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, y'all.
Article | September 11th, 2020
kremlin, libya, mercenaries, russia, syria, turkey, ukraine
SlavX blogger Lexi Jovanovic gives us an overview of the Wagner Group based on the findings of her research.
Article | August 29th, 2020
grad, podcast, student-led, undergrad
Episode | July 10th, 2020 | Season 2 | 49 mins 35 secs
biopics, culture, language, music, seva novgorodsev
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 enjoy!
Episode | June 1st, 2020 | Season 2 | 43 mins 20 secs
balkan history, diplomacy, intelligence, soviet history, yugoslav wars
Former CIA officer Stephen Slick joins us to talk about his nearly three decades in intelligence, spent largely overseas, to his role as an educator at the University of Texas at Austin in building the Intelligence Studies Project--a first of its kind in the United States. We hope you enjoy!
Episode | May 13th, 2020 | Season 2 | 32 mins 31 secs
anthropology, ethnomusicology, folklore, ukrainian culture, ukrainian language
Dr. Susie Crate returns! 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. This work was part of a larger project to collect and preserve songs unique to particular villages. Hope you enjoy!
Episode | May 11th, 2020 | Season 2 | 59 mins 5 secs
future of international relations, geopolitics, world order
Renowned geopolitical strategist Peter Zeihan graciously joins us via Zoom for an intensive breakdown of the current world order and his predictions concerning the economic and political directions of America, Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and other nations. A must-listen for any student of global policy and IR theory!
Episode | May 7th, 2020 | Season 2 | 56 mins 26 secs
journalism, russia, ukraine, usa
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!
Episode | April 29th, 2020 | Season 2 | 51 mins 15 secs
civic engagement, cold war, history, protest, revolution
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 80s/early 90s as a journalist, and much more. Hope you enjoy!
Episode | April 25th, 2020 | Season 2 | 49 mins 20 secs
history, press, us-russia relations, us-soviet relations
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 space aficionado and Star Trek fan) he certainly brings some amazing skills to this Zoom session. Hope you enjoy!
Episode | April 21st, 2020 | Season 2 | 35 mins 37 secs
diplomacy, karaoke, media landscape, media literacy, privacy concerns, writing
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 navigate the media landscape in today's COVID-19 information-rich and facts-poor environment. Take a listen!
Episode | April 16th, 2020 | Season 2 | 52 mins 45 secs
journalism, media, rbth, russia
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 worldwide. (Also, the alternate title for this episode is "Pants Challenge", courtesy of Tom.)
Episode | April 13th, 2020 | Season 2 | 47 mins 28 secs
bbc, culture, digital age, diplomacy, global engagement, world war ii
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 how it has changed and will continue to change in this digital age. (Note: this is one of Tom's favorite interviews.)
Episode | April 12th, 2020 | Season 2 | 1 hr 2 mins
modern russian music, music, music biopics, russian music history, russian rock, soviet history, subculture
Artemy Troitsky joins us once again via Zoom to discuss rock music past and present and also films about music artists. Find out what biopic he would make and why in this episode! Артемий Троицкий обсуждает рок-музыку прошлого и настоящего, а также биографические фильмы о музыкантах. Узнайте, какой биографический фильм он будет снимать и почему в этом эпизоде!
Episode | April 8th, 2020 | Season 2 | 55 mins 21 secs
elections, pandemic, putin, russian rock, soviet history, subculture
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 joins from Estonia. Hope you enjoy!! The previous episode can be found here: https://www.slavxradio.com/sovietskyrock
Episode | April 5th, 2020 | Season 2 | 49 mins 26 secs
covid-19, global economy, oil, opec, pandemic, politics, russia, saudi arabia
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, "Everything is going extremely well."
Episode | April 2nd, 2020 | Season 2 | 46 mins 26 secs
baltics, covid-19, journalism, protests, putin, uk
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 on this our 80th episode!