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Vodka Politics

Today’s Between the Covers podcast is with Mark Lawrence Schrad, author of Vodka Politics: Alcohol, Autocracy, and the Secret History of the Russian State. We discuss why Russians have such a fondness for tasteless booze, whether vodka has cursed the Russian people, and what role the drink plays in Russian corruption at Sochi and elsewhere.

John J. Miller — John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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