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The First Presidential Debate Was an Alarm Call for American Democracy

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 23:34

John Cassidy writes about troubling takeaways from the first Presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, including Trump’s refusal to denounce a white-supremacist group.

New York City’s Kids, Back at School

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 22:29

Helen Rosner writes about the return of primary-school kids to public school in New York City during the coronavirus pandemic, with photographs by Dina Litovsky.

Doris Burke on Life Inside the N.B.A. Bubble

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 22:23

Isaac Chotiner talks with the sports journalist Doris Burke about the challenges of calling basketball games amid safeguards against the coronavirus, the politics of the N.B.A., and the ways her profession has changed during the last thirty years.

Biden to Do Remaining Debates by Mail

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 21:30

Andy Borowitz jokes that the Joe Biden was so disgusted by his first Presidential debate with Donald Trump that he will participate in the remaining debates by mail.

The Children’s Hour: Watching the First Presidential Debate of 2020

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 20:31

Roger Angell writes about his memories of the 1960 Presidential debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon, which was the first such debate to be televised, and the stark contrast presented by the meeting between Donald Trump and Joe Biden on Tuesday night.

Wheel of Coping Mechanisms

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 18:00

Alaina Ewins humorously imagines a woman trying to convince her friends to play her handmade board game, Wheel of Coping Mechanisms.

No Comment: The Debate Is a Reminder That, Right Now, Words Don’t Mean Much

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 17:32

Bill McKibben writes about the coming Presidential election, the threats posed by Donald Trump, and the activism of the rock climber Sasha DiGiulian.

Daily Cartoon: Wednesday, September 30th

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 16:17

Zoe Si’s Daily Cartoon shows comparable experiences to watching the Presidential debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

Trump Somehow Not Likable Even After Being Coached by Chris Christie and Rudy Giuliani

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 15:43

Andy Borowitz jokes that Donald Trump’s campaign was baffled that prepping the President with Chris Christie and Rudy Giuliani failed to make him more likable.

Azuma Makoto’s Provocative Botanical Sculptures, in “Flower Punk”

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 15:23

Andrea Scott introduces Alison Klayman’s documentary about Azuma Makoto, a former punk musician who brought his sensibility—part poet, part mad scientist—to the unlikely medium of floral art.

“This Is So Unpresidential”: Notes from the Worst Debate in American History

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 12:23

Susan B. Glasser writes about the first Presidential debate, in Ohio, between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, which was marred by the President’s constant interruptions and his threats about the election.

Welcome to the ​“Top Chef” ​Judges’ Table

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 11:00

Taryn Englehart and Jasmine Pierce humorously imagine feedback from the judges of “Top Chef.”

Biden and Trump’s First Debate Did Not End Well

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-30 07:34

Benjamin Wallace-Wells analyzes the first 2020 Presidential debate, in which President Donald Trump faced off against former Vice-President Joe Biden.

How to Draw Social Change

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 22:41

The New Yorker’s cartoon editor, Emma Allen, and the artist Liz Montague talk about diversity in comics and finding humor in moments of unrest, in a new video.

Harry Reid on the Senate, the Supreme Court, and a Time for Major Change

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 22:37

Jeffrey Toobin speaks with Harry Reid, the former Democratic leader in the Senate, about abolishing the filibuster, the gridlock in the Senate, and the Republicans’ effort to push through the Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett.

What to Stream: James Cagney Is a Corrupt Demagogue in “A Lion Is in the Streets”

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 22:21

Richard Brody writes about the 1953 film “A Lion Is in the Streets,” directed by Raoul Walsh and starring James Cagney as a corrupt demagogue.

Despite a National Outcry, Activists in Louisville Fight the Breonna Taylor Decision Alone

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 21:04

Emily Witt writes on the work of protesters in Louisville, including Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory, Shameka Parrish-Wright, and Attica Scott, following Daniel Cameron’s announcement of the grand jury’s decision to charge only one of the police officers involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor.

Teaching from the Sunken Place

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 18:00

Breena Nuñez humorously depicts a non-tech-savvy instructor being asked to teach an online class because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Chinese Citizens Are Already Receiving a Coronavirus Vaccine

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 16:51

Peter Hessler writes on Chinese pharmaceutical companies’ efforts to produce and distribute a coronavirus vaccine before a U.S. vaccine, which Donald Trump has intimated could arrive before the U.S. Presidential election, in November.

Can Joe Biden Make the First Presidential Debate About More than Donald Trump?

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 16:49

Benjamin Wallace-Wells writes about the 2020 Presidential election campaign and the run-up to the first Presidential debate, between Joe Biden and President Donald Trump, which takes place on Tuesday, in Cleveland.

Mourning the Autumn in New York City That Could Have Been

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 16:31

Masha Gessen imagines a scenario in which New York City used the lessons of the coronavirus pandemic for radical, structural change, including implementing a wealth tax and converting empty office buildings into schooling facilities.

The First Abortion Case Before a Post-Ginsburg Supreme Court

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 16:00

Margaret Talbot writes about the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’s suit against the F.D.A., whose restrictions could make medical abortion, using mifepristone, less available in the United States, after twenty years of use has proven the method’s safety.

Daily Cartoon: Tuesday, September 29th

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 15:10

David Sipress’s Daily Cartoon shows a couple hiding and plugging their ears while watching the Presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

Fox News Reports That Biden Paid No Porn Stars

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 15:02

Andy Borowitz jokes that Fox News, desperate to deflect attention from revelations about Donald Trump’s taxes, is criticizing Joe Biden for never making a payoff to a porn actress.

