The Slavic Connexion

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

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

  • Decolonization in Eastern Europe: A Critical Geographer's Perspective with Zoltán Ginelli

    July 30th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  41 mins 11 secs
    central europe, geography, history, hungary

    Zoltán Ginelli from Budapest joins Zach and Cullan to talk about his field of critical geography and the framing of colonial history of Central Europe following both World War II and the Cold War. We hope you enjoy this conversation!

  • The Inside Scoop on "Cold War Correspondents" with Dina Fainberg

    June 29th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  43 mins 30 secs
    america, history, journalism, media, soviet union

    On this episode, Professor Dina Fainberg joins Zach and Lera to talk about her latest book, the highly readable "Cold War Correspondents" in which she highlights stories of Soviet and American journalists and draws parallels to the US-Russia media landscape today. We hope you enjoy!

  • Eurovision: More than a Song (Contest) with Sophia Kontos

    June 7th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  14 mins 50 secs
    art, europe, eurovision, music, politics

    On this special (musical) episode, guest host Sophia Kontos helps us understand Eurovision and break down the politics and ploys behind the song entries themselves, focusing on three major countries: Greece, Turkey, and Ukraine. We hope you enjoy!

  • Steppe by Steppe: From America's Great Plains to Russia's Grasslands (and Back Again!) with David Moon

    May 31st, 2021  |  Season 3  |  34 mins 13 secs
    agriculture, caucasus, environmental history, geography, russia, west texas

    On this episode, Professor David Moon joins Tom and Lera from the UK to talk about the fascinating personal journey which led to the release of his latest book, The American Steppes: Unexpected Russian Roots of Great Plains Agriculture. He clearly delineates how the kernels of his transnational research all began during his tenure some years ago at The University of Texas at Austin. We hope you enjoy!

  • The Pivoting Anthropologist: From Chernobyl to Social Activism to Kurt Vonnegut to... with Sarah Phillips

    April 21st, 2021  |  Season 3  |  37 mins 25 secs
    anthropology, health, literature, social activism, soviet studies, ukraine

    Our wonderful guest is Dr. Sarah Phillips, director of the Russian and East European Institute at Indiana University Bloomington. Dr. Phillips walks us through her remarkable anthropological career in the Slavic world from her beginnings in the 90s with studying the effects of Chernobyl to her many social activism projects in Ukraine, taking us to her present fascination with the culture that developed in the USSR around Kurt Vonnegut's writings and translated works. We hope you enjoy, and as always thanks for listening!

  • The Ghana-Soviet Connexion with Nana Osei-Opare

    April 12th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  34 mins 30 secs
    african history, history, nationalism, politics, racism, soviet history

    On this episode, Professor Nana Osei-Opare from Fordham University joins us to talk about the history of Ghana's independence from Great Britain and the way in which this West African country looked to the Soviet Union to build itself as an "industrialized, socialist" post-colonialist state. This is a fascinating, important discussion, and we hope you enjoy!

  • Ukraine Through the Author's Pen with Oksana Lutsyshyna

    March 24th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  1 hr 1 min
    literature, social media, texas professors, ukraine

    In this episode, Dr. Oksana Lutsyshyna, beloved UT professor and recent winner of Ukraine's highest state prize for literature, joins Matt to talk about her most recent book Ivan and Feba (Іван і Феба), as well as her earlier works including Love Life (Любовне життя) and much more. We hope you enjoy!

  • "American Girls in Red Russia" with Julia Mickenberg

    March 17th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  51 mins 55 secs
    american stories, communism, history, social movements, soviet union, women's history

    In honor of Women's History Month, we have a special episode featuring American Studies professor Dr. Julia Mickenberg who joins us to talk about her spectacular book "American Girls in Red Russia" which explores the intimate lives of American women who traveled to the USSR chasing the "Soviet Dream." We hope you enjoy!

