Throughout the Russian invasion of Ukraine, David Remnick has talked with Stephen Kotkin, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution who is deeply informed on U.S.-Russia relations, and a biographer of Stalin. With the Ukrainian counter-offensive proceeding very slowly, Kotkin says that Ukraine is unlikely to “win the peace” on the battlefield; an armistice on Zelensky's terms—although they may be morally correct—would require the defeat of Russia itself. Realistically, he thinks, Ukraine must come to accept some loss of territory in exchange for security guarantees. And, without heavy political pressure from the U.S., Kotkin tells David Remnick, no amount of military aid would be sufficient. “We took regime change off the table,” Kotkin notes regretfully. “That's so much bigger than the F-16s or the tanks or the long-range missiles because that's the variable . . . . When he's scared that his regime could go down, he'll cut and run. And if he's not scared about his regime, he'll do the sanctions busting. He'll do everything he's doing because it's with impunity.” Share your thoughts on The New Yorker Radio Hour podcast.
A recent TikTok trend of asking men how often they think about the Roman Empire has gone viral. Kevin Feeney, a faculty fellow at New York University who teaches Roman history, joins to break down the obsession and explains what Ancient Rome and the United States have in common, and listeners to call in and share why they think about the Roman Empire so much.
Julia Longoria, host of WNYC's "More Perfect" talks about "More Perfect's" season as some episodes re-air on WNYC this week, and Steven Mazie, Supreme Court correspondent for The Economist and legal advisor for WNYC's "More Perfect" previews the upcoming term, with cases on guns, the abortion pill and more on the schedule.
With news of another government shutdown, Kadia Goba, politics reporter at Semafor, breaks down the politics at play with the brinksmanship over shutting down the federal government and what comes next for Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
Throughout the Russian invasion of Ukraine, David Remnick has talked with Stephen Kotkin, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution who is deeply informed on U.S.-Russia relations, and a biographer of Stalin. With the Ukrainian counter-offensive proceeding very slowly, Kotkin says that Ukraine is unlikely to “win the peace” on the battlefield; an armistice on Zelensky's terms—although they may be morally correct—would require the defeat of Russia itself. Realistically, he thinks, Ukraine must come to accept some loss of territory in exchange for security guarantees. And, without heavy political pressure from the U.S., Kotkin tells David Remnick, no amount of military aid would be sufficient. “We took regime change off the table,” Kotkin notes regretfully. “That's so much bigger than the F-16s or the tanks or the long-range missiles because that's the variable . . . . When he's scared that his regime could go down, he'll cut and run. And if he's not scared about his regime, he'll do the sanctions busting. He'll do everything he's doing because it's with impunity.”
Lucinda Rosenfeld joins Deborah Treisman to read and discuss “Returns,” by Annie Ernaux, translated from the French by Deborah Treisman, which was published in The New Yorker in 20233. Rosenfeld is the author of five novels, including “I'm So Happy for You” and “Class.”
Originally aired in 2018, this episode features reporter Brena Farrell as a new mom. Her son gave her and her husband a scare -- prompting them to call Poison Control. For Brenna, the experience was so odd, and oddly comforting, that she decided to dive into the birth story of this invisible network of poison experts, and try to understand the evolving relationship we humans have with our poisonous planet. As we learn about how poison control has changed over the years, we end up wondering what a place devoted to data and human connection can tell us about ourselves in this cultural moment of anxiety and information-overload. Our newsletter comes out every Wednesday. It includes short essays, recommendations, and details about other ways to interact with the show. Sign up (https://radiolab.org/newsletter)! Radiolab is supported by listeners like you. Support Radiolab by becoming a member of The Lab (https://members.radiolab.org/) today. Follow our show on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook @radiolab, and share your thoughts with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Leadership support for Radiolab's science programming is provided by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Science Sandbox, a Simons Foundation Initiative, and the John Templeton Foundation. Foundational support for Radiolab was provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
[REBROADCAST FROM June 1, 2021] New York Times bestselling YA novelist Mary H.K. Choi joins to discuss her new novel, Yolk, about two Korean-American sisters in NYC dealing with illness and grief. Kirkus writes, "This poignant story underscores self-sacrifices that prove to be life-sustaining in the name of sisterly love."
