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Join The New Yorker’s writers and editors for reporting, insight, and analysis of the most pressing political issues of our time. On Mondays, David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker, presents conversations and feature stories about current events. On Wednesdays, the senior editor Tyler Foggatt goes deep on a consequential political story via far-reaching interviews with staff writers and outside experts. And, on Fridays, the staff writers Susan B. Glasser, Jane Mayer, and Evan Osnos discuss the latest developments in Washington and beyond, offering an encompassing understanding of this moment in American politics.

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Join The New Yorker’s writers and editors for reporting, insight, and analysis of the most pressing political issues of our time. On Mondays, David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker, presents conversations and feature stories about current events. On Wednesdays, the senior editor Tyler Foggatt goes deep on a consequential political story via far-reaching interviews with staff writers and outside experts. And, on Fridays, the staff writers Susan B. Glasser, Jane Mayer, and Evan Osnos discuss the latest developments in Washington and beyond, offering an encompassing understanding of this moment in American politics.

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Thumbnail for "Julián Castro on the Biden Problem, and What the Democratic Party Got Wrong".
Thumbnail for "The Great Democratic Party Freakout of 2024".
Thumbnail for "The Case for Using the Twenty-fifth Amendment on Biden".
Thumbnail for "John Fetterman’s Move to the Right on Israel".
Thumbnail for "From “Inside the Hive”: How Steve Bannon’s Prison Sentence Could Help Trump Win".
Thumbnail for "The New Yorker’s Political Writers Answer Your Election Questions".
Thumbnail for "What Does Biden’s Disastrous Debate Mean for Democrats?".
Thumbnail for "What You Need to Know About 2024’s Most Significant Supreme Court Decisions".
Thumbnail for "Kevin Costner on “Yellowstone,” “Horizon,” and Why the Western Endures".
Thumbnail for "What to Expect from the Biden-Trump Debate, with the Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin".
Thumbnail for "Could the 2024 Election Be Decided by Memes? ".
Thumbnail for "Is Being a Politician the Worst Job in the World?".
Thumbnail for "Hunter Biden’s Conviction and Trump’s Risk to the Justice Department in 2024".
Thumbnail for "Biden’s Executive Order on Immigration and the Politically “Toxic” Puzzle of the Border".
Thumbnail for "Senator Raphael Warnock on America’s “Moral and Spiritual Battle”".
Thumbnail for "A G.O.P. Strategist on the Republican Voters Who Could Abandon Trump".
Thumbnail for "What Do We Know About How the World Might End?".
Thumbnail for "The Trans Athletes Who Changed the Olympics—in 1936".
Thumbnail for "A “Stunningly Decisive” End to Donald Trump’s Trial".
Thumbnail for "Sam Altman Dreams of an A.I. Girlfriend".
Thumbnail for "How the Reality-TV Industry Mistreats Its Stars".
Thumbnail for "Why Vladimir Putin’s Family Is Learning Mandarin".
Thumbnail for "Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., on Why He’s Running".
Thumbnail for "The Most Profoundly Not-Normal Facts About Trump’s 2024 Campaign".
Thumbnail for "Stormy Daniels’s Biggest Role Yet".
Thumbnail for "The TikTok Ban Is “a Vast Overreach, Rooted in Hypocrisy,” Wired’s Katie Drummond says".
Thumbnail for "Will Young Americans Tip November’s Election?".
Thumbnail for "The Pure Chaos Inside Donald Trump’s Criminal Trial".
Thumbnail for "Randall Kennedy on Harvard Protests, Antisemitism, and the Meaning of Free Speech".
Thumbnail for "Who Should Be More Worried about Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.– Biden or Trump?".
Thumbnail for "Why Is Marjorie Taylor Greene Trying to Oust House Speaker Mike Johnson?".
Thumbnail for "Georgia’s Secretary of State Prepares for Another Election".
Thumbnail for "Trump’s “Bonkers” Immunity Claim, with Neal Katyal".
Thumbnail for "Jonathan Haidt on “The Anxious Generation”".
