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The New Yorker Radio Hour

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David Remnick is joined by The New Yorker’s award-winning writers, editors and artists to present a weekly mix of profiles, storytelling, and insightful conversations about the issues that matter — plus an occasional blast of comic genius from the ma...Show More
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19:20 | Jun 8th, 2018

Anthony Bourdain—the chef turned author, food anthropologist, and television star—died this week, at sixty-one. Bourdain made his début in The New Yorker in 1999, with an essay called “Don’t Eat Before Reading This,” about working in the restaurant i...Show More

1:14:32 | Apr 20th, 2018

In a long career in law enforcement, the former F.B.I. Director James Comey aimed to be above politics, but in the 2016 election he stepped directly into it.  In his book, “A Higher Loyalty,” Comey makes the case to America that he handled the F.B.I....Show More
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55:32 | Mar 30th, 2018

When police showed up to question John Thompson, he was worried that it was because he had sold drugs to an undercover cop.  When he realized they were investigating a murder, he could only laugh: “Shit, for real? Murder?” Thompson was insistent on h...Show More

26:29 | Mar 6th, 2018

Henry Worsley was a husband, father, and an officer of an élite British commando unit; also a tapestry weaver, amateur boxer, photographer, and collector of rare books, maps, and fossils. But his true obsession was exploration. Worsley revered the An...Show More

22:30 | Dec 19th, 2017

Nicolás Maduro was an unlikely successor to Venezuela’s popular and charismatic Hugo Chavez. And, since his election, the country has been wracked with devastating food shortages, a breakdown of ordinary services and medical care, and rampant violenc...Show More

25:02 | Sep 13th

An exodus is under way in the House of Representatives: not even halfway into the congressional term, fifteen Republicans have announced that they will not run in 2020. One of the exiting members is Will Hurd, a former C.I.A. officer who was elected ...Show More

20:09 | Sep 10th

Vjeran Tomic has been stealing since he was a small child, when he used a ladder to break into a library in his home town, in Bosnia. After moving to Paris, he graduated to lucrative apartment burglaries, living off the jewels he took and often doing...Show More

30:13 | Sep 6th

The New Yorker’s fiction editor, Deborah Treisman, talks with Salman Rushdie about “Quichotte,” his apocalyptic quest novel. A few years ago, when the four hundredth anniversary of “Don Quixote” was being celebrated, Rushdie reread Cervantes’s book a...Show More

30:10 | Sep 3rd

Mischele Lewis learned that her fiancé was a con man and a convicted pedophile. By lying about who he was, did he violate her consent, and commit assault? Lewis’s story raises a larger question: What is consent, and how do we give it? It’s currently ...Show More

16:47 | Aug 30th

Marianne Williamson, the self-help author associated with the New Age movement, has never held political office. But the race for the Presidency, she thinks, is less a battle of politics than a battle of souls. In her appearance in the July Democrati...Show More

29:32 | Aug 27th

Jia Tolentino writes for The New Yorker about an extremely wide range of topics, but a central concern is what it has meant to her to have grown up alongside the Internet. In her new, best-selling collection of essays, “Trick Mirror: Reflections on S...Show More

19:57 | Aug 23rd

The winner of twenty Grand Slam titles and the top-ranked men’s player for three hundred and ten weeks, Roger Federer remains a dominant force in tennis. On the eve of playing in his nineteenth U.S. Open, Federer spoke with David Remnick about how he...Show More

29:23 | Aug 20th

Derren Brown wants you to know that he is not a magician. The term he prefers to use is “psychological illusionist,” and his acts mix psychology, misdirection, and showmanship. When he performs, he’s explicit about engaging with audiences’ minds and ...Show More

20:14 | Aug 16th

Maggie Gyllenhaal’s first starring role was in the 2002 movie “Secretary,” a distriburbing romantic comedy about a troubled woman in a sadomasochistic relationship with her boss. Since then, Gyllenhaal has continued to push the boundaries of how sex ...Show More

17:15 | Aug 13th

Ian Frazier, who has chronicled American life for The New Yorker for more than forty years, travelled to a house in Fort Collins, Colorado, where three roommates build, fly, and race drones. Jordan Temkin, Zachry Thayer, and Travis McIntyre are three...Show More

14:21 | Aug 9th

Nanfu Wang grew up under China’s one-child policy and never questioned it. “You don’t know that it’s something initiated and implemented by the authority,” she tells The New Yorker’s Jiayang Fan. “It’s a normal part of everything. Just like water exi...Show More

48:36 | Aug 6th

Toni Morrison read The New York Times with pencil in hand. An editor by trade, Morrison never stopped noting errors in the paper. In 2015, during a conversation with The New Yorker’s Hilton Als, Morrison noted that the stories she cared about were on...Show More

17:01 | Aug 6th

In January, The New Yorker’s Ben Taub travelled to Mauritania to meet with Mohamedou Salahi. An electrical engineer who had lived in Germany, Salahi was detained at Guantánamo Bay for fifteen years and tortured, despite the fact that he was not a ter...Show More

31:28 | Aug 2nd

When Mohamedou Salahi arrived at the Guantánamo Bay detention camp, in August of 2002, he was hopeful.  He knew why he had been detained: he had crossed paths with Al Qaeda operatives, and his cousin had once called him from Osama bin Laden’s phone. ...Show More

32:17 | Jul 30th

The cultural critic Doreen St. Félix goes to Madame Tussauds with Justin Kuritzkes, the début author of the novel “Famous People,” to talk about the nature of celebrity. Jia Tolentino heads for the children’s section of a bookstore with Rivka Galchen...Show More

17:27 | Jul 26th

Tana French was an actor in her thirties when she sat down to write about a mystery that took the lives of two children, which became the global blockbuster “In the Woods.” With her subsequent books about the Dublin Murder Squad, French became known ...Show More

16:55 | Jul 23rd

Fahamu Pecou has shown work in museums all over the country and appeared on television shows like “Empire” and “black-ish.” The men the artist depicts tend to strike exaggerated poses, with sagging bluejeans and a cascade of colorful boxer shorts. Pe...Show More

28:23 | Jul 19th

Some people have always believed that the moon landing was a government hoax, and, in the age of the Internet, that conspiracy theory continues to thrive. Andrew Marantz explores the value of skepticism, and the point at which disbelief leads to a to...Show More

19:47 | Jul 18th

In 2014, Tom Hanks—the star of “Apollo 13,” among many other accomplishments—wrote a short story about going to the moon.  But his was not a dramatic story of NASA heroes facing grave danger. Hanks told the tale of a very twenty-first century mission...Show More

14:43 | Jul 16th

“I can remember, even four months after [“Call Me Maybe” ’s] release, being claimed in the press as a one-hit wonder,” Carly Rae Jepsen says. “Isn’t it too soon to decide that? Give me a chance!” The Canadian singer and songwriter was by no means a o...Show More

57:45 | Jul 9th

It’s hard to recall a newly elected freshman representative to Congress who has made a bigger impact than Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Her primary victory for New York’s Fourteenth District seat—as a young woman of color beating out a long-established w...Show More

27:26 | Jul 9th

As he set about adapting “To Kill a Mockingbird” for the stage, Aaron Sorkin found himself troubled by its protagonist, the small-town lawyer Atticus Finch. Harper Lee’s Finch, he thought, is tolerant to a fault—understanding rather than condemning t...Show More

