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On the Ground With a Ukrainian Journalist

“At the moment, I think I still can play an important role here. … If I get drafted, I get drafted.”


Episode Notes

What it’s been like for one Ukrainian American journalist to cover the Russian attack on his homeland: “The first couple of days of the war, I threw myself into work, and then after that, I couldn’t function for a day or two. And I quickly figured out that if I keep working, then I have to abstract it on some level.”

Guest: Romeo Kokriatski, managing editor of the New Voice of Ukraine and co-host of the podcast Ukraine Without Hype.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Danielle Hewitt, Elena Schwartz, and Carmel Delshad.


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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.