CTRP471 Learning Russia from the Inside

Not since the cold war has the world needed to take a time-out from political posturing and the information game to get beyond the gate keepers and speak directly with these millions of people referred to as “Russia”. Not unlike back 25 years ago, we in the west are once again talking about a people as if they do not have a voice and do not have a wide range of opinions and values. And over in Russia, you can bet similar is being done in the media when referring to “the west”. Enter the power of the podcast: On today’s program I am coming to you from Moscow, the heart of the nation that so many are talking about these days with angry and confused tones. But this is not about Ukraine. Nor is it about Putin really. This is about the city, life, culture, and experience that, as my excellent guest Victor remind us, we have in common with this fascinating and important population.

Kurt Bassuener: Bosnia 101

MP3 Audio [29 MB]DownloadShow URL “People here are a whole lot more rational than they give themselves credit for.  They all think they are more moderate than the norm; they don’t realize they are the norm.” Kurt Bassuener has been working on the issue of Bosnia for over 15 years and in that time has […]
 

Lizz Winstead: Political Windsurfing While Droning Your Neighbor

MP3 Audio [24 MB]DownloadShow URL You can’t windsurf, because that would be elitist. But, if you’re the American president, you can drive around your ranch in a golf cart shooting guns, because people can relate to that.  As comedian and writer Lizz Winstead explains it, sometimes there is no debate possible if we don’t agree […]
 

ctrp432 The Daily Show, South Park and Society

MP3 Audio [31 MB]DownloadShow URL The Daily Show and South Park, along with The Colbert Report, are the 1-2 (3) punch of socio-political satire in America and have been for well over a decade. Some dismiss them as childish clowns with limited significance while in fact, they are among the most trusted sources of news […]