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 | July 10th, 2020 | Season 2 | 49 mins 35 secs
biopics, culture, language, music, seva novgorodsev
BBC's Seva Novgorodsev joins us once more just in time for his 80th birthday! This time, we gather around Zoom, but the conversation is, as always, entertaining and unexpected--one never knows where Seva will lead us and what he will teach us. We hope you enjoy!
Episode | May 7th, 2020 | Season 2 | 56 mins 26 secs
journalism, russia, ukraine, usa
В этом эпизоде Мэтт беседует со знаменитой российской журналисткой Жанной Немцовой о многих темах, от ее времени в Америке до Украины. Надеемся, вам понравится слушать!
Episode | April 16th, 2020 | Season 2 | 52 mins 45 secs
journalism, media, rbth, russia
If you're at all a Russophile and you've never visited Russia Beyond (rbth.com), find out what you've been missing as we connect with the editor-in-chief of this amazing, culturally-focused international publication that now boasts 5 million readers worldwide. (Also, the alternate title for this episode is "Pants Challenge", courtesy of Tom.)
Episode | April 12th, 2020 | Season 2 | 1 hr 2 mins
modern russian music, music, music biopics, russian music history, russian rock, soviet history, subculture
Artemy Troitsky joins us once again via Zoom to discuss rock music past and present and also films about music artists. Find out what biopic he would make and why in this episode! Артемий Троицкий обсуждает рок-музыку прошлого и настоящего, а также биографические фильмы о музыкантах. Узнайте, какой биографический фильм он будет снимать и почему в этом эпизоде!
Episode | April 8th, 2020 | Season 2 | 55 mins 21 secs
elections, pandemic, putin, russian rock, soviet history, subculture
Back for more via Zoom, Tom Garza joins Matt and Tom once again to discuss Russian rock during the late USSR period to modern-day Russia, the power of nostalgia, and the role of music in COVID-19. And this time legendary music critic Artemy Troitsky also joins from Estonia. Hope you enjoy!! The previous episode can be found here: https://www.slavxradio.com/sovietskyrock
Episode | April 5th, 2020 | Season 2 | 49 mins 26 secs
covid-19, global economy, oil, opec, pandemic, politics, russia, saudi arabia
On this episode, Tom, Matt, and Graham reunite to discuss more about Covid-19, the continuing oil drama between Russia and Saudi Arabia, and the ways in which the pandemic will permanently affect our world. As Dave from 2001 A Space Odyssey said, "Everything is going extremely well."
Episode | April 2nd, 2020 | Season 2 | 46 mins 26 secs
baltics, covid-19, journalism, protests, putin, uk
We meet with freelance journalist Aliide Naylor who joins us for our first Zoom interview from London to discuss her experiences in Russia, Ukraine, and her newly released book on Putin and the Baltics on this our 80th episode!
Episode | March 12th, 2020 | Season 2 | 42 mins 33 secs
covid-19, global economy, pandemic, politics, russia
On this episode, Tom and Matt are joined by returning guest Graham Reblitz to delve into the meaty headlines of the day: Russian politics, the conflict between Russia and Saudi Arabia over oil, and the WHO-declared pandemic that is sweeping the globe.
Episode | March 7th, 2020 | Season 2 | 1 hr 7 mins
international celebrities, mozambique, music, russian culture, world-changers, yeltsin
Christian Ray Flores is an entrepreneur, world traveler, and philanthropist who was an international music "supernova" during the 90s in post-Soviet Russia. Though he may have been a short-lived celebrity phenomena in Russia he continues to make tremendous impact globally to this day. Listen to his amazing, highly-entertaining story on this episode.
Episode | December 5th, 2019 | Season 2 | 37 mins 45 secs
central asia, cultural exchange programs, journalists, kyrgyzstan, media
On this episode, Aigul Adzhieva (Айгуля Аджиева) a TV producer from Kyrgyzstan, joins Matt for a discussion about media challenges today, bride kidnapping, and the role of journalists in her country. Enjoy!
Episode | November 18th, 2019 | Season 2 | 48 mins 15 secs
central asia, free media, journalism, podcasting, politics, radio, youth culture
Two visiting Kazakh journalists talk with Matt and Tracy about their experiences as independent and international media practitioners, the challenges they face in a country they say whose government tolerates no opposition.
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.