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.
Episode | 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.
Episode | 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.
Episode | 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.
Episode | 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.
Episode | 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.
Episode | 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.
Episode | March 11th, 2019 | Season 1 | 2 mins
cold war, communism, democracy, russia, voice of america
Brief snippet of Dr. Pomar's longer interview.
Episode | March 11th, 2019 | Season 1 | 44 mins 44 secs
civics, democracy, elections
Graduate student and researcher Matthew Orr talks about civic education and discourse in modern-day Russia and Ukraine.