The Slavic Connexion

The Slavic Connexion

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A fresh international chat show from the University of Texas at Austin


The Second Libyan Civil War and the Russia Connexion with Mohamed Abufalgha
Sep 11 • 37 min
Tom and Matt have the great opportunity to speak with Libyan national Mohamed Abufalgha and expert on the conflict that has been going on for several years now in this oil-rich, war-torn country. Mohamed helps us unpack the Russian-Libyan connection and…
“Rival Power: Russia’s Challenge to the West in the Balkans” with Dimitar Bechev (BALKAN CIRCLE series)
Sep 7 • 33 min
The Balkan Circle is a weekly seminar (during the academic year) which features lectures, presentations, exhibits, or open interactive dialogues that focus on any (and all) aspects of historical, political, economic, social and cultural phenomena in the…
The Białowieża Forest and “Pompik the Bison” with Tomasz Samojlik
Sep 4 • 42 min
Our guest today is Dr. Tomasz Samojlik, an environmental historian and researcher at the Mammal Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Białowieża. His research focuses on Poland's Białowieża Primeval Forest, one of the last remaining…
“The Strategist”: The Legacy of Brent Scowcroft with Dr. Bartholomew Sparrow
Aug 29 • 52 min
On this episode, Tom speaks with UT's own Professor Sparrow about his 2015 book on legendary multi-administration US National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft who sadly passed away recently on August 6th, 2020. This is a great conversation, remembering…
“In Moscow’s Shadows” with Dr. Mark Galeotti
Aug 24 • 42 min
In this episode, Matt spoke with Dr. Mark Galeotti about the pressing issues of the day in Eurasia: the suspected poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the ongoing protests in the far-eastern city of Khabarovsk, and the Kremlin's view on…
SPECIAL EDITION: The Fate of Alexei Navalny
Aug 22 • 30 min
On this episode recorded August 21, 2020, Matt and Lera speak with Alexei Navalny's close co-collaborator on anti-corruption in Russia, Maxim Mironov. They discuss the current situation with Alexei Navalny's alleged poisoning and also Russian state…
Belarus Elections 2020: The End of Europe’s Last Dictator?
Aug 6 • 43 min
Is this the end of Europe's Last Dictator? In this episode, Matt spoke with Aliaksandr aka Ales Herasimenka, a researcher at the University of Westminster and previous guest on the show about the ongoing presidential elections in Belarus, where embattled…
“A True Gentleman” with Seva Novgorodsev
Jul 10 • 49 min
BBC's Seva Novgorodsev joins us once more just in time for his 80th birthday! This time, we gather around Zoom, but the conversation is, as always, entertaining and unexpected—one never knows where Seva will lead us and what he will teach us. We hope you…
Intelligence with a Human Face (featuring Stephen Slick)
Jun 1 • 43 min
Former CIA officer Stephen Slick joins us to talk about his nearly three decades in intelligence, spent largely overseas in Ukraine, the Balkans, and East Germany. Professor Slick also discusses his return Stateside to a position in Langley just one week…
Voices of the Past: Songs from Rural Ukraine (with Susan Crate)
May 13 • 32 min
Dr. Susie Crate returns to The Slavic Connexion! This time, Dr. Crate spoke with SlavX host Katya about her experiences collecting ethnomusicological material from 1989–1990 in the Kharkiv oblast in Eastern Ukraine, then still part of the Soviet Union.…
“Disunited Nations” with Peter Zeihan
May 11 • 59 min
Renowned geopolitical strategist Peter Zeihan (www.zeihan.com) graciously joins us via Zoom for an intensive breakdown of the current world order and his predictions for the future concerning the economic and political directions of America, Russia,…
Вокруг света с Жанной Немцовой
May 7 • 56 min
В этом эпизоде Мэтт беседует со знаменитой российской журналисткой Жанной Немцовой о многих темах, от ее времени в Америке до Украины. Надеемся, вам понравится слушать! Фонд Бориса Немцова за свободу: https://nemtsovfund.org/ Летняя школа журналистики и…
World War “C”: Covid, Cognitive Dissonance, and Communism (with Markos Kounalakis)
