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:

Wes Anderson and Jeffrey Wright on “The French Dispatch”

Friday, September 17, 2021

The director and one of the stars of the new film, which is about the writers of a magazine, explain the fictional publication’s uncanny similarities to The New Yorker.

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Bonus: “The French Dispatch” Reads The New Yorker

Friday, September 17, 2021

Cast members of Wes Anderson’s new film, which is inspired by The New Yorker, read classic works associated with the magazine.

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Wes Anderson and Jeffrey Wright on “The French Dispatch”

Friday, September 17, 2021

The director and one of the stars of the new film, which is about the writers of a magazine, explain the fictional publication’s uncanny similarities to The New Yorker.

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The Insidious Procedural Traps of the Texas Abortion Law

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Two legal scholars examine how the new Texas abortion law undermines Roe v. Wade. Plus, Jia Tolentino follows a musician getting ready for her first live show in a year and a half.

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Remembering September 11th, and the Future of the Taliban

Friday, September 10, 2021

Twenty years after 9/11, a writer explores how tragedies stay with survivors, decades on. Plus, a reporter describes the Taliban of today.

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Edwidge Danticat Remembers September 11th

Friday, September 10, 2021

In the long wake of 9/11, the writer meditates on the tragedies that shaped her life. Plus, Jia Tolentino on seeing live music for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

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The Child Tax Credit: One Small Step Toward Universal Basic Income?

Tuesday, September 07, 2021

Senator Michael Bennet describes the significance of direct cash payments to families with children, and our economics correspondent wonders if the policy sets the stage for U.B.I.

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Riz Ahmed on “Mogul Mowgli”

Friday, September 03, 2021

The actor and rapper discusses his new film, which he co-wrote. Like his previous film, “Sound of Metal,” it’s about an artist facing a career-threatening health crisis.

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Riz Ahmed on “Mogul Mowgli”

Friday, September 03, 2021

The actor and rapper discusses his new film, which he co-wrote. Plus, Senator Michael Bennet on the child tax credit’s monthly cash payments, a revolution in American politics.

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The Joy of Beach Reads

Friday, August 27, 2021

Our guest host, Vinson Cunningham, looks at the particular joy of disconnecting from devices and diving into a book.

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Kim Stanley Robinson on “Utopian” Science Fiction

Friday, August 27, 2021

July was, globally, the hottest month on record. The author of a climate-change novel tries to imagine how things could begin to turn around.

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Reading About Climate Change as the Summer Gets Hotter

Friday, August 27, 2021

Our guest host, Vinson Cunningham, looks at the joys of summer reading. Plus, Bill McKibben on a climate-change novel that tries to imagine how things might begin to turn around.

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Home Cooking with Jacques Pepin and Klancy Miller

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

The guru of French cooking teaches David Remnick a thing or two about a crêpe, and the American author of “Cooking Solo” talks with Helen Rosner.

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Dexter Filkins on the Fall of Afghanistan

Friday, August 20, 2021

The staff writer and author of “The Forever War” talks about how American involvement came to such a chaotic and ominous end.

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A Lesson from Jacques Pepin, and Dexter Filkins on the End of the Forever War

Friday, August 20, 2021

The cooking guru teaches David Remnick a thing or two about crêpes. Plus, the United States’ chaotic and ominous withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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A Progressive Parent Confronts Segregated Schooling

Monday, August 16, 2021

The author of “Learning in Public” describes the dilemma of being a white mother trying to do the right thing in public education.

Liesl Tommy, Director of “Respect”

Friday, August 13, 2021

The new Aretha Franklin bio-pic was a labor of love for its filmmaker.

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Liesl Tommy, Director of “Respect”

Friday, August 13, 2021

The new Aretha Franklin bio-pic was a labor of love for its filmmaker. Plus, a frank conversation about a parent’s choices in a segregated public-school system.

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Amanda Petrusich Talks with the Weather Station’s Tamara Lindeman

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

The songwriter is part of a lineage of Canadian musicians who write about ideas, not just stories; her new album is partly inspired by climate grief.

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Atul Gawande on the COVID-19 Resurgence

Friday, August 06, 2021

The public-health expert on the impact of the Delta variant, and on a concerning new variant, Lambda, that’s hitting our shores.

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