic history with her trainer, one of the top names on their list. sport. She’s got a pit bull rescue mix named Bella that has her own Instagram account.

On December 18, 2022, while her mother and stepfather were out celebrating the first night of Hanukkah, Ms. Lorch deleted her social media accounts, removed her facial piercings and took her own life. . She was 32.

In the close-knit subculture of strong men and strong women, her suicide was a shock, even to those who knew her well.

Written and narrated by Erik Piepenburg

When the new killer robot movie “M3gan” hit theaters this month, it sold $30.2 million in ticket sales, right behind “Avatar: The Way of Water.” That’s a big deal: for the horror genre, the film continues to outperform at the box office; for Universal, which released the film and has a sequel in the works; and to Gerard Johnstone, a little-known director who bet his huge success on a franchise.

“M3gan” is also a win for a gay movie, or to be more precise, a film with a fundamentally gay sensibility — the biggest non-gay horror film since when “The Babadook” became the mascot that overthrew Pride six years ago.

Written by Jonathan Swan and Catie Edmondson | Narrated by Jonathan Swan

Days after winning a protracted war, Speaker Kevin McCarthy tells a friend about the strong bond he has developed with an unlikely ally in his battle for political survival. : Congressman Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia.

“I will never leave that woman,” McCarthy, a California Republican, told the friend, who described the private conversation on condition of anonymity. “I will always take care of her.”

Such a statement from Mr McCarthy would be unthinkable in 2021, when Ms. Greene first arrives on Capitol Hill in a swirl of controversy and provocation. But in the time since, a powerful alliance has developed between Ms. Greene, a far-right mob agitator and companion of former President Donald J. Trump, and Mr. McCarthy, a worthy figure. of the Washington facility.

Written by Alexandra Stevenson and King of Death | Narrated by Alexandra Stevenson

Every year, hundreds of thousands of Chinese couples turn to assisted reproductive technology after exhausting other options for getting pregnant. They travel from all over the country to big cities like Beijing in the hope of beating infertility rates. Many people queued outside the hospital before sunrise, just to be consulted.

Now, the Chinese government wants to make the technology it legalized in 2001 more accessible. It has promised to cover some of the costs — often several thousand dollars per installment — under national health insurance. It’s one of more than a dozen policy measures Chinese officials are rolling out to tackle what they see as a huge problem – the birth rate is so low that China’s population begins to shrink.

On a Friday night in January, Elin Hilderbrand strode into the ballroom of the Nantucket Hotel, wearing a fuchsia frock, gem-encrusted flip-flops, and a smile that sparkled like a disco ball on head.

It was quiz night on the ninth Elin Hilderbrand Bucket List weekend in Nantucket, Mass., and 131 readers from around the country — mostly white middle-aged women — greeted the author with enthusiasm. the madness their daughter would have for Taylor Swift.

For the uninitiated, Elin Hilderbrand has authored 29 cleverly uncomplicated beach reads in 23 years, including her latest bestseller, “The Nantucket Hotel ” and “Endless Summer”. She has sold more than 20 million books worldwide. Most of her novels are set in Nantucket.

For a Hilderbabe, as her fans know, a pilgrimage to Nantucket is like a Potterhead’s trip to Hogwarts, only the sanctuary isn’t a movie set; it’s a real place.

The Times reporting by Tally Abecassis, Parin Behrooz, Anna Diamond, Sarah Diamond, Jack D’Isidoro, Aaron Esposito, Dan Farrell, Elena Hecht, Adrienne Hurst, Emma Kehlbeck, Tanya Pérez, Krish Seenivasan, Kate Winslett, John Woo and Tiana Young. Special thanks to Sam Dolnick, Ryan Wegner, Julia Simon and Desiree Ibekwe.


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