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

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Why We Underestimated COVID-19

Even as the scale of the coronavirus outbreak was becoming apparent, spring breakers flooded the beaches of Florida and New Yorkers continued to congregate in parks. Despite the warnings of politicians and health-care professionals, many people failed to treat the coronavirus pandemic as a serious threat. Daniel Kahneman, a Nobel Prize-winning expert on human behavior, toldMaria Konnikovathat the problem isn’t just that the threat posed by COVID-19 is hard to grasp, it’s that public officials haven’t done enough to explain the threat. “There should be clear guidelines and clear instructions. We all ought to know whether we should open our Amazon packages outside the door or bring them in,” Kahneman said. “It’s not a decision individuals should consider making on the basis of what they know, because they don’t know enough to make it.”

11 MIN6 h ago
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Why We Underestimated COVID-19

Can Democrats Take the Offensive in the Pandemic Elections of 2020?

Sincethe coronavirusbecame a public-health emergency in the United States, coverage of the 2020 Presidential election has been scarce. With little media attention and public events an impossibility,Joe Bidenand Bernie Sanders have taken their campaigns online. Meanwhile, state election officials across the country are struggling to find the best time and means to hold their primaries.Eric Lachjoins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss electoral reforms, such as voting by mail, and how the Democratic Party is trying to exploitPresident Trump’s bungling response to the pandemic.

19 MIN3 d ago
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Can Democrats Take the Offensive in the Pandemic Elections of 2020?

The Coronavirus Election

It’s been just over a month since Donald Trump tweeted for the first time about the coronavirus—saying, in essence, that the virus did not pose a substantial threat to the United States. Why did he so dramatically underplay the risks ofCOVID-19? “With Trump, sometimes the answer is pretty transparent,”The New Yorker’sWashington correspondent,Susan B. Glasser, told David Remnick, “and, in this case, I think the answer is pretty transparent. He didn’t want anything to interrupt his reëlection campaign plan, which entirely hinged on the strength of the U.S. economy.” Even as the virus spreads, Trump has criticized widespread self-isolation orders and made overtures toward reopening businesses to revitalize the economy. Meanwhile, Joe Biden, Trump’s likely Democratic Presidential opponent, has refrained from openly antagoniz ing the President. Glasser weighs this tactic: “Do you attack Trump right now, or do you just sort of stand out of the way and let him shoot himself in t...

17 MIN1 w ago
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The Coronavirus Election

Arts and Entertainment in the Era of Coronavirus

This month, in an effort to combatthe coronavirus pandemic, arts organizations around the country shut their doors. Theatre productions were cancelled, film premières postponed, gallery openings scuttled. Artists and other creative professionals, many of whom are freelance workers with no health benefits and little access to unemployment insurance,suddenlyfound themselves with no income. The dire economic circumstances havecaused some tosearch for new creative outlets online, but others face an uncertain future.Emily WittandAlexandra Schwartzjoin Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the effect of the coronavirus on arts and artists—and their audiences.

21 MIN1 w ago
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Arts and Entertainment in the Era of Coronavirus

In a Nightmare Scenario, How Should We Decide Who Gets Care?

In northern Italy, doctors were forced to begin rationing ventilators and other equipment—a nightmare scenario that could become a reality for medical staff in the United States soon; New York has projected ventilator shortages in the thousands per week. David Remnick talks with Philip Rosoff, a professor of Medicine at Duke University and a scholar of bioethics who has studied rationing. Rosoff believes medical institutions must also consider the needs of those who can’t be saved, and suggests that hospitals should stock up on drugs to ease suffering at the end of life. Rosoff notes that the U.S. medical system puts an emphasis on “go for broke” care at all costs, and is poorly prepared for those kinds of decisions, which leave hospital workers with an acute sense of “moral distress.” “If we’re smart, we would have institutional guidelines and plans in place ahead of time,” Rosoff says. “The waynotto make [a rationing decision] is to make it arbitrarily, capriciously, uni...

