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Saturday, October 2


1:00 pm EDT Paul Krugman Talks with Larissa MacFarquhar     Watch On-Demand
Paul Krugman is Professor of Economics and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, at Princeton University, and an Op-Ed columnist for the Times. His numerous books include "The Great Unraveling," "The Conscience of a Liberal," and "The Return of Depression Economics," an updated edition of which was published in 2009. For his contributions to New Trade Theory, he received the 2008 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.

Larissa MacFarquhar has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1998. "The Deflationist," her Profile of Paul Krugman, ran in the March 1st issue. She is working on a book about extremely virtuous people.


1:00 pm EDT Ken Auletta: How Google and the Internet Affect All Media     Watch On-Demand
Ken Auletta has been a contributor to The New Yorker since 1977 and writes the Annals of Communications. He is the author of eleven books, including five Times best-sellers. His book "Media Man: Ted Turner's Improbable Empire" grew out of his National Magazine Award-winning New Yorker Profile. Last year, he published "Googled: The End of the World as We Know It."


7:00 pm EDT Paul Goldberger: Why Architecture Matters
Paul Goldberger has been The New Yorker's architecture critic since 1997. He holds the Joseph Urban Chair in Design and Architecture at the New School. His books include "The City Observed: New York" and "Up from Zero: Politics, Architecture, and the Rebuilding of New York." His most recent books, "Building Up and Tearing Down: Reflections on the Age of Architecture," a collection of his New Yorker columns, and "Why Architecture Matters," came out last year.


9:30 pm EDT Tales Out of School 2: A New Yorker Night with the Moth     Watch On-Demand
Once again, the Moth and The New Yorker will present an evening of stories about life at the magazine. With David Grann, Jane Mayer, Susan Orlean, Jeffrey Toobin, and Calvin Trillin. Hosted by Andy Borowitz.

David Grann has been a New Yorker staff writer since 2003. "The Lost City of Z," his New Yorker article about his journey into the Amazon to uncover the fate of a missing explorer, was expanded into a Times best-selling book. Many of his New Yorker pieces are collected in "The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession."

Jane Mayer joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 1995 and covers politics and national security for the magazine. Her honors include the John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She is the author of "The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals," and the co-author, with Jill Abramson, of "Strange Justice" and, with Doyle McManus, of "Landslide."

Susan Orlean has written for The New Yorker since 1987. Many of her pieces are collected in "The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup: My Encounters with Extraordinary People" and "My Kind of Place: Travel Stories from a Woman Who's Been Everywhere." Her book "The Orchid Thief," which originated as a piece for the magazine, was the basis of the Spike Jonze film "Adaptation." She is working on a book about Rin Tin Tin.

Jeffrey Toobin is a staff writer at The New Yorker and a senior analyst for CNN. His subjects for the magazine have included the Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer, Anthony Kennedy, John G. Roberts, John Paul Stevens, and Clarence Thomas. He is the author of five books, including "Too Close to Call," "A Vast Conspiracy," and "The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court."

Calvin Trillin joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 1963 and has contributed reporting pieces, humor, poetry, and essays. His many books include the comic novels "Floater" and "Tepper Isn't Going Out"; "Deciding the Next Decider: The 2008 Presidential Race in Rhyme"; and the memoir "About Alice," which grew out of his New Yorker piece "Alice, Off the Page."

Andy Borowitz is a humor contributor to The New Yorker and the host of PBS's "Next Week's News." His books include "Who Moved My Soap?: The CEO's Guide to Surviving in Prison," "The Republican Playbook," and "The Borowitz Report: The Big Book of Shockers," a collection of articles from his online column, the Borowitz Report, which received the first National Press Club Humor Writing Award.


7:00 pm EDT Love and Obstacles: The Case for Gay Marriage     Watch On-Demand
David Boies is a founder of and the chairman of the law firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner. This year, with Theodore Olson, he successfully argued in federal court for the overturning of Proposition 8, California's ban of same-sex marriage. He previously served as lead counsel to Al Gore in his litigation relating to the 2000 Presidential election and as special trial counsel for the U.S. Department of Justice in its successful antitrust suit against Microsoft. In 2004, he published "Courting Justice."

Brian S. Brown is the president of the National Organization for Marriage, a non-profit organization that supports traditional marriage and the faith communities that sustain it. Previously, he served as NOM's executive director and as the executive director of NOM-California. Before joining NOM, he spent five years as the executive director of the Family Institute of Connecticut, during which time he developed it into one of the largest statewide pro-family organizations in the Northeast.

