A Harvard Scam and the Best Podcasts of 2021: The Week in Narrated Articles
This weekend, listen to a collection of narrated articles from around The New York Times, read aloud by the reporters who wrote them.
Nidhi Razdan was all set to travel to Harvard University to start a teaching job, and a new life. A famous Indian news anchor at the apex of her career, Ms. Razdan believed she was getting a dream ticket out of an almost unbearably toxic media atmosphere in India.
She had freely shared her most important personal information with her new employer — passport details, medical records, bank account numbers, everything. But when she swiped open her phone in the middle of a January night, she read the following message, from an associate dean at Harvard:
“There is no record of, nor any knowledge of, your name or your appointment.”
The email closed: “I wish you the best for your future.”
For over a year, prominent women in India, including journalists, were reeled into a labyrinthine online scam that offered jobs and opportunities with Harvard University. Who targeted them, and why, is a mystery.
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Written and narrated by Eric Kim
“I am not a religious person, but I revere Christmastime as a secular season centered on food and family — two of my favorite things,” writes Eric Kim. “As with any family tradition, there are rules. My father expects a ham every year.”
This year, Eric is determined to come home with an excellent ham recipe. On the books, then, is a ham cooked with soda.
Using a little soda in your ham glaze is an…