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Alexandra Schwartz

Staff writer, The New Yorker

Alexandra Schwartz

Alexandra Schwartz is a staff writer at The New Yorker. She has served as the magazine’s co-theatre critic and has written extensively about literature as both a critic and a reporter. In 2014 she was awarded the National Book Critics Circle’s Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing. She is a co-host of the magazine’s culture podcast, Critics at Large.


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The New Yorker presents CRITICS AT LARGE: Crazy for Crime

Crosscut Festival 2024
Sat May 4, 2024 | 2:45pm

True crime is more popular than ever — but audiences are also reckoning with the ethics of the genre. Patrick Radden Keefe, author of books like Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Family and Say Nothing: A True Story of Memory and Murder in Northern Ireland, has made a career of telling nuanced stories about unconscionable acts and the people who commit them. In this live taping of The New Yorker’s podcast Critics at Large, hosts Alexandra Schwartz, Naomi Fry and Vinson Cunningham talk to Keefe about his work, the state of the genre and writing about terrible things.


Alexandra Schwartz
Naomi Fry
Vinson Cunningham
Featuring: Alexandra Schwartz, Naomi Fry, Vinson Cunningham, Patrick Radden Keefe

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About the Festival

The Cascade PBS Ideas Festival brings together journalists, newsmakers, and innovators from around the country to talk about the issues that are animating our cultural conversations. The festival includes live recordings of television and podcasts from The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Pushkin, NPR and PBS; as well as community meetups, meet-and-greets, food trucks, DJs, and more.

The Cascade PBS Ideas Festival will take place May 4, 2024, at the Amazon Meeting Center, 2031 Seventh Ave. Seattle, WA 98121.

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