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The New Yorker Radio Hour
The New Yorker Radio Hour
WNYC Studios and The New Yorker

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

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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... more

20 Feb 2024 · 18 minutes
“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... more

16 Feb 2024 · 31 minutes
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... more

13 Feb 2024 · 19 minutes
Can Memes Swing the 2024 Election? Plus, Michelle Zauner on “Crying in H Mart”

In a Presidential race with two leading candidates who are broadly unpopular, any small perceived edge can make a tremendous... more

09 Feb 2024 · 30 minutes
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... more

06 Feb 2024 · 15 minutes
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... more

02 Feb 2024 · 55 minutes
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... more

31 Jan 2024 · 14 minutes
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... more

29 Jan 2024 · 23 minutes
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.

26 Jan 2024 · 26 minutes
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... more

23 Jan 2024 · 30 minutes
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... more

19 Jan 2024 · 20 minutes
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... more

16 Jan 2024 · 28 minutes
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... more

12 Jan 2024 · 21 minutes
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... more

10 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
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.

08 Jan 2024 · 33 minutes
How the Journalist John Nichols Became Another January 6th Conspiracy-Theory Target

The Wisconsin-based Nation reporter was not at the Capitol when it was attacked. That hasn’t stopped Donald Trump’s attorneys from... more

05 Jan 2024 · 16 minutes
The Poet John Lee Clark’s “How to Communicate” Brings DeafBlind Experience to the Page

Clark’s collection, a finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry, is a meditation on language and communication.

02 Jan 2024 · 26 minutes
Dexter Filkins Reports on the Border Crisis

The last major overhaul of the immigration system was in 1986. Changing conditions and a political impasse have created a... more

29 Dec 2023 · 24 minutes
From Critics at Large: The Year of the Doll

From “Barbie” to “Priscilla,” narratives about cloistered women contending with a new political reality have dominated the cultural landscape. Why... more

26 Dec 2023 · 44 minutes
Bruce Springsteen Has a Gift He Keeps on Giving

After nearly half a century, the singer-songwriter has cemented his status as a rock-and-roll legend. But, true to form, he... more

22 Dec 2023 · 49 minutes
Christmas in Tehran: Bringing the Holidays to Hostages

In 1979, a minister received a telegram from Iranian militants who had taken hostages in the American embassy, inviting him... more

19 Dec 2023 · 28 minutes
A Harrowing Detention in Gaza

A Palestinian writer is detained by Israeli forces while he tries to flee Gaza with his family. Plus, a story... more

15 Dec 2023 · 21 minutes
Brandy Clark: Grammy-Nominated Album Is “Authentically Me”

The singer-songwriter reflects on her sexuality, playing country music for Democrats, and how Kim Kardashian and Kanye West inadvertently influenced... more

12 Dec 2023 · 27 minutes
Liz Cheney: Donald Trump Should Go to Jail if Convicted

Once a top Republican, Cheney is calling out her former colleagues in Congress—including Speaker Mike Johnson—for “enabling” a would-be dictator.

08 Dec 2023 · 24 minutes
How Did Our Democracy Get so Fragile?

Jelani Cobb, Jill Lepore and Evan Osnos on the precarious state of American democracy and why—yet again—we risk losing it... more

05 Dec 2023 · 26 minutes
Dolly Parton “Busted a Gut” Reaching for the High Notes on “Rockstar”

When Dolly Parton was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, she decided to prove that she belonged... more

01 Dec 2023 · 24 minutes
“Maestro” is the “Scariest Thing I’ve Ever Done”

Bradley Cooper tells David Remnick that he has spent his life preparing for a role like the iconic conductor Leonard... more

24 Nov 2023 · 49 minutes
Geoffrey Hinton: “It’s Far Too Late” to Stop Artificial Intelligence

The so-called godfather of A.I. believes we need to put constraints on the technology so it won’t free itself from... more

21 Nov 2023 · 32 minutes
A Rise in Antisemitism, at Home and Abroad

Ambassador Deborah Lipstadt talks about antisemitism “from all ends of the political spectrum, and in between.” It threatens not only... more

17 Nov 2023 · 17 minutes
Emerald Fennell’s Anatomy of Desire

The new film from the director of “Promising Young Woman” isn’t just a class satire—we are all affected by our... more

