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KennanX Episode 7: "Yelena Khanga: On Family, Growing Up in the USSR, and Black Lives Matter"

June 25, 2020
CIRCA NOVEMBER 2018: a post stamp printed in the USSR shows Pioneers of Different Peoples, Globe, the series "The 40th Anniversary of All-Union Lenin Pioneer Organization", circa 1962

In this episode of KennanX, Jill Dougherty speaks with Yelena Khanga about the story of her family, what it was like growing up Black in the Soviet Union, and the Black Lives Matter movement here in America.

Yelena Khanga is a Russian journalist, talk show host, and author of “Soul to Soul: A Black Russian Jewish Woman’s Search for Her Roots.”

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