Joining The Takeaway to discuss the future of the civil rights movement and what can be done to accomplish the objectives of the March on Washington, which took place 50 years ago today, is Farai Chideya, a distinguished writer in residence at New York University’s Journalism Institute; Peter Blair Henry, the Dean of New York University’s Stern School of Business; and George Packer, a staff writer at The New Yorker.
George Packer discusses the Seismic shifts in the United States that have created what he calls a country of winners and losers, allowing unprecedented freedom while rending the social contract, driving the political system to the verge of breakdown, and setting citizens adrift. In The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America Packer journeys through the lives of several Americans, interweaving intimate stories with biographical sketches of the era’s leading public figures, from Newt Gingrich to Jay-Z.
On the 10-year-anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, New Yorker staff writer George Packer tells Leonard Lopate about lessons he's learned in covering the conflict for a decade. He's the author of The Assassin's Gate: America in Iraq.
In a story that originally ran in 2006, Brooke talks with three Iraqis who worked as fixers for American journalists during the war.
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George Packer, staff writer for The New Yorker, knew Richard Holbrooke not only through his reporting but through many conversations with the diplomatic titan. Packer was supposed to have dinner with Holbrooke this Friday, and joins us now to remember not only Holbrook's impressive career, but his personality and his humor.
Fred Kaplan, national-security columnist for Slate.com and the author of 1959: The Year Everything Changed (Wiley, 2009), and George Packer, New Yorker staff writer and the author of Interesting Times: Writings from a Turbulent Decade (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009), talk about the use of drones and unmanned aircraft in combat.
When it comes to national security, were the past 10 years the best of times or the worst of times? George Packer, staff writer for the New Yorker and author of the new book "Interesting Times: Writings from a Turbulent Decade," shares his opinions on how history will record the first decade of the 21st century. It's the first segment in our week-long series looking back at the big issues of the past 10 years.
Michael Shear, White House correspondent for The Washington Post and Alex Counts president and CEO of the Grameen Foundation, partner to the Grameen Bank, winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, talks about President Obama being awarded the international honor nine months into his presidency. Plus, George Packer of the ...
We talk to BBC defense and Security correspondent Nick Childs about details of a leaked report from the top commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan on troop levels there.
Then we speak to New Yorker correspondent George Packer about his profile of veteran diplomat Richard Holbrooke. Holbrooke cut his teeth in Vietnam and won acclaim for his negotiations in Bosnia. Now, Holbrooke faces what may be the definitive challenge of his career: the war in Afghanistan.