WBEZ | Ukraine http://www.wbez.org/tags/ukraine Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Ukraine's government reshuffle http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-07-25/ukraines-government-reshuffle-110558 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP751799221862.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Ukrainian prime minister&#39;s resignation on Thursday has created more uncertainty for the Ukrainian government as it tries to battle a separatist movement in the east. We&#39;ll discuss the latest news from Ukraine with freelance journalist Eugene Bondarenko.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-ukraine-s-government-reshuffle/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-ukraine-s-government-reshuffle.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-ukraine-s-government-reshuffle" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Ukraine's government reshuffle" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:53:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-07-25/ukraines-government-reshuffle-110558 Argentina's debt crisis http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-06-24/argentinas-debt-crisis-110398 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP344717063728.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A U.S. judge says Argentina must repay hedge funds that own bonds the country had defaulted on in 2001. Argentina has asked for a stay in the ruling. Stephen Nelson, a professor of political science at Northwestern University who specializes in the politics of debt, explains the case.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-20/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-20.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-20" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Argentina's debt crisis " on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 11:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-06-24/argentinas-debt-crisis-110398 Diplomacy in Ukraine http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-04-18/diplomacy-ukraine-110045 <p><p>In the last 24 hours, a deal&#39;s been reached to quell violence in Ukraine. But it&#39;s unclear whether pro-Russian militants will adhere to it. &nbsp; The New Republic&#39;s Julia Ioffe tells us what the Geneva agreement means for Ukraine.&nbsp;</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-diplomacy-in-ukraine/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-diplomacy-in-ukraine.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-diplomacy-in-ukraine" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Diplomacy in Ukraine" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-04-18/diplomacy-ukraine-110045 Diplomacy in Ukraine http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-04-18/diplomacy-ukraine-110046 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/(AP PhotoManu Brabo).jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In the last 24 hours, a deal&#39;s been reached to quell violence in Ukraine. But it&#39;s unclear whether pro-Russian militants will adhere to it. &nbsp; The New Republic&#39;s Julia Ioffe tells us what the Geneva agreement means for Ukraine.&nbsp;</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-diplomacy-in-ukraine/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-diplomacy-in-ukraine.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-diplomacy-in-ukraine" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Diplomacy in Ukraine" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-04-18/diplomacy-ukraine-110046 Remembering the Rwandan genocide http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-04-07/remembering-rwandan-genocide-109980 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Rwanda.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Twenty years ago today marks the beginning of one of the worst genocides of the 20th century. Estimates put the dead from the 100-day slaughter at close to one million people. We deconstruct what happened with former General Romeo Dallaire, head of U.N. peacekeepers in Rwanda in 1994.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-remembering-the-rwandan-genocide/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-remembering-the-rwandan-genocide.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-remembering-the-rwandan-genocide" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Remembering the Rwandan genocide" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 11:28:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-04-07/remembering-rwandan-genocide-109980 Crisis in Crimea and schools globally under violent attack http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-03-10/crisis-crimea-and-schools-globally-under-violent-attack-109828 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/(AP PhotoAlexander Zemlianichenko).jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The U.S. Ambassador to Russia says the U.S. will not recognize an upcoming Crimean referendum to join Russia. We&#39;ll get an update from Jeffrey Mankoff, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Plus, a new report by the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack says there were hundreds of violent attacks on teachers, students and school buildings in the last five years alone. Diya Nijhowne, the group&rsquo;s director, will detail some of the attacks.