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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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
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...
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.
April 9th, 2019 | Season 1 | 31 mins 28 secs
cold war, communism, cultural icon, radio broadcasting, seva, soviet union
Our first episode in Russian features the legendary rock music DJ from the BBC, Seva Novgorodsev! Please visit our YouTube channel for the English-subtitled version.
April 8th, 2019 | Season 1 | 57 mins 13 secs
communism, dogs in russia, politics, soviet society
The indomitable Dr. Susanne Sternthal joins host Matt Orr in the studio to discuss her breadth of experience from New York to Moscow.
March 23rd, 2019 | Season 1 | 28 mins 40 secs
corruption, elections, politics, russia, ukraine, united states
Beginning a new format, hosts Tom Rehnquist and Matt Orr bring to the studio current events and political debates ripe for discussion, and so today that means the Ukrainian presidential elections. Find out which candidate is Matt's chosen "horse" in this episode.
March 21st, 2019 | Season 1 | 12 mins 57 secs
literature, politics, social media, society
Matt & Tom talk about the late American author David Foster Wallace who for the first time is being published in Russia in Russian.
March 16th, 2019 | Season 1 | 54 mins 36 secs
brexit, british politics, current events, european union, josh tucker, uk, ukraine elections
Dr. Lorinc Redei, an expert on the foreign policy of the European Union, gives his insightful take on the current trajectory of the EU, the destructive influence of Brexit on the EU, and Ukraine's prospects of joining either the EU or NATO.
March 11th, 2019 | Season 1 | 44 mins 44 secs
civics, democracy, elections
Graduate student and researcher Matthew Orr talks about civic education and discourse in modern-day Russia and Ukraine.