The New Yorker Radio Hour
By WNYC Studios and The New Yorker
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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.
||CleanA Homemade Museum in a Refugee Camp||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 Niarchos reported for The New Yorker from Djibouti, where Yemeni refugees cross paths with Ethiopians escapi||3/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanArmando Iannucci on “The Death of Stalin”||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 the French graphic novel||3/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIn Secret, a North Korean Writer Protests the Regime||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 verified, because identifying him pu||3/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChristopher Steele, the Man Behind the Dossier||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 Washington. The dossier’s author,||3/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlone and on Foot in Antarctica||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 Ant||3/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJennifer Lawrence on “Red Sparrow” and Times Up||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, including “Silver Linings Playb||3/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe New Yorker presents “The Brodies”||Richard Brody hosts an alternative Oscars show — “The Brodies” — and recommends some of his favorite films from the past year, and the writer Chang-rae Lee takes us to a sprawling international supermarket in Honolulu, Hawaii.||2/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMasha Gessen on Trump and Russia, and a Former Border Agent on the U.S.-Mexico Border||Masha Gessen was born in the Soviet Union and has written extensively about Russian politics. She talks with David Remnick about the similarities between Putin’s Russia and Trump’s America. The New Yorker’s Sarah Stillman talks with a former Bord||2/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDirector Ava DuVernay on “Selma” and “A Wrinkle in Time”||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 cast that includes Op||2/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Reckoning at Facebook||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 entities for this activity. During that||2/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIan Frazier Among the Drone Racers||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, where three roommates build, fly, and race drones. Jordan Temkin, Zachry Thayer, and Travis McIntyre ar||2/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExtremists on the Ballot, and America’s Endless War in Afghanistan||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, whose conservative credentials w||2/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRyan Zinke’s Deregulation Quest, and the Future of Meatless Burgers||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 Trump Administration’s push t||2/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLaura Kipnis on the State of #MeToo, and a Night at Richard Nixon’s||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.” She has been accused of||2/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Discovering America||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. But Adichie is skeptical of||1/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNathan Lane, Getting Serious, Plays Roy Cohn||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 serious roles. Now he’s playing the villain, Roy Cohn, in a new production of Tony Kushner’s||1/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Rise of the Ku Klux Klan||The Ku Klux Klan was originally focused on maintaining the old racial order in the postwar South, chiefly through the violent suppression of African-Americans. But, in the nineteen-twenties, the Klan was reborn as a nationwide movement, targeting not o||1/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDavid Attenborough’s Planet (We Just Live on It)||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 t||1/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDeportation in America||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 explore immigration and deportat||1/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTracee Ellis Ross on Being a “Black-ish” Woman and Jon Hamm Gets His Life Back from Don Draper||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 tackling political and rac||1/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJerry Seinfeld Gets Technical||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 into an effortless joke, how||1/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrolling the Press Corps||Lucian Wintrich, a young blogger, was recently appointed as the White House correspondent for the conservative political site Gateway Pundit. He has no professional experience as a reporter and doesn’t claim any interest in landing big stories. His g||1/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJon Stewart’s Children||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 some of today’s leading practitioners: The New Yorker’s Andy Borowitz; Trevor Noah, of “The D||12/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLeonard Cohen: A Final Interview||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. David Remnick sat down with Cohen in the summer of 2016, at the musician’s home in Los Angeles to dis||12/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus: Holiday Greetings from Ian Frazier||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, generally light and fun; but in more difficult years it touches on quite serious themes as well. The humorist||12/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChildren’s Letters to Satan, and a Changing of the Guard at the New York Times||Every year, countless poor spellers accidentally address their Santa letters to Satan. Satan—played by Kathleen Turner—always replies. Matt Passet’s Daily Shouts piece is performed by Kathleen Turner, in the role of Satan. On January first||12/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNicolás Maduro on the Brink of Dictatorship||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 violen||12/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Alabama Fallout, and Louise Erdrich on the Future||Roy Moore was a classic Trumpian candidate: a political outsider of extreme positions, rejected by the establishment and plagued by accusations of scandal. He eventually garnered the full support of Donald Trump, but Moore was finally too much for vote||12/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDon’t Worry, the Robots Can’t Do Your Job—Yet||The business reporter Sheelah Kolhatkar has recently written for The New Yorker about a wave of advances in robotic technology that will have dangerous implications for our economy and political stability. As more and more factories automate, many work||12/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSusan Orlean on the Trail of Tonya Harding||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, the New Yorker staff writer S||12/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBarry Blitt’s Rogues’ Gallery of Presidents||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 politicians. Blitt has contributed more than eighty covers to The New Yorker, many of which are collect||12/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPraying for Tangier Island||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 its highest point only four feet above sea level, the island loses ground to erosion every year, and it||12/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBruce Springsteen Talks with David Remnick||In October, 2016, Bruce Springsteen appeared at The New Yorker Festival for an intimate conversation with David Remnick. (The event sold out in six seconds.) This entire episode is dedicated to that conversation.||11/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNoah Baumbach’s Unhappy Families||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 happy families are alike,” Lane wrote, but “every unhappy family, in its own way, belongs in||11/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWill the Harvey Weinstein Scandal Change America?||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 broke the Weinstein story for Th||11/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLove, War, and the Magical Lamb-Brain Sandwiches of Aleppo, Syria||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, wh||11/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTina Brown on Vanity Fair, the Eighties, and Harvey Weinstein||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 i||11/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVoter Fraud: A Threat to Democracy, or a Myth?||Donald Trump memorably claimed, without a shred of evidence, that millions of votes cast by undocumented immigrants had given Hillary Clinton the popular vote in the 2016 election. More circumspect conservatives argue that voter fraud is a real proble||11/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJeffrey Toobin on “The Most Important Supreme Court Case in Decades”||Jeffrey Toobin tells David Remnick that, despite the mounting indictments against members of Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign, Trump is almost certainly safe from impeachment. Republican House members, Toobin says, have no incentive to moderate||11/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“Slut: The Play,” an Empowering Story for Young Women||In “Slut: The Play,” Katie Cappiello captures the trauma of sexual assault, based on the stories of teen-agers in her theatre company. (Hilton Als wrote about the play for the magazine.) A member of the cast, Mary Miller, tells David Remnick that t||10/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow OxyContin Was Sold to the Masses||When OxyContin came on the market, in 1995, physicians were understandably wary of the addictive potential of a powerful new opioid. As Patrick Radden Keefe reports, the manufacturer, Purdue Pharma, aggressively marketed OxyContin to physicians, claimi||10/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
The New Yorker podcasts are uniformly great. This will be no exception. So glad to see the magazine embrace podcasting.
Fantastic! Can't wait.
The New Yorker & WNYC. Could it possibly be better?
thank you New Yorker--I've been waiting years for this and didn't even know it. First episode was exactly right!