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George Packer: The Journalist's New Book Analyzes The Problem of Tribalism in America Today


George Packer joins us to discuss his new book, Last Best Hope: America in Crisis and Renewal. Packer explores the year 2020 and breaks down the country into four groups: Free America, Smart America, Real America and Just America.

George Packer, staff writer at The Atlantic; his other books include Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, and The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq

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Jonathan was born in Monsey, New York. A field trip to Washington, DC when he was in 7th grade started him on his circuitous path to a career in public radio. The trip inspired a love of politics and led to his desire to one day call DC home. After graduating from Grinnell College, he worked on a couple of campaigns in Iowa (presidential and congressional) and moved to Washington, DC.