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29 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Masha Gessen. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Masha Gessen, often where they are interviewed.

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29 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Masha Gessen. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Masha Gessen, often where they are interviewed.

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Now a columnist for ‘The New Yorker’, the prize-winning journalist and author spent over two decades covering the resurgence of totalitarianism in Russia. Gessen’s latest book ‘Surviving Autocracy’, turns a lens on the US. Andrew Mueller spoke to Gessen about meeting Putin, Donald Trump’s America and how to find the tools, and the language, to recognise an autocracy, and survive it.

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Sep 04 2020 · 26mins
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Global crises cause big changes and reveal deep structural weaknesses. As drastic measures are taken across the world to stop the spread of COVID-19,  what are the short, medium and long term implications for our society, our economy, geopolitics - and us as individuals?

In this special interview series from the RSA, its chief executive, Matthew Taylor, talks to a range of practitioners - from scholars to business leaders, politicians to journalists - to assess the scale of the response and consider how we build effective bridges to our new future. 

Masha Gessen is a columnist for The New Yorker magazine, and the author of Surviving Autocracy

Produced by Craig Templeton Smith

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Jun 23 2020 · 29mins
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Is Trump An Autocratic Basic B? with Journalist Masha Gessen

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In Masha Gessen’s return to Getting Curious, the journalist and staff writer at The New Yorker speaks with Jonathan about their new book Surviving Autocracy. They discuss the ways in which Trump has consolidated power since his election, what the stakes are if he continues to trample American institutions, and what we can do to resist his autocratic ambitions.

Follow Masha Gessen on Twitter @mashagessen, and learn more about Surviving Autocracy here.

Find out what today’s guest and former guests are up to by following us on Instagram and Twitter @CuriousWithJVN. 

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Jonathan is on Instagram and Twitter @JVN and @Jonathan.Vanness on Facebook.

Jun 17 2020 · 48mins
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June 7, 2020: Masha Gessen on 'Surviving Autocracy;' Nikole Hannah-Jones on NYT op-ed controversy; Jemele Hill on newsroom diversity failures

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Plus... Brian Stelter on the president telling you not to believe your eyes; Alexi McCammond on White House coverage; Karen Attiah on the need for newsroom integration; and a message from CNN's master control operations team. Karen Attiah, Jemele Hill, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Oliver Darcy, Alexi McCammond and Masha Gessen join Brian Stelter.

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Jun 08 2020 · 39mins
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Art in the Age of Putin with Masha Gessen

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Being an artist or a writer in Russia has never been particularly easy, or free of risk—especially during the 19 years since Putin became the nation’s president. For this podcast episode, writer Alex Halberstadt spoke with Masha Gessen, staff writer at the New Yorker and author of 11 books of nonfiction, including 2017’s National Book Award–winning The Future Is History. They talked about the legacies of the Soviet period, self-censorship, and what the experiences of Russia’s artists can teach us about the dangers of tyranny everywhere—a subject touched on in Gessen’s forthcoming book, Surviving Autocracy. 

Apr 15 2020 · 32mins
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Masha Gessen on the nature of power and morality — from Soviet Russia to Trump's America

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The Russian-American author and journalist talks to Eleanor Wachtel about politics, sexual identity and receiving an apology from Vladimir Putin.
Mar 29 2020 · 58mins
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Episode 53: Masha Gessen Rules

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Danny predicts the results of the Iowa caucuses and reviews Masha Gessen's rules for surviving autocrats.   

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Feb 04 2020 · 21mins
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Masha Gessen on the Ins and Outs of Russia

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What sort of country would compel you to flee it, draw you back ten years later, then force you away yet again after two decades? Masha Gessen knows the answer all too well, having dedicated her career to writing and reporting about Russian society from both within and outside her native country. A true polymath, Gessen’s wide-ranging books and articles cover mathematics, history, human rights, counterterrorism, and much more.

Masha joined Tyler in New York City to answer his many questions about Russia: why was Soviet mathematics so good? What was it like meeting with Putin? Why is Russian friendship so intense? Are Russian women as strong as the stereotype suggests — and why do they all have the same few names? Is Russia more hostile to LGBT rights than other autocracies? Why did Garry Kasparov fail to make a dent in Russian politics? What did The Americans get right that Chernobyl missed? And what’s a good place to eat Russian food in Manhattan?

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Aug 14 2019 · 1hr 8mins
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Masha Gessen's Y2K

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A very Russian love story on the brink of Y2K.

— Dan Taberski hosts the show, Surviving Y2K, and previously hosted Missing Richard Simmons. Both shows are part of the Headlong Podcast.

Music in this episode by Jeremy Bloom, Mark Orton & John Hancock, and Nathaniel Wyvern ("Sanctuary Of The Sky Gods"). Theme by Alexander Overington.

Apr 01 2019 · 22mins
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Beyond the Lecture: Masha Gessen and Joshua Yaffa

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New Yorker staff writer Masha Gessen was at the American Academy in late November to talk about her most recent book, The Future Is History. In this podcast, she discusses Russia, cynicism, doublethink, and the imaginative powers of democracy with fall 2018 Academy fellow Joshua Yaffa, the Moscow correspondent for the New Yorker.

Host: R. Jay Magill
Producer: Cristina Gonzalez
Photo: Annette Hornischer
Jan 15 2019 · 42mins
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