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

ChinaEconTalk | 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

Spectator Books | 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.

Bill Browder on High Finance, Corruption and Murder in Russia

Hidden Forces | 19 February 2018 | 1h 07m | Listen Later  | iTunes
Interview with Bill Browder, once the largest foreign investor in Russia, but now the leader of a campaign to expose Russia’s endemic corruption and human rights abuses. Highlights the story told in the 2015 bestseller Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice.

How to Catch World Cup Fever

Freakonomics Radio | 14 June 2018 | 0h 56m | Listen Later 
An intriguing backgrounder on the Football World Cup in Russia. “This could be a World Cup of great cacophony. A plague of far-right Nazi-infused UFC-trained Russian fans; English fans for which they’ve built Soviet-style enormous drunk tanks; platoons of horseback-mounted Cossacks with whips; and heroin and cocaine legalised around the stadia. What could possibly go wrong?”