19:47 | Jul 5th

Tracy K. Smith was named Poet Laureate, in 2017, right after the most divisive election of our time. She could have spent her two-year appointment writing and enjoying a nice office in the Library of Congress, but she felt poetry might be able to hel...Show More

31:59 | Jul 2nd

Valeria Luiselli first travelled to the U.S.–Mexico border in 2014, when the current immigration crisis began to heat up. Under the Trump Presidency, the border has become the dead center of American politics, and Luiselli returned with the radio pro...Show More

17:37 | Jun 28th

For decades, critical praise for a TV show was that it was “not like TV,” but more like a novel or a movie. That ingrained hierarchy always bugged Emily Nussbaum, who went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for her criticism in The New Yorker. She has been...Show More

25:53 | Jun 25th

The New Yorker contributor Jenna Krajeski recently met with a woman who calls herself Esperanza. In her home country, Esperanza was coerced and threatened into prostitution, and later was trafficked into the United States, where she was subjected to ...Show More

20:52 | Jun 21st

After a U.S. drone was allegedly shot down by Iran last week, relations between Tehran and Washington are again approaching a low point; on Thursday, President Trump ordered and then called off an air strike. The situation has been deteriorating sinc...Show More

30:49 | Jun 18th

Robert Caro is a historical biographer unlike anyone else writing today, with the Pulitzer Prizes, National Book Awards, and other honors to prove it. But to call his books biographies seems to miss the mark: they’re so rich in detail, so accurate, a...Show More

18:59 | Jun 14th

Apple, Amazon, Alphabet (which owns Google), and Facebook—known in the tech world as the Big Four—are among the largest and most profitable companies in the world, and they’ve been accustomed to the laxest of oversight from Washington. But the climat...Show More

49:18 | Jun 7th

Masha Gessen co-hosts this episode of the New Yorker Radio Hour, guiding David Remnick through the fifty years of civil-rights gains for L.G.B.T.Q. people. From drag queens reading to children at the library to a popular gay Presidential candidate, w...Show More

28:47 | Jun 4th

Ava DuVernay doesn’t like using the term Central Park Five—a moniker created by the press in the aftermath of the notorious and brutal assault of a twenty-eight-year-old woman, Trisha Meili. “They’re not the Central Park Five,” she tells the New York...Show More

20:38 | May 31st

The #MeToo movement of recent years started in the entertainment industry, with revelations about moguls such as Harvey Weinstein and CBS’s Les Moonves, and, since 2017, television writers have been grappling with how to address sexual harassment for...Show More

28:33 | May 28th

The idea of reparations—real compensation made to the descendants of slaves or the victims of legalized discrimination—has gained traction since the publication, in 2014, of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s influential article “The Case for Reparations,” which app...Show More

49:05 | May 24th

Late in the Civil War, the Union general William T. Sherman confiscated four hundred thousand acres of land from Confederate planters and ordered it redistributed, in forty-acre lots, to formerly enslaved people—a promise revoked by President Andrew ...Show More

16:07 | May 21st

Despite winning a Grammy for her song “Passionate Kisses,” which was performed by Mary Chapin Carpenter, Lucinda Williams spent many years overlooked by the music industry: she was too country for rock, too rock for country. In 1998, American music c...Show More

32:31 | May 17th

James Taylor’s songs are so familiar that they seem to have always existed. Onstage at the New Yorker Festival, in 2010, Taylor peeled back some of his influences—the Beatles, Bach, show tunes, and Antônio Carlos Jobim—and played a few of his hits, e...Show More

23:07 | May 14th

Few Americans dispute the centrality of the Constitution as a statement of our country’s goals; it is as though holy. But what the Constitution actually means to any two people may differ widely, and those differences are dramatized in a new play, on...Show More

26:06 | May 10th

After years of languishing far down the list of voters’ priorities, climate change has moved to the top of many voters’ concerns, according to a new CNN poll. Now Presidential candidates are competing to establish themselves as leaders on the issue, ...Show More

26:19 | May 3rd

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand been fierce on the issue of sexual assault and harassment, especially in the military and government; as a champion of the MeToo movement, she was among the first Democrats to call for Senator Al Franken to step down. Some ...Show More

19:20 | Apr 30th

In the field of memory care, there is a fierce debate around the question of honesty. Lying can, under certain circumstances, alleviate or avert distress in patients who are suffering from memory loss. But, on principle, many providers, patients, and...Show More

30:42 | Apr 26th

In a crowded Democratic field, the candidate Julián Castro is eager to stand out. One way he’s tried to do that is by taking on the issue of immigration—a favorite topic of President Donald Trump, and one that’s important to his base. In a wide-rangi...Show More

34:01 | Apr 23rd

The Green New Deal is coming to the table during the one of the most divisive periods Washington has ever seen. Two advocates of the environmental plan—a young activist championing the cause, and a veteran of climate politics in Washington—consider w...Show More

16:45 | Apr 19th

Last March, Wayne LaPierre sent a fund-raising letter to his members—an urgent plea for money. LaPierre described an attack on the Second Amendment that is unprecedented in the history of the country. But, in reality, what is endangering the N.R.A. i...Show More

30:19 | Apr 16th

Christine Baranski was a successful theatre actor who would never stoop to do television in the old days. But when she got the pilot script for “Cybill,” and had two daughters to put through school, she took the role of Marianne, the tough-talking be...Show More

19:23 | Apr 12th

Masha Gessen and Keith Gessen have, taken together, written more than a dozen books and a thousand articles. Keith Gessen is a founder of n+1, an influential literary journal; Masha has written for major newspapers and journals as well as, since 2014...Show More

28:45 | Apr 9th

Most of us have biases and prejudices we don’t acknowledge—or aren’t even aware of. Admitting those biases is a baseline of political “wokeness.” But measuring and proving bias, and showing how it works, is another matter. Jennifer Eberhardt is a soc...Show More

21:09 | Apr 5th

During an exit interview with President Barack Obama in November, 2016, just weeks after the election, David Remnick asked who would be the leaders of the Democratic Party and the contenders to oppose Trump in 2020. Obama mentioned people like Kamala...Show More

32:01 | Apr 2nd

Patrick Radden Keefe has reported on the Sackler family and their control of Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin. Among the sources for his article “Empire of Pain” was a whistle-blower named Steven May, a former sales rep who joined Purdue during ...Show More

17:40 | Mar 29th

The Mueller investigation has been a two-year obsession for nearly everyone who cares about politics in America. For one side, the special counsel was a bête noire, a leader of a witch hunt; for the other, Mueller was a deus ex machina who would end ...Show More

30:14 | Mar 26th

Since the minute that British citizens voted, in a 2016 referendum, to leave the European Union, confusion and disorganization has consumed the U.K. Three years later, little has changed: confusion and disorganization may carry the U.K. over the clif...Show More

19:20 | Mar 22nd

Emilia Clarke was an unknown young actor when she landed the part of Daenerys, of the House of Targaryen, on a show called “Game of Thrones.” After an eventful first season—capped by her walk into a funeral pyre and rebirth as the Mother of Dragons—C...Show More

