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 | May 11th, 2020 | Season 2 | 59 mins 5 secs
future of international relations, geopolitics, world order
Renowned geopolitical strategist Peter Zeihan graciously joins us via Zoom for an intensive breakdown of the current world order and his predictions concerning the economic and political directions of America, Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and other nations. A must-listen for any student of global policy and IR theory!
Episode | April 29th, 2020 | Season 2 | 51 mins 15 secs
civic engagement, cold war, history, protest, revolution
Columnist, radio host, and Hoover Institution fellow Dr. Markos Kounalakis joins us via Zoom to talk about California's early response to Covid-19, the cognitive dissonance of beautiful Hungary, his experience in Central and Eastern Europe in the late 80s/early 90s as a journalist, and much more. Hope you enjoy!
Episode | April 25th, 2020 | Season 2 | 49 mins 20 secs
history, press, us-russia relations, us-soviet relations
Jeff Trimble, Moscow Bureau Chief for US News & World Report during the late Soviet period, talks to us about his wild experiences reporting from behind the Iron Curtain and witnessing the dissolution of the USSR. A radio professional as well (and earnest space aficionado and Star Trek fan) he certainly brings some amazing skills to this Zoom session. Hope you enjoy!
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 13th, 2020 | Season 2 | 47 mins 28 secs
bbc, culture, digital age, diplomacy, global engagement, world war ii
Joining us via Zoom is the authority on public diplomacy from University of Southern California, Nicholas Cull. Having written the primary resource on the subject as used by the US State Department, Dr. Cull defines public diplomacy for us and expounds on how it has changed and will continue to change in this digital age. (Note: this is one of Tom's favorite interviews.)
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 | 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.