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The N.R.A.’s Financial Mess

April 19th, 2019

16:45

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, …

The actor Christine Baranski on “The Good Fight,” and Kurt Vile on Songwriting

April 16th, 2019

30:19

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 …

Masha Gessen and Keith Gessen Debate Russian and American Politics

April 12th, 2019

19:23

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 …

The Neurology of Bias, and a Visit with Thundercat

April 9th, 2019

28:45

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 …

The Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg on Coming Out: “I Realized I Couldn’t Go On Like That Forever”

April 5th, 2019

21:09

During an exit interview with President Barack Obama in November, 2016, just weeks after the election, David Remnick asked who would be the leaders …

How OxyContin Was Sold to the Masses

April 2nd, 2019

32:01

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 …

Has the Mueller Report Changed Anything?

March 29th, 2019

17:40

The Mueller investigation has been a two-year obsession for nearly everyone who cares about politics in America. For one side, the special counsel …

U.K. Edges Closer to the Cliff of a No-Deal Brexit

March 26th, 2019

30:14

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 …

Emilia Clarke on a Near-Death Experience Scarier than “Game of Thrones”

March 22nd, 2019

19:20

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 …

The Hot Fashion Trends in Silicon Valley, and the Top Chef Niki Nakayama

March 19th, 2019

24:19

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

Getting Detained by ICE—on Purpose

March 15th, 2019

25:38

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 …

American Exiles in East Africa (Part 2)

March 12th, 2019

32:36

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 …

American Exiles in East Africa

March 8th, 2019

28:02

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 …

Jane Mayer on the Revolving Door Between Fox News and the White House

March 5th, 2019

24:39

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 …

A Moderate Republican Wants to Primary Donald Trump in 2020

March 1st, 2019

27:39

The former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld is launching what looks like a political suicide mission. He recently announced an exploratory committee …

A Writer Solves a Mystery, and Ruth E. Carter Steps into the Spotlight

February 22nd, 2019

35:54

Committed during a period filled with bombings, killings, and disappearances, the murder of Jean McConville remains one of the most infamous unsolved …

What Are We Talking About When We Talk about Socialism?

February 19th, 2019

33:36

With the election to the House of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib, following up on the surprising Presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders, …

Teju Cole on Blackface and Valeria Luiselli on the Border Crisis

February 15th, 2019

22:24

When depictions of Virginia politicians in blackface surfaced this month, the New Yorker contributor Teju Cole was unsurprised. “A white man of a …

To Stop the Shooting, Lupe Cruz Gets Between the People with the Guns

February 12th, 2019

14:12

Conversations about gun reform are often galvanized by catastrophic mass shootings. But gun violence mostly unfolds as a matter of awful routine: …

Is the Tide Turning on Gun Reform?

February 8th, 2019

41:32

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 …

Marlon James Builds His Own Damn Universe

February 5th, 2019

28:18

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 …

The Mueller Investigation: What We Know So Far

February 1st, 2019

26:52

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 …

John Thompson vs. American Justice

January 29th, 2019

55:30

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 …

Jason Rezaian on Imprisonment in Iran

January 25th, 2019

45:12

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 …

The Fall of a Chinese Pop Star, and Calvin Trillin’s Happy Marriage

January 22nd, 2019

40:33

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 …

The Producer dream hampton Talks with Jelani Cobb about “Surviving R. Kelly”

January 18th, 2019

15:21

For decades, it’s been an open secret that R. Kelly has allegedly kept young women trapped in abusive relationships through psychological …

For a French Burglar, Stealing Masterpieces Is Easier Than Selling Them

January 15th, 2019

20:13

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 …

How “The Apprentice” Made Donald Trump, and a Boondoggle in Wisconsin

January 11th, 2019

35:09

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 …

The Director Boots Riley on “Sorry to Bother You”

January 8th, 2019

18:14

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 …

Live: Janet Mock and Chris Hayes

January 4th, 2019

37:33

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 …

Philip Roth’s American Portraits and American Prophecy

December 28th, 2018

55:39

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 …

Christmas Music Reimagined with Kirk Douglas, the Guitarist for the Roots

December 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 …

2018 in Pop Culture

December 21st, 2018

15:27

The New Yorker staff writers Jia Tolentino, Doreen St. Félix, and Alexandra Schwartz all cover the culture beat from different angles. They talk with …

