Winnie the Pooh... and Brezhnev Too // Balkan Blackness (ASEEES)

January 17th, 2020 · 30 mins 59 secs

About this Episode

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 second segment of this episode, Dr. Sunnie Rucker-Chang (University of Cincinnatti) discusses the nonalignment movement in Yugoslavia and also the surprising ways in which people see themselves in the Balkans.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Episode recorded during the 2019 ASEEES Conference in San Francisco, California.
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Co-Producer: Matthew Orr (Connect:
Associate Producer: Samantha Farmer
Associate Producer: Lera Toropin
Associate Producer: Cullan Bendig
Supervising Producer: Kathryn Yegorov-Crate
Executive Editor/Music Producer: Charlie Harper (Connect: Instagram: @charlieharpermusic,
Executive Producer & Creator: Michelle Daniel (Connect: Instagram: @michelledaniel86,

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EXECUTIVE PRODUCER'S NOTE: A special thanks to the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies for the financial support necessary to take the SlavX team to San Francisco for the multi-day convention. In just a few days, four hosts completed an amazing 18 interviews with unique guests from all over the world. Most of these will be made available on the podcast. Thank you also to the conference directors and staff at ASEEES for being so accommodating and helping SlavX staff find rooms to use as recording spaces. Additional thanks to Professor Craig Campbell at UT for inspiring our supervising producer with the idea to attend the conference and to SlavX team members Katya and Samantha for taking the trouble to apply for travel funds during the busiest time of the semester for grad students. Their initiative is nothing short of amazing to me, and hopefully everybody appreciates their efforts as much as I do. We hope you all enjoy these exclusive interviews!!

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