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Midnight in Siberia - A Train Journey into the Heart of Russia

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After two and a half years as NPR’s Moscow bureau chief|David Greene travels across the country—a 6,000 mile journey by rail|from Moscow to the Pacific port of Vladivostok—to speak with ordinary Russians about how their lives have changed in the post-Soviet years. Reaching beyond the headline—grabbing protests in Moscow|Green speaks with a group of singing babushkas from Buranovo|a teenager hawking “space rocks” from last spring’s meteor shower in Chelyabinsk|and activists battling for environmental regulation in the pollution—choked town of Baikalsk. Through the stories of fellow travelers|Greene explores the challenges and opportunities facing the new Russia: a nation that boasts open elections and newfound prosperity yet still continues to endure oppression|corruption|and stark inequality.
Set against the wintery landscape of Siberia|Greene’s lively travel narrative offers a glimpse into the soul of twentieth-century Russia: how its people remember their history and look forward to the future.
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