New Yorker: The Political Scene
The Immigration Backlash02/28/15
From the halls of The Department of Homeland Security to a courtroom in Brownsville, TX, the fallout from President Obama's immigration policy is being felt. Jeffrey Toobin and Ryan Lizza talk with Dorothy Wickenden about Obama's executive action and...
Israel and America’s Difficult Friendship
Have U.S.-Israel relations hit an all-time low? New Yorker editor David Remnick and writer Bernard Avishai talk with Amelia Lester about the strained relationship, negotiations on Iranian disarmament, and the impact of both for the upcoming Israeli...
Instability in Ukraine
“There just isn’t the political will and the leverage to enforce a ceasefire,” the New Yorker staff writer George Packer says of the war in eastern Ukraine. “Without that reality on the ground, whatever is put on paper—a thirteen-point protocol in...
Fear of Vaccines
“Where is my child’s liberty if she is made sick by the freedom of someone else not to be vaccinated?” says New Yorker staff writer Michael Specter about the politics of falling inoculation numbers. Specter joins fellow staff writer Ryan Lizza and...
The Evolution of Islamic Extremism
On this week’s Political Scene podcast, the New Yorker staff writer Jon Lee Anderson joins host Dorothy Wickenden to talk about the current status of the war against Islamic radicalism. The two discuss the ways in which terrorism is expanding across...
“For obvious reasons, there was a lot of bragging in that speech and there was a lot of emphasis on the good economic news,” says Ryan Lizza about the State of the Union. Lizza joins fellow staff writer Hendrik Hertzberg and host Dorothy Wickenden on...
After Charlie Hebdo
In the early aughts, “there was a genuine panic about how capable Al Qaeda was of creating events on the scale of 9/11,” the New Yorker staff writer Steve Coll says. “The real capacity of the transnational jihadist movement is a lot more like what you...
Keystone and Congress
“Keystone became a symbol, that if you could block this one project, maybe worldwide people would think twice before vigorously trying to extract oil from oil sands and similar projects,” the New Yorker writer Ryan Lizza says on this week’s Political...
A New Cuba
“There had been eighteen months of secret negotiations, seven meetings that took place in Canada, under the good offices of the Canadian government, and also by Pope Francis in the Vatican, to help make this happen,” Jon Lee Anderson says about the...
The Torture Report
“The stain from this scandal is one of the worst ever in the history of the C.I.A., and from my standpoint one of the worst in the country,” Jane Mayer says of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on C.I.A. interrogation tactics. Mayer joins her...
Negotiating Climate Change
Focussing on a very narrow set of countries, as we did in Kyoto, and looking for aggressive emissions cuts in the short term doesn’t do anything,” Robert Stavins, the director of the environmental economics program at the Harvard Kennedy School, says...
Jeffrey Toobin and John Cassidy on Ferguson
“I think it would have been very difficult, maybe even impossible, to get a criminal conviction,” Jeffrey Toobin says of the grand-jury decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown. Toobin, who wrote this week about...
Obama and Immigration
“If the Democrats are going to win in 2016, they’re going to have to put back together the Obama coalition. This gives the coalition something to fight on,” John Cassidy says about President Obama’s executive action on immigration reform. Cassidy...
“Once you identify a candidate who is really making a case against Clinton, interesting things can happen,” Ryan Lizza, who wrote about Hillary Clinton’s potential Presidential opponents in this week’s magazine, says on this week’s Political Scene...
Obama and the G.O.P.
“I’d like to see him use the last two years to make up for some of the rhetorical mistakes of the last six,” Hendrik Hertzberg says of President Obama on this week’s Political Scene podcast. Hertzberg joins David Remnick and host Dorothy Wickenden to...
“The Administration should be faulted for giving mixed signals” about Ebola, the New Yorker staff writer Jerome Groopman says on this week’s Political Scene podcast. Groopman joins host Dorothy Wickenden to discuss how panic and misinformation have...
President Obama’s Judicial Legacy
President Obama “has achieved a level of diversity in the federal courts that is very much unprecedented in the history of United States courts,” says the New Yorker staff writer Jeffrey Toobin, who wrote about Obama’s judicial legacy in the current...
A Panel on the Middle East
“The Middle East is coming apart in a way that, I think, is unprecedented,” Dexter Filkins says on this week’s Political Scene, which was recorded live at The New Yorker Festival last Sunday. Filkins was joined by Steve Coll, Robin Wright, and Jon Lee...
Rand Paul’s Counterculture
Ryan Lizza and Hendrik Hertzberg join host Dorothy Wickenden on this week’s podcast to discuss Rand Paul’s political resurgence, and what it might mean for the future of the Republican Party. As Lizza explains in the magazine this week, if Paul is to...
With the midterm elections less than a month away, John Cassidy and Ryan Lizza join host Dorothy Wickenden on this week’s podcast to discuss the key Senate races, and how President Obama is affecting the campaign strategies of both parties.
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