The Slavic Connexion

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

137 episodes of The Slavic Connexion since the first episode, which aired on March 11th, 2019.

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

    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)

    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

    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.

  • "Vampires of Serendipity" with Tom Garza

    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)

    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

    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

    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".

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

    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

    May 24th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  33 mins 15 secs
    end of season, reflection

    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.

  • INFORMATION WARS Symposium Part 5: "Annexation Agenda" and Protests in Russia and Belarus (Speaker - Aliaksandr Herasimenka)

    May 15th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  19 mins 42 secs
    information wars

    Dr. Aliaksandr Herasimenka from the University of Westminster in London speaks on political information and disinformation on messaging platforms. Follow him on Twitter @alesherasimenka.

  • INFORMATION WARS Symposium Part 4: The World According to the Truthseekers (Speaker - Ilya Yablokov)

    May 15th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  20 mins 58 secs
    information wars, rt, trust me

    Dr. Ilya Yablokov of the University of Leeds in London presents his research on conspiracy theory and RT (Russia Today). Follow him on Twitter @ilya_yablokov .

  • Russian Language Online! with Dr. Heather Rice

    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

    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

    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.

  • INFORMATION WARS Symposium Part 3: "The Most Dangerous Element of Information War is the Idea of Information War Itself" (Speaker - Peter Pomerantsev)

    April 28th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  19 mins 21 secs
    information wars, trust me

    Famed British journalist and filmmaker Peter Pomerantsev gives a talk on his work at the London School of Economics as a senior fellow at the Institute of Global Affairs. Recorded April 25th, 2019. Follow Peter on Twitter: @peterpomeranzev

  • INFORMATION WARS Symposium Part 2: "Analyzing Twitter Bots" (Speaker - Denis Stukal)

    April 28th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  11 mins 6 secs
    anti-government protests, corruption, eastern europe, online information, russia, trust me, twitter

    Dr. Denis Stukal of NYU speaks at the Info Wars symposium on Twitter bots and the SMaPP Lab project at NYU.