24:19 | Mar 19th

Silicon Valley has a reputation for being a place where young geniuses are too busy disrupting the world to buy clothes; jeans and a hoodie generally qualify as business attire. But that is changing, the New Yorker fashion correspondent Rachel Syme n...Show More

25:38 | Mar 15th

In 2012, two young activists from the National Immigrant Youth Alliance went on an undercover mission to infiltrate the Broward Transitional Center, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Florida. NIYA had been contacted by the son of a m...Show More

32:36 | Mar 12th

Pete O’Neal was a street hustler and small-time pimp who gave up crime to fight oppression, founding the Kansas City chapter of the Black Panther Party. Charlotte Hill was a high-school student who gave up a college scholarship to join the Panthers a...Show More

28:02 | Mar 8th

Pete O’Neal was a street hustler and small-time pimp who gave up crime to struggle against oppression, founding the Kansas City chapter of the Black Panther Party. Charlotte Hill was a high-school student who gave up a college scholarship to join the...Show More

24:39 | Mar 5th

Donald Trump has made no secret of his great admiration for Fox News -- which he praises by tweet nearly constantly -- and his disdain for other, “fake news” outlets that he regards as “enemies of the people.”  But the closeness of the relationship b...Show More

27:39 | Mar 1st

The former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld is launching what looks like a political suicide mission. He recently announced an exploratory committee to challenge Trump in the primary. He sees a pathway to victory that runs through his neighboring sta...Show More

35:54 | Feb 22nd

Committed during a period filled with bombings, killings, and disappearances, the murder of Jean McConville remains one of the most infamous unsolved crimes of the Troubles. The writer Patrick Radden Keefe may have discovered who killed her. Plus, th...Show More

33:36 | Feb 19th

With the election to the House of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib, following up on the surprising Presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders, socialism is on the rise, after a long decline in America. But the Harvard historian and New Yorker ...Show More

22:24 | Feb 15th

When depictions of Virginia politicians in blackface surfaced this month, the New Yorker contributor Teju Cole was unsurprised. “A white man of a certain age in the U.S.,” he reflects, “is found to have done something racist in his past; well, yes.” ...Show More

14:12 | Feb 12th

Conversations about gun reform are often galvanized by catastrophic mass shootings. But gun violence mostly unfolds as a matter of awful routine: domestic-partner homicides, suicides, and shootings between people who know each other are everyday occu...Show More

41:32 | Feb 8th

This week, the House held hearings on gun violence, the first in eight years. In the 2018 elections, gun-reform groups outspent the N.R.A.—which appears to be in financial trouble. After years of greatly expanded gun rights, is the tide turning on gu...Show More

28:18 | Feb 5th

When the cast of the film “The Hobbit” was first announced, Marlon James was dismayed—though hardly surprised—by how white it was. A long-standing complaint of black fans of fantasy is that authors can imagine dwarves and elves and orcs, but not blac...Show More

26:52 | Feb 1st

Washington is abuzz with rumors that the Mueller report is coming soon, and both sides are trying to strategize their next move. The reporter Adam Davidson summarizes the broad strokes of what we know so far, and Susan B. Glasser and Jeffrey Toobin d...Show More

55:30 | Jan 29th

When police showed up to question John Thompson, he was worried that it was because he had sold drugs to an undercover cop.  When he realized they were investigating a murder, he could only laugh: “Shit, for real? Murder?”Thompson was insistent on hi...Show More

45:12 | Jan 25th

Jason Rezaian was born in California to an Iranian father and an American mother. After a failed effort to enter the Persian rug trade, he moved to Tehran to be a reporter, and was working for the Washington Post when he was arrested by Iranian autho...Show More

40:33 | Jan 22nd

For some years, Denise Ho was one of the most popular singers in Asia. A Hong Kong native, she performed the style known as Cantopop in mainland China and in foreign countries with Chinese émigré populations. But, as Ho told the staff writer Jiayang ...Show More

15:21 | Jan 18th

For decades, it’s been an open secret that R. Kelly has allegedly kept young women trapped in abusive relationships through psychological manipulation, fear, and intimidation. His domestic situation has been compared to a sex cult. He was acquitted o...Show More

20:13 | Jan 15th

Vjeran Tomic has been stealing since he was a small child, when he used a ladder to break into a library in his home town, in Bosnia. After moving to Paris, he graduated to lucrative apartment burglaries, living off the jewels he took and often doing...Show More

35:09 | Jan 11th

The staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe has reported on “The Apprentice” and its impact on Donald Trump—on how America saw Trump, and how Trump saw himself. Keefe spoke with Jonathon Braun, who was a supervising producer on “The Apprentice,” about how ...Show More

18:14 | Jan 8th

Boots Riley’s directorial début, “Sorry to Bother You,” blends a dark strain of comedy with a sci-fi vision of capitalism run amok. The film’s hero, Cassius Green, is a telemarketer who rises quickly in the ranks—eventually becoming a “power caller”—...Show More

37:33 | Jan 4th

Janet Mock first heard the word “māhū,” a Native Hawaiian word for people who exist outside the male-female binary, when she was twelve. She had just moved back to Oahu, where she was born, from Texas, and, by that point, Mock knew that the gender sh...Show More

55:39 | Dec 28th, 2018

The novelist and short-story writer Philip Roth died in May at the age of eighty-five. In novels like “Portnoy’s Complaint,” “The Human Stain,” and “American Pastoral,” Roth anatomized postwar American life—particularly the lives of Jewish people in ...Show More

0:00 | Dec 23rd, 2018

Kirk Douglas, the guitarist for the Roots, plays anything and everything as part of the “Tonight Show” band, so David Remnick put him to the test on some holiday classics.  Roz Chast rings a bell to collect pennies for a good cause: saving the globe ...Show More

15:27 | Dec 21st, 2018

The New Yorker staff writers Jia Tolentino, Doreen St. Félix, and Alexandra Schwartz all cover the culture beat from different angles. They talk with David Remnick about the emblematic pop-culture phenomena of 2018 that tell us where we were this yea...Show More

23:34 | Dec 18th, 2018

In December of 2015, a video appeared on the Internet that stunned surfers worldwide. Titled “Kelly’s Wave,” it showed Kelly Slater—arguably the best pro surfer in history—unveiling a secret project he had been working on for more than a decade. With...Show More

32:28 | Dec 14th, 2018

As he set about adapting “To Kill a Mockingbird” for the stage—the play opened this week on Broadway—Aaron Sorkin first wrote a version that he says was very much like the novel, but “with stage directions.” As he delved into the character of Atticus...Show More

33:44 | Dec 7th, 2018

For the past twenty-five years, since she was a young teen-ager, the singer Robyn has been on the cutting edge of pop music. Her sound is sparse and complex, influenced by electro and dance music while preserving the catchiness of pop. After a brief ...Show More

24:20 | Dec 4th, 2018

One of the hot trends in the food world is one of the oldest: fermentation. No longer just for beer and sauerkraut, fermentation—which Helen Rosner calls “bacteria engaging with your food”—is the subject of cookbooks, and the specialty of destination...Show More

31:12 | Nov 30th, 2018

In the November midterm elections, Stacey Abrams, a gubernatorial candidate in Georgia, arrived at her polling place to cast a vote for herself, only to have a poll worker claim that she had already filed for an absentee ballot. Carol Anderson’s book...Show More

