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Wesley boz
 Jul 22, 2018
no yelling, no name calling, just insightful, thoughtful reporting. Worth a listen.


A weekly discussion about politics, hosted by The New Yorker's executive editor, Dorothy Wickenden.

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Illeana Douglas Steps Forward
<p>The day after <em>The New Yorker</em> published Ronan Farrow’s exposé about <a href="">Harvey Weinstein</a>, Farrow got a phone call from the actress and screenwriter Illeana Douglas. She wanted to talk about Leslie Moonves, who was then the head of CBS and one of the most powerful men in the media industry. Douglas went on the record in a story by Farrow, describing an <a href="">assault by Moonves</a> in the nineteen-nineties and the repercussions to her career after she refused him. “I got warnings about the casting couch, but I didn’t perceive this as the casting couch,” Douglas tells David Remnick.  Moonves “was a man who I admired, and respected, and who had gained my trust. And now he was on top of me.” On September 9th, <em>The New Yorker</em> published a <a href="">follow-up story by Farrow</a>, describing new accusations. Three hours later, Moonves stepped down from his position at CBS. He has not, however, admitted any wrongdoing and has denied engaging in any non-consensual sex or any form of retaliation.</p>
Sep 17, 2018
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook, and the End of Silicon Valley’s “Wild West”
<p><span>Revelations about Facebook’s role in the Russian effort to undermine the 2016 Presidential elections, along with news about its failures to safeguard users’ privacy, has brought a </span><a href="">new level of scrutiny</a><span> to the company. As members of Congress consider ways to monitor Facebook’s operations, they warn that the era of the “Wild West” in Silicon Valley is coming to an end. Evan Osnos joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss how Facebook and its top executives are dealing with the backlash against the company.</span></p>
Sep 13, 2018
Parenting While Deported
<p>Idalia and Arnold came to this country nearly two decades ago, from Honduras. They settled in a small city in New England and found the working-class jobs of the type common to undocumented Central Americans: janitorial, hotel housekeeping and construction. They and their three children were a loving, close-knit family. The kids were active in school—in the band, on the football team, and in R.O.T.C. Idalia lectured them to work hard in school and set goals, and to spend less time playing video games. When one son got a hoverboard, he taught his mom to ride it, and she would take it to work to zoom around the hotel’s halls. But when Idalia was arrested for a traffic violation and deported to Honduras, things started to come apart. Idalia tries to stay present in her children’s lives, talking to them over video calls while they eat dinner or loaf around the house. But increasingly, it’s Andy, the sixteen-year-old middle child, who is playing the roles of mother and father to his whole family. The <em>New Yorker</em> staff writer <a href="">Sarah Stillman</a> and Micah Hauser, who have been tracking the fates of deportees, have spent much of the past year with this ordinary family that is facing an extraordinary situation.  </p> <p><em>The Columbia Journalism School's Global Migration Project supported the reporting of this story. </em><em>Eileen Grench assisted in translation.  </em></p>
Sep 10, 2018
Bob Woodward and an Anonymous New York Times Op-Ed Show Trump Isolated and In Peril
<p><span>Bob Woodward's book about life inside the Trump White House won't be published until next week, but an excerpt published in the Washington Post this week portrays Trump as erratic and ignorant, and quotes top officials describing measures they've taken to limit the President's destructive impulses. Similarly, an Op-Ed in the New York Times this week, written by an anonymous senior official in the Trump administration, describes a cabal of "unsung heroes" that acts to thwart parts of Trump's agenda and his worst impulses. In response, Trump reportedly worried to a friend that he could trust no one but members of his own family. Susan B. Glasser joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the revelations of Woodward's book and the perils facing a President who values personal loyalty above all else.</span></p>
Sep 07, 2018
Rev. Franklin Graham Offers an Evangelist’s View of Donald Trump
<p>Like his father, Rev. Billy Graham, before him, Rev. Franklin Graham is one of the nation’s most prominent preachers, influential in the evangelical world and in the highest echelons of Washington. But where Billy Graham came to regret that he had “sometimes crossed a line” into politics, Franklin Graham has no such qualms about showing his full-throated support of the President. An early advocate of Trump’s candidacy, he has remained stalwart even as scandals pile up. Graham tells the <em>New Yorker</em> staff writer <a href="">Eliza Griswold</a> that Trump’s critics have forgotten that “he’s our President. If he succeeds, you’re going to benefit.” Of Trump’s many personal scandals, Graham says only, “I hope we all learn from mistakes and get better. . . . As human beings, we’re all flawed, including Franklin Graham.”  </p>
Sep 03, 2018
The Challengers: Fierce Partisanship in the Land of John McCain
<p>On Saturday, John McCain, the six-term senator from Arizona and former Republican Presidential candidate, died after a battle with brain cancer. Three days later, Arizona held its statewide primary elections. McCain offered some pointed final words to his party, the President, and the country, about the dangers of political tribalism and fear-mongering. Jonathan Blitzer joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss how partisan rivalries, anxiety over immigration policy, and the legacy of John McCain are being felt in Arizona politics.</p>
Aug 30, 2018
An N.Y.P.D. Sergeant Blows the Whistle on Quotas
<p>Sergeant Edwin Raymond is the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit filed by a group of New York City police officers who have become famous as “the N.Y.P.D.-12.” They claim that, despite a 2010 statewide ban, officers are forced to meet monthly quotas for arrests and summonses—and that those quotas are enforced disproportionately on people of color. “They can't enforce [quotas] in Park Slope, predominantly white areas,” Raymond says. “But yet here they are in Flatbush, in Crown Heights, in Harlem, Mott Haven, South Side of Jamaica, enforcing these things.” He walks <a href="">Jennifer Gonnerman</a> through the process by which so-called quality-of-life or broken-windows policing—advocated forcefully by former New York Police Commissioner William Bratton—led to a form of systemic racism in policing.  Although he was concerned about what blowing the whistle would do to his own career, Raymond was promoted to sergeant, and he continues to hear from people around the world concerned about the spread of quota policing—which he calls “Bratton’s cancer.”</p>
Aug 27, 2018
Trump Asks, “How Did We End Up Here?” We Suggest: “Follow the Money”
<p>On Tuesday, Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, was convicted on multiple counts of tax and bank fraud. Also on Tuesday, Michael Cohen, Trump’s longtime lawyer and fixer, pleaded guilty to violations of campaign-finance law, which may directly implicate the President as an unindicted co-conspirator. Adam Davidson joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss what Manafort’s and Cohen’s legal troubles tell us about Trump’s history of corrupt business deals, and how to anticipate the disclosures to come.</p>
Aug 23, 2018
Three Actors Explain What It Means to be “Presidential”
<p>During the lead-up to the 2016 election, three actors who have played fictional Presidents of the United States discussed what it means to be “Presidential,” in a panel moderated by <a href="">Michael Schulman</a>. Bill Pullman, who, as President Thomas J. Whitmore, rallied the nations of the world to join forces in “Independence Day,” talks about how a reaction to Bill Clinton informed the movie’s depiction of an ex-military President. Alfre Woodard talks about how “State of Affairs” imagined a second black President in the character of Constance Payton. And Tony Goldwyn, who played Fitzgerald Grant, on “Scandal,” talks about Presidential nudity.</p>
Aug 20, 2018
Bill Browder, Putin’s Public Enemy No. 1
<p>During their summit in Helsinki, in July, Vladimir Putin made an offer to Donald Trump: Robert Mueller’s investigators could come to the Kremlin to interview twelve Russian intelligence officials. In return, Putin wanted the opportunity for the Kremlin to interview a select group of Americans. Among them was a little-known American-born hedge-fund manager named William Browder, whom Putin has criticized for his role in the passage of the Magnitsky Act, which levies sanctions against human-rights abusers in Russia. Browder and the Magnitsky Act were ostensibly the focus of the June, 2016, Trump Tower meeting, between a Russian lawyer and members of the Trump campaign, that is being investigated by Mueller. Joshua Yaffa joins David Rohde to discuss how a private financier became a central figure in the Trump-Russia investigation and in the relations between Washington and Moscow.</p>
Aug 16, 2018
David Remnick Interviews Lee Child, the Creator of Jack Reacher
<p>Lee Child didn’t start writing novels until he lost a prestigious job producing TV in England during a shakeup that he attributes to Rupert Murdoch. He tried his hand at writing a thriller, and found that the new career suited him: with a hundred million copies of his books in print in forty languages, Lee Child’s Jack Reacher novels make up one of the most successful series in print. Every September 1st, he sits down to write a new one. He tells his longtime fan David Remnick that his all-American tough guy is a modern-day knight-errant wandering the land doing good deeds. But at sixty-three, Lee Child has thoughts about giving Reacher up. What would he do, instead? Catch up on his own reading, finally getting around to Jane Austen and other classics. “Remember, I’m from Europe,” he points out. “I have no work ethic.”  </p>
Aug 13, 2018
Paul Manafort on Trial
<p>Last week, prosecutors began arguments again Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, in the first trial to come out of Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. Manafort has been indicted for a litany of financial crimes stemming from his work, from 2004 to 2014, as an advisor to a pro-Putin party in Ukraine. Meanwhile, President Trump continues to call the Mueller investigation a politically-motivated “witch hunt”. <a href="">Susan B. Glasser</a> joins <a href="">David Rohde</a> to discuss the courtroom spectacle of the Manafort Trial, how Mueller is building his case, and what's at stake for the President.  </p>
Aug 09, 2018
Astrid Holleeder’s Crime Family
<p>All her life, Astrid Holleeder knew that her older brother Willem was involved in crime; in their tough Amsterdam neighborhood, and as children of an abusive father, it wasn’t a shocking development. But she was stunned when, in 1983, Willem and his best friend, Cornelius van Hout, were revealed to be the masterminds behind the audacious kidnapping of the beer magnate Alfred Heineken. Although he served some time for the crime, it was only the beginning of the successful career of Holleeder. He became a celebrity criminal; he had a newspaper column, appeared on talk shows, and took selfies with admirers in Amsterdam. He got rich off of his investments in the sex trade and other businesses, but kept them well hidden. But when van Hout was assassinated and other of Holleeder’s associates started turning up dead, Astrid suspected that her brother had committed the murders. She decided to wear a wire and gather the evidence to put him away.f that didn't work, she told the <em>New Yorker</em> staff writer <a href="">Patrick Radden Keefe</a>, she would have to kill Willem herself. Willem is on trial now for multiple murders, and Astrid is testifying against him. Living in hiding, travelling in disguise, she tells Keefe the story of her complicity and its consequences. Keefe’s story about Astrid Holleeder, “<a href="">Crime Family</a>,” appears in this week’s magazine.</p>
Aug 06, 2018
How Long Will Trump's Economic Boom Last?
<p><span>President Trump has taken to boasting about overseeing, as he said recently, "the best economy in the history of our country." But trade wars loom and the deficit continues to grow. John Cassidy joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the good news and bad news about the American economy, and how the Administration's policies may affect the 2018 midterms and the 2020 presidential election.</span></p>
Aug 02, 2018
Will the Senate Get Tough on Russia?
