The Gist: Lukas Alpert on Putin TV and Philip Galewitz on Medicaid expansion.

Putin TV: He Programs, You Decide

Putin TV: He Programs, You Decide

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
April 15 2015 7:38 PM

Putin Programs, You Decide

How the Russian leader maintains his popularity by keeping a finger on the balance of media.

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Who is the audience for Russia’s English-language propaganda television?

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Listen to Episode 236 of Slate’s The Gist:

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Today on The Gist, Phil Galewitz from Kaiser Health News explains an aspect of the new health care law that new Medicaid recipients should know about. Unlike other Obamacare scares, this one is nonfiction. Plus, reporter Lukas Alpert explains that the most effective propaganda is often the hardest to spot. We ask him about his Kindle single Kremlin Speak: Inside Putin's Propaganda Factory. For the Spiel, air mail on the Capitol lawn.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.