PRI's The World for Today (1-27-14)

PRI's The World - with Host Marco Werman  

You've read the stories about corruption, you're heard about the security concerns, but what is Sochi itself like these days, as it gears up for the Winter Olympics?  The World's Julia Barton is there, and she'll tell what's happening on the streets, how ready the city is and what locals are saying about all the hoopla.

Also from Russia present to Russia past, St. Petersburg-born writer Gary Shteyngart regales us with tales from his memoir of an immigrant childhood in Brooklyn.

Marco chats with TIME's Vivienne Walt, who just scored an interview with French President Francois Hollande.

Walt says he cuts a strikingly lonely figure, struggling with new political and personal realities.

On the bright side, France is celebrating its own electronic duo, Daft Punk, scoring 4 Grammy Awards last night.

That's a something no other French music group has done before. We'll tell you more.