<p>American sanctions on Russia—the Magnitsky Act, in particular—probably motivated the Kremlin’s interference in the 2016 election. But in the wake of the summit in Helsinki, and facing the threat of Russian meddling in the 2018 midterms, the Senate is now mulling even more sanctions. The <em>New Yorker</em> staff writer <a href="">Susan Glasser</a> spoke with Chris Van Hollen, a Democrat from Maryland, who is a co-sponsor (with Marco Rubio of Florida) of the DETER Act—“Defending Elections from Threats by Establishing Redlines.” The legislation says that, if the Director of National Intelligence determines that a foreign power has interfered in an election, that finding would trigger a series of crippling sanctions on key sectors of the adversary nation’s economy. That’s an action far harsher than anything the President has done to respond to the threat of Russia. Van Hollen tells Glasser that, on Russia, the gap between the President and his party continues to widen.  </p>
Jul 30, 2018
The Challengers: The Fight for the Working-Class Vote
<p>House Speaker Paul Ryan and Governor Scott Walker turned <a href="">Wisconsin</a> from a progressive state into the proving ground of right-wing politics. In 2016, Donald Trump narrowly won the state, the first Republican to win there in over thirty years. Next month, Randy Bryce, a steelworker, and Cathy Myers, a former teacher, are competing in the Democratic primary for the congressional seat currently held by Ryan, who is retiring. Dan Kaufman joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss how Democrats in Wisconsin are hoping to defeat the Tea Party and take back the Rust Belt.<br><br><span>Past episode of "The Challenger</span>s," a monthly segment devoted to the 2018 midterm races in states across the country:<br>"<a href="" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl=";source=gmail&amp;ust=1532720127543000&amp;usg=AFQjCNH67dLs2-l3dnmrcm641KeSZDEYaw">Uncivil Wars</a>": Evan Osnos and Dorothy Wickenden discuss how turmoil within both parties is manifesting itself in the midterms in Virginia and West Virginia.<br>"<a href="" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl=";source=gmail&amp;ust=1532720127543000&amp;usg=AFQjCNHqjlPybvlCt5meJ96wHUhfLbLSIA">Could the Democrats Take Texas?</a>": Lawrence Wright and Dorothy Wickenden discuss the bare-knuckle politics of the Lone Star State. </p>
Jul 26, 2018
Philip Roth in the #MeToo Era
<p>Among the examinations of Philip Roth’s work that followed his death, in May, were several that leveled a familiar charge at the author and his work: that of misogyny. Long known as a vivid chronicler of male sexual desire, Roth’s work, some argued, sidelined female characters, and conceived of them as simply objects of lust for Roth’s more rounded male protagonists. The writers Judith Thurman, Claudia Roth Pierpont and Lisa Halliday were all friends of Philip Roth’s, and all agree that to read Roth’s work as misogynistic is to misunderstand what Roth was after. “He wanted to know humanity and reflect it, not to change it or make it into a moral project,” Halliday says. They join David Remnick for a conversation about Roth’s relationship with women, on and off the page.</p> <p>This segment features excerpts from Roth’s work, read for <em>The New Yorker Radio Hour </em>by Liev Schreiber. Special thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and the Wylie Agency.</p>
Jul 23, 2018
Despite the "Helsinki Humiliation," Republicans Stay Loyal to Trump
<p>This week, at a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, President Trump again expressed doubt about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The next day, following a torrent of criticism, Trump claimed he had misspoken. Though some Congressional Republicans expressed disagreement with Trump's statement, none have meaningfully challenged his position on Russia. Evan Osnos joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss how Congressional Republicans' refusal to turn on Trump contribute to America's ongoing vulnerability to Russia attacks and undermines the basic premise of governance in this country.</p>
Jul 20, 2018
The Democratic Party, Desperately Seeking an Identity
<p>In June, the ten-term congressman Joe Crowley lost the Democratic primary for New York’s Fourteenth District to a twenty-eight-year-old democratic socialist, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. This result was a shock to the Democratic establishment, who had thought of Crowley as a likely successor to Nancy Pelosi, the Party’s leader in Congress. Ocasio-Cortez’s win is a boon to the Party’s progressive wing, and it mirrors the rift between the moderate establishment once embodied by Hillary Clinton and the liberal insurgency championed by Bernie Sanders. Across the country, in voting booths and legislative chambers, Democrats are struggling to define a cohesive identity and to find a way forward. Benjamin Wallace-Wells provides a survey of some key midterm races and considers what they tell us about the direction of the Democratic party.</p>
Jul 16, 2018
What Putin Hopes to Get at His Helsinki Summit with Trump
<p>Next week, President Trump will travel to Finland to meet with the Russian President, Vladimir Putin. Susan B. Glasser joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss what Putin hopes to achieve at the summit, and how Trump is upending decades of U.S. foreign policy to pursue policies that his closest advisers oppose. </p>
Jul 12, 2018
An Evangelical Activist Embraces #MeToo
<p>When Autumn Miles filed for divorce from an abusive spouse, the church that she belonged to told her to return to her husband—or face expulsion. Since then, Miles has been on a crusade to call attention to the treatment of women in the evangelical community. She tells <em>The New Yorker’s</em> <a href="">Eliza Griswold</a> that a Biblical scripture about wives “submitting” to their husbands has often been used to justify mistreatment. Although Miles isn’t an egalitarian—she opposes the ordination of women as head pastors—the lack of female leaders in the church strikes her as a problem. “Are we not elevating women to positions because of pride? Because of religion? Because of tradition?” she says. “If any of those things are the case . . . our pastors might need to repent.” And, if that causes a rift in a largely conservative community, she says, so be it.  </p>
Jul 09, 2018
The Contenders: Uncivil Wars
<p>W<span>est Virginia has grown increasingly conservative in recent decades, while Virginia has become more liberal. In Virginia, where Democrats hope gains will help them take the House, Abigail Spanberger, a former C.I.A. officer, poses a strong challenge to the Tea Party incumbent Dave Brat. Can a divided Democratic Party tip the balance against the G.O.P.? Evan Osnos joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss how West Virginia and Virginia are grappling with their political identities, and how turmoil within both parties will affect this year’s midterm elections.</span></p>
Jun 28, 2018
The Government Took Her Son. Will It Give Him Back?
<p>Border Patrol, which has forcibly separated families in border detention, has put some immigrant children in the care of a separate agency, the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Although a recent executive order modified the Administration’s “zero tolerance” policy of child separation, it said nothing about reuniting the more than two thousand children still in detention with their families. <a href="">Jonathan Blitzer</a> has reported on the bureaucratic nightmare facing mothers and fathers when the government is unable or unwilling to tell them where their children are. At an ICE facility in El Paso, Blitzer spoke with Ana Maritza Rivera, whose five-year-old son, Jairo, was taken from her. Through sheer luck, she found a case worker who knew his location, but it isn’t clear whether the government will reunite them before deporting Rivera to her native Honduras. Blitzer says that Rivera told an official, “If I get to the airport and my son is not there, you’ll be killing me.”</p>
Jun 25, 2018
Will Donald Trump Help Andrés Manuel López Obrador Become Mexico's Next President?
<p>On July 1st, Mexicans will elect a new President. The front-runner is Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a progressive populist and former mayor of Mexico City. López Obrador has promised to address the country's economic problems, rein in the drug cartels, and strongly oppose President Trump's anti-Mexico policies. Jon Lee Anderson joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss López Obrador and how the Trump backlash has contributed to his political rise.</p>
Jun 21, 2018
The Koch Brothers Say No to Tariffs
<p>Charles and David Koch are two of the ten richest Americans. They’ve been major donors to conservative and libertarian causes, funding candidates for office, the Tea Party movement, and even university economics departments. They sat out Donald Trump’s campaign for President, characterizing his race against Hillary Clinton as the choice between cancer and a heart attack. Now Trump has promised a wave of tariffs on products from China, Mexico, Canada, and the European Union, which violates their principles and would hurt the business of Koch Industries.  <a href="">Jane Mayer</a> has reported on the Kochs and their political activities for years. She tells David Remnick that the brothers plan to spend thirty million dollars on advertising against the tariffs, right as the midterm elections offer voters a referendum on the Trump Presidency. But, as much as trade is a flash point in the Republican Party, Mayer thinks that, in the most critical areas of environmental deregulation and corporate taxes, the Kochs have every reason to be satisfied with the Administration.  </p>
Jun 18, 2018
Jeff Sessions’s Radical Immigration Policies
<p>President Trump has struggled to fulfill several of his campaign pledges, but in one area his Administration has made considerable headway: his Attorney General is leading a brutal crackdown on undocumented migrants. Jonathan Blitzer joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the Administration’s radical reimagining of immigration policy.</p>
Jun 14, 2018
In the Civil Service, Loyalty Now Comes Before Expertise
<p>Donald Trump came into office promising to make so many cuts to the government that “your head will spin.” <a href="">Evan Osnos</a> has been reporting from Washington on how the Administration is radically changing the civil service, and he’s found that, to a degree unprecedented in modern times, political loyalty is prized over qualifications and experience. In many departments, senior officials deemed insufficiently loyal have been “turkey-farmed”—reassigned to jobs that are meaningless or less important than their previous posts. (The practice was known in the Nixon Administration as the “new activity technique.”) Osnos spoke with Matthew Allen, who was, until recently, the communications director at the Bureau of Land Management.</p>
Jun 11, 2018
What Does Kim Jong Un Really Want From the Summit in Singapore?
<p><span>Next week, President Donald Trump will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore. The summit comes after months of political provocations from both leaders. Evan Osnos joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss what Kim really wants to achieve, and how he is positioning himself as a power-broker in Asia.</span></p>
Jun 07, 2018
Marco Rubio: “Modernizing” Conservatism
<p>Not so long ago, Senator Marco Rubio was seen as the shining future of the G.O.P.: a staunch, national-security-minded conservative who was young, charismatic, and a popular Latino politician in a crucial swing state. That was before Donald Trump’s instinct for insult rendered him “Little Marco.”  </p> <p>Since the election of 2016, Rubio—like many traditional conservatives—has been weighing what it means to be a Republican in the age of Trump. Rubio spoke with the <a href=""></a> columnist <a href="">Susan B. Glasser</a> about the threat of China and the future of his party. “We’re modernizing,” Rubio tells her. “Just like every couple weeks I get an update that there’s a software update on my phone that I should download. I think we have to update it, because there’s new ideas and new realities.” “Do you always update those?” Glasser wonders. “Generally,” Rubio replies. “Depends what the fix is.”</p>
Jun 04, 2018
A Teachers' Strike and a Democratic Movement in Oklahoma
<p><span>In February, teachers in West Virginia went on strike to protest low wages and underfunding of schools. Since then, teachers have gone on strike in Arizona, Colorado, Kentucky, North Carolina and Oklahoma. New Yorker contributor and Oklahoman Rivka Galchen recently visited with the striking teachers in Oklahoma and joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss how the teacher protest movement is contributing to grassroots political change across the country.</span></p>
May 31, 2018
Malcolm Gladwell on Understanding School Shooters
<p>In his <em>New Yorker</em> story “<a href="">Thresholds of Violence</a>,” Malcolm Gladwell turned his attention to the psychology of school shooters. In a conversation with <em>The New Yorker’</em>s Dorothy Wickenden, Gladwell explains why the social dynamics of school shootings are comparable to those of a riot, where every act of violence makes the next one slightly more likely. He also explains why the problem is far too complex to be addressed through gun control.</p>
May 28, 2018
The Challengers: Could the Democrats Take Texas?