R. Clarke Cooper is the executive director of Log Cabin Republicans, an organization charged with building an inclusive Republican Party and advocating for gay-rights legislation. He is also the executive director of the Liberty Education Forum, a nonpartisan educational foundation. Previously, he served in the George W. Bush Administration as a diplomat; in his last position, he was an alternate representative to the United Nations Security Council. He is a combat veteran from the Iraq campaign and remains a captain in the Army Reserve.

Cynthia Nixon is an actress who has won two Emmy Awards, a Tony Award, and a Grammy Award. Last spring, at a gay-marriage rally in New York, she announced her engagement to Christine Marinoni. Last fall, she spoke at the National Equality March, in Washington, and this year she has devoted much of her time to Fight Back New York, a political-action committee whose sole purpose is to unseat New York State senators who have voted against marriage equality.

Gene Robinson was elected Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire in 2003, becoming the first openly gay diocesan bishop in the Anglican Communion. In 2009, he received the Stephen F. Kolzak Media Award from GLAAD. Last January, he delivered the invocation at the opening event of President Obama's inaugural weekend. He is the author of "In the Eye of the Storm" and the subject of the forthcoming documentary "The Truth Will Set You Free."

Jeffrey Toobin is a New Yorker staff writer and the author of, most recently, "The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court."


1:00 pm EDT Atul Gawande: How to Live When You Have to Die     Watch On-Demand
Atul Gawande is a practicing surgeon at Brigham and Women's Hospital, in Boston, and an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. Previously, he served as a senior health-policy adviser in the Clinton Administration. He is the author of "Complications," "Better," and "The Checklist Manifesto." This year, he won a National Magazine Award for his New Yorker piece "The Cost Conundrum."


4:00 pm EDT Bloodsuckers: The Vampire Revival     Watch On-Demand
Noël Carroll is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center. His subjects include aesthetic theory and the philosophy of film and visual arts. He has published more than a dozen books, among them "The Philosophy of Horror, or Paradoxes of the Heart," "On Criticism," and, most recently, "Art in Three Dimensions." He is the former president of the American Society for Aesthetics.

Stephen King has published more than forty books, including "On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft," part of which originally appeared in The New Yorker. His story "The Man in the Black Suit" ran in the magazine in 1994 and won an O. Henry Award. His début comic-book series, "American Vampire," co-written with Scott Snyder, launched this year. In 2003, he received the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

Matt Reeves wrote and directed the new film "Let Me In," which comes out in October and is based on the 2008 Swedish vampire film "Let the Right One In," adapted from the novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist. He also directed the films "The Pallbearer," which he co-wrote with Jason Katims, and "Cloverfield." With J. J. Abrams, he co-created the Emmy Award-winning drama "Felicity," which ran for four seasons on the WB.

Melissa Rosenberg wrote the screenplays for the first three films in the "Twilight" saga—"Twilight," "New Moon," and "Eclipse"—adapted from the best-selling novels by Stephenie Meyer, and is currently adapting the fourth novel, "Breaking Dawn." She spent four seasons at the Peabody Award-winning Showtime series "Dexter," where she was the head writer and executive producer. Her other credits include the film "Step Up" and the series "The O.C.," "Ally McBeal," "Party of Five," and "Boston Public."

Joan Acocella has been a contributor to The New Yorker since 1992 and the magazine's dance critic since 1998. Many of her New Yorker pieces are collected in "Twenty-eight Artists and Two Saints." "In the Blood," her essay on vampires, appeared in the magazine last year and is included in the Everyman's Library edition of Bram Stoker's "Dracula," which was published in May.


4:00 pm EDT Fashion Forward: The New Guard     Watch On-Demand
Maria Cornejo was born in Chile and opened her store and atelier Zero in Nolita in 1998. In 2006, she opened a second store, in the meatpacking district, and last year moved her flagship store to Bleecker Street. She opens her first store in Los Angeles this fall. Her clothing line, Zero + Maria Cornejo, is sold around the world, from Dover Street Market, in London, to Tsum, in Moscow. In 2006, she received a Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award.

Naeem Khan was born in India and launched his eponymous fashion line in 2003. His designs are sold in more than a hundred stores, including Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, and Saks Fifth Avenue, and have appeared in the films "Sex and the City" and "Dreamgirls." Last year, he designed the dress that Michelle Obama wore for her first official state dinner.

