Tom is from Boston and besides walking everywhere (really fast) and playing basketball (because he's just that tall), he is a phenomenal grad student in Slavic and Eurasian Studies, specializing in Russian and Soviet politics, history, and U.S. foreign policy. His background in TV production, having worked for the likes of HBO and Marvel, has prepared him for his new side gig in podcasting.
June 13th, 2019 | Season 1 | 25 mins 35 secs
facebook political ad campaigns, information wars, propaganda, social media, texas
Author, journalist, and TV producer Peter Pomerantsev chats with host Tom about his impressions of Texas, his research into information wars, and his forthcoming book entitled "This is Not Propaganda".
June 7th, 2019 | Season 1 | 45 mins 54 secs
african american anthropologists, albania, albanian football, balkans, cultural exchange, journeying to foreign countries, racism, sexism
In this entertaining interview, host Tom sits down with cultural anthropologist Dr. West Ohueri to discuss all things Albania with special focus on her journey as an African-American woman into a white environment. We're sure you'll enjoy!
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.
May 4th, 2019 | Season 1 | 21 mins 38 secs
fun and engaging language course, learning languages, online education, russian online course
Dr. Heather Rice, one of the nicest professors at the University of Texas, talks about the difficulties and successes of her now-famous (relatively-speaking) Russian online course that's taking the language instruction world by storm. Our very own Tom R. hosts as a former student of this very same class.
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 15th, 2019 | Season 1 | 25 mins 29 secs
azerbaijan, black widows, caucasus, chechen republic, chechnya, counterterrorism, ethnicity, female terrorism, georgia, religion, soviet union, twins of the caucasus
On this episode, Tom hosts half-Russian graduate student Lucia Winkeler as they talk all things Caucasus and how many times she has to explain to people that it's not Czechia, it's CHECHNYA as in the First and Second Chechen Wars.
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.
March 30th, 2019 | Season 1 | 34 mins 10 secs
dollar diplomacy, foreign service, human rights, state department history
Straight from the University of California, Berkeley to the Forty Acres of UT Austin, John Gleb gives us a comparative development of diplomacy, foreign policy, and human rights in the U.S. and Europe pre-World War II.
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 12th, 2019 | Season 1 | 45 mins 46 secs
civics, democracy, education, elections, politics, putin, russia, trump, ukraine, voting
Dr. Pomar discourses on a full breadth of topics, including his experiences living in the Soviet Union under Brezhnev and the ideological bent of Radio Free Europe after the collapse of the USSR.
March 12th, 2019 | Season 1 | 21 mins 34 secs
basketball, current politics, history, lithuania
Grad student Audrius Rickus talks about the upcoming Lithuanian elections, his research, and... basketball.
March 12th, 2019 | Season 1 | 20 mins 34 secs
czech history, identity politics, nationalism
PhD candidate Jonathan Parker from the History Department at the University of Texas talks with Tom about his research on Czech nationalism.
March 11th, 2019 | Season 1 | 38 mins 16 secs
history, politics, vietnam war
Vietnam expert Professor Mark Lawrence dialogues about Soviet-Vietnam relations during the Cold War.
March 11th, 2019 | Season 1 | 34 mins
cultural geography, culture, geography, geopolitics, international affairs, languages, post-soviet, religion
Dr. Bella Bychkova Jordan chats about her amazing journey from Siberia to Austin, TX and her choice to become a cultural geographer, wherein all her many interests, talents, and languages intersected.