The New Yorker writer travels across vast Siberia to bring back cold tales of the new Russia.
Siberia is so big, it’s almost more an idea than a place. Eight times zones. Desperate winters. Brutal history. Gulags. In Russia even now, says writer Ian Frazier, Siberia is as much a threat as a destination.
Frazier is a celebrated humorist and writer for The New Yorker. He’s written seriously about other big places -- Indian reservation country, the Great Plains.
Now he’s taking on Siberia, in all its grand scale and grubby reality. Kamchatcka. Vladivostok. Ikutsk. Yakutsk.
We head to Siberia with New Yorker writer Ian Frazier.
This program aired on October 22, 2010.