Talks from The New Yorker Festival Available as Video Podcasts

newyorkercoverold.jpgIn early October, The New Yorker magazine held its eighth annual festival in NYC. (Yikes! As I am typing I'm feeling my first earthquake here in California. Apparently 5.7 on Richter scale. Details here.) Anyway, the festival brings to the stage an impressive list of writers & artists (see the full schedule here). And while the average New Yorker had to pay somewhere between $16 and $100 to attend the various events, you can now watch a select number of them for free. The free videos feature New Yorker editor David Remnick speaking with Seymour Hersh about his investigative journalism and America's involvement in Iraq and Iran; Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk and Salman Rushdie discussing how they approach writing about their respective homelands, Turkey and India; and Martin Amis and Ian Buruma making sense of historical "monsters" and the psychology that drives evil. Also Philip Gourevitch leads a quite thought-provoking conversation with Errol Morris about Abu Ghraib and what did and did not happen there. (Abu Ghraib is the subject of Morris’s next film.) Then, on the lighter side, comedian Steve Martin amuses the crowd by showing clips of his stand-up performances, and filmmaker Judd Apatow talks with film critic David Denby about his new comedy "Knocked Up."

You can access these video talks in one of three ways. Watch them online right on The New Yorker web site; head over to Itunes where you can download them as video podcasts; or work with the video rss feed.

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