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.

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:

Maggie Haberman: Gang War in the White House

Friday, July 21, 2017

Maggie Haberman and Donald Trump go way back.  


A Rookie Reporter Covers the Vietnam War; and Maggie Haberman’s White House

Friday, July 21, 2017

A rookie’s account of Vietnam in 1967 changed how we saw the war. And Maggie Haberman, of the New York Times, on the gang war inside the White House.   


The Man Who Would Be King (of Mars)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Dr. Phil Davies, a country doctor in England, says that he owns Mars. What if he’s right?


Trumpcare Revisited

Friday, July 14, 2017

An Obamacare veteran keeps fighting the fight—even into the White House. And Jill Lepore explains the century-long battle for universal coverage.


The Man Who Would Be King (of Mars), and Trumpcare Revisited

Friday, July 14, 2017

David Remnick on the past and future of American health-care law, and a mild-mannered Englishman claims that he owns Mars.    

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Lucinda Williams Talks with Ariel Levy

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Lucinda Williams talks with Ariel Levy about God, Flannery O’Connor, and her long and twisting path through the music industry.


James Taylor Will Teach you Guitar

Friday, July 07, 2017

Adam Gopnik talks with James Taylor and tries not to go all Chris Farley Show: “Remember when you wrote ‘Fire and Rain’? That was great.”    

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Summer Music Festival with James Taylor and Lucinda Williams

Friday, July 07, 2017

James Taylor gives Adam Gopnik a quick guitar lesson; and Lucinda Williams bares her soul to Ariel Levy.


My Night at Mar-a-Lago

Monday, July 03, 2017

Taking the political temperature of Palm Beach at a swinging party at Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump’s palace away from home. 


"Okja" and Other Strange Stories by Jon Ronson

Friday, June 30, 2017

Jon Ronson’s nonfiction has often seemed too strange to be true; in the screenplay for “Okja,” he goes all in for surreal fiction. Plus, Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith.

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My Night at Mar-a-Lago, and Jon Ronson’s Kidnapped Pig

Friday, June 30, 2017

Inside Donald Trump’s gilded Palm Beach pleasure palace; and the journalist Jon Ronson tries his hand at fiction, in “Okja.”

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Episode 88: Ai Weiwei, and Doing Business with China

Friday, June 23, 2017

Ai Weiwei reflects on censorship and the refugee crisis, a congressman asks us to reconsider trade with China, and Chinese students explain the country’s Ivanka Trump fever.

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Episode 87: Virtual Reality, and the Politics of Genetics

Friday, June 16, 2017

In this episode, Siddhartha Mukherjee discusses the intimate and global implications of genetic science, and we look for the Orson Wells of VR.


Episode 86: Merchant Ivory’s Gay Love Story, and a Visit with Noriega

Friday, June 09, 2017

James Ivory talks about E. M. Forster’s “Maurice,” a gay love story with a happy ending. Plus, Jon Lee Anderson talks about the rise and fall of Manuel Noriega.

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Episode 85: Wedding Hair on Fire, and William Barber’s Religious Politics

Friday, June 02, 2017

Kristen Wiig plays a bride whose idea for her wedding hair is out of control. And the Reverend William Barber tells David Remnick that politics needs to get religion again.


Episode 84: Jerrod Carmichael, and the Truth About Impeachment

Friday, May 26, 2017

The comedian Jerrod Carmichael explains why he simply will not give back to the community. And a former lawyer for Bill Clinton explains what it really takes to end a Presidency.


Episode 83: Fear and the N.R.A., and Lena Dunham on the end of "Girls"

Friday, May 19, 2017

In this episode, a gun blogger critiques the N.R.A., and Lena Dunham bids goodbye to “Girls.”    


Podcast Extra: A Hundred Days of the Trump Presidency

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Lydia Polgreen, Eli Lake, Joy Reid, and David Fahrenthold talk about the challenges the press faces in covering Trump.


Michael Anton and Robin Wright Talk to David Remnick about Trump's First Trip Abroad

Monday, May 15, 2017

Michael Anton and Robin Wright talk to David Remnick about the view of the world from inside the White House, and Trump's first trip abroad as president.

Episode 82: The Sequel to “A Doll’s House,” and a President Abroad

Friday, May 12, 2017

The official line on Trump’s foreign policy; Jeffrey Toobin on the firing of James Comey; and a brand-new sequel to a century-old play, Henrik Ibsen’s shocking “A Doll’s House.”     

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