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:

Living in the Shadow of Guantánamo

Friday, March 05, 2021

The U.S. tortured Mohamedou Salahi and kept him at Guantánamo Bay for fifteen years. He’s no Al Qaeda mastermind, but, even today, he’s virtually a prisoner. Why won’t we let him go?

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Living in the Shadow of Guantánamo

Friday, March 05, 2021

The U.S. tortured Mohamedou Salahi and kept him at Guantánamo Bay for fifteen years. He’s no Al Qaeda mastermind, but, even today, he’s virtually a prisoner. Why won’t we let him go?

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Anthony Hopkins on “The Father,” and Patricia Lockwood’s First Novel

Friday, February 26, 2021

The veteran actor explains why playing a man suffering from dementia was no challenge. “When you’re working with a superb script,” he says, “don’t act too much.”

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Clubhouse Comes to China, and Anthony Hopkins

Friday, February 26, 2021

An app cracks a window of free expression, allowing Chinese people to discuss taboo political subjects. Plus, the famed actor on his role in “The Father.”

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Atul Gawande on the COVID Vaccine, and Daniel Kaluuya on “Judas and the Black Messiah”

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The staff writer on the progress and challenges in defeating the coronavirus, and the actor on playing Fred Hampton, the martyr to the Black Panther cause.

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Congressman Jamie Raskin on Impeaching Donald Trump—Again

Friday, February 19, 2021

The Maryland lawmaker took shelter during the January 6th insurrection and then led the impeachment that followed, all within weeks of losing his son.

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Congressman Jamie Raskin on Impeaching Donald Trump—Again

Friday, February 19, 2021

The Maryland lawmaker on yet another unprecedented moment in our history. Plus, Atul Gawande on pandemic recovery, and the actor Daniel Kaluuya on “Judas and the Black Messiah.”

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The Supreme Court of Facebook

Friday, February 12, 2021

Mark Zuckerberg has outsourced crucial decisions about content moderation to a new body called the Oversight Board. Now it must decide whether Donald Trump can get back on the platform.

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The People Who Will Decide Donald Trump's Fate on Facebook

Friday, February 12, 2021

A new Oversight Board launched by Facebook will be able to overrule the company’s own decisions about content.  Now it will rule on whether Trump should remain banned.

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The Supreme Court of Facebook

Friday, February 12, 2021

Mark Zuckerberg has outsourced crucial decisions about free speech to a new body called the Oversight Board. In collaboration with Radiolab, we look at how and why it came to be.

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Amanda Petrusich Talks with the Weather Station’s Tamara Lindeman

Tuesday, February 09, 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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Trump Closed the U.S. to Asylum Seekers. Will Biden Reopen It?

Friday, February 05, 2021

A family that was brutally victimized in Honduras is denied asylum in the United States because of Trump Administration changes to immigration rules. Can they find safety under Biden? 

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How Trump Closed the U.S. to Asylum Seekers

Friday, February 05, 2021

Sarah Stillman explains how seemingly bureaucratic changes made asylum almost unobtainable under Donald Trump. Plus, a live performance from the Weather Station.

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Kurt Vile Talks with Amanda Petrusich

Tuesday, February 02, 2021

Amanda Petrusich talks with the musician about his quirky songwriting process and his experience opening for Neil Young.

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William Barber, and the Question of Faith and Politics

Friday, January 29, 2021

The prominent liberal pastor talks about bringing religious principles back into policy. And we consider how Biden’s Catholic faith might affect his leadership. 

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William Barber, and the Question of Faith and Politics

Friday, January 29, 2021

The prominent liberal pastor talks about bringing religious principles back into policy. And we consider how Biden’s Catholic faith might affect his leadership.

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Unearthing Entombed

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

A programmer’s epiphany led to an innovation in game design that is still in use. Supposedly, he was so drunk that he couldn’t remember how it worked. We explore the origin of the myth.

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Jane Mayer and Evan Osnos on the Balance of Power at the Start of the Biden Administration

Friday, January 22, 2021

Two New Yorker political writers on the beginnings of a new agenda, and the limits of the Democrats’ control.

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Jane Mayer and Evan Osnos on the Balance of Power in a New Washington

Friday, January 22, 2021

Two New Yorker political writers on the beginnings of President Biden’s agenda, and the limits of the Democrats’ control. Plus, a mystery from the early days of video games.

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How Far Has the F.B.I. Gone to Protect White Supremacy?

Monday, January 18, 2021

A new documentary reveals how the agency first surveilled Martin Luther King, Jr., and then attempted to destroy his reputation and public life.

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