<p><span>This week, we inaugurate our new monthly series, "The Challengers," which will discuss some of the most contentious midterm races across the country, and examine how revolts against established politicians are reshaping the two parties. On this episode, Lawrence Wright, a New Yorker staff writer and the author of "God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State," joins Dorothy Wickenden to talk about the political scene in the Lone Star State, where Republicans have been in control for more than two decades, and now face insurgent candidates on many fronts.</span></p>
May 24, 2018
An Architect of the Iran Deal Sees Her Work Crumbling
<p><a href="">Susan B. Glasser</a>, a staff writer for <em>The New Yorker</em> based in Washington, speaks with Wendy Sherman about the Trump Administration’s withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran deal. As the Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs in the Obama Administration, Sherman helped write that agreement, and led the U.S. negotiating team in complex multilateral talks. She also has first-hand experience negotiating with the North Korean government, having visited Pyongyang with Secretary of State Madeleine Albright during the Clinton Presidency.  </p> <p>The Iran deal seemed to be working: in exchange for curbing its nuclear program, as the International Atomic Energy Agency subsequently verified, Iran got relief from sanctions. But Donald Trump lambasted the deal throughout his campaign and Presidency; he called it overly generous and vowed to withdraw from it. John Bolton, his recently appointed national security adviser, opposed the deal on the grounds that verification was not “infallible.” Sherman has a sobering question for the Trump Administration, which now wishes to negotiate with Kim Jong Un about North Korea’s nuclear program: “How in God’s name can any verification or monitoring of North Korea be infallible?</p>
May 21, 2018
Trump, Putin, Kim Jong Un, and the Perils of the New Nuclear Proliferation
<p><span>The Cold War was a showdown between two nuclear powers, and many experts believe that it was nearly miraculous that the period ended without catastrophic loss of life.Today, with nine nations possessing nuclear weapons and</span><span> three other which may soon develop their own</span><span>, the situation is more volatile still. Eric Schlosser joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss why the world is in a nuclear arms race, what happened to the No Nukes movement, and whether significant reductions in arsenals are still possible.</span></p>
May 18, 2018
Senator Mark Warner on the Threat of Russia
<p>In an atmosphere of toxic political partisanship, the Senate’s Select Committee on Intelligence is working very hard to maintain a functioning bipartisan investigation on Russian interference. The vice-chairman of that committee, Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, is more informed about Russia’s role in the 2016 election—on social media and in communications with the Trump campaign—than just about anyone else in Washington. Warner is deeply frustrated that, after everything his committee and others have discovered about Russian hacking and manipulation, the White House is ignoring a clear and present danger. Russia has interfered with democracy in the United States and elsewhere “for less than the cost of one new F-35 airplane,” Warner tells David Remnick. “We’re buying the world’s best twentieth-century military, when in many ways, the conflict in the twenty-first century may be in the realm of cyber and misinformation,” he says. “And in those areas, Russia is our peer.”</p>
May 14, 2018
How Michael Avenatti is Redefining His Legal Case Against Trump
<p><span>This week, Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for the adult film star Stormy Daniels, released a report detailing the shady business practices of Michael Cohen, President Trump's personal lawyer. Adam Davidson joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss Avenatti's aggressive push to move beyond a narrow focus on campaign hush money to questions about selling access to the President.</span></p>
May 10, 2018
Stacey Abrams Runs to Make History in Georgia
<p>A groundswell of women are seeking congressional seats this year, as Margaret Talbot recently <a href="">reported</a>, and an all-time high of seventy-eight women are expected to run for governor. Among them is Stacey Abrams, a lawyer, businesswoman, author, and former state representative. If elected governor of Georgia, Abrams would be the first black woman to lead a state, as well as one of the first fiction writers to hold that office; under the name Selena Montgomery, Abrams is the author of a number of romantic novels. Under her own name, Abrams wrote “Minority Leader,” a nonfiction account of her time as a lawmaker. “For me,” she told <em>The New Yorker’s</em> <a href="">Jeffrey Toobin</a>, “there’s no clear roadmap for this.”</p>
May 07, 2018
Mueller, Rosenstein, and Trump's Legal Liabilities
<p>Recent weeks have seen an F.B.I. raid on the offices of President Trump’s personal lawyer, a leak of the Mueller investigation’s questions for the President, and a shakeup on Trump’s legal team. Jeffrey Toobin joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss Mueller’s obstruction-of-justice case, the hush-money caper, Giuliani’s bizarre attempts to exculpate Trump, and the continuing showdown between the President and his own Department of Justice.</p>
May 03, 2018
ICE Comes to a Small Town in Tennessee
<p>Earlier this month, Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted its largest workplace raid in a decade, in the tiny town of Bean Station, Tennessee. The owner of a meat-packing plant was being investigated by the I.R.S., and was suspected of employing undocumented workers. Ninety-seven people, mostly from Mexico and Guatemala, were arrested. Most lived in Morristown, in Hamblen County, which voted seventy-seven per cent for Donald Trump in the 2016 election. This suggests that Hamblen is an inhospitable place for undocumented Latinos, but the reality that the staff writer Jonathan Blitzer found while <a href="">covering</a> the raid is more complicated; U.S.-born residents were quick to tell him that the community had quickly raised sixty thousand dollars for the families of detainees. Blitzer talked with David Williams, the pastor of Hillcrest Baptist Church, in Morristown, who said that the raid has inspired conservative residents to reconsider what immigration enforcement should look like.</p>
Apr 30, 2018
Can President Macron Outwit President Trump?
<p>This week, President Trump hosted his first state dinner, in honor of Emmanuel Macron, the French President. Macron spoke with Trump about the Iran nuclear deal, and gave a speech before a joint session of Congress explaining his differences with current U.S. policies on the Middle East and on climate change. Lauren Collins joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss how Macron set out to disarm Trump, and to persuade him to think more like a European.</p>
Apr 26, 2018
James Comey Makes His Case to America
<p>In a long career in law enforcement, the former F.B.I. Director James Comey aimed to be above politics, but in the 2016 election he stepped directly into it.  In his book, “A Higher Loyalty,” Comey makes the case to America that he handled the F.B.I. investigations into Hillary Clinton’s e-mails and Donald Trump’s campaign correctly, regardless of the consequences. Even after being fired by President Trump, the former F.B.I Director says he doesn’t dislike the President; he tells David Remnick that what he feels is more akin to sympathy.  Trump “has an emptiness inside of him, and a hunger for affirmation, that I’ve never seen in an adult,” Comey says. “He lacks external reference points. Instead of making hard decisions by calling upon a religious tradition, or logic, or tradition or history, it’s all, ‘what will fill this hole?’ ” As a result, Comey says, “The President poses significant threats to the rule of law,” and he chides Congressional Republicans for going along with the President’s aberrations. “What,” he rhetorically asks Mitch McConnell and others, “are you going to tell your grandchildren?”  Nevertheless, Comey remains hopeful about the resilience of American institutions. “There isn’t a ‘deep state,’ [but] there is a deep culture,” he believes. “It is [about] the rule of law and doing it the right way,” and it serves as “a ballast” during political turmoil. David Remnick’s interview with James Comey was taped live at New York’s Town Hall on April 19, 2018.</p>
Apr 23, 2018
Will the Midterm Elections Produce a Women's Wave?
<p><span>As of this week, five hundred and twenty-nine women are running in 2018 for Congress. Another seventy-eight are pursuing governorships. <a href="">Margaret Talbot</a> joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the surge in female candidates, and how the sexual scandals surrounding Trump may affect the elections in November. </span></p>
Apr 19, 2018
Ross Douthat on the Trumpian Side of Pope Francis
<p>As a conservative columnist at the New York <em>Times</em>, Ross Douthat fills the post once held by no less a figure than William Kristol.  A devout Catholic, Douthat opposes the progressive direction in which Pope Francis is leading the Church—to prioritize caring for poor people and migrants over opposing abortion and the culture of sexual revolution—even though he acknowledges to David Remnick that this puts him at odds with the Church’s emphasis on mercy.  In his new book, “To Change the Church: Pope Francis of the Future of Catholicism,” Douthat provocatively compares Francis to Donald Trump, painting him as a disruptive figure who is determined to bring change fast and damn the consequences.</p>
Apr 16, 2018
Trump and Putin Face Off Over Syria
<p>The Russian-backed forces of President Bashar al-Assad have all but regained control of Syria, leaving hundreds of thousands dead and more than half of the country's population displaced. This week, President Trump threatened Russia over its backing of Assad, whom Trump referred to as a "Gas Killing Animal." Robin Wright joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the showdown between the United States and Russia in Syria, and how it will shape the politics in the region.</p>
Apr 13, 2018
Emma González at the Head of #NeverAgain
<p>Emma González is a survivor of the Parkland attack and, in its aftermath, she has quickly become one of the most visible leaders of the new push for gun control in this country. In the last two months she has debated an N.R.A. spokesman on live television and faced a wave of extremist trolls.  And, seemingly overnight, she and her classmates from Marjory Stoneman Douglas forged a national movement, #NeverAgain, which gathered hundreds of thousands of protesters across the country in an event billed as the “March for Our Lives.”</p> <p>González spoke to David Remnick on the phone from her home in Florida. In their conversation, she explains how her life has changed since the shooting, and why activism comes surprisingly naturally to high-school students: “We know how to keep people's attention on us because we're teenagers, and we have the phones.”</p> <p> </p>
Apr 09, 2018
Facebook's Political Reckoning
<p><span>As Facebook faces rising scrutiny about Facebook's handling of users' private information, Mark Zuckerberg struggles to contain the damage. Next week, he'll be questioned before a congressional committee. Andrew Marantz joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss how Facebook and other social media companies are responding to unprecedented political pressures from Washington and their own customers.</span></p>
Apr 05, 2018
John Thompson vs. American Justice
<p>When police showed up to question John Thompson, he was worried that it was because he had sold drugs to an undercover cop.  When he realized they were investigating a murder, he could only laugh: “Shit, for real? Murder?”</p> <p>Thompson was insistent on his innocence, but New Orleans prosecutors wanted a conviction for a high-profile murder, and they were not scrupulous about how they got it. Thompson quickly found himself on death row. Eighteen years later, just weeks before Thompson was due to be executed, his lawyers discovered that a prosecutor had hidden exculpatory evidence from the defense. Thompson had been set up. This was a violation of the Brady Rule, established by the Supreme Court, in 1963, to ensure fair trials. Ultimately, he was exonerated of both crimes, but his attempts to get a settlement from the district attorney’s office—compensation for his time in prison—were thwarted. Though an appeals court had upheld a fourteen-million-dollar settlement, the Supreme Court reversed the decision, declining to punish the D.A. for violating the Court's own ruling.</p> <p>Thompson’s case revealed fundamental imbalances that undermine the very notion of a fair trial.  Under the Brady Rule, prosecutors must share with the defense any evidence that could be favorable to the defendant.  But there is essentially no practical enforcement of this rule. In most states, prosecutors are the ones who hold the evidence and choose what to share, and disclosing exculpatory evidence makes their cases harder to win. We have absolutely no idea how many criminal trials are flawed by these violations.</p> <p>The staff writer <a href="">Andrew Marantz</a>, his wife, Sarah Lustbader, of the Fair Punishment Project, and the producer Katherine Wells reported on John Thompson’s story and its implications. They spoke with the late John Thompson (who died in 2017), with his lawyers, and with Harry Connick, Sr., the retired New Orleans D.A. who, despite having tried very hard to have Thompson killed, remains unrepentant.</p> <p>This episode contains explicit language and may not be suitable for children.</p>
Apr 02, 2018
#NeverAgain and the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.
<p><span>Last week, in a </span><span>coordinated effort by many grassroots groups, </span><span>a series of protests against gun violence took place in communities around the world. Jelani Cobb joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss how today's activists are adapting Civil Rights-era principles to organize twenty-first-century movements.</span></p>
Mar 30, 2018
The American Bombs Falling on Yemen
<p>Abdulqader Hilal Al-Dabab was the mayor of Sana’a, a politician with a long record of mediating disputes in a notoriously fractious and dangerous country. Earlier in his career, he accepted a position at which his two predecessors had been assassinated; Hilal, as he was known, served in that post for seven years. By 2015, Yemen was at war and Sana’a had become the center of a brutally destructive bombing campaign by a coalition led by Saudi Arabia—with planes, arms, and logistical support from the United States. Hilal was trying to hold the city together, keeping the ambulances running and convincing parents to send their children to school. At the same time, he was trying to broker a ceasefire, using the skills he had cultivated in local government at a broader level. When the Saudis bombed a funeral gathering that Hilal was attending, he was killed and the country lost a bright hope for peace. <a href="">Nicolas Niarchos</a> talks with Hilal’s son about his father’s fate and what it says about the country’s future.</p>
Mar 26, 2018
Cambridge Analytica and the Dark Arts of Voter Manipulation
<p><span>This week, new stories emerged about how the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica used data from tens of millions of Facebook profiles to shape Trump's culture war. </span><span>Cambridge Analytica is almost wholly owned by the family of Robert Mercer, a billionaire donor with a far-right vision of America. </span><span>Jane Mayer joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss how dark money and data mining are being used to influence elections and undermine democracy.</span></p>
Mar 23, 2018
Armando Iannucci on “The Death of Stalin”
<p>As the fourth season of “Veep” came to an end, director Armando Iannucci turned from chronicling the foibles of cynical western democracy to something darker still: life under dictatorship.  He found his source material in the French graphic novel “The Death of Stalin.” David Remnick compares Iannucci’s new film to “Get Out”—a real horror story that is also a comedy of terror. “I wanted to take myself out of my comfort zone by taking on these themes that involved death, destruction, and paranoia,” Iannucci tells him. As the brutal dictatorships of the twentieth century fade into history, Iannucci wants to remind people—especially those frustrated with democracy—just how horrific totalitarianism really is.</p>
Mar 19, 2018
At Trump's State Department, Tillerson Is Out, Pompeo In
<p><span>On Tuesday, President Trump announced that he had fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson </span><span>and</span><span> planned to replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo. Dexter Filkins joins Evan Osnos to discuss the changes at the top of the State Department </span><span>and</span><span> the CIA, </span><span>and</span><span> where the Trump administration is heading on foreign policy </span><span>and</span><span> national security.</span></p>
Mar 15, 2018
Christopher Steele, the Man Behind the Dossier
<p>The dossier—a secret report alleging various corrupt dealings between Donald Trump, his campaign, and the government of Russia, made public after the 2016 election—is one of the most hotly debated documents in Washington. The dossier’s author, Christopher Steele, is a former British spy working on contract, and went into hiding after its publication. “<a href="">The Man Behind the Dossier</a>,” Jane Mayer’s report on Steele, was just published in <em>The New Yorker</em>. She reports that Steele is in the "unenviable predicament" of being hated by both Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin—and that he documented more evidence than he put in the dossier.</p>
Mar 12, 2018
Can Trump Make Peace with Kim Jong-Un?
