George Packer

The New Yorker

George Packer is a staff writer for The New Yorker.

George Packer appears in the following:

From Ossi Scientist to Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel: The Most Powerful Woman In the World

Monday, December 08, 2014

Angela Merkel is one of the most powerful women in the world, and her rise to Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany is extraordinary, given her biography. 

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The Making of CitizenFour

Friday, October 17, 2014

Brooke speaks with New Yorker staff writer George Packer about profiling filmmaker Laura Poitras as she made the documentary CitizenFour, about Edward Snowden.

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Confronting ISIS

Thursday, August 21, 2014

 George Packer, staff writer for The New Yorker, talks about how the U.S. is responding to ISIS after the killing of photojournalist James Foley.

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Surveillance State, Real and Imagined: Reading George Orwell's 1984

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

George Packer joins the next Leonard Lopate Show Book Club to talk about Orwell's dystopian novel about a surveillance state and look at why it still resonates today.

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America's Reluctant Return to Iraq

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

In Iraq, a political crisis is underway as Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki continues to refuse to relinquish power. And the U.S. military is struggling to effectively deliver much need...

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The Amazon Transformation

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Amazon has transformed the publishing industry and is poised to transform Hollywood, too. The New Yorker's George Packer explains how.

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Roundtable: The March on Washington & The Future of the Civil Rights Movement

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

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 to...

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George Packer on The Unwinding of America

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

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.

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George Packer Reflects on the Iraq War, 10 Years Later

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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 decad...

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Iraq's New Journalism

Friday, March 15, 2013

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 on Richard Holbrooke

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

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.    


George Packer on Wikileaks and Julian Assange

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

George Packer, staff writer for The New Yorker, discusses what we've learned about U.S. foreign policy from WikiLeaks and this morning's arrest of Julian Assange.

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What's Next for Iraq

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

President Obama said on Monday that the Iraq war was nearing an end, adding that combat troops will withdraw by the end of the month. George Packer, The New Yorker staff writer, blogger, and author of The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq, helps answer the question, "What's next for Iraq?"

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Reaction to General McChrystal Speaking Out

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Fred Kaplan, who writes the "War Stories" column for Slate, and George Packer, New Yorker staff writer, react to General McChrystal's criticism of the White House in a Rolling Stone profile and whether it could result in a leadership change in the military effort in Afghanistan.

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Kaplan and Packer on Drone Warfare

Monday, May 31, 2010

Fred Kaplan, national-security columnist for 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.

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Drone Warfare

Friday, April 09, 2010

Fred Kaplan, national-security columnist for and the author of 1959: The Year Everything Changed (Wiley, 2009), and George Packer, New Yorker staff writer and the author of Interesting Times: ...

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Interesting Times: National Security in the Last Decade

Monday, December 28, 2009

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 "Interest...

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Nobel Peace Prize

Friday, October 09, 2009

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 ...

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Richard Holbrooke's Long Road in Afghanistan

Monday, September 21, 2009

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 spe...


State of Foreclosure

Friday, March 13, 2009

Home foreclosure rates nationwide surged 30% last month. But the next phase of the crisis is already starting in places Cleveland, where at least 10,000 foreclosed houses sit abandoned. Journalist Alex Kotlowitz wrote about this part of the crisis in his article "All Boarded Up" for the New York Times ...

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