Phillip Lim was born in Thailand to Chinese parents and moved with his family to Southern California as a child. After working for the designer Katayone Adeli, he co-founded the label Development, on the West Coast. In 2005, he débuted his brand, 3.1 phillip lim, in New York. He is the recipient of, among other awards, the Fashion Group International's 2006 Rising Star Award for Women's Apparel and the 2007 CFDA Swarovski Award in Womenswear.

David Neville and Marcus Wainwright were born in England and are the owners and creative directors of rag & bone, which was founded in 2002. The company's menswear line débuted in the spring of 2004 and was followed by a women's collection in 2005. In 2007, they received the Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent in Menswear. This year, they were named Menswear Designers of the Year by the CFDA. They operate two flagship stores, men's and women's, on Christopher Street, as well as shops on Mercer Street and Elizabeth Street.

Judith Thurman writes about fashion, books, and other subjects for The New Yorker. She is the author of the biographies "Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette" and "Isak Dinesen: The Life of a Storyteller." "Cleopatra's Nose: 39 Varieties of Desire," a collection of her New Yorker pieces, came out in 2007.


4:00 pm EDT James Surowiecki: Talent and Context in a Random World     Watch On-Demand
James Surowiecki has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2000 and writes the magazine's Financial Page. His book, "The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies, and Nations," was published in 2004.

Friday, October 1


5:30 pm EDT Giving Voice: Uwem Akpan, Edwidge Danticat & Dave Eggers     Watch On-Demand
Uwem Akpan is a native of Nigeria and a Jesuit priest. His New Yorker début story, "An Ex-Mas Feast," ran in 2005 and appeared in his story collection, "Say You're One of Them," which won a Commonwealth Writers' Prize and a PEN/Beyond Margins Award. His story "Baptizing the Gun" ran in the January 4th issue of the magazine.

Edwidge Danticat was born in Haiti. She is the author of the memoir "Brother, I'm Dying," which won a 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award; the story collection "Krik? Krak!"; and the novels "Breath, Eyes, Memory," "The Farming of Bones," and "The Dew Breaker," parts of which first appeared in The New Yorker. A new memoir, "Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work," comes out in September.

Dave Eggers is the author of six books, including "Zeitoun" and "What Is the What." Several of his books, among them the story collection "How We Are Hungry" and "The Wild Things," an interpretation of Maurice Sendak's "Where the Wild Things Are," were first excerpted in The New Yorker. He is the founder of McSweeney's and of 826 National, a network of nonprofit writing and tutoring centers for young people.

Cressida Leyshon is the deputy fiction editor of The New Yorker.


5:30 pm EDT Sex & Violence: Junot Díaz, Joyce C. Oates & Wells Tower     Watch On-Demand
Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to New Jersey when he was six. He is the author of a story collection, "Drown," and a novel, "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2008. Parts of both books first appeared in The New Yorker. He has contributed stories to the magazine since 1995; his most recent, "The Pura Principle," ran in the March 22nd issue.

Joyce Carol Oates is the author of many novels, including "Them," "Black Water," "We Were the Mulvaneys," and, most recently, "Little Bird of Heaven" and "A Fair Maiden." Her new story collection, "Sourland," is out in September and contains "Pumpkin Head," which originally appeared in The New Yorker. She has received the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978.

Wells Tower is the author of the story collection "Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned," which came out last year, and which contains "Leopard," his New Yorker début story. He has received two Pushcart Prizes, The Paris Review's Plimpton (Discovery) Prize, and a Henfield Foundation award. He was included in the June 14th & 21st Summer Fiction Issue's "20 Under 40" list of notable fiction writers.

Willing Davidson is the associate fiction editor of The New Yorker.


3:00 pm EDT Like Life: Lorrie Moore Talks with Deborah Treisman     Watch On-Demand
Lorrie Moore has been contributing to The New Yorker since 1989. Her first story for the magazine, "You're Ugly, Too," was included in "The Best American Short Stories of the Century." She is the author of the story collections "Self-Help," "Like Life," and "Birds of America" and the novels "Who Will Run the Frog Hospital?," "Anagrams," and, most recently, "A Gate at the Stairs." She has taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1984.

Deborah Treisman is the fiction editor of The New Yorker.


5:30 pm EDT Michael Chabon and Zadie Smith     Watch On-Demand
Due to technical difficulties, this program is incomplete. The full version will be available on October 4th. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Michael Chabon won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his novel "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay" and a Hugo Award for his novel "The Yiddish Policemen's Union." His other books include the novel "Wonder Boys," the story collections "A Model World" and "Werewolves in Their Youth," and the essay collection "Manhood for Amateurs." His stories have appeared in The New Yorker since 1987.

