Month: March 2022

On the Road With Ukraine’s Refugees

This episode contains strong language.  In response to Russia’s increasingly brutal campaign against Ukrainian towns and cities, an estimated 1.5 million people — most of them women and children — have fled Ukraine over the past 10 days. It’s the fastest displacement of people in Europe since World War II. While evacuating the capital city…

The Sunday Read: ‘The Waco Biker Shootout Left Nine Dead. Why Was No One Convicted?’

It was a perplexing event, with little in the way of legal closure. Seven years on from a fatal biker shootout in 2015, Mark Binelli explores the details of the event — which started as a brawl between rival “outlaw” motorcycle clubs, the Cossacks and the Bandidos, at a restaurant in Waco, West Texas, which…

The New Shape of Texas Politics

This episode contains strong language. After winning his House seat in the 2018 midterm elections, Representative Dan Crenshaw, a Republican of Texas, seemed to have found a sweet spot between full-blown Trumpism and the anti-Trump wing of the party. But after Jan. 6, and ahead of this year’s midterms, more extreme factions of the Republican…

Why Russia Hasn’t Defeated Ukraine

After invading, Russia’s military was expected to sweep through Ukraine within a few days, quickly seizing the capital, Kyiv, and installing a pro-Moscow government. It hasn’t worked out that way. Now, with Russia’s advance stalling, there are signs that President Vladimir V. Putin is ready to wage a much darker, grimmer campaign. Guest: Eric Schmitt,…

How Europe Came Around on Sanctions

As Russian forces bombard Ukraine’s cities and strike civilian areas with increasingly powerful weapons, the European Union has adopted the largest package of sanctions ever imposed on a single country. The 27-nation bloc overcame a reputation for internal division to agree on the penalties — but will they be enough to help bring the war…

In Ukraine, the Men Who Must Stay and Fight

This episode contains strong language. As the Russian assault has intensified, the government in Ukraine has enacted martial law, requiring men to stay in the country and either join the fight or face the prospect of conscription. We tell the story of three of those men: Eugene, an I.T. worker from the northeastern city of…