What it Means to Be a Sports Fan

Monday, October 05, 2015

Your favorite team can stir your soul or break your heart. With the Mets—New York’s perennial baseball underdogs—in the playoffs, many New Yorkers are walking around with their sports-loving hearts on their sleeves. Sports lovers and New Yorkers Nicholas Dawidoff and Adam Gopnik join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to discuss why we love the teams we love.


What is R. & B. Now?

Monday, September 28, 2015

Newer R&B stars like The Weeknd and Frank Ocean are transcending traditional Lothario roles and gaining attention from unlikely audiences, prompting the controversial term "PBR&B."

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The Pleasures of Disgust

Monday, September 21, 2015

From bugs and rats to mold and mucus, everyone is disgusted by something. But why? And why are we also attracted to the things that disgust us? Nicola Twilley and Joshua Rothman join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to discuss our complicated relationship with all things icky.


Joan Didion: Writer and Icon

Monday, September 14, 2015

On the occasion of a new biography, New Yorker writers and editors discuss the pervasive influence of Joan Didion, both on and off the page.


This Podcast Will Change Your Life

Monday, September 07, 2015

Podcasts have been around for a decade now, but in the past year they have attained a new degree of mainstream popularity. What makes the format distinct? And why are there so many podcasts aimed at self-improvement? Sarah Larson and Andrew Marantz join hosts Amelia Lester and David Haglund to discuss what makes a great podcast and whether or not podcasts can make you great.


Serena and the Big Four

Monday, August 31, 2015

Serena Williams is in position to complete a calendar-year Grand Slam at the U.S. Open, and the same four players are expected to dominate the men's field. Where's the competition?

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Keeping Secrets

Monday, August 24, 2015

In “Keeping Secrets,” Steve Coll writes about Hillary Clinton’s e-mail scandal, arguing that, unfortunately for the candidate, the law around classified material can resemble a hall of mirrors.


Tasting Notes

Monday, August 24, 2015

As wine criticism has become increasingly baroque, it can be difficult to simply describe what you like to drink. Why do wine descriptions read like bad Mad Libs?

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Re-Reading Children’s Books

Monday, August 17, 2015

Adam Gopnik and Sarah Larson join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to talk about how children’s books have evolved and why they’re worth revisiting as adults.


Talking About “White People”

Monday, August 10, 2015

Hua Hsu and Karan Mahajan join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to talk about the MTV documentary “White People” and contemporary conversations about whiteness.


Killer Robots

Monday, August 03, 2015

Joshua Rothman and Nicholas Thompson join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to discuss just how scared we should be of robots.

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Watching “Trainwreck”

Monday, July 27, 2015

Richard Brody and Sarah Larson join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to discuss “Trainwreck” and the comedy stylings of Amy Schumer and Judd Apatow.


Ta-Nehisi Coates in Conversation with David Remnick

Friday, July 24, 2015

Ta-Nehisi Coates joins David Remnick for a discussion of his life and career.


Do You Know Pluto?

Monday, July 20, 2015

Alan Burdick and Nicola Twilley join Amelia Lester and David Haglund to talk about the New Horizons mission to Pluto and what we’ve learned so far about the former planet.

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The New New York City Skyline

Monday, July 13, 2015

Adam Gopnik accompanies Amelia Lester and David Haglund to the observatory at the top of One World Trade Center, and discusses the history of the New York City skyline.

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May We Have Your Attention, Please?

Monday, July 06, 2015

Joshua Rothman and Andrew Marantz discuss theories of distraction and the benefits and drawbacks of concentration.


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.