George Packer

The New Yorker

George Packer is a staff writer for The New Yorker.

George Packer appears in the following:

Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster Tapped For National Security Adviser

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

General McMaster is a West Point graduate who earned a Silver Star for duty during the 1991 Gulf War, and is well regarded for his innovative military strategies.

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Is America Fully Unwound?

Thursday, November 10, 2016

George Packer has been chronicling the "unwinding" of America for years. Here, he discusses how it all fell so fast, and his perspective on Tuesday's results. 

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Can Afghanistan's Intellectual President Save His Country?

Monday, July 18, 2016

How will President Ashraf Ghani's understanding of politics, culture and failed states affect the way he governs Afghanistan? 

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Unwinding The 2016 Election

Friday, March 04, 2016

George Packer, staff writer at The New Yorker, argues that inequality is to blame for our current political mess. 

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George Packer Discusses Islamophobia with Dr. Omer Salih Mahdi

Friday, January 01, 2016

Dr. Omer Salih Mahdi, who worked as a translator for writer George Packer in Iraq, is now a doctor at a hospital in Indiana, where Syrian refugees are being turned away.

George Packer on the Attacks in Paris

Friday, November 20, 2015

David Remnick talks with staff writer George Packer, who has covered the Iraq War and American politics, about the banlieues of Paris, which have been called “incubators” of terrorism.

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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