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Jill Lepore on the Ambiguities of Socialism, and Teju Cole on Blackface

Jill Lepore on the Ambiguities of Socialism, and Teju Cole on Blackface

This week on the New Yorker Radio Hour, the historian walks us through the shift in America’s leftist politics, and the photographer contemplates the persistence of blackface in American culture.
Is the Tide Turning on Gun Reform?

Is the Tide Turning on Gun Reform?

This week on the New Yorker Radio Hour, Representative Lucy McBath and others on whether gun reform is possible—and, if so, how.
The Mythology of Marlon James, and the Mystery of Mueller

The Mythology of Marlon James, and the Mystery of Mueller

This week on the New Yorker Radio Hour, the writer begins a trilogy he calls “an African ‘Game of Thrones.’ ” Plus, will the Russia investigation reveal anything we don’t already know?
Jason Rezaian on Imprisonment in Iran

Jason Rezaian on Imprisonment in Iran

The Washington Post journalist, imprisoned in Tehran for five hundred and forty-four days, tells David Remnick how he suffered as a pawn in an Iranian government intrigue.
John Thompson vs. American Justice

John Thompson vs. American Justice

The New Yorker Radio Hour explores the case of John Thompson, who was nearly executed for crimes he didn’t commit, which raises the question: When prosecutors hold all the cards, can any defendant get
Accusing R. Kelly, and the Fall of a Chinese Pop Star

Accusing R. Kelly, and the Fall of a Chinese Pop Star

This week on the New Yorker Radio Hour, a new documentary implicates the singer R. Kelly, his enablers, and even his fans, with a history of abuse allegations. And the singer Denise Ho reflects on the
An Epic Heist in Paris, and a Boondoggle in Wisconsin

An Epic Heist in Paris, and a Boondoggle in Wisconsin

This week on the New Yorker Radio Hour, the burglar took seventy million dollars’ worth of art from a French museum. Selling it, he found, was harder than stealing it. Plus: the most expensive jobs in
Live: Boots Riley, Janet Mock, and Chris Hayes

Live: Boots Riley, Janet Mock, and Chris Hayes

This week’s New Yorker Radio Hour presents live interviews from the 2018 New Yorker Festival with Janet Mock, Chris Hayes, and Boots Riley.
Philip Roth’s American Portraits and American Prophecy

Philip Roth’s American Portraits and American Prophecy

On The New Yorker Radio Hour, how the late Philip Roth captured the heart of the twentieth-century United States.
Christmas Music Reimagined with Kirk Douglas, the Guitarist for the Roots

Christmas Music Reimagined with Kirk Douglas, the Guitarist for the Roots

On this week’s New Yorker Radio Hour, a bona-fide guitar hero puts a fresh spin on Rudolph and the Little Drummer Boy. Plus, the big pop-culture stories of the year, from our panel of experts.
Aaron Sorkin Kills a Mockingbird, and Kelly Slater’s Perfect Wave

Aaron Sorkin Kills a Mockingbird, and Kelly Slater’s Perfect Wave

On this week’s New Yorker Radio Hour, Aaron Sorkin on adapting a 1960 classic for the 2018 Broadway stage. And a lifelong surfer wonders whether an artificial, perfect wave will change the sport
Kelly Slater’s Perfect Wave Brings Surfing to a Crossroads

Kelly Slater’s Perfect Wave Brings Surfing to a Crossroads

On The New Yorker Radio Hour, William Finnegan, a lifelong surfer, reports on a machine-made wave that could finally make surfing a conventional sport—and potentially transform its spirit.
Robyn Talks with David Remnick, and Claire McCaskill Gives an Exit Interview

Robyn Talks with David Remnick, and Claire McCaskill Gives an Exit Interview

On this week’s New Yorker Radio Hour, the Swedish pop star, who is adored by critics and fans alike, describes the journey to her new album. And our Washington correspondent talks with McCaskill as
The Culture of Fermentation, and the Problem of Voting

The Culture of Fermentation, and the Problem of Voting

On this week’s New Yorker Radio Hour, the food correspondent Helen Rosner tinkers with an ancient culinary tradition, and the scholar Carol Anderson analyzes the resurgence of voter suppression as a
The Soulful Sides of Jim Carrey and Bridget Everett

The Soulful Sides of Jim Carrey and Bridget Everett

On this week’s “New Yorker Radio Hour,” from the New Yorker Festival, interviews with two great comic performers—former goofballs who found surprising darkness and depth in their characters.
The Countdown to Brexit, and the Witnesses Against El Chapo

The Countdown to Brexit, and the Witnesses Against El Chapo

On this week’s New Yorker Radio Hour, Theresa May unveils a plan to withdraw Britain from the E.U., and it doesn’t go well. Plus, the twin brothers turned drug traffickers who are testifying against
The Financial Crash and the Climate Crisis

The Financial Crash and the Climate Crisis

On this week’s “New Yorker Radio Hour,” teasing out the connections between the financial crash of 2008 and the ever-worsening climate crisis.
The Rhetoric and the Reality of the Migrant Caravan, and the Return of Derek Smalls

The Rhetoric and the Reality of the Migrant Caravan, and the Return of Derek Smalls

On this week’s New Yorker Radio Hour, Jonathan Blitzer, who spent a week with the migrant caravan in Mexico, describes the reality on the ground, and the Spinal Tap bassist, Derek Smalls, makes his
Daniel Radcliffe Gets His Facts Straight, and Janelle Monáe Lives in the Present

Daniel Radcliffe Gets His Facts Straight, and Janelle Monáe Lives in the Present

On The New Yorker Radio Hour, the actor gets trained for his next career as a fact checker, and the musician explains how getting fired from Office Depot launched her on the path to stardom.
Kelela Reinvents R. & B., and Sally Yates Gets Fired

Kelela Reinvents R. & B., and Sally Yates Gets Fired

On The New Yorker Radio Hour, the singer talks about when it’s necessary to “kill the vibe” in a bad business meeting, and the veteran of the Justice Department describes her ten-day tenure in the