The Sweet Science

Monday, June 29, 2015

Kelefa Sanneh and Reeves Wiedeman discuss the state of boxing and its place in the wider world of sports.


The Grateful Dead’s Fare-Thee-Well

Monday, June 22, 2015

Alec Wilkinson, Nick Paumgarten, and David Remnick join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to discuss the Grateful Dead and their place in pop-music history.

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Gay TV, Past and Present

Monday, June 15, 2015

Emily Nussbaum and Daniel Wenger join David Haglund and Amelia Lester to discuss portrayals of gay culture on TV, from “Soap” to “Cucumber.”


The Season for Reading

Monday, June 08, 2015

Kathryn Schulz and James Wood join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to discuss the joys and challenges of summer reading.


Translating Ferrante

Monday, June 01, 2015

In this episode, first aired last year, Ann Goldstein and D. T. Max talk with Sasha Weiss about the fiction of Elena Ferrante.


The New Late Night

Monday, May 25, 2015

New Yorker writers and editors discuss late night television after David Letterman.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.)


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.


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.


The History of Hardcore

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

The New Yorker's Kelefa Sanneh traces the life, and afterlife, of hardcore music as both an intensification and refutation of the punk genre.

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Office Life

Monday, February 09, 2015

The staff of the New Yorker said goodbye to the shrines of exotic booze, promotional doodads, and other uncovered keepsakes as they packed up and moved to new offices at 1 World Trade.


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, 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."


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.”​


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, 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.”