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Profiles, storytelling and insightful conversations, hosted by David Remnick.

304 Episodes

Kevin Costner on “Yellowstone,” “Horizon,” and Why the Western Endures

The actor and director, whose film “Horizon: An American Saga” has been in the making for decades, thinks of the Western as America’s Shakespeare.

Transcribed - Published: 21 June 2024

Paul Scheer Picks the Very Best of the Very Worst Movies

The co-host of “How Did This Get Made?” enlightens David Remnick on the art of terrible film. Plus, the New Yorker film critic Justin Chang praises Coppola’s divisive “Megalopolis.”

Transcribed - Published: 18 June 2024

Is Being a Politician the Worst Job in the World?

Rory Stewart, a former Conservative Party Member of Parliament, explains the upcoming U.K. elections, the “catastrophic” Brexit, and the soul-crushing sham of a life in politics.

Transcribed - Published: 14 June 2024

After Serving Decades in Prison for Murder, Two Men Fought to Clear Their Names

Eric Smokes and David Warren were convicted as teen-agers. Even after serving their sentences, the “Times Square Two” argued their innocence. It took decades for prosecutors to agree.

Transcribed - Published: 11 June 2024

Senator Raphael Warnock on America’s “Moral and Spiritual Battle”

The Democratic senator and Baptist pastor, who preaches from the same pulpit in Atlanta as Martin Luther King, Jr., did, says that Trumpism has exacerbated a “spiritual crisis.”

Transcribed - Published: 7 June 2024

The Trans Athletes Who Changed the Olympics—in 1936

A track star’s gender transition in the nineteen-thirties, and the response of Olympic officials, foreshadowed today’s culture-war battles over gender and sports.

Transcribed - Published: 4 June 2024

Cécile McLorin Salvant Finds “the Gems That Haven’t Been Sung and Sung”

Though rooted in the jazz tradition, the singer's interests and repertoire reach across eras, languages, and continents.

Transcribed - Published: 31 May 2024

Ilana Glazer on Motherhood and Friendship, On- and Off-Screen

Glazer’s new movie, “Babes,” delves into the absurd, paradoxical, graphic realities of pregnancy and parenthood.

Transcribed - Published: 28 May 2024

Love Is Blind, and Allegedly Toxic

Lawsuits and the labor movement come to reality TV, by way of the Netflix hit.

Transcribed - Published: 24 May 2024

Miranda July’s New Novel Takes on Marriage, Desire, and Perimenopause

While the filmmaker, writer, and artist was writing her new book, “All Fours,” the character she created was influencing her own life.

Transcribed - Published: 21 May 2024

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Isn’t Going Away

David Remnick asks R.F.K., Jr., where his run for President and his beliefs are coming from.

Transcribed - Published: 17 May 2024

How a Tech Executive Lobbied Lawmakers for the TikTok Ban

In lobbying Congress to force the sale of TikTok, a Palantir executive called it a national-security threat—a digital Trojan horse controlled by the Chinese government.

Transcribed - Published: 14 May 2024

Wired’s Katie Drummond: The TikTok Ban Is “Rooted in Hypocrisy”; Plus, Hannah Goldfield on Culinary TikTok

A tech journalist sees Silicon Valley making policy—and lawmakers refusing to regulate social media. Plus, salmon in the dishwasher, and other highlights of culinary TikTok.

Transcribed - Published: 10 May 2024

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Could Swing the Election. Who Should Be More Worried—Biden or Trump?

For Democrats and Republicans, it’s time to pay attention to R.F.K., Jr. Three writers discuss his possible impact on the election.

Transcribed - Published: 7 May 2024

Israel, Gaza, and the Turmoil at One American University

Not since the Vietnam War has a protest movement reached college campuses with such fury. We look at the reverberations at one school, Harvard University.

Transcribed - Published: 3 May 2024

Georgia’s Brad Raffensperger, Who Refused to “Find” Votes for Donald Trump, Prepares for Another Election

Amid threats, Georgia’s secretary of state describes how he convinces Republican voters that elections are fair.

