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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.

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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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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The Trump Paradox

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.

Duration: 00:18:17

Jonathan Blitzer and Sarah Stillman on Immigration in the Trump Era

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...

Duration: 00:13:09

The Trump Era After Bannon

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.

Duration: 00:15:58

A Rare Interview with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro

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. The New Yorker’s Jon Lee Anderson was recently...

Duration: 00:14:08

Unrest in Iran

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.

Duration: 00:18:10

A.G. Sulzberger Talks to David Remnick about the Future of The New York Times

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.

Duration: 00:14:37

Why China Loves Trump

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.

Duration: 00:19:46

Amy Davidson Sorkin Talks to David Remnick About Roy Moore, Al Franken and Allegations of Sexual Misconduct in Politics

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...

Duration: 00:12:23

The View from Alabama

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.

Duration: 00:14:37

Nicholas Thompson Talks to David Remnick About the End of Net Neutrality

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...

Duration: 00:13:02

Trump Goes West

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.

Duration: 00:14:33

Tangier Island, On the Front Lines of Climate Change

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.” The New Yorker’s...

Duration: 00:20:37

The Lies of Trumponomics

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 perpetuate the new Gilded Age and betray the central promises...

Duration: 00:16:04

Three Views of Voter Fraud

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...

Duration: 00:27:53

Ronan Farrow and Alexandra Schwartz Talk to David Remnick About the Effects of the Weinstein Scandal

In the wake of the avalanche of claims about Harvey Weinstein, 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 The New Yorker 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...

Duration: 00:18:16

Sex, Lies, and Videotapes in Washington

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.

Duration: 00:13:59

From Obama to Trump: Ten Years of The Political Scene

The first episode of The New Yorker’s politics podcast was posted in 2007, at the beginning of the campaign in which Barack Obama was first elected President. 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. On its tenth anniversary, “The Political Scene” examines how the country arrived at this...

Duration: 01:02:02

Jeffrey Toobin Talks to David Remnick About Gerrymandering

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...

Duration: 00:15:57

Mueller’s Indictments, Ryan’s Tax Plan and the Future of the Republican Agenda

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.

Duration: 00:15:49

Patrick Radden Keefe on How the Marketing of OxyContin Helped Create the Opioid Epidemic

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 reports, 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...

Duration: 00:20:22

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