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:

Episode 59: The Koch Brothers and Boxing Champion Heather Hardy

Friday, December 02, 2016

Jane Mayer gets pushback after she investigates the Koch brothers; Heather Hardy prepares for a big fight; and an astronomer makes his case for the existence of a new ninth planet.


Episode 58: Bruce Springsteen Talks with David Remnick

Friday, November 25, 2016

Bruce Springsteen tells David Remnick why he waited decades to put out a memoir.

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Episode 57: Zadie Smith and Conservatives Strike Back

Friday, November 18, 2016

A conservative keeps the faith in the age of Trump; Zadie Smith discusses the death of the novel; and a Thanksgiving side dish speaks out.  


Episode 56: Leonard Cohen’s Last Days and Donald Trump’s First Term

Friday, November 11, 2016

David Remnick’s conversation with Leonard Cohen in the last months of the musician’s life, and Amy Davidson and George Packer grapple with the Trump Presidency.

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Episode 55: Final Notes on the 2016 Election

Friday, November 04, 2016

The 2016 election gets the Hollywood treatment, and an evangelical minister contemplates the decline of the Christian G.O.P. 

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Episode 54: Syria, the World’s Nightmare

Friday, October 28, 2016

This special hour examines the effects of Syria’s civil war, the worst humanitarian crisis of the twenty-first century, from both inside the White House and on the ground in Aleppo.

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Episode 53: Putting Trump in the White House, Playing Andrew Bird in the O.R.

Friday, October 21, 2016

In this episode, the surgeon Atul Gawande talks with the musician Andrew Bird, and a panel of experts discusses what a Trump Presidency would look like.  

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Episode 52: Mikhail Baryshnikov, T.C. Boyle, and Germany's Kriegskinder

Friday, October 14, 2016

Mikhail Baryshnikov talks about playing the revolutionary choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky, and T.C. Boyle shares a blues musician he discovered on a college radio station.


Episode 51: David Axelrod on the Cubs and the Candidates, and Kenya Barris on “Black-ish”

Friday, October 07, 2016

In this episode, Obama’s former campaign strategist talks Clinton and the Cubs, a mathematician rocks out, and the “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris vents a little.    

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New Yorker Festival Preview

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

David Remnick previews the New Yorker Festival coming up this weekend, including his interview with Bruce Springsteen.


Episode 50: A Visit with Harry Belafonte, and an Isolated Tribe Emerges

Friday, September 30, 2016

In this episode, Harry Belafonte discusses his lifelong activism; an isolated tribe emerges from the forest; and we try out a voice-recognition gadget that doesn’t know when to shut up.


Episode 49: The State of Debate and Colson Whitehead’s Underground Railroad

Friday, September 23, 2016

In this episode, Colson Whitehead reimagines the Underground Railroad, Jill Lepore assesses the sorry state of political debate, and Sharon Horgan finds humor in “Divorce.”    


Episode 48: High-Fashion Hijabs, Jill Soloway, and Bluesman Blind Joe Death

Friday, September 16, 2016

In this episode, “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway, high-fashion hijabs, and the tragic life of guitar legend John Fahey. 

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Episode 47: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the Ups and Downs of Ayahuasca

Friday, September 09, 2016

In this episode, Ariel Levy investigates ayahuasca, an ancient Amazonian hallucinogen, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar talks with David Remnick about the mortality rates of athletes. 

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Episode 46: Gary Johnson, Angel Olsen, and a Bee Stylist

Friday, September 02, 2016

In this episode, Libertarian Presidential nominee Gary Johnson talks guns and marijuana, dead bees are beautified, and Barthelme’s classic short story about the school year from hell.

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Episode 45: Father Pfleger, Larry David, and the History of Autism

Friday, August 26, 2016

Larry David vents, and a Chicago priest delivers a sermon to gang members.


Episode 44: Russia Then and Now, and the Bard of Katonah

Friday, August 19, 2016

In this episode, a Nobel Prize-winning historian on the fall of the Soviet Union, David Remnick recalls the August Coup, and Clinton’s top policy adviser considers the problem of Putin.

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Episode 43: Summer in the City

Friday, August 12, 2016

In this episode, Arthur Miller’s essay about the sweltering summers of Miller’s youth; two writers talk fish and fiction; and a novelist recalls her childhood in idyllic Hong Kong.

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Episode 42: The Honorable John Lewis, and the Inimitable Paul Simon

Friday, August 05, 2016

In this episode, two living legends—the civil-rights leader John Lewis and the singer-songwriter Paul Simon—reflect on how far they’ve come.    


Episode 41: Hillary Makes History, and Archery Makes a Comeback

Friday, July 29, 2016

In this episode, Andy Borowitz explains how the D.N.C. is like a Phil Collins music video from the eighties, and Patricia Marx practices archery at home.      

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