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-crisis-in-crimea/embed" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-crisis-in-crimea.js"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-the-crisis-in-crimea" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: The Crisis in Crimea" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-03-10/crisis-crimea-and-schools-globally-under-violent-attack-109828 Morning Shift: A local connection to the crisis in Ukraine http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-03-04/morning-shift-local-connection-crisis-ukraine-109806 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Ukraine Flickr Vladimir Yaitskiy.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We take a look at a local synagogue&#39;s connection to upheaval in Ukraine and how it is affecting the country&#39;s Jewish population. Plus, surprising facts about who colon cancer is affecting. And, a performance from Chicago&#39;s Eighth Blackbird.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-a-local-connection-to-the-crisis-in/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-a-local-connection-to-the-crisis-in.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-a-local-connection-to-the-crisis-in" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: A local connection to the crisis in Ukraine" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 08:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-03-04/morning-shift-local-connection-crisis-ukraine-109806 Protests continue in Ukraine http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-02-03/protests-continue-ukraine-109626 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Ukraine photo.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>President Viktor Yanukovych returned to work in Ukraine on Monday after taking a four-day sick leave. Despite his absence, protesters continued to demand his resignation. We&#39;ll get an update from Kiev.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-ukraine-s-protests-continue/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-ukraine-s-protests-continue.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-ukraine-s-protests-continue" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Ukraine's protests continue" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 10:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-02-03/protests-continue-ukraine-109626 A Hawk and a Hacksaw gives new sound to 1960s Soviet-era film http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2013-07/hawk-and-hacksaw-gives-new-sound-1960s-soviet-era-film-108204 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/hawk%20and%20hacksaw.JPG" style="height: 200px; width: 300px; float: right;" title="A Hawk and a Hacksaw’s Heather Trost and Jeremy Barnes. The musical duo have brought new sounds to a 1964 Soviet-era film. (Photo courtesy of A Hawk and a Hacksaw)" /><em>Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors</em> is like the film equivalent of a disturbance in the force. Though a viewing is unlikely to cause you physical pain or mental terror, it will seriously mess with many of your ideas about movies.</div><p>On its surface <em>Shadows</em>, a 1964 movie by the Armenian-Georgian filmmaker Sergei Parajanov (also spelled Paradjanov) is a Ukrainian variation on the classic tale of star-crossed lovers. Instead of Montagues and Capulets, we have Paliychuks and Gutenyuks, or Ivan and Marichka, who meet as children after her father kills his (a rather morbid take on the cinematic &ldquo;meet cute&rdquo;).</p><p>But as their love story unfolds and of course goes awry, the film too unfurls and deepens. It is at once an avant garde film, an ethnographic study &nbsp;(documentary-like in its detail), a meditation on the power of pagan and Christian rituals; and above all, a rhapsodic, and, at times, psychedelic exploration of the natural world.</p><p>Parajanov&rsquo;s camera shots offer a bird&rsquo;s-eye view from the teetering tops of spindly trees or fish-eyed perspectives of characters hurtling down rushing rivers atop enormous, hand-hewn log rafts. In between moments of action come quiet sequences, close-up shots of lichen, moss and wood grain. His film seems literally to be tripping on the magic of Mother Earth.