‘Praying to Black Jesus’ in Kyiv

We speak with Terrell Jermaine Starr on the ground in Ukraine.

Long lines at ATMs and gas stations. The constant blare of air raid sirens. Military jets scrambling across the sky. Eurasia expert (and for the first time, war reporter) Terrell Jermaine Starr is in Ukraine witnessing all this and more.

On this special bonus episode of Things That Go Boom, he argues that we can’t understand Russia’s full-scale invasion — or the man behind it — without examining the country’s imperialist history. It’s a story President Vladimir Putin is leaning on today.

Things That Go Boom will be back with our regularly-scheduled programming on March 21.

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GUESTS: Terrell Jermaine Starr, Journalist, and Nonresident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council


World Central Kitchen

Kyiv Independent

Voices of Children

Direct Relief


Why Progressives Should Help Defend Ukraine, Terrell Jermaine Starr, Foreign Policy.

Ambassador Michael McFaul on Ukraine-Russia Relations, Black Diplomats.

The Putin Doctrine, Angela Stent, Foreign Affairs.