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Episode 22: Gilded Gingerbread

An icon of the head of John the Baptist (c. 1680) from Yaroslavl is the focus of this last episode of 2019, prompting a discussion of how Russia has been viewed across history.

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Theme music © 2019 Bruce Healey

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“Ay Uchniem (Song of the Volga Boatmen),” performed by Kiriloff’s Russian Balalaika Orchestra, 1921. 78 rpm recording via’s+Russian+Balalaika+Orchestra.flac

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“Virtutes Instrumenti” by Kevin MacLeod (

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