Ali Igmen in Long Beach, California

Episode 9 · April 21st, 2020 · 38 mins 55 secs

About this Episode

Ali Igmen is Professor of History and Director of the Oral History Program at California State University at Long Beach. I asked him if there's anything to be learned from the experience of former Soviet republics when it comes to seismic changes to a way of life; about how it feels to be in California after nearly a month of the 'Shelter In Place' order. We talk about Kyrgyz theater during the Soviet era - about which I know almost nothing - and several other matters. And once again, I get anxious about authoritarian governments.