A generation who has grown up under President Putin begins to take its place in Russian politics. Russia is changing. Those born in the wake of the Cold War — a group of young people who have grown up knowing only a President Vladimir Putin — are just now coming of age and finding their places in Russia. They don’t watch TV — they prefer the internet. Some of them have taken to the opposition. Some are proud members of the youth wing of Putin's ruling party.
Join us for an evening of photos, video and audio from Marco Werman and Daniel Ofman’s reporting in Russia.
This is not a Russia that you’d recognize from the news, pop culture, or your US history textbook. This is Russia right now.
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
Daniel Ofman has been a producer with The World since the summer of 2018. He’s also the producer of Boston Calling a weekly program on the BBC World Service. Prior to joining The World, Daniel interned at NPR’s All Things Considered, and The Jerusalem Post. Daniel grew up in Boston and Jerusalem and he spent his summers in Moscow Russian with extended family. His first language is Russian and he is also fluent in Hebrew.
I got my first job in journalism at 16 as a copy-boy at the News and Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina. I've worked in documentary photography, print, radio and television. My radio work started in Burkina Faso in West Africa, following a three year stint with the Peace Corps in Togo. From Burkina Faso, I moved to London to produce the BBC World Service flagship breakfast program for Africa, "Network Africa."
In 1990, I moved back to the US, and helped start up a new public radio station in upstate New York in the Adirondacks where I reported, produced and hosted a daily two-hour news and current affairs show. Four years later, I moved to Rome, Italy where I was the correspondent for Monitor Radio. In 1995, WGBH and The World hired me to help begin the program. Its mission -- to bring international news to American ears in a compelling way that would make the world more relevant to them -- scratched me where I itch. And I've been committed to that mission ever since.
Along the way, I've won some awards (the National Federation of Community Broadcasters for an original radio drama I wrote; the Sony awards for an exposé on child labor in West African gold mines; the New York Festivals for a BBC documentary on the 1987 assassination of Burkina Faso’s president; the first annual Unity award from the Radio and Television News Director’s Association for coverage of diversity issues; and an Emmy for a Frontline documentary on Libya). But the most important honor for me remains the emails I get from listeners thanking us for the coverage we give to often little-known stories and voices from around the globe.