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A weekly discussion about politics, hosted by The New Yorker's executive editor, Dorothy Wickenden.

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How Will the Brinkmanship Between the U.S. and Iran Be Resolved?

This past Saturday,a series of air strikes in Saudi Arabiadamaged more than a dozen oil installations, including one of the most critical oil-production facilities in the world. The attack threw global fuel markets into disarray. Houthi rebels in Yemen claimed that they launched the strikes, but they have long been armed by Iran, fuelling conjecture that the attacks were carried out by Tehran.Robin Wrightjoins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss how Iran views U.S. policies in the Gulf and how theTrump Administrationhas unwittingly strengthened the regime’s hard-liners.

18 MIN3 days ago
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How Will the Brinkmanship Between the U.S. and Iran Be Resolved?

A Texas Republican Exits the House

An exodus is under way in the House of Representatives: not even halfway into the congressional term, fifteen Republicans have announced that they will not run in 2020. One of the exiting members is Will Hurd, a former C.I.A. officer who was elected in 2014. His district in Texas includes nearly a third of the state’s border with Mexico. Although he is reluctant to criticize the G.O.P. directly, Hurd tells the Washington correspondentSusan B. Glasserthat he thinks the President’s border policy is ineffective: a wall isn’t the answer, Border Patrol is underfunded relative to the area it covers, and the technology in use for border security is both out of date and overly complicated, “requiring a Ph.D. in computer science to operate,” he says. “I wish I could pass a piece of legislation,” Hurd tells Glasser, “that says you can’t talk about the border unless you’ve been down to the border a few times.” Hurd’s departure is particularly significant because he is—for the sixt...

13 MIN6 days ago
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A Texas Republican Exits the House

Trumpism and Conservatives' Identity Crisis

One of the big stories of the 2016 presidential election was the rupture within the Republican Party. "Never Trump" traditionalists lost their fight to prevent the nomination of Donald Trump, but a small faction still strenuously objects to his scorched-earth style and many of his policies.Earlier this month, Catholic University hosted a debate between two prominent conservatives representing two distinct visions.On one side, the constitutional lawyer andNational Reviewstaff writer David French, a voice for traditional Republicanism who sees Trump as a threat to democracy. On the other side, Sohrab Ahmari, the op-ed editor of the New YorkPostand who fervently supports the president and describes politics as "war and enmity."Benjamin Wallace-Wellsjoins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss what their opposing positions mean for the future of the Republican Party.

18 MIN1 weeks ago
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Trumpism and Conservatives' Identity Crisis

Salman Rushdie’s Fantastical American Quest Novel

The New Yorker’sfiction editor, Deborah Treisman, talks with Salman Rushdie about “Quichotte,” his apocalyptic quest novel. A few years ago, when the four hundredth anniversary of “Don Quixote” was being celebrated, Rushdie reread Cervantes’s book and found himself newly engaged by a much-improved translation. He immediately began thinking of writing his own story about a “silly old fool,” like Quixote, who becomes obsessed with an unattainable woman and undertakes a quest to win her love. This character became Quichotte (named for the French opera loosely based on “Don Quixote”), who is seeking the love of—or, as she sees it, stalking—a popular talk-show host. As Quichotte journeys to find her, he encounters the truths of contemporary America: the opioid epidemic, white supremacy, the fallout from the War on Terror, and more. “I’ve always really liked the risky thing of writing very close up against the present moment,” Rushdie tells Treisman. “If you do it wrong, i...

26 MIN1 weeks ago
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Salman Rushdie’s Fantastical American Quest Novel

Boris Johnson vs. Parliament on Brexit

After more than two years of debates and one deadline extension, the United Kingdom is set to leave the European Union on October 31st. Last week, with no Brexit deal in sight,Prime Minister Boris Johnsonmoved to suspend Parliament for five weeks leading up to that deadline. The move outraged members of Parliament and spurreda revolt in Johnson’s own party, resulting in legislation that may prohibit him from executing a no-deal Brexit. Johnson has called for a general election, though he no longer has the legislative majority he needs to force a vote. Sam Knight joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the week in Parliament and what it might mean for the future of British democracy.