[REBROADCAST FROM AUGUST 6, 2021] We air highlights from our July 2021 "Get Lit with All Of It" book club event. We read The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris. Harris joins us to discuss her new thriller, which is set in the world of book publishing.
[REBROADCAST FROM AUGUST 6, 2021] We air highlights from our July 2021 Get Lit with All Of It virtual book club event. Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Madison McFerrin joined us for an interview and two special performances.
[REBROADCAST FROM MARCH 8, 2022] A debut novel tells the story of two siblings forced to confront family secrets after their mother dies and leaves behind a traditional Caribbean black cake and a voice recording. Author Charmaine Wilkerson joins us to discuss her novel, Black Cake, as part of our ongoing series, "2022 Debuts." This conversation was guest-hosted by Kerry Nolan.
[REBROADCAST FROM OCTOBER 5, 2020] Rumaan Alam joins us to discuss his novel, Leave the World Behind, which was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award in Fiction. Set at an AirBnb in a remote corner of Long Island, Amanda and Clay are on vacation with their two teenage children. Late one night, Ruth and G.H., an older couple, knock on their door bringing the news that a sudden blackout has swept the city … and that a mysterious apocalyptic event is coming.
In this first episode of our new miniseries, We Don't Talk About Leonard, ProPublica reporters Andrea Bernstein, Andy Kroll, and Ilya Marritz investigate the background of the man who has played a critical role in the conservative takeover of America's courts — Leonard Leo. From his humble roots in middle class New Jersey, to a mansion in Maine where last year he hosted a fabulous party on the eve of the Supreme Court decision to tank “Roe.” 1. The night before the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Leonard Leo threw a lavish party at his house in Maine. Listen. 2. Leonard Leo's journey from a high-schooler with the nickname "Moneybags Kid" to a high-ranking member of the Federalist Society. Listen. 3. Leonard Leo and the Federalist Society turn their attention to the state supreme courts. Listen. This podcast was created in partnership with ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive their biggest stories as soon as they're published.
The Washington Roundtable: Dianne Feinstein, who was the longest-serving female senator in U.S. history, died on Thursday, at the age of ninety. The New Yorker staff writers Susan B. Glasser, Jane Mayer, and Evan Osnos remember the Democrat from San Francisco, who leaves a legacy as an advocate for gun control and against the torture of detainees after 9/11. She fought to enable the release of the sixty-seven-hundred-page report of the C.I.A.'s interrogation program, though she worried about the effect on national security of criticizing the program, Jane Mayer recalls on this week's episode. “But she went with it on her own instincts,” says Mayer, “and then commissioned a study that laid out the guts of that program in a way that was incredible.” Also this week, President Biden, speaking at Arizona State University, called MAGA Republicans “a threat to the brick and mortar of our democratic institutions” and to the “character of our nation.” “I don't think I've ever heard a President feel the need to say in the course of a speech, ‘I stand for the peaceful transfer of power,' ” Evan Osnos says. “But that's actually what's required at the moment.”
In light of the recent dress code changes in the United States Senate, Allison Bornstein, personal stylist and author of Wear it Well: Reclaim Your Closet & Rediscover the Joy of Getting Dressed (Chronicle Books, 2023), discusses why what we wear matters, how fashion can act as self-care, and talks about her recent book.
A government shutdown is looking almost inevitable. Aaron Blake, senior political reporter, who writes The Fix at The Washington Post, talks about the politics at play; how politicians and voters are feeling about Senator Menendez, a week after his federal indictment on bribery charges. Plus, he talks about the legacy of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, whose death was confirmed this morning.