14 Nov 2023 · 29 minutes
Will the Government Put the Reins on Amazon?

The Federal Trade Commission is suing the company. Lina Khan, the chair of the F.T.C., tells David Remnick that Amazon... more

10 Nov 2023 · 21 minutes
From “On the Media”: David Remnick Talks with Brooke Gladstone About Reporting in Israel

The New Yorker Radio Hour host joins Gladstone for a conversation about the war between Israel and Hamas, and its... more

08 Nov 2023 · 21 minutes
Is a “Win-Win” Still Possible in Policing?

Kai Wright leads a roundtable discussion about the attempts to reform policing in the wake of Black Lives Matter and... more

07 Nov 2023 · 36 minutes
Sybrina Fulton: “Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Anybody’s Son”

The killing of an unarmed teenager turned a mother into an activist. Plus, poet Nicole Sealey on erasing the... more

03 Nov 2023 · 24 minutes
From On the Media: We Don’t Talk About Leonard Leo

A close look at one of the most influential architects of the conservative judicial movement.

31 Oct 2023 · 50 minutes
Is there a Path Forward for Gaza and Israel?

David Remnick hears from two sources about how Israelis and Palestinians feel about the October 7th attacks, and what the... more

27 Oct 2023 · 50 minutes
”Fellow Travelers”: A Showtime Series Explores a Forgotten Witch Hunt

The Red Scare, though focussed on Communists, also targeted gay government employees, who were fired by the thousands. A TV... more

24 Oct 2023 · 18 minutes
Spike Lee on His “Dream Project,” a Joe Louis Bio-Pic

The iconic filmmaker tells David Remnick how he got his start, how to direct Denzel Washington, and when he wants... more

20 Oct 2023 · 31 minutes
Rodrigo Duterte’s Deadly Promise

When an outrageous yet charismatic candidate for president promises to kill suspected criminals, reporter Patricia Evangelista says, we should listen:... more

17 Oct 2023 · 23 minutes
Werner Herzog Defends His “Ecstatic” Approach to the Truth

The German filmmaking legend says the New York Times is simply “dazed and confused” when it comes to the veracity... more

13 Oct 2023 · 26 minutes
Rubén Blades Wasn’t Supposed to Be a Salsa Star

Rubén Blades recounts his unpredictable journey from a record-company mailroom to the top of the salsa charts.

10 Oct 2023 · 28 minutes
Al Gore on the Climate Crisis: “We Have a Switch We Can Flip”

The self-described “recovering politician” Al Gore explains the stakes and the clear and present solution to our ongoing climate crisis.

06 Oct 2023 · 21 minutes
Introducing Critics at Large: The Myth-Making of Elon Musk

In a preview of The New Yorker’s new culture podcast, three critics—Vinson Cunningham, Naomi Fry, and Alexandra Schwartz—dissect the biography... more

04 Oct 2023 · 12 minutes
Should Biden Push for Regime Change in Russia?

Throughout the Russian invasion of Ukraine, David Remnick has talked with Stephen Kotkin, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution... more

03 Oct 2023 · 23 minutes
Olivia Rodrigo Talks with David Remnick

Being called the voice of a generation might seem a little off to someone born after the millennium. But Olivia... more

29 Sep 2023 · 27 minutes
Hernan Diaz’s “Trust,” a Novel of High Finance

The daughter of eccentric aristocrats marries a Wall Street tycoon of dubious ethics during the Roaring Twenties. That sounds like... more

26 Sep 2023 · 20 minutes
Kelly Clarkson on Writing About Divorce

Twenty years after her breakout on “American Idol,” Kelly Clarkson released an album called “Chemistry” that deals with the long... more

22 Sep 2023 · 30 minutes
Naomi Klein Speaks with Jia Tolentino about “Doppelganger”

For twenty-some years, Naomi Klein has been a leading thinker on the left. She’s especially known for the idea of... more

19 Sep 2023 · 20 minutes
A Solution For the Chronically Homeless, and Listening to Taylor Swift in Prison

About 1.2 million people in the United States experience homelessness in a given year—you could nearly fill the city of... more

15 Sep 2023 · 29 minutes
Richard Brody Makes the Case for Keeping Your DVDs

At the end of this month, after more than two decades, Netflix is phasing out its DVD-rental business. While that... more

