Tuesday, November 22
11:30am – 12:45pm
The Koch Brothers and others helped finance and build a powerful network of think tanks, academic centers, and news media outlets that far exceeded what liberals could have imagined. Is Donald Trump’s ascension to the White House a threat to the Kochs’ agenda, or will he succumb to it, regardless of his promises to fight the corrupting power of billionaire donors and “drain the swamp” in Washington? Join us for a discussion with Jane Mayer, author of Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right (Doubleday, 2016).
Jane Mayer has been a New Yorker staff writer since 1995. She covers politics, culture, and national security for the magazine. Previously, she worked at the Wall Street Journal, where she covered the bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, the Persian Gulf War, and the fall of the Berlin Wall. In 1984, she became the paper’s first female White House correspondent. She is the author of the 2016 Times best-seller “Dark Money,” which began as a 2010 New Yorker piece about the Koch brothers’ deep influence on conservative politics. She also wrote the 2008 Times best-seller “The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals,” which is based on her New Yorker articles and was named one of the top ten works of journalism of the decade by N.Y.U.’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.
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