Who is Pussy Riot?


Why is everyone talking about this Russian feminist punk band? Does symbolic solidarity with Pussy Riot make any difference? Does Pussy Riot enjoy more support from the West than its native Russia? Listen in to learn more.

Episode sources:

"A PR Disaster -- Five Views on Pussy Riot's War" by Anatoly Karlin. Aug. 23, 2012. Al Jazaeera. http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/08/2012823795897200.html

"Viona, Pussy Riot, and the Russian Winter" by Nadia Khismatulina. SFAQ. http://www.sfaqonline.com/2012/08/viona-pussy-riot-and-the-russian-winter/

"Meeting Pussy Riot" by Henry Langston. March 12, 2012. VICE. http://www.vice.com/read/A-Russian-Pussy-Riot

"Punk's Cultural Revolution" by A.M. Gittlitz. April 27, 2012. Salon. http://www.salon.com/2012/04/27/punks_cultural_revolution/

"A Timeline of the Russian Punk Band Pussy Riot's Arrest and Trial" by The Associated Press and Rachel Pincus. July 08, 2012. The Gothamist. http://gothamist.com/2012/08/08/a_timeline_of_the_russian_punk_band.php

"Madonna Calls for Pussy Riot's Release at Moscow Show." Aug. 08, 2012. The Rolling Stone. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/madonna-calls-for-pussy-riots-release-at-moscow-show-20120808

"'Pussy' Is Having a Moment" by Lindsay Zoladz. July 2012. Slate. http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2012/08/_pussy_is_having_a_moment_pussy_riot_trial_puts_the_p_word_back_in_the_spotlight_.html

"Putin v. the Punk Rockers" by Michael Idov. Aug. 07, 2012. The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/07/opinion/on-trial-putin-v-pussy-riot.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

"5 places to get your own Pussy Riot balaclava" by Gabrielle Levi. Aug. 17, 2012. UPI. http://www.upi.com/blog/2012/08/17/5-places-to-get-your-own-Pussy-Riot-balaclava/7041345220031/

"Hustler Magazine v. Falwell." 1988. Oyez. Chicago-Kent College of Law. http://www.oyez.org/cases/1980-1989/1987/1987_86_1278/

"When the Nazis Came to Skokie" by Philippa Strum. 2013. University of Kansas Press. http://www.kansaspress.ku.edu/strwhe.html

Topics in this Podcast: music, Russia, solidarity, political protest, punk