Apr 29 • 51 min
Columnist, radio host, and Hoover Institution fellow Dr. Markos Kounalakis joins us via Zoom to talk about California's early response to Covid-19, the cognitive dissonance of beautiful Hungary, his experience in Central and Eastern Europe in the late…
“It Is What It Is”: Western Media, the End of the USSR, and Russia Today (with Jeff Trimble)
Apr 25 • 49 min
Jeff Trimble, Moscow Bureau Chief for US News & World Report during the late Soviet period, talks to us about his wild experiences reporting from behind the Iron Curtain and witnessing the dissolution of the USSR. A radio professional as well (and earnest…
From Media Literacy to Karaoke Diplomacy (with Joe Crescente)
Apr 21 • 35 min
Joining us via Zoom from self-isolation in Moscow, New Jersey native Joseph Crescente talks to us about his area of expertise as the media literacy fellow at the US Embassy/American Center in Moscow. This is a fascinating and relevant discussion on how to…
“To Russia and Beyond!” (featuring RBTH Editor-in-Chief Vsevolod Pulya)
Apr 16 • 52 min
If you're at all a Russophile and you've never visited Russia Beyond (rbth.com), find out what you've been missing as we connect with the editor-in-chief of this amazing, culturally-focused international publication that now boasts 5 million readers…
Between Diplomacy and Propaganda: Global Engagement in the Digital Age (with Nicholas Cull)
Apr 13 • 47 min
Joining us via Zoom is the authority on public diplomacy from University of Southern California, Nicholas Cull. Having written the primary resource on the subject as used by the US State Department, Dr. Cull defines public diplomacy for us and expounds on…
Музыкальное путешествие со специальным гостем Артемием Троицким
Apr 12 • 62 min
Artemy Troitsky was scheduled to come to Austin and visit us at the University of Texas just a few weeks ago, but of course, due to enforced travel restrictions and a host of unforeseen coronavirus complications, his visit has been postponed until the…
Rock the USSR Part 2 (with Artemy Troitsky and Tom Garza)
Apr 9 • 55 min
Back for more via Zoom, Tom Garza joins Matt and Tom once again to discuss Russian rock during the late USSR period to modern-day Russia, the power of nostalgia, and the role of music in COVID-19. And this time legendary music critic Artemy Troitsky also…
“Everything is Going Extremely Well…”
Apr 5 • 49 min
On this episode, Tom, Matt, and Graham reunite to discuss more about Covid-19, the continuing oil drama between Russia and Saudi Arabia, and the ways in which the pandemic will permanently affect our world. As Dave from 2001 A Space Odyssey said,…
“The Shadow in the East” with Aliide Naylor
Apr 2 • 46 min
On this episode, we meet with freelance journalist Aliide Naylor who joins us for our first Zoom interview from London to discuss her experiences in Russia, Ukraine, and her newly released book on Putin and the Baltics. This is our 80th episode, and we…
Soviets, Slovaks, and the Pope (with James Felak) // The Post-Socialist Effect (with Kateřina Kolářová)
Mar 28 • 36 min
At this time, we understand the world is in chaos, but it's still a good idea to take a break from the headlines every once in a while and feed your Slavic mind! (Almost as important as washing your hands and responsible social distancing!!) So, while we…
The Future is Viral: Putin, Petroleum, and the Pandemic
Mar 13 • 42 min
On this episode, Tom and Matt are joined by returning guest Graham Reblitz to delve into the meaty headlines of the day: Russian politics, the conflict between Russia and Saudi Arabia, and the WHO-declared pandemic that is sweeping the globe. NOTE: This…
“Our Generation” (featuring Christian Ray Flores… and his music)
Mar 7 • 67 min
Christian Ray Flores is an entrepreneur, world traveler, and philanthropist who was an international music "supernova" during the 90s in post-Soviet Russia. Though he may have, by his own estimation, been a short-lived phenomena in Russia he continues to…
The Filmmaker and the First Tsar: The Legend of Sergei Eisenstein (with Joan Neuberger)
Feb 27 • 53 min