Zadie Smith is the author of the novels "White Teeth," which won the 2000 Whitbread First Novel Award; "The Autograph Man," which won the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Literary Prize; and "On Beauty," which won the 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction. Last year, she published "Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays," parts of which first appeared in The New Yorker. She has been contributing to the magazine since 1999.


3:00 pm EDT Living History: Peter Carey, E.L. Doctorow & Annie Proulx     Watch On-Demand
Peter Carey is the author of eleven novels, including, most recently, "Parrot and Olivier in America." He has won the Man Booker Prize twice, first for "Oscar and Lucinda" and, in 2001, for "True History of the Kelly Gang." Born in Australia, he has lived for twenty years in New York, where he is the executive director of Hunter College's M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing.

E. L. Doctorow is the author of eleven novels, the most recent of which is "Homer & Langley." He has won three National Book Critics Circle Awards, for "Ragtime," "Billy Bathgate," and "The March," and a National Book Award, for "World's Fair." In 1998, he received a National Humanities Medal. His new story collection, "All the Time in the World," comes out next spring and will include "Edgemont Drive," from the April 26th issue of The New Yorker.

Annie Proulx won a PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for her first novel, "Postcards," and a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award for her second, "The Shipping News." Two of her New Yorker stories have received National Magazine Awards for fiction: "Brokeback Mountain," which was the basis of the Oscar-winning film, and "Them Old Cowboy Songs." Her next book, "Bird Cloud: A Memoir," comes out in January.

Simon Schama is a contributor to The New Yorker and the University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University. "Scribble, Scribble, Scribble," a collection of his writing on art, food, politics, and literature, will be published next spring.

Sunday, October 3


7:00 pm EDT Your Brain on the Internet: Digital Intelligence     Watch On-Demand
Nicholson Baker received a National Book Critics Circle Award for his book "Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper," part of which first appeared in The New Yorker. He has also written eight novels, most recently "The Anthologist," and the nonfiction books "U and I: A True Story" and "Human Smoke." His fiction, essays, and reporting have appeared in The New Yorker since 1981. "Painkiller Deathstreak," his article on video games, appeared in the August 9th issue.

Jaron Lanier is a computer scientist at Microsoft Research. He helped pioneer the field of virtual reality, in the nineteen-eighties, and has contributed to such diverse pursuits as surgical simulation and the study of brain evolution. In 2009, he received the Virtual Reality Career Award from I.E.E.E., the world's principal engineering society. This year, he was included in Time's list of the hundred most influential people in the world. His book, "You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto," came out in January.

Jonah Lehrer is an author and journalist who writes often about neuroscience and psychology. He has published two books, "Proust Was a Neuroscientist," about the connections between science and the humanities, and "How We Decide," about the brain and decision-making. He has written for The New Yorker about the science of insight and about the psychology of delayed gratification.

Elizabeth Phelps is the Silver Professor of Psychology and Neural Science at New York University. Her laboratory studies how the human brain processes emotion, particularly as it relates to learning, memory, and decision-making. She is the recipient of the James S. McDonnell Foundation's 21st Century Scientist Award and a fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Society for Experimental Psychology.

Daniel Zalewski is the features editor of The New Yorker and has contributed Profiles of Rem Koolhaas, Werner Herzog, and Ian McEwan.


7:00 pm EDT The Cartoon Caption Game 2010     Watch On-Demand
Test your gag-writing skills at a live version of The New Yorker's Cartoon Caption Contest. Matthew Diffee, Carolita Johnson, and Barbara Smaller will judge the results, and Robert Mankoff will host. Cocktails will be served.

Matthew Diffee has contributed cartoons to The New Yorker since 1999. He is the editor of "The Rejection Collection," an anthology of rejected New Yorker cartoons, and "The Rejection Collection Vol. 2: The Cream of the Crap." He is the creator and host of "The Steam Powered Hour," a monthly variety show.

Carolita Johnson has been contributing cartoons to The New Yorker since 2003.

Barbara Smaller has been contributing cartoons to The New Yorker since 1996.

Robert Mankoff has been a cartoonist for The New Yorker since 1977 and became the magazine's cartoon editor in 1997. He is the founder and former president of the Cartoon Bank, a digital archive of New Yorker cartoons and cover art, and the author of "The Naked Cartoonist: A New Way to Enhance Your Creativity."