  • "Hate in the Homeland": The Global Far Right with Cynthia Miller-Idriss

    March 7th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  44 mins 15 secs
    far right, fascism, global conversations, social media, white nationalism

    On this special episode, we have renowned expert on far right youth movements, Dr. Cynthia Miller-Idriss who joins us courtesy of UT's ISPRII (https://isprii.la.utexas.edu/). ISPRII guest host Eliza talks with Dr. Miller-Idriss about her research and latest book, Hate in the Homeland: The New Global Far Right. This is a fascinating episode on a very critical topic for the international community, and we hope you enjoy!

  • "Russia Resurrected": The Paradox of the Perception of Russian Power with Kathryn Stoner

    February 18th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  35 mins 59 secs
    global order, politics, russia

    In this episode, Matt is joined by Dr. Kathryn Stoner of Stanford University to talk about her new book, Russia Resurrected: Its Power and Purpose in a New Global Order. The book pushes back at some misconceptions about Russia’s place in the international system while offering a new perspective on how the West should approach Russia. We hope you enjoy!

  • Poison, Prison, Protests: The Continued Saga of Alexei Navalny with Mark Galeotti

    February 3rd, 2021  |  Season 3  |  47 mins 59 secs
    anti-corruption, belarus, navalny, russia, russian protests

    Once again, Dr. Mark Galeotti joins Matt to discuss yesterday's sentencing of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, and what it means for Russia's short and long term future. Is this the end of the first installment of Navalny’s battle with the Kremlin, which peaked with his poisoning at the hands of the FSB in August 2020? What will be the West's response?

  • From Red to Green: The True Nature of Environmental Activism in Russia with Angelina Davydova

    January 27th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  50 mins 24 secs
    environmental activism, environmental issues, journalism, russia, siberia

    From St. Petersburg, Angelina Davydova, Environmental journalist and head of the German Russian Office of Environmental Information, graciously joins us to give us some surprising facts on the landscape of environmental activism and reform in Russia. This was an uplifting and eye-opening conversation and we hope you enjoy!

  • Russia's Mercurial Role in Southeast Europe (with Dimitar Bechev)

    January 11th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  28 mins 4 secs
    balkans, covid, regional politics, russia, turkey

    On this episode, Samantha chats with Dr. Dimitar Bechev on the geopolitics of the Balkans and the stratagems of Russia in the region. Dr. Bechev also discusses Russia's relationship with Turkey and Turkey's ties with the US and how these affect the countries nested in the Balkans which have fallen out of US foreign policy priority since the George W. Bush administration.

  • "Mixed Messages": The Survival of the Buryat Language with Kathryn Graber

    January 5th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  34 mins 59 secs
    buryat, culture, siberia

    Амар мэндээ or hello and Happy New Year! On this episode, Dr. Kathryn Graber of Indiana University Bloomington joins us to
    talk about her research on the Buryat language and minority-language media in Russia’s Buryat territories, a multilingual region of eastern Siberia on the Mongolian border. Enjoy! Ехэ баярлаа!

  • "How to Lose the Information War" with Nina Jankowicz (Wilson Center)

    December 9th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  39 mins 33 secs
    information wars, misinformation, propaganda, russia, us elections

    In this episode, Matt and Tom talked to Nina Jankowicz of the Wilson Center about her new book, How to Lose the Information War, and how it serves as a useful primer for understanding the disinformation challenges facing the US today, particularly in the aftermath of the 2020 election.

  • From the Russian Far East to the American West with Matthew Luxmoore (RFE/RL)

    December 1st, 2020  |  Season 3  |  33 mins 2 secs
    american politics, belarus, elections, regional conflicts, russia, turkey

    On this episode, Zack speaks with journalist Matthew Luxmoore. Matthew is the Moscow Correspondent for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, Foreign Policy, Politico, and elsewhere. Zach and Matthew discuss a wide-range of issues, from the Russian Far East to the current state of the Russian opposition movement, to environmental concerns and other current affairs of the day. We hope you enjoy!