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We open this episode with a very big announcement about the future of Irishman Abroad.
This week, the winner of multiple Sports Writer of the Year awards, David Walsh, makes a welcome return to An Irishman Abroad to talk about his new book The Russian Affair.
David explains what drew him to the story of Vitaly and Yuliya Stepanov - a married couple with one a doper with Olympic dreams and the other an agent for the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (6:00). This is a scintillating story that is not to be missed.
David also addresses the Rafael Nadal doping rumours (37:00), why he believes thousands were involved in the Russian doping conspiracy and how he feels about Lance Armstrong reconstructing his own narrative which people are believing (50:00).
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