21:10 | Nov 27th, 2018

Appearing at the New Yorker Festival, in conversation with Michael Schulman , Bridget Everett brought her dog onstage. It was unconventional, but no more so than anything else she does. Vulgar, badly behaved, and entirely comfortable with herself, Ev...Show More

36:19 | Nov 23rd, 2018

As a young boy, Jim Carrey got in trouble for staring in the mirror. He didn’t do it because he was vain; he was practicing the comic skills that made him one of the great impressionists of our time, a man whose face seems to be made of some pliable ...Show More

23:05 | Nov 20th, 2018

Last year, the Mexican government finally agreed to extradite the notorious drug kingpin El Chapo to the U.S. Born Joaquín Guzmán Loera, he was once ranked by Forbes as one of the most powerful people in the world. His trial began in New York, on Nov...Show More

32:23 | Nov 16th, 2018

More than two years after British voters approved a measure to withdraw their nation from the European Union—a gigantic undertaking with no roadmap of any sort —Prime Minister Theresa May unveiled a plan: essentially, that the U.K. would remain in th...Show More

19:45 | Nov 13th, 2018

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act injected almost nine hundred billion dollars into the U.S. economy to help the nation recover from the 2008 financial crisis. Ninety billion dollars went to clean energy, with the intention of jump-starting ...Show More

36:10 | Nov 9th, 2018

Ten years after the financial crash of 2008, the economy is humming along, with steady growth and rising employment. Yet that crisis continues to shape our world, particularly through the rise of right-wing populism and the ever-worsening climate cri...Show More

23:41 | Nov 6th, 2018

Harry Shearer is known for doing many characters, including Mr. Burns and others from “The Simpsons,” but the most famous is Derek Smalls, the saturnine, epically muttonchopped bassist in the movie “This Is Spinal Tap.” Almost thirty-five years after...Show More

30:39 | Nov 2nd, 2018

Jonathan Blitzer spent a week in Mexico with the so-called caravan—a group of about five thousand migrants, most of them from Honduras, who are making a dangerous journey on foot to the U.S. border. Donald Trump, who has described the caravan as “inv...Show More

30:17 | Oct 30th, 2018

Janelle Monáe is an unlikely pop star. Her music is rooted in soul and R. & B., but also in pop, punk, and New Wave; her early releases were science-fiction concept albums, influenced by Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis” and modern Afrofuturism, set far in t...Show More

25:43 | Oct 26th, 2018

The actor Daniel Radcliffe is on Broadway in a new play called “The Lifespan of a Fact”—perhaps the first-ever work of theatre in which a fact checker is a starring role. Radcliffe’s character is obsessive about his work, and he becomes locked in com...Show More
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20:17 | Oct 26th, 2018

Janelle Monáe is an unlikely pop star. Her music is rooted in soul and R. & B., but also in pop, punk, and New Wave; her early releases were science-fiction concept albums, influenced by Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis” and modern Afrofuturism, set far in t...Show More
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15:17 | Oct 26th, 2018

The reporter Eliza Griswold has long been following political campaigns in Pennsylvania.  She has found that, for voters across a wide swath of the state, the thing that’s foremost on people’s minds isn’t Donald Trump but a pipeline running through t...Show More
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09:00 | Oct 26th, 2018

The actor Daniel Radcliffe is on Broadway in a new play called “The Lifespan of a Fact”—perhaps the first-ever work of theatre in which a fact checker is a starring role. Radcliffe’s character is obsessive about his work, and he becomes locked in com...Show More
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08:50 | Oct 26th, 2018

Luis Miguel Rojas-Berscia is what’s known as a hyper-polyglot. He seems to have no limits to the number of languages he can absorb:  Mandarin, Farsi, Portuguese, English, Esperanto, Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew—the list goes on. Judith Thurman’s ar...Show More
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55:00 | Oct 26th, 2018

To get in character for a new Broadway show, in which he plays a fact checker, Daniel Radcliffe got trained by The New Yorker’s crackerjack checking department. His first assignment: a review of a Mexican restaurant that serves some dishes he can’t p...Show More

42:10 | Oct 23rd, 2018

When the acting Attorney General Sally Yates wouldn’t defend the so-called Muslim travel ban, she was promptly sacked—“before it was fashionable to be fired” in the Trump Administration, Jeffrey Toobin says.  Yates, who served in the Justice Departme...Show More

14:40 | Oct 19th, 2018

While the big story going into the midterm elections has been the possibility of a “blue wave”—an upsurge of Democratic progressives, including a high number of women and minority candidates—the divisive political climate has also given us the very o...Show More
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12:54 | Oct 19th, 2018

While the big story going into the midterm elections has been the possibility of a “blue wave”—an upsurge of Democratic progressives, including a high number of women and minority candidates—the divisive political climate has also given us the very o...Show More
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22:55 | Oct 19th, 2018

Sally Yates is a twenty-seven-year veteran of the Justice Department, and a ten-day veteran of the Trump Administration.  As the acting Attorney General, she was shown an executive order on immigration—Trump’s so-called Muslim travel ban—and told she...Show More
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15:32 | Oct 19th, 2018

Kelela—born Kelela Mizanekristos, the child of Ethiopian immigrants living near Washington, D.C.—is one of a number of younger artists, like Solange and Blood Orange, who are reinventing R. & B. The New Yorker staff writer Vinson Cunningham, who inte...Show More
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56:03 | Oct 19th, 2018

When the acting Attorney General Sally Yates wouldn’t defend the so-called Muslim travel ban, she was promptly sacked—“before it was fashionable to be fired by Donald Trump,” Jeffrey Toobin says. Yates, who served in the Justice Department during the...Show More

21:35 | Oct 16th, 2018

“You know, I think as I get older,” Joan Baez tells David Remnick, “someone will show me a photograph”—of the March on Washington, for example—“and I’ll think, ‘Oh my god, I was there. And those people were there, and Dr. King said what he said.’ Som...Show More
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11:56 | Oct 12th, 2018

For democracy to function, we have to trust and accept the results of elections. But that trust is increasingly difficult to maintain in a world where malicious actors like the G.R.U., the Russian intelligence agency, have been actively probing our e...Show More
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21:05 | Oct 12th, 2018

“You know, I think as I get older,” Joan Baez tells David Remnick, “someone will show me a photograph”—of the March on Washington, for example—“and I’ll think, ‘Oh my god, I was there. And those people were there, and Dr. King said what he said.’ Som...Show More
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21:09 | Oct 12th, 2018

Henry Worsley was a husband, a father, and an officer of an elite British commando unit; also a tapestry weaver, an amateur boxer, a photographer, and a collector of rare books, maps, and fossils. But his true obsession was exploration. Worsley rever...Show More
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55:23 | Oct 12th, 2018

Joan Baez provided a soundtrack to the political upheaval in the sixties, and half a century later, she hasn’t stopped trying to change the world with her music. In the WNYC studios, she played two contemporary protest songs off her new record, “Whis...Show More

33:57 | Oct 12th, 2018

For democracy to function, we have to trust and accept the results of elections. But that trust is increasingly difficult to maintain in a world where malicious actors like the G.R.U., the Russian intelligence agency, have been actively probing our e...Show More