On this episode we have the privilege of speaking with History professor and Eisenstein expert Dr. Joan Neuberger who among many things is also co-host and co-creator of 15-Minute History podcast and the public history project Not Even Past. ABOUT THE…
A Little Bit Cosmopolitan (with Graham Reblitz)
Feb 23 • 25 min
On this episode, we have the pleasure of getting to know the president of UT's International Affairs Society, Graham Reblitz, who brings his broad, cosmopolitan perspective to our studio and discussing everything from geopolitics in Europe to sports on…
Timeless Secrets of Ancient Romania
Feb 20 • 37 min
On this episode, we have the privilege of speaking with a modern-day archaeologist Dr. Adam Rabinowitz and archaeology grad student Susan Crane. Both take us into the ancient world of Romania through their exciting (and sometimes not-so-exciting)…
Shades of Red, White, and Blue: Politics and Foreign Policy Today (with Dr. Mark Pomar)
Feb 9 • 53 min
Dr. Mark Pomar, Russia expert and senior fellow at the Clements Center for National Security, revisits the studio to speak with us about modern-day politics and foreign policy in the US. Drawing on his extensive experience and service to the US…
Bridging the Gap: From Campus to Career (with Tom and Tracy)
Feb 1 • 64 min
In this episode, Tom and Tracy team up to talk with three former CREEES and LBJ dual degree grad students who are successfully applying their classroom experience to the real world in very big ways. If you're a student eyeing that scary drop-off after…
The Quintessential S. Ansky // The Sprit of Sakha (ASEEES)
Jan 25 • 66 min
At the 2019 ASEEES Conference, PhD student Raya Shapiro shares with SlavX host Samantha about their research on the Jewish émigré playwright and author S. Ansky. And then, anthropoligist Jenanne Ferguson from the University of Nevada talks about the…
“The Russia Factor”: From Japan to the Crimea Consensus (ASEEES)
Jan 22 • 41 min
Russia and Japan have yet to reconcile when it comes to the islands in the Pacific. Professor Akaha gives us his take on the relations between these two nations in the aftermath of the Cold War. Then, in the second half of the episode, Dr. Smeltz from the…
Winnie the Pooh… and Brezhnev Too // Balkan Blackness (ASEEES)
Jan 17 • 30 min
Dr. Sabina Amanbayeva (Oklahoma City University) takes us into the magical world of Winnie the Pooh… but in the Soviet Union, unpacking the ways in which the Disney show translated into a very different and yet similar production in the USSR. In the…
“Who Needs to Study Soviet Literature?” with Lena and Sasha
Jan 14 • 26 min
Wrapping up our ASEEES conference series, we have a super fun couple's episode with the dynamic duo of Alexander Prokhorov and Elena Prokhorova from Moscow State University who talk about their personal journeys and how they ended up at teaching at…
Albania Mania: Football to Rap to Racism with Cultural Anthropologist Chelsi West Ohueri
Jan 11 • 45 min
If you're like us, you probably don't know too much about Albania—that little former Soviet satellite state that we certainly couldn't have picked out on a map in high school (maybe not even after 4 years of college). But Albania is a very unique nation…
Victims’ State // Slavic Folklore in YA Fiction
Jan 4 • 33 min
In this episode, we trek back in time to the late Habsburg Empire and post-World War I Eastern Europe with Dr. Hsia. And then we discuss Slavic Folklore in modern young adult literature with Dr. Martiniuk who talks about the romanticized Russian symbols…
Urban Czech Walk // MTV & Yugoslav Rock (ASEEES 2019 Conference)
Dec 20, 2019 • 31 min
From the ASEEES Conference in San Francisco, Professor Chad Bryant of UNC Chapel Hill speaks with us about Czech cultures and in the second half of the episode, Professor Laura Todd of the University of Nottingham lets us in on her research on early 1980s…
“Time is Profoundly Weird” with Craig Campbell
Dec 14, 2019 • 40 min
In this episode, Lera talks with anthropologist Craig Campbell talks about his interest in the river life of Siberia, the age of the Anthropocene, and how "time is profoundly weird." ABOUT THE GUEST: Dr. Craig Campbell is associate professor of…
Carpatho-Rusyn Nationality with Paul Magosci (ASEEES 2019 Conference)
Dec 12, 2019 • 18 min
