Daily Archives: July 20, 2005

Those New Yorker Magazine Covers

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There is no shortage of things to say about those New Yorker magazine covers. They are timeless, yet timely. Hip, but refined. They make us laugh and give us pause.

And, sometimes they are a little New York-centric. Saul Steinberg’s “A View of the World From 9th Avenue” is one of the most famous sketches to ever grace The New Yorker. Like many covers, it found a way to make all of us laugh.

A current exhibition of New Yorker covers reminds us how well the illustrations have captured the moment – and more – for the past 80 years. The magazine’s stunning response to 9/11, the ominous, almost empty, black cover of the twin towers has become an icon.

Guests:

Lee Lorenz, former Art and Cartoon Editor of The New Yorker, and author of “The Art of The New Yorker: 1925-1995″

Francoise Mouly, current Art Editor of The New Yorker

Maira Kalman, illustrator and The New Yorker cover artist.

And the Nominee Is….

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President Bush has made his pick for the Supreme Court. Everyone seems to agree that John G. Roberts Jr. is a brilliant legal mind, but what’s in his heart?

We examine what this nominee believes, what ideology he brings, what effect he would have on the highest court in the land. We take a look at what we know — and what we don’t — about this conservative choice of the President.

How does Roberts compare to those who came before him, and what does his nomination tell us about who might come after? How would he change the balance of — outlook, of gender, of temperament — on the court?

Guests:

Emily Bazelon, Senior Editor and Legal Analyst for Slate magazine

Heather Gerken, Professor at Harvard Law School

Peter Irons, Professor Emeritus at the University of California in San Diego, and author of “The People’s History of the Supreme Court”

Susan Hill, of the National Women’s Health Coalition