Kelly Slater’s Perfect Wave Brings Surfing to a Crossroads

December 18th, 2018

23:34

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 …

Aaron Sorkin Rewrites “To Kill a Mockingbird”

December 14th, 2018

32:28

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 …

Robyn Talks with David Remnick

December 7th, 2018

33:44

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 …

Helen Rosner Ferments at Home, Plus Dexter Filkins on Saudi Arabia

December 4th, 2018

24:20

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

Voter Suppression in the Twenty-First Century

November 30th, 2018

31:12

In the November midterm elections, Stacey Abrams, a gubernatorial candidate in Georgia, arrived at her polling place to cast a vote for herself, only …

Bridget Everett Talks with Michael Schulman

November 27th, 2018

21:10

Appearing at the New Yorker Festival, in conversation with Michael Schulman , Bridget Everett brought her dog onstage. It was unconventional, but no …

Jim Carrey Doesn’t Exist (According to Jim Carrey)

November 23rd, 2018

36:19

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 …

The Star Witnesses Against El Chapo

November 20th, 2018

23:05

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 …

The Countdown to Brexit, Plus Adam Gopnik’s Turkey Zen

November 16th, 2018

32:23

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, …

After the 2008 Financial Crisis, the Economy Was Fracked Up

November 13th, 2018

19:45

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act injected almost nine hundred billion dollars into the U.S. economy to help the nation recover from the …

The Financial Crash and the Climate Crisis

November 9th, 2018

36:10

Ten years after the financial crash of 2008, the economy is humming along, with steady growth and rising employment. Yet that crisis continues to …

Derek Smalls—Harry Shearer’s Character in “Spinal Tap”—Returns with His Solo Début

November 6th, 2018

23:41

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.” …

From Mexico, the Reality of the Migrant Caravan

November 2nd, 2018

30:39

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 …

Janelle Monáe, from the Future to the Present

October 30th, 2018

30:17

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 …

Daniel Radcliffe Gets His Facts Straight, and Pennsylvania’s Pipeline Politics

October 26th, 2018

25:43

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 …

Kelela Reinvents R. & B., and Sally Yates Gets Fired

October 23rd, 2018

42:10

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 …

In the Midterms, White Supremacy Is Running for Office

October 19th, 2018

14:40

While the big story going into the midterm elections has been the possibility of a “blue wave”—an upsurge of Democratic progressives, including a …

Joan Baez Is Still Protesting

October 16th, 2018

21:35

“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 …

Is Voting Safe?

October 12th, 2018

33:57

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 …

The Long-Distance Con, Part 2

October 9th, 2018

36:49

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 …

Rebecca Traister Is Happy to Be Mad

October 5th, 2018

17:04

After the election of Donald Trump, the feminist journalist Rebecca Traister began channeling her anger into a book. The result, “Good and Mad: The …

Joan Jett’s Reputation

October 2nd, 2018

26:11

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 …

The Long-Distance Con, Part 1

September 28th, 2018

27:12

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 …

Into the Woods with Scott Carrier

September 25th, 2018

26:09

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 …

Lisa Brennan-Jobs on the Shadow of Steve Jobs, and Jill Lepore on the Long Sweep of American History

September 21st, 2018

29:17

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 …

Rachel Carson Dreams of the Sea

September 18th, 2018

40:40

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 …

Illeana Douglas Steps Forward

September 14th, 2018

16:57

The day after The New Yorker published Ronan Farrow’s exposé about Harvey Weinstein, Farrow got a phone call from the actress and screenwriter …

Kwame Anthony Appiah on the Complications of Identity

September 11th, 2018

14:00

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

Parenting While Deported

September 7th, 2018

40:06

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 …

Rev. Franklin Graham Offers an Evangelist’s View of Donald Trump

September 4th, 2018

21:28

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 …

For a Palestinian Candidate, a Contested Election in Jerusalem

August 31st, 2018

34:11

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 …

David Simon’s “The Deuce” Charts the Rise of Pornography

August 28th, 2018

38:55

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 …

An N.Y.P.D. Sergeant Blows the Whistle on Quotas

August 24th, 2018

17:44

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 …

Three Actors Explain What It Means to be “Presidential”

