Ivan the Terrible

SRB Podcast | 30 December 2019 | 1h 01m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Charles Halperin about his book Ivan the Terrible: Free to Reward and Free to Punish. Backgrounds Ivan’s reign; the oprichnina, his state-within-a-state; and his use of mass terror. Argues for interpreting Ivan as at least partly a function of his context rather than glibly blaming insanity.

The Bridge: Natural Gas in a Redivided Europe

Europe – Audio | 8 January 2020 | 0h 59m | Listen Later | iTunes
Discussion with Thane Gustafson about his book The Bridge: Natural Gas in a Redivided Europe. Backgrounds the gas revolution in Europe and the outlook for Russia’s relationship with Europe given future decarbonisation, liquified natural gas, and a gas pipeline to China,

Reform and Opening with Soviet Characteristics: Russian Perspectives on China’s Rise

ChinaTalk | 15 August 2019 | 1h 02m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Chris Miller, a specialist on Russian politics, economics, and foreign policy. Compares and contrasts the Soviet and Chinese economic and political reform programs in the 1970s and 80s. Draws lessons for the future of Chinese politics and the ongoing Sino-Russian relationship.

Masha Gessen on the Ins and Outs of Russia

Conversations with Tyler | 15 August 2019 | 1h 08m | Listen Later | iTunes
Interview with Masha Gessen who has dedicated her career to writing and reporting about Russian society from both within and outside her native country. Covers why Soviet mathematics was so good, Putin, the intensity of Russian friendship, strong Russian women, Russian politics, and more.

Stephen Kotkin on Solzhenitsyn

EconTalk | 14 January 2019 | 1h 00m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with historian and author Stephen Kotkin about the historical significance of the life and work of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Also has insights on Russia, Stalin and the role of culture in politics.

Is the West at War with Russia?

The Inquiry | 29 November 2018 | 0h 23m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Evaluates whether Russia is right to feel threatened by the West given NATO expansion, Western meddling in the internal affairs of Russia and its neighbours, and provocative deployments of troops and military hardware.

Anne Applebaum: Red Famine

The Book Club | 21 September 2017 | 0h 24m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Anne Applebaum, author of Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine, which marshalls the evidence that the 1930s famine in Ukraine was intentional.