The New Yorker: Politics and More

The New Yorker: Politics and More

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A weekly discussion about politics, hosted by The New Yorker’s executive editor, Dorothy Wickenden.


The Coronavirus Election
Mar 30 • 17 min
It’s been just over a month since Donald Trump tweeted for the first time about the coronavirus—saying, in essence, that the virus did not pose a substantial threat to the United States. Why did he so dramatically underplay the risks of COVID-19? “With…
Arts and Entertainment in the Era of Coronavirus
Mar 26 • 21 min
This month, in an effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic, arts organizations around the country shut their doors. Theatre productions were cancelled, film premières postponed, gallery openings scuttled. Artists and other creative professionals, many of…
In a Nightmare Scenario, How Should We Decide Who Gets Care?
Mar 23 • 16 min
In northern Italy, doctors were forced to begin rationing ventilators and other equipment—a nightmare scenario that could become a reality for medical staff in the United States soon; New York has projected ventilator shortages in the thousands per week.…
How Humanity Survives Pandemics
Mar 20 • 20 min
The earliest epidemics date back to Neolithic times, and, in the millennia since, viral outbreaks have repeatedly shaped the course of human history, influencing behavior and creating and destroying cultural norms. In the weeks since COVID-19 became a…
The Ripple Effects of a Pandemic
Mar 16 • 13 min
For most of us, the speed and intensity of the coronavirus pandemic has come as a shock. But not for Lawrence Wright. A staff writer and the author of nonfiction books about Scientology and Al Qaeda, Wright recently wrote a novel—yet to be…
How Donald Trump Will Wage His Reëlection Campaign
Mar 12 • 18 min
Donald Trump never really stopped running for President. On the day of his inauguration, in 2017, he filed the paperwork to run for reëlection in 2020. As the Democrats have fought a historically long primary battle, Trump has been gearing up for the…
And Then There Were Two: Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden
Mar 9 • 21 min
Just over a week ago, Bernie Sanders seemed to be the front-runner for the Democratic nomination. Then came some prominent withdrawals from the race, and, on Super Tuesday, the resurgence of Joe Biden’s campaign. (Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii remains in the…
Is Joe Biden the Future of the Democratic Party?
Mar 5 • 16 min
Joe Biden’s pitch to voters has been remarkably consistent: he says he can unite older voters, people of color, and moderates into a coalition that can defeat Donald Trump. A series of gaffes, concerns about his voting record, and disappointing results in…
The Many Iterations of Michael Bloomberg, C.E.O., Mayor, and Presidential Hopeful
Mar 2 • 20 min
Eleanor Randolph finished her biography of Michael Bloomberg in June, 2019, just as the former mayor decided not to run for President. “He didn’t want to go on an apology tour,” Randolph tells David Remnick. Bloomberg knew that he would be called to…
Rebecca Solnit on Harvey Weinstein and the Lies that Powerful Men Tell
Feb 27 • 18 min
This week, the former film producer Harvey Weinstein was convicted on two counts of sexual assault in a New York court. Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than ninety women, has become an emblem of misogyny in Hollywood, and of…
Stephen Miller, the Architect of Trump’s Immigration Plan
Feb 24 • 23 min
Donald Trump began his Presidential bid, in 2015, with an infamous speech, at Trump Tower, in which he said of Mexican immigrants, “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” But it was not until a former aide to Jeff Sessions…
Does It Really Matter Who the Democratic Nominee Is?
Feb 20 • 20 min
Rachel Bitecofer, a political scientist at the Niskanen Center, in Washington, D.C., thinks that most pollsters and forecasters rely on outdated ideas about how candidates succeed. She argues that the outcome has far less to do with the candidates’…
A Teen-age Trump Tries to Win His High School’s Election
Feb 17 • 17 min
Every year, Townsend Harris High School, in Queens, New York, holds a schoolwide election simulation. Students are assigned roles and begin campaigning in September. Every candidate has a staff, raises money, and makes ads for the school’s radio and…
After Two Primary Contests, What’s Ahead for the Democratic Race?
Feb 13 • 19 min
On Tuesday, voters in New Hampshire cast their ballots in the Democratic Presidential primary. Following the debacle surrounding the Iowa caucuses, many Democrats hoped that the results from New Hampshire would bring clarity to the race. Bernie Sanders…
The Black Vote in 2020
Feb 10 • 17 min
The last time a Democrat won the White House, he had enormous support from black voters; lower support from black voters was one of many reasons Hillary Clinton lost in 2016. Marcus Ferrell, a political organizer from Atlanta, tells Radio Hour about the…
Disasters at America’s Polling Places
Feb 6 • 17 min
On Monday, at the Iowa caucuses, a new smartphone app was used to report the results from each precinct. The app proved faulty, leading to a catastrophic failure to collect and report vote totals. In theory, advances in voting technology make voting…
Jill Lepore on Democracy in Peril, Then and Now
Feb 3 • 16 min
In the nineteen-thirties, authoritarian regimes were on the rise around the world—as they are again today—and democratic governments that came into existence after the First World War were toppling. “American democracy, too, staggered,” Jill Lepore wrote…
The Trump-Netanyahu “Deal of the Century”
Jan 30 • 13 min
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump announced his Administration’s Middle East peace plan. The unveiling occurred in the midst of the Senate impeachment trial of Trump, for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, and on the day that the Israeli Prime…
What Would a World Without Prisons Be Like?
