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The Brian Lehrer Show

These Tweets Do Not Inspire Much Confidence About Sochi

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

As members of the media arrive in Sochi for the Olympics, they are finding unfinished buildings, open pot-holes -- not to mention hotel rooms without doorknobs. The Brian Lehrer Show checks in with a reporter in Sochi for some context.

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Soundcheck

From Regina, With Love

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

This week, Soundcheck has been celebrating Russian music in the lead up to the Olympics in Sochi. Listen to Moscow-born pop star Regina Spektor talk about one of her musical heroes, the Soviet-era singer Vladimir Vysotsky, the “the Bob Dylan of Russia.”

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Soundcheck

Regina Spektor On Her Russian Music Idol; Russia's Samizdat Movement; Hospitality Plays Live

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

In this episode: From Russia With Soundcheck week continues with Regina Spektor, the Moscow-born, the New York-based indie-pop star, who schools us about a personal hero, the late Soviet-era singer Vladimir Vysotsky.

Then, a look at "Samizdat" -- the name given to an underground, DIY counterculture that was a huge part of life in the old Soviet Union. There's an exhibit of Samizdat artifacts consisting of pamphlets, books, cheap cassettes and more collected at George Washington University's Gelman Library. The exhibit's curator, Mark Yoffe, explains the movement.

And, Brooklyn band Hospitality performs songs from it's second record, Trouble, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Gig Alert (гиг-анонс): Terem Quartet

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

It's "From Russia, With Soundcheck" Week -- and that means that we're "Gig Alerting" bands in, you guessed it, Russia. Tonight, the Terem Quartet -- a Russian folk music group -- plays in Sochi. 

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WNYC News

In NYC, Pussy Riot Target Russian Politics, Prisons

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

The Russian band has formed a human rights group to continue their activism, on the eve of their concert at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.

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Soundcheck

Pick Three: Gary Shteyngart

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Author Gary Shteyngart shares a playlist inspired by his comic memoir, Little Failure

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert (гиг-анонс): Feodoq

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

It's "From Russia, With Soundcheck" Week -- and that means that we're "Gig Alerting" bands in, you guessed it, Russia. Today, find out about an experimental jam band from St. Petersburg that dabbles in dub, called Feodoq. 

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Soundcheck

Russia: Where No Pop Star Is Ever 'Washed Up'

Monday, February 03, 2014

We talk pop culture with the editor-in-chief of GQ magazine's Russian edition, in a conversation that meanders from hipster foodies in Moscow... to the shocking revelation that Russia is where pop stars go when their careers have died. 

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert (гиг-анонс): Anna Koroleva and Jump

Monday, February 03, 2014

It's "From Russia, With Soundcheck" Week -- and that means that we're "Gig Alerting" bands in, you guessed it, Russia.

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WNYC News

A Literary Walkabout in Gary Shteyngart's Queens

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

It was at the Solomon Schechter School of Queens that he first made his public debut as a writer. We do a walk and talk through some of his favorite neighborhood haunts.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Putin Welcomes Snowden to Sochi

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group, discusses Edward Snowden's effect on the Sochi games, and whether his presence could negate any potential deals.

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The Takeaway

General Wesley Clark on Putin, Ukraine & the NSA

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

More and more signs indicate that the 2014 Olympics will be not just a showcase of Russia's security forces, but a showcase for Russian President Vladimir Putin's broader ambitions in Europe. General Wesley Clark was the NATO Supreme Commander back in the 90's. In a wide ranging conversation, General Clark says Putin's ambitions with Ukraine were apparent more than two decades ago. Andrew S. Weiss, Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, also weighs in on the latest news coming out of Ukraine.

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WNYC News

Russian Punk Band Pussy Riot to Perform in Brooklyn

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

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Two members of the Russian punk rock band Pussy Riot who were recently released from prison will appear at an Amnesty International concert in Brooklyn February 5th.

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The Takeaway

General Wesley Clark on Putin, Ukraine & the NSA | Doctor Predicted 'Agony and Horror' in Ohio Execution | The Magic of a Snow Day, Now and Then

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

General Wesley Clark on Putin, Ukraine & the NSA | A New Chapter for the Voting Rights Act? | Tech Giants Clash With City Residents in San Francisco | The Most Popular Super Bowl Foods | Doctor Predicted 'Agony and Horror' in Ohio Execution | The Magic of a Snow ...

The Takeaway

A Defense of Russia's Vladimir Putin

Monday, January 20, 2014

With less than three weeks until the opening ceremonies at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been put in the international spotlight. Dmitry Babich is a political analyst for Voice of Russia, the country's state-run radio network. He defends President Putin's actions in the months before the Olympic Games. "Putin just wants the world to see that Russia is a normal country," he tells The Takeaway's John Hockenberry.

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The Takeaway

A Defense of Russia's Vladimir Putin | Communities Step Up to Fight Mississippi Diabetes Crisis | Looking Back at Motown's Civil Rights Recordings

Monday, January 20, 2014

A Defense of Russia's Vladimir Putin | Shunning Retirement for Start-Ups | A Look at What's Ahead for The Seahawks & Broncos | Communities Step Up to Fight Mississippi Diabetes Crisis | 2014 Midterms See Shake Up as Lawmakers Exit | Looking Back at Motown's Civil Rights Recordings

The Leonard Lopate Show

Masha Gessen on the Release of Pussy Riot Members

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Journalist Masha Gessen looks at Pussy Riot's arrest and the recent release of two members of the band. She also discusses Vladimir Putin as a leader, gay rights in Russia, and the lead up to the Olympics in Sochi. She's the author of Words will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot and The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Anna Sale Guest Hosts; Teaching a Death Class; "Year of the Rooster"; Cartoonist Liza Donnelly; Masha Gessen on Putin and Pussy Riot

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Anna Sale fills in for Leonard Lopate. On today’s show: Nurse Norma Bowe describes why she decided to teach a course on death at a New Jersey college—and why it has become one of the most popular classes on campus. Actors Bobby Moreno and Thomas Lyons and playwright Eric Dufault discuss the off-Broadway play, “Year of the Rooster.” Cartoonist Liza Donnelly talks about her new collection of cartoons about relationships, called Women on Men. And journalist Masha Gessen tells the story of Pussy Riot and why two of its members were recently released from prison.

Soundcheck

In Time For Sochi, Everything You Never Knew You Needed to Know About Russian Pop Music

Monday, January 13, 2014

It’s cheesy. It’s punk. It’s Russian pop music — and it’s almost as fascinating as the Olympics themselves. Right in time for Sochi, Soundcheck fills you in on everything you never knew you needed to know.

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Slate Political Gabfest

The Political Gabfest: The Three Jews, Two-and-a-Half Opinions Edition

Friday, January 03, 2014

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, Will Saletan, and Emily Bazelon. This week: Progressives fight for a higher minimum wage, violence looms over the coming Olympics, and Jews debate the limits of discourse.

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