August 21st, 2018

26:35

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 …

Seth Meyers Talks with Ariel Levy

August 17th, 2018

29:15

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 …

David Remnick on Aretha Franklin

August 14th, 2018

6:07

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 …

Weeding with Parker Posey

August 14th, 2018

16:14

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 …

Lee Child, “Moby-Dick,” and Other Summer Reads

August 10th, 2018

40:02

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 …

William Finnegan Surfing, and Kristen Roupenian Among the Pilgrims

August 7th, 2018

26:41

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 …

Astrid Holleeder’s Crime Family

August 3rd, 2018

29:07

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 …

Tommy Orange and the Urban Native Experience

July 31st, 2018

25:01

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 …

Helsinki Fallout

July 27th, 2018

30:30

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 …

Thomas McGuane and Callan Wink Go Fishing

July 24th, 2018

20:06

Thomas McGuane, the acclaimed author of “The Sporting Club,” thinks fiction set in the American West could stand to lose some of its ranching …

Philip Roth’s American Portraits and American Prophecy

July 20th, 2018

55:36

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 …

The Rezneck Riders

July 17th, 2018

26:58

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 …

Brazil, Bruce Lee, and Black Lives in the Music of Kamasi Washington, and the Uncertain Future of the Democratic Party

July 13th, 2018

29:34

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 …

Love, War, and the Magical Lamb-Brain Sandwiches of Aleppo, Syria

July 10th, 2018

29:23

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, …

Tina Brown on Vanity Fair, the Eighties, and Harvey Weinstein

July 6th, 2018

26:20

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 …

Naomi Klein Interviewed by Jia Tolentino

July 3rd, 2018

23:19

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 …

Hasan Minhaj Interviewed by Vinson Cunningham

June 29th, 2018

32:56

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 …

Molly Ringwald, Judd Apatow, and #MeToo

June 26th, 2018

32:57

The John Hughes films that made Molly Ringwald famous—“Sixteen Candles,” “Pretty in Pink,” and “The Breakfast Club”—look very different to their star …

The Government Took Her Son. Will It Give Him Back?

June 22nd, 2018

22:57

Border Patrol, which has forcibly separated families in border detention, has put some immigrant children in the care of a separate agency, the …

The Comedian Hannah Gadsby Goes Big Time, and Renounces Comedy

June 19th, 2018

24:05

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 …

James Wood Is Done “Prosecuting Wars”

June 15th, 2018

32:36

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 …

In the Civil Service, Loyalty Now Comes Before Expertise

June 12th, 2018

20:54

Donald Trump came into office promising to make so many cuts to the government that “your head will spin.” Evan Osnos has been reporting from Washington on how the Administration is radically changing the civil service, …

Another Fiasco for American Soccer, and Praying for Tangier

June 9th, 2018

34:29

The 2018 World Cup begins this week in Russia, and America is taking a powder. The men’s team failed to qualify for the tournament after a stunning upset loss to Trinidad and Tobago, which is considered to be one of the …

Anthony Bourdain’s Interview with David Remnick

June 8th, 2018

19:20

Anthony Bourdain—the chef turned author, food anthropologist, and television star—died this week, at sixty-one. Bourdain made his début in The New …

Angélique Kidjo and David Byrne on “Remain in Light”

June 5th, 2018

22:56

When a young Amanda Petrusich, now a staff writer who covers music, first heard Talking Heads’ “Remain in Light,” she felt “almost like it was being beamed in from outer space.” The record, released in 1980, was …

Glenda Jackson Onstage, and Marco Rubio on “Modernizing” Conservatism

June 1st, 2018

35:34

Glenda Jackson, who has played both Queen Elizabeth and King Lear, served as a humble member of Parliament for more than two decades in between those …

Malcolm Gladwell on the Sociology of School Shooters

May 29th, 2018

24:52

Malcolm Gladwell spoke with The New Yorker’s Dorothy Wickenden in 2015 about the social dynamics of school shootings. Studying the literature of …

Paul Schrader: Movies as Religion

May 25th, 2018

31:16

Paul Schrader made an auspicious début as the screenwriter of “Taxi Driver” and the director of “Blue Collar” and “American Gigolo.” But as Hollywood …