Thumbnail for "The Morality Play Inside Trump’s Courtroom".
Thumbnail for "Ronan Farrow on the Scheme at the Heart of Trump’s New York Trial".
Thumbnail for "A Bipartisan Effort to Carve out Exemptions to Texas’s Abortion Ban".
Thumbnail for "Will an 1864 Abortion Law Doom Trump in Arizona?".
Thumbnail for "From WIRED Politics Lab: How Election Deniers Are Weaponizing Tech To Disrupt November".
Thumbnail for "What to Expect from Trump’s First Criminal Trial".
Thumbnail for "The Attack on Black History in Schools".
Thumbnail for "After the World Central Kitchen Attack, How Far Will Biden Shift on Israel?".
Thumbnail for "How Should Reporters Cover Donald Trump?".
Thumbnail for "Kara Swisher on Tech Billionaires: “I Don’t Think They Like People”".
Thumbnail for "Should Big Tech Stop Moderating Content?".
Thumbnail for "Adam Gopnik on Hitler’s Rise to Power".
Thumbnail for "The Political Books That Help Us Make Sense of 2024".
Thumbnail for "Why Robert Hur Described Joe Biden as an “Elderly Man with a Poor Memory”".
Thumbnail for "Judith Butler on the Global Backlash to L.G.B.T.Q. Rights".
Thumbnail for "How Gaza, Ukraine, and TikTok Are Influencing the Election".
Thumbnail for "What Biden’s Budget Means for His Reëlection Battle with Trump".
Thumbnail for "Vinson Cunningham on His New Book, “Great Expectations”".
Thumbnail for "At the State of the Union, Biden Came Out Swinging".
Thumbnail for "The Mood at Mar-a-Lago on Super Tuesday".
Thumbnail for "Biden Reveals His Thoughts on the 2024 Election".
Thumbnail for "Why the Primary System Is “Clearly Failing”".
Thumbnail for "With Navalny’s Death, Putin is Feeling More Confident than Ever".
Thumbnail for "Ty Cobb on Trump's Admiration for Putin".
Thumbnail for "Does Impeachment Mean Anything Anymore?".
Thumbnail for "Why Matt Gaetz Keeps Getting Away with It".
Dexter Filkins on what motivates the Florida congressman to wreak havoc within his own party.
Thumbnail for "“Pod Save America” ’s Jon Lovett on Biden’s Accomplishments".
The co-host of the popular show explains how the withering of the media and the threat of political violence are warping the Presidential campaign, and what Biden’s team needs to do.
Thumbnail for "Do Democrats Have a Biden Backup Plan?".
The Biden campaign’s response to a special-counsel report claiming the President has diminished memory may not quell voters’ growing concerns about his age. What’s next for the Democrats?
Thumbnail for "Can Joe Biden Squash Concerns About His Age?".
This week, a special counsel’s report renews worries about the President’s mental acuity, and the Senate Republican Leader, Mitch McConnell, seemingly loses his grip on his conference.
Thumbnail for "Why the Trump Ballot Case Is the Ultimate Test of Originalism".
The New Yorker staff writer and historian Jill Lepore on how an obscure constitutional provision that will be interpreted by the Supreme Court could affect Donald Trump’s candidacy for President.
Thumbnail for "The Last Real Legislative Battle of 2024".
The passage of a wide-ranging national-security package is being held up by House Republicans and Donald Trump, leaving the Biden Administration in a delicate position ahead of the election.
Thumbnail for "Why You Keep Seeing Biden Falling on Instagram".
Supporters of the Trump and Biden campaigns are trying to engineer viral moments to win the election through memes and social media.
Thumbnail for "Introducing The Runaway Princesses, from In the Dark".
Introducing The Runaway Princesses, from In the Dark
Thumbnail for "The Oscar Nominee Cord Jefferson on Why Race Is So “Fertile” for Comedy".
“American Fiction,” nominated for five Academy Awards, satirizes the literary world, and upends Hollywood conventions about Blackness.
