Carnegie Council TV Special "Playing for Power" Airs Nationwide on Thursday June 21, 9pm ET

Jun 14, 2012, 08:00 ET from Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs

NEW YORK, June 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- What really happened in Moscow during the years leading up to the end of the Soviet Union?  The USSR did not collapse overnight. It was brought down by a series of complex power plays, of which little is known in the West.  How can we better understand this turbulent and transformational period? Carnegie Council decided to find out. 

"Playing for Power" is an hour-long documentary which brings together little-seen archival footage and brand-new interviews with the prominent and backroom players who brought Boris Yeltsin to power in 1991, but who lost momentum during the attempts at implementing a free-market democracy in Russia.

The project is the brainchild of Carnegie Council Senior Fellow David Speedie, who has long studied the dynamics of the Cold War and the elements which brought about the end of the Soviet Union.

As executive producer of "Playing for Power," Speedie conducted multiple interviews in Russia and the United States, wrote the analytical script, and narrated the film.

Speedie is founder and director of Carnegie Council's U.S. Global Engagement program. He was also a senior fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and first worked on U.S.-Russia relations while program chair on international peace and security at Carnegie Corporation of New York.

David Speedie is available for interviews. Please contact

Speedie produced the film with Carnegie Council's in-house Carnegie Ethics Studio, which serves as a worldwide broadcast platform for ideas on ethics, foreign policy, and international relations. A professional audio and video production facility with state-of-the-art cameras, lighting facilities, and recording devices, the Studio films and edits each of the Council's 80 annual events, interviews, and other original content. The Studio distributes them to online, TV, and radio outlets, including MHz Worldview.

"Playing for Power" distributor, MHz Worldview (, is a national, independent, non-commercial channel presenting fresh, relevant English-language international content including news, documentaries, cultural programming, dramas, films and mysteries, music and sports.  

Here's where to find their programming:

Local D.C. Metro Area
MHz Worldview is available locally in the Washington D.C. Metro (as MHz Networks 1) via Comcast, Cox and RCN cable, as well as Verizon FiOS. The channel is also available locally via DirecTV and Dish Network. Please check with your local service provider for additional details.
Throughout the nation, MHz Worldview is available in over half the top-20 U.S. television markets- over 40 million households- through broadcast/cable affiliates in: Los Angeles- KCET; Chicago, IL- WYCC; San Francisco, CA- KCSM; Washington, DC- WNVC/MHz Networks; Tacoma-Seattle, WA- KBTC; Cleveland/Akron/Youngstown, OH- WNEO/WEAO; Minneapolis, MN- MPS Cable; Miami, FL- WLRN; Denver, CO- KBDI; Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, FL- WDSC; Charlotte, NC- WTVI; Nashville, TN- WNPT; Salt Lake City, UT- UEN (statewide); Grand Rapids/ Kalamazoo/Battle Creek, MI- WGVU; Spokane/Yakima, WA- KWSU/KTNW; New Orleans, LA- WLAE; Las Vegas, NV- Vegas PBS; Richmond, VA- WCVE; Flint, MI- WDCQ; Charleston, IL- WEIU; Plattsburgh, NY- Mountain Lake PBS (WCFE); Lansing, MI- LCC TV; Moline, IL (Quad Cities)- WQPT; Warrensburg, MO- KMOS; Topeka, KS- KTWU; Rochester-Austin, MN- KSMQ; Athens, OH- WOUB; Las Cruces, NM- KRWG; Charlottesville, VA- WHTJ; St. Paul, MN- St. Paul Neighborhood Network; Stanford, CA- Stanford University Cable, as well as nationally via DirecTV.

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs (, established in 1914 by Andrew Carnegie, is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing understanding of the relationship between ethics and international affairs.

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