The Breeders on Sexism, Drugs, and Rock and Roll

May 22nd, 2018

30:22

This year, the original members of the Breeders—indie-rock royalty—are back together, twenty-five years after “Last Splash,” an album that fans regard as a classic. Kim Deal, Kelly Deal, Josephine Wiggs, and Jim …

Diplomacy on the Rocks in Iran and North Korea

May 18th, 2018

24:26

Susan B. Glasser, a staff writer for The New Yorker based in Washington, speaks with Wendy Sherman about the Trump Administration’s withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran deal. As …

Dunya Mikhail on the Lives Stolen by ISIS

May 15th, 2018

25:03

Before she was placed on the list of Saddam Hussein’s enemies, the poet Dunya Mikhail worked as a journalist for the Baghdad Observer. In her new book, “The Beekeeper,” Mikhail tells the stories of dozens of Yazidi …

How to Contain the Threat of Russia

May 11th, 2018

31:11

Senator Mark Warner is the vice-chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is trying to explore the possibility of Russian collusion with …

Glenn Close Doesn’t Play Evil (with One Exception)

May 8th, 2018

19:05

Last year, Glenn Close was on Broadway as Norma Desmond in “Sunset Boulevard,” reprising a role she had originally played in 1993. Since 1974, when …

Robert Caro on the Fall of New York

May 4th, 2018

36:10

In a career spanning more than forty years, the biographer Robert Caro has written about only two subjects.  But they’re very big subjects: Robert …

Apocalypse Prepping, on a Budget

May 1st, 2018

17:01

Inspired by “Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich,” by The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos, Patricia Marx gets herself ready for the apocalypse. The only …

ICE Comes to a Small Town in Tennessee

April 27th, 2018

39:00

This week, a reporter looks at a rural town where the largest immigration raid in a decade has ripped apart a community; Ronan Farrow talks about his …

Andrew Sean Greer’s “It’s a Summer Day”

April 24th, 2018

38:42

Last week, Andrew Andrew Sean Greer's novel "Less" won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.  "Less" about a novelist in mid-life named Arthur Less, …

James Comey Makes His Case to America

April 20th, 2018

1:14:32

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 …

A Trans Woman Finds Her True Face Through Surgery

April 17th, 2018

25:18

The staff writer Rebecca Mead recently observed the seven-hour surgery of woman she calls Abby.  (To protect her privacy, Abby’s real name was not used, and her voice has been altered in the audio of our story.)  Abby, …

Pope Francis the Disruptor

April 13th, 2018

31:36

As a conservative columnist at the New York Times, Ross Douthat fills the post once held by no less a figure than William Kristol.  A devout …

Frank Oz on Miss Piggy’s Secret Backstory and Jim Henson’s Legacy

April 10th, 2018

24:02

Frank Oz was a teenager when he started working with Jim Henson, the puppeteer and filmmaker behind the Muppets. Oz went on to create characters like Bert,  Cookie Monster, Miss Piggy, and Yoda from “Star Wars.”

Michael …

Emma González at Home, and a Crown Prince Abroad

April 6th, 2018

31:57

Emma González is a survivor of the Parkland attack, and a leader of the #NeverAgain movement. She talks with David Remnick about the ways her life has changed since the shooting, and why activism comes naturally to the …

How Not to Write a Caption

April 3rd, 2018

21:40

Every week, a New Yorker cartoon is posted online and printed in the magazine without a caption, and thousands of people write in with their suggestions.  Readers vote on a winner, and the top pick is printed in the …

John Thompson vs. American Justice

March 30th, 2018

55:32

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 …

The American Bombs Falling on Yemen

March 27th, 2018

35:53

Abdulqader Hilal Al-Dabab was the mayor of Sana’a, a politician with a long record of mediating disputes in a notoriously fractious and dangerous …

Scott Pruitt, the “Originalist” at the E.P.A.

