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.
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?"
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."
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.
Article | August 26th, 2019
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...
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 | July 6th, 2019 | Season 1 | 40 mins 4 secs
arkan, balkan pop culture, ceca raznatovic, lepa brena, reggaeton, sasa kovacevic, severina, turbofolk, turboton, yugo nostalgia
Turbofolk is back with a vengeance! Dr. Vladislav Beronja joins Milena in the studio again but with reinforcements: students from his Spring 2019 class on popular music in the Balkans. These undergraduate scholars discuss the turbofolk artists, history, and songs that grabbed them!
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 31st, 2019 | Season 1 | 1 hr 3 mins
academics, latin america, mass protests, politics, presidential elections, russian-latin america relations, ukraine, venezuela
Hosts Lauren and Milena sit down with Ukrainian professor Olga Onuch (University of Manchester) and PhD candidate Emma Mateo (Oxford) to talk about their choice to study Ukraine and the marvels of mass protest - in the words of Milena "four fabulous females" together in the studio.
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.
INFORMATION WARS Symposium Part 5: "Annexation Agenda" and Protests in Russia and Belarus (Speaker - Aliaksandr Herasimenka)
Episode | May 15th, 2019 | 19 mins 42 secs
Dr. Aliaksandr Herasimenka from the University of Westminster in London speaks on political information and disinformation on messaging platforms. Follow him on Twitter @alesherasimenka.
INFORMATION WARS Symposium Part 4: The World According to the Truthseekers (Speaker - Ilya Yablokov)
Episode | May 15th, 2019 | 20 mins 58 secs
Dr. Ilya Yablokov of the University of Leeds in London presents his research on conspiracy theory and RT (Russia Today). Follow him on Twitter @ilya_yablokov .
Episode | 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.
Episode | 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".
Episode | April 29th, 2019 | Season 1 | 41 mins 31 secs
alexander lukashenko, belarus, belarusian language, dictators, lukashenka, social media activism, youtube rap
Matt and Milena chat with native Belarusian Dr. Aliaksandr Herasimenka, a professor at University of Westminster in London and a Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.