Is America Broken?: A Talk with The Economist’s New Editor-in-Chief

Economist_cover_1Even if you don’t agree with its Euro conservative posture, The
always comes off as

eminently rational and sensible when
grappling with political issues, and certainly unwilling to put spin
ahead of good reporting, which separates it from many of its American
counterparts. This judiciousness comes across in a talk given last week
by John Micklethwait, the magazine’s newly appointed Editor-in-Chief. (Access audio versions here.) Interviewed by Orville Schell, Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at
Micklethwait covers a lot of ground, but spends a good deal of time
contemplating America’s role in the world, and particularly whether
America’s international leadership is now irretrievably broken. His common sense answers provide no red
meat for anyone on the left or right. But they’re thoughtful, and worth your time. (Just as an fyi, his talk doesn’t get started until about 10 minutes in, and he doesn’t get to international affairs until about the 29th minute.) Finally, on a related note, you may want to explore The Economist’s relatively new series of podcasts: iTunes  Feed

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