The Slavic Connexion

A fresh international chat show from the University of Texas at Austin

About the show

A fresh international chat show from the University of Texas at Austin meant to share research, ideas, and culture from the Slavic world and beyond in digestible episodes. Each week we feature faculty, students (both undergraduate and graduate), and speakers of note from other institutions and countries. The Slavic Connexion is a graduate student production of the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies within the College of Liberal Arts at UT Austin... It's not typical Texas.

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Episodes and Blog Entries

  • "From Saratov to the 'Silver Screen'" with Marina Alexandrova

    Episode  |  October 21st, 2019  |  Season 2  |  16 mins 12 secs
    russian drama, russian emigres, the last czars

    In this episode, Matt talks with Marina Alexandrova about her challenges coming to America from Russia, and the art of teaching Russian culture as a talented and creative professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

  • "Take Me to Siberia" with Susan Crate

    Episode  |  October 14th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  24 mins 4 secs
    anthropology, climate change, people stories, siberia

    How does one wind up in Northeastern Siberia? Dr. Susan Crate recounts her almost 30 years
    conducting research in Russia, a journey that began with an interest in Russian folklore and a
    Bridges for Peace trip and resulted in a thirst to learn the Russian language and travel to Siberia.

  • "The American Hour" with Alexander Genis

    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.

  • Tongues on Fire: The Struggle for Language Survival in Eurasia

    Episode  |  September 30th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  31 mins 49 secs
    eurasia, irkut, languages

    Cultural geographer and linguist Bella Jordan returns to the SlavX studio to discuss languages, indigenous peoples of the former Russian Empire, and the process of "de-Russification" that is the tendency now of many societies in the post-Soviet space.

  • Американская рапсодия с Мариной Александровой

    Episode  |  September 26th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  21 mins 22 secs
    американская жизнь, образивание в сша, подкасты на русском языке, русские профессора в америке

    В этом эпизоде ​​ведущие Мэтт и Лера садятся с профессором Мариной Александровой, чтобы рассказать о своем опыте адаптации к жизни в Америке...

  • Georgia On My Mind: From Smuggled Spices to Internally Displaced Persons

    Episode  |  September 23rd, 2019  |  Season 2  |  48 mins 55 secs
    displaced peoples, georgian food, immigrant crises, no path home

    Our new hosts Tracy and Cullan sit down with geographer, anthropologist, and food studies expert Dr. Elizabeth Cullen Dunn of Indiana University. Dr. Dunn's journey from baby food factory worker to anthropologist is an incredible story. WARNING: Discussion of Georgian food will make you hungry; listen at your own peril.

  • Dr. X: The Reluctant Conspiratologist

    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.

  • "Hammer and Silicon" with Dan Satinsky

    Episode  |  September 16th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  48 mins 7 secs
    hammer and silicon, russian entrepreneurs in the us, soviet diaspora, soviet union

    Our guest on this episode is Daniel Satinsky, a business professional and associate of the Davis Center at Harvard University who is an expert on the Soviet diaspora's impact and innovative success in the U.S. economy.

  • "The Colorful Revolution" Part 2 of 2

    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...

  • Season 2 Begins: "The Colorful Revolution" (Part 1)

    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...

  • Тринадцать минут с Ильей Яблоковым (на русском языке)

    Episode  |  September 2nd, 2019  |  Season 1  |  12 mins 57 secs
    ilya yablokov, leeds, илья яблоков, сша, университет лидс

    Илья Яблоков, профессор Университета Лидса, говорит с ведущим Мэттом о США, городах которые он посетил, и так далее...

  • "Fifty Shades of Conspiracy" with Ilya Yablokov (Part 2 of 2)

    Episode  |  September 2nd, 2019  |  Season 1  |  20 mins 55 secs
    american conspiracies, conspiracy theory, fortress russia, leeds university, pushkov, putin, russian conspiracies, suvorov

    Conspiracy theory expert Ilya Yablokov joins SlavX host Matt to talk about... well... conspiracies: "When Notre Dame was on fire, you can't imagine how many of my Facebook friends were saying, 'oh my God this must be a sign', 'it must be a plan of Macron's to finance reconstruction'... Bloody hell! What kind of reconstruction plan is that?"

  • "Fifty Shades of Conspiracy" with Ilya Yablokov (Part 1 of 2)

    Episode  |  September 2nd, 2019  |  Season 1  |  32 mins 56 secs
    alex jones, american conspiracies, conspiracy theory, fall of the soviet union, fortress russia, leeds university, russian conspiracies

    Conspiracy theory scholar Ilya Yablokov (University of Leeds) joins SlavX host Matt to talk about... well... conspiracies: "When Notre Dame was on fire, you can't imagine how many of my Facebook friends were saying, 'oh my God this must be a sign', 'it must be a plan of Macron's to finance reconstruction."

  • SlavX Student Spotlight: Anna-Maria Andreeva

    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.

  • Season 2 Here We come!

    Article  |  August 26th, 2019
    By Matt
    boris nemtsov fund, russia, season 2, slavxradio, ukraine

    Howdy dear listeners! Matt here. I wanted to quickly update you guys on my summer and l let you guys know about why I’m so excited for our second season of The Slavic Connexion...

  • "Vampires of Serendipity" with Tom Garza

    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.