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The Historical and Cultural Legacy of Siberia

Journalist Frederick Kempe is a foreign correspondent and Berlin Bureau Chief for The Wall Street Journal. He spent five weeks traveling thru Sibera and has written an account of it in, "Siberian Odyssey." In many areas, Kempe was the first American there. He visited a nomadic tribe of reindeer herders, a former Gulag site, and the site of a Stalinist mass grave, talking to survivors of the former, and children of victims from the later. Kempe made the trip shortly before the August 1991 coup that ushered out the Communist Party.


Other segments from the episode on July 21, 1992

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, July 21, 1992: Interview with Frederick Kempe; Interview with Peter Medak; Review of 8 Bold Souls' album "Sideshow."


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