AV Club: In 1982, a 10-year-old American wrote to the head of the U.S.S.R….

In 1982, a 10-year-old girl wrote a letter to Yuri Andropov, the general secretary of the Soviet Union. He wrote back. Andropov invited Samantha Smith to the U.S.S.R. during the Cold War, and she became a media darling as well as a goodwill ambassador.

PODCAST: Stephen F. Cohen: Anti-Trump Frenzy Threatens to End Superpower Diplomacy

The New Year has brought a torrent of ever more frenzied allegations that President Donald Trump has long had a conspiratorial relationship—why mince words and call it “collusion”?—with Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin.

PODCAST: Stephen F. Cohen: New Cold War Crazier Than the Old One

“The peril of this new Cold War is especially great,” said Russia expert Stephen Cohen, “because even when Trump does something sensible with Russia on behalf of our national security, it’s called treason. I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Cohen, whose newest book is titled, War with Russia?: From Putin and Ukraine to Trump and Russiagate.

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