31 episodes

In a special ongoing season, CNN reporters take us on-the-ground in Ukraine to document Russia’s invasion, the escalating conflict, and what it means for the rest of the world.

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    • 4.6 • 346 Ratings

In a special ongoing season, CNN reporters take us on-the-ground in Ukraine to document Russia’s invasion, the escalating conflict, and what it means for the rest of the world.

    100 Days Later, Ukraine’s Fight Continues

    100 Days Later, Ukraine’s Fight Continues

    He was in Kyiv at the very start of the invasion - CNN Senior International correspondent Matthew Chance returns to find a city experiencing an uneasy calm. Meanwhile, brutal fighting continues in the South and East as the Ukrainians go on a counter-offensive, hoping to retake Russian-occupied territory. We examine what life is like for everyday Ukrainians who have returned to horror and look at what comes next as the conflict drags on. 

    Recorded on June 3, 2022.
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    • 19 min
    Inside the Race to Save Ukraine’s Greatest Treasures

    Inside the Race to Save Ukraine’s Greatest Treasures

    Ukrainian officials claim Russia has targeted numerous cultural and historical sites during its assault on the country. In response, artists and historians have been racing to save key artifacts in an effort to preserve Ukrainian culture. CNN Style Global Editor Fiona Sinclair Scott has the story of one such artist and examines how some Ukrainian residents have returned to the ballet in hopes of a more normal night out. 

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    Recorded on May 31, 2022. 
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    • 22 min
    Far From Home, Bringing Americans Back

    Far From Home, Bringing Americans Back

    Although US-Russia tensions have been at an all-time high, the two countries have been staying in touch on another issue. Trevor Reed, an American imprisoned in Russian territory has finally returned home after nearly 3 years and intense negotiation between the two countries. His fate is different from fellow Americans Brittney Griner and Paul Whelan, along with others imprisoned in multiple countries around the world. CNN’s Jake Tapper talks about his exclusive interview with Reed, and CNN State Department Producer Jennifer Hansler explains what Reed’s prisoner swap could mean for other Americans detained abroad. 

    Recorded on May 24, 2022. 
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    • 23 min
    How Putin’s Plan to Splinter NATO Backfired

    How Putin’s Plan to Splinter NATO Backfired

    After decades of neutrality, Finland and Sweden are set to file applications to join NATO, undermining Russian president Vladimir Putin’s aim of splintering the military alliance. CNN International Diplomatic Editor Nic Robertson traces how the war in Ukraine convinced the Finnish government to take this step and examines how the world order could be impacted if other European countries follow their lead. 

    Recorded on May 16, 2022.
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    • 20 min
    How Russia’s War is Straining the Global Economy

    How Russia’s War is Straining the Global Economy

    Russia’s war on Ukraine is causing a global scramble for essential commodities such as wheat, natural gas, and sunflower oil. But how are shortages on these goods resulting in an export ban on palm oil in Indonesia and skyrocketing dairy prices in the UK? CNN Business Senior Writer Julia Horowitz talks us through the economic domino effect rocking global markets and the civil unrest it could spark.  

    Recorded on May 10, 2022.
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    • 16 min
    Inside the Escape from Mariupol

    Inside the Escape from Mariupol

    Before the war, Mariupol was a peaceful port town. Now, it’s the focal point of the biggest land war in Europe since 1945. CNN’s International Security Editor Nick Paton Walsh spoke to some evacuated residents who have spent the last two months holed up deep beneath a local steel plant - he tells us about their journey, what life is like for those who remain in Mariupol and why future evacuations may be hard to come by. 

    Recorded on May 3, 2022. 
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    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
346 Ratings

346 Ratings

Clarissa Ward ,

Tug of war

As a family who values the news, we daily tune in to National/Minnesota Public Radio as well as other news sources we can trust, of which CNN is one.

Today I finally took the time to listen to the first episode of Tug of War and found it brief and to the point without filling the podcast with endless so called experts, instead using interviews of the people who are actually living in their real and often horrendous world.

There seems to be no place on our planet that is without conflict so we are thankful for honest and brave journalists who risk their lives to show us the reality of what is actually happening.

We would be unable to work together to bring about peace in the world if we were not aware of what is happening to others.

Thank you.

Elizabeth Forsythe

midwestBlue ,

4.11

jim sciutto today said on cnn newsroom today discussing russian students turning in their teacher for speaking the truth about what russia is really doing to Ukrainian people and their country. sciutto said that sounds like something from wwII. true but as of lately it is right here in out own country committed by the gop. remember not very long ago parents and children were asked to turn in public school teachers in virginia by glenn youngkin newly elected gov to turn in teachers who talk about racism in the classroom and how it exists in america. jim, you don’t have to go back very far to hear fascist language out of the mouths of republicans. heed the warning america, we need to take this renewed and trump energized facism seriously!

Tomaballsdeep ,

Biased, uninformative propaganda. What CNN does best.

If your looking for information about the 2014 coup or the past 7 years of Zelenskys racist and neo-nazi takeover of Ukraine, you won’t find it here.

Leave it to the propaganda producers at CNN, a dying network for good reason, to completely try to shift the narrative and place blame entirely on Russia. It seems that’s the only reason they exist today.

Please, if you value the truth and getting unbiased information, stay far away from any of these “journalists” there are to many great sources today to waste time with this paid for propaganda.

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