Masha Gessen

Author of "The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin"

Masha Gessen appears in the following:

Masha Gessen on Outrage Fatigue in Trump's America

Friday, January 12, 2018

One year ago, Gessen warned about coming autocracy and provided rules for surviving it. How have her predictions borne out?

The Trouble With Defining "Terrorism"

Friday, October 06, 2017

The Las Vegas shooting has revived a conversation that follows many mass shootings: when to call an attack "terrorism" and what the official definition implies. 

Masha Gessen On Russia's Return To Totalitarianism

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Masha Gessen explains how totalitarianism reclaimed Russia.

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Masha Gessen On Russia's Return To Totalitarianism, Armistead Maupin Finds His 'Logical Family,' Ned Colletti's Inside Look At The MLB, Russell Brand

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

How the old Soviet order took hold. Armistead Maupin looks at himself. Ned Colletti's life as general manager of the LA Dodgers. Russell Brand on comedy, addiction & recovery.

Brian Lehrer Live: Investigating the White House; Running for Office 101; A Divided, Exceptional America

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Brian discusses the latest in the Trump-Russia investigations; what it takes to run for local office; and our divided, exceptional America. 


The Antigay Movement Growing Abroad

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Journalist Masha Gessen discusses her piece for Harper's called, “Family Values: Mapping the Spread of Antigay Ideology,” which looks at the antigay movement in Russia and Eastern Europe

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Masha Gessen on the "Impulse to Normalize"

Friday, December 02, 2016

The journalist Masha Gessen recently wrote "Autocracy: Rules for Survival" based on experiences from Putin's Russia and elsewhere. She discusses prospects for journalism and language.

Normalizing the Trump Presidency

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Normalizing the unconventional President-elect might have some broader implications.

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Debunking That Trump-Putin Thing

Friday, July 29, 2016

Trump is not Putin's puppet -- and the media narrative that he is only distracts from the true implications of a Trump presidency. 

DNC Hack Raises Questions of Trump-Putin Connection

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The e-mail hack has embarrassed Democratic party officials and sown discord at the Democratic National Convention to Trump's possible advantage.

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The Leaders Speak

Monday, September 28, 2015

Masha Gessen, Rami Khouri and Sheryl WuDunn offer analysis of some of the major speeches at the opening session of the U.N. General Assembly.


The Brothers Behind the Boston Marathon Bomb

Friday, April 10, 2015

A journalist talks about her new book on the Tsarnaev brothers.

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What Nemtsov's Murder Means For Russia

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen talks about the brazen murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, including who may have done it, why and how Russians are responding.

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Masha Gessen: Russia Today Is a 'Totalitarian State'

Monday, March 02, 2015

On Sunday, tens of thousands of protesters marched in Moscow to honor deceased politician and Putin critic Boris Nemtsov, who was fatally shot on Friday.

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Don't Get Between Vladimir Putin and the Arctic

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

It's another area Putin wants Russia to dominate. 30 Greenpeace activists who disagreed were jailed and charged with piracy. Masha Gessen says their experience was an education in the...

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How to Get Your Mind Around Pussy Riot

Thursday, February 06, 2014

First of all, they're not a band, they're an art collective. Masha Gessen, author of Words Will Break Cement: The Passion Of Pussy Riot, talks about the group's creation, agitation, i...


How To Get Your Mind Around Pussy Riot; Jason Isbell Plays Live; David Fricke On Guitar Hero Mike Bloomfield

Thursday, February 06, 2014

In this episode: From Russia With Soundcheck continues with a look at the political Russian performance art collective Pussy Riot: While the members of Pussy Riot were serving their sentence in a labor camp, journalist Masha Gessen painstakingly researched the social and political conditions that led a group of otherwise “ordinary” young women to stage a protest that galvanized Russian society. Gessen talks about Pussy Riot and the book Words Will Break Cement.

Then, Jason Isbell -- a former member of Drive-By Truckers -- landed on many best of 2013 lists with Southeastern, an album filled with emotion, regret and one super-bad night in a Super 8. Isbell has since gotten sober -- and married the singer and fiddler Amanda Shires. The duo perform in the studio.

And: Mike Bloomfield is rock's greatest forgotten guitar hero, says Rolling Stone's senior editor David Fricke. Fricke reflects on Bloomfield's lasting legacy, as documented in a new box set.


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 Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Moscow-based journalist Masha Gessen talks about how Vladimir Putin, a low-level KGB operative, ascended to the Russian presidency. She argues that Mr. Putin has destroyed years of progress and made his country a threat to its own people and to the world. The Man without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin tells how he was handpicked as a successor to Boris Yeltsin, and how his popularity soared even as he seized control of media, sent political rivals and critics into exile or to the grave, and dismantled the country's fragile electoral system, concentrating power in the hands of his cronies.

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Masha Gessen on Vladimir Putin, 'The Man Without a Face'

Friday, March 02, 2012

Vladimir Putin has been called the accidental president. Putin, Russia's current prime minister, is in the midst of campaigning for his third presidential term, but his name was hardly known until 1999, when then-President Boris Yeltsin plucked the former KGB officer from obscurity and thrust him into the Russian spotlight. Russian voters will decide Putin's presidential fate at the polls this weekend, and a new book by journalist Masha Gessen exposes the secrets behind the meteoric rise of the man who has changed the course of Russian history. Gessen chronicles Putin's story through the story of modern Russia, exploring the leader's complicated relationship with the United States and with Russian business and media.