16 MIN2 w ago
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In a Nightmare Scenario, How Should We Decide Who Gets Care?

How Humanity Survives Pandemics

The earliestepidemics date back to Neolithic times, and, in the millennia since, viral outbreaks have repeatedly shaped the course of human history, influencing behavior and creating and destroying cultural norms. In the weeks sinceCOVID-19became a worldwide emergency, peopleare showingresilience, humor, and creative ways of communicatingas governments and businesses struggle to respond.Robin Wrightjoins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss differing responses to infectious diseases across time and cultures, andtheglobal political ramificationsofCOVID-19.

20 MIN2 w ago
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How Humanity Survives Pandemics

The Ripple Effects of a Pandemic

For most of us, the speed and intensity of the coronavirus pandemic has come as a shock. But not forLawrence Wright. A staff writer and the author of nonfiction books about Scientology and Al Qaeda, Wright recently wrote a novel—yet to be published—called “The End of October,” about the spread of a novel virus that eerily resembles the outbreak of COVID-19. Wright looked to illnesses of the past to try to understand their enduring consequences, and he mapped those ripple effects onto our contemporary circumstances. “The End of October” is a work of fiction and firmly in the thriller genre, but what he imagined in it turns out to be eerily close to what we are experiencing now. “I read the paper and I feel like I’m reading another chapter of my own book,” he tells David Remnick. Lawrence Wright’s “The End of October” is due out in April.

13 MIN3 w ago
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The Ripple Effects of a Pandemic

How Donald Trump Will Wage His Reëlection Campaign

Donald Trumpnever really stopped running for President. On the day of his inauguration, in 2017, he filed the paperwork to run for reëlection in 2020. As the Democrats have fought a historically long primary battle, Trump has been gearing up for the general election.In particular, his campaign will take place online—he has tappedhis 2016 digital-media director, Brad Parscale, to run his 2020 campaign.Andrew Marantz,whoprofiled ParscaleforThe New Yorker, joinsEric Lachto discuss Parscale’s role in the Trump phenomenon and what to expect from an increasingly online reëlection campaign.

18 MIN3 w ago
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How Donald Trump Will Wage His Reëlection Campaign

And Then There Were Two: Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden

Just over a week ago, Bernie Sanders seemed to be the front-runner for the Democratic nomination. Then came some prominent withdrawals from the race, and, on Super Tuesday, the resurgence of Joe Biden’s campaign. (Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii remains in the race, but has no chance of winning the nomination.) But the narrowing of the field only highlights the gulf between the Party’s moderate center and its energized Left. David Remnick talks with Amy Davidson Sorkin, a political columnist forThe New Yorker, about the possibility of a contested Convention. Then Remnick interviews Michael Kazin, an historian and the co-editor ofDissentmagazine. Kazin points out that Sanders is struggling against a headwind: even voters sympathetic to democratic socialism may vote for a pragmatist if they think Biden is more likely to beat the incumbent President in November. But Sanders seems unlikely to moderate his message. “There is a problem,” Kazin tells David Remnick. “A divided party—a party t...

21 MINMAR 10
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And Then There Were Two: Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden

Is Joe Biden the Future of the Democratic Party?

Joe Biden’s pitch to voters has been remarkably consistent: he says he can unite older voters, people of color, and moderates into a coalition that can defeatDonald Trump. A series of gaffes, concerns about his voting record, and disappointing results in the early primaries seemed to doom Biden’s candidacy. But big victories inSouth Carolinaand onSuper Tuesdayhave given new credence to his claim that he’s the best person to take on Trump in November.Evan Osnosjoins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss how Biden became the Democratic front-runner and how he’ll go about winning over skeptical young, progressive voters.

