Tom hails from Boston and besides being a Cybersecurity fellow at the Robert Strauss Center at the University of Texas at Austin, he is also a dual degree master's student in both Slavic Studies and Global Policy Studies. His background in TV production, having worked for the likes of HBO and Marvel, has prepared him for his new (time-consuming) gig in podcasting. As a host and co-producer, he is always putting the show first no matter what with a very gracious #forthepod.
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 | February 23rd, 2020 | Season 2 | 25 mins 35 secs
europe, geopolitics, international affairs, nationalism, sports, students
On this episode, we have the pleasure of getting to know the president of UT's International Affairs Society, Graham Reblitz, who brings his broad, cosmopolitan perspective to our studio and discussing everything from geopolitics in Europe to sports on the international plane.
Episode | February 1st, 2020 | Season 2 | 1 hr 4 mins
alumni, careers, intelligence, life after grad school, security
In this episode, Tom and Tracy team up to talk with three former CREEES / LBJ dual degree grad students who are successfully applying their classroom experience to the real world in very big ways. If you're a student eyeing that scary drop-off after graduation, then this episode is totally for you!
Episode | December 2nd, 2019 | Season 2 | 49 mins 19 secs
cold war, economy, oil trade, venezuela
As Winter claims the Slavic world (much of it anyway), we thought we'd take a trip south of the equator with this episode on Venezuela with yet another special guest from the History department Latin American expert Marcus Golding. Maybe Tom will expertly find a way to bring us back to home base... or not. Thanks for listening!
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 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 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 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 | 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.
Episode | August 2nd, 2019 | Season 1 | 39 mins 56 secs
diplomacy, history of international relations, liberal internationalism, state department, wilsonian internationalism
John Gleb is back on the Tom & Matt Show to discuss his favorite topic: U.S. diplomacy. It's slightly less than Slavic, sure, but still relevant to understanding modern international relations and foreign policy.
Episode | 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".
Episode | 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!
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.