Russia http://nwpr.org en Vladimir Putin Is Right Out Of A Russian Novel http://nwpr.org/post/vladimir-putin-right-out-russian-novel "Russia is a <em>hypothetical</em> culture. Ruled by despots for most of our history, we are used to living in fiction rather than reality," <a href="http://ninakhrushcheva.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/vova-the-dread-and-the-fiction-of-russia/" target="_blank">writes</a> Nina L. Khrushcheva, who teaches international affairs at <a href="http://www.newschool.edu/public-engagement/faculty-list/?id=87811">The New School</a>. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 23:13:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 43581 at http://nwpr.org Vladimir Putin Is Right Out Of A Russian Novel Power And Violence In Ukraine And Mexico http://nwpr.org/post/power-and-violence-ukraine-and-mexico This week's headlines have been dominated by the violent protests in Kiev, the ousting of President Victor Yanukovych, and the amassing of Russian troops at the Ukrainian border. Writer Anthony Marra says that if Soviet war journalist Vasily Grossman were alive today, he'd likely be breaking news from Independence Square.<p>And while workers on the lavish Kiev estate of Viktor Yanukovych were walking off the job, Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was arrested in the middle class resort of Mazatlan. Sat, 01 Mar 2014 03:35:00 +0000 Anthony Marra 42241 at http://nwpr.org Power And Violence In Ukraine And Mexico An Olympic Preview, From The Canon Of Russian Literature http://nwpr.org/post/olympic-preview-canon-russian-literature It is fitting that the Winter Olympics, one of the world's fiercest competitions, is taking place amid the breathtaking beauty of the Caucasus.<p>For centuries, Russia's greatest writers have been inspired by this volatile region full of not only immense natural beauty but also human misery. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 16:45:00 +0000 Andrew D. Kaufman 41122 at http://nwpr.org An Olympic Preview, From The Canon Of Russian Literature A Little Knowledge Is 'Definitely Maybe' A Dangerous Thing http://nwpr.org/post/little-knowledge-definitely-maybe-dangerous-thing A great truth is this: Some discoveries, like the sting of a painful memory, do a number on your psyche. <em>Definitely Maybe</em> accomplishes just that. It's one for those with a penchant for the strange, those drawn to the grim and the darkly funny — those, like myself, interested in the beautifully rendered pessimism of manic scientists. Never mind, just for a moment, the current state of science fiction. Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, brothers, celebrated Russian geniuses, give it all in this dystopian gem. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 12:02:00 +0000 Juan Vidal 41124 at http://nwpr.org A Little Knowledge Is 'Definitely Maybe' A Dangerous Thing Departing Northwest Olympians Confident They'll Be Safe In Sochi http://nwpr.org/post/departing-northwest-olympians-confident-theyll-be-safe-sochi <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/01/013014TB_SafeSochi_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The 2014 Winter Olympics begin next week amid persistent concerns about security.<p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 00:48:52 +0000 Tom Banse 40742 at http://nwpr.org Departing Northwest Olympians Confident They'll Be Safe In Sochi The 'Pussy Riot' Arrests, And The Crackdown That Followed http://nwpr.org/post/pussy-riot-arrests-and-crackdown-followed Masha Gessen is a prominent journalist who is also a lesbian and an outspoken LGBT rights advocate in Russia. After Russia passed two anti-gay laws in June, she decided it was time for her, her partner and their children to leave. Wed, 08 Jan 2014 20:18:00 +0000 editor 39743 at http://nwpr.org The 'Pussy Riot' Arrests, And The Crackdown That Followed Russian App Wants E-Book Piracy To End, Happily Ever After http://nwpr.org/post/russian-app-wants-e-book-piracy-end-happily-ever-after <em>In our </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/195149875/innovation">Weekly Innovation series</a><em>, we pick an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Got an innovation you think we should feature? Wed, 20 Nov 2013 16:50:00 +0000 editor 37609 at http://nwpr.org Russian App Wants E-Book Piracy To End, Happily Ever After Book News: 'The Great Gypsy'? School Reading List Is Error-Riddled http://nwpr.org/post/book-news-great-gypsy-school-reading-list-error-riddled <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>A school district in Long Island, N.Y., has flunked its own summer reading list. The Hempstead Public Schools list features authors such as "George Ornell" and "Emily Bonte," (properly spelled Orwell and Brontë) alongside dozens of other spelling and punctuation errors. Most memorably, the list — which bears the motto "Those who read more, achieve more" — refers to F. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 11:39:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 30831 at http://nwpr.org Book News: 'The Great Gypsy'? School Reading List Is Error-Riddled Iron Curtain Falls Around Russian Adoptions http://nwpr.org/post/iron-curtain-falls-around-russian-adoptions <p>Friday morning Russia banned the adoption of its children by Americans. One family in Washington State has reportedly made it through before the ban. They’re scheduled to fly home Saturday with their adoption complete, according to their adoption agency. As Carolyn Adolph reports from KUOW Seattle, that’s one bright spot in an otherwise bad situation. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 13:59:10 +0000 Carolyn Adolph 20486 at http://nwpr.org