The fascinating history of the former Russian consulate in San Francisco

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On August 31, President Trump ordered the closure of the Russian Consulate Building in San Francisco. It was retaliation for Vladimir Putin decreasing the amount of personnel working at US diplomatic facilities in Russia. Consulates are often thought of as bureaucratic offices that give out visas, but the story of this Russian building is more complicated.

Credits

Guest:
Zach Dorfman - Senior Fellow at Carnegie Foundation for Ethics in International Affairs - @zachsdorfman

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Gina Pollack, Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Christian Bordal, Quinn O'Toole