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The Power Vertical Podcast by Brian Whitmore covers emerging and developing trends in Russian politics, shining a spotlight on the high-stakes power struggles, machinations, and clashing interests that shape Kremlin policy today. Brian Whitmore is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council Eurasia Center and Russia and Eurasia Specialist and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Charles T. McDowell Center for Global Studies at The University of Texas at Arlington.
 
In 2016, a rival foreign power, Vladimir Putin’s Russia, launched an attack on the United States of America. What we now know is that American intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia planned and executed a campaign to undermine our democracy and to affect our Presidential election. For President Trump, Russia is a complicated subject. But this podcast isn't about Donald Trump's complications with Russia, nor is it about Republicans and Democrats. One of the dangers in the hyper part ...
 
In 2016, Donald Trump conspired with a foreign government to become President of the United States. On July 25, 2019, with the 2020 election around the corner, he decided to do it again. The first time around, it was collusion, aiding and abetting Russia’s attack on American democracy. The second time, it was extortion, demanding the Ukrainian government manufacture dirt on Trump’s political opponents in exchange for help the country needs to fend off a Russian invasion and chart a democrati ...
 
Two journalists. One's British, the other's American. Their biggest argument is over whose country is more fucked. Listen to them rant for about half an hour, during happy hour. John Sweeney has pissed off Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, the Church of Scientology and the government of North Korea. An old school reporter, he worked at the London Observer, then the BBC. He's written 12 books, including four novels, the 200,000-copy bestseller ELEPHANT MOON, set in WW2 Burma, two modern-day polit ...
 
November 9, 2019, is the 30th anniversary of the day the Berlin Wall came crashing down, freeing East Germany from communism, and marking the beginning of the end of the Soviet Union. But when did the Cold War start? Why does it matter 30 years later? Find out in this ten-part series, transport back in time, feel what it was like to live through the end of the Cold War, and understand why that struggle was a battle for civilization itself. Bill Whittle narrates this compelling series about t ...
 
A quasi-daily podcast from Slate chronicling Donald Trump's rise to the presidency and his current administration. Journalists Virginia Heffernan and León Krauze talk to reporters, historians, psychiatrists, and other experts to help explain who this man is and why this is happening, right now, in the United States of America.
 
Russia, behind the headlines as well as in the shadows. This podcast is the audio counterpart to Mark Galeotti's blog of the same name, a place where "one of the most informed and provocative voices on modern Russia", can talk about Russia historical and (more often) contemporary, discuss new books and research, and sometimes talk to other Russia-watchers. It will come out at least once a month, but if you'd like to try and make sure it comes out more often, support my work, or want to ask q ...
 
Overwatch, an Institute for the Study of War podcast, goes beyond the news headlines to give listeners analysis and commentary on issues related to U.S. national security and American foreign policy. The episodes feature discussions with experts and practitioners to explore what challenges and opportunities lie ahead for the U.S.
 
The Russia File podcast explores Russia: its history, politics, culture and society, and its relations with the surrounding countries, the United States and beyond. It is a companion podcast of the Kennan Institute’s Russia File blog. Hosted by Maxim Trudolyubov and Izabella Tabarovsky.
 
In an alternate history of the Cold War, the Soviet Union wins the Space Race and American astronauts never land on the Moon. Told through radio news broadcasts in 1968 and 1969, The Soyuz Files takes you from the skyscrapers of Manhattan to the spires of the Kremlin. Join investigative journalist Jack Schechter as he gets swept up in the intrigue of two rocket scientists, a Soviet diplomat, and the lies that hold everything together. Presented by The West, an LA-based multimedia storytellin ...
 
I Was A Communist For The FBI was a show that came from the anti-Communist hysteria at a peak in the 1950s, and by the end of 1952 I Was a Communist was scheduled on more than 600 stations. The show was based on the book by Matt Cvetic and purportedly told of his adventures as an undercover operative who joined the Communist Party to spy from within for the FBI. Many of the stories contained double-edged conflicts: Cvetic constantly looked for information, walking a tightrope among suspiciou ...
 
This exclusive, subscriber-only podcast takes deep dives into the fascinating journalism captured in MIT Technology Review’s print magazine. Listeners have the chance to hear from cutting-edge researchers, the people whose lives are being changed by new technologies, and the reporters on the front lines of technological upheaval.
 
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UkraineWorld is starting a regular monthly podcast taking snapshots of key developments in the country over the previous month. Here we look at early 2021: January and a bit of February. UkraineWorld chief editor Volodymyr Yermolenko is joined by UW analyst and journalist Maksym Panchenko to talk about how Ukraine is struggling to get access to COV…
 
In the South Caucasus, Georgia and Armenia are facing challenging times as political crises in each country have intensified in the past week. In Georgia, the arrest of the opposition leader brought thousands onto the streets in protest. And in neighbouring Armenia, the country’s embattled prime minister accused the army’s generals of an attempting…
 
Ben Hall, the FT’s Europe editor, discusses Italy as former European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi takes on the premiership. How Draghi decides to spend up to €200bn in grants and loans from the EU recovery fund will be crucial, not just for Italy, but for the future direction of the EU. Ben’s guest is Enrico Letta, a former Italian prime ministe…
 
This week we examine The Long Shadow of Empire in the company of Sathnam Sanghera (author of Empireland: How Imperialism Has Shaped Modern Britain) Byline Times editor Hardeep Matharu and Professor Kehinde Andrews (author of The New Age Of Empire). Plus Fire And Rehire - the erosion of workers' rights during the pandemic with Claire Breeze from Uni…
 
