#213 - The history lesson Putin missed | Curio

#213 - The history lesson Putin missed

21 mins | May 19, 2022

Today's episode from 19th May 2022. First this morning: After an extraordinary piece footage of a retired Russian colonel admitting on state TV that "the situation will clearly get worse" for Russia, we take a look at how Putin might need to learn a hard lesson about the folly of war- that great powers usually come off worse when they invade smaller countries. Then later, North American women have been taking on more housework than ever before. Can apps help redistribute household chores or do they make things worse? There is now much talk about the incompetence of the Russian military. But perhaps no special explanation is required for its problems. In modern times, when major powers invade smaller countries they usually end up losing. America failed in Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq — and also beat humiliating retreats after smaller military interventions in Somalia and Lebanon. The Soviet Union failed in Afghanistan; and Russia is now failing in Ukraine. By Gideon Rachman for The Financial Times. Chore apps are theoretically supposed to solve the genuine problem of the housework gender divide. However, in practice, they tend to do the opposite. From promoting fairer distribution to papering over inequalities, for MIT Technology Review, Tanya Basu discusses how these supposedly helpful apps are struggling to undo centuries of sexism, resulting in women being forced to take on the additional burden of using technology to assign tasks. 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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