Podcast | What Joe Biden’s opening moves say about America’s future

Evan Osnos, presidential biographer and staff writer at The New Yorker, tells us what he sees in Biden’s early actions.

Joe Biden takes reporter questions

President Joe Biden talks with reporters after arriving on the South Lawn of the White House, Feb. 8, 2021, in Washington D.C. (Evan Vucci/AP)

Over the course of three weeks in January, the U.S. Capitol was the site of three major events, each of which could have filled its own chapter in the history books. Taken together, the insurrection of the U.S. Capitol, the second impeachment of Donald Trump and the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States amount to a historic turning point. 

What exactly the country is turning toward is hard to say. But one certainty is that the Biden administration will have a major influence on its direction. 


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For this episode of Crosscut Talks, we are featuring a live conversation with Biden biographer and New Yorker staff writer Evan Osnos about the challenges before the new president. 

Through an examination of Biden’s early actions and statements, as well as the president’s life experience and political acumen, Osnos shares with us what he believes is in store for the presidency and the country.