The crisis between Ukraine, Russia, and the European Union/United States continues to dominate headlines with fears of a second cold war or worse emerging. In Part I of this podcast double-feature, we discussed Crimea’s rich and varied history. Join hosts Leticia Wiggins and Patrick Potyondy for Part II as they talk with Trevor Brown and Rudy Hightower, both from OSU’s Glenn School of Public Affairs, about Ukraine’s struggles to achieve democracy in the post-Soviet era.
— Podcast posted April 20, 2014
In celebration of Earth Day tomorrow, we’ll be posting the best of our environmental articles and podcasts.
Start off your week with a listen to host Patrick Potyondy interviewing environmental historian Nick Breyfogle on climate change in Russia.
The Pakistan Taliban say they will not extend a cease-fire with the Pakistani government, six days after a weeks-long pause in hostilities officially ended.
Now that the government cease-fire is over, what does Pakistan’s future look like?
We explored this question while keeping an eye to history last month in “A Fresh Start for Pakistan?" by Eric A. Strahorn.
Young, casual marijuana smokers experience potentially harmful changes to their brains, with the drug altering regions of the mind related to motivation and emotion, researchers found.
Now that studies are showing pot-smoking may change brain chemistry, we think back to why the drug was illegalized in the first place, with Stephen Siff’s “The Illegalization of Marijuana: A Brief History.”
A new idea is making the rounds in education circles. Under the plan, states would allow students to go to college for free then they would pay back a percentage of their salaries after they graduate.
This new proposal claims that it will help the education crisis. Economic historian Lawrence Bowdish provides a history of student loans for Origins, “The Kids Aren’t Alright: The Policymaking of Student Loan Policy.” Check out how student aid’s been treated historically.
Legalize it? Illegalize it?
New from Origins, Stephen Siff looks at how political and racial factors combined with the way marijuana users were portrayed in the media to create the “illegalization” of marijuana across the 20th century.
The world has been electrified these past weeks by the explosive events in Ukraine: a dramatic political revolution in Kyiv’s Freedom Square, the surprise annexation of Crimea into Russia, and rising tensions between Russia and the United States/European Union that are reminiscent of the darkest of Cold War days. Join hosts Leticia Wiggins and Patrick Potyondy as they talk with Myroslava Mudrak, Sergei Zhuk, andOrigins editor Nick Breyfogle about Crimea’s rich and varied history, how Crimea was absorbed into Russia, and what the future holds for Ukraine and the Crimean peninsula.
— Posted on April 10, 2014
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