4:00 pm EDT Malcolm Gladwell: The Magical Year 1975     Watch On-Demand
Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1996. He is the author of, most recently, "What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures," and the Times best-selling books "The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference," "Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking," and "Outliers: The Story of Success."


1:00 am EDT Regina Spektor Talks with Michael Specter     Watch On-Demand
Regina Spektor was born in Moscow and emigrated with her family when she was nine. After settling in the Bronx, she became active in the East Village's anti-folk scene and released two self-produced albums. Her third, "Soviet Kitsch," was picked up and distributed by Sire Records in 2004. It was followed, in 2006, by "Begin to Hope" and, last year, by "Far." She is currently writing the score for a theatrical adaptation of "Sleeping Beauty."

Michael Specter is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of "Denialism." From 1995 to 1998, he was the Moscow bureau chief for the Times.


4:00 pm EDT Meanderings: Ian Frazier Talks with David Remnick     Watch On-Demand
Ian Frazier began writing for The New Yorker in 1974 and has contributed fiction, Talk of the Town, humor, and reporting pieces. His books include the humor collections "Dating Your Mom" and "Lamentations of the Father"; the historical narrative "Great Plains," which grew out of a three-part series for the magazine; and "Gone to New York: Adventures in the City." A new book, "Travels in Siberia," comes out in October; parts of it first appeared in The New Yorker.

David Remnick is the editor of The New Yorker.


3:00 am EDT Live from New York: It’s Sunday Afternoon!     Watch On-Demand
With Fred Armisen, Seth Meyers, Andy Samberg, Jason Sudeikis, Kenan Thompson, and Kristen Wiig. Moderated by David Remnick.

Fred Armisen is entering his ninth season on "Saturday Night Live." His characters include Barack Obama, David Paterson, the home-design enthusiast Nuni, the Native American comic Billy Smith, and Prince. His film credits include "Confessions of a Shopaholic," "The Rocker," and "The Promotion." He began his career as a musician in the Chicago post-punk band Trenchmouth and as a member of Blue Man Group.

Seth Meyers is entering his tenth season on "Saturday Night Live," which premièred in 1975 and has won twenty-one Emmy Awards and two Peabody Awards. This is his fifth season as head writer, and his fifth as an anchor of "Weekend Update." He began his career at ImprovOlympic, in Chicago, and the Boom Chicago Theatre, in Amsterdam, and toured Europe with his show "Pick-Ups and Hiccups." In July, he hosted the ESPY Awards.

Andy Samberg is entering his sixth season on "Saturday Night Live." Before joining the cast, he and Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer, who are now "SNL" writers, formed the group "The Lonely Island." Under that moniker, the trio is responsible for the "SNL" digital shorts, including the Emmy-winning "Dick in a Box." They also received Emmy nominations for their music and lyrics for the digital shorts "Motherlover" and "Shy Ronnie."

Jason Sudeikis is entering his sixth season on "Saturday Night Live." He joined the show as a staff writer in 2003. His characters include Vice-President Joe Biden, an angry boom-mike operator, and one of two "A-holes." He had a recurring part as Floyd on "30 Rock" and has appeared such films as "What Happens in Vegas," "Going the Distance," and "The Bounty Hunter." He began his career at ComedySportz, in Kansas City.

Kenan Thompson is entering his eighth season on "Saturday Night Live." He has played Bill Cosby, Al Sharpton, Charles Barkley, and Star Jones, and appears regularly as Deandre Cole, the host of "What Up with That?" He made his television début on Nickelodeon's "All That," and later starred in the spinoff series "Kenan and Kel." His films include "Snakes on a Plane," "Good Burger," and "Fat Albert."

Kristen Wiig is entering her sixth season on "Saturday Night Live." She has earned two Emmy nominations for her work on the show, playing such characters as the Target Lady, the Lawrence Welk singer Dooneese, the one-upper Penelope, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Suze Orman. Her upcoming film projects include "Bridesmaids," which she also co-wrote with Annie Mumolo, Greg Mottola's "Paul," and Andrew Jarecki's "All Good Things." Her previous film credits include "Knocked Up," "Adventureland," "Whip It!," and "Extract."

David Remnick is the editor of The New Yorker.

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The New Yorker Festival, now in its eleventh year, brings together a distinguished group of writers, thinkers, artists, and other luminaries, and covers topics including film, music, politics, economics, architecture, fashion, and literature. From October 1st through October 3rd, in New York.

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