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October 12, 2017
Putin in Birthdayland and Alice in Wonderland
Putin in Birthdayland and Alice in Wonderland

For Putin's birthday, a fake burger, a real burger, and a puppy. Plus, St. Petersburg rooftops, frogmen, and how to bathe in crude oil.  

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: Petersburg, burger, Yandex, Putin, Russia
October 5, 2017
Spying for Russia and Flying for Russia
Spying for Russia and Flying for Russia

The glorious deeds of a famous spy, the smaller deeds of everyday spies, and a whole new horizon for female fighter pilots.

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: pilot, Philby, spy, Russia
October 3, 2017
A Finnish Finish
A Finnish Finish

Our last stop on the Children of 1917 expedition was Finland, namely Tampere, the country's second largest city, where we met our final two heroes.

By Paul E. Richardson
Tags: 1917, war, Finland
September 28, 2017
The Biggest Cheesecake, The Artsiest Robot, and The Spaciest Station
The Biggest Cheesecake, The Artsiest Robot, and The Spaciest Station

A record-breaking cake, a robot breaking (conceptions of) art, and a space station breaking international boundaries. Plus, flying cars and how to live on Mars.

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: Mars, Roscosmos, space, robot, cake, Stavropol, Russia
September 26, 2017
Minsk – City for Giants
Minsk – City for Giants

Minsk is a city built for giants. And it is where we met a great soul, Maria Fyodorovna Rylik, who dedicated her life to teaching and her family.

By Paul E. Richardson
September 21, 2017
Guns, Gents, and Stalin
Guns, Gents, and Stalin

Heroes who caused deaths, heroes who saved lives, questionable movie heroes, and the heroes who make art and cheese. Which is your favorite?

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: cheese, Petrov, Kalashnikov, Moscow, Russia
September 20, 2017
A Good Butcher
A Good Butcher

In which a retired Polish butcher explains how to live to be 100 and serenades us on his trumpet.

By Paul E. Richardson
Tags: Poland, 1917
September 15, 2017
What a Difference a Border Makes
What a Difference a Border Makes

On borders, learning Polish, the influence of culture, and the importance of a sense of humor.

By Paul E. Richardson
Tags: Kaliningrad, children of 1917, 1917
September 14, 2017
Evil Clowns, Ballerinas, and Other Movie Monsters
Evil Clowns, Ballerinas, and Other Movie Monsters

Clown horror is horrid for clowns, a ballet scandal on the silver screen, and a pack of protesting porkers. 

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: film, ballet, clowns, Russia
September 11, 2017
Of Rivers, Mines, and a Lake
Of Rivers, Mines, and a Lake

Two days in Irkutsk and one on Baikal, where we meet a soft-spoken mechanic and visit two very different tourist destinations.

By Paul E. Richardson
September 8, 2017
The Teacher
The Teacher

A second post from Krasnoyarsk, where we meet a poetry-writing, rug-weaving centenarian.

By Paul E. Richardson
Tags: siberia, children of 1917, 1917
September 7, 2017
Fake Countries, Sausages, and Mystery Highways
Fake Countries, Sausages, and Mystery Highways

How to be patriotic to a nonexistent country, get a proper education, and deal with a highway through your house. Plus buildings, bridges, and bratwursts to die for. 

By Alice E.M. Underwood
Tags: sausage, Zaryadye, Zapad, Veishnoria, Russia