March 4, 2014
Russia has assumed occupational control of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, sending armed troops to the region to surround military posts. Meanwhile, the US has threatened to isolate Russia, and announced plans to aid Ukraine. This hour we’ll talk about what these new developments mean for Russia and Ukraine and why the West is worried.
February 20, 2014
Last fall, anti-government protesters in Ukraine took to the streets to voice disagreement with their country’s decision not to sign a trade deal with the European Union. Those protests have been raging for months and have left dozens dead. This hour we’ll talk about where the country is headed as pro-and anti-Russian factions continue to clash.
February 6, 2014
The Olympics start on Friday, and Russia’s already set a world record for the most expensive Olympics in history. But what has $50 billion built? This hour we’ll talk about the tense social, economic and political climate looming over the games. Plus we’ll gain some insight into Russia’s recent anti-gay laws, and a long history of intolerance.
August 12, 2013
Tensions with Russia have been on the rise lately. President Obama canceled a meeting with Vladmir Putin after Putin granted temporary asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden. And some say the Russian anti-gay laws warrant a US boycott of the Sochi Olympics. We’ll trace the history of US-Russian relations, explore the future of a cold and bitter peace