George Packer

The Leonard Lopate Show

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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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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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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Talk to Me: "Secularism, Islam & Democracy" Featuring Tariq Ramadan

Friday, April 09, 2010

In his first appearance in the U.S. since the Bush Administration revoked his visa six years ago, Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan joined a panel discussion about "Secularism, Islam, & Democracy." Listen to the full conversation here.


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Stop-Loss, Black 47, Stew

Friday, March 21, 2008

Making sense of the Iraq War on film, in rock music, and on-stage. The director Kimberley Peirce tells a hidden war story in "Stop-Loss." The band Black 47 writes songs for a surprising fan base: combat soldiers. George Packer transforms his article on Iraqi translators into a stage play. Plus, songs and stories from Stew, the creator of "Passing Strange," the new rock musical that’s revolutionizing Broadway.