I am not updating this as often as I used to. Although I still speak on TV and Radio here and there, it has been getting increasingly hard, and even unpleasant, as with the US psychosis (for the lack of a better word) with Russia, I can’t quite participate in indiscriminately bashing my native country. Even if I agree with many allegations against — how shall I call it, the Kremlin’s “intelligence operation” in the West — I can’t condone the Russia-vilified tone of most discussions. When CBS’ Norah O’Donnell, after the USA beat Russian athletes in curling Feb 8 at the start of the 2018 Olympics, acrimoniously exclaimed, “Yes, crush the Russkies, it’s always a good thing,” it became clear — the new Cold War, aka the Frozen Peace, is getting increasingly nasty, irrational and more than just cold or frozen. And I thought she was one of the real journalists…

Either way, here are some from recent years. Some links may no longer work:

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  • Dec 5, Russia’s State of Empire on Power Vertical podcast, Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty; Dec 4, BBC Newshour (36 min) on Vladimir Putin’s State of the Union Address.
  • Sanctions are working (for the time being), G-20 is happening Nov 14 in Brisbane, and Putin is grandstanding to conceal his weak hand–weak states have weak liberties–so I was on MSNBC with awesome Joy Reid of the Reid Report, Nov 13, and on the same day on Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.
  • Talking with the knowledgeable Ian Masters about the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and about how Russia under Vladimir Putin has fallen back into the Cold War mode of anti-Western animosity on Background Briefing, Radio Pacifica, Nov 9. Interview with RFERL Power Vertical podcast “The World According to Putin,” Nov 7, on what used to be the main Bolshevik holiday. Holiday no more, yet Russia has changed little. Also The Fall of Nikita Khrushchev on BBC, Oct 14, 2014.
  • On Women’s Media Center Live with Robin Morgan, Sep 20, and, of course, on MSNBC: with Jose Diaz-Balart, Sep 18, Daily Rundown, Sep 8, Melissa Harris-Perry Show, Sep 6, The Reid Report, Sep 3, also on CNBC’s Closing Bell, Sep 2. I love MSNBC, but it’s very refreshing to talk to the “money people,” they are very much to the point.
  • Putin isn’t letting Ukraine off, not that we expect he would unless he decides he should. A few from June, July, August 2014: NBC’s Squawk Box Aug 14, July 21; MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports Aug 29July 23Rachel Maddow Show July 22, July 18Ronan Farrow Daily July 21, July 17; All In With Chris Hayes July 21Melissa Harris-Perry Show Aug 30July 19; Up with Steve Kornacki July 20; Politics Nation July 17 and Al Jazeera America Aug 10July 19July 17June 7.
  • So very appreciative of those who have talked to me about my new book, The Lost Khrushchev: A Journey Into the Gulag of the Russian Mind: the erudite Ian Masters of Background Briefing from Radio Pacifica, June 29, 2014; the wonderful Mark Barton of Bloomberg on Ukraine and on why Russia is always Russia–the Gulag of our minds, June 23, 2014; the brilliant Brian Whitmore of Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty’s Power Vertical podcast, June 13, 2014.
  • Always grateful to the remarkable Kathleen Parker for her appreciation of my clues on Vladimir Putin and for her Washington Post April 18th suggestion that I should get the White House cubicle. FYI, the White House hasn’t yet called.
  • More interviews from April and May: with Al Jazeera America, with Democracy Now, with Canada’s SunNews Network, with MSNBC’s live feed news and news with Craig Melvin, also alone with Melissa Harris-Perry (such an honor! we were supposed to discuss The Lost Khrushchev, but Russia got in the way–doesn’t it always?) and another time on Melissa Harris-Perry as part of a distinguished panel.

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    Pic is taken after the interview with MHP, who always rocks, so stunningly pretty, and smart.

