Luka’s parents – Nadia and Karen – try to figure out where to take him once war breaks out. (6 minutes)
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Nadia and Karen have been arguing over Russian-ness since they needed to pick a school for Luka.
Nadia remembers the times that Luka’s father would suggest going to Crimea for vacation, as if it wasn’t Ukrainian land occupied by Russia.
Nadia tells the story of her father, Alex, who lives near Bucha, and how differently he and she view the Russian atrocities there. (10 minutes)
Nadia tells the story of her mother, who lives in Russia, and how she won’t do the one thing Nadia keeps asking her to do. (2 minutes)
Karen sends Nadia a photo which drives them to a final showdown. (12 minutes)
Nadia’s step-father works for the Russian government. How to manage that? (4 minutes)
Russian forces have besieged the town of Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine. Shelling is constant.
Masha Gessen has fled their home country, Russia, twice. First as a teenager, then again as an adult.
Valerie Kipnis tells Ira about how Russian soldiers in the war in Ukraine are making a huge decision in an unusual way: over a hotline.
Valerie Kipnis tells the story of 12-year-old Ilya, a Ukrainian refugee eager to figure out whether his hometown can still feel like home. He and his family return to Mariupol, a city badly damaged in the war, and now under Russian control.
Reporter James Spring visits a refugee camp in Tijuana, Mexico filled with Ukranians fleeing the war.
Host Ira Glass plays recordings of a woman named Katia in Kyiv, dealing with the quotidian challenges of life — like taking the dog out to pee — in the middle of the war. (7 minutes)We found out about Katia from the podcast Vice News Reports, a show with a lot of great reporting on the war in Ukraine, plus stories that are unfolding all over the world.
As Kyiv empties out, Ukrainian photographer Yevgenia Belorusets documents her interactions with those who stayed behind. (15 minutes)Her diaries were published by ISOLARII.
There’s a group chat for Nigerian students living in Ukraine that got totally upended by the war.
Reporter Ashley Cleek talks to one Russian protestor in the middle of re-evaluating one of her oldest friendships. (15 minutes)
Producer Alix Spiegel tells the story of a Lithuanian man who devises a plan to solve a problem related to the war in Ukraine.
Sean Cole speaks to Washington Post reporter Siobhan O’Grady about her visit to the zoo in Kyiv.
Late at night on the evening Russia invaded Ukraine, Ira talks to two people who escaped to Lviv, near the Polish border: a woman we call Natalie, and the Ukraine Correspondent for The Economist, Richard Ensor. Natalie’s harrowing story about escaping Kyiv is not the sort of war story that makes you think, "I can't imagine what it'd be like to go through that.” In fact it’s just the opposite.