Based on content from The New Yorker, the series draws upon the reporting, fiction, humor, poetry, and cartoons that distinguish The New Yorker, to bring the pages of the magazine to life.
What's Motivating Hayes: Filmmaker Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) profiles biologist Tyrone Hayes. When a pesticide manufacturer hired Hayes to test the effects of their product on frogs, Hayes discovered shocking results. A Sketch starring Alan Cumming and Brett Gelman. A Converstation with artist Marina Abramovic. A Poem written by Matthew Dickman. Cartoons by Emily Flake.
Filmmaker Alex Gibney (Going Clear) tells how the FBI could have prevented the 9/11 attacks - if it weren't for the CIA. Le Cafe de Balzac: Paul Giamatti plays 19th-century French author Honore de Balzac, who drank 50 cups of coffee each day. Unreality Star: Patients with "The Truman Show delusion" believe their lives are being watched on TV. Cartoon by Roz Chast.
The Ride of Their Lives: Filmmaker Steve James (Hoop Dreams) profiles two young people in the world's most dangerous sport - bull riding. Black Bodies in Motion and in Pain: Writer Edwidge Danticat looks at racist violence in America through art. The Death and Life of Atlantic City: Writer Nick Paumgarten on the closure of the Revel casino. Cartoons by Roz Chast and Liana Finck.
Brazenhead, C'est Moi: Michael Seidenberg operates a secret bookstore in a Manhattan apartment, until he gets an eviction notice. The Man Without a Mask: Filmmaker Roger Ross Williams (God Loves Uganda; Life, Animated) profiles Cassandro, the flamboyant gay star of Mexican wrestling. Symbols and Facts: Guns, Cars, and America: An essay by Adam Gopnik. Cartoons by Roz Chast and Farley Katz.
Wolvesmouth: Filmmaker Lucy Walker (The Crash Reel) profiles renegade chef Craig Thornton. The Fried Chicken King of Harlem: Chef Charles Gabriel is an uptown institution. Couple's First Dinner Party, Serves Six: Director Janicza Bravo gives us the recipe for a dinner gone wrong. Reincarnation: A poem by Ellen Bass. Cartoons by Roz Chast and Benjamin Schwartz.
Roy Spivey: An ordinary woman meets a movie star during an airplane flight. Adapted from a short story by Miranda July; starring Murray Bartlett and Allison Price. La Glows: Writer Lawrence Weschler explores the unique light of Los Angeles. The Caging of America: Writer Adam Gopnik takes on the epidemic of mass incarceration in the United States. Cartoon by Liana Finck.
Avant Gardener: Acclaimed singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett has a photography show. Lone Star Nurse: Filmmaker Dawn Porter (Gideon's Army; Trapped) follows a dedicated nurse working with some of the poorest families in America. The Psychology of Space: Architect Craig Dykers redesigns a notoriously dysfunctional location - Times Square. Cartoons by Farley Katz and Liana Finck.
Friend of Bill: When you least expect it, Bill Murray may appear to you. Last Session: Charles Grodin and John Turturro play a therapist and a patient who wants to end therapy. Eureka With Basil Twist: Meet genius puppeteer Basil Twist. The Hell-Raiser: Filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (The Celluloid Closet) profile apostate preacher Rob Bell. Cartoons by Farley Katz and Liana Finck.
The Silver Thief: Filmmakers Chapman Way and Maclain Way (The Battered Bastards of Baseball) profile master thief Blane Nordahl. Up and Then Down: Writer Nick Paumgarten explains why life as we know it depends on elevators. Tom of Finland: The artist called Tom of Finland changed the image of gay men forever. Is his work porn, or is it art? Cartoons by Farley Katz and Benjamin Schwartz.
Snoops: Welcome to the monthly dinner of the Society of Professional Investigators. The Cyclist: Filmmaker Eugene Jarecki (Why We Fight) learns about Cuba by becoming a perp there. The Breath of the World: Pulitzer-winning composer John Luther Adams moved from Alaska to New York, but his music still reflects his original surroundings. Cartoons by Benjamin Scwartz and Farley Katz.
Protect and Serve: Filmmaker Jesse Moss (The Overnighters) examines the Albuquerque Police Department, which has killed 28 civilians since 2010. Who's Your Daddy: Meet Kenny Burck, the proud father of The Naked Cowboy. Never Alone: The Iñupiat tribe needed a way to preserve their culture and language. So they created a video game. Cartoon by Benjamin Schwartz.