12 Sep 2023 · 13 minutes
A Master Class with David Grann

David Grann is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of two nonfiction books that topped the... more

08 Sep 2023 · 34 minutes
Alone 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... more

05 Sep 2023 · 25 minutes
No More Souters

David Souter is one of the most private, low-profile Justices ever to have served on the Supreme Court. He rarely... more

01 Sep 2023 · 49 minutes
How Does Extreme Heat Affect the Body?

The Korey Stringer Institute at the University of Connecticut was named after an N.F.L. player who died of exertional heatstroke.... more

29 Aug 2023 · 16 minutes
The Origins of “Braiding Sweetgrass”

Robin Wall Kimmerer is an unlikely literary star. A botanist by training—a specialist in moss—she spent much of her career... more

25 Aug 2023 · 27 minutes
Tessa Hadley on What Decades of Failure Taught Her About Writing

The New Yorker first published a short story by Tessa Hadley in 2002. Titled “Lost and Found,” it described a... more

22 Aug 2023 · 19 minutes
Talking to Conservatives about Climate Change

Even in a summer of record-breaking heat and disasters, Republican Presidential candidates have ignored or mocked climate change. But some... more

18 Aug 2023 · 31 minutes
The Novelist Esmeralda Santiago on Learning to Write After a Stroke

The author Esmeralda Santiago has been writing about Puerto Rico and questions of immigration and identity since the early nineties.... more

15 Aug 2023 · 19 minutes
Will the End of Affirmative Action Lead to the End of Legacy Admissions?

The practice of legacy admissions—preferential consideration of the children of alumni—has emerged as a national flash point since the Supreme... more

11 Aug 2023 · 30 minutes
James McBride on His New Novel, “The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store”

James McBride’s new novel, “The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store,” centers on the discovery of a skeleton at the bottom... more

08 Aug 2023 · 14 minutes
Emily Nussbaum on the Culture Wars in Country Music

Last month, the country singer Jason Aldean released a music video for “Try That in a Small Town,” a song... more

04 Aug 2023 · 36 minutes
A Trip to the Boundary Waters

Alex Kotlowitz is known as a chronicler of Chicago, and of lives marred by urban poverty and violence. His books... more

01 Aug 2023 · 17 minutes
Regina Spektor on “Home, Before and After”

Twenty years ago, Regina Spektor was yet another aspiring musician in New York, lugging around a backpack full of self-produced... more

28 Jul 2023 · 43 minutes
Colson Whitehead on “Crook Manifesto”

Colson Whitehead is one of the most lauded writers working today. His 2016 novel “The Underground Railroad” won the National... more

25 Jul 2023 · 23 minutes
Adapting Robert Oppenheimer’s Story to Film, Plus Greta Gerwig on Becoming a Director

In making “Oppenheimer,” which opens in theatres this weekend, the director Christopher Nolan relied on a Pulitzer Prize-winning 2005 biography... more

21 Jul 2023 · 27 minutes
Donovan Ramsey on “When Crack Was King”

“When people think of the crack epidemic, they think of crime,” the journalist Donovan X. Ramsey tells David Remnick. “But... more

18 Jul 2023 · 23 minutes
A Mysterious Third Party Enters the Presidential Race

No Labels, which pitches itself as a centrist movement to appeal to disaffected voters, has secured a considerable amount of... more

14 Jul 2023 · 27 minutes
How to Buy Forgiveness from Medical Debt

Nearly one in ten Americans owe significant medical debt, a burden that can become crippling as living costs and interest... more

11 Jul 2023 · 14 minutes
The Conspiracies of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., the son of a former Attorney General and the nephew of President John F. Kennedy, has... more

07 Jul 2023 · 32 minutes
Beyoncé Takes the Stage

This summer, the most anticipated tour (in close contest with Taylor Swift) is Beyoncé’s tour for her seventh studio album,... more

04 Jul 2023 · 9 minutes
Russia’s No-Good, Very Failed Coup, and Jill Lepore on Amending the Constitution

Yevgeny Prigozhin’s march on Moscow last weekend, which killed more than a dozen Russian soldiers, fizzled as quickly as it... more

30 Jun 2023 · 41 minutes
Jonathan Mitchell, a Prominent Anti-Abortion Lawyer, on Restraining the Power of the Supreme Court

