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5 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Joshua Yaffa. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Joshua Yaffa, often where they are interviewed.

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5 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Joshua Yaffa. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Joshua Yaffa, often where they are interviewed.

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Moral calculus under Putin: Joshua Yaffa talks about his new book, ‘Between Two Fires’

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Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker's Moscow correspondent, talks to Meduza about his new book, “Between Two Fires: Truth, Ambition, and Compromise in Putin’s Russia,” which offers a look at Putin’s Russia without focusing on Putin.
May 22 2020 · 29mins
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Episode 379: Joshua Yaffa

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Joshua Yaffa is a Moscow correspondent for The New Yorker. His first book is Between Two Fires: Truth, Ambition, and Compromise in Putin's Russia.

“Especially in a place like Russia, where there’s a lot of sensitivity around what people might tell you—when they do open up to you, there’s a lot of trust there. And you better not abuse it or mishandle it, because you could put people in danger. Just being a decent person, and demonstrating that decency, goes a long way.”

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  1. @yaffaesque
  2. joshuayaffa.com
  3. [19:45] "The Search for Petr Khokhlov" (New York Times Magazine • Jan 2015)
  4. [22:45] Longform Podcast #339: Michael Lewis
  5. [26:15] "Ukraine's Unlikely President, Promising New Style of Politics, Gets a Tase of Trump's Swamp" (New Yorker • Oct 2019)
  6. [30:15] "The Double Sting" (New Yorker • Jul 2015)
  7. [37:45] "Russia's House of Shadows" (New Yorker • Oct 2017)
  8. [37:45] "A Village Doctor's Literary Calling" (New Yorker • May 2019)
  9. [38:00] Citizen K (Alex Gibney)

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Feb 13 2020 · 58mins

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Homo Sovieticus and the Wily Man: Truth, Ambition, & Compromise in Putin’s Russia | Joshua Yaffa

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In Episode 121, of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Joshua Yaffa, a Moscow correspondent for The New Yorker about what life is like in Putin’s Russia. Yaffa's latest book on the subject is a fascinating inquiry into the Soviet and post-Soviet personality type that sustains the state’s power and Vladimir Putin’s place atop it. 

Joshua Yaffa’s new book is titled, “Between Two Fires: Truth, Ambition, and Compromise in Putin’s Russia.” It’s a book about life in modern Russia that pulls both from the country’s history, as well as from a large body of sociological research into the Soviet and post-Soviet personality type whose “habits, inclinations, and internal moral calculations,” according to Joshua “elevated Vladimir Putin to his current position and which now perform the small, daily work that, in aggregate, keeps him there.”

This conversation is one of the more nuanced you are bound to hear on the subject of Russia, Putin, and Russian propaganda in American media. Yaffa speaks critically, but honestly, about a country that features prominently in American politics today. Demetri also shares insights from his own experience working at the Russian state media outlet RT (Russia Today). 

For Patreon subscribers, this week’s rundown covers not only the subject of Demetri’s conversation with Joshua, but much of Yaffa’s book  as well. You can access that rundown, the overtime segment, as well as a transcript to this week’s episode through the Hidden Forces Patreon Page

All subscribers also gain access to our overtime feed, which can be easily be added to your favorite podcast application.

Producer & Host: Demetri Kofinas

Editor & Engineer: Stylianos Nicolaou

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Feb 03 2020 · 1hr 4mins
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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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Joshua Yaffa - The Future of Putinism Russia After Syria, Ukraine, and Economic Crisis

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Dec 15 2015 · 1hr 3mins