Journalist Anand Giridharadas discusses the state of democracy in America and how elite do-gooding should not excuse its harm doing. He opens up about growing up in Ohio, France and Maryland, and on reconnecting with his roots in India.

Anand Giridharadas is a journalist and political pundit, born in Cleveland, Ohio, he was raised there, in Paris, France, and in Maryland, and educated at the University of Michigan, Oxford, and Harvard. He has spoken on stages around the world and taught narrative journalism at New York University. He is a regular on-air political analyst for MSNBC. Giridharadas is the author of The Persuaders: At the Front Line of the Fight for Hearts, Minds and Democracy (2022), Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World (2018), The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas (2014), and India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation’s Remaking (2011). A former foreign correspondent and columnist for the New York Times for more than a decade, he has also written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and Time. He has received the Radcliffe Fellowship, the Porchlight Business Book of the Year Award, Harvard University’s Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award for Humanism in Culture, and the New York Public Library’s Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism.

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Anand Giridharadas, American Journalist

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