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 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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Episode 81: Roger Corman’s Monsters, and a Roomful of Spies

Friday, May 05, 2017

This week: Roger Corman, master of monsters; experts in espionage talk shop; and Toni Collette, who’s never played a boring character.

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Episode 80: CNN’s Jeff Zucker, the Man Who Made Trump

Friday, April 28, 2017

Donald Trump’s TV years; Steve Bannon’s Hollywood years; and Bruce Eric Kaplan on New York Street, a set in Los Angeles. 

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Episode 79: Senator Elizabeth Warren, and How to Pick a Great Cartoon

Friday, April 21, 2017

Elizabeth Warren on the future of the Democratic Party, the pianist Chilly Gonzales, and the cartoon editor Bob Mankoff.

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Episode 78: Margaret Atwood, Evangelizing Against Climate Change, and Greek Tragedy

Friday, April 14, 2017

Margaret Atwood’s realism, an evangelical climate scientist, and the dangers of working from home.

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Episode 77: Jon Stewart’s Children, and Trolling the Press Corps

Friday, April 07, 2017

Trevor Noah, Bassem Youssef, the founders of Reductress, and Andy Borowitz talk satire; a far-right blogger in the White House looks for a fight.

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Episode 76: Terrific, Tremendous New Health Plans, and Lynn Nottage on her play “Sweat”

Friday, March 31, 2017

Ideas to replace Obamacare that will blow your mind; Lynn Nottage’s new play about racial tension in the Rust Belt; and Jessica Lange’s foray into the art of mime.

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Episode 75: Goodbye to “Elephant and Piggie,” and Getting to Know Gorsuch

Friday, March 24, 2017

Jill Lepore takes a look at history and the Supreme Court. And we'll learn why Mo Willems retired his enormously popular children’s-book series “Elephant and Piggie.”

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Episode 74: High-Fashion Hijabs, Jill Soloway, and Bluesman Blind Joe Death

Friday, March 17, 2017

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

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Podcast Extra: The Stuff of Fiction

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Salman Rushdie, Tony Kushner, and Claudia Rankine talk about culture and politics in the age of Trump.

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Episode 73: Refugees in Limbo, and a Conservative in Washington

Friday, March 10, 2017

At a safe house for refugees in Buffalo, NY, the difficult process of seeking asylum becomes even harder. And an establishment conservative assesses the President’s “casual dishonesty.”

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Episode 72: Goonswarm Takes Over, Trump/Nixon, and Birding with Jonathan Franzen

Friday, March 03, 2017

A populist uprising in an online multiplayer video game, and Jonathan Franzen’s favorite place to spot birds. 

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Make Russia Great Again

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has come under fire for holding meetings with Russian officials during the presidential campaign.

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Episode 71: Lily Tomlin on Love, and News from Moscow

Friday, February 24, 2017

Lily Tomlin reflects on falling in love and breaking taboos, and reporters in Washington and Moscow look at Trump’s vexed relationship with Russia.


Episode 70: John Goodman, Jeremy Irons, and Keegan-Michael Key

Friday, February 17, 2017

Three actors in conversation at The New Yorker Festival.


Episode 69: Bun Cha With Obama, and Trump’s New World Disorder

Friday, February 10, 2017

Anthony Bourdain talks writing, travel, and President Obama’s eating habits, and Robin Wright looks at the dangers of foreign policy conducted by tweet.