The Power Vertical podcast: The ‘Whatever’ Election coming up in Russia

On March 18, Putin will be re-elected as president of Russia for the fourth time. The story, however, does not end here. While it is reasonable to expect that there won’t be a new President, the upcoming election is far from unimportant. Putin needs more than just the majority if he wants to retain his legitimacy and, ultimately, power.

In the recent episode of The Power Vertical podcast, Journalist Brian Whitmore and his guests discuss the specificities of this “election that isn’t”: the ambiguous role of widespread apathy, the importance of turnout over actual vote, the means and limits of political engineering, and the possible tactics of the opposition.

 

Note: The podcast assumes some prior knowledge of Russian politics. If not familiar with either of the following, a quick search is recommended: Putin-Medvedev swap, United Russia, Alexei Navalny, Xenia Sobchak.

 

By Isabel Seeger

The Butterfly Effect with Jon Ronson: much more than porn

 

Investigative journalist and author Jon Ronson discovers how one Belgium boy’s decision to get rich by providing the world with free online porn has had far reaching and unforeseeable consequences. 

His seven part series, ‘The Butterfly Effect’ is available on Audible now, and will be available on iTunes in November:  

https://www.audible.com/pd/Radio-TV/The-Butterfly-Effect-with-Jon-Ronson-Audiobook/B073JS84YF?ipRedirectOverride=true