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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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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

Jeff Flake Denounces the Party of Trump

This week, Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, an outspoken critic of President Trump, announced that he will not seek re-election. "None of these appalling features of our current politics should ever be regarded as normal,” said Flake from the Senate floor. He described the President’s reckless behavior as dangerous to a democracy. Ryan Lizza joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss what traditional Republicans can do to check a president who remains overwhelmingly popular with the party’s base.

Duration: 00:17:12

Chelsea Manning Talks to Larissa Macfarquhar About Life After Prison

In 2010, the Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning, then known as Bradley Manning, sent nearly seven hundred and fifty thousand classified military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks. The leak earned Manning a thirty-five-year prison sentence, which was commuted by President Obama to seven years. Less than five months out of prison, she sat down with The New Yorker’s Larissa MacFarquhar at the 2017 New Yorker Festival. Manning discussed her tumultuous upbringing, including her...

Duration: 00:34:36

The Real Mike Pence

Trump’s critics yearn for his exit, but his Vice President, the corporate right’s inside man, poses his own risks. Jane Mayer joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss Pence’s surprising route to the White House, how he is quietly implementing his ideological agenda, and his ambitions for the near future.

Duration: 00:22:33

Bill Rhoden Talks to Jelani Cobb About Protest and Professional Sports

Colin Kaepernick has yet to set foot on the football field this season, but the protest movement he launched a year ago has taken on a life of its own, after the President went on a tirade against protesting players, suggesting that “that son of a bitch” be fired. The New Yorker staff writer Jelani Cobb reflects with Bill Rhoden, a writer-at-large for ESPN’s “Undefeated,” on the fifty-year history of black athletes embracing politics on the field. Is it time, they ask, to retire “The...

Duration: 00:12:56

The End of the Weinstein Era

Recent investigations by The New Yorker and The New York Times have brought to light allegations of sexual harassment and assault against the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Many actresses and former employees have accused Weinstein of possible criminal conduct, taking place over the past few decades. Jia Tolentino joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the changing cultural climate and legal procedures around sexual assault.

Duration: 00:17:18

The Trump Children Were Investigated for Fraud, but Avoided Indictment

The Trump SoHo was supposed to be a splash for the Trump Organization and for Ivanka and Donald Trump, Jr., who were leading the project. Instead, they were stuck trying to market very small units to buyers as the financial crisis hit. That they lied in selling the building isn’t in question, and the Manhattan District Attorney's office began investigating; but, after a meeting between the D.A. and Marc Kasowitz, a Trump lawyer, the government never filed charges. What happened? Andrea...

Duration: 00:20:53

The Supreme Court Takes On Gerrymandering

This week, The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin attended oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court for a case about extreme partisan gerrymandering in Wisconsin. Toobin joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss what he saw, and why this case will have far-reaching effects on American democracy.

Duration: 00:14:47

Patrick Radden Keefe and Sheelah Kolhatkar on Prosecuting Financial Crimes

Jesse Eisinger’s book “The Chickenshit Club” asks why the Justice Department fails to prosecute financial executives for criminal business dealings. The staff writer Patrick Radden Keefe, who has covered crime of many kinds, reviewed the book for The New Yorker. He compared notes with his fellow staff writer Sheelah Kolhatkar, who writes the magazine’s Financial Page. How, they wonder, can the government charge a bank a sixteen-billion-dollar fine for wrongdoing yet fail to prosecute any...

Duration: 00:11:16

The Republican Casualties of Trumpism

Why is Trump so hostile to the leaders of his own party? Ryan Lizza joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss how Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan have become among the most reviled figures in Washington, and what the war on the Republican establishment means for the Trump agenda, the GOP, and the Democrats.

Duration: 00:15:55

Evan Osnos Talks to David Remnick About Donald Trump's Provocations of a Nuclear North Korea

Donald Trump mocked Kim Jong Un by calling him “rocket man,” and threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if the U.S. or its allies were attacked. Kim, in turn, dismissed Trump as a “barking dog.” Evan Osnos recently reported from Washington and Pyongyang on the tensions between the United States and North Korea. Osnos tells David Remnick that North Korea will never give up its nuclear weapons; they are no longer a bargaining chip but a source of national identity and security. Despite...

Duration: 00:16:33

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

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

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