"The Other Mr. President"
"Net, net. Net. NYEET. NO!"
This is just one little glimpse of an interview you can hear in the latest episode of This American Life. As you can guess, theme of the show is Russia, and more specifically, the perception of Putin and other governmental players. This podcast is a really good guide to Kremlin 101 for foreigners. It does a really succinct job of giving an overview of how Russia has progressed in the last twenty-some years, and thus, how Putin can possibly boast the kind of approval ratings he does. An interview with an elderly Russian woman gives an idea what was like in Russia before the collapse of the Soviet Union, which gives a basis of understanding why, to her an many other Russians, Putin is irreplaceable.