<div dir="ltr">Yesterday, the White House announced that President Trump would travel to North Korea to meet with Kim Jong-Un to discuss the regime's nuclear program. Robin Wright joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss how the Administration's slapdash foreign policy is aiding the autocracies of North Korea, Iran, and Syria, and undermining American influence around the world. </div> <p> </p>
Mar 09, 2018
How Florida Became Gun Paradise
<p>A national conversation about gun control is gaining ground after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida. But in the days just after the shooting Florida legislators voted against even debating gun control. The unwillingness of politicians across the country to address the crisis is rooted in the lobbying efforts of the National Rifle Association, and in Florida the N.R.A.’s voice is a particularly powerful one. Marion Hammer is responsible for some of the state’s most extreme gun laws, like concealed carry, which went on to be copied by many other states. Mike Spies recently <a href="">profiled</a> Hammer for <em>The New Yorker</em>, and he joins the staff writer <a href="">Evan Osnos</a> to discuss how she became an untouchable figure in Florida, writing laws and giving orders at the highest levels of government. But the high schoolers who survived the Parkland shooting, Spies thinks, may be Hammer’s nightmare.</p>
Mar 05, 2018
After Parkland: Kids and Moms Take on the NRA
<p><span>Teenaged survivors  of the shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, already have begun to change the terms of debate over gun safety. Adam Gopnik joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss how grassroots movements--from Mothers Against Drunk Driving to Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America--force social and political change.</span></p>
Mar 02, 2018
Masha Gessen on Putin’s Russia and Trump’s America
<p><a href="">Masha Gessen</a> was born in Moscow, and came to this country with her family as a teenager, and she moved back and forth between the United States and Russia as an adult.  Her work as a journalist and as a gay rights activist in both countries has made her uniquely positioned to write about Vladimir Putin’s Russia, Donald Trump’s America, and how they intersect at this very fraught moment. “It’s like I was gifted with this special pair of eyeglasses,” she tells David Remnick. </p> <p>Gessen is as ferocious a critic of Putin as you’ll find, yet she’s skeptical of how much attention the Russia scandal has received in the media. “Every column inch that’s devoted to the Mueller probe is not devoted to some other thing that the Trump Administration is doing, that I think often is more important,” she said. When asked about the effects of Trumpism on American society, Gessen thinks that while we’re having lots of conversations <em>about </em>politics, we’ve lost the capacity for political conversation: “A political conversation is a conversation in which people with different views come to agreements about how they’re going to inhabit this society together,” she says. “We don’t see that happening in Congress, we don’t see that happening in the streets, we don’t see that happening at kitchen tables.”</p> <p> </p>
Feb 26, 2018
Inside Trump's Dirty Deals Abroad
<p><span>What does the Trump Organization's unorthodox business conduct reveal about the Administration's political troubles with Special Counsel Robert Mueller? </span><span>Adam Davidson joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss how the Trump family's financial ties to Russian oligarchs led to extraordinarily risky behavior during the campaign and the current questions about obstruction of justice and collusion with Putin's Russia.</span></p>
Feb 22, 2018
A Reckoning at Facebook
<p>We now know that Russian operatives exploited Facebook and other social media to sow division and undermine the election of 2016, and special counsel Robert Mueller recently indicted Russian nationals and Russian entities for this activity. During that period, however, Facebook executives kept their heads down, and the C.E.O., Mark Zuckerberg, denied and underplayed the extent of the damage. Now Zuckerberg is in a process of soul-searching, attempting to right Facebook’s missteps—even if it means less traffic to the site. Nicholas Thompson, the editor in chief of <em>Wired</em> (formerly the editor of <a href=""></a>), interviewed fifty-one current and former employees of Facebook for a <em>Wired</em> cover story, co-written with Fred Vogelstein, called “Inside the Two Years that Shook Facebook—and the World.” He tells David Remnick that the effort is not just lip service: for a business like Facebook, reputation really is everything.</p>
Feb 19, 2018
Trump Versus the Intelligence Community
<p>The tensions between President Trump and the intelligence agencies escalated this week. On Tuesday, the nation’s top national-security officials warned the Senate Intelligence Committee that the current security-clearance program at the White House is broken, and that the country is dangerously vulnerable to ongoing cyber attacks by Russia. Evan Osnos joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss how the Trump White House is undermining the nation’s security.</p>
Feb 15, 2018
Taking Politics to Extremes
<p>The 2016 Presidential primaries were a rebuke to moderates in both parties. Bernie Sanders, a sometime Democratic Socialist, built a grassroots movement that bitterly rejected the centrist Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump, whose conservative credentials were deeply suspect, defeated sixteen Republican stalwarts. As the 2018 midterms approach, both parties are wrestling with the question of whether to rise with the tide of extremist sentiment, or run moderates to regain the center. Andrew Hall, an assistant professor of political science at Stanford, studies the effect of extremist candidates on elections. He tells <em>The New Yorker’s</em> <a href="">Amy Davidson Sorkin</a> that we may be asking the wrong question.</p>
Feb 12, 2018
#MeToo Takes on the White House—and Its Own Critics
<p><span>This week, Rob Porter, an aide to President Trump, resigned after his two ex-wives went public with accusations that he'd been physically abusive. At the same time, the backlash against #MeToo continues. Jia Tolentino joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss how to think about the public shaming of powerful men charged with sexual misconduct.</span></p>
Feb 09, 2018
Laura Kipnis on the State of #MeToo
<p>Laura Kipnis is a professor at Northwestern University and a provocative feminist critic. Her book “Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus” states, “If this is feminism, it’s feminism hijacked by melodrama.” She has been accused of violating Title IX by creating a hostile environment for students to report harassment. Kipnis, who supports the movement, tells the staff writer Alexandra Schwartz that the grassroots power of public revelations is being hijacked by institutions in a power grab to control the lives of employees and students. The real feminist lesson of cases like Aziz Ansari’s much-discussed bad date, Kipnis thinks, is that women as well as men need to reflect on how they conduct themselves in heterosexual relationships.</p>
Feb 05, 2018
Trump's Nuclear Threats
<p><span>In his first State of the Union Address, President Trump made passing reference to making America's nuclear arsenal "so strong and so powerful that it will deter any acts of aggression by any other nation or anyone else." Also this week, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists announced that the world is closer to a global nuclear war than at any time since the 1950s. Steve Coll joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the escalating risk of nuclear warfare under President Trump.</span></p>
Feb 01, 2018
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Discovering America
<p>The novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has had commercial and critical success: Her best-seller “Americanah” won a National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction, and a speech she gave on feminism was sampled by Beyoncé. But Adichie is skeptical of fame, and not afraid to voice controversial opinions. At The New Yorker Festival in October, 2017, she spoke with David Remnick about how the left in this country seems “cannibalistic,” and how, as a Nigerian immigrant to America, she at first distanced herself from our country’s conception of blackness. America was complicated for Adichie: she appreciated the freedom from the social hierarchies back home, but she had imagined everything would be newer and shinier than it really was.</p>
Jan 29, 2018
Trump, Robert Mueller, and Obstruction of Justice
<p><span>In June, President Trump ordered the firing of Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. He changed his mind when Don McGahn, the White House counsel, threatened to resign. Jeffrey Toobin joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss Trump's growing legal vulnerabilities.</span></p>
Jan 26, 2018
A Government Takeover by the Ku Klux Klan
<p>The Ku Klux Klan was originally focused on maintaining the old racial order in the postwar South, chiefly through the violent suppression of African-Americans. But, in the nineteen-twenties, the Klan was reborn as a nationwide movement targeting not only African-Americans but Jews, Catholics, Muslims, Mexican-Americans, and Asian immigrants. In the jingoistic years following the First World War, the Klan made discrimination the new patriotism. The Bancroft Prize-winning historian Linda Gordon charts this rebirth in “The Second Coming of the KKK.” She writes that millions of people joined the Klan in the span of just a few years, among them mayors, congressmen, senators, and governors; three Presidents were members of the Klan at some point before taking the office. Gordon tells David Remnick that the lessons for our current political moment are sobering.</p>
Jan 22, 2018
The Trump Paradox
<p>With government shutdown looming over Washington, the G.O.P. finds itself once again mired in intra-party conflicts. Despite its struggles with basic governance, Republicans have begun to achieve many of their long-standing goals. John Cassidy joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss how they're succeeding and where they're most vulnerable.</p>
Jan 19, 2018
Jonathan Blitzer and Sarah Stillman on Immigration in the Trump Era
<p>From the first day of Donald Trump’s Presidency, immigration and deportation have been at the top of the agenda—from the so-called Muslim ban to the use of DACA recipients as a bargaining chip in the quest for a border wall. Under his Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement overturned some of its priorities under President Obama. Immigration arrests rose forty per cent in 2017; in January, 2018, two hundred thousand refugees from catastrophic earthquakes in El Salvador were ordered home, and the State of Washington sued Motel 6 for allegedly handing over guest lists to ICE agents, in violation of the law. The president complained about accepting immigrants from countries he considers “shitholes.”  <a href="">Sarah Stillman</a> and <a href="">Jonathan Blitzer</a> talk with David Remnick about a year of tumultuous changes in Donald Trump’s America.  </p>
Jan 15, 2018
The Trump Era After Bannon
<p><span>This week, Steve Bannon was ousted from his position as Executive Chairman of Breitbart News, the self-described "platform for the alt-right." Andrew Marantz joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the rise of the alt-right movement, and what Steve Bannon's downfall means for Trump and nationalist economic populism.</span></p>
Jan 11, 2018
A Rare Interview with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro
<p>Nicolás Maduro was an unlikely successor to Venezuela’s popular and charismatic Hugo Chavez. And, since his election, the country has been wracked with devastating food shortages, a breakdown of ordinary services and medical care, and rampant violence. But, as Maduro sees it, the real problem is his political opponents, and he has taken steps to secure control over all the branches of government, in order to establish a de-facto dictatorship. <em>The New Yorker’</em>s <a href="">Jon Lee Anderson</a> was recently granted a rare interview with the Venezuelan President, who told him of his country’s economic relationships with Russia and China. Anderson tells Dorothy Wickenden that he came away from the conversation with a renewed sense of the need for greater American engagement in Venezuela. “It is going through the sewer on our watch,” Anderson says.    </p>
Jan 08, 2018
Unrest in Iran
<div dir="ltr">Last week, protests against the government of President Hassan Rouhani broke out across Iran. On the eve of the fortieth anniversary of the Iranian revolution, Robin Wright joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss what Ayatollah Khomeini misunderstood about the price of chickens, and what the demonstrations mean for the politics of the region. </div>
Jan 05, 2018
A.G. Sulzberger Talks to David Remnick about the Future of The New York Times
<p><span>On January 1, thirty-seven-year-old Arthur Gregg Sulzberger will succeed his father, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr., as the publisher of the New York Times. His 2014 internal report to the Times’ leadership is credited with launching the paper’s transition into a digital-first news platform. David Remnick talks with Sulzberger about his apprenticeship at a small-town reporter, the “Trump bump,” and how long the print edition of the Times is expected to continue.</span></p>
Jan 02, 2018
Why China Loves Trump