16 MINMAR 6
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Is Joe Biden the Future of the Democratic Party?

Latest Episodes

Why We Underestimated COVID-19

Even as the scale of the coronavirus outbreak was becoming apparent, spring breakers flooded the beaches of Florida and New Yorkers continued to congregate in parks. Despite the warnings of politicians and health-care professionals, many people failed to treat the coronavirus pandemic as a serious threat. Daniel Kahneman, a Nobel Prize-winning expert on human behavior, toldMaria Konnikovathat the problem isn’t just that the threat posed by COVID-19 is hard to grasp, it’s that public officials haven’t done enough to explain the threat. “There should be clear guidelines and clear instructions. We all ought to know whether we should open our Amazon packages outside the door or bring them in,” Kahneman said. “It’s not a decision individuals should consider making on the basis of what they know, because they don’t know enough to make it.”

11 MIN6 h ago
Comments
Why We Underestimated COVID-19

Can Democrats Take the Offensive in the Pandemic Elections of 2020?

Sincethe coronavirusbecame a public-health emergency in the United States, coverage of the 2020 Presidential election has been scarce. With little media attention and public events an impossibility,Joe Bidenand Bernie Sanders have taken their campaigns online. Meanwhile, state election officials across the country are struggling to find the best time and means to hold their primaries.Eric Lachjoins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss electoral reforms, such as voting by mail, and how the Democratic Party is trying to exploitPresident Trump’s bungling response to the pandemic.

19 MIN3 d ago
Comments
Can Democrats Take the Offensive in the Pandemic Elections of 2020?

The Coronavirus Election

It’s been just over a month since Donald Trump tweeted for the first time about the coronavirus—saying, in essence, that the virus did not pose a substantial threat to the United States. Why did he so dramatically underplay the risks ofCOVID-19? “With Trump, sometimes the answer is pretty transparent,”The New Yorker’sWashington correspondent,Susan B. Glasser, told David Remnick, “and, in this case, I think the answer is pretty transparent. He didn’t want anything to interrupt his reëlection campaign plan, which entirely hinged on the strength of the U.S. economy.” Even as the virus spreads, Trump has criticized widespread self-isolation orders and made overtures toward reopening businesses to revitalize the economy. Meanwhile, Joe Biden, Trump’s likely Democratic Presidential opponent, has refrained from openly antagoniz ing the President. Glasser weighs this tactic: “Do you attack Trump right now, or do you just sort of stand out of the way and let him shoot himself in t...

17 MIN1 w ago
Comments
The Coronavirus Election

Arts and Entertainment in the Era of Coronavirus

This month, in an effort to combatthe coronavirus pandemic, arts organizations around the country shut their doors. Theatre productions were cancelled, film premières postponed, gallery openings scuttled. Artists and other creative professionals, many of whom are freelance workers with no health benefits and little access to unemployment insurance,suddenlyfound themselves with no income. The dire economic circumstances havecaused some tosearch for new creative outlets online, but others face an uncertain future.Emily WittandAlexandra Schwartzjoin Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the effect of the coronavirus on arts and artists—and their audiences.

21 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Arts and Entertainment in the Era of Coronavirus

In a Nightmare Scenario, How Should We Decide Who Gets Care?

In northern Italy, doctors were forced to begin rationing ventilators and other equipment—a nightmare scenario that could become a reality for medical staff in the United States soon; New York has projected ventilator shortages in the thousands per week. David Remnick talks with Philip Rosoff, a professor of Medicine at Duke University and a scholar of bioethics who has studied rationing. Rosoff believes medical institutions must also consider the needs of those who can’t be saved, and suggests that hospitals should stock up on drugs to ease suffering at the end of life. Rosoff notes that the U.S. medical system puts an emphasis on “go for broke” care at all costs, and is poorly prepared for those kinds of decisions, which leave hospital workers with an acute sense of “moral distress.” “If we’re smart, we would have institutional guidelines and plans in place ahead of time,” Rosoff says. “The waynotto make [a rationing decision] is to make it arbitrarily, capriciously, uni...

