Nicholas Lemann, moderator. With Christiane Amanpour, Jon Lee Anderson, Katherine Boo, and Rich Lowry.
Nicholas Lemann has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1999 and currently writes the Wayward Press column for the magazine. He is the dean of Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. In his article "Fear and Favor", which appeared in the February 14th issue, he wrote about criticism of the media during the 2004 election.
Christiane Amanpour is CNN's chief international correspondent. Over the past 23 years, she has reported on most crises from the world's major conflict zones, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Pakistan, Somalia, Rwanda, and the Balkans. Her coverage of the Balkans, from 1991 to 1997, won, among other awards, a News and Documentary Emmy and two Peabody Awards.
Jon Lee Anderson has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1999. He is the author of The Lion's Grave: Dispatches from Afghanistan, Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life, Guerrillas, and, most recently, The Fall of Baghdad. His Profile of Hamid Karzai, the President of Afghanistan, appeared in the June 6th issue of the magazine.
Katherine Boo is a staff writer at The New Yorker. Her article "The Marriage Cure", on government-sponsored seminars to encourage marriage for the poor, received a National Magazine Award for Feature Writing last year. She received the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2000 and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2002.
Rich Lowry joined the National Review in 1992, after finishing second in the magazine's young-writers contest. In 1994, he moved to Washington to cover Congress, and in 1997, at the age of 29, he became editor-in-chief of the magazine. He is also a political analyst for Fox News and the author of Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years.
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Not that you would guess it from the description, but this is a very poor quality recording of a panel discussion at a large conference. It is undated. The recording almost sounds as though it was made from the audience using a smartphone; though it would probably be better if it had. Sound levels are all over the place and never good enough. The discussion is rambling, there's no structure to it, and it is clearly old.
Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?
How did the narrator detract from the book?
There isn't one. There's a panel chair and he is just as indecipherable as the panellists.
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The New Yorker Festival - Advocacy Journalism?
I'd throw the whole thing away. It is a rip off.
Any additional comments?
If you really MUST listen to it, play it at 1.5 times normal speed and it is still rambling, but at least the voices are a bit clearer in the higher register!