16 MIN2 weeks ago
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Boris Johnson vs. Parliament on Brexit

Marianne Williamson Would Like to Clarify

Marianne Williamson, the self-help author associated with the New Age movement, has never held political office. But the race for the Presidency, she thinks, is less a battle of politics than a battle of souls. In her appearance in the July Democratic debates, she said thatPresident Donald Trumpis bringing up a “dark psychic force.” “The worst aspects of human character have been harnessed for political purposes,” she tellsDavid Remnick. Williamson sees herself as a kind of spiritual counter to Trump, reshaping our moral trajectory. And she does have policies, which include repealing the 2017 tax cut and an ambitious plan for slavery reparations, and also tapping some surprising people for her Cabinet. Campaigning on her credentials hasn’t been easy: she’s had to debunk some myths and clarify some statements. She is not an anti-vaxxer, she insists—she apologizes for her earlier remarks on the subject—or a medical skeptic. “I’m Jewish,” she says, “I go to the doctor.” Sh...

16 MIN2 weeks ago
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Marianne Williamson Would Like to Clarify

The Politics Behind the Anti-Vaccine Movement

Around the world,the number of measles cases is on the rise. Public health officials in the United States have put some of the blame on "anti-vaxxers," who believe that vaccines have destructive side effects and choose not to vaccinate their children. In some communities, school systems have made vaccinations mandatory, touching off political battles over personal and religious liberty.Nick Paumgartenjoins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the political lessons of the movement for the wider "war on science."

13 MIN3 weeks ago
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The Politics Behind the Anti-Vaccine Movement

HBO’s “Our Boys,” a Brutally Truthful Depiction of the Effects of Hate Crime

In 2014, a pair of crimes shocked Israelis and Palestinians. The first was the abduction and murder of three Israeli boys by a Hamas-linked group. Then there was an act of reprisal—the torture, burning, and murder of a Palestinian teen-ager named Mohammed Abu Khdeir—by Israeli right-wing extremists. Even by the standards of this conflict, the killings were shocking. “Our Boys,” a co-production of HBO and the IsraeliKeshet Studios, examines the forces that led to Abu Khdeir’s killing. It is not for the faint of heart, David Remnick says, but the series is as complex and deep a portrayal of the conflict as he has ever seen. Remnick spoke with two of the creators: Hagai Levi, an Israeli Jew, and Tawfiq Abu Wael, a Palestinian living in Israel. Abu Wael tells Remnick why he resisted pressure from activists not to participate in an Israeli production.

15 MIN3 weeks ago
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HBO’s “Our Boys,” a Brutally Truthful Depiction of the Effects of Hate Crime

Mike Pompeo’s Circuitous Journey to Trump’s Cabinet

Mike Pompeo is the last surviving member of President Trump’s original national-security team. Pompeo entered the Administration as the director of the C.I.A., but, after the sudden end of Rex Tillerson’s tenure as Secretary of State, Pompeo was elevated to the position of America’s top diplomat. All this despite the fact that Pompeohadno diplomatic experience, a résumé that includesexaggerations, and a history of criticizing Trump. Since the 2016 election, though,Pompeo has rebranded himself as a strong advocate for the President, and has come to embrace Trumpism alongside many other former critics in his party.Susan B. Glasserjoins Eric Lach to discuss Pompeo’s journey from traditional California Republican to staunch Trump ally, and what it says about larger trends within the Republican Party.

21 MINAUG 23
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Mike Pompeo’s Circuitous Journey to Trump’s Cabinet

Maggie Gyllenhaal on “The Deuce” and #MeToo

Maggie Gyllenhaal’s first starring role was in the 2002 movie “Secretary,” a distriburbing romantic comedy about a troubled woman in a sadomasochistic relationship with her boss. Since then, Gyllenhaal has continued to push the boundaries of how sex is depicted onscreen as an executive producer and star of “The Deuce,” HBO’s drama about the beginnings of the porn industry. In a conversation with The New Yorker’s Lauren Collins, Gyllenhaal talks about her character, Candy, who leaves street prostitution to perform in porn and eventually makes her way into directing. Since the show premièred, the #MeToo movement has shed light on how women are asked to compromise themselves, not only in sex work but in entertainment and almost every other walk of life. “Many women have been asked to compromise themselves, and have done it,” Gyllenhaal tells Collins, admitting that she has moments of thinking, “Oh, my God. How did I laugh at that joke or stay in that meeting or put that shir...

