Masha Gessen on her book, The Future Is History.

Why Couldn’t Russia Shake Off Totalitarianism?

Why Couldn’t Russia Shake Off Totalitarianism?

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Oct. 6 2017 8:00 PM

Masha Gessen, Putin Whisperer

The U.S. has liberalized over time. Why hasn’t Russia?

Russian President Vladimir Putin in southern Siberia in August.

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Listen to Episode 844 of Slate’s The Gist:


Masha Gessen returns to The Gist, this time to talk about her latest work, The Future Is History. Gessen uses the book to examine the ways in which post-Soviet Russia failed to process the traumas of totalitarianism. In failing to reckon with its past, did Russia doom itself to a bleak future?

In the Spiel, the dearth of details in the Trump administration’s tax plan.

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