<p>The Administration is withdrawing from commitments abroad. Evan Osnos joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss how China is vying to supplant the U.S. as the world’s most powerful economic and political power.</p> <div class="yj6qo ajU"> <div id=":2vl" class="ajR" role="button" aria-label="Hide expanded content" data-tooltip="Hide expanded content" tabindex="0"><img class="ajT" src="" alt=""></div> </div>
Dec 21, 2017
Amy Davidson Sorkin Talks to David Remnick About Roy Moore, Al Franken and Allegations of Sexual Misconduct in Politics
<p>Roy Moore was a classic Trumpian candidate: a political outsider of extreme positions, rejected by the establishment and plagued by accusations of scandal. He eventually garnered the full support of Donald Trump, but Moore was finally too much for voters. A significant number of Republicans wrote other names on their ballots, and Democratic-leaning black voters turned out in force—a combination that gave Alabama its first Democrat to go to Washington in twenty-five years. David Remnick and the staff writer <a href="">Amy Davidson Sorkin</a> discuss what the outcome says about the President’s power and about voters’ feelings on sexual misconduct. With the recent calls for Al Franken’s resignation, congressional Democrats are trying to lay claim to the moral high ground, but Sorkin notes that the Party has yet to put the sins of Bill Clinton entirely behind it.    </p>
Dec 18, 2017
The View from Alabama
<p>This week, the Democrat Doug Jones was elected to the U.S. Senate in Alabama's special election, after his Republican opponent, Roy Moore, was heavily criticized for his racial politics and allegations that he sexually harassed five women when they were teenagers. Charles Bethea joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss what Doug Jones' victory in the Alabama senate election says about Trumpism in the South.</p>
Dec 14, 2017
Nicholas Thompson Talks to David Remnick About the End of Net Neutrality
<p>On December 14th, the Internet and everything you do on it may change. The commissioners of the F.C.C. are going to vote on regulations about net neutrality: the principle, in place since the advent of the Web, that Internet service providers must treat all content equally. I.S.P.s can’t change data speed to favor some Web sites, or charge different rates for different content. Web sites great and small, including Google, Facebook, and Amazon, are in favor of neutrality, but the telecom companies that deliver Internet service would very much like to do away with it. An end to neutrality would allow them to institute differential pricing strategies, for example, or favor content that the telecoms themselves own. A majority of F.C.C. commissioners are poised to repeal the net-neutrality regulations, but Nicholas Thompson—formerly the editor of, and now the editor-in-chief of <em>Wired</em>—tells David Remnick that all hope is not lost.    </p>
Dec 11, 2017
Trump Goes West
<p><span>This week, President Trump announced plans to drastically reduce the size of two national monuments, Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Michelle Nijhaus joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the longstanding battle between conservation and development in the American West, and the Administration's wider policy of environmental despoliation.</span></p>
Dec 07, 2017
Tangier Island, On the Front Lines of Climate Change
<p>Residents of Tangier Island, in the Chesapeake Bay, live through each hurricane season in fear of a major storm that would decimate their land. With its highest point only four feet above sea level, the island loses ground to erosion every year, and its residents may be among the first climate-change refugees of the United States. “I do believe in climate change,” Trenna Moore, a schoolteacher, says. “But I believe in what it says: centimetres a year. We’re losing feet.” <em>The New Yorker’s</em> <a href="">Carolyn Kormann</a> and the Radio Hour’s Sara Nics travelled to the island, and spent time with James Eskridge, a commercial crabber and mayor of the town of Tangier, Virginia. A stalwart supporter of Donald Trump, Eskridge told the President of the residents’ desire for a seawall around the entire island. Based on his own observations, Eskridge disputes the entire scientific community that sea-level rise is a threat, but he sees that the danger is real: “If we were to get a hurricane to come in, it would wipe out the whole harbor here, and probably a good chunk of the island.”</p>
Dec 04, 2017
The Lies of Trumponomics
<p class="p1"><span>The Republican tax bill, which relies on big tax cuts for corporations to stimulate economic growth, has much in common with Ronald Reagan’s "trickle-down economics,” but it would be more damaging to the middle class and to the economy. And, unlike Reaganomics, which passed with bipartisan support, Trumponomics cheats just about every voter except the super rich. John Cassidy joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss how the plan would<strong> </strong>perpetuate the new Gilded Age and betray the central promises of Trump’s presidential campaign.</span></p>
Nov 30, 2017
Three Views of Voter Fraud
<p>Donald Trump memorably claimed, without a shred of evidence, that millions of votes cast by undocumented immigrants had given Hillary Clinton the popular vote in the 2016 election. More circumspect conservatives argue that voter fraud is a real problem requiring more stringent checks on voting; their opponents see this position as a pretext for voter suppression of groups that favor Democratic candidates.  Here, three views on voter fraud: a Kansas lawyer who defended a woman charged with fraud; the columnist John Fund, who argues that voter fraud may exist widely, whether we see it or not; and Lorraine Minnite, a political-science professor who researched the topic exhaustively, and who tells the staff writer <a href="">Jelani Cobb</a> that purposeful fraud in the electoral system essentially does not exist.</p>
Nov 27, 2017
Ronan Farrow and Alexandra Schwartz Talk to David Remnick About the Effects of the Weinstein Scandal
<p>In the wake of the avalanche of claims about <a href="">Harvey Weinstein</a>, more and more powerful men across the nation—in entertainment, newsrooms, tech firms, politics—are being accused of sexual harassment and worse, and are being called to account. Ronan Farrow reported for <em>The New Yorker </em>some of the most shocking charges, including rape, that women in entertainment have made against Weinstein. (Weinstein has denied claims of nonconsensual sex.) And Farrow detailed a campaign of intimidation and threats that Weinstein waged against accusers. Alexandra Schwartz has been exploring how the scandal is rippling through our society on social media. The two writers spoke with David Remnick about how the escalating movement seems to be changing how America thinks about sexual misconduct.</p>
Nov 20, 2017
Sex, Lies, and Videotapes in Washington
<p class="p1"><span>This week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions appeared for a third time before a congressional committee to answer questions relating to the Trump campaign’s dealings with Russia. Meanwhile, both parties are coping with sexual misconduct allegations. Ryan Lizza joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss how politicians deal with political scandals, and whether Trump’s strategy of diversionary chaos is working.</span></p>
Nov 16, 2017
From Obama to Trump: Ten Years of The Political Scene
<p data-reactid="159">Dorothy Wickenden hosted the first episode of <em data-reactid="161">The New Yorker’s</em> politics podcast in 2007, at the beginning of Barack Obama’s first Presidential campaign. The Obama Administration oversaw the recovery from the financial crisis, multiple foreign wars, health-care reform, and the Paris climate agreement. In Donald Trump’s first year, he has vowed to overturn Obama’s legacy on virtually every front.</p> <p data-reactid="164">On its tenth anniversary, “The Political Scene” examines how the country arrived at this unprecedented moment in its history. <a href="" class="ArticleBody__link___1FS03" data-reactid="166">Ryan Lizza</a> assesses how the Republican and Democratic Parties arrived at their existential crises, <a href="" class="ArticleBody__link___1FS03" data-reactid="169">Evan Osnos</a> discusses the emergence of white nationalism in the mainstream of American politics, <a href="" class="ArticleBody__link___1FS03" data-reactid="172">Jeffrey Toobin</a> considers the landmark cases of Chief Justice John Roberts’s Supreme Court, <a href="" class="ArticleBody__link___1FS03" data-reactid="175">Elizabeth Kolbert</a> talks about climate-change denialism, <a href="" class="ArticleBody__link___1FS03" data-reactid="178">Jelani Cobb</a> looks at how the war on truth has deepened political divides, <a href="" class="ArticleBody__link___1FS03" data-reactid="181">Jia Tolentino</a> talks about Hillary Clinton’s loss in 2016 and recent revelations about sexual misconduct by powerful men, <a href="" class="ArticleBody__link___1FS03" data-reactid="184">John Cassidy</a> explains the economics of the “lost decade” and the perverse politics behind income inequality, and <a href="" class="ArticleBody__link___1FS03" data-reactid="187">Dexter Filkins</a> describes how the Trump Administration’s retreat from diplomacy exacerbates tensions around the world.</p> <p> </p> <p><em><strong><span>Suggested Reading</span></strong></em></p> <p><strong>Ryan Lizza<br><br></strong>“<a href="">The Duel</a>,” February 1, 2016<br><em>The Trump and Cruz campaigns embody opposite views of politics and the future of the G.O.P.<br><br></em>“<a href="">A House Divided</a>,” December 14, 2015<br><em>How a radical group of Republicans pushed Congress to the right.<br><br></em>“<a href="">Getting to Maybe</a>,” June 24, 2014<br><em>Inside the Gang of Eight’s immigration deal</em><strong> <br><br></strong>“<a href="">The Obama Memos</a>,” January 30, 2012<br><em>The making of a post-post-partisan Presidency.</em> <br><br>“<a href="">Making It</a>,” July 21, 2008<br><em>How Chicago shaped Obama<br><br><br></em><strong>Evan Osnos<br></strong><br>“<a href="">President Trump’s First Term</a>,” September 26, 2016<br><em>His campaign tells us a lot about what kind of Commander-in-Chief he would be.<br><br></em>“<a href="">Little America: The Birth of A New Republican Party</a>,” July 22, 2016<br><em>Donald Trump’s message is one of surrender. For the moment, he has camouflaged that retreat in the bunting of wounded pride.</em><br><br>“<a href="">The Fearful and the Frustrated</a>,” August 31, 2015<br><em>Donald Trump’s nationalist coalition takes shape—for now.<br><br><br></em><strong>Jeffrey Toobin<br><br></strong>“<a href="">The Conservative Pipeline to the Supreme Court</a>,” April 17, 2017 Issue<br><em>With the Federalist Society, Leonard Leo has reared a generation of originalist élites. The selection of Neil Gorsuch is just his latest achievement.<br><br></em>“<a href="">To Have and To Hold</a>,” May 25, 2015<br><em>Reproduction, marriage, and the Constitution.<br><br></em>“<a href="">The Obama Brief</a>,” October 27, 2014<br><em>The President considers his judicial legacy.<br><br></em>“<a href="">Money Unlimited</a>,” May 21, 2012<br><em>How Chief Justice John Roberts orchestrated the Citizens United decision.<br><br><br></em><strong>Elizabeth Kolbert<br><br></strong>“<a href="">Can Carbon-Dioxide Removal Save the World?</a>,” November 20, 2017<br><em>CO₂ could soon reach levels that, it’s widely agreed, will lead to catastrophe.</em><br><br>“<a href="">Letter from Florida</a>,” December 21 &amp; 28, 2015<br><em>As temperatures climb, so, too, will sea levels.<br><br></em>“<a href="">The Sixth Extinction?</a>,” May 25, 2009<br><em>There have been five great die-offs in history. This time, the cataclysm is us.<br><br></em> “<a href="">The Climate of Man—I</a>,” April 25, 2005<br> “<a href="">The Climate of Man—II</a>,” May 2, 2005<br> “<a href="">The Climate of Man—III</a>,” May 9, 2005<br><em>Disappearing islands, thawing permafrost, melting polar ice. How the earth is changing.<br><br><br></em><strong>Jelani Cobb<br><br></strong>“<a href="">John Kelly’s Bizarre Mythology of the Civil War</a>,” November 1, 2017<br><em>By parting ways with annoyances like facts and history, Donald Trump’s chief of staff can help his boss make white America feel good again.</em><br><br>“<a href="">Inside the Trial of Dylann Roof</a>,” February 6, 2017<br><em>The complicated moral calculations that followed a horrific crime.</em><br><br>“<a href="">Protecting Journalism from Donald Trump</a>,” November 29, 201<br><em>There’s a reason authoritarians typically begin by assailing the press.<br><br></em>“<a href="">Trump and the Truth: Black Outreach as Campaign Ploy</a>,” September 23, 2016<br><em>Trump’s undisguised bigotry directed at Muslims and Latinos has led many black voters to the conclusion that anti-black bigotry can’t be far behind. It’s a suspicion that Trump’s own history bears out.<br><br></em>“<a href="">The Matter of Black Lives</a>,” March 14, 2016<br><em>A new kind of movement found its moment. What will its future be?<br><br><br></em><strong>John Cassidy<br><br></strong>“<a href="">Forces of Divergence</a>,” March 31, 2014<br><em>Is surging inequality endemic to capitalism?<br><br></em>“<a href="">The Demand Doctor</a>,” October 10, 2011<br><em>What would John Maynard Keynes tell us to do now—and should we listen?<br><br></em>“<a href="">What Good is Wall Street?</a>,” November 29, 2010<br><em>Much of what investment bankers do is socially worthless.<br><br></em>“<a href="">Anatomy of a Meltdown</a>,” December 1, 2008<br><em>Ben Bernanke and the financial crisis<strong>.<br><br><br></strong></em><strong>Jia Tolentino<br><br></strong>“<a href="">Gloria Allred’s Crusade</a>,” October 2, 2017<br><em>The attorney takes on Bill Cosby, rape law, and Donald Trump.<br><br></em>“<a href="">The Case Against Contemporary Feminism</a>,” February 8, 2017<br><em>Since November 9th, two main arguments against contemporary feminism have emerged in near-exact opposition to each other.<br><br></em>"<a href="">The Somehow Controversial Women’s March on Washington</a>" (January 18, 2017)<br><em>The upcoming Women’s March on Washington has produced fracture as well as inspiration—but that’s precisely why it feels so vital.<br><br></em>“<a href="">Trump and the Truth: The Sexual-Assault Allegations</a>,” October 20, 2016<br><em>Twenty women have now come forward by name with firsthand stories about Trump’s predatory behavior. Yet he remains his own most prolific accuser.<br><br></em>"<a href="">How Men Like Harvey Weinstein Implicate Their Victims in Their Acts</a>" (October 11, 2017)<br><em>The allegations against Harvey Weinstein are a reminder that, when a young woman is treated like an object, she is placed within an old and sickening script, one that is incredibly difficult to escape.<br><br></em><strong>Dexter Filkins<br><br></strong>“<a href="">The Breaking Point</a>,” October 16, 2017<br><em>Will Donald Trump let the Secretary of State do his job?<br><br></em>“<a href="">James Mattis, A Warrior in Washington</a>,” May 29, 2017<br><em>The former Marine Corps general spent four decades on the front lines. How will he lead the Department of Defense?<br><br></em>“<a href="">What We Left Behind</a>,” April 28, 2014<br><em>An increasingly authoritarian leader, a return of sectarian violence, and a nation worried for its future.<br><br></em>“<a href="">The Shadow Commander</a>,” September 30, 2013<br><em>Qassem Suleimani is the Iranian operative who has been reshaping the Middle East. Now he’s directing Assad’s war in Syria.</em></p>
