George Packer

New Yorker

Guest

Staff writer for the New Yorker and blogger at its 'Interesting Times' on its website; author of Interesting Times: Writings from a Turbulent Decade, The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq and The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America; editor of Facing Unpleasant Facts, a two-volume edition of George Orwell's essays

George Packer on KCRW

What does it mean to be American?

How America's anxieties are mirrored in kids' schools

What does it mean to be American?

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Yesterday, masked men armed with machetes hacked a blogger to death in Sylhet. Three secular or atheist bloggers have been murdered recently in Bangladesh — a majority Muslim country.

Free Speech Crisis and Bangladeshi Bloggers

Yesterday, masked men armed with machetes hacked a blogger to death in Sylhet. Three secular or atheist bloggers have been murdered recently in Bangladesh — a majority Muslim country.

from To the Point

The two brothers who are the main suspects in the deadly shooting of 12 people at the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were killed by police this morning.

Violence, Religion and Islam

The two brothers who are the main suspects in the deadly shooting of 12 people at the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were killed by police this morning.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

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from All the Presidents' Lawyers

Closing arguments began today in the trial against the three white men charged with murdering Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man, in Brunswick, Georgia.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Josh, Liz and Sean discuss Democrats’ loss in Virginia, their narrow victory in New Jersey, the lessons each side should think over, and “let’s go, Brandon.”

from Left, Right & Center

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from Left, Right & Center

Josh and Ken talk about the indictment of Steve Bannon, the end of Summer Zervos’ defamation lawsuit against former President Trump, and more.

from All the Presidents' Lawyers

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from News Stories

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