Author Anand Giridharadas talks with Debbie Millman, host of Design Matters, on politics and why we’re relying on the most powerful people to change the world.

About the speaker

Anand Giridharadas is a writer.

He is the author of the forthcoming book Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World — out now and available for purchase. He is also the author of The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas and India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation’s Remaking.

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 worked briefly as a consultant for McKinsey & Company in Mumbai, before becoming a journalist in 2005, reporting from that city for the International Herald Tribune and The Times for four and a half years.

He is an on-air political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, and a visiting scholar at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University. He is a former columnist and correspondent for The New York Times, having written, most recently, the biweekly “Letter from America.” He appears regularly on TV and the radio in the United States and globally, including on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, “Morning Joe,” and “The Daily Show.”

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When the winners of our age takeover social change and the entrepreneurial class becomes in charge of it, they show up on crime scenes with the engineer mentality and they try to strip away blame and the very idea of justice from the improvement of our society. — Anand Giridharadas

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