Jan 27 • 21 min
Mass incarceration is now widely regarded as a prejudiced and deeply harmful set of policies. Bipartisan support exists for some degree of criminal-justice reform, and, in some circles, the idea of prison abolition is also gaining traction. Kai Wright,…
Adam Schiff, Hakeem Jeffries, and the Framers Weigh In on Impeachment
Jan 23 • 20 min
Last week, the Senate opened the impeachment trial of Donald Trump. With Republicans standing immovably by the President, the trial is expected to result in Trump’s acquittal. The Framers of the Constitution issued dire warnings about the spectre of…
Ten Years After “The New Jim Crow”
Jan 20 • 13 min
The United States has the largest prison population in the world. But, until the publication of Michelle Alexander’s book “The New Jim Crow,” in 2010, most people didn’t use the term mass incarceration, or consider the practice a social-justice issue.…
As the Impeachment Trial Begins, the Democratic Candidates Struggle to Forcefully Take on President Trump
Jan 16 • 20 min
This week, Democratic Presidential candidates met for their final debate before the Iowa caucuses, a few weeks after Trump ordered the targeted killing of the Iranian military commander Qassam Suleimani. They talked about how America’s role in the world…
In Iowa, the Democratic Candidates Respond to the Conflict with Iran
Jan 13 • 13 min
The New Yorker’s Eric Lach is in Iowa for the month leading up to the Democratic caucuses. Next week’s debate, in Des Moines, was likely going to focus on health care and other domestic issues core to the Democratic platform, but the agenda may instead be…
Mad Men: Trump’s Perilous Approach to Dictators
Jan 9 • 19 min
Since taking office, President Trump has repeatedly praised Russian President Vladimir Putin, held two summits with Kim Jong Un, of North Korea, and hosted Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago. Trump relies on his instincts when it comes to the…
Terry Gross Talks with David Remnick
Jan 6 • 24 min
David Remnick has appeared as the guest of Terry Gross on “Fresh Air” a number of times over the years, talking about Russia, Muhammad Ali, and other subjects. Hosting “Fresh Air” for nearly forty-five years, Gross is a defining voice of NPR, and is…
The Hyperpartisan State
Dec 23, 2019 • 25 min
North Carolina is a relatively purple state, where voting between the two major parties tends to be close. That might suggest a place of common ground and compromise, but it’s quite the opposite. “A couple of years before the rest of the country got…
Peter Schjeldahl on Good Cheer During Bad Times
Dec 19, 2019 • 16 min
Four months ago, Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker’s longtime art critic, was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. In this week’s issue of the magazine, Schjeldahl writes a personal history about New York’s downtown art scene in the sixties, how he…
A Worldwide #MeToo Protest that Began in Chile
Dec 16, 2019 • 7 min
Three weeks ago, members of a Chilean feminist collective called Las Tesis put on blindfolds and party dresses and took to the streets. The festive atmosphere put their purpose in stark relief: the song they sang was “Un Violador En Tu Camino” (“A Rapist…
Revelations About the Forever War in Afghanistan
Dec 12, 2019 • 18 min
On Monday, the Washington Post published “The Afghanistan Papers,” a trove of more than two thousand pages of interviews with U.S. and foreign officials about the war in Afghanistan. The document reveals the extent to which politicians and military…
This Is William Cohen’s Third Impeachment
Dec 9, 2019 • 18 min
The current impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump are only the fourth in American history, and William Cohen has been near the center of power for three of them. First, he was a Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee in 1974, when his…
Facts vs. Fiction in the Impeachment Proceedings Against Donald Trump
Dec 5, 2019 • 17 min
This week, after two months of questioning seventeen former and current State Department and White House officials, the House Intelligence Committee released its report on the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. What has the country learned with…
Rana Ayyub on India’s Crackdown on Muslims
Dec 2, 2019 • 24 min
In August, India suspended the autonomy of the state of Kashmir, putting soldiers in its streets and banning foreign journalists from entering. Dexter Filkins, who was working on a story about Narendra Modi, would not be deterred from going. To evade the…
What Can Progressive Voters Do to Help Fix Our Broken Political System?
Nov 27, 2019 • 20 min
For decades, conservative organizations have poured time, attention, and money into state politics, and today, Republicans control the governorships and state legislatures of twenty-one states. But in recent years, grassroots progressive movements have…
Samantha’s Journey into the Alt-Right, and Back
Nov 25, 2019 • 38 min
Since 2016, Andrew Marantz has been reporting on how the extremist right has harnessed the Internet and social media to gain a startling prominence in American politics. One day, he was contacted by a woman named Samantha, who was in the leadership of the…
On and Off the Debate Stage, Democrats Contend with Race
Nov 22, 2019 • 18 min
This week, ten of the seventeen candidates still running for the Democratic nomination met on a debate stage in Atlanta. The setting was significant: for decades, Georgia has been seen as a Republican stronghold, but last year the Democrat Stacey Abrams…
Lena Waithe on Police Violence and “Queen & Slim”
Nov 18, 2019 • 20 min