During the ASEEES conference, Ukrainian history expert Dr. Magosci talks with Cullan about Carpatho-Rusyn nationality and his pivotal role in forming this movement as a specialist in this region of the world. ABOUT THE GUEST: Paul Robert Magocsi is…
15 Minutes with Vladimir Golstein (ASEEES 2019)
Dec 9, 2019 • 14 min
SlavX host Lera gets the chance to talk with Professor Vladimir Golstein from Brown University at the 2019 ASEEES conference in San Francisco. Check it out! ABOUT THE GUEST: Vladimir Golstein holds his M.S. in Computers from Moscow Institute of…
Голос народа: СМИ, Киргизия, и гражданские права (на русском языке)
Dec 5, 2019 • 37 min
On this episode, Aigul Adzhieva (Айгуля Аджиева) a TV producer from Kyrgyzstan, joins Matt for a discussion about media challenges today, bride kidnapping, and the role of journalists in her country. Enjoy! ABOUT OUR GUEST: Aigul Adzhieva is a TV producer…
A Very Venezuelan Connexion: Cold War, Foreign Investment, and Oil Culture
Dec 2, 2019 • 49 min
As Winter claims the Slavic world (much of it anyway), we thought we'd take a trip south of the equator with this episode on Venezuela with yet another special guest from the History department Latin American expert Marcus Golding. ABOUT THE GUEST: Marcus…
Journey to Lake Baikal with Dr. Evgenia Wilkins
Nov 27, 2019 • 49 min
On this episode, we meet the wonderful Dr. Evgenia Wilkins, a native of St. Petersburg who now teaches Russian language, Soviet culture, and environmental studies here in the heart of Texas. She talks about her upcoming Maymester program in Siberia in…
Q is for Qazaqstan: Independent Media, Brain Drain, and the New Alphabet
Nov 18, 2019 • 48 min
Kazakh journalists Aigerim Toleukhan and Yelnur Alimova, visiting Austin on a State Department exchange program, enlighten Matt and Tracy about their experiences as independent and international media practitioners, the challenges they face in a country…
London Fog: Brexit and the Dubious Future of the EU
Nov 14, 2019 • 57 min
On this episode, Tom and Matt speak with two of our favorite EU experts on the upcoming December 12th vote in the UK which looms large and uncertainly on the European horizon. What exactly will become of the EU without Britain? Has its usefulness declined…
One Million Moments for Democracy in the Czech Republic
Nov 11, 2019 • 37 min
Our guest today is Czech professor Petra Dominková, from Prague, who has stepped into our studio to talk about the upcoming demonstration led by Million Moments for Democracy against the current controversial Prime Minister who is both rich in controversy…
Kyrgyzstan: Progressive Media, Human Rights, and the Power of Journalism (with Tom and Matt)
Nov 7, 2019 • 47 min
In the next few episodes, we are excited to have an intimate look into Central Asian countries thanks to a rare visit from several wonderful journalists who were competitively selected for a US State Department-sponsored exchange program, which was made…
ROCK THE USSR (with Tom Garza)
Oct 29, 2019 • 70 min
Returning to the studio, Tom Garza joins us to discuss not vampires but Russian rock, from the years prior to the fall of the USSR to today itself. And this is not just an academic subject for him, it's his lived experience. Featuring snippets with…
«Это не Джеймс Бонд»: от Довлатова до Пелевина (на русском языке)
Oct 24, 2019 • 21 min
Александр Генис присоединяется к нам, чтобы обсудить русскую литературу, от Довлатова до Пелевина. RECORDING NOTE: Episode recorded September 30th, 2019 at the University of Texas at Austin. CREDITS Co-Producer: Matthew Orr (Connect:…
“From Saratov to the ‘Silver Screen’” with Marina Alexandrova
Oct 21, 2019 • 16 min
In this episode, Matt talks with Marina Alexandrova about her challenges coming to America from Russia, and the art of teaching Russian culture as a talented and creative professor at the University of Texas at Austin. ABOUT THE GUEST: Voted one of UT's…
“Take Me to Siberia” with Susan Crate
Oct 14, 2019 • 24 min
How does one wind up in Northeastern Siberia? Dr. Susan Crate recounts her almost 30 years conducting research in Russia, a journey that began with an interest in Russian folklore and a Bridges for Peace trip and resulted in a thirst to learn the Russian…
