Milena is a junior 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.
Episode | August 30th, 2019 | Season 1 | 17 mins 31 secs
bulgaria, eu, international students at ut, tour bulgaria, youth with vision
Our first Student Spotlight features Anna-Maria Andreeva, an international relations and global studies major from Bulgaria.
Episode | July 6th, 2019 | Season 1 | 40 mins 4 secs
arkan, balkan pop culture, ceca raznatovic, lepa brena, reggaeton, sasa kovacevic, severina, turbofolk, turboton, yugo nostalgia
Turbofolk is back with a vengeance! Dr. Vladislav Beronja joins Milena in the studio again but with reinforcements: students from his Spring 2019 class on popular music in the Balkans. These undergraduate scholars discuss the turbofolk artists, history, and songs that grabbed them!
Episode | May 31st, 2019 | Season 1 | 1 hr 3 mins
academics, latin america, mass protests, politics, presidential elections, russian-latin america relations, ukraine, venezuela
Hosts Lauren and Milena sit down with Ukrainian professor Olga Onuch (University of Manchester) and PhD candidate Emma Mateo (Oxford) to talk about their choice to study Ukraine and the marvels of mass protest - in the words of Milena "four fabulous females" together in the studio.
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 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 4th, 2019 | Season 1 | 22 mins 4 secs
cultural identity, nostalgia, public history, turbofolk, yugoslavia, культурная идентичность, ностальгия, публичная история, турбофолк, югославия
Dr. Beronja talks about the fascinating musical genre of Turbofolk which emerged during the tumultuous 80s in the former Yugoslavia, expanded to mass popularity in the 90s under Slobodan Milošević, and aligned itself with Balkan identity. Listen for a few clips of some of the most popular songs of the era.
Episode | March 11th, 2019 | Season 1 | 28 mins 57 secs
balkan region, bulgarian yogurt, cultural history
Balkan historian Dr. Mary Neuburger dishes on Bulgarian yogurt with host Milena.