36:49 | Oct 9th, 2018

This is part two of a two-part series. Part one can be heard here.   On the day that Maggie Robinson Katz learned that her father had only a few days to live, she also found out that her wealthy family couldn’t pay his hospital bills. Her father, Ter...Show More
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36:38 | Oct 5th, 2018

This is part two of a two-part series. Part one can be heard here. On the day that Maggie Robinson Katz learned that her father had only a few days to live, she also found out that her wealthy family couldn’t pay his hospital bills. Her father, Terry...Show More
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16:15 | Oct 5th, 2018

After the election of Donald Trump, the feminist journalist Rebecca Traister began channeling her anger into a book. The result, “Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger” combines an analysis of how women’s anger is discouraged and def...Show More

17:04 | Oct 5th, 2018

After the election of Donald Trump, the feminist journalist Rebecca Traister began channeling her anger into a book. The result, “Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger” combines an analysis of how women’s anger is discouraged and def...Show More
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55:06 | Oct 5th, 2018

Angry women don’t get a lot of love in a patriarchal society. Rebecca Traister talks with David Remnick about her new book, “Good and Mad,” and how women’s anger can be revolutionary. And we’ll hear the second part of our story about a successful bus...Show More

26:11 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Joan Jett cut a massive figure in rock and roll, starting in the nineteen-seventies and continuing with a string of hits including “I Love Rock and Roll,” “Bad Reputation,” “Crimson and Clover,” and others. Jett was kind of glam, kind of punk, and ev...Show More

27:12 | Sep 28th, 2018

On the day that Maggie Robinson Katz learned that her father had only a few days to live, she also found out that her wealthy family couldn’t pay his hospital bills: his fortune had disappeared. Katz didn’t learn how until several years later, when s...Show More
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13:01 | Sep 28th, 2018

Joan Jett cut a massive figure in rock and roll, starting in the nineteen-seventies and continuing with a string of hits including “I Love Rock and Roll,” “Bad Reputation,” “Crimson and Clover,” and others. Jett was kind of glam, kind of punk, and ev...Show More
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25:49 | Sep 28th, 2018

On the day that Maggie Robinson Katz learned that her father had only a few days to live, she also found out that her wealthy family couldn’t pay his hospital bills: his fortune had disappeared. Katz didn’t learn how until several years later, when s...Show More
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12:24 | Sep 28th, 2018

Most Republicans would go into the 2018 midterm elections boasting of low unemployment and economic growth. Donald Trump is not most Republicans. The President has an affinity for protectionist tariffs—most recently including two hundred billion doll...Show More
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55:03 | Sep 28th, 2018

Donald Trump says trade wars are “easy to win,” but the volatile repercussions of tariffs are making his party very nervous about the midterm elections; John Cassidy and Sheelah Kolhatkar parse how trade wars can sway voters. A successful businessman...Show More

26:09 | Sep 25th, 2018

After a thirty-year lobbying effort, Congress designated the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail in 2009. Unlike the well-known Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail, the P.N.T. runs east-west, trekking twelve hundred miles across multiple mo...Show More

29:17 | Sep 21st, 2018

Lisa Brennan-Jobs’s memoir, “Small Fry,” shares a common theme with many memoirs: the absent parent and the mark left by that absence in the adult writer. But the parent, in this case, is a figure who has also left his mark on the larger world. While...Show More
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12:43 | Sep 21st, 2018

Lisa Brennan-Jobs’s memoir, “Small Fry,” shares a common theme with many memoirs: the absent parent and the mark left by that absence in the adult writer. But the parent, in this case, is a figure who has also left his mark on the larger world. While...Show More
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24:16 | Sep 21st, 2018

After a thirty-year lobbying effort, Congress designated the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail in 2009. Unlike the well-known Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail, the P.N.T. runs east-west, trekking twelve hundred miles across multiple mo...Show More
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14:37 | Sep 21st, 2018

Jill Lepore is a New Yorker staff writer and a historian at Harvard University. She tells David Remnick that her new book is the result of a dare: to tell—or even to understand—the story of this country, from the Age of Discovery through the present ...Show More
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55:05 | Sep 21st, 2018

While Lisa Brennan-Jobs grew up poor and struggling, she watched her father, Steve Jobs, become one of the richest and most influential people in America. In her memoir, “Small Fry,” Brennan-Jobs writes about their reconciliation, and trying to emerg...Show More

40:40 | Sep 18th, 2018

Before she published “Silent Spring,” one of the most influential books of the last century, Rachel Carson was a young aspiring poet and then a doctoral candidate in marine biology. Although she couldn’t swim and disliked boats, says historian Jill L...Show More
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16:52 | Sep 15th, 2018

Before she published “Silent Spring,” one of the most influential books of the last century, Rachel Carson was a young aspiring poet and then a doctoral student in marine biology. Although she couldn’t swim and disliked boats, Carson fell in love wit...Show More
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07:21 | Sep 14th, 2018

The cartoonist Julia Wertz draws elaborately detailed illustrations depicting the history of New York and she knows more nooks and crannies of the city than anyone you’ll ever meet. One of her favorite outings is to a place known as Glass Bottle Beac...Show More

16:57 | Sep 14th, 2018

The day after The New Yorker published Ronan Farrow’s exposé about Harvey Weinstein, Farrow got a phone call from the actress and screenwriter Illeana Douglas. She wanted to talk about Leslie Moonves, who was then the head of CBS and one of the most ...Show More
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14:55 | Sep 14th, 2018

David Attenborough’s films for the BBC—impeccably researched, ambitiously filmed, and executed with style and imagination—have set a high bar for nature documentaries in our time. Over sixty years, his films have taught generations of us about the ex...Show More
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15:28 | Sep 14th, 2018

The day after The New Yorker published Ronan Farrow’s exposé about Harvey Weinstein, Farrow got a phone call from the actress and screenwriter Illeana Douglas. She wanted to talk about Leslie Moonves, who was then the head of CBS and one of the most ...Show More
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55:52 | Sep 14th, 2018

The day after The New Yorker published Ronan Farrow’s investigation into the serial abuses of Harvey Weinstein, Farrow got a phone call from the actress and screenwriter Illeana Douglas. She wanted to talk to him—on the record—about Leslie Moonves, t...Show More

14:00 | Sep 11th, 2018

Kwame Anthony Appiah is one of leading thinkers on identity. A professor of philosophy and law at New York University, Appiah also writes the New York Times Magazine’s Ethicist column, answering readers’ questions on a wide range of common but thorny...Show More

40:06 | Sep 7th, 2018

Idalia and Arnold came to this country nearly two decades ago, from Honduras. They settled in a small city in New England and found the working-class jobs of the type common to undocumented Central Americans: janitorial, hotel housekeeping and constr...Show More
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14:00 | Sep 7th, 2018

Kwame Anthony Appiah is one of leading thinkers on identity. A professor of philosophy and law at New York University, Appiah also writes the New York Times Magazine’s Ethicist column, answering readers’ questions on a wide range of common but thorny...Show More
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38:25 | Sep 7th, 2018

Idalia and Arnold came to this country nearly two decades ago, from Honduras. They settled in a small city in New England and found the working-class jobs of the type common to undocumented Central Americans: janitorial, hotel housekeeping and constr...Show More
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55:22 | Sep 7th, 2018