18 MINAUG 20
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Maggie Gyllenhaal on “The Deuce” and #MeToo

Latest Episodes

How Will the Brinkmanship Between the U.S. and Iran Be Resolved?

This past Saturday,a series of air strikes in Saudi Arabiadamaged more than a dozen oil installations, including one of the most critical oil-production facilities in the world. The attack threw global fuel markets into disarray. Houthi rebels in Yemen claimed that they launched the strikes, but they have long been armed by Iran, fuelling conjecture that the attacks were carried out by Tehran.Robin Wrightjoins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss how Iran views U.S. policies in the Gulf and how theTrump Administrationhas unwittingly strengthened the regime’s hard-liners.

18 MIN3 days ago
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How Will the Brinkmanship Between the U.S. and Iran Be Resolved?

A Texas Republican Exits the House

An exodus is under way in the House of Representatives: not even halfway into the congressional term, fifteen Republicans have announced that they will not run in 2020. One of the exiting members is Will Hurd, a former C.I.A. officer who was elected in 2014. His district in Texas includes nearly a third of the state’s border with Mexico. Although he is reluctant to criticize the G.O.P. directly, Hurd tells the Washington correspondentSusan B. Glasserthat he thinks the President’s border policy is ineffective: a wall isn’t the answer, Border Patrol is underfunded relative to the area it covers, and the technology in use for border security is both out of date and overly complicated, “requiring a Ph.D. in computer science to operate,” he says. “I wish I could pass a piece of legislation,” Hurd tells Glasser, “that says you can’t talk about the border unless you’ve been down to the border a few times.” Hurd’s departure is particularly significant because he is—for the sixt...

13 MIN6 days ago
Comments
A Texas Republican Exits the House

Trumpism and Conservatives' Identity Crisis

One of the big stories of the 2016 presidential election was the rupture within the Republican Party. "Never Trump" traditionalists lost their fight to prevent the nomination of Donald Trump, but a small faction still strenuously objects to his scorched-earth style and many of his policies.Earlier this month, Catholic University hosted a debate between two prominent conservatives representing two distinct visions.On one side, the constitutional lawyer andNational Reviewstaff writer David French, a voice for traditional Republicanism who sees Trump as a threat to democracy. On the other side, Sohrab Ahmari, the op-ed editor of the New YorkPostand who fervently supports the president and describes politics as "war and enmity."Benjamin Wallace-Wellsjoins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss what their opposing positions mean for the future of the Republican Party.

18 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
Trumpism and Conservatives' Identity Crisis

Salman Rushdie’s Fantastical American Quest Novel

The New Yorker’sfiction editor, Deborah Treisman, talks with Salman Rushdie about “Quichotte,” his apocalyptic quest novel. A few years ago, when the four hundredth anniversary of “Don Quixote” was being celebrated, Rushdie reread Cervantes’s book and found himself newly engaged by a much-improved translation. He immediately began thinking of writing his own story about a “silly old fool,” like Quixote, who becomes obsessed with an unattainable woman and undertakes a quest to win her love. This character became Quichotte (named for the French opera loosely based on “Don Quixote”), who is seeking the love of—or, as she sees it, stalking—a popular talk-show host. As Quichotte journeys to find her, he encounters the truths of contemporary America: the opioid epidemic, white supremacy, the fallout from the War on Terror, and more. “I’ve always really liked the risky thing of writing very close up against the present moment,” Rushdie tells Treisman. “If you do it wrong, i...

26 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
Salman Rushdie’s Fantastical American Quest Novel

Boris Johnson vs. Parliament on Brexit

After more than two years of debates and one deadline extension, the United Kingdom is set to leave the European Union on October 31st. Last week, with no Brexit deal in sight,Prime Minister Boris Johnsonmoved to suspend Parliament for five weeks leading up to that deadline. The move outraged members of Parliament and spurreda revolt in Johnson’s own party, resulting in legislation that may prohibit him from executing a no-deal Brexit. Johnson has called for a general election, though he no longer has the legislative majority he needs to force a vote. Sam Knight joins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the week in Parliament and what it might mean for the future of British democracy.

