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Oleksandra Povoroznik Talks Language Politics and Wartime Culture

Season 1, Ep. 15

Oleksandra Povoroznik (⁦@rynkrynk) is a Kyiv-based journalist, film critic and translator, who joins us to discuss the changing politics of language in Ukraine, as well as the country's defiant wartime culture and humor.

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