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 Post Moscow 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 named Advertising 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.

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David Remnick appears in the following:

James Taylor Will Teach you Guitar

Friday, May 17, 2019

Adam Gopnik talks with James Taylor and tries not to go all “Chris Farley Show”: “Remember when you wrote ‘Fire and Rain’? That was great.”

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Live: James Taylor and Lucinda Williams

Friday, May 17, 2019

James Taylor gives Adam Gopnik a quick guitar lesson, and Lucinda Williams bares her soul to Ariel Levy.

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What the Constitution Means to the Playwright Heidi Schreck

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

A writer and performer reflects, in a Tony-nominated Broadway hit, on the distortions and falsehoods she peddled as a teen-age debate champion. Plus, Carrie Battan on SoundCloud rap.

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Bill McKibben and Elizabeth Kolbert: Is It Too Late to Save the World?

Friday, May 10, 2019

Two leading environmental writers wonder if the new sense of urgency around climate change is coming too late. And writer Karen Russell finds enchantment in her new home in Oregon.

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Karen Russell on Nature, and Bill McKibben and Elizabeth Kolbert on the End of Nature

Friday, May 10, 2019

Two leading environmental writers wonder if the sense of urgency is coming too late. Plus Heidi Schreck on the Constitution, and Karen Russell’s move from Florida to Oregon.

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David Remnick talks to Elizabeth Kolbert and Bill McKibbin about the new urgency on climate change

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Two leading climate writers wonder if the new sense of urgency is coming too late.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Comedian Pete Holmes

Friday, May 03, 2019

In a crowded Democratic field, Gillibrand says that she is Donald Trump’s “kryptonite.” And a visit to church with a comedian who lost his religion, only to find many more religions.

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Rhiannon Giddens Plays Live, and Pete Holmes Finds Religion

Friday, May 03, 2019

A reigning diva in the Americana scene shows her global side, a comedian meditates on God, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand thinks she is Donald Trump’s “kryptonite.”

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Rhiannon Giddens, Americana’s Queen, Goes Global

Friday, May 03, 2019

A founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, the singer and banjo player talks with David Remnick and performs songs from her new album.

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A New Approach to Dementia Care

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

As the number of people living with Alzheimer’s disease in this country rises, a memory-care center tries a new approach to treatment.

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Julián Castro Is Not Afraid

Friday, April 26, 2019

The Presidential candidate doesn’t shy away from immigration, and an eccentric performance artist makes the leap to Broadway.

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Julián Castro on Trump’s Signature Issue, and a Radical New Approach to Dementia Care

Friday, April 26, 2019

The Presidential candidate doesn’t shy away from immigration. And the New Yorker staff writer Larissa MacFarquhar reports on a radical shift in treatment for dementia patients.

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The Green New Deal, and an Unusual Night at the Orchestra

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The Green New Deal is the most ambitious plan for tackling climate change ever considered by Congress. But what would it take to actually pass it?

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The N.R.A.’s Financial Mess

Friday, April 19, 2019

New documents shed light on the gun group’s financially destructive business relationships.

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Trouble at the N.R.A., and the Green New Deal on the Rise

Friday, April 19, 2019

An insider describes how financial problems came to threaten the gun organization’s survival; and a reality check on the most ambitious climate proposal ever brought to Congress.

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The actor Christine Baranski on “The Good Fight,” and Kurt Vile on Songwriting

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Christine Baranski on her second career as a TV star, and a live performance from Kurt Vile.

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Partners in Division

Monday, April 15, 2019

Just as Netanyahu showed Trump the possibilities of right-wing populism, Trump has shown Netanyahu the possibilities of outrageous invective, voter suppression, and disdain for the law.

Masha Gessen and Keith Gessen Debate Russian and American Politics

Friday, April 12, 2019

Two leading observers of the geopolitical relationship are also siblings who have a complicated history with the two countries.

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Live: Christine Baranski, the Gessen Siblings, and Kurt Vile

Friday, April 12, 2019

Masha and Keith Gessen discuss their complicated history with Russia, Baranski reflects on her second career as a TV star, and Vile gives a live performance.

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The Neurology of Bias, and a Visit with Thundercat

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

A social psychologist measures bias and shows how it works. And Thundercat—a producer of Kendrick Lamar’s album “To Pimp a Butterfly”—gets personal.  

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