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Host Richard Aldous, contributing editor of The American Interest and professor of history at Bard College, welcomes you to TAI's books podcast.

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Putin v. the People

Relevant Reading:Putin v. the People: The Perilous Politics of a Divided Russia Samuel A. Greene & Graeme B. Robertson “Vladimir Putin is a popular man. He is also a dictator. That is not a contradiction.” So beginsPutin v. the People, a new book that explores why so many ordinary Russians support Putin—and why his hold on power may nonetheless be weaker than we think.In their new book, Samuel A. Greene and Graeme B. Robertson take a bottom-up view of contemporary Russia, drawing on original research to explain the social foundations of Putin’s support. They argue that his power is “co-constructed” with the Russian people, driven in part by social pressures and a popular preference for “agreeableness.” At the same time, they reject the notion that Russians are inherently prone to autocracy—and reveal the many ways in which a reactive Kremlin is struggling to meet popular expectations and answer opposition challenges.Samuel A. Greene is Director of the Russia Institute at King’s College London, and he joins Richard Aldous this week to discuss the book. Be sure to tune in, and don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, where you can leave a review, and follow Samuel Greene (@samagreene) and @aminterest on Twitter.

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The Art of Displacement at the Phillips Collection

The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement Phillips Collection Washington, DC June 22-September 22, 2019 The Phillips Collection was founded in 1921 as the first museum of modern art in America—and this season in Washington, it’s presenting a major exhibition on a subject at the heart of our national debate.The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement presents works old and new by 75 artists across the globe, all dedicated to themes of migration and displacement. From Arshile Gorky’s modernist painting The Artist and His Mother to John Akomfrah’s 2015 video installation Vertigo Sea, the exhibition moves across genres, mediums, and borders to depict the experience of migration throughout history and up to the present refugee crisis.Dorothy Kosinski is director of the Phillips Collection, and she recently spoke with our host Richard Aldous after he toured the exhibition in Washington. Tune in to learn more about this “operatic” exhibition—and hear why ...

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Ill Winds for Democracy

Relevant Reading:Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency Larry Diamond Larry Diamond is one of the world’s foremost experts on democracy, and in his latest book he issues a sobering warning: democracy is retreating across the globe, and the foundations of democratic culture are eroding both at home and abroad.InIll Winds,Diamond takes stock of the threats to democracy from foreign foes like Russia and China, as well as the complacency that has degraded our own democracy. He also proposes a way forward, offering concrete policies that could help reverse the tide and recover the best of our democratic tradition.Larry Diamond is a regular columnist for The American Interest and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Tune in this week as he joins Richard Aldous to discuss the book.Be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, where you can leave a review,...

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Latest Episodes

Putin v. the People

Relevant Reading:Putin v. the People: The Perilous Politics of a Divided Russia Samuel A. Greene & Graeme B. Robertson “Vladimir Putin is a popular man. He is also a dictator. That is not a contradiction.” So beginsPutin v. the People, a new book that explores why so many ordinary Russians support Putin—and why his hold on power may nonetheless be weaker than we think.In their new book, Samuel A. Greene and Graeme B. Robertson take a bottom-up view of contemporary Russia, drawing on original research to explain the social foundations of Putin’s support. They argue that his power is “co-constructed” with the Russian people, driven in part by social pressures and a popular preference for “agreeableness.” At the same time, they reject the notion that Russians are inherently prone to autocracy—and reveal the many ways in which a reactive Kremlin is struggling to meet popular expectations and answer opposition challenges.Samuel A. Greene is Director of the Russia Institute at King’s College London, and he joins Richard Aldous this week to discuss the book. Be sure to tune in, and don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, where you can leave a review, and follow Samuel Greene (@samagreene) and @aminterest on Twitter.

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Putin v. the People

The Art of Displacement at the Phillips Collection

The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement Phillips Collection Washington, DC June 22-September 22, 2019 The Phillips Collection was founded in 1921 as the first museum of modern art in America—and this season in Washington, it’s presenting a major exhibition on a subject at the heart of our national debate.The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement presents works old and new by 75 artists across the globe, all dedicated to themes of migration and displacement. From Arshile Gorky’s modernist painting The Artist and His Mother to John Akomfrah’s 2015 video installation Vertigo Sea, the exhibition moves across genres, mediums, and borders to depict the experience of migration throughout history and up to the present refugee crisis.Dorothy Kosinski is director of the Phillips Collection, and she recently spoke with our host Richard Aldous after he toured the exhibition in Washington. Tune in to learn more about this “operatic” exhibition—and hear why ...

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The Art of Displacement at the Phillips Collection

Ill Winds for Democracy

Relevant Reading:Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency Larry Diamond Larry Diamond is one of the world’s foremost experts on democracy, and in his latest book he issues a sobering warning: democracy is retreating across the globe, and the foundations of democratic culture are eroding both at home and abroad.InIll Winds,Diamond takes stock of the threats to democracy from foreign foes like Russia and China, as well as the complacency that has degraded our own democracy. He also proposes a way forward, offering concrete policies that could help reverse the tide and recover the best of our democratic tradition.Larry Diamond is a regular columnist for The American Interest and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and Stanford University’s Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Tune in this week as he joins Richard Aldous to discuss the book.Be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, where you can leave a review,...

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