</p><p>Parajanov&rsquo;s exploration of the <a href="http://www.unian.info/news/210786-ukrainian-highlanders-hutsuls-boikos-and-lemkos.html">Hutsul</a> cultural and ethnic identity, who for centuries have lived in the Carpathian mountains, is what makes<em> Shadows </em>a film near and dear to the heart of many Ukrainians. Though the film (rightly) has been hailed as &ldquo;<a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/shadows-of-our-forgotten-ancestors/Film?oid=1060831">one of the supreme works of the Soviet sound cinema,</a> it was made in the Ukraine and reads as a critique, both of Soviet cinema (whose official guise in 1964 was still largely &ldquo;Soviet realism&rdquo;) and more importantly, of Soviet society and politics, at the very moment a more homogenous and sterile &ldquo;Russian&rdquo; identity was the rule of the land.</p><p>His film was an act of not just personal but political liberty, one he paid for dearly: He was blacklisted after the film came out, other of his films were banned, and he was imprisoned in the 1970s <a href="http://www.parajanov.com/maestro.html">on charges supporters say were trumped up</a>.</p><p>If you&rsquo;ve never seen <em>Shadows</em>, you&rsquo;ll have a rare opportunity to do so Friday night at the Chicago musical space <a href="http://www.constellation-chicago.com/event/273785-hawk-hacksaw-live-film-chicago/">Constellation</a>. What&rsquo;s more, the film will screen with a live music score, thanks to Jeremy Barnes and Heather Trost, the musical duo known as &nbsp;<a href="http://ahawkandahacksaw.net/index.php?id=48">A Hawk and a Hacksaw (AHAAH).</a></p><p>Barnes and Trost, who have watched <em>Shadows</em> &ldquo;hundreds&rdquo; of times, first started performing along to Parajanov&rsquo;s film a few years ago, at both music (<a href="http://www.atpfestival.com/">All Tomorrow&rsquo;s Parties</a>) and film festivals. Trost said they were inspired by Parajanov&rsquo;s experimental approach.</p><p>&ldquo;Everytime I watch it, I almost always notice something new in the film,&rdquo; said Trost. &ldquo;He was totally ahead of his time as far as his craft goes as a filmmaker. It&rsquo;s just a joy to watch.&rdquo;</p><p>AHAAH, who are based in Albuquerque, N.M., are well known for their joyful and wide-ranging experimentation with music. They combine American pop and experimental credentials they earned while performing in Neutral Milk Hotel (Barnes) and Beirut (Trost), with a smorgasbord of folk sounds and instrumentation from countries as diverse as Hungary, Bulgaria, Greece and Romania.</p><p>In approaching <em>Shadows</em>, AHAAH didn&rsquo;t entirely redo the original soundtrack (by <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0804695/">Miroslav Skorik</a>). They left behind his orchestral music, but kept the traditional folk songs in the film. And while performing, they incorporate much of the film&rsquo;s &ldquo;soundscape,&rdquo; which Parajanov stuffed full of off- and on-screen sound: Sheep bleats and bells, people singing, small flutes and especially <a href="http://folklored.blogspot.com/2012/07/trembitas-hutsul-horn.html">trembitas</a>, long and loud Hutsul horns (which bear some resemblance to their alpine cousins and in the film function like prominent and repeated aural punctuation).</p><p>According to Trost, who only discovered the trembitas through the film, and didn&rsquo;t know much about Hutsul music before embarking on the soundtrack, some of their traditions are still actively practiced in the Carpathians, especially at Christmas.</p><p>&ldquo;Because of the mountain ranges the villages are isolated, so from village to village there are different songs and melodies. Hutsul will travel for miles and miles in the snow to go to different villages to sing Christmas carols &ndash; they still do this. It is pretty amazing, kind of like a last, living folk tradition.&rdquo;</p><p>Parajanov&rsquo;s artistic and political commitments have also proved inspiring to Barnes and Trost. Their work with the Shadows soundtrack is the basis of their new album <em>You Have Already Gone to the Other World</em>. Trost said both the story and soundtrack pushed them to try new experiments with &ldquo;effects and electricity.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p>And, in addition to their regular accordion and violin, Trost plays a Hammond organ on &ldquo;Oh Lord, Saint George, Bewitch Ivan, Make Him Mine&rdquo; while Barnes, playing the santur (a Persian version of a dulcimer), unleashes a musical blizzard on &ldquo;Where No Horse Neighs and No Crow Flies.&rdquo; The trembitas are there too, in the thrilling opener to the album &ldquo;Open It, Rose.&rdquo; (For another use of <em>Shadows</em>&rsquo; &nbsp;trembitas check out <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyBXUwIPL4U">&ldquo;Wild Dances&rdquo; </a>by Ukrainian pop band Ruslana - they won Eurovision with this song in 2004!)</p><p>After performing live to the film multiple times, AHAAH also feels a certain kinship with <em>Shadows</em>. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s like having a third member of band,&rdquo; said Trost. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve come to think of the film as this kind of person.