Prison and Politics in Russia, Poker, and Poverty

Greenpeace International activist, one of the 'Arctic 30,' Ana Paula Alminhana Maciel from Brazil, holds a poster in a defendant cage in a court in Saint Petersburg, Russia, November 18, 2013.

Masha Gessen discusses the brutality and corruption of Russia’s prison system  and the case of the Arctic 30, a group of Greenpeace activists arrested and jailed by Vladimir Putin and charged with piracy. Adelle Waldman will be here for the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club! She’ll be talking about her novel The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. Colson Whitehead tells us about playing in the World Series of Poker and what his experience at high-stakes card tables taught him about the human condition. Plus, economist William Easterly looks at the global effort to eradicate poverty, and argues that traditional approaches usually trample the rights and freedoms of the poor.