New Yorker: The Political Scene

New Yorker: The Political Scene

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A weekly discussion about politics, hosted by The New Yorker's executive editor, Dorothy Wickenden.


George Packer Talks to David Remnick About the Crisis in Syria  

David Remnick talks with staff writer George Packer, who recently wrote about the banlieues of Paris. Packer explains why profiling potential ISIS members to prevent future attacks is so difficult, and why neither Russian involvement nor a stronger response from Obama is likely to resolve the crisis in Syria anytime soon.

Why ISIS Keeps Winning  

Dexter Filkins joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss how the West misreads militant Islam.

Elizabeth Kolbert Talks to David Remnick  

Staff writer Elizabeth Kolbert, the author of "Field Notes From a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change," tells David Remnick what to expect from the upcoming U.N. conference in Paris.

The Generation Game  

Hendrik Hertzberg and Evan Osnos join Dorothy Wickenden to discuss experience vs. change in presidential elections.

The Problem with Polling  

Jill Lepore joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss how the media and polls drive elections.

Jorge Ramos talks to William Finnegan  

New Yorker staff writer William Finnegan talks with Jorge Ramos about politics, Univision and yoga.

Are You Better Off?  

John Cassidy joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the two parties’ economic policies—past, present, and future.

Who Lost Benghazi?  

Dorothy Wickenden and Jane Mayer talk about Hillary Clinton and partisan brinkmanship at the House Select Committee hearing.

Whose Lives Matter?  

Jelani Cobb and Dorothy Wickenden discuss the Democratic agenda after the Obama presidency.

The Insurgent  

Margaret Talbot joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss Bernie Sanders’s continued success as a candidate.

What Does Putin Want?  

Joshua Yaffa, speaking from Moscow, joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the Russian President’s ambitions in Syria and the world.

The Legacy of Lockerbie  

In December, 1988, a bomb blew up Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland. In this week’s issue of The New Yorker, Patrick Radden Keefe profiles Ken Dornstein, whose brother was on board, and whose decades-long investigation into the attack has turned up evidence implicating new Libyan conspirators. Patrick Radden Keefe joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the story and the history of Libyan terrorism against the U.S.

The Ghost of Ronald Reagan  

Eleven Republican Presidential candidates gathered last night for the second G.O.P. debate. Hendrik Hertzberg and Evan Osnos join Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the debate and the troubles inside the party.

The Castaways  

Last week, images appeared of a dead toddler from Syria, washed up on a Turkish beach, which catalyzed responses in Europe and the U.S. to the mounting migrant crisis. As of last year, sixty million people worldwide were living as refugees, an increase of ten million over 2013. Mattathias Schwartz and Philip Gourevitch join Dorothy Wickenden to discuss current notions of humanitarianism.

The Economic Forecast  

John Cassidy and James Surowiecki join Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the state of the economy.

Why Trump?  

Donald Trump is an extreme political outlier. Why, then, is he the front-runner for the Republican Presidential nomination? Evan Osnos and Dorothy Wickenden discuss the reasons behind his current appeal.

The Party Positions on Immigration  

With Donald Trump’s incendiary rhetoric once again making immigration the central political issue of the day, we look back at our coverage from the past year.

The Democratic Contenders  

Amy Davidson and Margaret Talbot join Ryan Lizza to talk about Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and the emerging Democratic primary field.

The Republican Debate  

John Cassidy and Evan Osnos join Amelia Lester to talk about last night's Republican debate, who landed the best punches, and how the Republican Party will look by the end of the primary.

The Abortion Debate  

Eyal Press and Jeffrey Toobin join Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the latest uproar over Planned Parenthood and the politics of abortion.

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