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Smart Talk: NPR host David Greene on his book "Midnight in Siberia"

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Mar 9, 2015 2:29 PM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, March 10, 2015:

It's a long way from Lancaster to Moscow or Vladivostok, but it's one of the journeys NPR Morning Edition host David Greene has made.

The McCaskey graduate has written a book called Midnight in Siberia about his six-thousand mile adventure across Russia aboard the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Greene was NPR's Moscow correspondent but always wanted to get outside the Russian capital city and explore the country and talk with the people.

It wasn't easy at first because the people weren't very friendly and never made eye contact.  But eventually that changed and Greene met interesting people with lots of opinions.

Greene's book is especially timely now that Russia has annexed Crimea and fighting continues in Ukraine.

Did the Russian people have anything to say about President Vladimir Putin?

Contrary to what many may picture in Siberia, Greene saw great beauty in the countryside.

David Greene appears on Tuesday's Smart Talk.

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-03-10 08:06

    Thomas emails - Could you describe a typical Russian's opinion of typical Americans?

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    Katie emails - I assume you read Paul Theroux. How did his writing influence you?

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    Tiffany emails - Good morning, gentlemen. David, please describe the foods - the textures, flavors, and spices. (Unless you already mentioned this, and I missed it!)

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