The Slavic Connexion

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

About the show

A fresh international chat show from the University of Texas at Austin meant to share research, ideas, and culture from the Slavic world and beyond in digestible episodes. Each week we feature faculty, students (both undergraduate and graduate), and speakers of note from other institutions and countries. The Slavic Connexion is a graduate student production of the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies within the College of Liberal Arts at UT Austin... It's not typical Texas.

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Episodes and Blog Entries

  • Тринадцать минут с Ильей Яблоковым (на русском языке)

    Episode  |  September 2nd, 2019  |  Season 1  |  12 mins 57 secs
    ilya yablokov, leeds, илья яблоков, сша, университет лидс

    Илья Яблоков, профессор Университета Лидса, говорит с ведущим Мэттом о США, городах которые он посетил, и так далее...

  • "Fifty Shades of Conspiracy" with Ilya Yablokov (Part 2 of 2)

    Episode  |  September 2nd, 2019  |  Season 1  |  20 mins 55 secs
    american conspiracies, conspiracy theory, fortress russia, leeds university, pushkov, putin, russian conspiracies, suvorov

    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 sign', 'it must be a plan of Macron's to finance reconstruction'... Bloody hell! What kind of reconstruction plan is that?"

  • "Fifty Shades of Conspiracy" with Ilya Yablokov (Part 1 of 2)

    Episode  |  September 2nd, 2019  |  Season 1  |  32 mins 56 secs
    alex jones, american conspiracies, conspiracy theory, fall of the soviet union, fortress russia, leeds university, russian conspiracies

    Conspiracy theory scholar Ilya Yablokov (University of Leeds) 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 sign', 'it must be a plan of Macron's to finance reconstruction."

  • SlavX Student Spotlight: Anna-Maria Andreeva

    Episode  |  August 30th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  17 mins 31 secs
    bulgaria, eu, international students at ut, tour bulgaria, youth with vision

    Our first Student Spotlight features Anna-Maria Andreeva, an international relations and global studies major from Bulgaria.

  • Season 2 Here We come!

    Article  |  August 26th, 2019
    By Matt
    boris nemtsov fund, russia, season 2, slavxradio, ukraine

    Howdy dear listeners! Matt here. I wanted to quickly update you guys on my summer and l let you guys know about why I’m so excited for our second season of The Slavic Connexion...

  • "Vampires of Serendipity" with Tom Garza

    Episode  |  August 14th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  42 mins 45 secs
    american professors studying russian, language learning, russia, serendipity, soviet union, vampires

    Legendary Texas professor Dr. Thomas Garza brings his experience in the Soviet Union to the studio, reminiscing with Tom and Matt about why he became so invested in Russia and (yes!) vampires. The key concept of this episode is serendipity, and Dr. Garza brings real meaning to this SAT vocabulary word.

  • "The Continuity of Everything..." with John Gleb (and Matt & Tom)

    Episode  |  August 2nd, 2019  |  Season 1  |  39 mins 56 secs
    diplomacy, history of international relations, liberal internationalism, state department, wilsonian internationalism

    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.

  • Turbofolk 2: Revenge of the Balkan Divas

    Episode  |  July 6th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  40 mins 4 secs
    arkan, balkan pop culture, ceca raznatovic, lepa brena, reggaeton, sasa kovacevic, severina, turbofolk, turboton, yugo nostalgia

    Turbofolk is back with a vengeance! Dr. Vladislav Beronja joins Milena in the studio again but with reinforcements: students from his Spring 2019 class on popular music in the Balkans. These undergraduate scholars discuss the turbofolk artists, history, and songs that grabbed them!

  • "This is NOT Propaganda..." with Peter Pomerantsev

    Episode  |  June 13th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  25 mins 35 secs
    facebook political ad campaigns, information wars, propaganda, social media, texas

    Author, journalist, and TV producer Peter Pomerantsev chats with host Tom about his impressions of Texas, his research into information wars, and his forthcoming book entitled "This is Not Propaganda".

  • Albania Mania: Football to Rap to Racism with Cultural Anthropologist Chelsi West Ohueri

    Episode  |  June 7th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  45 mins 54 secs
    african american anthropologists, albania, albanian football, balkans, cultural exchange, journeying to foreign countries, racism, sexism

    In this entertaining interview, host Tom sits down with cultural anthropologist Dr. West Ohueri to discuss all things Albania with special focus on her journey as an African-American woman into a white environment. We're sure you'll enjoy!

  • One Maidan, Two Maidan, Three Maidan, Four... with Olga Onuch and Emma Mateo (Parts 1 and 2)

    Episode  |  May 31st, 2019  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 3 mins
    academics, latin america, mass protests, politics, presidential elections, russian-latin america relations, ukraine, venezuela

    Hosts Lauren and Milena sit down with Ukrainian professor Olga Onuch (University of Manchester) and PhD candidate Emma Mateo (Oxford) to talk about their choice to study Ukraine and the marvels of mass protest - in the words of Milena "four fabulous females" together in the studio.

  • The Final One... of Season One

    Episode  |  May 24th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  33 mins 15 secs

    We know almost everybody is disappointed with the Game of Thrones ending, and we feel your pain, but maybe this will cheer you up. Hosts Tom, Matt, Milena, and Lauren get together to reflect on our first season before they each went their separate ways for the summer.

  • Budem na svyazi! (Будем на связи): Russian online with Heather Rice

    Episode  |  May 4th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  21 mins 38 secs
    fun and engaging language course, learning languages, online education, russian online course

    Dr. Heather Rice, one of the nicest professors at the University of Texas, talks about the difficulties and successes of her now-famous (relatively-speaking) Russian online course that's taking the language instruction world by storm. Our very own Tom R. hosts as a former student of this very same class.

  • The Monkey Cage

    Episode  |  April 30th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  55 mins 30 secs
    communism's shadow, communist regimes, democracy, elections, gender equity, information wars, nonpartisan blogs, political science

    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".

  • Belarus: "The Last Dictatorship of Europe" with Aliaksandr Herasimenka

    Episode  |  April 29th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  41 mins 31 secs
    alexander lukashenko, belarus, belarusian language, dictators, lukashenka, social media activism, youtube rap

    Matt and Milena chat with native Belarusian Dr. Aliaksandr Herasimenka, a professor at University of Westminster in London and a Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

  • Trust Me: The Politics of Conspiracy Theory with Kiril Avramov

    Episode  |  April 25th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  53 mins
    conspiracy theory researchers, intelligence studies project, russia, ukraine

    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 educators on these Forty Acres! Listen to find out why he is easily one of students' favorite professors.