16 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
Boris Johnson vs. Parliament on Brexit

Marianne Williamson Would Like to Clarify

Marianne Williamson, the self-help author associated with the New Age movement, has never held political office. But the race for the Presidency, she thinks, is less a battle of politics than a battle of souls. In her appearance in the July Democratic debates, she said thatPresident Donald Trumpis bringing up a “dark psychic force.” “The worst aspects of human character have been harnessed for political purposes,” she tellsDavid Remnick. Williamson sees herself as a kind of spiritual counter to Trump, reshaping our moral trajectory. And she does have policies, which include repealing the 2017 tax cut and an ambitious plan for slavery reparations, and also tapping some surprising people for her Cabinet. Campaigning on her credentials hasn’t been easy: she’s had to debunk some myths and clarify some statements. She is not an anti-vaxxer, she insists—she apologizes for her earlier remarks on the subject—or a medical skeptic. “I’m Jewish,” she says, “I go to the doctor.” Sh...

16 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
Marianne Williamson Would Like to Clarify

The Politics Behind the Anti-Vaccine Movement

Around the world,the number of measles cases is on the rise. Public health officials in the United States have put some of the blame on "anti-vaxxers," who believe that vaccines have destructive side effects and choose not to vaccinate their children. In some communities, school systems have made vaccinations mandatory, touching off political battles over personal and religious liberty.Nick Paumgartenjoins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the political lessons of the movement for the wider "war on science."

13 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
The Politics Behind the Anti-Vaccine Movement

HBO’s “Our Boys,” a Brutally Truthful Depiction of the Effects of Hate Crime

In 2014, a pair of crimes shocked Israelis and Palestinians. The first was the abduction and murder of three Israeli boys by a Hamas-linked group. Then there was an act of reprisal—the torture, burning, and murder of a Palestinian teen-ager named Mohammed Abu Khdeir—by Israeli right-wing extremists. Even by the standards of this conflict, the killings were shocking. “Our Boys,” a co-production of HBO and the IsraeliKeshet Studios, examines the forces that led to Abu Khdeir’s killing. It is not for the faint of heart, David Remnick says, but the series is as complex and deep a portrayal of the conflict as he has ever seen. Remnick spoke with two of the creators: Hagai Levi, an Israeli Jew, and Tawfiq Abu Wael, a Palestinian living in Israel. Abu Wael tells Remnick why he resisted pressure from activists not to participate in an Israeli production.

15 MIN3 weeks ago
Comments
HBO’s “Our Boys,” a Brutally Truthful Depiction of the Effects of Hate Crime

Mike Pompeo’s Circuitous Journey to Trump’s Cabinet

Mike Pompeo is the last surviving member of President Trump’s original national-security team. Pompeo entered the Administration as the director of the C.I.A., but, after the sudden end of Rex Tillerson’s tenure as Secretary of State, Pompeo was elevated to the position of America’s top diplomat. All this despite the fact that Pompeohadno diplomatic experience, a résumé that includesexaggerations, and a history of criticizing Trump. Since the 2016 election, though,Pompeo has rebranded himself as a strong advocate for the President, and has come to embrace Trumpism alongside many other former critics in his party.Susan B. Glasserjoins Eric Lach to discuss Pompeo’s journey from traditional California Republican to staunch Trump ally, and what it says about larger trends within the Republican Party.

21 MINAUG 23
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Mike Pompeo’s Circuitous Journey to Trump’s Cabinet

Maggie Gyllenhaal on “The Deuce” and #MeToo

Maggie Gyllenhaal’s first starring role was in the 2002 movie “Secretary,” a distriburbing romantic comedy about a troubled woman in a sadomasochistic relationship with her boss. Since then, Gyllenhaal has continued to push the boundaries of how sex is depicted onscreen as an executive producer and star of “The Deuce,” HBO’s drama about the beginnings of the porn industry. In a conversation with The New Yorker’s Lauren Collins, Gyllenhaal talks about her character, Candy, who leaves street prostitution to perform in porn and eventually makes her way into directing. Since the show premièred, the #MeToo movement has shed light on how women are asked to compromise themselves, not only in sex work but in entertainment and almost every other walk of life. “Many women have been asked to compromise themselves, and have done it,” Gyllenhaal tells Collins, admitting that she has moments of thinking, “Oh, my God. How did I laugh at that joke or stay in that meeting or put that shir...

18 MINAUG 20
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Maggie Gyllenhaal on “The Deuce” and #MeToo