Lena Waithe is the screenwriter and creator of the Showtime series “The Chi,” about the South Side of Chicago, but she tells Jelani Cobb, “Getting your own TV show is like getting beaten to death by your own dream.” Her first script for a feature film is…
Tricky Dick and Dirty Don: How a Compelling Narrative Can Change the Fate of a Presidency
Nov 14, 2019 • 25 min
In 1972, Richard Nixon’s political future seemed assured. He was reëlected by one of the highest popular-vote margins in American history, his approval rating was near seventy per cent, and the public wasn’t interested in what newspapers were calling the…
The Supreme Court Weighs the End of DACA
Nov 11, 2019 • 16 min
Jeff Sessions, then the Attorney General, announced in 2017 the cancellation of the Obama-era policy known as DACA—Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. A number of plaintiffs sued, and their case goes to the Supreme Court next week. The New Yorker’s…
How Facebook Continues to Spread Fake News
Nov 7, 2019 • 20 min
One of the big stories of the 2016 Presidential campaign was the role Facebook played in spreading false and misleading information, from Russia and from inside the United States, about candidates. The company has made some changes, but it is still under…
How the Irish Border Keeps Derailing Brexit
Nov 4, 2019 • 19 min
One of the almost unsolvable problems with the U.K.’s exit from the E.U. is that it would necessitate a “hard border” between Northern Ireland, which is part of the U.K., and the Republic of Ireland, which would remain a member nation in Europe. The…
Impeachment Proceedings Go Public, and Republicans Go On the Attack
Nov 1, 2019 • 20 min
This week, the House of Representatives voted to move forward with public hearings into whether President Trump abused his office for political gain. House Republicans unanimously voted against the proceedings, and describe the impeachment process as a…
Sophia Takal’s “Black Christmas,” and the Producer Jason Blum on Horror with a Message
Oct 28, 2019 • 21 min
On a sound stage in Brooklyn, Sophia Takal is racing to finish her first feature film, in time for a December release. The film is a remake of “Black Christmas,” an early slasher flick from Canada, in which sorority girls are picked off by a gruesome…
Elizabeth Warren and the Revolution in Economics
Oct 24, 2019 • 19 min
Senator Elizabeth Warren has made a “wealth tax” one of the centerpieces of her presidential campaign. The plan was developed with the help of the economists Emmanuael Saez and Gabriel Zucman, part of a new generation of economists whose work focuses on…
Ronan Farrow on a Campaign of Silence
Oct 21, 2019 • 22 min
Farrow’s reporting on Harvey Weinstein and other accused perpetrators of sexual assault helped opened the floodgates of the #MeToo movement. In his new book, “Catch and Kill,” and in “The Black Cube Chronicles” published on newyorker.com, Farrow details…
Representative Abigail Spanberger and the “National-Security Democrats” Turn the Tide on Impeachment
Oct 18, 2019 • 19 min
On September 23rd, Representative Abigail Spanberger joined six other House Democrats—all from swing districts and all veterans of the military, defense, and intelligence communities—in drafting an op-ed in the Washington Post declaring President Trump a…
Evan Osnos and Jiayang Fan on the Hong Kong Protests
Oct 14, 2019 • 18 min
The months of protests in Hong Kong may be the biggest political crisis facing Chinese leadership since the Tiananmen Square massacre a generation ago. What began as objections to a proposed extradition law has morphed into a broad-based protest movement.…
Trump’s Abandonment of the Kurds Appeases Erdoğan and Infuriates Republicans
Oct 11, 2019 • 19 min
Last Sunday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan informed President Trump of his intention to launch a military offensive in northeastern Syria, in an effort to eradicate the Kurdish militias there. Trump agreed to draw down American troops to clear…
The New Yorker on Impeachment
Oct 7, 2019 • 21 min
David Remnick asks five New Yorker contributors about the nascent impeachment proceedings against the President. Susan Glasser, the magazine’s Washington correspondent, notes that Republicans have attacked the inquiry but have not exactly defended the…
Trump’s Enablers, Part 2: How Mike Pompeo’s Loyalty to the President Has Affected Diplomacy in Ukraine
Oct 3, 2019 • 20 min
On Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was on the line for President Trump’s July 25th phone call with the Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, during which Trump urged Zelensky to assist in an investigation…
Cory Booker on How to Defeat Donald Trump
Sep 30, 2019 • 43 min
Senator Cory Booker burst onto the national scene about a decade ago, after serving as the mayor of the notoriously impoverished and dangerous city of Newark, New Jersey. To get that job, Booker challenged an entrenched establishment. “My political…
Trump’s Enablers: How Giuliani, Pence, and Barr Figure Into the Ukraine Scandal
Sep 27, 2019 • 34 min
This week, evidence emerged that Trump tried to enlist the help of a foreign power to discredit his political opponents—in this case, Democratic Presidential hopeful Joe Biden. Further disclosures revealed that the President may have been aided in his…
In Communities of Color, Fighting for a Stake in the Legal Cannabis Market
Sep 23, 2019 • 14 min
People of color have suffered disproportionately under cannabis criminalization, and social-justice advocates have played a major role in the push for legalization; Michelle Alexander’s book “The New Jim Crow” changed many people’s minds on this issue.…
How Will the Brinkmanship Between the U.S. and Iran Be Resolved?
