On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared a “special military operation” in Ukraine, launching an invasion that has caused a humanitarian crisis and reshaped world affairs. In this installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, host Galen Druke talks to Samuel Charap, an expert on Russia and Eurasia from the Rand Corporation, about the ongoing war and how tensions between Russia and Western nations came to a head in Ukraine.
The podcast crew also explains how the war is affecting American politics, and senior writer Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux joins to discuss President Biden’s nomination of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court and the impact she could have on the nation’s highest court if she’s confirmed.
You can listen to the episode by clicking the “play” button in the audio player above or by downloading it in iTunes, the ESPN App or your favorite podcast platform. If you are new to podcasts, learn how to listen.
The FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast is recorded Mondays and Thursdays. Help new listeners discover the show by leaving us a rating and review on iTunes. Have a comment, question or suggestion for “good polling vs. bad polling”? Get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments.