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 | November 14th, 2019 | Season 2 | 57 mins 16 secs
brexit, british politics, climate change security, election, european politics, european union, security policy, ukraine
With the UK's December 12th vote fogging the European horizon, Tom and Matt invited two of our favorite EU experts, Lorinc Redei and Michael Mosser, to speak about current affairs and what the future may hold.
Episode | November 7th, 2019 | Season 2 | 47 mins
central asian journalists, media, state department exchange program
On this episode, Tom and Matt talk with two fantastic media professionals from Kyrgyzstan who are wrapping up their month-long stay in the U.S. as part of a State Department exchange program for Central Asian journalists.
Episode | October 28th, 2019 | Season 2 | 1 hr 10 mins
music, russian music history, russian rock, soviet history, subculture
Returning to the studio, Tom Garza switches rapiers from vampire vanquisher to Russian Rockophile, taking us from the years prior to the fall of the USSR to today itself. And this is not just an academic subject for him - it's his lived experience. (Featuring snippets with legendary music critic Artemy Troitsky!)
Episode | October 24th, 2019 | Season 2 | 21 mins 15 secs
culture, dovlatov, pelevin, russian literature
Александр Генис присоединяется к нам, чтобы обсудить русскую литературу, от Довлатова до Пелевина ...
Episode | October 21st, 2019 | Season 2 | 16 mins 12 secs
russian drama, russian emigres, the last czars
In this episode, Matt talks with Marina Alexandrova about her challenges coming to America from Russia, and the art of teaching Russian culture as a talented and creative professor at the University of Texas at Austin.
Episode | October 7th, 2019 | Season 2 | 31 mins 29 secs
american life, russian expatriates, russian literature, texas, youth culture
Literary critic, broadcaster, and writer Alexander Genis, an "absolute erudite" in the words of Seva Novgorodsev, privileges us with an interview on coming to America, his impressive career in radio, and his take on the future of Russian literature.
Episode | September 30th, 2019 | Season 2 | 31 mins 49 secs
eurasia, irkut, languages
Cultural geographer and linguist Bella Jordan returns to the SlavX studio to discuss languages, indigenous peoples of the former Russian Empire, and the process of "de-Russification" that is the tendency now of many societies in the post-Soviet space.
Episode | September 26th, 2019 | Season 2 | 21 mins 22 secs
американская жизнь, образивание в сша, подкасты на русском языке, русские профессора в америке
В этом эпизоде ведущие Мэтт и Лера садятся с профессором Мариной Александровой, чтобы рассказать о своем опыте адаптации к жизни в Америке...
Episode | September 20th, 2019 | Season 2 | 49 mins 55 secs
politics, propaganda, russian literature, victor pelevin, x-files
Professor Keith Livers joins us as our expert in the world of American and Russian conspiracy. But because the subject itself is fairly distasteful to him, he necessarily gets creative in the classroom -- enter the X-Files.
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 associate of the Davis Center at 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.