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Tuesday 27 April 2021

The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos on Joe Biden: The American Dreamer (online)

Politics &
Economics

Joe Biden has known deep personal pain. His infant daughter and first wife died in a car accident in 1972 and his son Beau died in 2015 from a brain tumour at the age of 46. He has suffered political defeat, trying and failing to become president twice, in 1998 and 2008. He has had emergency surgery for a brain aneurysm. He’s been caught plagiarising. He did poorly in law school. He stuttered as a child. And few American politicians have so regularly made cringe-inducing gaffes in public.

But perhaps Biden is exactly the flawed, human, humbled figure America needs right now as president in the post-Trump era, and as the pandemic continues to kill thousands of Americans every day. On April 27 Evan Osnos, a staff writer for The New Yorker, comes to Intelligence Squared to discuss Biden’s life and explore what actions the 78-year-old is likely to take as he tries to unite the troubled, grieving nation he now leads.

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Speaker
  • Evan Osnos

    Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and staff writer at The New Yorker. Author of Joe Biden: The American Dreamer

Chair
  • Mark Mardell

    Former presenter of The World This Weekend on BBC Radio 4


Location
  • Online event
Time
  • Tuesday 27 April 2021
  • 6pm to 7pm BST



Speakers

Speaker

Evan Osnos

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and staff writer at The New Yorker. Author of Joe Biden: The American Dreamer


Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and staff writer at The New Yorker. He is the author of Joe Biden: The American Dreamer. He is the former Beijing Bureau chief of the Chicago Tribune and a regular guest on NPR's "Fresh Air" and PBS Newshour.
Chair

Mark Mardell

Former presenter of The World This Weekend on BBC Radio 4


Former Presenter of The World This Weekend on BBC Radio 4 and former BBC News North America editor from 2009 - 2014 in which he covered the start of the Obama era and the beginnings of Trumpism in the form of the Tea Party. He has served as the BBC's Chief Political Correspondent, Europe editor and is currently writing a book on the concept of 'Global Britain.'