Nov 13, 2017
Jeffrey Toobin Talks to David Remnick About Gerrymandering
<p>Jeffrey Toobin tells David Remnick that, despite the mounting indictments against members of Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign, Trump is almost certainly safe from impeachment. Republican House members, Toobin says, have no incentive to moderate their support of the President—despite his low national poll numbers—because the only competition these representatives face is from the right flank of their own party. Gerrymandering, assisted by the latest computer modelling, has allowed the party in power in each state to lock itself into a nearly unassailable majority of votes. The Supreme Court could conceivably change that in a redistricting case called Gill v. Whitford, which Toobin has written about; he tells David Remnick that it is “the most important Supreme Court case in decades.” Hinging on the swing vote of Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Court will decide whether it can act as a check on gerrymandering, or whether a functioning two-party system can fade into history.</p> <p> </p>
Nov 06, 2017
Mueller’s Indictments, Ryan’s Tax Plan and the Future of the Republican Agenda
<p class="p1"><span>On Monday, the Special Prosecutor filed his first indictments in his investigation into the Trump campaign’s dealings with Russia. Later in the week, House Speaker Paul Ryan revealed the details of the Republican tax plan. Does the Russia probe jeopardize the Republicans’ final effort to pass significant legislation before the 2018 campaign season begins? John Cassidy joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the two issues that will be consuming Trump and Congress in the coming months.</span></p>
Nov 03, 2017
Patrick Radden Keefe on How the Marketing of OxyContin Helped Create the Opioid Epidemic
<p>When OxyContin came on the market, in 1995, physicians were understandably wary of the addictive potential of a powerful new opioid. As Patrick Radden Keefe <a href="">reports</a>, the manufacturer, Purdue Pharma, aggressively marketed OxyContin to physicians, claiming that the drug’s delayed-release mechanism could limit the risk of addiction. Instead, OxyContin led to many new addictions, and many addicted patients eventually sought street drugs like heroin. Steven May started at Purdue Pharma as a sales rep in 1999, and years later went on to allege fraud against Purdue as a participant in a whistle-blower lawsuit (which was dismissed on procedural grounds). May tells Keefe that he was trained to market the drug as one “to start with and to stay with,” despite seeing early on its addictive potential.</p> <p>Purdue Pharma is a privately held company controlled by members of the Sackler family, who have a net worth of thirteen billion dollars. The Sacklers have donated handsomely to cancer research, medical schools, art museums, and universities. But Keefe tells David Remnick that the Sacklers have donated “nothing for the opioid crisis. Nothing for addiction treatment. If there is any sense in that family that they bear any moral culpability for where we are today, they’re not acting on it.”</p>
Oct 30, 2017
Jeff Flake Denounces the Party of Trump
<p class="p1"><span>This week, Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, an outspoken critic of President Trump, announced that he will not seek re-election. "</span><span>None of these appalling features of our current politics should ever be regarded as normal,” said Flake from the Senate floor. </span><span>He described the President’s reckless behavior as dangerous to a democracy.</span><span> </span><span>Ryan Lizza joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss what traditional Republicans can do to check a president who remains overwhelmingly popular with the party’s base.</span></p>
Oct 26, 2017
Chelsea Manning Talks to Larissa Macfarquhar About Life After Prison
<p class="p1">In 2010, the Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning, then known as Bradley Manning, sent nearly seven hundred and fifty thousand classified military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks. The leak earned Manning a thirty-five-year prison sentence, which was commuted by President Obama to seven years.</p> <p>Less than five months out of prison, she sat down with <em>The New Yorker’s</em> Larissa MacFarquhar at the 2017 New Yorker Festival. Manning discussed her tumultuous upbringing, including her months living as a homeless teen in Chicago; her highly public gender transition; and her treatment in military prison. She also described the quick decision that led her to send the documents to WikiLeaks. Having seen “All the President’s Men,” Manning had originally intended to send the documents to the Washington <em>Post </em>or<em> The New York Times</em>, but, at the time, she said, the newspapers struggled to provide her with the security protocols she insisted on. Only WikiLeaks offered the necessary level of security, and she took the chance. “I was running out of time,” she told MacFarquhar. “They just had the tools available, they knew how to use them. That’s all it boiled down to. I had to go back to Iraq.”</p> <p>Though the trial is behind her, Manning maintains a fierce conviction that her leak posed no threat to U.S. soldiers or local sources in Iraq or Afghanistan, a fact disputed by the government and many N.G.O.s disputed by many, including leading human-rights groups. Her disclosures profoundly embarrassed the government, made WikiLeaks a household name, and, by some accounts, served as a catalyst for the Arab Spring. But Manning hopes to be done with the leaks, and to spend the next phase of her life as an advocate for trans people.</p>
Oct 23, 2017
The Real Mike Pence
<p class="p1"><span>Trump’s critics yearn for his exit, but his Vice President, the corporate right’s inside man, poses his own risks. Jane Mayer joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss Pence’s surprising route to the White House, how he is quietly implementing his ideological agenda, and his ambitions for the near future.</span></p>
Oct 20, 2017
Bill Rhoden Talks to Jelani Cobb About Protest and Professional Sports
<p>Colin Kaepernick has yet to set foot on the football field this season, but the protest movement he launched a year ago has taken on a life of its own, after the President went on a tirade against protesting players, suggesting that “that son of a bitch” be fired. The <em>New Yorker</em> staff writer Jelani Cobb reflects with Bill Rhoden, a writer-at-large for ESPN’s “Undefeated,” on the fifty-year history of black athletes embracing politics on the field. Is it time, they ask, to retire “The Star-Spangled Banner” from football?</p>
Oct 16, 2017
The End of the Weinstein Era
<p>Recent investigations by <em>The New Yorker </em>and <em>The New York Times </em>have brought to light allegations of sexual harassment and assault against the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Many actresses and former employees have accused Weinstein of possible criminal conduct, taking place over the past few decades. Jia Tolentino joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the changing cultural climate and legal procedures around sexual assault.</p>
Oct 12, 2017
The Trump Children Were Investigated for Fraud, but Avoided Indictment
<p>The Trump SoHo was supposed to be a splash for the Trump Organization and for Ivanka and Donald Trump, Jr., who were leading the project. Instead, they were stuck trying to market very small units to buyers as the financial crisis hit. That they lied in selling the building isn’t in question, and the Manhattan District Attorney's office began investigating; but, after a meeting between the D.A. and Marc Kasowitz, a Trump lawyer, the government never filed charges. What happened? Andrea Bernstein, of WNYC, and the Pulitzer Prize-winner Jesse Eisinger, of ProPublica, jointly <a href="">reported</a> on the Trump SoHo; they spoke to <em>The New Yorker’s</em> <a href="">Adam Davidson</a>, who has reported extensively on the Trump Organization.</p>
Oct 09, 2017
The Supreme Court Takes On Gerrymandering
<p class="p1"><span>This week, <em>The New Yorker</em>’s Jeffrey Toobin attended oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court for a case about extreme partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin. Toobin joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss what he saw, and why this case will have far-reaching effects on American democracy.</span></p>
Oct 06, 2017
Patrick Radden Keefe and Sheelah Kolhatkar on Prosecuting Financial Crimes
<p>Jesse Eisinger’s book “The Chickenshit Club” asks why the Justice Department fails to prosecute financial executives for criminal business dealings. The staff writer <a href="">Patrick Radden Keefe</a>, who has covered crime of many kinds, <a href="">reviewed</a> the book for <em>The New Yorker. </em>He compared notes with his fellow staff writer <a href="">Sheelah Kolhatkar</a>, who writes the magazine’s Financial Page. How, they wonder, can the government charge a bank a sixteen-billion-dollar fine for wrongdoing yet fail to prosecute any individual at that bank for a crime?</p>
Oct 02, 2017
The Republican Casualties of Trumpism
<p class="p1"><span>Why is Trump so hostile to the leaders of his own party? Ryan Lizza joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss how Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan have become among the most reviled figures in Washington, and what the war on the Republican establishment means for the Trump agenda, the GOP, and the Democrats.</span></p>
Sep 28, 2017
Evan Osnos Talks to David Remnick About Donald Trump's Provocations of a Nuclear North Korea
<p>Donald Trump mocked Kim Jong Un by calling him “rocket man,” and threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if the U.S. or its allies were attacked. Kim, in turn, dismissed Trump as a “barking dog.”  Evan Osnos <a href="">recently reported</a> from Washington and Pyongyang on the tensions between the United States and North Korea. Osnos tells David Remnick that North Korea will never give up its nuclear weapons; they are no longer a bargaining chip but a source of national identity and security. Despite the forceful rhetoric and threats, Osnos found little appetite for war in either government, concluding that North Korea is not “a suicidal cult.” And he predicts that Trump will contain the risk, rather than eliminate it.</p>
Sep 25, 2017
Trump vs. Humanitarianism
<p class="p1"><span>This week,</span><span> with Myanmar’s military continuing its brutal campaign against the Rohingya,</span><span> one of the country’s Muslim minority groups, President Trump reaffirmed an “America First” foreign policy in his speech before the </span><span>U.N. </span><span>General Assembly. Philip Gourevitch joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the troubling recent history of the </span><span>U.N. and the U.S.</span><span> in humanitarian interventions, and the dangers of Trump’s policy of disengagement.</span></p>
Sep 21, 2017
David Remnick and Hillary Clinton discuss “What Happened”
<p class="p1"><span>In a wide-ranging interview with </span><span>David </span><span>Remnick, </span><span>Hillary Clinton says that political allies of Donald Trump sabotaged her campaign by </span><span>planting </span><span>fake news stories in social media and </span><span>guiding the Wikileaks release of the hacked emails of her campaign staff. </span><span>In her new book, </span><span>“What Happened,” Clinton </span>describes Russia's interference as a “clear and present danger” to the electoral process, and points out that Putin could just as easily turn on Trump. She discusses how sexism distorted the campaign; how uneven media coverage affected public opinion; and how President Obama might have acted more forcefully to make the Russia investigation public. Drawing on her experience as Secretary of State, she talks about the North Korea nuclear crisis and criticizes the Trump administration's failure to maintain a robust State Department.</p>
Sep 18, 2017
Can the Democrats Outfox Trump?
