Russia http://iowapublicradio.org en Hear: Vedenyapin Sings Yiddish Songs at IPR http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hear-vedenyapin-sings-yiddish-songs-ipr <p>Before there was "<strong><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTcRRaXV-fg&amp;feature=kp" target="_blank">Who's on first?"</a></strong> there was the similar routine, "<strong><a href="http://www.cclj.be/article/1/3896" target="_blank">Weinstein? Einstein!</a></strong>" by the Yiddish standup team&nbsp;<strong><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shimon_Dzigan" target="_blank">Dzigan&nbsp;</a>&amp; <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJt_CA857aU" target="_blank">Schumacher</a>. Sun, 04 May 2014 00:57:04 +0000 Barney Sherman 40111 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hear: Vedenyapin Sings Yiddish Songs at IPR Putin's Motives in Ukraine Hard to Decode http://iowapublicradio.org/post/putins-motives-ukraine-hard-decode <p>As protests continue in Eastern Ukraine, Secretary of State John Kerry says it's clear the chaos is being orchestrated by Russia.&nbsp; Host Ben Kieffer talks with Wayne Moyer, Rosenfield Professor of Political Science at Grinnell College and Jim McCormick, Professor and Chair of Political Science at Iowa State University about Russian President Valdimir Putin's motivations.&nbsp; They also discuss the politics of equal pay, and the recent firing of Department of Administrative Services Director Mike Carroll.</p><p></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:26:50 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 38880 at http://iowapublicradio.org Putin's Motives in Ukraine Hard to Decode Understanding the Crimean Crisis http://iowapublicradio.org/post/understanding-crimean-crisis <p>Russia has warned that any use of force in Ukraine's eastern region could lead to civil war. This comes as Kiev seeks to regain control after pro-Moscow uprisings in three cities.&nbsp; This hour, host Ben Kieffer listens to two perspectives on the crisis.</p><p><a href="http://romanskaskiw.com/blog/">Roman Skaskiw</a> is a Ukrainian-American software developer and graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop living in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv.&nbsp; He sees most of the pro-Putin sentiment as fake and orchestrated</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:29:24 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Sarah Boden 38798 at http://iowapublicradio.org Understanding the Crimean Crisis Secrets, Deals, the Senate Race, and Sanctions http://iowapublicradio.org/post/secrets-deals-senate-race-and-sanctions <p>Dean Borg guest hosts this politics day edition of 'River to River.' &nbsp;Des Moines Register Political Columnist Kathie Obradovich, University of Northern Iowa's Chris Larimer, and Drake University's David Skidmore are political analysts for this program that includes Iowa, U.S., and international politics.</p><p></p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 21:06:23 +0000 Dean Borg & Ben Stanton 37806 at http://iowapublicradio.org Secrets, Deals, the Senate Race, and Sanctions President Obama Sits Between Two Ferns http://iowapublicradio.org/post/president-obama-sits-between-two-ferns <p>The head of the <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/03/12/289299072/feinstein-cia-tampered-with-senate-panels-work">U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee says the CIA improperly accessed computers</a> used by congressional staff.&nbsp; What comes next?</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:16:22 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 37479 at http://iowapublicradio.org President Obama Sits Between Two Ferns Putin and Ukraine http://iowapublicradio.org/post/putin-and-ukraine <p>President Obama says that Russian incursion in Ukraine is against international law and a miscalculation that risks pushing former Soviet-bloc nations further from Moscow. &nbsp;Russian President President Putin has defended his actions and criticized the U.S. response. &nbsp;Listen to this political analysis of the situation.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:34:49 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 37140 at http://iowapublicradio.org Putin and Ukraine Putin Puts Military on Alert While Kerry Urges Caution http://iowapublicradio.org/post/putin-puts-military-alert-while-kerry-urges-caution <p>Russian President Vladimir Putin <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ukraine-crisis/combat-ready-putin-orders-military-drill-ukraine-simmers-n38946">put 150,000 Russian combat troops on high alert</a>, rattling nerves in an already unstable Ukraine.&nbsp; The move along Ukraine's border caused<a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ukraine-crisis/kerry-russia-must-be-very-careful-judgments-ukraine-n39236"> U.S. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:51:53 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 36834 at http://iowapublicradio.org Putin Puts Military on Alert While Kerry Urges Caution Olympics Don't Ease U.S. Russian Strain http://iowapublicradio.org/post/olympics-dont-ease-us-russian-strain <p>Just outside the spotlight of these Olympic games in Sochi, Russia and the U.S. are navigating a tense point in their relationship.&nbsp; Host Ben Kieffer talks with Wayne Moyer, Rosenfield Professor of Political Science at Grinnell College and Tim Hagel, Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Iowa about the tension and the ongoing cooperation between the U.S and Russia.&nbsp; They also reflect on the U.S. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 22:02:37 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 36194 at http://iowapublicradio.org Olympics Don't Ease U.S. Russian Strain Politics Day http://iowapublicradio.org/post/politics-day-123 <div id="content"><div class="chat in"><div class="msg 1st">President Obama took his case for military action in Syria to a skeptical American public last night and asserted the need to keep pressure on the regime of Bashar al-Assad. Wed, 11 Sep 2013 20:29:37 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 28933 at http://iowapublicradio.org Politics Day