“The American Hour” with Alexander Genis
Oct 7, 2019 • 31 min
Literary critic, broadcaster, and writer Alexander Genis privileges Matt and Tom with an interview on coming to America during the 70s, his impression of Texas, his longtime career in radio, and his take on the future. ABOUT THE GUEST: Alexander Genis…
Tongues on Fire: The Struggle for Language Survival in Eurasia
Sep 30, 2019 • 31 min
Cultural geographer and linguist Bella Jordan returns to the SlavX studio to discuss languages, indigenous peoples of the former Russian Empire, and the process of "de-Russification" that is the tendency now of many societies in the post-Soviet space.…
Американская рапсодия с Мариной Александровой
Sep 26, 2019 • 21 min
В этом эпизоде ведущие Мэтт и Лера садятся с профессором Мариной Александровой, чтобы рассказать о своем опыте адаптации к жизни в Америке. Марина - очень любимый профессор Техасского университета в Остине. Послушайте и узнайте почему. ABOUT THE GUEST:…
Georgia On My Mind: From Smuggled Spices to Internally Displaced Persons
Sep 23, 2019 • 48 min
On this episode, hosts Tracy and Cullan sit down with geographer, anthropologist, food studies expert, Dr. Elizabeth Cullen Dunn. Dr. Dunn delves into her fascinating experiences studying abroad in Martial Law-ed China, working in a Communist-era baby…
Dr. X: The Reluctant Conspiratologist
Sep 20, 2019 • 49 min
Professor Keith Livers joins us as our somewhat reluctant Conspiratologist (yes, that's a word), that is to say, he studies conspiracies not out of a personal desire but because 21st century society demands it. Since the subject is in itself distasteful…
“Hammer and Silicon” with Dan Satinsky
Sep 16, 2019 • 48 min
Our guest on this episode is Daniel Satinsky, a business professional and associate of the Davis Center at Harvard University who is an expert on the Soviet diaspora's impact and innovative success in the U.S. economy. His book HAMMER AND SILICON (2018),…
“The Colorful Revolution” Part 2 of 2
Sep 12, 2019 • 25 min
Aleksej Demjanski continues regaling us with the saga of the Colorful Revolution in part 2 of his episode. His bottom line? "People should pay more attention to Macedonia and the region because" the political strife in the area "carries a lot of lessons"…
Season 2 Begins: “The Colorful Revolution” (Part 1)
Sep 9, 2019 • 25 min
Welcome to Season 2! To kick us off we have with us in the studio Fulbright-er (that's a word, right?) Aleksej Demjanski. Aleksej brings the riveting tales of protest movements in Southeast Europe to the microphone. Listen for a bonus 2 minute segment at…
Тринадцать минут с Ильей Яблоковым (на русском языке)
Sep 3, 2019 • 12 min
Илья Яблоков, профессор Университета Лидса, говорит с ведущим Мэттом о США, городах которые он посетил, и так далее. NOTE: Episode recorded April 24th, 2019 at the University of Texas at Austin. CREDITS Co-Producer: Tom Rehnquist (Connect:…
“Fifty Shades of Conspiracy” with Ilya Yablokov (Part 2 of 2)
Sep 2, 2019 • 20 min
THIS IS PART 2 OF A 2-PART EPISODE. Conspiracy theory expert Ilya Yablokov joins SlavX host Matt to talk about… well… conspiracies: "When Notre Dame was on fire, you can't imagine how many of my Facebook friends were saying, 'oh my God this must be a…
“Fifty Shades of Conspiracy” with Ilya Yablokov (Part 1 of 2)
Sep 2, 2019 • 32 min
THIS IS PART 1 OF A 2-PART EPISODE. Conspiracy theory expert Ilya Yablokov joins SlavX host Matt to talk about… well… conspiracies: "When Notre Dame was on fire, you can't imagine how many of my Facebook friends were saying, 'oh my God this must be a…
SlavX Student Spotlight: Anna-Maria Andreeva
Aug 30, 2019 • 17 min
Our first Student Spotlight segment features Anna-Maria Andreeva, an international relations and global studies major from Bulgaria. Note: Recorded at the University of Texas at Austin on May 10th, 2019. CREDITS Co-Producer: Milena D-K (Connect:…
“Vampires of Serendipity” with Tom Garza
Aug 14, 2019 • 42 min
Legendary Texas professor Thomas Garza brings his tremendous treasure chest of personal experiences in the Soviet Union to the studio, rekindling sights, sounds, and smells and recalling how and why he became so invested in Russia and (yes!) vampires.…
