David Remnick

Host, The New Yorker Radio Hour

David Remnick has been editor of The New Yorker since 1998 and a staff writer since 1992. He has written many pieces for the magazine, including reporting from Russia, the Middle East, and Europe, and Profiles of Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Katharine Graham, Mike Tyson, Ralph Ellison, Philip Roth, and Benjamin Netanyahu.

David Remnick has been editor of The New Yorker since 1998 and a staff writer since 1992. He has written many pieces for the magazine, including reporting from Russia, the Middle East, and Europe, and Profiles of Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Katharine Graham, Mike Tyson, Ralph Ellison, Philip Roth, and Benjamin Netanyahu.

Remnick began his reporting career as a staff writer at the Washington Post in 1982, where he covered stories for the Metro, Sports, and Style sections. In 1988, he started a four-year tenure as a Washington PostMoscow correspondent, an experience that formed the basis of his 1993 book on the former Soviet Union, “Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire.” In 1994, “Lenin’s Tomb” received both the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction and a George Polk Award for excellence in journalism.

Since Remnick became editor, The New Yorker has garnered a hundred and forty-nine nominations for National Magazine Awards and has won thirty-seven. In 2001 and again in 2005, the magazine won an unprecedented five National Magazine Awards; in 2014, the magazine won four awards. In addition, in 2000 Remnick was namedAdvertising Age’s Editor of the Year.

Remnick has written six books: “Lenin’s Tomb,” “Resurrection: The Struggle for a New Russia,” “King of the World” (a biography of Muhammad Ali), “The Bridge” (a biography of Barack Obama), and “The Devil Problem” and “Reporting,” which are collections of some of his pieces from the magazine. Remnick has edited many anthologies of New Yorker pieces, including “Life Stories,” “Wonderful Town,” “The New Gilded Age,” “Fierce Pajamas,” “Secret Ingredients,” and “Disquiet, Please!”

Remnick has contributed to The New York Review of BooksVanity FairEsquire, andThe New Republic. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and has taught at Princeton, where he received his B.A., in 1981, and at Columbia. He lives in New York with his wife, Esther Fein; they have three children, Alex, Noah, and Natasha.

David Remnick appears in the following:

Episode 5: City Slickers and Soul Food

Friday, November 20, 2015

In this episode, we meet a father who's turning around a gang feud in Harlem, the owners of Sylvia's give us a tour of the famed restaurant, and two cartoonists chat about talking dogs.

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Episode 4: Surfing Lessons in a Warming World

Friday, November 13, 2015

In this week's episode, we meet a couple who adopted twenty children, Elizabeth Kolbert primes us for the upcoming U.N. conference on climate change, and David Remnick goes surfing.

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David Remnick Speaks with Amy Schumer

Friday, October 30, 2015

The New Yorker's editor David Remnick speaks with the comedian Amy Schumer, whose work as a feminist performer has brought her into the fold of several prominent politicians.

Episode Two: Amy Schumer, Jorge Ramos, and the Search for a Lost Father

Friday, October 30, 2015

On this week's show, Amy Schumer discusses her political advocacy, Univision's Jorge Ramos reveals the peculiarities of TV journalism, and we test out an app for birders.

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David Remnick Interviews Ta-Nehisi Coates

Friday, October 23, 2015

The New Yorker's editor, David Remnick, speaks with Ta-Nehisi Coates about James Baldwin's enduring influence on Coates' writing.

The New Yorker's New Format

Friday, October 23, 2015

David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker and now host of The New Yorker Radio Hour, talks about geo-politics, plus the new radio show from WNYC and The New Yorker.

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Episode One: Boarding Call

Friday, October 23, 2015

In this week's episode, David Remnick speaks with Ta-Nehisi Coates, Evan Osnos stops by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's office, and Kelefa Sanneh plays arcade games with a pop-punk band.

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The New Yorker Fest

Thursday, October 01, 2015

The New Yorker's David Remnick previews the 16th annual New Yorker Festival, where writers, editors, and artists converse about politics, pop music, science, cinema, and everything else.

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David Remnick on Liebling, Dylan, and Glasnost

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The editor of The New Yorker talks about his literary heroes and his storied career with Alec Baldwin. 

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What Remains of the Ruble (And Putin's Power)

Friday, December 19, 2014

The effects of the combination of the ruble crash and sanctions in Russia and how Putin's power will fare the storm.

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25 Years in 25 Days: Then and Now

Friday, October 31, 2014

We conclude our 25th anniversary series with last night's live panel discussion on progress with Gail Collins, David Remnick, and Tavis Smiley.

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The New Yorker Festival's Big Ideas

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

What should we expect from The New Yorker Festival in 2014? Editor of the New Yorker, David Remnick, talks about the festival's 15 year history.

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Four Filthy (Russian) Words

Friday, May 16, 2014

Last week Vladimir Putin signed a law prohibiting swearing in public performances as well as movies and television. Bob talks with The New Yorker Editor-in-Chief David Remnick about the shadow language of obscenities that runs deep in Russian culture.


David Remnick Returns from Sochi

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Winter Olympics are over, but the geopolitical conversation about Russia continues. New Yorker editor David Remnick, who was in Sochi doing commentary for NBC, discusses the games...

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An Hour With David Remnick

Friday, January 24, 2014

David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, talks about his recent Obama profile, his upcoming work with NBC at the Sochi Olympics, and more. Plus an "Ask the Editor" call-in.

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Gilad Shalit and the Future of the Middle East

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Sgt. Gilad Shalit, the Israeli soldier who has been imprisoned by Hamas since 2006, was released on Tuesday in Egypt as part of a prisoner trade between Israel and Hamas. In exchange for Shalit's release, Israel freed 477 Palestinian prisoners, the first group of what will be more than 1,000. "I very much hope that this deal will advance peace," Shalit told Egyptian television before he was released. The deal is seen as a major political victory for Hamas, which Israel considers to be a terrorist organization. While Shalit may be on his way home, what the prisoner swap means for the future of the Palestinian leadership and the Middle East peace process is far from clear.


The Political Ramifications of Bin Laden's Death

Monday, May 02, 2011

There are, of course, major political ramifications of Osama Bin Laden's death for President Obama today. He can now take credit for the killing of Bin Laden. David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker and author of The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama, speaks with us about what Bin Laden's death will mean for Obama. 

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Calling for a Peace Plan

Thursday, March 17, 2011

David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker and author of The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama, calls on President Obama to clearly support a Palestinian state and offer a peace plan.

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Obama Calls for 'Winning the Future' in State of the Union

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

In Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Obama discussed his plans for job creation and increased American competitiveness in the global market during his next two years in office. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) delivered the official response on behalf of the Republican Party and stressed the need for spending cuts and his party’s skepticism about further “investments.” And there was a new feature to the evening: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) spoke on behalf of the Tea Party in their united response to the president.

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The State of Union and the President's Agenda

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

New Yorker editor David Remnick looks back at President Obama’s previous addresses to Congress to see how much of Tuesday’s State of the Union address will serve as the blueprint for his legislative agenda. We’ll look back at last year’s State of the Union and his February 2009 address to Congress. Remnick’s book about President Obama, The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama, is out in paperback.

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