March 23rd, 2018

21:02

As the Attorney General of Oklahoma, Scott Pruitt sued the Environmental Protection Agency fourteen times, claiming that the Obama Administration had …

A Homemade Museum in a Refugee Camp

March 20th, 2018

22:07

Tens of thousands of refugees from the civil war in Yemen have fled across the narrow Mandeb Strait to Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa. Nicolas …

Armando Iannucci on “The Death of Stalin”

March 16th, 2018

34:16

As the fourth season of “Veep” came to an end, director Armando Iannucci turned from chronicling the foibles of cynical western democracy to something darker still: life under dictatorship.  He found his source material …

In Secret, a North Korean Writer Protests the Regime

March 9th, 2018

35:18

Bandi is the pen name of a North Korean writer. He is believed to be a propaganda writer for the government who began to write, secretly, fiction and poems critical of the regime. (Details of his biography cannot be …

Christopher Steele, the Man Behind the Dossier

March 6th, 2018

38:09

The dossier—a secret report alleging various corrupt dealings between Donald Trump, his campaign, and the government of Russia, made public after the 2016 election—is one of the most hotly debated documents in …

Alone and on Foot in Antarctica

March 6th, 2018

26:29

Henry Worsley was a husband, father, and an officer of an élite British commando unit; also a tapestry weaver, amateur boxer, photographer, and …

Jennifer Lawrence on “Red Sparrow” and Times Up

March 2nd, 2018

29:08

Jennifer Lawrence was nominated for her first Oscar at twenty, and since then she has balanced the biggest of big-budget franchises, like the “Hunger Games” and the “X-Men” series, with smaller, prestige films, …

The New Yorker presents “The Brodies”

February 27th, 2018

19:56

Richard Brody hosts an alternative Oscars show — “The Brodies” —  and recommends some of his favorite films from the past year, and the writer …

Masha Gessen on Trump and Russia, and a Former Border Agent on the U.S.-Mexico Border

February 23rd, 2018

35:35

Masha Gessen was born in the Soviet Union and has written extensively about Russian politics. She talks with David Remnick about the similarities …

Director Ava DuVernay on “Selma” and “A Wrinkle in Time”

February 20th, 2018

30:08

No film adaptation of “A Wrinkle In Time,” Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved, and often banned, children’s book, published in 1962, has ever made it to American movie theaters. It finally comes to the screen next month, with …

A Reckoning at Facebook

February 16th, 2018

26:04

We now know that Russian operatives exploited Facebook and other social media to sow division and undermine the election of 2016, and special counsel Robert Mueller recently indicted Russian nationals and Russian …

Ian Frazier Among the Drone Racers

February 13th, 2018

24:54

Ian Frazier, who has chronicled American life for The New Yorker for more than forty years, recently travelled to a house in Fort Collins, Colorado, …

Extremists on the Ballot, and America’s Endless War in Afghanistan

February 9th, 2018

30:48

The 2016 Presidential primaries were a rebuke to moderates in both parties. Bernie Sanders, a sometime Democratic Socialist, built a grassroots movement that bitterly rejected the centrist Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump, …

Ryan Zinke’s Deregulation Quest, and the Future of Meatless Burgers

February 6th, 2018

23:18

As a congressman from Montana, Ryan Zinke was considered a moderate—he resisted radical suggestions, for example, to turn over federal land to the states. But, as Secretary of the Interior, he is at the forefront of the …

Laura Kipnis on the State of #MeToo, and a Night at Richard Nixon’s

February 2nd, 2018

31:57

Laura Kipnis is a professor at Northwestern University and a provocative feminist critic. Her book “Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus” states, “If this is feminism, it’s feminism hijacked by melodrama.” …

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Discovering America

January 30th, 2018

30:13

The novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has had commercial and critical success: Her best-seller “Americanah” won a National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction, and a speech she gave on feminism was sampled by Beyoncé. …

Nathan Lane, Getting Serious, Plays Roy Cohn

January 26th, 2018

24:59

Nathan Lane may be best known for supplying the voice of the fun-loving meerkat in “The Lion King,” but in recent years he’s turned his focus to more …

The Rise of the Ku Klux Klan

January 23rd, 2018

The Ku Klux Klan was originally focused on maintaining the old racial order in the postwar South, chiefly through the violent suppression of …

David Attenborough’s Planet (We Just Live on It)

January 19th, 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 …

Deportation in America

January 12th, 2018

55:08

A tougher stance on immigration is the signature position of the Trump Administration, and the President’s first year in office has been marked by sharply increased arrests of unauthorized immigrants. In this hour we …