Thumbnail for "Biden’s Dilemma in the Israel-Hamas War".
As Israel continues its military campaign in Gaza, President Biden navigates a divided Democratic Party.
Thumbnail for "How “the Élite” Became the Most Convenient Straw Man in Politics".
Evan Osnos untangles the real meaning of a term that has become a useful shorthand for a wide array of grievances.
Thumbnail for "Pramila Jayapal on Biden’s Fragile Coalition".
The chair of the powerful Congressional Progressive Caucus looks at whether President Biden can put the Democratic Party back together again in time to achieve victory in the 2024 election.
Thumbnail for "Polling, Money, Trump Fatigue: Your 2024 Election Questions".
New Yorker staff writers respond to listeners about the 2024 race for the White House.
Thumbnail for "Where Does Ron DeSantis Go From Here?".
Sarah Larson, reporting from Des Moines, discusses the meaning of the Florida governor’s lukewarm performance at the Iowa caucuses.
Thumbnail for "How Donald Trump Broke the Iowa Caucuses".
Whether he wins as expected or somehow underperforms, the former President has upended the Republican contest without participating in a single debate and having barely campaigned on the ground.
Thumbnail for "The 2024 Primaries That Weren’t".
The 2024 Presidential primary officially begins with next week’s Iowa caucuses, but the race for the Republican nomination is already in its home stretch.
Thumbnail for "Is Nikki Haley the G.O.P.’s Trump Contingency Plan?".
Antonia Hitchens, reporting from Des Moines, examines Haley’s surprising surge in the polls ahead of Monday’s caucus.
Thumbnail for "How the Journalist John Nichols Became Another January 6th Conspiracy-Theory Target".
The Wisconsin-based Nation reporter wasn’t at the Capitol when it was attacked. That hasn’t stopped Donald Trump’s attorneys from holding him responsible.
Thumbnail for "How Will January 6th Shape the 2024 Election?".
The attack on the U.S. Capitol, in 2021, is set to be a central issue for both the Trump and the Biden campaigns in different ways.
Thumbnail for "Ronan Farrow on the “Shadow Rule” of Elon Musk".
How the tech billionaire built a one-man monopoly over American infrastructure and became too powerful for the U.S. government to rein in.
Thumbnail for "Dexter Filkins Reports on the Border Crisis".
The last major overhaul of the immigration system was in 1986. Changing conditions and a political impasse have created a state of chaos that the Biden Administration can no longer deny.
Thumbnail for "From Vanity Fair: How Donald Trump’s Lack of Faith Attracts Conservative Christians".
From Vanity Fair: How Donald Trump’s Lack of Faith Attracts Conservative Christians
Thumbnail for "Christmas in Tehran: Bringing the Holidays to Hostages".
In 1979, a minister received a telegram from Iranian militants who had taken hostages in the American embassy, inviting him to perform Christmas services. Two days later, he was inside.
Thumbnail for "Was 2023 a Year of Denial?".
With an embattled House of Representatives, a four-time indicted former President, and wars raging overseas, 2023 was a year comparable to none.
Thumbnail for "The Year in Getting “Chotinered”".
Tyler Foggatt looks back on 2023 with The New Yorker’s infamously relentless interviewer, Isaac Chotiner.
Thumbnail for "Mosab Abu Toha’s Harrowing Detention in Gaza".
The Palestinian writer and New Yorker contributor was wrongly accused of being a Hamas activist by Israeli forces while he tried to flee Gaza with his family.
Thumbnail for "How the American Right Came to Love Putin".
Many Republicans are resisting calls for more U.S. aid for Ukraine. Part of the explanation is the right’s affinity for the projects of Viktor Orbán, in Hungary, and Vladimir Putin, in Russia.
Thumbnail for "Masha Gessen on the Holocaust, Israel, and the Politics of Memory".
The New Yorker staff writer discusses the enforcement of “memory culture” in Germany, and the ongoing battle over the definition of antisemitism.
Thumbnail for "Liz Cheney: Donald Trump Should Go to Jail if Convicted".