“The Continuity of Everything…” with John Gleb (and Matt & Tom)
Aug 2, 2019 • 39 min
John Gleb is back on the Tom & Matt Show to discuss his favorite topic: U.S. diplomacy. It's slightly less than Slavic, sure, but still relevant to understanding modern international relations and foreign policy. Episode recorded April 12th, 2019 at the…
Turbofolk 2: Revenge of the Balkan Divas
Jul 6, 2019 • 40 min
If you're interested in learning more about Turbofolk, check out the Scalar website which Dr. Beronja's class put together with the help of UT librarian Ian Goodale, featuring writings by the students along with further listening for your guilty pleasure.…
“This is NOT Propaganda…” with Peter Pomerantsev
Jun 13, 2019 • 25 min
About the Guest: Peter Pomerantsev (Питер Померанцев) is a Soviet-born British journalist, author and TV producer. His father is the writer and broadcaster Igor Pomerantsev. He is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Institute of Global Affairs at the London…
One Maidan, Two Maidan, Three Maidan, Four… with Olga Onuch and Emma Mateo (Parts 1 and 2)
May 31, 2019 • 63 min
SlavX hosts Lauren and Milena sit down with Ukrainian researchers Olga Onuch (Westminster) and Emma Mateo (Oxford) to talk about their choice to study Ukraine and mass protest. Dr. Onuch and Emma were guest speakers at the Information Wars Symposium at UT…
The Final One… of Season One
May 24, 2019 • 33 min
We know almost everybody is disappointed with the Game of Thrones ending - trust us, we feel your pain - but maybe this will cheer you up. All four of our hosts—Tom, Matt, Milena, and Lauren—get together in the studio to reflect on our first season before…
INFORMATION WARS Symposium Part 5: “Annexation Agenda” and Protests in Russia and Belarus (Speaker - Aliaksandr Herasimenka)
May 15, 2019 • 19 min
Dr. Herasimenka in his own words: I have been involved in media production since 2006. My favourite time as a professional in the field includes seven years of work as a journalist, an editor and a media relation specialist. During that time, I authored…
INFORMATION WARS Symposium Part 4: The World According to the Truthseekers (Speaker - Ilya Yablokov)
May 15, 2019 • 20 min
Ilya Yablokov teaches a variety of courses in Russian studies at the University of Leeds. The areas of academic interests are conspiracy theories as a tool of political mobilisation and political communication. His recent monograph 'Fortress Russia:…
Russian Language Online! with Dr. Heather Rice
May 4, 2019 • 21 min
Dr. Heather Rice, one of the nicest professors at the University of Texas, talks about her journey from Houston, Texas to post-Soviet Russia which made her eventually fall in love with the Russian language. As a Russian language professor, she discusses…
The Monkey Cage
Apr 30, 2019 • 55 min
Tom and Matt host a special guest of the Information Wars symposium: Dr. Joshua Tucker, director of NYU's Jordan Center for Advanced Study of Russia, and co-editor of the Washington Post independent political science newsletter "The Monkey Cage". Books…
Belarus: “The Last Dictatorship of Europe” with Aliaksandr Herasimenka
Apr 29, 2019 • 41 min
For more on our guest, visit: https://slavxradio.fireside.fm/admin/guests/844c0e5b-e1c5-4117-8497-9661fbe51195/edit This episode was recorded on April 24th, 2019 at the University of Texas at Austin. CREDITS Co-Producer: Matthew Orr (Connect:…
INFORMATION WARS Symposium Part 3: “The Most Dangerous Element of Information War is the Idea of Information War Itself” (Speaker - Peter Pomerantsev)
Apr 28, 2019 • 19 min
Peter Pomerantsev is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Institute of Global Affairs at the London School of Economics, an author and TV producer. He specialises on propaganda and media development, and has testified on the challenges of information war to…
INFORMATION WARS Symposium Part 2: “Analyzing Twitter Bots” (Speaker - Denis Stukal)
Apr 28, 2019 • 11 min
Dr. Denis Stukal is a postdoctoral researcher with SMaPP. He is doing research in the fields of Comparative Politics and Political Methodology. His primary focus is the use of machine learning techniques to study political misinformation in post-communist…
