205. Nolan Peterson. Ukraine Update. New Year, Same War. What the American Public is Missing. Enduring War With Your Family. Inside a Kiev Bomb Shelter. Mother-May-I with America. Patriot Missiles, Tanks & Planes. The Right’s Denigration of Zelensky.


The chaos is real. The news is overwhelming. 

It’s a new year. But it’s the same old chaos. But it seems to be even worse. 

But nowhere is it worse than in Ukraine. 

In Ukraine, it’s a new year. And the same war. 

And in the midst of all the madness. This is the most important madness. And we’re gonna dig into it.

He has spent the last 8 years of his life living in Ukraine. And has spent the last year on the front lines of the war helping us all stay connected—and stay vigilant. 

He’s an American special forces veteran, a combat journalist, and the husband of a Ukrainian–who is telling the story of this war—-through his life in it: Nolan Peterson (@NolanWPeterson). 

A former U.S. Air Force Special Operations pilot and veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Nolan Peterson is Senior Editor for Coffee or Die Magazine, an acclaimed war correspondent, and a globetrotting travel writer whose adventures have taken him to all seven continents. 

And he breaks down what’s happening now in Ukraine now: in Kiev, in Mariupol, in Bucha, in bunkers, in Ukrainian hearts–and into the future. He tells us all how to Stand by Ukraine. Check out all his recent articles from the war in Ukraine. 

And as mentioned in the pod, here’s how you can send your own customized artillery shell to Russia with love. 

Previous appearance: Episode 170 – May 12, 2022

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