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 magazine’s legendary Shouts and Murmurs page. The New Yorker has set a standard in journalism for generations, and The New Yorker Radio Hour gives it a voice on public radio for the first time. Produced by The New Yorker and WNYC Studios. WNYC studios is the producer of leading podcasts including Radiolab, Freakonomics Radio, Note To Self, Here’s The Thing With Alec Baldwin, and more.
||CleanFor Teen Activists, What Good Is a Protest Song?||Since the Inauguration, in January, there’s been a kind of protest renaissance for those on the left and some in the center of American politics; at rallies and marches, they’ve dusted off chants and songs that became symbols of resistance during the||9/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHillary Clinton on the “Clear and Present Danger” of Collusion with Russia||Hillary Clinton harbors no doubts, she tells David Remnick in a long interview, that political allies of Donald Trump astutely “guided” the release of hacked e-mails by WikiLeaks and the planting of fake news in order to sabotage her. In a new book,||9/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Was It Like Before the Internet?||A magical time of unfettered creativity but zero productivity, the days before the Internet were so strange that it’s hard to believe they were real. Clearly no one got anything done, ever. Jenny Slate performs Emma Rathbone’s “Before the Internet,||9/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAfter Charlottesville, the Limits of Free Speech||When is speech no longer just speech? David Remnick looks at how leftist protests at Berkeley, right-wing violence in Charlottesville, and open-carry laws around the country are testing the traditional liberal consensus on freedom of expression. He speak||9/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNeil Gorsuch and the Uses of History||We have yet to learn just how closely the views of the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch resemble those of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, a staunch conservative and a standard-bearer for the legal philosophy known as originalism. Ori||9/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Visit with Harry Belafonte, and an Isolated Tribe Emerges||We take for granted that popular entertainers can and should advocate for causes they believe in. But until Harry Belafonte pioneered that kind of activism in the middle of the last century, stars largely kept their political leanings private. In the lea||9/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNick Lowe Gets Better with Age||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, and six of his middle-period records are b||8/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJohn Ridley on Charlottesville and the Legacy of Racism||John Ridley has been active in in film and television since the nineteen-nineties; he also has seven novels under his belt, as well as a play and several graphic novels. And, since the release of “12 Years a Slave,” for which he wrote the screenplay,||8/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Men Should Read Romance Novels||The New Yorker’s Josh Rothman finds it hard to get a conversation going about romance novels with male friends or acquaintances. He talked with Curtis Sittenfeld—whose fiction often contains a romantic story, though her books aren’t romance novels,||8/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRussian Spies Never Go Out of Style||Jason Matthews spent over thirty years in the C.I.A., working in the former Soviet bloc and other hot spots, and when he retired he turned to the next best thing: writing spy novels. And while they’re contemporary—Vladimir Putin appears as a characte||8/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanForaging for a Salad in Central Park||Removing plants from Central Park is illegal. But when Manhattan salad bars are charging up to $8.99 a pound, what’s a thrifty New Yorker to do? After receiving a lesson in edible plants, Patricia Marx picks a salad of things growing in the park, avoid||8/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBuilding a War-Crimes Case Against Bashar al-Assad||At an undisclosed location in Western Europe, a group called Commission for International Justice and Accountability (CIJA) is gathering evidence of war crimes perpetrated by the Syrian government. It’s unclear when or how Assad might ever stand trial,||8/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSenator Al Franken Really Is Senatorial||When Al Franken ran for Senate, his years as a founding writer on Saturday Night Light and as the author of books like “Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot” were held against him. So once in Washington, he buttoned up his sense of humor. Until now.||8/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Scaramucci Call||Ryan Lizza and David Remnick listen to excerpts from the infamous late-night call that ended Anthony Scaramucci’s brief term as White House communications director. While Scaramucci’s behavior and language on that call were shocking even by Trump st||8/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAn Irish Novelist’s Début Explores Friendship and Adultery in the Digital Age||The Irish writer Sally Rooney, who is twenty-six, wrote the first draft of her début novel, “Conversations with Friends,” in a several-month-long torrent of creativity, when she was just twenty-three. Rooney’s editor calls her a “Salinger for th||8/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGeorge Strait, on the Record with Kelefa Sanneh||George Strait is a superstar of country music. He rarely gives interviews, but he agreed to speak with Kelefa Sanneh, who marked the occasion by ironing his shirt. Lawrence Wright talks with David Remnick about the politics of Texas, which he sees as a h||7/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Rookie Reporter in Vietnam Captures the War’s Futility||A rookie reported from Vietnam in 1967, and his eyewitness report on the strategic demolition of a village helped change how we saw the Vietnam War.