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Biculturalism and the Apollo-Soyuz Mission


The final two short audio pieces from the Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia. “A Brief Conversation on Biculturalism” by Alexandra Diouk and “Remembering the 1975 Apollo-Soyuz Mission: 45 years of US-Russian Space Cooperation” by Lisa Becker.

Trash Protests and Leninopad


Two short audio pieces from the Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia. “The Great Russian Trash Crisis” by Seth Farkas and  “An Empty Pedestal: Ukraine after Leninopad” by Sabrina Beaver.

Russia’s Commanding Heights

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I found a great PBS documentary called Commanding Heights: The Battle for the World Economy while searching for video for a lecture on the Yeltsin years. PBS has put all the film’s chapters online, and I wanted to let readers know about the segments on Russia:

Communism on the Heights, 6:16

The Ghosts of Norilsk, 4:27


Behind the Iron Façade, 8:18

Heresy in the USSR, 8:08

Gorbachev Tries China, 7:17

Soviet Free Fall, 4:52

Reform Goes Awry, 4:26

Russia Tries to Privatize, 5:33


Loans For Shares, 6:18

Closing the Deal, 3:50