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George Packer and Larissa MacFarquhar discuss the decline of America's political culture

October 21st, 2012

Episode 287 of 447 episodes

This week in the magazine, George Packer profiles the political operative Jeff Connaughton, whose long career in Washington provides an insider's view on how lobbyists and money drive the political process. Here Packer talks with Larissa MacFarquhar and Sasha Weiss about the underlying problems with our political culture and why Obama's bipartisan aspirations have completely failed. Also: the personal blog of Jean-Paul Sartre, and sexy Irish outlaws.

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