Sep 19, 2019 • 18 min
This past Saturday, a series of air strikes in Saudi Arabia damaged more than a dozen oil installations, including one of the most critical oil-production facilities in the world. The attack threw global fuel markets into disarray. Houthi rebels in Yemen…
A Texas Republican Exits the House
Sep 16, 2019 • 13 min
An exodus is under way in the House of Representatives: not even halfway into the congressional term, fifteen Republicans have announced that they will not run in 2020. One of the exiting members is Will Hurd, a former C.I.A. officer who was elected in…
Trumpism and Conservatives’ Identity Crisis
Sep 12, 2019 • 18 min
One of the big stories of the 2016 presidential election was the rupture within the Republican Party. “Never Trump” traditionalists lost their fight to prevent the nomination of Donald Trump, but a small faction still strenuously objects to his…
Salman Rushdie’s Fantastical American Quest Novel
Sep 9, 2019 • 26 min
The New Yorker’s fiction editor, Deborah Treisman, talks with Salman Rushdie about “Quichotte,” his apocalyptic quest novel. A few years ago, when the four hundredth anniversary of “Don Quixote” was being celebrated, Rushdie reread Cervantes’s book and…
Boris Johnson vs. Parliament on Brexit
Sep 6, 2019 • 16 min
After more than two years of debates and one deadline extension, the United Kingdom is set to leave the European Union on October 31st. Last week, with no Brexit deal in sight, Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved to suspend Parliament for five weeks…
Marianne Williamson Would Like to Clarify
Sep 2, 2019 • 16 min
Marianne Williamson, the self-help author associated with the New Age movement, has never held political office. But the race for the Presidency, she thinks, is less a battle of politics than a battle of souls. In her appearance in the July Democratic…
The Politics Behind the Anti-Vaccine Movement
Aug 29, 2019 • 13 min
Around the world, the number of measles cases is on the rise. Public health officials in the United States have put some of the blame on “anti-vaxxers,” who believe that vaccines have destructive side effects and choose not to vaccinate their children. In…
HBO’s “Our Boys,” a Brutally Truthful Depiction of the Effects of Hate Crime
Aug 26, 2019 • 15 min
In 2014, a pair of crimes shocked Israelis and Palestinians. The first was the abduction and murder of three Israeli boys by a Hamas-linked group. Then there was an act of reprisal—the torture, burning, and murder of a Palestinian teen-ager named Mohammed…
Mike Pompeo’s Circuitous Journey to Trump’s Cabinet
Aug 22, 2019 • 21 min
Mike Pompeo is the last surviving member of President Trump’s original national-security team. Pompeo entered the Administration as the director of the C.I.A., but, after the sudden end of Rex Tillerson’s tenure as Secretary of State, Pompeo was elevated…
Maggie Gyllenhaal on “The Deuce” and #MeToo
Aug 19, 2019 • 18 min
Maggie Gyllenhaal’s first starring role was in the 2002 movie “Secretary,” a distriburbing romantic comedy about a troubled woman in a sadomasochistic relationship with her boss. Since then, Gyllenhaal has continued to push the boundaries of how sex is…
In the Wake of a Mass Shooting, Dayton’s Mayor, Nan Whaley, Takes the National Stage
Aug 15, 2019 • 18 min
Earlier this month, a gunman killed nine people and injured nearly thirty more in Dayton, Ohio. The shooting in Dayton, the 251st mass shooting in the United States this year, took place only hours before an even deadlier mass shooting in El Paso, Texas.…
The Rippling Effects of China’s One-Child Policy
Aug 12, 2019 • 14 min
Nanfu Wang grew up under China’s one-child policy and never questioned it. “You don’t know that it’s something initiated and implemented by the authority,” she tells The New Yorker’s Jiayang Fan. “It’s a normal part of everything. Just like water exists,…
India and Pakistan Clash in Kashmir, the Most Dangerous Place in the World
Aug 8, 2019 • 16 min
On Sunday, the Indian government of Narendra Modi revoked the semi-autonomous status of Kashmir, the Muslim-majority region on the border between India and Pakistan, and brought it under control of the Indian government. Imran Khan, Pakistan’s Prime…
Living in the Shadow of Guantánamo
Aug 5, 2019 • 49 min
When Mohamedou Salahi arrived at the Guantánamo Bay detention camp, in August of 2002, he was hopeful. He knew why he had been detained: he had crossed paths with Al Qaeda operatives, and his cousin had once called him from Osama bin Laden’s phone. But…
Senator Michael Bennet on His Long-Shot Bid for the Presidency
Aug 1, 2019 • 19 min
In May, the Colorado senator Michael Bennet became the nineteenth Democrat to announce that he was running for the Party’s Presidential nomination. He is among the most experienced and respected candidates: prior to his decade as a Democratic senator from…
Tana French on “The Witch Elm”
Jul 29, 2019 • 16 min
Tana French was an actor in her thirties when she sat down to write about a mystery that took the lives of two children, which became the global blockbuster “In the Woods.” With her subsequent books about the Dublin Murder Squad, French became known as…
Tensions with Mainland China Explode into Violence on the Streets of Hong Kong
Jul 25, 2019 • 16 min
In June, protests erupted in Hong Kong over a proposed bill that could have allowed the Chinese government to prosecute political dissidents living in Hong Kong. This past Sunday, police in the city fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters, and a…
Who Believes in the Moon Landing?
Jul 22, 2019 • 16 min
Since 1969, when an estimated six hundred million people around the world watched two astronauts walk on the surface of the moon, a significant number of people have doubted that it ever took place. A major line of conspiracy theory insists that the…
How Iran Wages War and Seeks Peace
Jul 19, 2019 • 16 min
Military tensions between Iran and the United States have been escalating since the spring, and rose further still this week. Robin Wright joins Dorothy Wickenden to talk about Iran’s longstanding eye-for-an-eye strategy, and whether a new diplomatic…
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the 2020 Presidential Race and Why We Should Break up Homeland Security
Jul 15, 2019 • 56 min
It’s hard to recall a newly elected freshman representative to Congress who has made a bigger impact than Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Her primary victory for New York’s Fourteenth District seat—as a young woman of color beating out a long-established white…
The New Space Race: NASA, China, and Jeff Bezos
Jul 11, 2019 • 16 min
This month marks the fiftieth anniversary of Apollo 11, the NASA mission that first put men on the moon. In the decades since Apollo 11, the American space program has atrophied. No manned American space mission has left low Earth orbit since 1972. But…
Emily Nussbaum Likes to Watch
Jul 1, 2019 • 16 min
For decades, critical praise for a TV show was that it was “not like TV,” but more like a novel or a movie. That ingrained hierarchy always bugged Emily Nussbaum, who went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for her criticism in The New Yorker. She has been…
What Would an Effective, Humane Border Policy Look Like?
Jun 28, 2019 • 18 min
Sarah Stillman joins Dorothy Wickenden to talk about how the deterrence policies of Republican and Democratic Presidents have failed, and what the Democratic candidates should be saying about how to deal with asylum seekers.