Jordyn Holman, New York Times business reporter covering the retail industry and consumerism, and Nick Garber, Crain's New York Business politics reporter, talk about Target's announcement that it will close 9 stores, including the one at the East River and E. 116th St. in Manhattan. The company cited shoplifting as the reason, but does plan to open a new smaller store on 125th St.
Being called the voice of a generation might seem a little off to someone born after the millennium. But Olivia Rodrigo's songs clearly hit home for Gen Z. She turned twenty this year, and has already been one of the biggest stars since 2021, when “Drivers License” became the No. 1 song on the planet. She won three Grammy Awards that year, including Best New Artist. One of her first public performances was on “Saturday Night Live.” Rodrigo's second album, “Guts,” came out this month, and she remains proud to channel the frustrations of young people. “My favorite songs to sing are the really angry ones,” she told David Remnick. “Especially on tour, I'll look out at the audience and sometimes see these very young girls, seven or eight, screaming these angry songs, so hyped and so enraged . . . . That's not something you see on the street, but it's just so cool that people get to express all those emotions through music.” Rodrigo talked with David Remnick about the lineage of singer-songwriters like Carole King, and dealing with social media as a young celebrity. Share your thoughts on The New Yorker Radio Hour podcast.
A big news day in national politics, as D.C. reckons with a looming shutdown, the death of Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, and a NJ Democrat's federal indictment. On Today's Show:Aaron Blake, senior political reporter, who writes The Fix at The Washington Post, talks about the politics at play in the shutdown, and how politicians and voters are feeling about Senator Menendez, a week after his federal indictment on bribery charges.
Outkast released their third album, Aquemini, on September 29, 1998. The album made it to number 2 on the Billboard 200 and helped bring legitimacy to Southern hip hop, becoming the first of that regional genre to receive a prestigious five-mic rating from The Source. For our series Silver Liner Notes, we celebrate the Aquemini's 25th anniversary with Rodney Carmichael, NPR Music's Atlanta-bred hip-hop staff writer and author of an oral history on the album. We also take your calls.
Last night, all but one of the GOP presidential frontrunners weighed in on the United Auto Workers strike from the debate stage, while Trump weighed in from a competing event with non-unionized workers. On Today's Show:Jeff Stein, White House economics reporter for The Washington Post, talks about how the GOP presidential hopefuls address the issues raised by the UAW strike as they meet for a second debate.
Jay-Z released his second album Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life on September 29, 1998. His first number one album, it spent five weeks at the top spot on the Billboard 200, more than any of his LPs since. Two decades later, the same magazine described the record as the moment "he transformed from respected New York MC to axis of American pop." For another installment of Silver Liner Notes, our 25th-anniversary series, we discuss the album's legacy with Andrea Duncan-Mao, All Of It's own senior producer and former MTV producer who covered Jay-Z's early career. And we take your calls.
Host Brian Stelter talks with WNYC's Nancy Solomon and The Messenger's Dan Merica about the corruption scandal dogging Bob Menendez and how the seemingly teflon senator from New Jersey may finally lose his grip on power. Allegations of gold bars and cash-filled envelopes have led Democrats to call for his resignation, with a 2024 senate race on the horizon. But what if Menendez doesn't budge? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Silicon Valley is notorious in the global economy and the American psyche. According to author Malcolm Harris, the Bay Area tech hub and California at large are a laboratory for the worst consequences of capitalism–centuries in the making. Harris unpacks this theory in his book “Palo Alto: A History of California, Capitalism, and the World.” He joins Kai to dig into the global history of Silicon Valley and his upbringing in the region. Tell us what you think. Instagram and X (Twitter): @noteswithkai. Email us at email@example.com. Send us a voice message by recording yourself on your phone and emailing us, or going to Instagram and clicking on the link in our bio. “Notes from America” airs live on Sunday evenings at 6pm ET. The podcast episodes are lightly edited from our live broadcasts. Tune into the show on Sunday nights via the stream on notesfromamerica.org.