Transcribed - Published: 30 April 2024

Jerry Seinfeld on Making a Life in Comedy (and Also, Pop-Tarts)

The comedian could have retired decades ago, but he continues to hone his craft onstage, and at age seventy he’s directed his first feature film, “Unfrosted.”

Transcribed - Published: 26 April 2024

Judi Dench on Bond and Shakespeare

The acclaimed actor talks with David Remnick about her new book, and a lifetime of performing Shakespeare.

Transcribed - Published: 23 April 2024

Jonathan Haidt on the Plague of Anxiety Affecting Young People

The evidence implicating social-media apps, the social psychologist says, is not another moral panic over technology. “Actually, this time is different,” he insists. “Here’s why."

Transcribed - Published: 19 April 2024

Maya Hawke on the Fear of “Missing Out,” and Jen Silverman on “There’s Going to Be Trouble”

The popular actor and songwriter speaks with Rachel Syme about not going to college—the subject of her new single. And a novelist discusses the excitement and uncertainty of protests.

Transcribed - Published: 16 April 2024

How a Republican and a Democrat Carved out Exemptions to Texas’s Abortion Ban

Rare across-the-aisle coöperation in Austin aims to protect the lives of some women who need abortions—and protect their doctors from prosecution.

Transcribed - Published: 12 April 2024

The Film Critic Justin Chang on What to See in 2024

The New Yorker’s new critic on three films he’s excited about this year.

Transcribed - Published: 8 April 2024

The Attack on Black History, with Nikole Hannah-Jones and Jelani Cobb

Why are so many states restricting what schools can teach about racism? Two leading journalist-historians discuss the efforts to ban or rewrite the teaching of Black history.

Transcribed - Published: 5 April 2024

Rhiannon Giddens, Americana’s Queen, on Cultivating the Black Roots of Country Music

The singer, banjo player, music scholar, and opera composer talks with David Remnick about the legacy of Black string music—and how not to be limited by genre.

Transcribed - Published: 2 April 2024

Alicia Keys Returns to Her Roots with Her New Musical, “Hell’s Kitchen”

In her musical opening on Broadway, Keys tells a story very much like her own life, using her own hit songs—but don’t call it autobiographical.

Transcribed - Published: 29 March 2024

Percival Everett and the Reinvention of Mark Twain’s Jim

The author creates a new inner life for a “Huckleberry Finn” character.

Transcribed - Published: 26 March 2024

Trump’s Authoritarian Pronouncements Recall a Dark History

Adam Gopnik considers how Hitler came to power, and what it tells us about the 2024 election.

Transcribed - Published: 22 March 2024

March Madness 2024: College Basketball at a Crossroads

The staff writer Louisa Thomas talks with the former sportswriter David Remnick about why men’s college basketball suffers a state of malaise, while the women’s game is electrifying.

Transcribed - Published: 19 March 2024

Judith Butler Can’t “Take Credit or Blame” for Gender Furor

The philosopher popularized new ideas about gender—and has been burned in effigy. They talk with David Remnick about “Who’s Afraid of Gender?” Plus, Erin Reed on anti-trans legislation.

Transcribed - Published: 15 March 2024

In “Great Expectations,” Vinson Cunningham Watches Barack Obama’s Rise Up Close

The journalist’s autobiographical novel reflects his time working on Barack’s Obama’s campaign, and in his White House. Has the former President lived up to his expectations?

Transcribed - Published: 12 March 2024

Bradley Cooper Contends for Best Actor in “Maestro”

The writer-director tells David Remnick that conducting an actual orchestra, in the role of Leonard Bernstein, was “the scariest thing I’ve ever done, hands down.”

Transcribed - Published: 8 March 2024

What Biden Is Thinking About the 2024 Election

The staff writer Evan Osnos went to the White House for a rare, frank talk with the President about his reëlection battle. Can he persuade voters that his accomplishments outweigh his age?

Transcribed - Published: 2 March 2024

Kara Swisher on Tech Billionaires: “I Don’t Think They Like People”

One of the most influential Silicon Valley reporters chronicles the rise of an industry, and moguls like Elon Musk, in “Burn Book.”

