New Yorker: Out Loud

New Yorker: Out Loud

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A weekly conversation about what's new in The New Yorker.

Episodes

Beyond “Citizen Kane”  

Orson Welles was born a hundred years ago, in 1915. His movies are among the most acclaimed ever made, and, thirty years after his death, lost and unfinished works by Welles continue to resurface. But has the reputation of his most famous film obscured the greatness of his other works? Alex Ross and Richard Brody join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to discuss the particular genius of Orson Welles, and his evolving legacy.

What it Means to Be a Sports Fan  

Your favorite team can stir your soul or break your heart. With the Mets—New York’s perennial baseball underdogs—in the playoffs, many New Yorkers are walking around with their sports-loving hearts on their sleeves. Sports lovers and New Yorkers Nicholas Dawidoff and Adam Gopnik join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to discuss why we love the teams we love.

What is R. & B. Now?  

The Weeknd, a formerly shadowy figure whose songs are dark and sometimes disturbing, has reached the top of the pop charts. He’s part of a new crop of artists who are set to redefine a genre whose limits can be hard to define in the first place. What does their music share with chart-topping R. & B. predecessors who range from Aretha Franklin to R. Kelly? And what are they doing that is truly new? Carrie Battan and Kelefa Sanneh join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to discuss what R. & B. has been and what it might become.

The Pleasures of Disgust  

From bugs and rats to mold and mucus, everyone is disgusted by something. But why? And why are we also attracted to the things that disgust us? Nicola Twilley and Joshua Rothman join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to discuss our complicated relationship with all things icky.

Joan Didion: Writer and Icon  

On the occasion of a new biography, Louis Menand and Thessaly La Force join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to discuss the pervasive influence of Joan Didion, both on and off the page.

This Podcast Will Change Your Life  

Podcasts have been around for a decade now, but in the past year they have attained a new degree of mainstream popularity. What makes the format distinct? And why are there so many podcasts aimed at self-improvement? Sarah Larson and Andrew Marantz join hosts Amelia Lester and David Haglund to discuss what makes a great podcast and whether or not podcasts can make you great.

Serena and the Big Four  

Over the next two weeks, tennis fans around the world will tune in to the U.S. Open. With Serena Williams in position to complete a calendar-year Grand Slam, and the foursome of Djokovic, Federer, Murray, and Nadal atop the men’s field, the stage is set for a memorable tournament. Nick Paumgarten and Reeves Wiedeman join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to discuss the players who are likely to dominate.

Tasting Notes  

Which do you prefer: a rich Chardonnay with fine acidity or a Garnacha with notes of orange zest and crushed stone? Wine criticism has become increasingly baroque, and it can be difficult to simply describe what you like to drink. Bianca Bosker and Rachel Arons join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to discuss the language of wine.

Re-Reading Children’s Books  

Adam Gopnik and Sarah Larson join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to talk about how children’s books have evolved and why they’re worth revisiting as adults.

Talking About “White People”  

Hua Hsu and Karan Mahajan join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to talk about the MTV documentary “White People” and contemporary conversations about whiteness.

Killer Robots  

Joshua Rothman and Nicholas Thompson join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to discuss just how scared we should be of robots.

Watching “Trainwreck”  

Richard Brody and Sarah Larson join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to discuss “Trainwreck” and the comedy stylings of Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow.

Ta-Nehisi Coates in Conversation with David Remnick  

Ta-Nehisi Coates joins David Remnick for a discussion of his life and career.

Do You Know Pluto?  

Alan Burdick and Nicola Twilley join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to talk about the New Horizons mission to Pluto and what we’ve learned so far about the former planet.

The New New York City Skyline  

Adam Gopnik accompanies Amelia Lester and David Haglund to the observatory at the top of One World Trade Center, and discusses the history of the New York City skyline.

May We Have Your Attention, Please?  

Joshua Rothman and Andrew Marantz discuss theories of distraction and the benefits and drawbacks of concentration.

The Sweet Science  

Kelefa Sanneh and Reeves Wiedeman discuss the state of boxing and its place in the wider world of sports.

The Grateful Dead’s Fare-Thee-Well  

Alec Wilkinson, Nick Paumgarten, and David Remnick join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to discuss the Grateful Dead and their place in pop-music history.

Gay TV, Past and Present  

Emily Nussbaum and Daniel Wenger join David Haglund and Amelia Lester to discuss portrayals of gay culture on TV, from “Soap” to “Cucumber.”

The Season for Reading  

Kathryn Schulz and James Wood join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to discuss the joys and challenges of summer reading.

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