<p class="p1"><span>President Trump is showing a new collegiality with Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi on DACA and other issues. John Cassidy joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss how Democrats are responding to Trump's calls for bipartisanship, and how much they stand to gain and lose from working with him.</span></p>
Sep 14, 2017
Dahlia Lithwick Talks to David Remnick About the Violence in Charlottesville
<p>Demonstrators at Charlottesville’s “Unite the Right” rally were allowed to march through the University of Virginia campus carrying flaming torches and assault rifles. Dahlia Lithwick, a legal analyst, and Slate senior editor was, until recently, a longtime resident of Charlottesville. She talks to David Remnick about the legal wrangling before the protest, and about how our legal system fails to reckon with the clashing interests of the First and Second Amendment in an open-carry state, where some opinions are “expressed” with military weapons, are all views equally protected?</p> <p> </p>
Sep 11, 2017
Trump and the Politics of Xenophobia
<p class="p1"><span>Jelani Cobb and Dorothy Wickenden discuss the Administration’s decision about the DREAMers, and the history of anti-immigration movements in the United States.</span></p>
Sep 08, 2017
Harry Belafonte Talks to Jelani Cobb About Entertainment and Activism
<p>We take for granted that popular entertainers can and should advocate for causes they believe in. But until Harry Belafonte pioneered that kind of activism in the middle of the last century, stars largely kept their political leanings private. In the lead-up to last year’s<a href=""> Many Rivers to Cross festival</a>, which Belafonte helped dream up, the <em>New Yorker </em>staff writer Jelani Cobb paid a visit to the actor, musician, and civil-rights icon. Belafonte turned ninety this year and is looking to pass the torch, but he’s worried about the state of the civil-rights movement and what he sees as a lack of organized response: we have a struggle, he says, but not a movement. Cobb, who<a href=""> covers many civil-rights and other political issues</a> for the magazine, teases out what Belafonte means.</p> <p> </p> <p><em>This segment originally aired on September 30, 2016</em></p> <p><em> </em></p>
Sep 05, 2017
When Carl Icahn Tried to Control Trump
<p>Two weeks ago, Carl Icahn announced that he was leaving his position as President Trump’s special advisor on regulatory reform. A few hours later, <em>The New Yorker</em>’s Patrick Radden Keefe published a story documenting how Icahn used his influence to attack regulations that hurt his business interests at oil refineries. Keefe joins guest host Jeffrey Toobin to discuss what Carl Icahn’s short, strange stint as an advisor and what it tells us about the Trump administration’s relationship with Wall Street.</p>
Aug 31, 2017
Mark Lilla Talks to David Remnick About Identity Politics and the Democratic Party
<p>Hostility toward identity politics—nurtured by Steve Bannon and others—helped propel the rise of Donald Trump. But that feeling is not only to be found on the right. The Columbia professor Mark Lilla, a Democrat and a self-described liberal, says very much the same thing: that vocal opposition to racism, and support for gay and transgender rights, have been costing Democrats election after election all over America. In a controversial new book, “The Once and Future Liberal,” Lilla is highly critical of Black Lives Matter, and goes out of his way to antagonize activists on the left, who, he says, are oblivious to electoral reality. But his position, he tells David Remnick, is in the service of effecting liberal change: “We cannot do anything for these groups we care about if we do not hold power—it is just talk. Our rhetoric in campaigning must be focussed on winning so we can help these people. An election is not about self-expression—it’s a contest.”</p>
Aug 28, 2017
Kidnapped By The Taliban
<p class="p1"><span>David Rohde joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss his years as a reporter in Afghanistan, his seven months as a hostage in the tribal regions of Pakistan, and his thoughts about whether the United States can win the war on terror.</span></p>
Aug 25, 2017
David Remnick Talks Spy Novels with a Former Spy
<p>Jason Matthews spent over thirty years in the C.I.A., working in the former Soviet bloc and other hot spots, and when he retired he turned to the next best thing: writing spy novels. While they’re contemporary —Vladimir Putin appears as a character—they have more in common with John Le Carré’s tales than with the action thrillers of the post-9/11 era. In many of today’s stories, Matthews says, “a former F.B.I. guy is being chased by crazed colleagues, and with the help of a bipolar girlfriend does something amazing. I wanted to tell a more basic story about the classic Cold War struggle of East and West.” The forthcoming third volume in his trilogy is called “The Kremlin’s Candidate,” presumably with a nod toward current events. Whatever we may eventually learn about Donald Trump’s campaign and Russian intelligence, Matthews thinks that we ought not to be surprised: in matters of infiltration and compromise, he says, the Russians are always way ahead of us.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>Note: In his interview with David Remnick, Jason Matthews misspoke in defining the acronym MICE used by the CIA. It is usually rendered as Money, Ideology, Compromise (or Coercion), and Ego.</p>
Aug 21, 2017
Fire, Fury, and North Korea
<p class="p1">The week, President Trump issued aggressive statements to North Korea, promising to meet the North Korean nuclear threat “with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” On Wednesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told reporters that these remarks didn’t constitute a change in policy toward Pyongyang. John Cassidy joins guest host Jeffrey Toobin to discuss the President's alarming rhetoric, and what the administration's mixed messages mean for the country’s national security and foreign policy. </p>
Aug 11, 2017
Senator Al Franken Talks to David Remnick About Being Funny in Washington
<p>For most of his eight years as a senator representing the state of Minnesota, Al Franken has shied away from the national spotlight. His first Senate race victory was one of the narrowest on record, and his opponents used his background as a comedian against him. Before getting into politics, he spent stints as a founding writer and performer on Saturday Night Live; as a radio host for Air America; and as the author of humorous books like “Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot.”  So once in Washington, he directed his staff to “dehumorize” him at every turn.  But with eight years of Senate experience behind him, Franken is now unbound. His latest book is “Al Franken, Giant of the Senate,” and the cover is a portrait of Franken sitting in front of a roaring fireplace with his hand on a globe, a spoof classic senatorial imagery. </p> <p>Yet Franken really has become senatorial. For example, it was Franken’s question to Jeff Sessions in confirmation hearings that led to Sessions’ recusal from the Russia investigation. David Remnick asked Franken about the failed attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act and the Russia investigation. Franken, the only elected official in Washington who has worked in show business longer than the Donald Trump, says he is not impressed by Trump’s skills with an audience. “I’ve never seen him laugh,” he says. The President “is like some fairytale, where if someone can get the king to laugh they’ll get half the fortune and the daughter.”</p>
Aug 07, 2017
Trump's North Korean Missile Crisis
<p>Last Friday, the regime of Kim Jong-un tested an intercontinental ballistic missile that may be capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to U.S. soil. Evan Osnos joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss how the Trump Administration is facing its greatest foreign-policy challenge: a hostile totalitarian regime with nuclear weapons. What can be done to avoid a calamitous showdown?</p>
Aug 03, 2017
Lawrence Wright Talks to David Remnick About Texas as a Bellwether of American Politics
<p><a href="">Lawrence Wright</a> has investigated the secrets of Scientology and the inner-workings of Al Qaeda, but his latest project didn’t take him far from his home in Austin, Texas. In “<a href="">The Future Is Texas</a>," Wright examines the political climate of a state in which every statewide office is held by a Republican, even as the state’s demographics shift leftward. Wright argues that Texas holds the key to understanding the direction in which our country is headed.</p>
Jul 31, 2017
Scaramucci's Scare Tactics
<p>On Wednesday, the <em>New Yorker</em> staff writer Ryan Lizza received <a href="">a phone call from Anthony Scaramucci</a>, the White House communications director. In obscene language, Scaramucci expressed his displeasure about leaks coming from inside the West Wing, singling out Trump’s chief of staff, Reince Priebus. Lizza joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss his conversation with Scaramucci and how Trump’s obsession with loyalty is wreaking havoc on his Administration.</p>
Jul 28, 2017
Maggie Haberman Talks to David Remnick About Trump and the Gang War in the White House
<p>Maggie Haberman covered Donald Trump years ago for the New York tabloids. Now, in the White House, she has a front-row seat to an Administration unlike any other— uniquely hostile to the media, publically, but uniquely open to leaking, in private. The dysfunction goes deep. “We are used to a team of rivals,” Haberman tells David Remnick. “We are not used to a team of the Bloods and Crips, which is essentially what this is, in the White House. These are rival gangs.”  </p>
Jul 24, 2017
Should Democrats Become 'The Party of No?'
<p class="p1"><span>Ryan Lizza talks with Dorothy Wickenden about how the Democratic Party can best exploit President Trump’s vulnerabilities on health care, tax reform, and the Russia investigations.</span></p>
Jul 20, 2017
David Remnick Talks to Ezekiel Emanuel about Health Care
<p>Ezekiel Emanuel is an oncologist and expert on health policy. He advised the Obama Administration on how to increase health coverage without blowing up the national budget, and now, with the A.C.A. on the chopping block, he’s met with the Trump Administration and congressional leaders. His argument, he tells David Remnick, is that we need to keep health care—not taxes—the priority in a health-care bill.  </p>
Jul 17, 2017
The Brothers Trump
<p class="p1"><span>John Cassidy talks with Dorothy Wickenden about how the Russia scandal is closing in on the President's innermost circle: his son Donald Jr., and his son-in-law Jared Kushner. Is Donald Jr. the fall guy, </span>and did the Trump campaign's digital operations, which were overseen by Kushner, coordinate with Russian government hackers?</p>
Jul 14, 2017
Ai Weiwei Talks to David Remnick About Art, Censorship and Twitter
<p>David Remnick sits down with Ai Weiwei, China’s most famous artist and dissident, as he plans a new major public-art installation in New York. They discuss censorship, human rights, and social media, which Ai finds fantastically liberating. And, if Donald Trump’s tweets ruin an occasional state relationship, Ai thinks that “maybe that relationship should be ruined.”</p> <p> </p>
Jul 10, 2017
Lizzie Widdicombe Visits Mar-a-Lago
<p>Mar-a-Lago was just another private club in Palm Beach, Florida, when Donald Trump bought the property and turned it into a gilded palace. Now, for a recently raised initiation fee of two hundred thousand dollars and annual dues of fourteen thousand dollars, members have a chance to rub elbows with the President, and watch him deal with global crises in the club’s dining room. <em>The New Yorker’s</em> <a href="">Lizzie Widdicombe</a> and the radio producer Steven Valentino travel to Palm Beach to speak with self-styled Democratic resisters by the pool and attend a benefit at Mar-a-Lago, where they sample Trump wine and wait for the President to show.</p>
Jul 03, 2017
How Mean Are the Senate Republicans?