Idalia was a deeply involved parent, a mom’s mom—the kind who wakes her kids up for school by singing into a karaoke machine. After she was deported to Honduras, she tries to stay involved in her teen-age children’s lives by constant video calls. But...Show More

21:28 | Sep 4th, 2018

Like his father, Rev. Billy Graham, before him, Rev. Franklin Graham is one of the nation’s most prominent preachers, influential in the evangelical world and in the highest echelons of Washington. But where Billy Graham came to regret that he had “s...Show More

34:11 | Aug 31st, 2018

Ramadan Dabash is a civil engineer and a mukhtar—an Arab community leader—in his neighborhood of East Jerusalem. His run for a seat on the city council of Jerusalem has been making international headlines because the Palestinian community has long re...Show More
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13:05 | Aug 31st, 2018

Calvin Trillin has been a contributor to The New Yorker for more than fifty years. For nearly that long, he and his family have gathered every summer in a house on Nova Scotia, where engages in a different kind of writing. Trillin would write and dir...Show More
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06:08 | Aug 31st, 2018

Curtis Sittenfeld is the author of novels including “Prep,” “American Wife,” and “Eligible,” a modern retelling of “Pride and Prejudice.” Her most recent book is less romantic than that. “You Think It, I’ll Say It” a collection of short stories, set ...Show More
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13:42 | Aug 31st, 2018

Like his father, Rev. Billy Graham, before him, Rev. Franklin Graham is one of the nation’s most prominent preachers, influential in the evangelical world and in the highest echelons of Washington. But where Billy Graham came to regret that he had “s...Show More
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19:48 | Aug 31st, 2018

Ramadan Dabash is a civil engineer and a mukhtar—an Arab community leader—in his neighborhood of East Jerusalem. His run for a seat on the city council of Jerusalem has been making international headlines because the Palestinian community has long re...Show More
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55:52 | Aug 31st, 2018

Ramadan Dabash is taking his life in his hands to run for the city council in Jerusalem, which Palestinians have long boycotted. But, with no political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in sight, Dabash is getting into city politics to bar...Show More

38:55 | Aug 28th, 2018

David Simon is sympathetic to the sex workers he depicts in “The Deuce,” which will return to HBO for its second season in September. He is even sympathetic to some of the pimps and mobsters who were involved in the early years of the porn business. ...Show More

17:44 | Aug 24th, 2018

Sergeant Edwin Raymond is the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit filed by a group of New York City police officers who have become famous as “the N.Y.P.D.-12.” They claim that, despite a 2010 statewide ban, officers are forced to meet monthly quotas for arr...Show More
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16:43 | Aug 24th, 2018

David Simon believes in the dignity of labor, “even when it’s undignified.” What “The Wire” (which he created) did for the drug trade in Baltimore, “The Deuce,” which returns to HBO for its second season in September, does for sex work and the beginn...Show More
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16:29 | Aug 24th, 2018

Sergeant Edwin Raymond is the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit filed by a group of New York City police officers who have become famous as “the N.Y.P.D.-12.” They claim that, despite a 2010 statewide ban, officers are forced to meet monthly quotas for arr...Show More
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07:02 | Aug 24th, 2018

Yiyun Li grew up in Beijing in the 1970s, a child of Communism. During her year in the Army, she kept a journal hidden under her bed, and at night she would lose herself in American novels.  When she moved to the U.S., Li renounced Chinese and starte...Show More
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13:06 | Aug 24th, 2018

Nick Lowe made it big as a pioneer of what the English called “pub rock,” and Americans usually call power-pop. Lowe had his biggest successes in the New Wave era but continues to release records and perform -- in the opinion of one fan, staff writer...Show More
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55:52 | Aug 24th, 2018

An N.Y.P.D. whistleblower explains how quotas in policing leads to systemic racism—and claims that they are still used by police in spite of a statewide ban.  David Simon talks about the colorful, violent rise of pornography, and says that its pernic...Show More

26:35 | Aug 21st, 2018

During the lead-up to the 2016 election, three actors who have played fictional Presidents of the United States discussed what it means to be “Presidential,” in a panel moderated by Michael Schulman. Bill Pullman, who, as President Thomas J. Whitmore...Show More

29:15 | Aug 17th, 2018

Seth Meyers—a veteran of “Saturday Night Live” and the host of NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers”—sat down at the 2017 New Yorker Festival to walk Ariel Levy through a career that seems charmed. As an unknown improv performer, Meyers was picked for ...Show More
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27:21 | Aug 17th, 2018

Seth Meyers—a veteran of “Saturday Night Live” and the host of NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers”—sat down at the 2017 New Yorker Festival to walk Ariel Levy through a career that seems charmed. As an unknown improv performer, Meyers was picked for ...Show More
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25:48 | Aug 17th, 2018

During the lead-up to the 2016 election, three actors who have played fictional Presidents of the United States discussed what it means to be “Presidential,” in a panel moderated by Michael Schulman. Bill Pullman, who, as President Thomas J. Whitmore...Show More
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55:37 | Aug 17th, 2018

In a conversation with Ariel Levy, the comedian and late-night host Seth Meyers talks about finding his lane on “Saturday Night Live” and performing skits with Donald Trump. And the actors who played fictional Presidents on “Scandal,” “State of Affai...Show More

06:07 | Aug 14th, 2018

Aretha Franklin brought Barack Obama to tears when she performed “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” at the Kennedy Center Honors tribute to Carole King in December 2015. When video from that event went viral, it reawakened Aretha fans across t...Show More

16:14 | Aug 14th, 2018

Parker Posey has been a vivid presence in American film, especially indie film, for twenty-five years. She got her start in “Dazed and Confused,” and went on to appear in dozens of movies, including Christopher Guest’s cult-classic satires “Waiting F...Show More

40:02 | Aug 10th, 2018

We delve into the escapist joys of a great summer read. David Remnick talks with Lee Child, whose thrillers about Jack Reacher—twenty-three books and counting, with a hundred million copies in print—bring the mystique of the cowboy to modern America....Show More
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15:49 | Aug 10th, 2018

Lee Child didn’t start writing novels until he lost a prestigious job producing TV in England during a shakeup that he attributes to Rupert Murdoch. He tried his hand at writing a thriller, and found that the new career suited him: with a hundred mil...Show More
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05:09 | Aug 10th, 2018

Eugene O’Neill’s plays might not seem like everybody’s notion of a light read, featuring disillusionment and tragedy as pervasively as they do. For the New Yorker staff writer Vinson Cunningham, though, picking up a play helps in shedding some of the...Show More
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15:06 | Aug 10th, 2018

Parker Posey has been a vivid presence in American film, especially indie film, for twenty-five years. She got her start in “Dazed and Confused,” and went on to appear in dozens of movies, including Christopher Guest’s cult-classic satires “Waiting F...Show More
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05:41 | Aug 10th, 2018

Karen Russell’s books blend elements of fantasy into literary fiction; she has never lost the keen sense she had as a young reader that a totally realistic plot wasn’t all that. When Russell began cranking through Pizza Hut’s “Book It!” program—earni...Show More
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07:43 | Aug 10th, 2018