16 MIN2 w ago
Comments
In a Nightmare Scenario, How Should We Decide Who Gets Care?

How Humanity Survives Pandemics

The earliestepidemics date back to Neolithic times, and, in the millennia since, viral outbreaks have repeatedly shaped the course of human history, influencing behavior and creating and destroying cultural norms. In the weeks sinceCOVID-19became a worldwide emergency, peopleare showingresilience, humor, and creative ways of communicatingas governments and businesses struggle to respond.Robin Wrightjoins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss differing responses to infectious diseases across time and cultures, andtheglobal political ramificationsofCOVID-19.

20 MIN2 w ago
Comments
How Humanity Survives Pandemics

The Ripple Effects of a Pandemic

For most of us, the speed and intensity of the coronavirus pandemic has come as a shock. But not forLawrence Wright. A staff writer and the author of nonfiction books about Scientology and Al Qaeda, Wright recently wrote a novel—yet to be published—called “The End of October,” about the spread of a novel virus that eerily resembles the outbreak of COVID-19. Wright looked to illnesses of the past to try to understand their enduring consequences, and he mapped those ripple effects onto our contemporary circumstances. “The End of October” is a work of fiction and firmly in the thriller genre, but what he imagined in it turns out to be eerily close to what we are experiencing now. “I read the paper and I feel like I’m reading another chapter of my own book,” he tells David Remnick. Lawrence Wright’s “The End of October” is due out in April.

13 MIN3 w ago
Comments
The Ripple Effects of a Pandemic

How Donald Trump Will Wage His Reëlection Campaign

Donald Trumpnever really stopped running for President. On the day of his inauguration, in 2017, he filed the paperwork to run for reëlection in 2020. As the Democrats have fought a historically long primary battle, Trump has been gearing up for the general election.In particular, his campaign will take place online—he has tappedhis 2016 digital-media director, Brad Parscale, to run his 2020 campaign.Andrew Marantz,whoprofiled ParscaleforThe New Yorker, joinsEric Lachto discuss Parscale’s role in the Trump phenomenon and what to expect from an increasingly online reëlection campaign.

18 MIN3 w ago
Comments
How Donald Trump Will Wage His Reëlection Campaign

And Then There Were Two: Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden

Just over a week ago, Bernie Sanders seemed to be the front-runner for the Democratic nomination. Then came some prominent withdrawals from the race, and, on Super Tuesday, the resurgence of Joe Biden’s campaign. (Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii remains in the race, but has no chance of winning the nomination.) But the narrowing of the field only highlights the gulf between the Party’s moderate center and its energized Left. David Remnick talks with Amy Davidson Sorkin, a political columnist forThe New Yorker, about the possibility of a contested Convention. Then Remnick interviews Michael Kazin, an historian and the co-editor ofDissentmagazine. Kazin points out that Sanders is struggling against a headwind: even voters sympathetic to democratic socialism may vote for a pragmatist if they think Biden is more likely to beat the incumbent President in November. But Sanders seems unlikely to moderate his message. “There is a problem,” Kazin tells David Remnick. “A divided party—a party t...

21 MINMAR 10
Comments
And Then There Were Two: Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden

Is Joe Biden the Future of the Democratic Party?

Joe Biden’s pitch to voters has been remarkably consistent: he says he can unite older voters, people of color, and moderates into a coalition that can defeatDonald Trump. A series of gaffes, concerns about his voting record, and disappointing results in the early primaries seemed to doom Biden’s candidacy. But big victories inSouth Carolinaand onSuper Tuesdayhave given new credence to his claim that he’s the best person to take on Trump in November.Evan Osnosjoins Dorothy Wickenden to discuss how Biden became the Democratic front-runner and how he’ll go about winning over skeptical young, progressive voters.

16 MINMAR 6
Comments
Is Joe Biden the Future of the Democratic Party?
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