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The New Late Night

Monday, May 25, 2015

Sarah Larson and Joshua Rothman talk with David Haglund and Amelia Lester about David Letterman and late-night television.
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What Should a Museum Look Like?

Monday, May 18, 2015

Peter Schjeldahl talks with David Haglund and Amelia Lester about the new Whitney and how museum structures influence the art inside.
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The State of Broadway

Monday, May 11, 2015

Michael Schulman and Alex Barron talk with Amelia Lester and David Haglund about the Tony Awards and the state of American theatre.
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Are Females Human? Women in Science Fiction

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Jill Lepore talks with Amelia Lester and David Haglund about the role of women in contemporary science fiction.
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Baseball in Decline

Monday, April 27, 2015

Ben McGrath and Daniel Okrent, the writer, editor, and inventor of Rotisserie League baseball, join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to assess the state of America’s national pastime.
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Memoir in the Age of T.M.I.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Leslie Jamison and Joshua Rothman join David Haglund and Amelia Lester to discuss the state of the memoir in an age of ubiquitous self-documentation via social media.
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Ninety Years of The New Yorker

Friday, April 10, 2015

In celebration of our ninetieth anniversary, David Remnick and some of the magazine’s writers and editors share memories, revisit New Yorker history, and discuss how the tone and direction of the magazine have evolved.
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The Beginning of the End of “Mad Men”

Monday, April 06, 2015

Emily Nussbaum joins David Haglund and Amelia Lester to discuss the first of the final seven episodes of “Mad Men.” (Warning: the discussion includes some spoilers.)
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Northern Ireland’s Tenuous Peace

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Patrick Radden Keefe and Philip Gourevitch join Amy Davidson to talk about the aftermath of the Troubles and the path to peace in Northern Ireland.
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Chinese Translation

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Evan Osnos and Peter Hessler join Amelia Lester to discuss the pros and cons of translating one's work into Chinese.
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How Hardcore Conquered New York

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Kelefa Sanneh joins David Haglund and Sarah Larson to discuss hardcore music and its history.
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Office Life

Monday, February 09, 2015

The New Yorker recently said farewell to its office in Times Square, and moved to a new home at 1 World Trade Center. Nick Paumgarten and Emily Nussbaum discuss the strange items that turned up while they sorted through their old offices, the challenges of writing at work, and the special place that offices occupy in modern culture.
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Psychedelics as Therapy

Monday, February 02, 2015

In the nineteen-fifties and sixties, researchers explored the therapeutic effects of LSD on alcoholism, depression, and a number of other conditions. Then the counterculture came along, LSD became a recreational drug, and the research dried up. In this week's magazine, Michael Pollan writes about a new wave of researchers who are using hallucinogenic drugs to help terminally ill cancer patients cope with the fear of death. On Out Loud, Pollan joins host Amelia Lester, the executive editor of newyorker.com, to discuss the history of psychedelics research, the difference between a recreational psychedelic journey and a therapeutic one, and why he finds the effects of these drugs so intriguing. Whereas we don't typically trust the insights we have when we're drunk or dreaming, Pollan says, patients who take hallucinogens report having "a sturdy, authoritative experience." "It takes us into an interesting and difficult to navigate intellectual space," he says. "It's very exciting territory."
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The Gay Capital of the Nineteenth Century

Monday, January 26, 2015

Recently in the magazine, Alex Ross wrote about the little known history of gay rights in Germany in the late nineteen and early twentieth century. He joins Amelia Lester on this week’s Out Loud podcast to discuss how many of the ideas that we consider foundational to the modern gay-rights movement were first articulated in Germany more than a hundred years ago, and why this period is often overlooked. “German culture over the last couple centuries is so often seen through the lens of Hitler, of the Nazi period,” he says. “We tend to omit aspects of the story that don’t fit that narrative. And this astonishingly progressive movement around gay rights is an example of something that just doesn’t fit our stereotype.”​
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The Controversial Satire of Michel Houellebecq