Helen Rosner’s idea of a good read is to pull out a volume from her impressive collection of cookbooks, many of them vintage books that capture the personalities of their authors. On a hot summer day, her choice was “Living and Eating,” by the Englis...Show More
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55:52 | Aug 10th, 2018

We delve into the escapist joys of a great summer read. David Remnick talks with Lee Child, whose novels about Jack Reacher—twenty-two books and counting, with a hundred million copies in print—bring the mystique of the cowboy to modern America. Aman...Show More

26:41 | Aug 7th, 2018

William Finnegan’s memoir, “Barbarian Days,” from 2015, holds the distinction of being the one book about surfing to win a Pulitzer Prize. On a Sunday morning, not long past dawn, he took David Remnick to the Rockaways for his first and only surfing ...Show More

29:07 | Aug 3rd, 2018

All her life, Astrid Holleeder knew that her older brother Willem was involved in crime; in their tough Amsterdam neighborhood, and as children of an abusive father, it wasn’t a shocking development. But she was stunned when, in 1983, Willem and his ...Show More
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16:10 | Aug 3rd, 2018

A great wave might only last ten or fifteen seconds, and a dedicated surfer may spend a lifetime chasing that wave—and the next, and the next. William Finnegan has spent his writing life covering conflicts in Mexico, Sudan, and Somalia, and the rest ...Show More
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08:12 | Aug 3rd, 2018

Kristen Roupenian’s short story “Cat Person” is the story of a date gone horribly wrong. Revolving around online romance and consent, it touched a nerve with readers in the #MeToo era, becoming one of the most-read stories ever on newyorker.com. Roup...Show More
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28:08 | Aug 3rd, 2018

All her life, Astrid Holleeder knew that her older brother Willem was involved in crime; in their tough Amsterdam neighborhood, and as children of an abusive father, it wasn’t a shocking development. But she was stunned when, in 1983, Willem and his ...Show More
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55:06 | Aug 3rd, 2018

Willem Holleeder was a celebrity criminal: a brash young hoodlum who pulled off a kidnapping plot and then wrote a newspaper column and took selfies with admirers in Amsterdam. But when his associates—including a member of his family—started turning ...Show More

25:01 | Jul 31st, 2018

Tommy Orange had never read a book about what it means to be a Native American in a big city. In a conversation with The New Yorker’s fiction editor, Orange says that urban Native writers like himself—he is a member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes...Show More
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03:01 | Jul 27th, 2018

What would you say to a job with good pay, prestige, top-notch staff, and lifelong tenure? Maybe the vacant seat on the Supreme Court could be yours. Paul Rudnick performs his “Application to Be a Supreme Court Justice,” adapted from a piece in The N...Show More
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10:25 | Jul 27th, 2018

Tommy Orange had never read a book about what it means to be a Native American living in a big city. In a conversation with The New Yorker’s fiction editor Deborah Treisman, Orange says that urban Native writers like himself—he is a member of the Che...Show More
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09:47 | Jul 27th, 2018

If he had ever thought about his wedding day, Vinson Cunningham would have assumed it would be in a church. But when the time came to get married, Cunningham and his fiancée, Renée Chung, didn’t want anything too big or ambitious. So they did the rea...Show More

30:30 | Jul 27th, 2018

At the recent summit in Helsinki, Vladimir Putin proposed that, in exchange for letting Robert Mueller interrogate some G.R.U. agents who are linked to election hacking, the U.S. should turn over a group of officials and citizens to Moscow. The most ...Show More
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14:52 | Jul 27th, 2018

American sanctions on Russia—the Magnitsky Act, in particular—probably motivated the Kremlin’s interference in the 2016 election. But in the wake of the summit in Helsinki, and facing the threat of Russian meddling in the 2018 midterms, the Senate is...Show More
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14:13 | Jul 27th, 2018

At the recent summit in Helsinki, Vladimir Putin proposed that, in exchange for letting Robert Mueller interrogate some G.R.U. agents who are linked to election hacking, the U.S. should turn over a group of officials and citizens to Moscow. The most ...Show More
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55:48 | Jul 27th, 2018

Vladimir Putin would like the U.S. to turn over the former ambassador Michael McFaul for interrogation in Russia. The White House has refused, for now, but McFaul is concerned for his safety. Meanwhile, after Helsinki, bipartisan support is growing i...Show More

20:06 | Jul 24th, 2018

Thomas McGuane, the acclaimed author of “The Sporting Club,” thinks fiction set in the American West could stand to lose some of its ranching clichés. The novelist, a consummate outdoorsman and devoted fisherman, met up with the writer Callan Wink, w...Show More

55:36 | Jul 20th, 2018

The novelist and short-story writer Philip Roth died in May at the age of eighty-five. In novels like “Portnoy’s Complaint,” “The Human Stain,” and “American Pastoral,” Roth anatomized postwar American life—particularly the lives of Jewish people in ...Show More
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17:47 | Jul 20th, 2018

Philip Roth published his first novella, “Goodbye, Columbus,” in 1959. The work was a piece of social satire, skewering the mores of Jewish communities in New Jersey, where Roth himself was raised. What followed was a series of similar novels, straig...Show More
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21:49 | Jul 20th, 2018

Among the examinations of Philip Roth’s work that followed his death, in May, were several that leveled a familiar charge at the author and his work: that of misogyny. Long known as a vivid chronicler of male sexual desire, Roth’s work, some argued, ...Show More
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14:15 | Jul 20th, 2018

In 2003, David Remnick interviewed Philip Roth for the BBC. In preparation for the interview, Roth reread his acclaimed American Trilogy of novels: “American Pastoral,” “I Married a Communist,” and “The Human Stain.” Roth told Remnick, “I can’t hones...Show More
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55:36 | Jul 20th, 2018

The novelist and short-story writer Philip Roth died in May at the age of eighty-five. In novels like “Portnoy’s Complaint,” “The Human Stain,” and “American Pastoral,” Roth anatomized postwar American life—particularly the lives of Jewish people in ...Show More

26:58 | Jul 17th, 2018

The Navajo Nation covers over twenty-seven thousand square miles in Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico; it’s an area roughly the size of West Virginia. Vincent Salabye grew up there, in a community troubled by memories of conquest by the United States Arm...Show More
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14:06 | Jul 13th, 2018

For anyone who thinks of jazz as classic compositions played in dimly lit clubs, the music of the saxophonist and bandleader Kamasi Washington will come as a surprise and revelation. Washington’s concerts are wild dance parties. His albums draw on in...Show More
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04:48 | Jul 13th, 2018

The writer Carmen Maria Machado has a gift for capturing the small, sensory details of everyday life. When she tries to trace that gift back to its origin, she finds herself thinking about the Allentown Fairground Farmers’ Market—a place she and her ...Show More

29:34 | Jul 13th, 2018

Benjamin Wallace-Wells provides a survey of some key midterm races and considers what they tell us about the direction of the Democratic Party. And David Remnick speaks with the saxophonist and bandleader Kamasi Washington. For anyone who thinks of j...Show More
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08:37 | Jul 13th, 2018

In June, the ten-term congressman Joe Crowley lost the Democratic primary for New York’s Fourteenth District to a twenty-eight-year-old democratic socialist, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. This result was a shock to the Democratic establishment, who had t...Show More
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25:55 | Jul 13th, 2018

