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785: Through the Looking Glass

This American Life

This American Life

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4.686.4K Ratings

🗓️ 27 November 2022

⏱️ 61 minutes

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Summary

People trying to coax each other across the line, from one side to the other.

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0:00.0

A quick warning, there are curse words that are unbeaped in today's episode of the show.

0:05.6

If you prefer a beeped version, you can find that at our website, thisamericanlife.org.

0:12.0

In Ukraine, the government is set up this phone line.

0:14.7

It's your soldiers call.

0:16.6

Russian soldiers.

0:17.6

If they want to surrender.

0:19.4

Hello.

0:20.4

Hello.

0:21.4

Hello.

0:22.4

Good afternoon.

0:23.4

Is this Ukraine?

0:24.4

Yes, this is Ukraine.

0:26.4

Ukraine says over 3500 soldiers have texted a call to the number.

0:29.9

One of my co-workers, Valerie Kibnes has been looking into this hotline and hopefully

0:32.8

speaks Russian.

0:34.2

So what did they just say?

0:36.4

So they said, hello.

0:37.9

To another and then the guy has to, is this Ukraine?

0:41.2

And the guy in the hotline answered, yes, this is Ukraine.

0:44.8

And then the soldier said, I got a text that if we wish to surrender, call this number.

0:52.5

You got a text?

0:53.5

Yes, people pass around the number on social media and telegram.

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