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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, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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