Today, Explained: The Making Of 'A Phone Call From Ukraine'

February 26, 2022

A thing that our show isn't afraid to do is to be humble in the face of really confusing news. ... We don't know the answers, but we can probably find the people who do.

-Sean Rameswaram

Today, Explained co-hosts Sean Rameswaram and Noel King provide a behind-the-scenes look at what Sean describes as "one of the best episodes we've ever made on our show." When the Russian invasion of Ukraine forced the Today, Explained team to reconsider their editorial plans for their next episode, the team rallied to pull together a brand new episode—in under five hours.

Listen to Sean and Noel as they give a play-by-play on the troubleshooting and problem solving that went into the compelling Today, Explained episode, 'A phone call from Ukraine.'


In this episode:
-The voice of Sam Fragoso, providing the introduction for the session
-Today, Explained's piece from the day before the Russian invasion: Why Ukraine Matters (2-23-22)
-Today, Explained: A phone call from Ukraine (2-24-22)
-Today, Explained's piece on Afghan Refugees: From Kabul's airports to Virginia's burbs (3-9-22)
-The Soyuzivka Heritage Center in Kerhonkson, NY
-Noel promised to check in again with Kurii Vasil and his niece Yulya. They are featured again on the Today, Explained episode: Why Ukraine Won't Quit. (3-16-22)
-Today, Explained: The real and imagined history of Ukraine (2-25-22)