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The New Yorker Radio Hour

The New Yorker Radio Hour is a radio show and podcast produced by The New Yorker and WNYC Studios.[1][2] It is hosted by David Remnick, who has been editor of The New Yorker since 1998.[1][3][4] The first episode of The New Yorker Radio Hour debuted on October 24, 2015.[5] The New Yorker Radio Hour is broadcast on more than 270 terrestrial radio stations,[6] is also available on demand in a variety of ways.[7]

The New Yorker Radio Hour
TNYRadioHour logo.png
Genre Magazine
Running time 55 min. (approx.)
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
Home station WNYC Studios
Syndicates WNYC
Hosted by David Remnick
Created by
Written by Various
Produced by
  • Ave Carrillo
  • Jill Du Boff
  • Sara Nics
Executive producer(s) David Krasnow
Recording studio New York City
Original release 2015 – present
Audio format Stereo
Opening theme Composed by Merrill Garbus
Podcast RSS feed

The weekly radio show and podcast features interviews with journalists and cartoonists from The New Yorker as well as interviews with artists, writers, comedians, filmmakers and other cultural figures.[8][9][10] Past guests include Aziz Ansari, Sarah Koenig, Julián Castro, Larry David, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Gloria Steinem, and Amy Schumer.[11][12][13][14]



As defined by host David Remnick, The New Yorker Radio Hour is "an hourlong program that is very much of The New Yorker, infused by its values, hosted by its writers and editors and artists, but also something unique, capacious, freewheeling".[15] However, the podcast does not include New Yorker pieces read out loud and is not a reproduction of the magazine.[16][17] Furthermore, according to Remnick, the depth of the interviews, variety, and daring of the interviews as well as the humor sets the podcast apart from the magazine.[18]

While the podcast includes stories connected to the news, it is not a news program, but rather a show focused on interviews and personal narratives.[16] It also features readings of short fiction, book excerpts and satirical or humorous monologues.


Before creating The New Yorker Radio Hour, the magazine had several podcasts dedicated to a variety of topics including politics,[19] culture,[20] and fiction.[21] The New Yorker Radio Hour is different in that it is distributed to public-radio stations around the country and is co-produced with WNYC Studios. On October 24, 2015 the show debuted on 26 stations around the United States.[16]

The New Yorker Radio Hour began as a podcast on October 23, 2015.[22] The first episode featured a conversation between host David Remnick and author Ta-Nehisi Coates; a personal story from The New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore, and New Yorker cartoonists discussing the magazine’s cartoon-submission process.[23]


  1. ^ a b ""The New Yorker" Editor David Remnick Has A New Gig: Radio Host". Fast Company. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  2. ^ "Using video, The New Yorker abandons its mystique in hopes of attracting a larger audience". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  3. ^ "David Remnick: The New Yorker Radio Hour". ideastream. 2016-01-12. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  4. ^ Brown, Lydia. "New Year, New Radio Shows on WNPR". Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  5. ^ Steigrad, Alexandra. "David Remnick Set to Make Debut on 'The New Yorker Radio Hour'". WWD. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  6. ^ ""The New Yorker Radio Hour" station list". WNYC Studios. Retrieved 2018-04-17. 
  7. ^ "POLITICO New York Playbook, presented by PhRMA: STUYVESANT TOWN near sale -- UBER targets upstate -- NEW YORKER's new radio show -- NYT's virtual reality project". POLITICO. Retrieved 2016-03-31. 
  8. ^ "The New Yorker Editor David Remnick Launched a Radio Hour in L.A. - Los Angeles Magazine". Los Angeles Magazine. Retrieved 2016-04-13. 
  9. ^ "David Remnick and Deborah Treisman on fiction in the New Yorker — Bookworm — KCRW". Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  10. ^ Taylor, Eric McQuade and Laura Standley and Devon (2016-01-27). "A Podcast for Every Activity in Your Life". thrillist. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  11. ^ "David Remnick: "Radio is an obsession of mine"". Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  12. ^ Smilowitz, Elliot (2016-04-22). "Julián Castro pushes back against liberal critics". TheHill. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  13. ^ "Larry David, what have you done? - The Boston Globe". Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  14. ^ "Live From The New Yorker". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  15. ^ "David Remnick: "Radio is an obsession of mine"". Current. Retrieved 2016-03-31. 
  16. ^ a b c "Shouts, murmurs, earbuds: How The New Yorker is making the transition to radio". Nieman Lab. Retrieved 2016-03-31. 
  17. ^ "The New Yorker Radio Hour, Now on Cleveland Airwaves". Cleveland Scene. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  18. ^ "The New Yorker Editor David Remnick Launched a Radio Hour in L.A. - Los Angeles Magazine". Los Angeles Magazine. 2016-03-11. Retrieved 2016-05-05. 
  19. ^ "Wayback Machine". 26 July 2017. Archived from the original on 26 July 2017. 
  20. ^ "Wayback Machine". 7 November 2016. Archived from the original on 7 November 2016. 
  21. ^
  22. ^ Remnick, David (23 October 2015). "Episode One: "Boarding Call"" – via 
  23. ^ "'The New Yorker Radio Hour' will bring the magazine's cultural potpourri to airwaves". Poynter. Retrieved 2016-03-31. 

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