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Environment

Global energy economy

Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with energy analyst and author Michael Klare about the global appetite energy economy; Klare's new books is titled, "Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy.�

Global Politics

The new Russia ... might look a lot like the old Russia

Vladmir Putin is expected to be confirmed as Russia's Prime Minister today. Putin's nomination was the first official presidential act of newly sworn-in Dmitry Medvedev. The Takeaway asks: What's ahead for Russia? Guest: Edward Lucas is the author of "The New Cold War" and is the Central/Eastern Europe correspondent for The Economist.

Global Politics

Russia's new president

Russia got a new president today: Dmitry Medvedev took over from Vladimir Putin but no one thinks that Putin is going to fade away into obscurity, as The World's Matthew Bell reports.

Arts, Culture & Media

Geo answer

The two islands - one American and one Russian - in the middle of the Bering Strait, are the Big and Little Diomede Islands. The World's David Leveille follows up on a recent Geo Quiz about the distance between the US and Russia.

Conflict & Justice

Lawrence Scott Sheets

Faith talks to writer Lawrence Scott Sheets about his recent article in The Atlantic about small-time crooks involved in smuggling weapons-grade uranium.

Lawrence Scott Sheets

Faith talks to writer Lawrence Scott Sheets about his recent article in The Atlantic about small-time crooks involved in smuggling weapons-grade uranium.

Global Politics

Putin at NATO

The World's Aaron Schachter reports from the NATO summit in Romania where Russian president Vladimir Putin made it clear today that Russia is strongly opposed to NATO expansion plans to include Ukraine and Georgia

Global Politics

Bush and Putin to meet

Coming on the heels of a tense week in Bucharest, Presidents Bush and Putin will have their last meeting together as respective heads-of-state this weekend, and Lisa Mullins talks about the up-coming summit with Fred Weir

Arts, Culture & Media

Van in the USSR

Fifty years ago, a pianist from Texas named Van Cliburn won the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. It was the height of the Cold War and when he returned to the States, he was honored with a ticker tape parade down Broadway's ?Canyon of Heroes.? Produced by WNYC's Sara Fishko.

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In 'The Humorist,' Soviet comedy is no joke

Michael Idov's new film, “The Humorist,” captures the oxymoronic nature of state-sanctioned Soviet comedy and the downfall of the system through the eyes of character, Boris Arkadiev.

Does US withdrawal leave Syria open to Russia?

In a Twitter thread, US President Donald Trump said the US withdrawal from Syria would be a thorn in the side of Russia and China, who "love to see us bogged down, watching over a quagmire, & spending big dollars to do so." But analysts disagree.