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Michael McFaul
Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service

The former U.S. Ambassador to Russia during the Obama administration, Michael McFaul, is in Montana to lecture Wednesday, April 10 in Missoula and Thursday, April 11 in Helena. The Montana native is now a Stanford University professor, best-selling author and analyst for NBC News and The Washington Post.

He sat down in our studios to talk politics and foreign policy with MTPR's Sally Mauk.

Threshold S02 Episode Ten: Nickel For Your Thoughts

Nov 27, 2018
The nickel smelter in Nikel, Russia
Amy Martin

Half of the Arctic is in Russia, and half of Russia is in the Arctic. Oil, minerals, pollution -- it's a web of complicated environmental stories that need to be told. But in Russia, investigative journalists have become an endangered species. Spend some time around a nickel smelter and meet a veteran journalist fighting to do his job.

Flickr user, Edsel Little. CC-BY-2.0

Kulebyaka ("koo lebYA-ka"), the multi-layered "king" of salmon pies of the Russian Far East, is an excellent party dish because on party day, you can simply roll out the pastry, assemble the kulebyaka a couple of hours before serving, and bake and serve the pie warm.

Election sign in a Montana polling place
Josh Burnham

Montana Secretary of State Corey Stapleton says the state will replace its aging voter registration system and upgrade election security with a $3 million federal grant.

Secretary of State Corey Stapleton meets with county election officials August 10, 2017.
Corin Cates-Carney

Secretary of State Corey Stapleton says Montana’s election system was probed by Russia during the 2016 election cycle.

Stapleton’s acknowledgement comes after a member of his staff told the Associated Press that Montana was not among the 21 states targeted by hackers in 2016.

Kathleen Williams.
Olga Kreimer

The Democrat challenging Greg Gianforte for Montana’s seat in the U.S. House criticized President Trump Tuesday for his press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin the day before.

Kathleen Williams joined all three members of Montana’s congressional delegation in rebuking the President.

Sen. Steve Daines.
Courtesy photo

U.S. Senator Steve Daines says one of the main points he and other Republican members of Congress expressed to Russians during a visit to that country last week was, "Don’t interfere in our elections."

Daines returned from his trip to Russia last Wednesday. During the trip, Daines said he was told by the United States Ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman, that US - Russia relations are at a post-Cold War low.

U.S. Capitol.
Bjoertvedt (CC-BY-SA-3)

The NPR Two-Way blog will provide live coverage of the House Intelligence Committee’s public hearing on the investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. The live blog will include streaming video of the proceedings, with posts featuring highlights, context and analysis from NPR reporters and correspondents.

Last week, both of Montana’s senators held virtual town-hall meetings to connect with constituents. Questions ranged from Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education, to the Affordable Care Act and Russia.

From Hitler's 1941 invasion of Russia until the Nazi surrender in 1945, 24 million Russians died. Yedika Ivanonva served as a medic in the Red Army for all four years of the Soviet-German war. Now 94, she recalls: