Tom Rehnquist has hosted 20 episodes.
Tom is from Boston and besides walking everywhere (really fast) and playing basketball (because he's just that tall), he is a phenomenal grad student in Slavic and Eurasian Studies, specializing in Russian and Soviet politics, history, and U.S. foreign policy. His background in TV production, having worked for the likes of HBO and Marvel, has prepared him for his new side gig in podcasting.
Milena D-K has hosted 6 episodes.
Milena Djordjevic-Kisacanin is a sophomore at UT Austin majoring in Eastern European Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, and the Persian language. She is highly interested in studying cultures ranging from Eastern Europe and the Balkans to Iran and Central Asia. Milena is especially interested in the phenomenons of nation-building, national identity, and inter-ethnic conflict that are so problematic in this region. Ukraine especially fascinates her because of its important geopolitical position, complex cultural identity, and its ongoing debates about nation-building and democracy.
Matthew Orr has hosted 16 episodes.
Matthew is a native Texan from the Houston area. He's attended George Washington University, majoring in Russian Language and Literature and has spent time in Russia on a Fulbright scholarship. He is currently at the University of Texas at Austin pursuing a dual master’s degree in Global Policy Studies and Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. His research interests include civic education, democratization in the Post-Soviet space, contemporary Russian literature and US-Russian relations. He can be seen riding his bike all over UT's 40 acres.
Lauren Nyquist has hosted 4 episodes.
Lauren is a third-year International Relations and Geography double major minoring in Russian Language and African Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Currently, Lauren works as a TA and research assistant in the History Department, focusing on areas within Sub-Saharan Africa. Outside of work and class, Lauren works on environmental management and sustainability initiatives in central and southern Texas, and on public education policy in Houston, where she grew up. In other words, she totally rocks.