Emily Botein

Vice President for On-Demand Content

Emily oversees national programs for WNYC including Here’s the Thing and Death, Sex & Money.

Her work has also been heard on radio programs including The Next Big Thing and Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen. She is the part-time consigliere and guru for The New Yorker Radio Hour. 

Emily Botein appears in the following:

A Surfing Lesson from William Finnegan

Friday, August 03, 2018

When William Finnegan isn’t covering conflicts in places ranging from Somalia to Texas, he surfs. David Remnick joins him to receive his first and only lesson.

The Many Layers of Jessica Lange

Friday, March 31, 2017

The ingénue who débuted in the 1976 remake of “King Kong” has become one of current cinema’s grandes dames. In “Feud,” she plays Joan Crawford, one of the original grandes dames.  

Lily Tomlin’s Indomitable Spirit

Friday, February 24, 2017

Lily Tomlin reflects on a singular career: “I had a fearless, indomitable spirit.”  

Brenda Shaughnessy’s Time Machine

Friday, December 23, 2016

In her upcoming collection, the poet Brenda Shaughnessy goes back to her own coming of age.

American Icons: This Land is Your Land

Thursday, November 10, 2016

How Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land” went from a “God Bless America” spoof to an unofficial national anthem.


Hilton Als Speaks with Michelle Williams

Friday, June 03, 2016

Michelle Williams tells the New Yorker theatre critic Hilton Als why every performance of “Blackbird” feels death-defying.

Fifty Years of Chasing Waves

Friday, April 29, 2016

The 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner William Finnegan teaches David Remnick to surf.


Cynthia Erivo Arrives

Friday, March 18, 2016

Cynthia Erivo is captivating audiences as Celie in “The Color Purple” on Broadway.

Driving Around West Baltimore with David Simon

Friday, February 19, 2016

The creator of “The Wire” takes stock of Freddie Gray’s Baltimore neighborhood and talks about American policing since the war on drugs.

Brenda Shaughnessy’s Time Machine

Friday, February 05, 2016

In her upcoming collection, the poet Brenda Shaughnessy goes back to her own coming of age.

Jelani Cobb on the Closing of Jamaica High

Friday, January 08, 2016

Jelani Cobb, a staff writer who graduated from Jamaica High in 1987, visits his alma mater and speaks with a recent alum to see how things went so wrong at the once prestigious school.

Fifty Years of Chasing the Waves

Friday, November 13, 2015

When William Finnegan, a staff writer, isn’t covering conflicts in Mexico, Sudan, and Somalia, he's chasing waves. He recently gave David Remnick his first and only surfing lesson.

In New Orleans: How to Get Elected Coroner

Friday, August 21, 2015

Dr. Jeffrey Rouse is the Orleans Parish coroner—a job he describes as the “interface between law and medicine.” A decade ago, he was preparing for a life in academia, not public office. 

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In New Orleans: A Doctor's Adopted Home

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Dr. Kiersta Kurtz-Burke spent Hurricane Katrina inside New Orleans’ Charity Hospital. Now that she's got two kids, she keeps her gas tank full in case they need to evacuate.

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In New Orleans: Big Freedia Bounces Back

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Big Freedia is a reality TV star and fixture in New Orleans' bounce scene. But days after Hurricane Katrina, she was sleeping on the street outside of the city's convention center.

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In New Orleans: Becoming the Demo Diva

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Simone Bruni started her career in hospitality, and dreamed of eventually being a stay-at-home mom. But when Katrina hit, she was 32 and single. So she started a demolition company. 

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In New Orleans: From Raising Hell to Raising Kids

Monday, August 17, 2015

When Katrina hit, Terri Coleman was a troublemaker—burning cars and getting stoned. She recalls, “The storm allow[ed] my weird adolescent destruction to be socially acceptable.”

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The Hare Krishnas Are Back, Thanks to Occupy Wall Street

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Hare Krishnas were once seen as aggressive, in-your-face zealots. After practically vanishing from the streets of New York, they've returned — in a kinder, gentler incarnation. 
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The Dark Side of Fair Skin

Friday, April 11, 2014

A few days before she won an academy award for 12 Years A Slave, actress Lupita Nyong'o read a letter from a fan at the Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon. The letter detailed a personal concern about the lightness of her skin tone and reignited a conversation that has gone on for centuries. Arun Venugopal, host of the WNYC series Micropolis, takes a closer look at the multibillion dollar, global industry of skin whitening. 

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The Dark Side of Fair Skin

Monday, April 07, 2014

"Black is Beautiful" is a rallying cry for some African Americans. But for South Asians, lightening products are a multi-billion dollar industry promising "whitish" skin tone.   
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