Famous Nicknames, Explained

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 11:00

Lillian Stone humorously explains the origins of certain famous people’s nicknames, including Vlad the Impaler, J. Lo, Alexander the Great, Eminem, and many more.

Joseph O’Neill Reads “Rainbows”

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 10:00

On the “Writer’s Voice” podcast, Deborah Treisman hosts the author Joseph O’Neill, who reads his story “Rainbows,” from the October 5, 2020, issue of The New Yorker.

The Burdened Insights of Claudia Rankine’s “Just Us”

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-29 10:00

Katy Waldman reviews “Just Us,” the new book by Claudia Rankine, whose 2014 book “Citizen” probed the nuances and contradictions of being a Black American.

Trump Plans to Use Debate to Deduct Biden as Dependent

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-28 23:00

Andy Borowitz jokes that, before the first Presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, the current President will use another questionable scheme to avoid paying taxes.

The Future of the Office Lunch

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-28 20:38

Sam Knight on the sandwich chain Pret a Manger and how it has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Can a Newcomer Unseat Lindsey Graham?

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-28 20:00

David Remnick speaks with Jaime Harrison, a South Carolina Democrat who’s never held elected public office running to unseat Lindsey Graham in the U.S. Senate.

The Brilliant Awkwardness of “Pen15”

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-28 19:57

Naomi Fry on the comedy TV series “Pen15,” created by and starring Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle, who portray seventh graders who are B.F.F.s and perennial outsiders.

When Wildfire Came for Santa Cruz

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-28 19:36

James Ross Gardner writes about people who lost their homes in the 2020 C.Z.U. Lightning Complex wildfires near Santa Cruz, California, and how climate change has contributed to the disaster.

The Idiot’s Guide to Giving Up

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-28 18:00

Phoebe Helander offers a humorous, step-by-step guide to throwing in the towel in life. Try it—what do you have to lose?

Daily Cartoon: Monday, September 28th

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-28 17:52

Mort Gerberg’s Daily Cartoon shows a man, face mask in hand, opening his front door to find a giant clapboard greeting him.

Trump’s Seventy-Three-Million-Dollar Tax Refund Is the Biggest Outrage of All

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-28 16:19

John Cassidy comments on a New York Times report about Donald Trump’s decades-long machinations to avoid paying taxes.

My Pillow Guy Offers to Lend Trump Fifty Dollars Until Payday

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-28 15:26

Andy Borowitz jokes that the head of My Pillow has loaned money to Donald Trump after a New York Times report on Trump’s giant debts and minimal payment of income taxes to the I.R.S.

A Karen Defends Her Kind

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-28 10:00

Shouts & Murmurs by Paul Rudnick: “I’m an easygoing, accepting person, despite the restraining orders from multiple parties who tried to argue that street parking spaces are ‘open to everyone.’ ”

Sketchbook by Barry Blitt: The insomnia remedies that Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, and other lawmakers turn to when anxiety or conscience gets in the way.

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-28 10:00

How Do Senators Sleep at Night?

Biden Will Restore America’s Moral Leadership

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-28 10:00

Imagine a President determined to do something about the destruction of democracy, Susan B. Glasser writes.

Briefly Noted Book Reviews

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-28 10:00

“Ellis Island,” “Think Least of Death,” “The Appointment,” and “His Only Wife.”

My Three Fathers

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-28 10:00

Ann Patchett writes that, when it came to fathers, her problems were not those of scarcity but those of abundance.

Slide Show: New Yorker Cartoons October 5, 2020

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-28 10:00

New cartoons from the magazine.

“Family as a Western in Which No One Talks,” by Jacob Sunderlin

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-28 10:00

Poetry by Jacob Sunderlin: “He guns / his rebuilt truck to say it: everything broken // gets fixed.”

Why Private Eyes Are Everywhere Now

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-28 10:00

Private investigators have been touted as an antidote to corruption and a force for transparency. But they’ve also become another weapon in the hands of corporate interests, Patrick Radden Keefe writes.

The New Yorker Endorses Joe Biden for President

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-28 10:00

It would be a relief simply to have a President who doesn’t abuse the office as a colossal grift. But a new President must also address the failures that have been festering in American life for decades.

How Does Science Really Work?

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-28 10:00

Science is objective. Scientists are not. Joshua Rothman writes about whether an “iron rule” can explain how they’ve changed the world anyway.

Can Podcasts Improve Our Well-Being?

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-28 10:00

“The Happiness Lab” is part of a wave of positive-psychology audio that takes a quantitative view of the quest to be happy, Alexandra Schwartz writes.

Ending Trump’s Assault on the Rule of Law

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-28 10:00

Protecting voting rights is an essential step that Biden must take to repair our democracy. But it is only the first one, Jeffrey Toobin writes.

Harry Smith’s Musical Catalogue of Human Experience

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-28 10:00

“The Anthology of American Folk Music” is probably the most significant example of how a particular collector’s preferences can shape a canon, Amanda Petrusich writes.

Joseph O’Neill on Mentors and Perspective

Permalink - Posted on 2020-09-28 10:00

Willing Davidson interviews the author Joseph O’Neill about “Rainbows,” his story from the October 5, 2020, issue of The New Yorker.