<p>Ryan Lizza joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss what happened when it became clear that the Senate’s health-care plan would rob millions of poor, elderly, young, and catastrophically sick Americans of medical insurance, and what the debacle portends for tax reform and the rest of the Republican domestic agenda.</p>
Jun 29, 2017
Zhang Yuanan Talks to Evan Osnos About the Chinese View of Trump
<p>At the Republican National Convention in 2016, <a href="">Evan Osnos</a> interviewed Zhang Yuanan, a reporter for <em>Caixin</em>, a news organization based in Beijing. Zhang was tasked with translating Trump’s rhetoric—literally and figuratively—for a Chinese audience. A year later, Osnos catches up with Zhang to find out if China is really ready for a U.S. policy that puts “America first.”</p>
Jun 26, 2017
Brexit Blues
<p>The failure of the Conservative Party to gain a parliamentary majority in the UK general election held earlier this month has been seen as a repudiation of Prime Minister Theresa May and her plan for the British withdrawal from the European Union. Sam Knight joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss how England is coping with its strains of populism and nationalism, and how the debate over Brexit is changing.</p>
Jun 22, 2017
Jon Lee Anderson Visits Manuel Noriega in Prison
<p>When Manuel Noriega died, last month, the Panamanian strongman had been in prison and out of the public eye  for a quarter century. A U.S. ally with C.I.A. ties, Noriega came to rule his country brutally, collaborated with the Medellín drug cartel, and eventually opposed the United States—symbolically waving a machete against America during rallies. The U.S. finally invaded Panama in 1989, and deposed him. In 2015, Noriega, incarcerated for decades on drug trafficking and other charges, granted a rare interview to Jon Lee Anderson. The former dictator admitted mistakes but apologized for nothing, and claimed that he had no bitterness toward his patrons turned conquerors. </p>
Jun 19, 2017
Donald Trump as Julius Caesar
<p>What happens in the Trump era when art and politics collide? Rebecca Mead joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the controversy over a production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” in New York, and two other works that have sparked heated debate on the right and the left: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” and Margaret Atwood’s “A Handmaid’s Tale.”</p>
Jun 15, 2017
Robert Gallucci Talks to David Remnick About Negotiating with North Korea
<p>In a face-to-face meeting, President Obama warned his successor that America’s biggest security concern was North Korea. Since then, Pyongyang has conducted a series of ballistic missile tests, countered by a successful anti-missile test from Washington. Robert Gallucci, the chief U.S. negotiator during the last major crisis over North Korea’s nuclear-weapons program, talks with David Remnick about the value of deterrence and engagement. He notes a lack of coherence in the Trump Administration’s statements on North Korea, which seesaw between overtures toward negotiation and warnings of possible war. With leaders in each country who are “known to be impulsive,” Gallucci doesn’t see an easy resolution to the crisis.</p>
Jun 12, 2017
Trump’s “Meddlesome Priest”
<p>This week, the former F.B.I. director James Comey testified before Congress about his private meetings with the President. David Grann joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the F.B.I.’s controversial political history, and how a man who prizes apolitical crime-fighting found himself all but accusing Trump of obstruction of justice</p>
Jun 09, 2017
The Reverend William Barber Talks to David Remnick About Morality and Politics
<p>Politics and religion go hand in hand for the Reverend William J. Barber II of the Greenleaf Christian Church. As he sees it, progressives made a mistake in walking away from Christianity during the rise of the Moral Majority. But conservative Christians who focus on banning abortion and limiting gay rights, Barber thinks, may be guilty of “heresy.” He talks with David Remnick about bringing morality back to contemporary politics.</p>
Jun 05, 2017
Planet Trump
<p>What do Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, his lecturing of <small>NATO</small>, and his embrace of the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, have in common? Ryan Lizza joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss what diplomacy looks like when it is premised on spite.</p>
Jun 02, 2017
Evan Osnos Talks to a Former Clinton Attorney About Impeachment
<p class="p1"><span>In some quarters, talk of impeaching Donald Trump started before Inauguration Day. But the firing of the F.B.I. director James Comey and subsequent revelations (many from the President himself) about how it happened have increased the speculation that Trump might not finish his term. <em>The New Yorker </em>staff writer<a href=""> <span>Evan Osnos</span></a> spoke with Gregory Craig, an attorney who served on Bill Clinton’s defense team when he was impeached. Impeachment “wears the garb of a judicial process, but in reality it is fundamentally and profoundly a political process,” Craig says. “ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’ means whatever the House of Representatives decides it means.” Nevertheless, Craig says, Donald Trump shouldn’t be sleeping too well at night.</span></p>
May 30, 2017
The World View of James Mattis
<p>Dexter Filkins joins Evan Osnos to discuss how military life and scholarly pursuits have shaped the political philosophy of the Secretary of Defense, James Mattis.</p>
May 25, 2017
David Remnick Moderates a Panel on Trump's First Hundred Days
<p class="p1"><span>To mark a hundred days of the Trump Administration, David Remnick convened a group of journalists to discuss covering this Presidency: Lydia Polgreen, the editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post; Eli Lake, a correspondent for Bloomberg View; the MSNBC host Joy Reid; and the Washington <em>Post</em> reporter David Fahrenthold. It was recorded at New York City's Public Theatre during <a href=""><span>a series of <em>New Yorker</em> and Public Forum</span></a> events moderated by Remnick.</span></p>
May 22, 2017
Sally Yates v. Donald Trump
<p class="p1"><span>Ryan Lizza talks to Dorothy Wickenden about his recent interview with the former acting attorney general, Sally Yates, who described her tumultuous days in the Trump Administration and the </span><span>constitutional hazards the President now confronts. </span></p>
May 19, 2017
Michael Anton and Robin Wright Talk to David Remnick about Trump's First Trip Abroad
<p><span>This week, two conversations with David Remnick.  On May 19th, Donald Trump is scheduled to make his very first trip abroad as President; his predecessors had made multiple international visits by this time in their Presidencies. Trump has promised a very different kind of foreign policy than Obama and Bush, boasting that he will put American interests first in order to strike much better “deals.” He has certainly behaved differently than his predecessors, praising autocrats and causing friction with allies. Michael Anton handles strategic communications for the National Security Council, and was interviewed by the </span><em>New Yorker </em><span>writer Kelefa Sanneh for the article “</span><a href="">Intellectuals for Trump</a><span>.” Anton tells David Remnick that Trump’s contradictions show a consistent practice of “strategic ambiguity.”  Then, Donald Trump’s first trip abroad will take him to Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, hoping to form a Sunni alliance to counter Iran; to Israel, to advance a peace process that he has called “not as difficult as people have thought”; and to the Vatican, to reduce friction with Pope Francis, with whom he has sparred on Twitter. </span><em>The New Yorker’s </em><a href="">Robin Wright</a><span> tells David Remnick that the agenda reflects a deep naïveté on international affairs. </span></p>
May 15, 2017
Can Trump Survive?
<p class="p1"><span>On Tuesday, the President dismissed FBI Director James Comey, who was leading an investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Evan Osnos joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss how Trump continues to damage his own presidency.</span></p>
May 12, 2017
Former Spies Talk to David Grann About Espionage in the Real World
<p>Russia’s effort to undermine the 2016 U.S. election shows that covert operations are as much a danger now as they were at the height of the Cold War. The staff writer <a href="">David Grann</a> moderated a panel at the 2013 New Yorker Festival that included Tony Mendez, the former C.I.A. agent whose exploits in Iran inspired the movie “Argo”; Jeff Moss, who founded the hacker conference DEFCON and now advises the Department of Homeland Security; Stella Rimington, a former director of the British intelligence agency M.I.5; and Joe Weisberg, the former C.I.A. officer who created the TV show “The Americans.” They debate the value of human intelligence versus surveillance, the differences between American and British intelligence, the ethics of assassination and drones, and whether espionage sometimes does more harm than good.</p> <p> </p>
May 08, 2017
How the Democrats Could Divide and Conquer
<p class="p1"><span>Since the election of Donald Trump, the Democratic Party has struggled with ideological rifts between its moderate and progressive wings. John Cassidy and Benjamin Wallace-Wells join Dorothy Wickenden to discuss what a coherent anti-Trump agenda for the Democratic Party might look like.</span></p>
May 04, 2017
Jeff Zucker Talks to David Remnick About Putting Trump on TV
<p>While running NBC, Jeff Zucker recognized Donald Trump’s potential as a performer, and green-lit “The Apprentice.” That show brought the real-estate developer into American homes and enabled his push into politics. When Zucker took over an ailing CNN, Trump returned the favor, so to speak: his campaign and then Presidency brought the network its highest prime-time ratings in decades. But, as David Remnick notes in a conversation with Zucker, Trump seems to have it in for CNN, placing it atop his axis of “fake news” enemies.</p>
May 01, 2017
Trump's Next Hundred Days
<p>Donald Trump is trying to regain the offensive on his major policy initiatives. Can he get Congress to “repeal and replace” Obamacare, pursue his tax-reform plan, and reach an agreement about the wall along the Mexican border? Ryan Lizza joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss how much control Trump retains over his agenda, and what role the media is coming to play in public perceptions of his Presidency.</p>
Apr 27, 2017
Elizabeth Warren Talks to David Remnick About the Value of a Good Fight
<p>At a time when the Democratic Party is weak and divided, Senator Elizabeth Warren, of Massachusetts, has emerged as one of its heaviest hitters. In her new book, “This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class,” she describes her plan to regain some of the ground lost by the Party.</p>
Apr 24, 2017
Bill O'Reilly and the Scorned Women of Fox News
<p>This week, Fox News fired Bill O’Reilly after it was revealed that millions of dollars were paid to settle multiple sexual harassment claims against him. Rebecca Solnit joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the politics of misogyny in the media, the workplace, and the White House, and how women are fighting back.</p>
Apr 21, 2017
An Evangelical Climate Scientist Talks to David Remnick About Winning Over Climate Change Skeptics
<p>Katharine Hayhoe is a climate scientist and a director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. She’s also an evangelical Christian. She speaks with David Remnick about how she spends time outside of her research trying to convince skeptics, including her husband, of the urgency of global warming.</p>
Apr 17, 2017
What Putin Thinks of Trump
<p>This week, after President Trump radically changed course on Russia, Syria, and <small>NATO</small>, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Joshua Yaffa joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss how Putin is coping with the unpredictability of the Trump Administration.</p>
Apr 14, 2017
A Far-Right Troll Talks to Andrew Marantz About the White House Press Corps
<p>Lucian Wintrich, a young blogger, was recently appointed as the White House correspondent for the conservative political site Gateway Pundit. He has no professional experience as a reporter and doesn’t claim any interest in landing big stories. His goal is to attack media outlets that he regards as leftist, and he doesn’t shy away from name-calling. <em>The New Yorker’s</em> Andrew Marantz questions Wintrich about trolling as a form of journalism.</p> <p> </p>
Apr 10, 2017
Trump's Improvisational Foreign Policy
<p class="p1"><span>On Thursday night, President Trump ordered a military strike against an Assad government air base in Syria, after a nerve agent killed more then eighty Syrians.  Evan Osnos joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss Syria, Russia, China, and an administration adrift.</span></p>
Apr 07, 2017
Lynn Nottage and Kate Whoriskey Talk to David Remnick About Putting Trump's America Onstage
<p>The playwright Lynn Nottage and the director Kate Whoriskey travelled to Reading, Pennsylvania, to conduct interviews about the impact that the decline of manufacturing jobs had on lives in the declining factory town. Nottage’s play “Sweat,” which was inspired by those interviews, depicts rising racial tension in a small town like Reading as opportunities decline. Nottage talks with David Remnick about the work’s relationship to Donald Trump.</p>
Apr 03, 2017
<p>This week, President Trump signed an executive order that rolled back key environmental policies, including President Obama’s Clean Power Plan. Robert Stavins joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss why Trump’s plan won’t work.</p>
Mar 30, 2017
Jill Lepore Talks to David Remnick About Originalism
<p>We have yet to learn just how closely the views of the Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch resemble those of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, a staunch conservative and a standard-bearer for the legal philosophy known as originalism. Originalists claim to interpret the Constitution by relying on its words and on the contemporary writings of the Constitution's framers. The <em>New Yorker</em> staff writer <a href="">Jill Lepore</a>, a professor of history, says that Gorsuch has been candid about the limitations of historical thinking. But she also notes that liberal jurists, for their part, have become more engaged in historical research to bolster their decisions, and thus are “out-originalizing originalists.”</p>
Mar 27, 2017
Donald Trump’s 'Big Gray Cloud'
<p>This week, in testimony before Congress, the director of the F.B.I., James Comey, confirmed that the agency has been investigating possible coördination between the Trump campaign and Russia. Ryan Lizza joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss how Presidencies can be crippled by scandal.</p>
Mar 23, 2017
Jake Halpern on a Safe House for Refugees
<p><span>For more than a year, <a href="">Jake Halpern</a> has <a href="">been reporting</a> </span><span>on Vive, a safe house run by a community group in Buffalo, New York. In an old schoolhouse, refugees live in crowded dorms, sometimes even sleeping in the hallways, as they wait for an appointment with Canadian border officials or for the wheels of the U.S. asylum process to turn. Vive is short on space and privacy but offers food, housing, legal advice, and community to residents caught between an untenable past and an uncertain future.</span></p>
Mar 20, 2017
The Press and the President
<p><span>In its first two months, the Trump administration has upturned the work of the Washington press corps, by favoring new conservative media outlets and curtailing access </span>for<span> the traditional press pool. Andrew Marantz joins Evan Osnos to discuss the complicated relationship between the press and the administration, and whether it’s as threatening to democracy as some observers fear.</span></p>
Mar 17, 2017
Stephen Hayes Talks to David Remnick About the Future of Conservatism
<p><span>Donald Trump promises tax cuts, a rollback of regulations, and a repeal of Obamacare—music to the ears of most Republicans. But, in an address to Congress this month, the President also said, “Everything that is broken in our country can be fixed. Every problem can be solved.” That statement is almost heresy for an establishment conservative like Stephen Hayes, the editor of </span><em><span>The</span></em> <em><span>Weekly Standard</span></em><span>. Like his predecessor, the influential neoconservative Bill Kristol, Hayes was firmly in the “Never Trump” camp before the election. He remains leery of the President’s comfort with big government and is appalled by the Administration’s “casual dishonesty.” Hayes wants conservatives to call out the President’s lies and “un-American” attacks on the media. But he thinks that progressives do the Administration a favor when they react with outrage “every time Kellyanne Conway puts her feet on the couch.”  </span></p>
Mar 13, 2017