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.
Episode | September 16th, 2019 | Season 2 | 48 mins 7 secs
hammer and silicon, russian entrepreneurs in the us, soviet diaspora, soviet union
Our guest on this episode is Daniel Satinsky, a business professional and professor from Harvard University who is an expert on the Soviet diaspora's impact and innovative success in the U.S. economy.
Episode | September 12th, 2019 | Season 2 | 25 mins 15 secs
albania, anticorruption movements, bulgaria, corruption, elections, macedonia, mass protest, political unrest, social democratic party
Part 2 of "The Colorful Revolution" with Aleksej Demjanski...
Episode | September 9th, 2019 | Season 2 | 25 mins 13 secs
albania, bulgaria, corruption, elections, macedonia, mass protest, political unrest
Welcome to Season 2! To kick us off we have with us in the studio Fulbright-er (that's a word, right?) Aleksej Demjanski. Aleksej brings the riveting tales of protest movements in Southeast Europe to the microphone...
Episode | September 2nd, 2019 | Season 1 | 12 mins 57 secs
ilya yablokov, leeds, илья яблоков, сша, университет лидс
Илья Яблоков, профессор Университета Лидса, говорит с ведущим Мэттом о США, городах которые он посетил, и так далее...
Episode | 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?"
Episode | 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."
Episode | 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.
Episode | 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.
Episode | May 24th, 2019 | Season 1 | 33 mins 15 secs
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.
Episode | 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".
Episode | 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.
Episode | April 25th, 2019 | Season 1 | 53 mins
conspiracy theory researchers, intelligence studies project, russia, ukraine
As a kickoff to the Information Wars Social Media Conference here at the University of Texas today, we are releasing this episode featuring one of UT's own speakers, Dr. Kiril Avramov, who is not only brilliant but one of the most caring and engaging educators on these Forty Acres! Listen to find out why he is easily one of students' favorite professors.
Episode | April 23rd, 2019 | Season 1 | 39 mins 39 secs
china-russia relations, international relations, russia-japan, russia-north korea, vietnam-russia relations, международные отношения
Matt visits with special guest and East Asia expert Dr. Artyom Lukin about Russian geopolitics in the Asia-Pacific region. Этот эпизод на русском языке.
Episode | April 22nd, 2019 | Season 1 | 38 mins 14 secs
china, far east russia, foreign policy, international relations, north korea, politics
"In Russia, we don't see North Korea as a threat," says Dr. Artyom Lukin, an expert on Russian foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific region. A contributing writer to Washington Post, Huffington Post, and more, Dr. Lukin clears up American misconceptions about the Far East with some unique Russian perspective.
International Religious Freedom and the Case of Uzbekistan: Trading the Hammer-and-Sickle for the Moon and Star
Episode | April 17th, 2019 | Season 1 | 29 mins 30 secs
human rights, post-communist countries, religious freedom, u.s. foreign policy, uzbekistan
Fourth-year-PhD student Ashlyn Hand dialogues with Matt about the super fun topic of religious freedom in U.S. foreign policy and the specific case of post-USSR Uzbekistan. And she says nobody wants her at the dinner table...
Episode | April 11th, 2019 | Season 1 | 32 mins 3 secs
alexander dugin, eurasianism, fourth political theory
On this installment of Matt and Tom (Tom and Matt) they talk about Eurasianism and Duginism. What exactly are these things? Well, it's kind of a long story... But hopefully this episode will help to break it down for you.