Transcribed - Published: 1 March 2024

Lily Gladstone on Holding the Door Open for More Native Actors in Hollywood. Plus, the Brody Awards

“The Killers of the Flower Moon” star reflects on the challenges faced by Native actors. Plus, New Yorker film critic Richard Brody’s unique awards for the best of 2023.

Transcribed - Published: 27 February 2024

Ty Cobb on Trump, Putin, and the Death of Alexey Navalny

The former Trump White House attorney is sounding the alarm on the consequences of ignoring the ex-President’s rhetoric on Russia, and his actions on January 6th.

Transcribed - Published: 23 February 2024

For Brontez Purnell, “Memoir Is Fiction—I Don’t Care What Anyone Says”

The author of “Ten Bridges I’ve Burnt” and other books talks with Jeffrey Masters about his journey from go-go boy to Renaissance man.

Transcribed - Published: 20 February 2024

“Pod Save America” ’s Jon Lovett on Trump: “The Threat of Jail Time Sharpens the Mind”

The co-host of the popular show explains how the withering of the media and the threat of political violence are warping the Presidential campaign, and what Biden’s team needs to do.

Transcribed - Published: 16 February 2024

Jacqueline Novak Is Giving Audiences “Everything She’s Got”

In her Netflix special, the comedian uses an act of oral sex as a springboard for a rapid-fire rant about the human condition, along with human anatomy.

Transcribed - Published: 13 February 2024

Sheila Heti Talks with Parul Sehgal About “Alphabetical Diaries”

The author of the influential novel “How Should a Person Be?” culled decades of material from her own journals to take a radical approach to her new book.

Transcribed - Published: 6 February 2024

Jonathan Blitzer on the Battle over Immigration; and Olivia Rodrigo Talks with David Remnick

As the border crisis escalates, the President is changing his rhetoric on immigration. Plus, Olivia Rodrigo embraces being the voice of Gen Z.

Transcribed - Published: 2 February 2024

From In the Dark: The Runaway Princesses

An excerpt from “The Runaway Princesses,” a miniseries based on Heidi Blake’s reporting on Dubai’s royal family, and the women who risked their lives to escape it.

Transcribed - Published: 31 January 2024

For Journalists, “Gaza Is Unprecedented,” and Deadly

The president of the Committee to Protect Journalists discusses whether Israel is targeting Palestinian reporters, and looks at threats to the safety of journalists around the world.

Transcribed - Published: 29 January 2024

The Oscar Nominee Cord Jefferson on Why Race Is so “Fertile” for Comedy

“American Fiction,” nominated for five Academy Awards, satirizes the literary world, and upends Hollywood conventions about Blackness.

Transcribed - Published: 26 January 2024

Pramila Jayapal: Biden’s “Coalition Has Fractured”

The chair of the powerful Congressional Progressive Caucus looks at whether Joe Biden can put the Democratic Party back together again in time to achieve victory in the 2024 election.

Transcribed - Published: 23 January 2024

E. Jean Carroll on Trump Defamation Cases: “Money Is Precious to Him”

David Remnick talks to the writer about her successful lawsuit against Donald Trump. Plus, a Profile of Walt Disney from the archives, as Mickey Mouse enters the public domain.

Transcribed - Published: 19 January 2024

Danielle Brooks Comes Full Circle in “The Color Purple”

In a new film, the actress is attracting Oscar buzz for a role first made famous by Oprah Winfrey almost forty years ago.

Transcribed - Published: 16 January 2024

How Donald Trump Broke the Iowa Caucuses and Owns the G.O.P.

Whether he wins as expected or somehow underperforms, Donald Trump has upended the Republican primary without participating in a single debate and barely campaigning on the ground.

Transcribed - Published: 12 January 2024

From “Talk Easy”: Sam Fragoso Interviews David Remnick

On the other side of the microphone, the host of The New Yorker Radio Hour sits for a lengthy interview about his reporting in Israel, his recent book, “Holding the Note,” and more.

Transcribed - Published: 10 January 2024

Ava DuVernay Wants Her Film “Origin” to Influence the 2024 Election

The celebrated filmmaker is back with a challenging new movie intended to provoke a political response.

Transcribed - Published: 8 January 2024

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