Yoav Gonen, senior reporter for The City, recounts what happened when a police officer killed Kawaski Trawick in his apartment in The Bronx back in 2019, and why the NYPD is not recommending any discipline or misconduct charges for the two officers who were involved.
Cameron McWhirter, an Atlanta-based national reporter for The Wall Street Journal and the co-author (with Zusha Elinson) of American Gun: The True Story of the AR-15 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2023), and Zusha Elinson, Wall Street Journal reporter covering America's gun culture and industry, tell the story of America's gun culture through that of the AR-15, a weapon that went from use in Vietnam to leisure and mass shootings.
Listeners with large dogs share the difficulties they've experienced while trying to find an apartment that will rent to them, as well as issues they've come across while cohabitating in small spaces with their big furry friends. Plus, listeners who would rather not cohabitate in a building with big dogs share their reasoning.
"Jaja's African Hair Braiding" is a new Broadway play currently in previews written by playwright Jocelyn Bioh. The play tells the story of Jaja and her hair braiding shop in Harlem, featuring a cast of West African immigrant braiders, where on one hot summer day everything comes to blows. Bioh joins us in studio to discuss the production alongside director Whitney White and actor Zenzi Williams (Bea). "Jaja's African Hair Braiding" opens at Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on October 3 and runs through October 29.
Ballard is the name of the new album credited to LANZ & Kris Allen. Lanz is Benjamin Lanz, the trombonist and composer who plays with The National and Beirut and numerous other bands. Kris Allen is a sax player, bandleader and educator. But when you put them together, it's like Brian Eno and Sun Ra went to a My Bloody Valentine show, through perhaps a krautrock or post-rock filter. The result is a trippy batch of instrumentals built from highly processed electroacoustic sounds, sometimes maddeningly catchy and other times ambient and cool. LANZ & Kris Allen play some of this music, in-studio. Ballard by LANZ & Kris Allen
This Hispanic Heritage Month, we ask the question, how does one define Latino identity? And are there certain contexts when "latinx" is a more appropriate term? We explore these questions, and more, with our callers and with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Héctor Tobar, whose new book, Our Migrant Souls: A Meditation on Race and the Meanings and Myths of 'Latino' is a Kirkus Prize finalist.
In late August, Gannett, the country's largest newspaper company, rolled out a new artificial intelligence service that promised to automate high school sports coverage across the country. And within a matter of days it had gone horribly wrong. People on Twitter quickly discovered that bizarre phrases like “close encounters of the athletic kind,” or how one team “took victory away” from another, had shown up on Gannett news sites in Florida, Indiana, Georgia, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. As Scott Simon explained on NPR, in some of these AI articles there were robotic place holders where there should've been a mascot's name. Jay Allred is the CEO of Source Media Properties, which includes Richland Source, a local news organization in Ohio, and LedeAI, the company that built the technology that Gannett was using to automate its high school coverage. For the midweek podcast, OTM correspondent Micah Loewinger speaks with Jay about what went wrong, why he wanted to build this technology in the first place, and whether this disaster had shaken his belief in its potential.
Susan Dominus, staff writer for The New York Times Magazine explains why many colleges have for years been operating under an unofficial affirmative action policy...for men. Liam Knox, admissions and enrollment reporter for Inside Higher Ed talks about the changes to the U.S. News and World Report's college ranking system, and how it affected where different schools fell on the influential list.
Last week, Benjamin Wallace-Wells, who writes about politics for The New Yorker, went to Dubuque, Iowa, to attend a Trump rally. Wallace-Wells is now covering his third Trump campaign for President. This time, what stood out to him most was how much the rhetoric of the G.O.P. has shifted in the course of those three cycles. The former President, once an insurgent and inflammatory voice, now just sounds like an ordinary Republican. Wallace-Wells joins Tyler Foggatt to discuss what he heard from voters in Iowa, what he has observed in the broader Republican field, and why Donald Trump's 2024 lead has been so significant.
