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UNESCO declares borsch cooking an endangered Ukrainian heritage

Friday, July 01, 2022

Ukraine's culture minister declared victory in "the war for borsch" as Russia also claims the hearty beet soup. UNESCO says the invasion threatens Ukraine's borsch culture with "extreme urgency."


What's happening with Russia's 1st default on foreign debt in a century

Monday, June 27, 2022

The clock ran out on Russia's payments. But there's a twist: Russia does not consider itself in default because the country has the money, just its payments have been blocked by Western sanctions.


Ikea packs up Russian operations and plans sale of factories

Thursday, June 16, 2022

The Swedish furniture giant previously shut Russian stores and now says it cannot see a way to resume operations "any time soon" as the war in Ukraine continues.


These Russian couples didn't plan to get married. The Ukraine war changed their minds

Wednesday, June 08, 2022

More couples — including those who stayed in Russia and those who fled — are urgently marrying, for reasons both practical and deeply emotional.


Ukraine agonizes over Russian culture and language in its social fabric

Thursday, June 02, 2022

A third of Ukrainians have called Russian their mother tongue. Russian statues and cultural markers abound. Are these influences inherently toxic? The war is prompting emotional conversations.


Starbucks is exiting Russia, shutting 130 stores

Monday, May 23, 2022

The coffee chain joins McDonald's in taking its brand out of the country. Starbucks had temporarily paused operations in March.


Russia's war in Ukraine is threatening an outpost of cooperation in space

Monday, May 23, 2022

For decades, U.S. astronauts and Russian cosmonauts have lived side-by-side aboard the International Space Station. Now some are wondering whether that partnership can withstand the war in Ukraine.


The ripple effects of Russia's war in Ukraine are changing the world

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Stores running out of cooking oil. Gas prices soaring. Farmers scrambling for fertilizer. Nations rethinking alliances. We zoom in on the war's seismic, far-reaching repercussions.


Here's what Putin said about Ukraine in his Victory Day speech

Monday, May 09, 2022

Speaking at an annual parade to honor the end of World War II, Russia's president sought to link the past Soviet victory to the battle in Ukraine and signaled no major military or policy shifts.


Russia's Victory Day celebrations take on new importance for the Kremlin this year

Sunday, May 08, 2022

Russians celebrate Victory Day on Monday, May 9. The annual event marks the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, but it has taken on added importance this year because of Ukraine.


Chris Smalls started Amazon's 1st union. He's now heard from workers at 50 warehouses

Wednesday, April 06, 2022

The Amazon Labor Union was born Friday after an improbable victory for Chris Smalls over Amazon. Smalls and his friend Derrick Palmer spoke to NPR on Twitter Spaces.


The man who led the 1st Amazon warehouse to unionize in America

Monday, April 04, 2022

The story of Chris Smalls is one of the biggest underdog victories in modern corporate history. Fired two years ago, he has now organized Amazon's very first unionized warehouse in America.


He was fired by Amazon 2 years ago. Now he's the force behind the company's 1st union

Saturday, April 02, 2022

Chris Smalls didn't rely on traditional labor groups for funding or organizing power. Instead he raised money through GoFundMe and talked to former coworkers at their bus stop and over S'mores.


A Russian court bans Facebook and Instagram as extremist

Monday, March 21, 2022

The ruling amounts to an immediate ban of Facebook and Instagram in Russia, where both platforms are already blocked. WhatsApp, which is owned by the same company, is still allowed.


Russia blocks access to Facebook

Friday, March 04, 2022

Russia has cut off access to Facebook inside the country in response to the tech giant's blocking of state-backed media outlets in the European Union.


With revised masking rules, will things change for store and restaurant workers?

Thursday, March 03, 2022

Workers at stores and restaurants have been at the center of confrontations over masks. As most of the country relaxes mask mandates at the CDC's guidance, anxiety isn't over for workers.


How everyday Russians are feeling the impact from sanctions

Wednesday, March 02, 2022

Rising prices, stranded tourists and lines at ATMs are just some of the ways ordinary Russians are seeing repercussions from sanctions and restrictions imposed on their country for invading Ukraine.


Can a corporate exec speak as a mom about COVID rules? Consider the Levi's saga

Monday, February 21, 2022

Jennifer Sey was on a path to potentially become the next Levi's CEO. Instead, she is out, igniting a debate over corporations and speech.


Jennifer Sey could have been the next Levi's CEO. She left over COVID-19 views

Saturday, February 19, 2022

The resignation of a Levi Strauss & Co. executive this week has prompted big questions about corporations and speech. Where is the line between personal and professional opinions?


Amazon labor push escalates as workers at New York warehouse win a union vote

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Amazon will face two union elections at once. Federal officials have set a union vote for Amazon workers at a Staten Island warehouse, coinciding with the ongoing re-do election in Bessemer, Ala.