#207 - The West's key advantage over Russia | Curio

#207 - The West's key advantage over Russia

16 mins | May 11, 2022

Today's episode from 11th May 2022. First this morning: Vladimir Putin's army continues its onslaught on Ukraine but why has Russia not been able to conclude this war as swiftly as some expected? We look at its ineffective use of military conscripts and what it means for other countries with a compulsory enlistment policy. Then later, after popular Twitch personality Kaitlyn Siragusa, aka Amouranth, announced she was retiring from online content creation, we explore how streamers are finding new ways to make money and avoid burnout. When Russia invaded Ukraine in February, many experts and political commentators didn't honestly believe the latter would stand a chance. Yet, almost three months later, not only is Ukraine still standing, but its forces have also clearly exposed some fundamental problems within Russia's military. In The Wall Street Journal, Max Z. Margulies and Laura Resnick Samotin explain that Russia's reliance on conscripts fails dramatically compared to Ukraine's 'patriotic' approach. When your popularity is dependent on algorithms and clickability, no content creator is immune to falling out of favour. This is what life looks like for streamers after twitch, from Cecilia D'Anastasio for Bloomberg Businessweek. Wake up with Curio is a different kind of morning show that gives you the context behind the news and gets you motivated for the day ahead, every Monday - Friday.

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