Iain Dale and Jacqui Smith discuss someone impersonatin Iain on Instagram, Rishi Sunak’s coke addiction, the budget, the latest Salmond/Sturgeon shenanigans, Pontins’ anti-Irish discrimination, cutting famine aid to Yemen, the jailing of Nicolas Sarkozy, Trump at CPAC, the success of Zoom and why they won’t be doing a charity sky dive. Smut quota: …
 
In this month’s episode of our Explaining Ukraine podcast, we look at major events in Ukraine in February 2021. We examine why Medvedchuk and his allies were put under sanctions by the government; what the situation is around COVID vaccination; why Ukraine hopes to review its Association Agreement with the EU; why Ukraine failed to get a deal with …
 
Aleksei Navalny has been sent to prison -- apparently to a facility in the Vladimir region that former inmates describe in chilling terms. Back in Moscow, a vote on whether to return Soviet secret-police founder Feliks Dzerzhinsky's statue to Lubyanka Square or put up a monument to medieval prince Aleksandr Nevsky was abruptly canceled. Irina Lagun…
 
A short. 'one act' special: with the news (still unconfirmed) that Navalny is being sent to IK-2 penal colony in Vladimir region, I look at the prison, and what that may mean for him. You can also follow my blog, In Moscow's Shadows, and become one of the podcast's supporting Patrons and gain question-asking rights and access to exclusive extra mat…
 
New York was hit hard in the pandemic, and more than 29 000 died since the first outbreak there. Residents and workers saw a changed landscape – gone were the tourist throngs, and bustling streets – social distancing signs thinned out the crowds and demarcated the streets. Now the city is re-opening and the soul-searching has begun. But Nick Bryant…
 
Jacqui Smith and Iain Dale discuss Alex Salmond’s evidence yesterday, vaccine priorities, JVT’s message, Labour’s new defence policy, the CIA report into the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the Shamima Begum ruling, next week’s budget, Lady Gaga’s dogknapping, narcissism and, er, Yorkshire puddings. Oh, and they’ve been nominated for another award. Smut…
 
In this episode of The Power Vertical Podcast, Ilya Zaslavskiy and Casey Michel join host Brian Whitmore to talk about the whispering campaigns online about Alexei Navalny and Vladimir Putin's authoritarian regime's ability to manipulate Western institutions.By The Charles T. McDowell Center for Global Studies and Atlantic Council's Eurasia Center
 
Afghanistan has seen a surge in civilian casualties since US-brokered peace talks with the Taliban resumed last year. Ashraf Ghani, the Afghan President, however, still sees reason for optimism, thanks to the new-US administration with whom he hopes to have better relations. Lyse Doucet reflects on Kabul's battle to shake off a violent past.Busines…
 
Pilita Clark talks to Michael Mann, distinguished professor of atmospheric science at Penn State university, and one of the world’s best-known climate scientists. They discuss the evolution of the climate change debate, from the war on science to denialism, doomism and the forces of ‘inactivism’. Clips: Nobel Prize, Euronews, Extinction Rebellion, …
 
Profit making firms, aided by the government, have seized the opportunity given them by Coronavirus to create a "privatised pandemic" in which billions of pounds have been spent on outsourcing. But to what effect? Adrian Goldberg talks to Byline Times Investigations Editor Sam Bright, Mary Fitzgerald from Open Democracy, and Pascale Robinson from W…
 
As expected, Aleksei Navalny lost two court cases on February 20: Judges rejected his appeal against a prison sentence on a parole-violation claim he calls absurd and found him guilty of defaming a World War II veteran in a case he said was a Kremlin propaganda stunt. What's behind the decisions and what's next? RFE/RL senior correspondent Robert C…
 
With Navalny in prison, the opposition mobilising, and the state cracking down, what will happen next? The only honest answer anyone can give is "no idea." So instead of trying to make predictions, I instead offer up a variety of scenarios, to illustrate the range of possibilities and also highlight some specific issues we need to bear in mind. In …
 
Iain Dale and Jacqui Smith celebrate their 250th episode of the For the Money podcast by recording for more than 2 hours 10 minutes. Plenty of incentives to stick with it to the end, though! As well as covering all the political news of the week – Covid, Keir Starmer’s big speech, comings and goings in Number 10, Matt Hancock’s court case, Uber, IR…
 
South Africa’s former President, Jacob Zuma failed to appear at a corruption inquiry this week - an inquiry he himself set up when he was in power. But now he has been called to testify, he has accused the judge of carrying out a personal vendetta against him. The case has split the country’s ruling party, the African National Congress. In the eyes…
 
This week we are covering the internal fighting in the Health Ministry and corruption allegations that have stalled Ukraine’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign - and led to a conflict between the government and the country’s main anti-corruption agency. We are joined by Veronika Melkozerova and Oleg Sukhov who have been reporting on the separate aspect…
 
We visit the tribesmen of Yemen, which has for years been wracked by civil war. The conflict morphed into a proxy war in 2015 after a coalition, led by Saudi Arabia launched attacks on Iranian-backed Houthi Muslim rebels. And as the conflict has raged on, Yemeni civilians face economic hardship and starvation. Some of the country’s tribespeople hav…
 
A epic edition in which presenter Adrian Goldberg takes us through the UK government's War On The "Woke". It's a story which encompasses Free Speech Champions on campus, a row over the National Trust and Britain's colonial legacy, as well as the media narrative surrounding child sexual abuse and Muslim "grooming gangs". Our distinguished cast list …
 
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