||7/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMaggie Haberman: Gang War in the White House||Maggie Haberman covered Donald Trump years ago for the New York tabloids. Now, in the White House, she has a front-row seat to an Administration in which “rival gangs” are vying for control. Plus, Bob Odenkirk’s amazing exercise tips, and Bruce Er||7/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Man Who Would Be King (of Mars)||Phil Davies doesn’t seem like a mad scientist bent on conquering another planet: he’s a mild-mannered general practitioner in a small town in southern England. But, with a telescope and an array of lasers, he’s making a claim that he owns Mars, and||7/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrumpcare Revisited||The future of health care in America hangs in the balance as the Senate releases a revised bill to replace the Affordable Care Act. David Remnick talks with the historian Jill Lepore, and with Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, an architect of Obamacare who has met wi||7/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLucinda Williams Talks with Ariel Levy||Lucinda Williams won a Grammy for the song “Passionate Kisses,” which was performed by Mary Chapin-Carpenter; but she spent many years overlooked by the music industry: she was too country for rock and too rock for country. In 1998, American music||7/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJames Taylor Will Teach you Guitar||James Taylor’s songs are so familiar that they seem to have always existed. On stage at the New Yorker Festival in 2010, Taylor peeled back some of his influences: the Beatles, Bach, show tunes, and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Taylor played a few of his hit||7/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMy Night at Mar-a-Lago||Donald Trump’s winter White House is his private club and family residence, Mar-a-Lago. We go there ourselves to take the political temperature of Palm Beach and sample the President’s brand of Chardonnay, while, somewhere nearby, the President deals||7/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"Okja" and Other Strange Stories by Jon Ronson||David Remnick talks with the writer Jon Ronson about the surreal world of "Okja" he co-wrote with director Boon Joon-ho. Plus the U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith takes us on a walk in the woods.||6/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 88: Ai Weiwei, and Doing Business with China||Donald Trump’s policy of “America First” gives a rising China more room to flex its muscles. This week, we consider from many sides the complex relationship between the U.S. and China. David Remnick talks with Ai Weiwei, the dissident and global ar||6/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 87: Virtual Reality, and the Politics of Genetics||As scientists learn more about how genes affect everything from hair color to sexual orientation and mental health, we’re faced with moral and political questions about how we allow science to intervene in the genetic code. In this episode, Siddhartha M||6/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 86: Merchant Ivory’s Gay Love Story, and a Visit with Noriega||The director James Ivory talks about the film “Maurice,” based on a groundbreaking E. M. Forster novel—a gay love story with a happy ending. Jon Lee Anderson, who has covered Latin American insurgency and war, talks about his prison interview with||6/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 85: Wedding Hair on Fire, and William Barber’s Religious Politics||A reverend and political activist thinks that Democrats and Republicans alike need to bring a sense of morality and Christian love back into their politics. But he’s not shy about calling conservative policies “heresy.” Paul Theroux, best known as||6/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 84: Jerrod Carmichael, and the Truth About Impeachment||As talk of a possible impeachment for President Trump grows more serious, Evan Osnos speaks with an expert about what impeachment really is, and what it takes to pull it off. In his first novel, a journalist imagines our current political divisions leadi||5/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 83: Fear and the N.R.A., and Lena Dunham on the end of "Girls"||Lena Dunham joined David Remnick hours before her thirtieth-birthday party to face the angst of leaving her twenties behind. The New Yorker staff writer Evan Osnos asks a lifelong N.R.A. member and former gun dealer how the organization’s marketing squ||5/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPodcast Extra: A Hundred Days of the Trump Presidency||Marking one hundred days of the Trump administration, David Remnick convened a group of journalists to discuss covering this presidency: Lydia Polgreen, editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post; Eli Lake, a correspondent for Bloomberg View; MSNBC host Jo||5/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 82: The Sequel to “A Doll’s House,” and a President Abroad||Some have called the firing of James Comey, the F.B.I. director, a constitutional crisis; The New Yorker’s legal expert Jeffrey Toobin weighs in. Michael Anton, of the National Security Council, tries to explain Trump’s foreign policy, while the jo||5/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 81: Roger Corman’s Monsters, and a Roomful of Spies||In these three conversations from past New Yorker Festivals, some no-longer-covert agents share the truth about espionage. Roger Corman talks about creating a new template for independent movies, and whether “Sharktopus” has a message. And the actres||5/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 80: CNN’s Jeff Zucker, the Man Who Made Trump||At NBC, Jeff Zucker put Donald Trump on national TV; now he’s at CNN, and Trump seems to have it in for all the “fake news” that he claims Zucker promotes about the Administration. A reporter digs for clues about Steve Bannon’s murky years in Hol||4/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 79: Senator Elizabeth Warren, and How to Pick a Great Cartoon||The senior senator from Massachusetts tells David Remnick her plan for the Democrats to regain lost ground. The poet Gregory Pardlo remembers his father’s role in the infamous strike that led to more than eleven thousand air-traffic controllers losing||4/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Potential, but only because it is the New Yorker.
Opening segment funny
First interview covered an important topic, but was convoluted and felt rambling. Needs editing to help listeners stay engaged.
But... Where did car talk go?
I love a good New Yorker story, but this wasn't one.
thank you New Yorker--I've been waiting years for this and didn't even know it. First episode was exactly right!