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 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. 


Episode 68: Politics at the Oscars, and a Doctor’s-Eye View of Trump

Friday, February 03, 2017

Two doctors describe how Trump’s policies may affect patient care, and a brief history of entertainers making political statements on Oscar night.

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Episode 67: How to Cover Trump’s Presidency, and Football’s Concussion Crisis

Friday, January 27, 2017

An N.F.L. pro, whose son now plays football, struggles to balance safety against a certain necessary brutality, and BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith on why he broke the norm to cover Trump.

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Episode 66: The Two­-State Solution, and a Standing Desk Problem

Friday, January 20, 2017

We take the temperature of the Middle East peace process. Plus, Elizabeth Bishop’s poetry, Run the Jewels’ oldster rap, and the life­saving benefits of a standing desk. 

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Episode 65: High-Rise Lettuce Farms, and the First Woman President

Friday, January 13, 2017

Ian Frazier explores indoor farming; Dan Savage tells David Remnick a thing or two about sex; and Amy Davidson asks, Why Angela Merkel but not Hillary Clinton?  

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Episode 64: Self-Esteem for Owls, and Newt Gingrich on the Heroin Problem

Friday, January 06, 2017

Newt Gingrich talks about the opioid epidemic and Donald Trump’s Twitter habit; Patricia Marx tries to relax, and fails.

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Episode 63: Late-Night Icon David Letterman and Songwriter Jason Isbell

Friday, December 30, 2016

David Letterman discusses life after late night and songwriter Jason Isbell talks about songwriting while sober.

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Episode 62: Laura Poitras, David Bowie’s Last Band, and the Poet Brenda Shaughnessy

Friday, December 23, 2016

Laura Poitras turns surveillance into art, David Bowie’s jazz band, and more.  

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Episode 61: Jeanette Winterson’s Christmas and Obama’s Legacy

Friday, December 16, 2016

The New Yorker’s political reporters assess the successes and failures of Barack Obama’s Presidency; Jeanette Winterson celebrates Christmas; and a poet visits the food court.


Episode 60: What Is Trumpism?

Friday, December 09, 2016

A populist candidate hires an economic team from Goldman Sachs, and an English professor delivers a Hegelian analysis of Trump. Plus, Michael Chabon on TV’s best, most boring show.

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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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