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

In this week’s magazine, Adam Gopnik writes about the controversial French satirist Michel Houellebecq, whose work has been derided as racist and obscene but whose books sell well in France and have been translated into many languages. Houellebecq has been in the spotlight recently not only because of the release of his latest novel, “Submission,” which imagines French society under Sharia law, but because the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo featured a caricature of Houellebecq on its cover at the time the publication was attacked by radical Islamist gunmen earlier this month. On this week’s episode of Out Loud, Gopnik joins Michael Agger, the culture editor of newyorker.com, to discuss Houellebecq’s career and the common misunderstandings of his work. “It’s completely off the mark to imagine Houellebecq as a liberal critic of Islam,” Gopnik argues. “He is a reactionary critic of liberalism.”
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Play and Parenting at KidZania

Monday, January 12, 2015

In this week’s magazine, Rebecca Mead writes about KidZania, a company that operates giant children’s play centers resembling miniature cities. Rather than escape into a fantasy world, at KidZania children take jobs, purchase items branded by corporate sponsors, pay taxes, and even run a legal system. On this week’s Out Loud, Mead joins Michael Agger, the culture editor of newyorker.com, along with the staff writer Nick Paumgarten, to discuss KidZania’s unusual approach to play. They discuss the parenting and educational philosophies behind various forms of kids’ entertainment, the challenge of finding safe play spaces for children that offer real freedom, and some of the disconcerting aspects of the KidZania model. Like a Vegas casino, Paumgarten says, “on the one hand, you’re impressed by the verisimilitude; on the other it’s spooky and cheesy.”
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Teju Cole’s Favorite Things

Monday, January 05, 2015

The writer and photographer Teju Cole recently wrote in the magazine about his favorite movie, Krzysztof Kieślowski’s “Red.” On this week's Out Loud podcast, he joins Michael Agger, the culture editor of newyorker.com, to talk about the film and the music, poetry, and art that he revisits over and over again. “For me, the great ideal is a work that stands up to repetition,” he says. “You can have two works that have similar impact on first encounter, but only one of them can contain sustained scrutiny.” Cole also discusses how listening to music changes a person’s experience of a city, his recent trip to the Deep South to explore civil-rights history, and why he finds Switzerland to be an “endlessly fascinating” country.
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Movie Stars on Broadway

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

It’s hard to stage a successful Broadway production these days without the draw of a movie star—“The Real Thing,” with Maggie Gyllenhaal and Ewan McGregor, and “The Elephant Man,” starring Bradley Cooper, are just a couple of the current productions with Hollywood actors on their marquees. But greatness on film does not always translate to greatness on the stage. On this week’s episode of Out Loud, Hilton Als and Nathan Heller join Amelia Lester to discuss why film actors are drawn to theatre, what their presence indicates about the state of the dramatic arts, and what, exactly, it means for an actor to learn to project. “Often actors confuse it with speaking loudly,” Als says. “But, in fact, it’s a soul response.”
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The Puzzling Promise of Graphene

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

If you’ve heard about graphene, you’ve probably heard that it’s a miracle substance. The only atom-thick material known to man, it seems to also be the lightest, strongest, and most conductive material on earth. Its potential applications seem almost limitless. The only problem, as John Colapinto explained in a recent magazine piece, is that nobody has figured out what to do with it yet. On this week’s Out Loud, Colapinto joins Nicholas Thompson, the editor of newyorker.com, and Vauhini Vara, a business and technology blogger for the site, to discuss the challenges that hyped new technologies face in the marketplace, and whether graphene is likely to live up to its promise.
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For Love of the Ice

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Hockey fans make up a small but vocal contingent of The New Yorker’s staff. On this week’s Out Loud podcast, three of the magazine’s most ardent rink rats—Ben McGrath, who recently wrote about the hockey player P. K. Subban; Nick Paumgarten, who plays regularly in a local league; and Adam Gopnik, who is Canadian—join the editor John Bennet to discuss the sport. They talk about how they first encountered hockey and learned to love it, the relationship between hockey and writing, and why, as Bennet puts it, having a child who plays hockey “seems to exacerbates the psychosis that is parenthood.”
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