In recent years, the attorney Jonathan Mitchell has become a crucial figure in the anti-abortion movement. Advising a Texas state... more

27 Jun 2023 · 17 minutes
A Year of Change for a North Dakota Abortion Clinic, and the Composer John Williams

A year ago, the staff writer Emily Witt visited Fargo, North Dakota, to report on the Red River Women’s Clinic—the... more

23 Jun 2023 · 31 minutes
Singer-songwriter Joy Oladokun, Plus Bryan Washington

The singer-songwriter Joy Oladokun recently released her fourth album, called “Proof of Life.” Raised near Phoenix, Oladokun had aspirations of... more

20 Jun 2023 · 26 minutes
Dexter Filkins on the Dilemma at the Border

Dexter Filkins has reported on conflict situations around the world, and recently spent months reporting on the situation at the... more

16 Jun 2023 · 23 minutes
From “On the Media”: Seditious Conspiracy

On January 6th, 2021, “On the Media” reporter Micah Loewinger recorded the secret communications of the Oath Keepers on a... more

13 Jun 2023 · 35 minutes
The New York Times’ Publisher on the Future of Journalism, and the Poet Paul Tran

Over the past several years, as more democratic institutions and norms have come under attack, many journalists have raised the... more

09 Jun 2023 · 50 minutes
A Gay Russian, Exiled in Ireland

Evgeny Shtorn and Alexander Kondakov were living together in St. Petersburg when Vladimir Putin began his crackdown on the L.G.B.T.Q.... more

06 Jun 2023 · 18 minutes
Should We, and Can We, Put the Brakes on Artificial Intelligence?

Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, which created ChatGPT, says that AI is a powerful tool that will streamline human work... more

02 Jun 2023 · 32 minutes
The Director Rob Marshall on Halle Bailey as “The Little Mermaid”

The live-action remake of Disney’s classic “The Little Mermaid” is out this weekend. The performance of Halle Bailey as Princess... more

30 May 2023 · 16 minutes
E. Jean Carroll and Roberta Kaplan on Defamatory Trump, and Dexter Filkins on Ron DeSantis

Earlier this month, E Jean Carroll won an unprecedented legal victory: in a civil suit, Donald Trump was found liable... more

26 May 2023 · 33 minutes
Jill Lepore on the Joy of Gardening

It’s the time of year when many people feel an overpowering urge to dig—to plant their back yard or vegetable... more

23 May 2023 · 10 minutes
Behind the Scenes with Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks has been a constant presence on the American movie screen for forty years. He has played a mermaid’s... more

19 May 2023 · 37 minutes
How Climate Change Is Impacting Our Mental Health

In June, a first-of-its-kind lawsuit will go to trial in Montana. The case, Held v. Montana, centers on the climate... more

16 May 2023 · 16 minutes
Michael Schulman on the Writers’ Strike, and Samantha Irby with Doreen St. Félix

The last time the Writers Guild of America hit the picket line was fifteen years ago, with a strike that... more

12 May 2023 · 33 minutes
Germany’s Traumatized Kriegskinder Speak Out

A troubling question looms over the Kriegskinder, Germans who were children during the Second World War: Was my father a... more

09 May 2023 · 20 minutes
Have State Legislatures Gone Rogue? And Joshua Yaffa on Evan Gershkovich

Just a month ago, the story of two lawmakers expelled from the Tennessee legislature captured headlines across the country. Their... more

05 May 2023 · 31 minutes
King Charles III Takes the Throne

On May 6th, King Charles will become the oldest person to ascend the throne of the United Kingdom. He is... more

02 May 2023 · 10 minutes
Harry Belafonte, the Pioneering Artist-Activist

We take it for granted that entertainers can—and probably should—advocate for the causes they believe in, political and otherwise. That... more

30 Apr 2023 · 13 minutes
The Fall of Tucker Carlson, and the Making of Candace Owens

Once a Beltway neoconservative, Tucker Carlson came to embody the angry, forgotten white man—railing at “the élites” and propagating racist... more

28 Apr 2023 · 39 minutes
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In June, a first-of-its-kind lawsuit will go to trial in Montana. The case, Held v. Montana, centers on the climate crisis. Sixteen... more