Day 21: She’s In Russia | TECKnical Foul
She’s In Russia
Since late 2013, the US and Russia have been engaged in a state of tension and information warfare, sometimes referred to as Cold War II. The recent US-based intrigue and investigation into the relationship between Putin, Trump and hacking has increased tensions to a fever pitch, most notably in the politics and media of the American Left. Cold War II represents and encourages some of humanity’s very worst tendencies – towards xenophobia, ignorance, falsity. On this podcast two best friends — one in St. Petersburg and the other in Brooklyn — call each other and talk about US-Russian politics and/or culture in an attempt to push back against the caricature and sensationalism that dominate the current discussion in mainstream Politics and Media.
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She’s In Russia: Crimea, It Existed Before 2014
Wait, was the annexation of Crimea illegal per international law? To answer this question, we start at the beginning — the 15th century, when Crimea was ruled by the ottoman empire and was the center for the Slavic slave trade — and end at present day. The Ukrainian crisis and the annexation of Crimea mark the beginning of the so-called Cold War II. On this week’s episode we answer the questions: What laws did the Russian government break in annexing Crimea? How do we balance the will of the Crimean people against opposing international legality? And how does Putin use rhetoric to re-interpret international precedents as emotional rather than legal? Also Smith asserts that there are only 4 types of people, much to Lily’s chagrin.
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“As we stand on the brink of a potential Cold War Part 2, She’s in Russia demystifies and gives interesting insight into modern Russian international relations. In this episode Lily and Smith debate Crimea’s relationship with Moscow and beyond in a relatable, none intimidating way. They also take on the modern condition, calling out everyone on their bullshit, including each other.”
“In a time where US/Russia relations are shaky, it’s important to feel more well-informed. The hosts referred to their show as “basic bitch history”, which is hilarious, but I feel it is anything but basic. I listened to the episode on Crimea, and was surprised with how truly little I knew about it. The way the information I got from She’s In Russia made it easily digestible. It reminded me of Stuff You Missed in History Class, because let’s face it – our education system here in the US really does gloss over a lot of foreign history. I am looking forward to listening to more She’s In Russia in the future.”
“Humorous banter between hosts Smith Freeman and Olivia Capozzalo. Both young and American, Smith lives in Brooklyn while Olivia has lived in St. Petersburg for the past 3 years. Capozzalo works at a cryptocurrency company, and has particularly good takes when it comes to young liberal Russians, Russian corporate culture, and Russia’s political responses to America. This episode is all about Crimea—history, forced deportations, Nazi occupation and collaboration, pre and post Soviet rule, current civil unrest, etc. These ladies keep it fun, interesting and educational.”
TECKnical Foul: Chest Body
The crew kept it mellow this week while discussing Zeke’s NFL suspension, more NFL athletes sitting for the national anthem, the NBA schedule release, what’s happening with D. Wade and LeBron, Giancarlo Stanton’s HR streak, WWE Summerslam and more. Blow The Whistle Victims: ESPN and Lonzo Ball; #TECKTop5: Best wrestling finishing moves.
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-Happy Trail Mix
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