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Late Show host Stephen Colbert kicked off his “Russia Week” on Monday evening. In his first of five field pieces — which will air throughout the week — Colbert sat down with his Russian counterpart, Ivan Urgant, who hosts the late-night talk show, Evening Urgant.

Stylistically, Evening Urgant borrows a lot from the traditional U.S. late-night talk show format, but Urgant said he doesn’t lean on politics as heavily as Colbert or John Oliver. (Urgant compared himself to Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon.)

If Monday’s segment is any indication, “Russia Week” will be great.

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Reprinted with permission from TomDispatch

In the two weeks since Election 2020, the country has oscillated between joy and anger, hope and dread in an era of polarization sharpened by the forces of racism, nativism, and hate. Still, truth be told, though the divisive tone of this moment may only be sharpening, division in the United States of America is not a new phenomenon.

Over the past days, I've found myself returning to the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who, in 1967, just a year before his own assassination, gave a speech prophetically entitled "The Other America" in which he vividly described a reality that feels all too of this moment rather than that one:

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