&rdquo;</p><p>A Hawk and a Handsaw perform live to <em>Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors</em> Friday night, at the Chicago performance space <a href="http://www.constellation-chicago.com/event/273785-hawk-hacksaw-live-film-chicago/">Constellation</a>. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the show gets underway at 9:30. The event is co-sponsored by The Nightingale Theater and the Chicago Underground Film Festival. And if you can&rsquo;t make the show, you can listen to AHAAH <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqjSqC8fFck">here </a>and watch <em>Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors</em> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GoXMSAMOyg">here.</a></p><p><em>Alison Cuddy is WBEZ&rsquo;s Arts and Culture reporter and co-host of <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wbezs-changing-channels/id669715774?mt=2">Changing Channels,</a> a podcast about the future of television. Follow her on<a href="https://twitter.com/wbezacuddy"> Twitter</a>,<a href="https://www.facebook.com/cuddyalison?ref=tn_tnmn"> Facebook</a> and <a href="http://instagram.com/cuddyreport">Instagram</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 11:28:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2013-07/hawk-and-hacksaw-gives-new-sound-1960s-soviet-era-film-108204 Men's hairstyles throughout history, as seen on the heads of Olympic male gymnasts http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/mens-hairstyles-throughout-history-seen-heads-olympic-male-gymnasts-101291 <p><p>CHINA! (Spoiler: They won.) Japan came in second in the men&#39;s gymnastics team finals, but only after a little intrigue; judges took a re-look at Kohei Uchimura of Japan&#39;s pommel horse performance, which bumped Japan up from fourth place to grab silver. This meant that the U.K., who originally thought they pulled off a revelatory second place win, was moved to bronze and poor, poor Ukraine didn&#39;t medal at all.&nbsp;</p><p>But was the upset of the U.S. team the most important thing? No. It&#39;s all about the hair.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/john%20o.jpg" style="height: 412px; width: 620px; " title="USA team member John Orozco. Nice towel. " /></div><p>The Caesar, with a touch of front hair flip. Popularized by George Clooney.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/john hiding.jpg" style="height: 410px; width: 620px; " title="" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">He just needs a moment to get over how good his hair looks.</div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/johnny.jpg" style="height: 507px; width: 620px; " title="USA team member Jonathan Horton." /></div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Classic gelled front hair flip.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/germany hair.jpg" style="height: 380px; width: 620px; " title="Don't German team member Marcel Nguyen and Philipp David Boy look alike?" /></div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">A modern adaptation of a look popularized by German soldiers during World War II.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/other german hair.jpg" style="height: 363px; width: 620px; " title="See? I'm actually having difficulty." /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">But with a touch more <a href="http://www.bighappiehair.com/">bumpit </a>to it.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/samuel.jpg" style="height: 459px; width: 620px; " title="USA team member Samuel Mikulak." /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">A fuller, less gel-oriented 90s &#39;do.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/russia%20gym%20hair.jpg" style="height: 436px; width: 620px; " title="Russian team member David Belyavskiy." /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Spike tip <em>and </em>a faux-hawk. Who knew it was possible?</div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/spiked%20tips.jpg" style="height: 527px; width: 620px; " title="French team member Hamilton Sabot. " /></div></div><p>You can&#39;t <em>really </em>see how good this faux-hawk is from the front, but it&#39;s a thing of beauty.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/purvis.jpg" style="height: 359px; width: 620px; " title="Great Britain's Daniel Purvis." /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">A more subtle faux-hawk.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/zhang.jpg" style="height: 337px; width: 620px; " title="China's team member Zhang Chenglong." /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&quot;YEAAAA!&quot; is what we call this look.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/japan%20argues.jpg" style="height: 343px; width: 620px; " title="Japanese coaches argue with the judges about the score for Kohei Uchimura." /></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 12:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/mens-hairstyles-throughout-history-seen-heads-olympic-male-gymnasts-101291