New Yorker: The Political Scene
“So many of the exonerees I met were offered various kinds of plea bargains or deals that they didn’t take because they just were not able to bring themselves to admit to a crime that they didn’t commit,” the New Yorker staff writer Ariel Levy says on...
Sexual Assault on Campuses
A discredited Rolling Stone article about an alleged sexual assault at the University of Virginia has reignited a national conversation about sexual assault and its coverage in the media. Margaret Talbot and George Packer join Dorothy Wickenden to...
The Legacy of Reconstruction
Most Americans look back at Reconstruction as a blemish on our shared history—an era of oppression, corruption, and systemic racism. A hundred and fifty years later, though, the United States is grappling with many of the same issues that plagued our...
David Remnick and Nathan Thrall on Obama and Netanyahu
Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was elected to a fourth term, after casting doubt on prospects for peace with the Palestinians, long a goal of the United States, and decrying President Obama’s nuclear dealmaking with Iran. This...
The Republicans and the Federal Budget
The budget proposed by Senate Republicans this week lays out a plan to grow the middle class, one that couldn’t look more different from President Obama’s plan to grow the middle class. Jeffrey Toobin and John Cassidy join Dorothy Wickenden to discuss...
The Rhetoric Of Inequality
With primary season approaching, politicians on both sides of the aisle are speaking out about one of the biggest challenges facing the nation: the gulf between rich and poor. On this week's episode, Jill Lepore and George Packer join Dorothy...
The View From Iran
“President Rouhani came into office with a very clear mandate to address Iran’s isolation in the world and its relationship with outside powers, including the United States,” the New Yorker write Laura Secor. "The nuclear file is obviously the biggest...
The Immigration Backlash
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...
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