The New Yorker Radio Hour

The New Yorker Radio Hour

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The New Yorker Radio Hour is a weekly program presented by the magazine’s editor, David Remnick. 


Podcast 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 Joy Reid; and Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold.  It was recorded at New York City's Public Theater during a series of New Yorker and Public Forum events moderated by Remnick.

Episode 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 journalist Robin Wright assesses Trump’s agenda for his first trip abroad. And a playwright revisits “A Doll’s House,” Henrik Ibsen’s once shocking play about a woman who leaves her family, a hundred and thirty-eight years after its première. 

Episode 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 actress Toni Collette revisits the many characters she’s played, including Tara, who suffers from dissociative identity disorder and is many characters in one.


Episode 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 Hollywood. A cartoonist and TV writer fulfills his lifelong dream of crawling inside the television. And a father and son find a new bond in a story nearly three thousand years old.

Episode 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 their jobs. And the cartoon editor Bob Mankoff shows up in David Remnick’s office with his weekly batch of cartoons.

Episode 78: Margaret Atwood, Evangelizing Against Climate Change, and Greek Tragedy  

An evangelical Christian climate scientist speaks with David Remnick about explaining global warming to skeptical audiences. Margaret Atwood reflects on the realism of her novel “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Robin Wright explores “Theatre of War,” a production which brings ancient Greek tragedies to military audiences. Plus, Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader perform a Shouts & Murmurs piece about the dangers of working from home.

Episode 77: Jon Stewart’s Children, and Trolling the Press Corps  

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 Daily Show”; Bassem Youssef, and the founders of Reductress. Plus, an alt-right blogger turned White House correspondent explains that journalism is only politics by other means.  


Episode 76: Terrific, Tremendous New Health Plans, and Lynn Nottage on her play “Sweat”  

The playwright Lynn Nottage and the director Kate Whoriskey talk about the factory town that inspired “Sweat,” Nottage’s new play about the economic recession in the Rust Belt. Actress Jessica Lange tells Hilton Als about her acting début in “King Kong” and her latest role, Joan Crawford, in “Feud.”  Plus, some new ideas (fictional, fortunately) that will revolutionize health coverage.   

Episode 75:  Goodbye to “Elephant and Piggie,” and Getting to Know Gorsuch  

Mo Willems, the children’s-book author who created the “Elephant and Piggie” series, stands alongside America’s literary greats. The fiction writer Rivka Galchen is moved to tears when she reads his books to her daughter. Also this week, Jill Lepore explains what the judicial philosophy known as originalism means and talks about how liberal Supreme Court Justices are trying to reclaim history for their decisions. And, at a new facility at J.F.K. Airport, dogs, cats, and even racehorses spend their layovers in style.

Episode 74: High-Fashion Hijabs, Jill Soloway, and Bluesman Blind Joe Death  

Modelling can be a tricky business for Muslim women who cover up. Judith Thurman visits Nailah Lymus, the head of a new modelling agency that represents the modestly dressed, and admires the bright, bold hijabs Lymus designs. Jill Soloway, the creator of “Transparent,” joins David Remnick in a discussion about her new show, “I Love Dick.” And two fans of the guitarist John Fahey mourn his difficult life and celebrate his transformational music.

This episode originally aired on September 16, 2016.

Podcast Extra: The Stuff of Fiction  

This podcast bonus episode features David Remnick in conversation with three great writers—the playwright Tony Kushner, the poet Claudia Rankine, and the novelist Salman Rushdie. This is an edited and condensed recording of "The Stuff of Fiction," a panel in the four-part event series Public Forum: A Well-Ordered Nation, a collaboration between the Public Theatre and The New Yorker.

Episode 73:  Refugees in Limbo, and a Conservative in Washington  

Most conservatives who opposed Donald Trump are now learning to get along with the new Administration; Stephen Hayes, the editor of The Weekly Standard, is quick to call out the President on his lies and his embrace of big government. And at a safe house in Buffalo, New York, refugees are attempting not to panic as the Trump Administration puts into effect an executive order limiting immigration and resettlement. Plus, the photographer Catherine Opie explains why she rejects snark.

