Taking the Charge podcast seriesNow available online is episode 26 of the BallinEurope/heinnews co-hosted podcast, Taking the Charge. It’s a heavy serving of Russia with a side of Lithuania this week. This week the list of subjects on which we natter includes the following.

• Interviews with CSKA Moscow’s Sasha Kaun, who reveals a touch of March Madness, and Eurocup semifinalist Bilbao Basket/Team Russia coach Fotios Katsikaris, the guy who’s been handed the reins formerly manned by David Blatt – and perhaps a shell of the Olympic bronze-winning team…

• The respective fates of CSKA Moscow and Zalgiris Kaunas going into Friday’s Euroleague game. After this podcast was recorded, the will-he-won’t-he story on Ksystof Lavrinovic broke; while early sources reported the twin’s departure to be a done deal, a BallinEurope reader has pointed out that Ksystof informed Lithuania-based media that he would “remain with Zalgiris regardless of the situation.

• Some way-too-early speculation about Team Russia’s chances in Eurobasket 2013; BiE wonders just who’s gonna play at all…

• And for the sports movie of the week film review, we take another look at The Other Dream Team, that documentary about Lithuania’s run at those so-important 1992 Barcelona Games. Believe BiE: This one is the rare film which improves upon second (or, in BiE’s case, third) viewing.

Taking the Charge podcasts are now available through iTunes; subscribe by entering http://heinnews.com/feed/podcast into the aggregator. Or simply click here for episode 26. Thanks for listening and talk to you next week!

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