Once a top Republican, Cheney is calling out her former colleagues in Congress—including Speaker Mike Johnson—for “enabling” a would-be dictator.
Thumbnail for "Why Are House Republicans Leaving Congress?".
Former Representative Jim Cooper of Tennessee joins The Political Scene to discuss the rush of lawmakers leaving Congress and what’s driving them away.
Thumbnail for "The Post-Civil War Precedent for the Trump Trials".
Jill Lepore revisits the overlooked story of Jefferson Davis, an insurrectionist ex-President, and considers the lasting cost of leniency.
Thumbnail for "How Did Our Democracy Get so Fragile?".
Jelani Cobb, Jill Lepore and Evan Osnos on the precarious state of American democracy and why—yet again—we risk losing it in the upcoming Presidential election.
Thumbnail for "How Henry Kissinger Conquered Washington".
Henry Kissinger, a shaper of the twentieth-century world order, died this week, at the age of 100. He leaves behind a complicated legacy.
Thumbnail for "Geoffrey Hinton: “It’s Far Too Late” to Stop Artificial Intelligence".
The so-called godfather of A.I. believes we need to put constraints on the technology so it won’t free itself from human control. But he’s not sure whether that’s possible.
Thumbnail for "What Draws Latino Voters to Trump".
Geraldo Cadava, a historian and contributing writer at The New Yorker, considers the issues that might be attracting a traditionally Democratic voting bloc to the Republican Party.
Thumbnail for "A Rise in Antisemitism, at Home and Abroad".
Ambassador Deborah Lipstadt talks about antisemitism “from all ends of the political spectrum, and in between.” It threatens not only Jews, she says, but the stability of democracies.
Thumbnail for "Trump’s Vindictive Second-Term Agenda".
What would a second Trump Administration look like in comparison to the first, and how would America’s democratic institutions fare?
Thumbnail for "We've Been Wrong to Worry About Deepfakes (So Far)".
Daniel Immerwahr, a history professor at Northwestern University, discusses why videos generated by artificial intelligence haven’t had more influence on electoral politics.
Thumbnail for "Will the Government Rein in Amazon?".
The Federal Trade Commission is suing the company. Lina Khan, the chair of the F.T.C., tells David Remnick that Amazon exploits its position as a monopoly to invisibly drive up costs.
Thumbnail for "The Issue That Will Decide the 2024 Election".
Protecting access to abortion was a powerful motivator among voters during this week’s off-cycle elections, in which Democrats made significant victories. What do Tuesday’s results portend for 2024 elections?
Thumbnail for "Inside the Democratic Party’s Rift Over Israel and Gaza".
Andrew Marantz discusses the divided political response to Hamas’s terror attack and Israel’s counter-offensive.
Thumbnail for "Sybrina Fulton: “Trayvon Martin Could Have Been Anybody’s Son”".
The mother whose teen-age boy’s death inspired a movement a little more than a decade ago continues to grieve his loss, and to demand accountability.
Thumbnail for "Clarence Thomas’s R.V. Loan and Supreme Court Scrutiny".
The High Court’s system of self-policing is in question as revelations about Clarence Thomas’s gifts lead the Senate to escalate its investigation into Supreme Court ethics.
Thumbnail for "Tim Scott, and the Republican Party’s Vexed Relationship with Race".
Robert Samuels discusses his recent reporting on the South Carolina senator and Presidential candidate.
Thumbnail for "Is there a Path Forward for Israel and Gaza?".
David Remnick hears from two sources about how Israelis and Palestinians feel about the October 7th attacks, and what the future may hold for the region.
Thumbnail for "Mike Johnson and the Power of the Big Lie".
In court, Donald Trump’s former associates renounce the fallacy of a stolen 2020 election in order to avoid prison time. But in Congress, standing by “the Big Lie” can make you Speaker.
Thumbnail for "Why Jim Jordan Is Still “the Man for the Moment”".
