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The Ethics of Soviet Journalism

Guest: Natalia Roudakova on Losing Pravda: Ethics and the Press in Post-Truth Russia published by Cambridge University Press.

Duration: 00:33:57

Deaf in the Soviet Union

Guest: Claire Shaw on Deaf in the USSR: Marginality, Community, and Soviet Identity, 1917-1991. [spp-player]

Duration: 00:51:12

The Russian Revolution as Utopian Leap in the Open Air of History

Mark Steinberg on the symbolism of angels, wings, and flight in the Russian Revolution. [spp-player]

Duration: 00:47:02

The Life and Times of Mikhail Gorbachev

Guest: William Taubman is the Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Amherst College. He’s the author of many books, most notably of Khrushchev: The Man and His Era which won a Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. His new book is Gorbachev: His Life and Times is published by Norton....

Duration: 00:50:27

The Epic of the House of Government

Guest: Yuri Slezkine is the Jane K. Sather Professor of History at UC Berkeley and the author of many influential works on Russian and Soviet history. His books include Arctic Mirrors: Russia and the Small Peoples of the North and The Jewish Century. His most recent book is The House of Government: A Saga of...

Duration: 00:49:36

Assessing the Russian Military

Guest: Michael Kofman is Research Scientist at CNA Corporation and Fellow at the Kennan Institute where he specializes in security and defense in Eurasia. He comments widely on Russian military affairs and foreign policy. He also blogs on the Russian military at his site Russian Military Analysis. You can also find a list of his...

Duration: 00:54:42

Daughter of the Cold War

Guest: Grace Kennan Warnecke has had a lifelong personal and professional association with Russia. She’s served on the boards of the National Advisory Council, Harriman Institute, at Columbia University, as well as a member of the Advisory Council of the Kennan Institute. She served as country director for Winrock International in Kyiv, Ukraine, from 1999...

Duration: 00:49:10

American History Through Russian Eyes

Guest: Ivan Kurilla is a Professor of History and International Relations at the European University at St. Petersburg. He specializes in the history of the US–Russian relations, especially during American antebellum and Civil War period. He’s the author of Zaokeanskie partnery: Amerika i Rossiya v 1830-1850-e gody (Partners across the Ocean: The United States and...

Duration: 00:44:54

Young Communists Under Stalin

Guest: Seth Bernstein is an Assistant professor at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow where he specializes in the history of Soviet politics, culture and society. He’s the author of Raised Under Stalin: Young Communists and the Defense of Socialism published by Cornell University Press and the English translator of Alexander Vatlin’s Agents of...

Duration: 00:39:36

Russian LGBTQ and New Left Activism

Guest: Jessica Mason is a Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow and Federal Policy Analyst at the National Partnership for Women & Families and Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research and policy work address vulnerable social groups seeking greater legal protections and social recognition, particularly in relation to gender, sexuality, and...

Duration: 00:42:41

Russian and American Internal Colonization

Guest: Steven Sabol is an Associate Professor in the History at North Carolina University in Charlotte specializing in the history of Russia and Central Asia, imperialism and colonialism and the American West. He’s the author of “The Touch of Civilization” Comparing American and Russian Internal Colonization published by University Press of Colorado. Music: Donny Hathaway,...

Duration: 00:42:37

Antisemitism and the Russian Revolution

Guest: Brendan McGeever is Lecturer in the Sociology of Racialization and Antisemitism in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at the University of London, Birkbeck. He’s the author of several articles exploring antisemitism, racism, revolution and the socialist movements. His most recent article is “The Bolsheviks and Antisemitism” in Jacobin. His book The Bolsheviks and Antisemitism...

Duration: 00:46:09

The Politics of Russia’s Apartment Demolition

Guest: Maxim Trudolubov is a Senior Fellow at the Kennan Institute and the Editor-at-Large of Vedomosti, one of Russia’s most important dailies. He was the editorial page editor of Vedomosti between 2003 and 2015 and has been a contributing opinion writer for The International New York Times since the fall of 2013. Maxim also writes...

Duration: 00:52:33

Feminists in the Maidan

Guest: Emily Channell-Justice is a postdoctoral fellow in the Havighurst Center for Russian and post-Soviet Studies at Miami University. Her research focuses on leftwing and student activism in Ukraine particularly during the Maidan protests of 2013 and 2014. Her most recent article is “We’re Not Just Sandwiches”: Europe, Nation, and Feminist (Im)Possibilities on Ukraine’s Maidan”...

Duration: 00:40:45

The Early Modern Russian Empire

Guest: Nancy Kollmann is the William H. Bonsall Professor of History at Stanford University specializing in early modern Russia. She’s the author of several books including Crime and Punishment in Early Modern Russia; By Honor Bound: State and Society in Early Modern Russia; and Kinship and Politics: The Making of the Muscovite Political System, 1345-1547....

Duration: 00:36:18

Women, Resistance, and Revolution

Guest: Sheila Rowbotham is known internationally as an historian of feminism and radical social movements. She is the author of the ground-breaking books Women, Resistance and Revolution; Woman’s Consciousness, Man’s World; and Hidden from History among several others published by Verso. Music: Bikini Kill, “Rebel Girl,” Pussy Whipped, 1993.

Duration: 00:40:12

Retrospective on Stalinism

Guest: Sheila Fitzpatrick is Bernadotte E. Schmitt Distinguished Service Professor Emerita at the University of Chicago and a Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney. She’s the author numerous books and articles on Soviet history including A Spy in the Archives: A Memoir of Cold War Russia; Tear off the Masks! Identity and Imposture in...

Duration: 00:46:01

SRB on This is Hell!

About two weeks ago I had the pleasure of being on This is Hell!, one of my favorite leftwing podcasts to talk about Russia, Navalny, protest, and Putin. Chuck and his crew were kind enough to let me re-purpose the interview as part of the SRB Podcast. Enjoy!

Duration: 00:26:49

Stalin’s Last Days

Guest: Joshua Rubenstein is an associate of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. He was also an organizer and regional director for Amnesty International USA for thirty-seven years. He’s the author of many books including Leon Trotsky: A Revolutionary’s Life, Tangled Loyalties: The Life and Times of Ilya Ehrenburg, and...

Duration: 00:34:20

Russia and Its Near Abroad

Guest: Gerard Toal is a Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech. He writes about US foreign policy, geopolitics, and territorial conflicts. He’s co-author with Carl Dahlman of Bosnia Remade: Ethnic Cleansing and Its Reversal and editor of several books on critical geopolitics. Gerard’s newest book is Near Abroad: Putin,...

Duration: 00:43:46

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