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Baltimore's sister: Odesa, Ukraine

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Karina Mandell on the Potemkin Stairs during a recent visit to the port city of Odesa, Ukraine (photo c/o Karina Mandell)

Baltimore's sister-city, Odesa, is experiencing the tumult of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and we got on the line today with Karina Mandell, chairwoman of the Baltimore Odesa Sister City Committee, to hear about her efforts to contact friends and family back home.


Aaron creates and produces original radio programs and podcasts for WYPR. His current project is The Maryland Curiosity Bureau. Aaron's neighborhood documentary series, Out of the Blocks, earned the 2018 national Edward R Murrow Award. His past work includes the long-running weekly cultural program, The Signal, and the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings series, Tapestry of the Times. Aaron's stories have aired nationally on NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.