Despite his failed bid for Speaker, the Ohio representative is the face of a Republican Party that is more interested in launching investigations than it is in passing laws
Thumbnail for "Spike Lee on His “Dream Project”".
The iconic filmmaker tells David Remnick how he got his start, how to direct Denzel Washington, and when he wants to retire.
Thumbnail for "Joe Biden’s Bear-Hug Diplomacy in Israel".
This week, President Biden made a diplomatic visit to Tel Aviv, and sought aid from Congress for both Israel and Ukraine.
Thumbnail for "What Is Hamas’s Strategy?".
The New Yorker reporters David Kirkpatrick and Adam Rasgon, who recently spoke with a political leader of Hamas, discuss the group's decision-making and evolution.
Thumbnail for "Rodrigo Duterte’s Deadly Promise".
When an outrageous yet charismatic candidate for president promises to kill suspected criminals, reporter Patricia Evangelista says, we should listen: it may not be just a talking point.
Thumbnail for "“It’s Just an Impossible Situation”: Tragedy in Israel and Gaza".
Reporting from Tel Aviv, Ruth Margalit discusses Hamas’s massacre of Israeli civilians and Netanyahu’s siege of Gaza.
Thumbnail for "Al Gore on the Solution to the Climate Crisis".
The former Vice-President and self-described “recovering politician” explains the stakes and the necessary response to our ongoing environmental emergency.
Thumbnail for "Inside Matt Gaetz’s Congressional Coup".
This week, Kevin McCarthy lost his Speakership in an ouster led by the Florida congressman. How did Gaetz become, briefly, one of the most powerful people in Washington?
Thumbnail for "Should Biden Push for Regime Change in Russia?".
The Russia scholar Stephen Kotkin says that Ukraine must exchange Russia-held territory for security guarantees. But the U.S. must also threaten Putin’s hold on power.
Thumbnail for "Remembering Dianne Feinstein, and Biden Clashes With The Hard Right".
The Senate has lost its longest-serving female member; plus, President Joe Biden warns that MAGA Republicans threaten American democracy.
Thumbnail for "Inside a Trump 2024 Rally in Iowa".
Following a trip to Dubuque, Benjamin Wallace-Wells considers why the former President has maintained such a significant lead in the race for the Republican Party’s nomination.
Thumbnail for "Which War Does Washington Want?".
As President Volodymyr Zelensky lobbied Congress for more war-related aid, House Republicans continued to fight their own battle over government spending.
Thumbnail for "How New York, a City of Immigrants, Became Home to a Migrant Crisis".
Eric Lach discusses why Eric Adams—who once personally welcomed buses of asylum seekers at Port Authority—is now saying that migrants are going to “destroy New York City.”
Thumbnail for "Jennifer Egan Discusses a Solution for Chronic Homelessness".
Egan spent a year chronicling a new supportive-housing building in New York. This kind of facility works to end homelessness. What would be needed to scale it up nationwide?
Thumbnail for "A Week of Chaos in Kevin McCarthy’s Washington".
This week in Congress: a Biden impeachment inquiry, a frozen House of Representatives, and a looming government shutdown.
Thumbnail for "A Master Class with David Grann".
The author of “Killers of the Flower Moon” and “The Wager” on his writing and reporting process, and adapting his work to the screen.
Thumbnail for "Mark Meadows and the “Congeniality of Evil”".
Trump’s former chief of staff wants the Georgia racketeering case against him moved to federal court. What’s his strategy, and what does it portend for Trump?
Thumbnail for "From “Amicus”: The Environmental Legacy of William O. Douglas".
A special episode from Slate’s Supreme-Court podcast, about a controversial Justice who was also a champion for the environment.
Thumbnail for "Washington’s Age-Old Problem".
Susan B. Glasser discusses the baby-boomer generation’s hold on American politics, and the role that age may play in the 2024 election.
Thumbnail for "Bob Woodward Discusses His Trump Tapes".
The legendary journalist has chronicled the White House going back to Nixon. He knows how to interview Presidents. But, with Donald Trump, Woodward got more than he bargained for.