The Trump Administration’s Plan to Deport Victims of Human Trafficking
Jun 24, 2019 • 25 min
The New Yorker contributor Jenna Krajeski recently met with a woman who calls herself Esperanza. In her home country, Esperanza was coerced and threatened into prostitution, and later was trafficked into the United States, where she was subjected to…
Elizabeth Warren vs. Wall Street
Jun 21, 2019 • 20 min
As Senator Warren’s presidential candidacy gathers momentum, the Democratic establishment is nervously reckoning with the leftward drift of the party. Warren has a reputation for progressive policy ideas, but she is distancing herself from Bernie…
Will the Government Get Tough on Big Tech?
Jun 17, 2019 • 11 min
Apple, Amazon, Alphabet (which owns Google), and Facebook—known in the tech world as the Big Four—are among the largest and most profitable companies in the world, and they’ve been accustomed to the laxest of oversight from Washington. But the climate may…
Can the Democrats Design a Pragmatic Climate Change Policy?
Jun 13, 2019 • 20 min
Climate change is the most pressing issue in the world, and the twenty-three Democratic candidates for President have ideas about how to address it. For decades, economists have argued for a cap-and-trade system or a carbon tax as the cheapest and most…
A Gay Russian, Exiled in Ireland
Jun 10, 2019 • 18 min
Evgeny Shtorn and Alexander Kondakov were living together in St. Petersburg when Vladimir Putin began his crackdown on the L.G.B.T.Q. movement in Russia, passing laws that prevented gay “propaganda.” Kondakov is a scholar of the movement, and Shtorn has…
In China, the Unspoken Trauma of Tiananmen Square
Jun 6, 2019 • 18 min
Tuesday marked the thirtieth anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, when China’s People’s Liberation Army opened fire on pro-democracy activists, killing between a few hundred and a few thousand civilians. That the death toll remains unknown is a…
Ava DuVernay on “When They See Us,” About the Boys Who Became the Central Park Five
Jun 3, 2019 • 20 min
Ava DuVernay doesn’t like using the term Central Park Five—a moniker created by the press in the aftermath of the notorious and brutal assault of a twenty-eight-year-old woman, Trisha Meili. “They’re not the Central Park Five,” she tells the New Yorker…
Beto O’Rourke Struggles to Find His Place in the Democratic Presidential Field
May 30, 2019 • 18 min
Beto O’Rourke did not defeat Ted Cruz in the 2018 Texas race for the Senate, but his campaign made him a political celebrity. In March, when O’Rourke announced his candidacy for the Democratic Presidential nomination, he raised more than six million…
Ta-Nehisi Coates Revisits the Case for Reparations
May 27, 2019 • 15 min
When Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote “The Case for Reparations” for The Atlantic, in 2014, he didn’t expect the government to make reparations anytime soon. He told David Remnick that he had a more modest goal. “My notion,” Coates says, “was you could get people…
How China Sees Trump and the Rapidly Escalating Trade War
May 23, 2019 • 19 min
In May, President Donald Trump instructed Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to impose a ban on foreign-made equipment, much of it from China, that might pose a security threat to the U.S. Huawei, the Chinese telecom giant, characterizes the new U.S. policy…
Two Perspectives on the Future of the Green New Deal
May 20, 2019 • 20 min
The Green New Deal is the most ambitious climate proposal ever brought to Congress. And it’s coming to the table during one of the most divisive periods that Washington has ever seen. The New Yorker’s Eliza Griswold recently spoke with a woman named…
On Iran, North Korea, and Venezuela, It’s Bolton vs. Trump
May 17, 2019 • 17 min
For decades, John Bolton, now the Trump Administration’s national-security adviser, has been warning about the threat that Iran poses to the United States. Last week, the White House announced a series of deployments to the Middle East that suggest the…
Bill McKibben and Elizabeth Kolbert: Is It Too Late to Save the World?
May 13, 2019 • 16 min
After years of languishing far down the list of voters’ priorities, climate change has moved to the top of many voters’ concerns, according to a new CNN poll. Now Presidential candidates are competing to establish themselves as leaders on the issue, and…
The United States Constitution on Broadway, and What It Means to Us
May 9, 2019 • 21 min
This week, a showdown between Congress and the Trump Administration over the refusal of Attorney General William Barr to testify before the House Judiciary Committee spurred further conversation about a “constitutional crisis.” In recent years, there has…
Kirsten Gillibrand: Donald Trump’s “Kryptonite”?
May 6, 2019 • 13 min
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced her candidacy for President outside the Trump International Hotel. Little known outside of New York, Gillibrand was representing a congressional district in the region around Albany when she appointed, in 2009, to fill…
Does Joe Biden Have a #MeToo Problem?