Tracee Ellis Ross on Being a “Black-ish” Woman and Jon Hamm Gets His Life Back from Don Draper

January 9th, 2018

34:15

Tracee Ellis Ross, who plays Dr. Rainbow Johnson on ABC’s “Black-ish,” joins Doreen St. Félix for a conversation about television, race, and self-acceptance. “Black-ish” has a reputation for breaking boundaries and …

Jerry Seinfeld Gets Technical

January 5th, 2018

21:06

Jerry Seinfeld talks with David Remnick about his Netflix special “Jerry Before Seinfeld,” which is part standup show, part memoir. They discuss his “coming out” to his parents as a funny person, the labor that goes …

Trolling the Press Corps

January 2nd, 2018

17:43

Lucian Wintrich, a young blogger, was recently appointed as the White House correspondent for the conservative political site Gateway Pundit. He has …

Jon Stewart’s Children

December 29th, 2017

38:30

In the years after September 11th, Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” made political satire a central part of the media landscape. This hour, we hear from …

Leonard Cohen: A Final Interview

December 26th, 2017

31:32

Leonard Cohen was one of the world’s greatest songwriters, and a figure of almost cult-like devotion for generations of fans, including Bob Dylan. …

Bonus: Holiday Greetings from Ian Frazier

December 24th, 2017

5:35

For decades, The New Yorker has published a poem on or around Christmas -- a look back at the events and people that have shaped the past year, …

Children’s Letters to Satan, and a Changing of the Guard at the New York Times

December 22nd, 2017

23:47

Every year, countless poor spellers accidentally address their Santa letters to Satan.  Satan—played by Kathleen Turner—always replies Matt Passet’s

Nicolás Maduro on the Brink of Dictatorship

December 19th, 2017

22:30

Nicolás Maduro was an unlikely successor to Venezuela’s popular and charismatic Hugo Chavez. And, since his election, the country has been wracked …

The Alabama Fallout, and Louise Erdrich on the Future

December 15th, 2017

33:28

Roy Moore was a classic Trumpian candidate: a political outsider of extreme positions, rejected by the establishment and plagued by accusations of …

Don’t Worry, the Robots Can’t Do Your Job—Yet

December 12th, 2017

23:16

The business reporter Sheelah Kolhatkar has recently written for The New Yorker about a wave of advances in robotic technology that will have …

Susan Orlean on the Trail of Tonya Harding

December 8th, 2017

32:21

 When the Olympic skater Nancy Kerrigan was kneecapped in an attack by friends of her rival Tonya Harding, the scandal riveted the nation; twenty-four years later, it’s the subject of the new film “I, Tonya.” In 1994, …

Barry Blitt’s Rogues’ Gallery of Presidents

December 5th, 2017

33:44

Barry Blitt wasn’t into politics—music and hockey were more his things—but as an artist he’s become one of the keenest observers of American …

Praying for Tangier Island

December 1st, 2017

22:05

Residents of Tangier Island, in the Chesapeake Bay, live through each hurricane season in fear of a major storm that would decimate their land. With …

Bruce Springsteen Talks with David Remnick

November 24th, 2017

55:07

In October, 2016, Bruce Springsteen appeared at The New Yorker Festival for an intimate conversation with David Remnick. (The event sold out in six …

Noah Baumbach’s Unhappy Families

November 21st, 2017

25:05

In his review of “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected),” the New Yorker critic Anthony Lane paraphrased no less an author than Leo Tolstoy. “All …

Will the Harvey Weinstein Scandal Change America?

November 17th, 2017

30:24

The allegations against Harvey Weinstein have opened the floodgates for women in other industries and walks of life to go public with claims of sexual misconduct—and to be heard instead of dismissed. Ronan Farrow, who …

Love, War, and the Magical Lamb-Brain Sandwiches of Aleppo, Syria

November 14th, 2017

26:34

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, …

Tina Brown on Vanity Fair, the Eighties, and Harvey Weinstein

November 10th, 2017

29:32

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 …

Voter Fraud: A Threat to Democracy, or a Myth?

November 7th, 2017

28:10

Donald Trump memorably claimed, without a shred of evidence, that millions of votes cast by undocumented immigrants had given Hillary Clinton the …

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