The music of American-Venezuelan singer-songwriter Devendra Banhart tends to attract epithets like "cosmic," "ambient," and "gentle." His new album, Flying Wig, delivers on those fortes, while leaning away from Banhart's folk roots with synth production from Welsh musician Cate Le Bon. Banhart joins us for a Listening Party.Banhart will perform at Webster Hall on October 11 and Asbury Lanes on October 13.
Today marks the series finale of the groundbreaking FX series "Reservation Dogs," which focused on a group of indigenous teenagers living in Oklahoma. Writer, director, and executive producer Sterlin Harjo joins us to discuss the finale, and the show as a whole.
Last week we heard one of Anna's most treasured episodes: her 2014 interview with actor Ellen Burstyn. Now, a brand new conversation. At 90, Ellen is busy with a new dog, sharing life with family and friends, and curating a book of her favorite poetry. “I hate to sound like I'm bragging,” she told Anna, “but I'm still working. I'm in good shape. I'm having a very good time.” You can listen to the original interview here.
This Sunday, Brooklyn venue Baby's All Right will host "A Benefit For Ukraine," a concert with proceeds going to the relief organizations Kind Deeds, which provides prosthetics for wounded Ukrainians soldiers, and Razom, which aids displaced Ukrainians. The concert will feature performances from actor Michael Imperioli's band ZOPA and rock band Loose Buttons, led by Ukrainian-American singer Eric Nizgretsky. Nizgretsky and Imperioli join us to preview the benefit.
On October 1, the group 'A is For' will hold its annual gala to raise both money and awareness for reproductive rights. We'll speak to its founders, actors Martha Plimpton and Kellie Overbey about the event and the group's mission in light of legal challenges to abortions and the overturn of Roe vs Wade.
What does it mean for our government that so many key elected officials and candidates are significantly older than the median age of the country? On Today's Show:David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker and the host of "The New Yorker Radio Hour" talks about current politics, including his recent article called "The Washington Gerontocracy."
The unemployment rate for Black New Yorkers remains startlingly and consistently high (12% in May), especially when compared to white New Yorkers (1.3%). Greg David, contributor covering fiscal and economic issues for The City and director of the business and economics reporting program at the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism and the author of Modern New York: The Life and Economics of a City (St. Martin's Press, 2012), and freelance reporter Safiyah Riddle, who co-reported the story for The City talk about this major disparity, and what policymakers are doing to address it. Plus: Greg explains a New York judge's surprise decision that stripped former President Trump of control of some of his properties.
Earlier this month, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced a lawsuit against five major oil companies seeking compensation for damages caused by climate change. Blanca Begert, California climate reporter for Politico, where she anchors the California Climate newsletter, explains what's behind the lawsuit and how Governor Newsom and Attorney General Rob Bonta will proceed.
Through the story of three North Philadelphia children and drawing on his research, Nikhil Goyal, sociologist and policymaker who served as senior policy advisor on education and children for Chairman Senator Bernie Sanders on the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions and Committee on the Budget and the author of Live to See the Day: Coming of Age in American Poverty (Metropolitan Books, 2023), shows how poverty limits the lives of U.S. children and offers policy solutions.
The daughter of eccentric aristocrats marries a Wall Street tycoon of dubious ethics during the Roaring Twenties. That sounds like a plot that F. Scott Fitzgerald might have written, or Edith Wharton. But “Trust,” by the writer Hernan Diaz, is very much of our time. The novel is told by four people in four different formats, which offer conflicting accounts of the couple's life, the tycoon Andrew Bevel's misdeeds, and his role in the crash of 1929. And though a book like “The Great Gatsby” tends to skirt around the question of how the rich make their money, Hernan Diaz puts that question at the heart of “Trust.” “What I was interested in, and this is why I chose finance capital, I wanted a realm of pure abstraction,” he tells David Remnick. Diaz was nearly unknown when “Trust,” his second novel, won the Pulitzer Prize this year.