May 2, 2019 • 22 min
Last week, former Vice-President Joe Biden announced his candidacy for the 2020 Presidential race. He has an early lead in polls, but several women have come forward to accuse him of inappropriate behavior, and he is facing renewed scrutiny for how, as a…
Julián Castro Is Not Afraid
Apr 29, 2019 • 15 min
In a crowded 2020 Democratic field, the former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro is looking for a way to set himself apart. One way he’s tried to do that is by taking on the issue of immigration—a favorite topic of President Donald…
Voter Suppression and Other Threats to the 2020 Presidential Election
Apr 25, 2019 • 19 min
Since a surge of new voters participated in the 2018 midterm elections, Republican legislatures have introduced measures to limit those voters’ ability to cast their ballots. At the same time, research indicates that some of the methods historically used…
The N.R.A.’s Financial Mess
Apr 22, 2019 • 15 min
Last March, Wayne LaPierre sent a fund-raising letter to his members—an urgent plea for money. LaPierre described an attack on the Second Amendment that is unprecedented in the history of the country. But, in reality, what is endangering the N.R.A. isn’t…
The Notre-Dame Fire Could Be a Turning Point for the Macron Presidency
Apr 18, 2019 • 16 min
On Monday, a fire severely damaged the nearly nine-hundred-year-old Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, one of France’s most beloved cultural landmarks. In the wake of the fire, President Emmanuel Macron delayed a long-awaited speech addressing the French…
Masha Gessen and Keith Gessen Debate Russian and American Politics
Apr 15, 2019 • 18 min
Masha Gessen and Keith Gessen have, taken together, written more than a dozen books and a thousand articles. Keith Gessen is a founder of n+1, an influential literary journal; Masha has written for major newspapers and journals as well as, since 2014, The…
The Sackler Family, Purdue Pharma, and the Lawsuits Threatening Opioid Manufacture
Apr 12, 2019 • 20 min
Purdue Pharma, the Connecticut-based pharmaceutical company owned by the Sackler family, brought OxyContin to market in 1995. The Sacklers dismissed warnings that the drug was addictive and unleashed a well-funded marketing campaign to sell it to doctors.…
The Presidential Candidate Pete Buttigieg on Coming Out: “I Realized I Couldn’t Go On Like That Forever”
Apr 8, 2019 • 20 min
During an exit interview with President Barack Obama in November, 2016, just weeks after the election, David Remnick asked who would be the leaders of the Democratic Party and the contenders to oppose Trump in 2020. Obama mentioned people like Kamala…
The Trump Administration’s Self-Sabotaging Approach to Border Politics
Apr 4, 2019 • 18 min
Last week, President Trump announced that he would stop sending financial aid to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, the countries of origin of many of the migrants attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump’s announcement contradicts accepted…
The Long Shadow of the Mueller Report
Apr 1, 2019 • 16 min
The Mueller investigation has been a two-year obsession for nearly everyone who cares about politics in America. For one side, the special counsel was a bête noire, a leader of a witch hunt; for the other, Mueller was a deus ex machina who would end the…
Did the Press Do Its Job in Covering the Mueller Investigation?
Mar 28, 2019 • 19 min
Last week, the special counsel Robert Mueller submitted his long-awaited report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. Though the report has not been released to the public, a summary by Attorney General William Barr cleared the President of…
The U.K. Edges Closer to the Cliff of a No-Deal Brexit
Mar 25, 2019 • 12 min
Since the minute that British citizens voted, in a 2016 referendum, to leave the European Union, confusion and disorganization has consumed the U.K. Three years later, little has changed: confusion and disorganization may carry the U.K. over the cliff of…
Can Benjamin Netanyahu Be Defeated?
Mar 21, 2019 • 18 min
On April 9th, Israel will hold a general election. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces several accusations of corruption, and seems sure to be indicted. The increasingly right-wing Likud Party, which has held power for a decade, faces strong…
“The Infiltrators” Versus ICE
Mar 18, 2019 • 25 min
In 2012, two young activists from the National Immigrant Youth Alliance went on an undercover mission to infiltrate the Broward Transitional Center, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Florida. NIYA had been contacted by the son of a man…
Theresa May’s Brexit Saga Continues, with No End in Sight
Mar 15, 2019 • 15 min
This week, a series of votes in the British House of Commons introduced a new chapter in the Brexit story and pushed parliamentary procedures to a breaking point. After Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plan was voted down for a second time, the House…
Jane Mayer on the Revolving Door Between Fox News and the White House
Mar 11, 2019 • 23 min
Donald Trump has made no secret of his great admiration for Fox News—he tweets praise of it constantly—and his disdain for other, “fake news” outlets, which he regards as “enemies of the people.” But the closeness between Fox News and the White House is…
In an Age of Science Denialism, a Breakthrough in the Fight Against H.I.V.
Mar 7, 2019 • 18 min
This week, it was announced that a patient in the United Kingdom had been cured of H.I.V. The “London Patient” is only the second person with H.I.V. to be cured of the disease since its discovery, in 1981. The breakthrough comes weeks after President…
A Moderate Republican Wants to Give Donald Trump a Primary Challenge in 2020
Mar 4, 2019 • 13 min
Donald Trump boasts an approval rating among Republican voters of close to ninety per cent. But the former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld recently announced an exploratory committee to challenge Trump in the primary. It looks like a political suicide…
How Michael Cohen’s Testimony Signalled the True Beginning of the Many Cases Against Trump
Mar 1, 2019 • 16 min
This week, in an open hearing before the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s longtime consigliere, implicated the President in multiple felonies, and gave the world a hint of what to expect in investigations into the Trump…
Who Killed Jean McConville?
Feb 25, 2019 • 16 min
In 1972, the I.R.A. abducted and “disappeared” Jean McConville, the mother of ten children, most of whom were teen-age or younger. Her case became one of the most notorious unsolved murders of the long period of unrest in Northern Ireland known as the…
Bernie Sanders Enters the Democratic Field, But He’s No Longer Alone on the Left
Feb 21, 2019 • 17 min
On Tuesday, the Vermont senator Bernie Sanders announced that he would once again run for President. When Sanders ran in 2016, he was viewed as an insurgent candidate challenging the Democratic mainstream from the left flank of the Party. This time, among…
Teju Cole on Blackface
Feb 18, 2019 • 11 min
When depictions of Virginia politicians in blackface surfaced this month, the New Yorker contributor Teju Cole was unsurprised. “A white man of a certain age in the U.S.,” he reflects, “is found to have done something racist in his past; well, yes.” As a…
Donald Trump’s Skewed View of Human Trafficking at the Border
Feb 14, 2019 • 18 min
In recent speeches defending his plan to build his border wall, President Trumphas repeatedly made reference to women who are kidnaped and trafficked over the U.S.-Mexico border. “Women are tied up, they’re bound, duct tape put around their faces, around…
Is the Tide Turning on Gun Reform?
