Dec 14, 2022
Mark Galeotti is one of the world's leading experts on Russia, transnational crime and military affairs.
He is the author of many books, including The Weaponisation of Everything, A Short History of Russia, and We Need to Talk About Putin.
His new book is Putin's Wars: From Chechnya to Ukraine.
Galeotti explains how Russia’s war against Ukraine is a cruel “laboratory” for the hyper-lethal realities of modern warfare, why Russia’s military has underperformed so badly, and how “hot takes” and the 24/7 news media more generally have done the public a great disservice in their understanding of what is really taking place in Ukraine.
Galeotti reflects on emotion, responsibility, and what it means for him to publicly think and write such serious matters as international relations and war.
He also separates fact from fiction about the complex realities of the real man Vladimir Putin vs. how the mythmaking machine and global popular culture have presented him as some type of genius supervillain.
Chauncey DeVega reflects on the one-year “anniversary” of his health emergency and almost going to the big casino in the sky and/or being one with the Force.
And Chauncey goes to the movies and shares his thoughts about such films as Bones and All, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, The Inspection, The Menu, Violent Night, and Empire of Light.
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