Russia

Jen Holquist

WBOI aired a Trap Door showcase for the first time one year ago on June 27. This week on WBOI Presents, we are listening back to the Trap Door's May Story Showcase at Welch's Ale House. 

Peter Dominowski

David Greene is the host of Morning Edition, author of Midnight in Siberia and a journalist who has reported internationally and across the United States.

He visited the WBOI studios in September and WBOI’s Lisa Ryan had a chance to speak with him about the state of journalism, current events and his recent book.

David Gilkey / NPR

In a year full of major international news stories, it’s fair to say Russia has been among the biggest.

From the Sochi Olympic Games, to its annex of Crimea, to new confrontations with the West over Ukraine, Russia – and its longtime president, Vladimir Putin – has dominated the headlines in 2014.

But NPR's David Greene found inspiration in Russia’s smaller stories, in the villages and people along the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Courtesy / Wikimedia Commons

On Sunday, citizens in Crimea will vote on a referendum to decide whether or not to secede from Ukraine.

The interim government in Ukraine -- and much of the West -- says the referendum is illegal and it won’t recognize the result.

All this comes amid growing concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s influence in the region. Russia has been raising its military profile near Ukraine in recent weeks.

This week, the United States Senate unanimously passed a resolution condemning Putin’s actions and calling for consequences unless Putin relents.