Episode 72:  Goonswarm Takes Over, Trump/Nixon, and Birding with Jonathan Franzen  

A veteran of Watergate compares Nixon with Trump, the man who may be his political heir. And, in an online videogame set in space, upstarts stage a coup against establishment insiders. Plus, Jonathan Franzen, the novelist and bird-lover, takes us out birding on a beautiful day, only to find that pleasure has a price.

Podcast Extra: The "Remarkable Parallels" Between Nixon and Trump  

Richard Nixon once told a young Donald Trump that he would be “a winner” if he chose to enter politics. The New Yorker’s Amy Davidson talks with John Dean, Richard Nixon’s White House counsel who testified against Nixon during the Watergate hearings, about whether Trump can be seen as Nixon's political heir. The early days of Trump's Administration have been plagued by scandal–especially when it comes to questions about Cabinet members’ communications with Russian officials. Dean compares the situation to a secret effort by Richard Nixon—only recently documented by a historian—to sabotage the Paris Peace Talks, which the Johnson Administration pursued in 1968.“It's a very, very remarkable parallel. A curious parallel,” Dean said.


Dean is critical of the Trump Administration's handling of the F.B.I.’s investigation into the Administration’s alleged Russian connections. “If there's any lesson from Watergate, or from Iran-Contra, or the Lewinsky affair,” he says, “It is that if you don't have a problem, what you truly do is you say to the F.B.I. or whomever, ‘Come in and talk to my staff.'” He says that this is not how Trump officials are currently behaving. “Rather, they're trying to knock down press reports that are getting the various whiffs of these investigations and putting them out there. That's just not the way innocent people deal with these issues, I'm sorry!”

Episode 71:  Lily Tomlin on Love, and News from Moscow  

Lily Tomlin fell in love as a young woman and hung on, forging a romantic and working partnership that is now well into its fourth decade. She talks with the critic Hilton Als about her life with Jane Wagner. David Remnick chats with reporters based in Moscow and Washington about Donald Trump’s alleged connections to Russia. And Mary Norris, a veteran of The New Yorker, chats about life after the magazine.

Episode 70: John Goodman, Jeremy Irons, and Keegan-Michael Key  

Conversations with a few of the best actors working in film and television, Keegan-Michael Key, John Goodman, and Jeremy Irons, recorded at The New Yorker Festival.



Another Brick in Trump's Wall  

“April 4: There were taunts again today from the Mexicans on the other side of the wall. They keep making fun of our inexperience with manual labor. Most of us used to work in the arts, entertainment, or media in New York or Los Angeles, so we dont really know how to use things like . . . tools.” Jesse Wanns diary of a newly hired construction worker, drafted into service to erect President Trumps wall, was published in The New Yorkers Shouts & Murmurs. Chris Eigeman performs our adaptation.

Episode 69: Bun Cha With Obama, and Trump’s New World Disorder  

Anthony Bourdain tells David Remnick about the adventurous life he has led since his essay in The New Yorker launched him as a new kind of hard-boiled celebrity chef. The reporter Robin Wright talks to two veteran officials of intelligence and diplomacy about where Donald Trump’s foreign policy by tweet may lead us. And the fiction writer Yiyun Li takes in the view at Oaklands premier cemetery.

Episode 68:  Politics at the Oscars, and a Doctor’s-Eye View of Trump  

Meryl Streep’s critique of Donald Trump at the Golden Globes drew wide attention, and there will probably be even more political statements on Oscar night. Atul Gawande explains how the repeal of the Affordable Care Act could lead to a decline in patients seeking primary care. A rural internist talks about how much-needed immigrant doctors are being kept out of the country by Trump’s executive order. And Jia Tolentino sings a capella with the songwriter Kristen Anderson-Lopez.   

Episode 67:  How to Cover Trump’s Presidency, and Football’s Concussion Crisis  

BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith sits down with David Remnick to talk about his decision to publish an unverified dossier that alleges secret ties between Donald Trump and Russia. A former N.F.L. player grapples with the high risk of concussion for football players–while his son begins his own career in the sport. And the cartoonist Liana Finck explains why she works best on the train.    

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