Interviews, presentations, and panels from "Stories from the Near Future," the New Yorker Conference held on May 8-9, 2008: Michael Novogratz talks with Nick Paumgarten about the long-term effects of a shifting economy; Fareed Zakaria and David Remnick discuss democracy, modernity, and what it means to be a superpower; Peter Gelb talks with Alex Ross about the appeal of opera in modern culture; Sheila Nevins and Jeffrey Toobin discuss the art of documentary filmmaking; Scott Hemphill and Kal Raustiala talk with James Surowiecki about the effect pirated goods have on the fashion industry; New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly discusses anti-terrorism tactics; Steve Stoute talks with Kelefa Sanneh about marketing to a new generation of consumers; Jane McGonigal talks with Daniel Zalewski about alternate-reality gaming; Robert Mankoff, the cartoon editor of The New Yorker, discusses the concept of humor throughout history; Paco Underhill talks with Malcolm Gladwell about how to remake air travel for the twenty-first century; Francesco Vezzoli talks with Michael Specter about cinema, kitsch, celebrity, and democracy; Amy Smith talks with Rebecca Mead about applying new technology in the developing world; Bill Buford talks with the chefs David Chang, Daniel Humm, and Marc Taxiera about their influences and the future of the culinary world; David Adjaye talks with Thelma Golden about architecture in contemporary culture and what buildings can be in the twenty-first century; Duncan Sheik talks with Susan Morrison about "Spring Awakening" and reinventing the American musical; Yoky Matsuoka, the director of the neurobotics laboratory at the University of Washington, discusses how brain signals can control prosthetic limbs, and other advances in the hybrid field of neuroscience and robotics; Jane Mayer talks with Eric Haseltine, the former chief technology officer of the U.S. intelligence community; James Surowiecki discusses the future of the labor movement with Andy Stern, the president of the Service Employees International Union; Malcolm Gladwell on the challenge of hiring in the modern world; San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom talks with Dana Goodyear on what it means to be green in politics and in the world; Linda Avey and Anne Wojcicki talk with Michael Specter on the future of genetics; Rahm Emanuel talks to Ryan Lizza about the Democratic primaries, Hillary Clinton's future, and what the first hundred days of the Obama Administration might look like. Also, interviews, presentations, and panels from the 2007 New Yorker Conference.
Conversations and performances from the New Yorker Festival, held in New York on October 5-7, 2007: Seymour M. Hersh talks with David Remnick; Steve Martin talks with Susan Morrison; Salman Rushdie and Orhan Pamuk discuss the idea of "Homeland" with Deborah Treisman; David Belle, the creator of parkour, demonstrates his sport and discusses it with Alec Wilkinson; Errol Morris talks with Philip Gourevitch about Abu Ghraib, the subject of Morris's forthcoming film; a conversation between Martin Amis and Ian Buruma, with the New Yorker staff writer Bill Buford; a conversation between Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen, with the New Yorker film critic David Denby.
A quarterly conversation with prominent figures in the media industry hosted by Ken Auletta, who writes The New Yorker's Annals of Communication column. June 11, 2008: Auletta interviews Eric Schmidt, the chairman and C.E.O. of Google. November 5, 2007: Auletta talks with Jeff Zucker, the President and C.E.O. of NBC Universal. November 30, 2007: Auletta moderates a panel on the impact of the Internet on the Presidential race, featuring Arianna Huffington, Mark McKinnon, and Peter Daou.
A weekly discussion about the President and developments in Washington, hosted by The New Yorker's executive editor, Dorothy Wickenden, and featuring the magazine's Washington correspondent, Ryan Lizza, and other contributors.
Videos of New Yorker illustrator Steve Brodner caricaturing the Presidential candidates, directed by Gail Levin, with animation by Asterisk and camera by Ben Shapiro: Drawing Obama the pragmatist and an idealistic supporter; Steve Brodner maps McCain's global gaffes; Painting the pivotal states in the electoral college; Steve Brodner on candidate duplicity; Steve Brodner makes egg salad; Steve Brodner toasts Hillary Clinton; What does campaign rhetoric have to do with the average American voter?; John McCain's war story; The family ties that connect Obama and Clinton to George W. Bush, Celine Dion, Brad Pitt, and Angelina Jolie; The candidates and their powerful but troublesome ties: Geraldine Ferraro, the Rev. John Hagee, and Jeremiah Wright; Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and the Democratic nomination hanging in the balance; Thinking about Hillary Clinton's combativeness; Sizing up the winners of Super Tuesday; Surveying the landscape of the Republican vote in California; Sketching the recent battle between the Presidential heavyweights Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan; Exploring the relationship between Senators Obama and Clinton; Discussing the religious undertones of the race; Drawing Mitt Romney; Drawing Barack Obama; Drawing Rudy Giuliani; Drawing Hillary Clinton; Drawing John McCain; Drawing Mike Huckabee.