  • More MSNBC commentaries for Jansing and Co, The Daily Rundown, The Reid ReportRonan Farrow and another Ronan Farrow. Interviews with Austria’s daily Der Standard, with Macleans magazine in Canada, with London’s TLG magazine, with Estonia’s Postemees, with Consider This on Al Jazeera America, with Voice of America (in Russian), and with Women’s Media Center Live.
  • Finally, on March 29, 2014 my 2008 argument from Imagining Nabokov about Russian literature as politics has come into play. A wonderful NPR piece by Linton Weeks on Putin coming right out of Russian novel.
  • Since Crimean transfer to Ukraine in 1954 has been squarely blamed on my (great) grandfather Nikita Khrushchev, with the great Putin oh so unflinchingly usurping it back to Russia almost 60 years to the day I have been going through my own March Madness. Interviews among others are The Times (of London) (3/22/14) and a great honor from the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Kathleen Parker in Washington Post (3/18). She is brilliant and actually made me sound smart. Also a small thing in the Italian magazine L’Espresso (3/27).
  • On TV: Fox Business (3/10), for a liberal like me, yay!; NOS (The Netherlands) (3/11); CNN International (3/14) and CNN’s International Desk (3/16); my favorite MSNBC with Melissa Harris-Perry show (3/15), with Ronan Farrow Daily (3/19), with Andrea Mitchell Reports (3/21); Al Jazeera America (3/17; 3/19) and BBC (3/21; 3/20). On radio shows: Ian Masters (3/9); John Batchelor (3/9); Julie Mason, thankfully this was more in relations to my Reuters article about Russia’s delusions (3/12); WNYC’s The Takeaway (3/16); RFERL’s Power Vertical podcast (3/21) and British Monocle 24 (3/21; 7.50 min into the program). BTW, Monocle is absolutely great for all international (and other) matters.
  • I don’t post everything here (would be too redundant), but for good measure my Russia Today (March 9, 2014) battle against state propaganda. Must admit, RT is Orwellian of decent quality: Love is Hate, Truth–Lie, Weakness–Strength. The anchor who told me she was trained in the US–she learned her prop skills there, she meant–somehow had no idea that there is a difference between slanting truth (PR) and distorting truth (Propaganda). Young and vigorous, she sounded like Mikhail Suslov, chief Soviet propagandist of the old, who warned of class struggle and bad Western influences. For my show host, the fact that Vladimir Putin is popular is a mandate enough for him to do whatever. By that logic, since Ukraine’s Victor Yanukovich was unpopular he had to be overthrown. Yet this logic only works for the new “Soviet” propagandists when it suits them. I couldn’t even make my point–she had the final word. BTW, in American journalism schools students are taught that a guest speaks last, and the anchor doesn’t take last minutes to vent her views. Unless you are Fox New. What am I saying, RT is Fox News, equally “fair and balanced.” Well, RT wasn’t even professional enough to book their guest (me) a car, I had to take cabs there and back for the pleasure of being barraged by the Kremlin mouthpiece. Still, was well worth it for my own propaganda studies. Good to know that either Soviet or Russian, the Kremlin hasn’t lost its touch; regrettably, it further proves my Gulag of the Russian Mind theory.
  • On MSNBC’s Up with Steve Kornacki, What Fracking Has to Do With Ukraine Crisis, March 8, 2014, Andrea Mitchell Reports, Putin Doesn’t Have Endgame, March 7, 2014, and All in With Chris Hayes, What will be Crimea’s Fate, March 6, 2014
  • Die Presse on Putin and Ukraine, March 5, 2014. I admire the Austrians for always being so interested in what’s happening in their backyard.
  • Interview with Radio 24 of Il Sole 24 Ore on Putin Pericoloso, March 4, 2014. Italian is such a beautiful language, even Putin sounds less dangerous.
  • In conversation with the US National Geographic, Is Putin Reassembling the Soviet Union?, and French Liberation, La Russie va certainement cementer sa prise de la Crimée, March 3, 2014
  • On MSNBC’s Disrupt with Karen Finney, Weighing US Options on Ukraine, March 2, 2014
  • Bloomberg TV News, Will the Russian Military Intervene in Ukraine? and a bit about my book The Lost Khrushchev too, Feb 28, 2014
  • On BBC’s Newshour, Sabres Rattle over Crimea, and NPR’s Morning Edition, A Gift to Ukraine Becomes a Political Flashpoint, Feb 27, 2014
  • I love you, Canada, not in the least because you seem to like me. On Mother Russia, Sochi Olympics and the Gulag of the Russian Mind: Interview with Q With Jian Chomeshi, CBC Radio, Feb 13, 2014; Guest on The Agenda with Steve Paikin, TV Ontario, Feb 12, 2014
  • So Sochi! On my favorite show with Ian Masters at Radio Pacifica, Feb 9, 2014
  • More Sochi on my other very favorite show, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, All Eyes on Russia (and Putin), Feb 8, 2014
  • With suicide bombing explosions in Volgograd, Ukraine’s EuroMaidan, Victor Yanukovich’s balancing act between Russia and European Union, and Vladimir Putin’s amnesty to the Pussy Riot members and Yukos’ Mikhail Khodorkovsky after 10 years in prison these are a few of my many end-of-the-year news interviews: this clip is from the Brian Lehrer Show at WNYC, Dec 30, 2013 and another one is from Al Jazeera America, Dec 22, 2013
  • Guest on Power Vertical podcast with Brian Whitmore, Putin and Agitprop, Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty, Dec 13, 2013
  • Guest on “Power Vertical” podcast with Brian Whitmore, “EuroMaidan” and the Russian Street, Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty, Dec 6, 2013
  • Guest on HuffPost Live, Legacy of JFK, Nov 22, 2013
  • Guest on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show, Conversation on Iran, International Reporters, Secretary Kerry,  Strategic Aid to the Philippines, Space, Nov 17, 2013
  • Guest on “The Power Vertical” podcast, From October 1993 to “Managed Democracy,” Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty, Oct 4, 2013
  • Guest on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show, How Obama’s leadership style brings us here, Sep 14, 2013
  • Interview with WPIX 11 News at 10, Putin’s Op-ed to The New York Times, Sep 12, 2013
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  • Guest on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show, Obama vs. Putin, Aug 10, 2013
  • Interview with WPIX 11 News at 10, Are We Entering the New Cold War? Aug 7, 2013
  • Interview with Italian daily LA STAMPA about Russia’s “show trials,” July 19, 3013
  • Interview with Background Briefing with Ian Masters, Putin announces He’s Divorced, Radio Pacifica, June 6, 2013
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