INFORMATION WARS Symposium Part 1: “Heads will Troll” (Speaker - Joshua Tucker)
Apr 25, 2019 • 20 min
Dr. Joshua Tucker, director of NYU's Jordan Center for the Advanced Study of Russia, presents his most recent research at the 2019 Trust Me: Information Wars symposium, which was made possible by the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies…
Trust Me: The Politics of Conspiracy Theory with Kiril Avramov
Apr 25, 2019 • 53 min
As a kickoff to the Information Wars Social Media Conference here at the University of Texas today, we are releasing this episode featuring one of UT's own speakers, Dr. Kiril Avramov who is not only brilliant but one of the most caring and engaging…
Человек с Дальнего Востока (The Man From the Far East)
Apr 23, 2019 • 39 min
Our host Matt visits with special guest and East Asia expert Dr. Artyom Lukin about Russian geopolitics in the Asia-Pacific region. Этот эпизод на русском языке. Dr. Artyom Lukin is the deputy director for Research at the School of Regional and…
The Man From Vladivostok: Russia and the Asia-Pacific with Artyom Lukin
Apr 22, 2019 • 38 min
"In Russia, we don't see North Korea as a threat," says Dr. Artyom Lukin, an expert on Russian foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific region. A contributing writer to Washington Post, Huffington Post, and more, Dr. Lukin clears up American misconceptions in…
International Religious Freedom and the Case of Uzbekistan: Trading the Hammer-and-Sickle for the Moon and Star
Apr 17, 2019 • 29 min
The future Dr. Ashlyn Hand dialogues with Matt about the super fun topic of religious freedom in U.S. foreign policy and the specific case of post-USSR Uzbekistan. And she says nobody wants her at the dinner table… About the Guest: Ashlyn Hand is a…
Black Widows of the Black Sea
Apr 15, 2019 • 25 min
On this episode, Tom hosts half-Russian graduate student Lucia Winkeler as they talk all things Caucasus and how many times she has to explain to people that it's not Czechia, it's CHECHNYA as in the First and Second Chechen Wars. Lucia is a dual-degree…
Inside Dugin’s Beard with Tom & Matt
Apr 11, 2019 • 32 min
In this episode Matt and Tom discuss everything you probably NEVER wanted to know about Alexander Dugin. But who is Dugin and what does he want? Wikipedia says simply "[he] is a Russian political analyst and strategist known for his fascist views." High…
Сeва Новгорoдцев - Рyсская слyжба Би-би-си (на русском языке)
Apr 9, 2019 • 31 min
For more information on Seva Novgorodsev (DJ with the BBC Russian Service), visit his website www.seva.ru. Watch the interview on our YouTube channel with English subtitles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZ7t-TDkR-M&t=650s CREDITS Co-Producer: Matthew…
Adventures in Communism with Susanne Sternthal
Apr 8, 2019 • 57 min
The indomitable Dr. Susanne Sternthal joins host Matt Orr in the studio to discuss her breadth of experience from New York to Moscow. Please visit her guest page for more on her bio and published works. https://www.slavxradio.com/guests/sternthal Movie…
Turbofolk: The Music of Balkan Identity with Vladislav Beronja
Apr 4, 2019 • 22 min
Dr. Beronja talks about the fascinating musical genre of Turbofolk which emerged during the tumultuous 80s in the former Yugoslavia, expanded to mass popularity in the 90s under Slobodan Milošević, and aligned itself with Balkan identity. For more on how…
SPECIAL BONUS EPISODE: Sevaoborot (Texas Edition) (по-русски)
Apr 2, 2019 • 53 min
Seva Novgorodsev reprises his long-running show "Sevaoborot" while at the University of Texas at Austin. He is joined by Harvard-alum Dr. Thomas Garza of the university who specializes in Russian Language and popular culture and directs the Texas Language…
The Currency of Diplomacy and State Department “1.0” with (the one and only) John Gleb
Mar 30, 2019 • 34 min
One of the most unique rising scholars at the University of Texas, John Gleb talks with host Tom Rehnquist about the development of the U.S. State Department in terms of American diplomacy and also on the tie with dollar diplomacy. To quote Tom: "Judging…
