Last week, Pope Benedict XVI surprised the world by announcing his retirement, saying that he no longer had the strength for the job. Will his break with a centuries-old tradition of dying in office transform the papacyand the Church? And how about his successor? Benedict's contentious legacy is the subject of this week's New Yorker Out Loud with Alexander Stille and John Cassidy speaking with Amy Davidson. Also, a very short, romantically blighted poem.
WNYC 93.9 FM and AM 820 are New York's flagship public radio
stations, broadcasting the finest programs from NPR, PRI and American Public Media, as well as a wide range of award-winning local
programming. WNYC is a division of
New York Public Radio.