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A weekly discussion about the President and developments in Washington, hosted by The New Yorker's executive editor, Dorothy Wickenden, and featuring the magazine's Washington correspondent, Ryan Lizza, and other contributors.






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Trump vs. Humanitarianism

This week, with Myanmar’s military rulers continuing an ethic cleansing of the Rohingya, one of the country’s Muslim minority groups, President Trump reaffirmed an “America First” foreign policy in his speech before the UN General Assembly. Philip Gourevitch joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the troubling recent history of the UN and the US in humanitarian interventions, and the dangers of Trump’s policy of disengagement.

Duration: 00:18:19

David Remnick and Hillary Clinton discuss “What Happened”

In a wide-ranging interview with David Remnick, Hillary Clinton says that political allies of Donald Trump sabotaged her campaign by planting fake news stories in social media and guiding the Wikileaks release of the hacked emails of her campaign staff. In her new book, “What Happened,” Clinton 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...

Duration: 00:42:56

Can the Democrats Outfox Trump?

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.

Duration: 00:17:52

Dahlia Lithwick Talks to David Remnick About the Violence in Charlottesville

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,...

Duration: 00:15:21

Trump and the Politics of Xenophobia

Jelani Cobb and Dorothy Wickenden discuss the Administration’s decision about the DREAMers, and the history of anti-immigration movements in the United States.

Duration: 00:17:10

Harry Belafonte Talks to Jelani Cobb About Entertainment and Activism

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 Many Rivers to Cross festival, which Belafonte helped dream up, the New Yorker 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...

Duration: 00:14:08

When Carl Icahn Tried to Control Trump

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, The New Yorker’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...

Duration: 00:21:27

Mark Lilla Talks to David Remnick About Identity Politics and the Democratic Party

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...

Duration: 00:15:12

Kidnapped By The Taliban

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.

Duration: 00:23:35

David Remnick Talks Spy Novels with a Former Spy

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...

Duration: 00:15:04

Fire, Fury, and North Korea

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...

Duration: 00:20:11

Senator Al Franken Talks to David Remnick About Being Funny in Washington

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...

Duration: 00:14:45

Trump's North Korean Missile Crisis

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?

Duration: 00:16:57

Lawrence Wright Talks to David Remnick About Texas as a Bellwether of American Politics

Lawrence Wright 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 “The Future Is Texas," 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.

Duration: 00:13:42

Scaramucci's Scare Tactics

On Wednesday, New Yorker staff writer Ryan Lizza received a phone call from Anthony Scaramucci, the White House communications director. In obscene language, Scaramucci expressed his displeasure about leaks coming from inside the West Wing, singling out 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.

Duration: 00:18:16

Maggie Haberman Talks to David Remnick About Trump and the Gang War in the White House

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.”

Duration: 00:16:47

Should Democrats Become 'The Party of No?'

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.

Duration: 00:15:44

David Remnick Talks to Ezekiel Emanuel about Health Care

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.

Duration: 00:11:49

The Brothers Trump

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, and did the Trump campaign's digital operations, which were overseen by Kushner, coordinate with Russian government hackers?

Duration: 00:22:05

Ai Weiwei Talks to David Remnick About Art, Censorship and Twitter

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.”

Duration: 00:12:39

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