Linked in a coupled way, yes. I notice the changes in the slider captions and the review links. I would prefer how it looked before though.
First: Please remove the auto carousel sliding, it serves no purpose and is like hitting a moving target trying to use it. Why isn’t the slide arrows overriding the auto play to freeze the slide? The few second pausing is just annoying and makes me abandon the “feature” if not the whole site as too frustrating to use!
Second: I suggested the review pics to also have links to the review. The captions could have a NYT review link button. Please read point 5 here, though the auto play opinions are somewhere else: https://www.nngroup.com/articles/designing-effective-carousels/
Now the review link below only has the little arrow to find and click, please make the whole title a link as it was before! It would be good to have both these titles in whole and a button the pics linking to the review.
By the way, the outgoing links needs something that indicates they are not local (pity the NYT icon is difficult to recognize and the logo is their whole name). Please notice why this is important: https://www.nngroup.com/articles/link-promise/
Maybe just a href attribute/data-tooltip would do. Or an ordinary html title attribute. Please check the Nielsen accessibility site again: https://www.nngroup.com/articles/tooltip-guidelines/
How to code the above is easy, Google or DuckDuck for “css data tooltip”.
2 - Good.
Highlighting is nice and a remedy. If you also could find a way to not reorder, highlighted would be enough, for me anyway.
4 - Well done!
5 - You’re welcome!