Feb 11, 2019 • 41 min
Last week, the House held hearings on gun violence, the first in eight years. In the 2018 elections, gun-reform groups outspent the N.R.A.—which appears to be in financial trouble. After years of greatly expanded gun rights, is the tide turning on gun…
Tucker Carlson Joins the Movement Against Market Capitalism
Feb 7, 2019 • 15 min
The Fox News host Tucker Carlson, a vigorous defender of President Trump, shocked many viewers recently with a sharp warning about the dangers of market capitalism. “Market capitalism is not a religion,” he said. “Any economic system that weakens and…
Will Trump Survive Mueller?
Feb 4, 2019 • 26 min
Washington is abuzz with rumors that the special counsel Robert Mueller’s report is coming soon. We know that Donald Trump’s Presidency depends on its contents. But with all the headlines of the past two years—this one brought in for questioning, that one…
The Trump Administration Leads Calls to Unseat Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela
Jan 31, 2019 • 14 min
In May of 2018, Nicolás Maduro announced that he had won reëlection as the President of Venezuela. Almost immediately, reports of voting irregularities and of suppression of opposition parties cast doubts on the legitimacy of the election. Earlier this…
Kai-Fu Lee on China’s Race to the Future
Jan 28, 2019 • 11 min
Silicon Valley may be the center of the tech world right now, but Kai-Fu Lee says that’s going to change, and fast. Lee—a computer scientist who worked at Apple, Microsoft, and Google before becoming a venture capitalist—predicts that China will soon…
With Roe v. Wade Under Threat, a New Era in the Battle Over Abortion Rights
Jan 24, 2019 • 19 min
With a solid conservative majority on the Supreme Court, many expect that the Justices will revisit Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that made abortion legal in the United States. Should Roe be overturned, it will fall to the states to regulate access to…
The Producer dream hampton Talks with Jelani Cobb about “Surviving R. Kelly”
Jan 21, 2019 • 15 min
For decades, it’s been an open secret that R. Kelly has allegedly kept young women trapped in abusive relationships through psychological manipulation, fear, and intimidation. His domestic situation has been compared to a sex cult. He was acquitted of…
How Mitch McConnell is Prolonging the Shutdown, and What He Did to Turn the G.O.P. Into the Party of Trump
Jan 18, 2019 • 18 min
The government shutdown is entering its fifth week. Although recent polls indicate that a majority of Americans oppose President Trump’s proposed wall along the southern border, he refuses to consider a federal budget unless it includes money for the…
An Insider from “The Apprentice” on How the Show Made Donald Trump
Jan 14, 2019 • 18 min
A number of people have been credited with the political rise of Donald Trump—Roger Stone and Steve Bannon among them—but perhaps the most influential is Mark Burnett, the English reality-TV producer. After the massive success of his show “Survivor,”…
With Rod Rosenstein Leaving the Justice Department, What’s Next for the Mueller Investigation?
Jan 10, 2019 • 18 min
With the departure of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, following the ouster of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Trump will soon be rid of the two men he holds responsible for the Robert Mueller investigation. Jeffrey Toobin joins Dorothy Wickenden…
Janet Mock Finds Her Voice
Jan 7, 2019 • 25 min
Janet Mock first heard the word “māhū,” a Native Hawaiian word for people who exist outside the male-female binary, when she was twelve. She had just moved back to Oahu, where she was born, from Texas, and, by that point, Mock knew that the gender she…
Donald Trump Starts 2019 With Political Turmoil and a Democratic House
Jan 4, 2019 • 17 min
Cracks in the Republican Party’s façade of unity are showing. Trump stumbled into the New Year, having invited a shutdown of the federal government, prompted the resignation of Defense Secretary James Mattis, suffered through the stock market’s worst…
The TV, Movies, and Music That Made 2018 Bearable
Dec 24, 2018 • 15 min
The New Yorker staff writers Jia Tolentino, Doreen St. Félix, and Alexandra Schwartz all cover the culture beat from different angles. They talk with David Remnick about the emblematic pop-culture phenomena of 2018 that tell us where we were this year:…
How Worried Should Americans Be About Facebook and Cyber Warfare?
Dec 20, 2018 • 16 min
On Monday, reports from the Senate Intelligence Committee accused Facebook of “dissembling” about its knowledge of Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 Presidential election. The next day, the Times revealed how Facebook gave other big tech companies…
Senator Amy Klobuchar, Running as a Democrat in the Age of Trump
Dec 17, 2018 • 11 min
Until September, you’d be forgiven for not knowing much about Senator Amy Klobuchar. A Democratic senator from Minnesota since 2006, Klobuchar made national headlines over her frank questioning of the Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s history of…
Theresa May Hangs On, but Great Britain’s Brexit Crisis Continues
Dec 13, 2018 • 16 min
On Wednesday, the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom voted not to oust Prime Minister Theresa May. With the March Brexit deadline approaching, May must convince not only her political opponents but also the fringe members of her own party that her…
Exit Senator McCaskill, Stage Center
Dec 10, 2018 • 21 min
The twelve years that Claire McCaskill has served as the Senator from Missouri have not been good for Congress. They saw the unprecedented rise of partisan rancor and the collapse of legislative process; bills are now written in the majority leader’s…
What is Robert Mueller’s Endgame Against Donald Trump?
