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“It’s sparking a sense of deepening dread among ordinary Afghans”—America heads for the exit

Also on the daily podcast: a media boom fades into an “attention recession” and the thoroughly inbred nature of thoroughbreds

PASSPORT QUEUES are lengthening; ad-hoc civilian militias are strengthening. As foreign powers bow out, Taliban militants take district after district—and the fear of the people is palpable. The pandemic drove a boom in the attention economy, and media companies happily obliged. Now, it seems, an “attention recession” looms. And a look at the thoroughly inbred nature of thoroughbred horses. Runtime: 21min

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