woman standing in desolate field

Researcher visits the Odessa Meteor Crater — hoping it will help prepare humanity for future asteroid strikes

Odessa bears the scars of a blast that killed everything in its path. That’s Odessa, Texas. It was hit by a meteor about 60,000 years ago. Fulbright scholar Ania Losiak from Poland has been studying the crater, looking for what she describes as the meteor’s “murderous behavior” to see how mankind can be prepared for the next one. Mitch Borden, of Marfa Public Radio, met her at the crater to learn more about her work.

Joseph Arana Sanchez (center) rehearses on his guitar ahead of a benefit concert for fellow Ukrainians living in Vermont.

This Vermont couple created a home for Ukrainian refugees with a focus on children with disabilities

Natalya, a 70-year-old retired epidemiologist from Odessa, has lunch at the Asconi Winery near Chisinau, in Moldova, where she is being hosted for free.

Moldova struggles amid fallout from war in Ukraine

The refugees from Ukraine to Romania's southern border are mainly women, children and elderly people. Men, ages 18 to 60, can’t leave Ukraine if they’re eligible for the draft.

Ukrainians fleeing war are welcomed at Romania’s southern border

Firefighters work to extinguish a fire at a damaged city center after Russian air raid in Chernigiv, Ukraine, Thursday, March 3, 2022. 

Russia’s invasion in Ukraine ‘is far from done,’ retired Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman says

People fleeing the conflict from neighboring Ukraine arrive to Przemysl train station in Przemysl, Poland, on Feb. 25, 2022.

Ukrainians abroad return to defend their homeland 


While thousands of people are fleeing Ukraine, others are headed in the opposite direction — back home.

Media professionals sit in control room with brightly lit screens

Ukraine’s public broadcasters want a free press. Can they survive the politics?


With a new president in power, parliamentary elections set for July and multiple, ongoing challenges to press freedom, the future of Ukraine’s public broadcaster remains unclear. 

Yulia Marushevska

Stakes are high in attempt to clean up a notoriously bribe-heavy customs service


“It’s war of past and future,” says the 26-year-old head of the customs house in Odessa, Ukraine. “A war against corruption, war against this old way of thinking, war against Soviet heritage, and war for a modern Ukraine.”

Policemen detain a person dressed as Star Wars character Chewbacca during a regional election near a polling station in Odessa, Ukraine, October 25, 2015.

The Force was with Ukraine’s local elections


Ukraine’s local elections featured dozens of candidates who legally changed their names to run as Darth Vader and other Star Wars characters. But behind the antics, and the excitement over the arrest of a man in a Chewbacca costume in Odessa, is some murky “political technology” that would do Emperor Palpatine proud, says one Ukrainian journalist.

Youth unfurl a giant Ukrainian flag as part of celebrations to mark Constitution Day on the Potemkin Stairs in Odessa.

‘Panic in a Suitcase’ is an immigration novel with an anti-immigration twist


In Yelena Akhtiorskaya’s debut novel, “Panic in a Suitcase,” a Ukrainian-American family is torn between Odessa and the streets of Brighton Beach in New York.