Polls, Politics, and Presidents with Matt & Tom
Mar 23, 2019 • 28 min
With the Ukrainian presidential election just a week away (at the release of this episode), hosts Tom and Matt felt they had to give a rundown of the leading candidates and draw comparisons (because they can't help themselves) to US political struggles…
David Foster Wallace Goes to Russia… in Print
Mar 22, 2019 • 12 min
Matt and Tom discuss the late great DFW: David Foster Wallace and have another of their generally pessimistic conversations about modern-society in this mini-episode. Recommended works by David Foster Wallace: The Infinite Jest "A Supposedly Fun Thing…
On Democracy in Eastern Europe with Austin Sappington
Mar 18, 2019 • 32 min
Czech-American Austin Sappington, a Clements Center Undergraduate Fellow for 2018-2019, talks about his identification with the local Austin Czech community, Russian influence in the EU, Ukrainian democracy, the Czech Republic, and threats to Ukraine's…
Brexit: An EU Insider’s Perspective with Lorinc Redei
Mar 16, 2019 • 54 min
Watch the full interview with Dr. Redei on YouTube! During this episode, Dr. Redei mentions the following group, FOR OUR FUTURE'S SAKE, which we at The Slavic Connexion are particularly excited about, not for its purpose or rhetoric necessarily, but its…
From Radio Free Europe to the US Russia Foundation with Mark Pomar
Mar 12, 2019 • 45 min
Dr. Pomar discourses on a full breadth of topics, including his experiences living in the Soviet Union under Brezhnev and the ideological bent of Radio Free Europe after the collapse of the USSR. CREDITS Producer & Creator: Michelle Daniel (Connect:…
Baltics and Basketball with Audrius Rickus
Mar 12, 2019 • 21 min
Vilnius-born Audrius Rickus gives us a look at the Lithuanian presidential elections with a comprehensive run-down of the candidates. CREDITS Producer & Creator: Michelle Daniel (Connect: facebook.com/mdanielgeraci Instagram: @michelledaniel86)…
Let’s Talk Nationalism with Jonathan Parker
Mar 12, 2019 • 20 min
Jonathan Parker breaks down Czech nationalism for us, getting into the historical depth and the many facets of this issue as it pertains to the trend of nationalism as a broader global movement. CREDITS Producer & Creator: Michelle Daniel (Connect:…
The Vietnam Connexion with Mark Lawrence
Mar 11, 2019 • 38 min
In his humble and articulate manner, Dr. Lawrence provides the expert's view on Soviet reactions to U.S.-Vietnam relations during the Cold War. CREDITS Producer & Creator: Michelle Daniel (Connect: facebook.com/mdanielgeraci Instagram: @michelledaniel86)…
The Full Scoop on Bulgarian Yogurt with Mary Neuburger
Mar 11, 2019 • 28 min
Who knew there was so much history behind a spoonful of yogurt? Balkan historian Dr. Mary Neuburger gives us the wholesome truth and nothing but in this delicious episode about Bulgarian yogurt. CREDITS Producer & Creator: Michelle Daniel (Connect:…
“Don’t argue with a geographer” with Bella Bychkova Jordan
Mar 11, 2019 • 34 min
Everybody loves Bella! And in this episode, you'll see why. Dr. Bella Jordan hails from Siberia and you'll never meet a more splendid converesationalist. Her stories are amazing, and no matter how many times you talk to her, you'll find out something new…
The International Breakdown with Dr. Michael Mosser
Mar 11, 2019 • 28 min
Dr. Mosser discusses his views on the democracy question, Ukrainian presidential elections, and the European Union's evolution in the current geostrategic landscape. Dr. Michael W. Mosser is is an Assistant Professor of Instruction with a joint…
“Soviet Union Lite” - The Mark Pomar Trailer
Mar 11, 2019 • 2 min
To see the video of Dr. Pomar's full interview with host Tom Rehnquist, visit The Slavic Connexion's YouTube Channel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auO4Nc8J1cU&t=62s CREDITS Producer & Creator: Michelle Daniel (Connect: facebook.com/mdanielgeraci…
All About Civics (with Matthew Orr)
Mar 11, 2019 • 44 min
Graduate student and researcher Matthew Orr talks about civic education and discourse in modern-day Russia and Ukraine. Books referenced include THE BET by Anton Chekhov. Available on Amazon here:…