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David Remnick is joined by The New Yorker’s award-winning writers, editors and artists to present a weekly mix of profiles, storytelling, and insightful conversations about the issues that matter — plus an occasional blast of comic genius from the magazine’s legendary Shouts and Murmurs page. The New Yorker has set a standard in journalism for generations and The New Yorker Radio Hour gives it a voice on public radio for the first time. Produced by The New Yorker and WNYC Studios.
WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, On the Media, Snap Judgment, Death, Sex & Money, Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin, Nancy and many more.
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David Remnick is joined by The New Yorker’s award-winning writers, editors and artists to present a weekly mix of profiles, storytelling, and insightful conversations about the issues that matter — plus an occasional blast of comic genius from the magazine’s legendary Shouts and Murmurs page. The New Yorker has set a standard in journalism for generations and The New Yorker Radio Hour gives it a voice on public radio for the first time. Produced by The New Yorker and WNYC Studios.
WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, On the Media, Snap Judgment, Death, Sex & Money, Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin, Nancy and many more.
© WNYC Studios

    The Documentary ICE Doesn’t Want You to See

    The Documentary ICE Doesn’t Want You to See

    Immigrations and Customs Enforcement has been given a broad mandate to round up undocumented immigrants. The agency is infamously unwelcoming to journalists, but two filmmakers managed to get unprecedented access to its employees and detention facilities. Christina Clusiau and Shaul Schwarz discuss how they got this closeup look at the agency as it developed ever-harsher policies designed to deter immigrants. Schwarz tells Jonathan Blitzer, who covers immigration for the magazine, that “if [ICE] can make life difficult enough, if [it] can send these messages . . . that this is the hell you’re going to get, then [they’ll] make these people leave.”  

     

    The documentary, “Immigration Nation,” is available on Netflix.

    • 16 min
    Isabel Wilkerson on America’s Caste System

    Isabel Wilkerson on America’s Caste System

    In this moment of historical reckoning, many Americans are being introduced to concepts like intersectionality, white fragility, and anti-racism. Isabel Wilkerson, the author of the best-selling book “The Warmth of Other Suns,” is introducing a little-discussed concept into our national conversation: caste. As she researched the Jim Crow system in the South, she realized that “every aspect of life was so tightly controlled and scripted and restricted that race was an insufficient term to capture the depth and organized repression that people were living under.” She explains to David Remnick that “the only word that was sufficient was ‘caste.’ ” The United States, Wilkerson argues, is a rigid social hierarchy that depends on a psychological as well as a legal system of enforcement. Her new book is “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents,” which has already been hailed as a modern classic. She says that “we need a new framework for understanding the divisions and how we got to where we are.”

    • 14 min
    Jeffrey Toobin Explores Donald Trump’s “True Crimes and Misdemeanors”

    Jeffrey Toobin Explores Donald Trump’s “True Crimes and Misdemeanors”

    The Mueller Report documented enough crimes and scandals in Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign and in his Administration to sink the career of any President before him. But Trump called the whole thing a win. What’s more, he is now running for reëlection—something no impeached President has ever done before. How did that happen? And why? David Remnick discusses these questions with The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin, whose new book, “True Crimes and Misdemeanors,” is an account of the investigation and impeachment of Donald Trump.

    • 14 min
    Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Violence in Chicago, and William Finnegan on the Power of Police Unions

    Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Violence in Chicago, and William Finnegan on the Power of Police Unions

    Before she became the mayor of Chicago, last year, Lori Lightfoot spent nearly a decade working on police reform. Now Lightfoot is facing civil unrest over police brutality and criticism by the President for the homicide and shooting rates in her city. David Remnick spoke with Mayor Lightfoot about the state of the city, policing, and President Trump’s recent decision to send two hundred federal agents to help “drive down violent crime.” Plus, The New Yorker’s William Finnegan reports on what the repeal of an arcane law reveals about the conflict among police, protesters, and politicians.

    • 35 min
    Black Italians Fight to Be Italian

    Black Italians Fight to Be Italian

    In the United States, most of us take it for granted that every person born on American soil is granted citizenship; it’s been the law since 1868, with the passage of the Fourteenth Amendment. But birthright citizenship is more the exception than the rule globally. Not one country in Europe automatically gives citizenship to children born there. Ngofeen Mputubwele, a producer for the New Yorker Radio Hour, has been reporting on a group of Black Italians—children of African immigrants—who are working to change the citizenship laws of Italy, which they consider a system of racist exclusion. They are artists, intellectuals, and activists who use film, literature, music, and fashion to fight for the right to belong to the country in which they were born; Mputubwele compares their movement to “the start of the Harlem Renaissance.” Bellamy Ogak, a Black Italian, tells him that she was moved by the sight of white Italians carrying “Black Lives Matter” signs at protests following the killing of George Floyd but was angered that they seemed to overlook racism at home: “Why do Black American lives matter more than Black Italian lives?” she asks.

    • 30 min
    Emily Oster on Whether and How to Reopen Schools

    Emily Oster on Whether and How to Reopen Schools

    The decision about whether to reopen schools may determine children’s futures, the survival of teachers, and the economy’s ability to rebound. Emily Oster, an economist at Brown University, reviews what we do and don’t know about the dangers of in-person classes. How likely are children to transmit the coronavirus? Will teachers spread it to one another? Oster talks about the data with Joshua Rothman and opens up a knottier question about this upcoming school year: How do we measure the trade-off between the lives that will inevitably be lost if schools open against the long-term negative effects of learning loss if schools stay closed? What will a school do when, inevitably, somebody dies? “We’re going to have to accept that there isn’t actually a right choice,” she says.

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
3.1K Ratings

3.1K Ratings

LLFauntleroy ,

Covid19 ER Doctor Interview

If you want to hear an unintentionally reassuring podcast this is it. They interview an NYC ER doctor and almost every leading question doesn't pan out for the reporter. Q. I hear you don't have enough respirators, what will you do? A. At first we didn't have enough respirators now we do. Q. I hear you do not have enough masks and garments and gloves? A. At our hospital we do, I keep telling people we don't need them to try to make any for us. Q. I hear at another hospital one worker was wearing a garbage bag. A. Yes I saw that photo in the media,its unfortunate but garbage bags will work If you are temporarily out. Q. I hear you are inundated with 911 calls and can't handle them. A. No it's usually 4000 a day and it's up to 6000 a day now and we're doing it. I guess the reporter didn't have time to go find an ER doctor that would give the doomsday interview he hoped for.

Yuwei Zhou ,

Enjoy the interviews with the mayor of Chicago

David has much social responsibilities ❤️

SFKeepay ,

Excellent, if not unreservedly.

Having the ACLU label everyone 55 and older as “elderly” on my first listen, I must admit, was off-putting. But first impressions aside, it’s been all uphill from there.

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