Rhiannon Corby

Contributor, The New Yorker Radio Hour

Rhiannon is a freelance audio producer and reporter. She helped to launch the program in 2015 and served on staff through 2021, producing projects on mass incarceration, white supremacy, policing, immigration, climate change, and surfing. Rhiannon is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. In previous lives, she’s studied opera singing, opened a tiny ice cream shop, and poured a lot of lattes.

Rhiannon Corby appears in the following:

Rhiannon Giddens, Americana’s Queen, on Cultivating the Black Roots of Country Music

Friday, March 29, 2024

The singer, banjo player, music scholar, and opera composer talks with David Remnick about the legacy of Black string music—and how not to be limited by genre.


Greta Gerwig on Writing, Directing, and the Coming-of-Age Story

Friday, July 21, 2023

Once criticized as a “bossy girl,” Gerwig tamped down her instinct to direct. She told David Remnick in 2019 how she finally gave herself permission to be a filmmaker.

Bryan Washington at a Houston Ice House

Friday, June 16, 2023

Is it possible to survive in Houston without air-conditioning? Washington, a celebrated young writer, introduces non-natives to an open-air bar and community space called an ice house.

Ellen Bass Loves Repetition

Monday, October 10, 2022

The poet Ellen Bass explores the habits that take us through life and death.

Sheldon Pearce on Posthumous Rap

Friday, February 18, 2022

The music editor and writer picks some favorites from a very specific genre.

The Trials of a Whistle-blower

Friday, January 21, 2022

Dawn Wooten exposed serious abuses at an immigration-detention center. Why is she suffering the consequences?

Reginald Dwayne Betts Reads from “Felon”

Friday, December 03, 2021

When Betts was sixteen years old, he was sent to prison for his part in a carjacking. In solitary confinement, he discovered poetry.

A Dozen Years After “The New Jim Crow”

Friday, December 03, 2021

In 2010, Michelle Alexander’s best-selling book spelled out how mass incarceration harms communities of color. Assessing its impact, she looks back, and forward, with David Remnick.

The Essential Workers of the Climate Crisis

Friday, November 12, 2021

If storms sweep into town and the roof is ripped from your house or the basement is submerged in mud, these are the people you’re looking for. But who’s looking out for them?

Amanda Petrusich Picks Three Rock Classics for Baby

Friday, October 01, 2021

It’s hard for a critic to select songs for a person who has never heard music. Petrusich offers picks from Aretha Franklin, Paul and Linda McCartney, and the Velvet Underground.

Andreas Malm on “How to Blow up a Pipeline”

Friday, September 24, 2021

Malm insists that the environmental movement rethinks its roots in nonviolence and instead embrace “intelligent sabotage.”

Jia Tolentino on Caroline Polachek’s Post-Pandemic Gig

Friday, September 10, 2021

The writer shadows a pop musician getting ready to play her first live concert since March, 2020, for the biggest crowd of her career.

Rachel Syme on Celebrity Memoirs

Friday, August 27, 2021

“I always feel like books have a season,” the staff writer says, and “summer is the season of the classic Hollywood memoir . . . full of champagne and spangles.”

Vinson Cunningham on Beach Reads

Friday, August 27, 2021

On a hot, muggy day at Brighton Beach, the staff writer explores the unique pleasure of diving into summer reading.

Jonathan Franzen Goes Birding

Friday, August 13, 2021

The novelist Jonathan Franzen loves birding, but he brings to it his “uncomfortable, obsessive” personality.

Vinson Cunningham’s City Hall Wedding

Friday, August 06, 2021

Forget the big white tent and the plate of rubber chicken: the real New York style is a City Hall wedding, complete with metal detectors. 

Amanda Petrusich Talks with the Weather Station’s Tamara Lindeman

Friday, August 06, 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.

The Making of Biblical Womanhood

Friday, July 30, 2021

Some evangelical churches consider female submission a Biblical order. A scholar argues that this is a fundamental misreading—but her argument has had personal consequences.

John Kerry on the Battle Against Climate Change

Friday, July 30, 2021

As the President’s special envoy for climate, Kerry has to rally allies and adversaries alike to engage in a battle against a disaster that is already underway.

Afghanistan’s Only All-Girls Boarding School Fears for the Return of the Taliban

Friday, July 16, 2021

The militants brutally oppose the education of girls. The founder of School of Leadership Afghanistan anxiously watches their resurgence, hoping that Kabul remains safe.