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:

What Exactly Does “Woke” Mean, and How Did It Become so Powerful?

Friday, January 27, 2023

The linguist Tony Thorne on the word that’s become an obsession of the political right. Plus, the poet Robin Coste Lewis talks with the staff writer Hilton Als.

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What Is “Woke”?

Friday, January 27, 2023

What exactly does “woke” mean, and how did it become so powerful? Plus, the contributing writer Eren Orbey on the custody battles facing mothers of children conceived in rape.

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Michael Schulman on Oscars History, and a Visit with “Annie” Composer Charles Strouse

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Schulman’s new book, “Oscar Wars,” tracks the often contentious history of the Academy Awards. Plus, Strouse, the ninety-four-year-old composer of “Annie,” sorts through his archives.

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The Local Paper That First Sounded the Alarm on George Santos

Monday, January 23, 2023

Clare Malone speaks with the publisher and managing editor of the North Shore Leader, the local newspaper that first exposed George Santos’s lies. Why was he elected anyway?

A Local Paper First Sounded the Alarm on George Santos. Nobody Listened.

Friday, January 20, 2023

Clare Malone speaks with the publisher and managing editor of the North Shore Leader, the local newspaper that first exposed George Santos’ lies. Why was he elected anyway?

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A Local Paper Sounded the Alarm on George Santos. Nobody Listened.

Friday, January 20, 2023

In local political circles, he was known as George “Scamtos.” When a Long Island newspaper published the facts, why did no one listen? Plus, Michael Schulman on “Oscar Wars.”

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Deepti Kapoor Discusses “Age of Vice” with Parul Sehgal

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Kapoor’s much anticipated new novel about crime and corruption in India’s capital is the first in a trilogy.

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In Politics, How Old Is Too Old?

Friday, January 13, 2023

Should advanced age disqualify Joe Biden or Donald Trump from another term in the White House? The staff writers Jane Mayer and Jill Lepore, plus the gerontologist Jack Rowe, weigh in.

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In Politics, How Old Is Too Old?

Friday, January 13, 2023

If you’re running for President, is age really “just a number”? Jane Mayer, Jill Lepore, and a gerontologist discuss how old is too old. Plus, Deepti Kapoor on her novel “Age of Vice.”

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The Photographer Who Documented a Long-Forgotten Pan-African Festival

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Julian Lucas talks with Marilyn Nance about FESTAC ’77, described as the most important Black cultural event of the last century. Why have so few people heard of it?

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Bob Woodward on His Trump Tapes

Friday, January 06, 2023

The White House chronicler has published the raw materials from his conversations with Donald Trump during one national crisis after another. Plus, the innate danger of pro football.

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Bob Woodward on His Trump Tapes

Friday, January 06, 2023

The White House chronicler reflects on his calls with a volatile President during a profound crisis. Plus, Louisa Thomas on Damar Hamlin and the uncomfortable truth of the N.F.L.

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As Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith Hit the Road

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Serving as the Poet Laureate, Smith took literature to community centers, senior centers, prisons—to heal our political divides.

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It's All War

Friday, December 23, 2022

The battles, both real and figurative, of 2022. 

Kirk Douglas, the Guitarist for the Roots, Revamps the Holiday Classics

Friday, December 23, 2022

A bona-fide guitar hero puts a fresh spin on some holiday classics. And the former United States Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith on reading poetry across the political divide.

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Kirk Douglas, the Guitarist for the Roots, Revamps the Holiday Classics

Friday, December 23, 2022

A bona-fide guitar hero puts a fresh spin on Rudolph and the Little Drummer Boy. Plus, the celebrated cartoonist Roz Chast reveals her double life as a ukulele superstar.

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An Audiobook Master on the Secrets of Her Craft

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

What kind of accent does a fantasy villain speak in? Robin Miles—who has recorded more than 400 audiobooks—shares her secrets with Daniel Gross.

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Ina Garten: Cooking Is Hard; Plus an Essay from Susan Orlean

Friday, December 16, 2022

The food guru explains why she hated dinnertime growing up, and how she learned to love it. Garten takes questions from listeners on everything from bay leaves to her scarves.

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Ina Garten: Cooking Is Hard

Friday, December 16, 2022

The food guru explains why she hated dinnertime growing up, and how she learned to love it. And we dig into the craft of reading an audiobook with a master of the form.

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The poet John Lee Clark Translates the DeafBlind Experience to the Page

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Clark’s new collection is a meditation on language and communication. He reflects on the sensory world of DeafBlind writers, and his reception by hearing and sighted audiences.

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