The New Yorker Radio Hour

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Podcast Overview

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

Podcast Episodes

Trumpcare Revisited

The future of health care in America hangs in the balance as the Senate releases a revised bill to replace the Affordable Care Act. David Remnick talks with the historian Jill Lepore, and with Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, an architect of Obamacare who has met with the Trump Administration, about the future of expanding coverage.

Lucinda Williams Talks with Ariel Levy

Lucinda Williams won a Grammy for the song “Passionate Kisses,” which was performed by Mary Chapin-Carpenter; but she spent many years overlooked by the music industry: she was too country for rock and too rock for country.  In 1998, American music caught up to her, and her album "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road"  broke through.  The staff writer Ariel Levy sat down with Williams at the New Yorker Festival in 2012 to talk about God, Flannery O’Connor, and the musician’s path through the music industry.  Williams also performed live.

James Taylor Will Teach you Guitar

James Taylor’s songs are so familiar that they seem to have always existed. On stage at the New Yorker Festival in 2010, Taylor peeled back some of his influences: the Beatles, Bach, show tunes, and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Taylor played a few of his hits and gave staff writer Adam Gopnik a quick lesson.    

My Night at Mar-a-Lago

Donald Trump’s winter White House is his private club and family residence, Mar-a-Lago. We go there ourselves to take the political temperature of Palm Beach and sample the President’s brand of Chardonnay, while, somewhere nearby, the President deals with a foreign-policy crisis.

"Okja" and Other Strange Stories by Jon Ronson

David Remnick talks with the writer Jon Ronson about the surreal world of "Okja" he co-wrote with director Boon Joon-ho. Plus the U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith takes us on a walk in the woods.

Episode 88: Ai Weiwei, and Doing Business with China

Donald Trump’s policy of “America First” gives a rising China more room to flex its muscles. This week, we consider from many sides the complex relationship between the U.S. and China. David Remnick talks with Ai Weiwei, the dissident and global art star; a congressman asks us to reconsider trade with China; and Chinese students explain why Ivanka Trump is considered a role model in the country, and what that says about gender roles there. (Evan Osnos hosts this special episode.)

Episode 87: Virtual Reality, and the Politics of Genetics

As scientists learn more about how genes affect everything from hair color to sexual orientation and mental health, we’re faced with moral and political questions about how we allow science to intervene in the genetic code. In this episode, Siddhartha Mukherjee, the author of the book “The Gene: An Intimate History,” talks with David Remnick about the intimate and global implications of modern genetic science, and speaks frankly about his own family history of mental illness. Plus, we visit the studio of a leading sound-effects artist; and a virtual-reality team struggles to make a V.R. experience that lives up to the hype.




Originally aired May 13, 2016

Episode 86: Merchant Ivory’s Gay Love Story, and a Visit with Noriega

The director James Ivory talks about the film “Maurice,” based on a groundbreaking E. M. Forster novel—a gay love story with a happy ending. Jon Lee Anderson, who has covered Latin American insurgency and war, talks about his prison interview with the late Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega. And David Remnick assesses the chances for a peaceful resolution to the North Korea crisis.

Episode 85: Wedding Hair on Fire, and William Barber’s Religious Politics

A reverend and political activist thinks that Democrats and Republicans alike need to bring a sense of morality and Christian love back into their politics. But he’s not shy about calling conservative policies “heresy.” Paul Theroux, best known as a travel writer, explains why he set his new novel in his home town. And Kristen Wiig reads a story about a bride whose vision for her wedding hair is really out of control.

Episode 84: Jerrod Carmichael, and the Truth About Impeachment

As talk of a possible impeachment for President Trump grows more serious, Evan Osnos speaks with an expert about what impeachment really is, and what it takes to pull it off. In his first novel, a journalist imagines our current political divisions leading to all-out civil war. We talk with Jerrod Carmichael, whose comedy is not afraid to acknowledge apathy and ambivalence in the face of hot-button issues of race and politics. And Parker Posey performs a story by Demetri Martin about a summer camper from hell.

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