Dexter Filkins on Ron DeSantis, the Man Who Would Be Trump

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has shown himself uniquely skilled at attracting attention beyond the borders of his home state. An Ivy League-educated anti-élitist firebrand, he is willing to pick a fight with anyone—reporters, health officials, teachers, Disney—to grab a headline. “He practically radiates ambition,” the staff writer Dexter Filkins tells David Remnick. “He sounds like Trump, except that he speaks in complete sentences. . . . It’s hard to say how much of Ron DeSantis is ideological and how much is opportunism.” Filkins joined Remnick to talk about DeSantis’s claim to the mantle of Donald Trump. Plus, a new kind of dating algorithm tries to get young people to think about meeting partners for the long term; and we go behind the scenes at Madison Square Garden, where the organist Ray Castoldi has been conducting the soundtrack to Rangers games for more than 30 years.

Dexter Filkins on the Rise of Ron DeSantis

Is DeSantis an heir to Trump’s legacy, or the former President’s strongest opponent in 2024?


Forget Dating Apps—the “Marriage Pact” Goes for the Long Haul

At campuses across the country, students are taking an online survey designed to find them a long-term match. Can algorithms point the way to more satisfying relationships?


A Night in the Music Box at Madison Square Garden

Perched high above the ice, the organist Ray Castoldi has conducted the soundtrack of Rangers games and more for thirty years.


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