5.22.2007

Ivan, Peter, Catherine, Nicholas

America has a new "war czar." Now Wisconsin has a "water czar."

How did the imperial Russian term for "caesar" get incorporated into the American political lexicon, I began to wonder? Why not at least "tsar" for use in the republic? Has it always been as prevalent as it is today?

Well, I scrounged up a few shreds of history. Listen to what I found.