The Navajo Nation covers over twenty-seven thousand square miles in Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico; it’s an area roughly the size of West Virginia. Vincent Salabye grew up there, in a community troubled by memories of conquest by the United States Arm...Show More
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55:52 | Jul 13th, 2018

Philip Gourevitch reports on Navajo athletes who practice an extreme form of downhill bike racing as a way to connect with their harsh landscape and to survive the legacy of trauma in their culture. Benjamin Wallace-Wells examines the struggle betwee...Show More

29:23 | Jul 10th, 2018

When Adam Davidson was a reporter in Baghdad during the Iraq War, he started dating a fellow-reporter, Jen Banbury, of Salon. On a holiday break, they left the war zone and traveled to Aleppo, Syria—then a beautiful, ancient, bustling city—and, while...Show More

26:20 | Jul 6th, 2018

Tina Brown is a legend in New York publishing. She was barely thirty years old when she was recruited from London to take over a foundering Vanity Fair. Take over she did, becoming one of the power centers of New York culture by bringing together the...Show More
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24:56 | Jul 6th, 2018

When Adam Davidson was a reporter in Baghdad during the Iraq War, he started dating a fellow-reporter, Jen Banbury, of Salon. On a holiday break, they left the war zone and traveled to Aleppo, Syria—then a beautiful, ancient, bustling city—and, while...Show More
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06:46 | Jul 6th, 2018

On the west side of Manhattan, a little past Times Square, there’s a big pink pig on the sidewalk, waving one hoof to beckon us in to Rudy’s Bar. In a neighborhood that has seen an enormous degree of change, Rudy’s has been a touchstone since Prohibi...Show More
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55:22 | Jul 6th, 2018

A legend in New York publishing, Tina Brown talks about her encounters with Donald Trump and Harvey Weinstein, and tells David Remnick how she came to understand sexism in the workplace. Adam Davidson recounts the best sandwich he ever ate—a local sp...Show More
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02:40 | Jul 6th, 2018

Jenny Allen has something she’d like to say to you—or, rather, some things she’d like you to stop saying. “Would Everybody Please Stop?,” a litany of cutesy phrases and figures of speech that bug the crap out of her, is the title piece in Allen’s 201...Show More
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17:39 | Jul 6th, 2018

Tina Brown is a legend in New York publishing. She was barely thirty years old when she was recruited from London to take over a foundering Vanity Fair. Take over she did, becoming one of the power centers of New York culture by bringing together the...Show More

23:19 | Jul 3rd, 2018

The author of “No Logo” and “The Shock Doctrine,” Naomi Klein has become what Noam Chomsky was to an earlier generation of leftists. Her theories tie inequality and climate change together, arguing that capitalists use disasters to advance the agenda...Show More

32:56 | Jun 29th, 2018

On a high-school speech-and-debate team, Hasan Minhaj learned the value of a joke: “If I made the judges laugh, I automatically saw an increase in the amount of points that I would get. And so I was like, ‘Oh, that’s a really powerful tool to get peo...Show More
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21:55 | Jun 29th, 2018

The author of “No Logo” and “The Shock Doctrine,” Naomi Klein has become what Noam Chomsky was to an earlier generation of leftists. Her theories tie inequality and climate change together, arguing that capitalists use disasters to advance the agenda...Show More
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14:47 | Jun 29th, 2018

Yotam Ottolenghi’s background might not compute for Americans: an Israeli of Italian origin, he’s a connoisseur of Middle Eastern cuisines who made his name with a series of restaurants in London. he author of six books, Ottolenghi talks with the sta...Show More
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16:21 | Jun 29th, 2018

On a high-school speech-and-debate team, Hasan Minhaj learned the value of a joke: “If I made the judges laugh, I automatically saw an increase in the amount of points that I would get. And so I was like, ‘Oh, that’s a really powerful tool to get peo...Show More
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55:18 | Jun 29th, 2018

Onstage at the 2017 New Yorker Festival, the comedian Hasan Minhaj talks about learning the value of humor—and when to stop being funny. Naomi Klein connects the dots between capitalism and natural disaster. And Yotam Ottolenghi talks about giving up...Show More

32:57 | Jun 26th, 2018

The John Hughes films that made Molly Ringwald famous—“Sixteen Candles,” “Pretty in Pink,” and “The Breakfast Club”—look very different to their star now that she has a teen-age daughter of her own. Speaking with the writer and director Judd Apatow, ...Show More

22:57 | Jun 22nd, 2018

Border Patrol, which has forcibly separated families in border detention, has put some immigrant children in the care of a separate agency, the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Although a recent executive order modified the Administration’s “zero tole...Show More
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09:24 | Jun 22nd, 2018

The answer is “fashionista.” What’s the clue? David Remnick talks with Anna Shechtman and Kameron Austin Collins, two of the crossword constructors who contribute to the recently launched puzzle on newyorker.com. These experts walk us through the pro...Show More
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16:54 | Jun 22nd, 2018

Molly Ringwald recently wrote an essay for The New Yorker about the John Hughes teen dramas that made her famous: “Sixteen Candles,” “Pretty in Pink,” and “The Breakfast Club.” Hughes depicted teens, and especially teen-age girls, with an uncommon in...Show More
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13:57 | Jun 22nd, 2018

When Autumn Miles filed for divorce from an abusive spouse, the church that she belonged to told her to return to her husband—or face expulsion. Since then, Miles has been on a crusade to call attention to the treatment of women in the evangelical co...Show More
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55:19 | Jun 22nd, 2018

As the #MeToo movement courses through American life, an evangelical activist and a Hollywood star start to see their respective worlds differently. David Remnick gets a lesson in crossword-puzzle construction from two experts. And, at an Immigration...Show More
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11:43 | Jun 22nd, 2018

ICE, which has forcibly separated families in border detention, has put some immigrant children in the care of a separate agency, the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Althougha recent executive order modified the Administration’s “zero tolerance” poli...Show More

24:05 | Jun 19th, 2018

Hannah Gadsby is a headlining comedian in Australia, a regular at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and is about to become a very big deal in America with a special on Netflix called “Nanette.”  It’s a full-length comedy show, and at the same time, a ca...Show More

32:36 | Jun 15th, 2018

Jane Mayer explains why Charles and David Koch are willing to spend as much as thirty million dollars on advertising that opposes Donald Trump’s campaign of tariffs—right as the midterm elections offer voters a referendum on his Presidency.  And Davi...Show More
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02:25 | Jun 15th, 2018

The most ruthless shark who ever sat in a corner office might just have a softer side. Teddy Wayne’s piece for The New Yorker’s Shouts & Murmurs was performed for Radio Hour by Ed Helms, the actor formerly of “The Office” and more recently of the fil...Show More
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07:20 | Jun 15th, 2018

Summer means, among other things, outdoor music festivals. All across the country, by the hundreds, music festivals of every genre pack thousands of mostly young people onto huge fields to see back-to-back concerts while trying to avoid heatstroke. T...Show More
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10:43 | Jun 15th, 2018

Charles and David Koch are two of the ten richest Americans. They’ve been major donors to conservative and libertarian causes, funding candidates for office, the Tea Party movement, and even university economics departments. They sat out Donald Trump...Show More