Dec 6, 2018 • 17 min
Recent developments in the Mueller investigation, in the cases against Michael Cohen and Michael Flynn, provide some answers to two key questions: Did President Trump or anyone in his inner circle conspire with Russia to interfere with the 2016…
Voter Suppression in the Twenty-First Century
Dec 3, 2018 • 13 min
In the November midterm elections, Stacey Abrams, a gubernatorial candidate in Georgia, arrived at her polling place to cast a vote for herself, only to have a poll worker claim that she had already filed for an absentee ballot. Carol Anderson’s book “One…
The Migrant Caravan Reaches the U.S.-Mexico Border
Nov 30, 2018 • 18 min
In the run-up to the 2016 midterm elections, President Trump spoke frequently about the threat posed by the “migrant caravan,” a group of Central and South American migrants travelling through Mexico toward the U.S. border. In the past two weeks, the…
George Packer, Adam Davidson, and Jill Lepore on Short-Term Thinking in America
Nov 26, 2018 • 14 min
George Packer talks with David Remnick about how a political feedback loop has driven the Republican Party into a policy of climate-change denial, despite the almost universal scientific consensus. Adam Davidson contrasts climate change with the 2008…
The Countdown to Brexit
Nov 19, 2018 • 16 min
More than two years after British voters approved a measure to withdraw their nation from the European Union—a gigantic undertaking with no roadmap of any sort —Prime Minister Theresa May unveiled a plan: essentially, that the U.K. would remain in the…
A Week After the Midterm Elections, the Blue Wave Continues to Grow
Nov 16, 2018 • 15 min
On Monday, almost a week after the polls closed on Election Day, Kyrsten Sinema was the declared the winner of the race for Jeff Flake’s vacated Senate seat in Arizona. Sinema will be the first Democrat Arizona has sent to the Senate in decades, and she…
After the 2008 Financial Crisis, the Economy Was Fracked Up
Nov 12, 2018 • 10 min
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act injected almost nine hundred billion dollars into the U.S. economy to help the nation recover from the 2008 financial crisis. Ninety billion dollars went to clean energy, with the intention of jump-starting a new…
After the Midterm Elections, a Democratic House Takes on a “Warlike” Trump
Nov 8, 2018 • 18 min
In the midterm elections on Tuesday, the Democrats captured control of the House of Representatives. They now have the authority to investigate many of the potentially criminal activities that took place during the campaign and the first two years of the…
From Mexico, the Reality of the Migrant Caravan
Nov 5, 2018 • 15 min
Jonathan Blitzer spent a week in Mexico with the so-called caravan—a group of about five thousand migrants, most of them from Honduras, who are making a dangerous journey on foot to the U.S. border. Donald Trump, who has described the caravan as…
Brazil’s New President, Jair Bolsonaro, and the Rise of Latin American Authoritarianism
Nov 1, 2018 • 14 min
Last week, Jair Bolsonaro was elected President of Brazil. Bolsonaro has been called Brazil’s answer to Donald Trump—an outspoken populist who promises to punish his political enemies and roll back protections on minority groups in the interest of “making…
In Pennsylvania, a Pipeline Shakes up the Political Map
Oct 29, 2018 • 16 min
The reporter Eliza Griswold has long been following political campaigns in Pennsylvania. She has found that, for voters across a wide swath of the state, the thing that’s foremost on people’s minds isn’t Donald Trump but a pipeline running through their…
The Challengers: In Missouri, Senator Claire McCaskill Fights for Political Moderation Against the Trump Republican Josh Hawley
Oct 26, 2018 • 20 min
Senator Claire McCaskill, running for a third term in the Senate, continues to define herself as a moderate Democrat in a state that has grown almost entirely red. Her opponent, Josh Hawley, a fierce young supporter of President Trump, describes her as a…
In the Midterms, White Supremacy Is Running for Office
Oct 22, 2018 • 13 min
While the big story going into the midterm elections has been the possibility of a “blue wave”—an upsurge of Democratic progressives, including a high number of women and minority candidates—the divisive political climate has also given us the very…
Exploring the Mysteries of Trumponomics
Oct 19, 2018 • 16 min
With growth surging, the stock market still breaking records, and unemployment lower than it’s been in decades, the strength of the economy should be a strong selling point for Republicans in the midterm elections. But with a trade war looming and…
Is the U.S. Voting System—and Voters’ Personal Information—Secure?
Oct 15, 2018 • 13 min
For democracy to function, we have to trust and accept the results of elections. But that trust is increasingly difficult to maintain in a world where malicious actors like the G.R.U., the Russian intelligence agency, have been actively probing our…
The Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi Casts Suspicion on the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman
Oct 11, 2018 • 18 min
On October 2nd, the journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. He has not been seen since. Turkish intelligence believes that he was abducted or assassinated on the orders of the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman. Bin…
Rebecca Traister Is Happy to Be Mad
Oct 8, 2018 • 16 min
After the election of Donald Trump, the feminist journalist Rebecca Traister began channeling her anger into a book. The result, “Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger” combines an analysis of how women’s anger is discouraged and…
The Challengers: Can the New Sunbelt Progressives Defeat Conservatives in the Midterms?
Oct 5, 2018 • 18 min
Democrats are running surprisingly competitive races across the Southeast and Southwest, in states that Republicans have long considered safe, including Texas, Tennessee, and Arizona. In Florida and Georgia, two proudly progressive African-American…
Trade Wars at the Ballot Box
Oct 1, 2018 • 13 min
Most Republicans would go into the 2018 midterm elections boasting of low unemployment and economic growth. Donald Trump is not most Republicans. The President has an affinity for protectionist tariffs—most recently including two hundred billion dollars…
Christine Blasey Ford, Brett Kavanaugh and the Partisan War Over the Supreme Court
Sep 28, 2018 • 18 min
On Thursday morning, in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Professor Christine Blasey Ford testified that she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in 1982. In the afternoon, Kavanaugh furiously described the accusations as an…