Thumbnail for "Does Diplomacy Have a Chance of Ending War in Ukraine?".
Keith Gessen discusses whether the United States should encourage negotiations with Russia.
Thumbnail for "How Does Extreme Heat Affect the Body?".
During the hottest summer in history, The New Yorker’s Dhruv Khullar undergoes testing in a specialized chamber where researchers monitor the effects of heat on the body.
Thumbnail for "At a Trumpless G.O.P. Debate, Trumpism Dominates".
As Republican Presidential hopefuls took the stage for the first debate of the primary, Donald Trump’s mug shot reclaimed the news cycle.
Thumbnail for "Ronan Farrow on the Rule of Elon Musk".
How the tech billionaire built a one-man monopoly over American infrastructure and became too powerful for the U.S. government to rein in.
Thumbnail for "Talking to Conservatives About Climate Change: The Congressional Climate Caucus".
Mariannette Miller-Meeks, an Iowa Republican, feels that the G.O.P. hasn’t engaged enough with this critical issue. But she won’t vote for Democratic bills that “take away choice.”
Thumbnail for "Will the Summer of Trump Indictments Shake Up the Election?".
Will the Summer of Trump Indictments Shake Up the Election?
Thumbnail for "Will the End of Affirmative Action Lead to the End of Legacy Admissions?".
Will the End of Affirmative Action Lead to the End of Legacy Admissions?
Thumbnail for "The One-Per-centers Pushing Democrats to the Left".
The One-Per-centers Pushing Democrats to the Left
Thumbnail for "Emily Nussbaum on Country Music’s Culture Wars".
Emily Nussbaum on Country Music’s Culture Wars
Thumbnail for "“This is The Big One”: The Third Trump Indictment".
“This is The Big One”: The Third Trump Indictment
Thumbnail for "How the Wagner Group Became Too Powerful for Putin to Punish".
How the Wagner Group Became Too Powerful for Putin to Punish
Thumbnail for "How to Buy Forgiveness from Medical Debt".
How to Buy Forgiveness from Medical Debt
Thumbnail for "Hunter Biden and the Mechanics of the “Scandal Industrial Complex”".
Hunter Biden and the Mechanics of the “Scandal Industrial Complex”
Thumbnail for "The Historic Battles of “Hot Labor Summer”".
The Historic Battles of “Hot Labor Summer”
Thumbnail for "Adapting Oppenheimer’s Life Story to Film, with Biographer Kai Bird".
Adapting Oppenheimer’s Life Story to Film, with Biographer Kai Bird
Thumbnail for "What Happens if Trump Is Elected While on Trial?".
What Happens if Trump Is Elected While on Trial?
Thumbnail for "The Family Heritage That Led to Hunter Biden".
The Family Heritage That Led to Hunter Biden
Thumbnail for "A Mysterious Third Party Enters the 2024 Presidential Race".
A Mysterious Third Party Enters the 2024 Presidential Race
Thumbnail for "Will Record Temperatures Finally Force Political Change?".
Will Record Temperatures Finally Force Political Change?
Thumbnail for "The Conspiracy Theories of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.".
The Conspiracy Theories of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Thumbnail for "What It Takes to Be White House Chief of Staff".
What It Takes to Be White House Chief of Staff
Thumbnail for "Russia’s Accidental No-Good, Very Failed Coup".
Russia’s Accidental No-Good, Very Failed Coup
Thumbnail for "The Dark Money Supreme Court".
The Dark Money Supreme Court
Thumbnail for "What Comes After Affirmative Action".
What Comes After Affirmative Action

A Student Journalist Explains the Protests at Yale

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April 24, 202436min 40sec

Anika Arora Seth, the editor-in-chief and president of the Yale Daily News, joins Tyler Foggatt to share what it has been like covering campus protests since Hamas attacked Israel on October 7th. Seth explains both the global and university-specific forces at play that led to the arrest of forty-seven protesters on Yale’s campus this week, and lays out how the university has responded to concerns over students’ safety during the protests. 

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