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

  • Belarus: "The Last Dictatorship of Europe" with Aliaksandr Herasimenka

    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.

  • INFORMATION WARS Symposium Part 3: "The Most Dangerous Element of Information War is the Idea of Information War Itself" (Speaker - Peter Pomerantsev)

    Episode  |  April 28th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  19 mins 21 secs
    information wars, trust me

    Famed British journalist and filmmaker Peter Pomerantsev gives a talk on his work at the London School of Economics as a senior fellow at the Institute of Global Affairs. Recorded April 25th, 2019. Follow Peter on Twitter: @peterpomeranzev

  • INFORMATION WARS Symposium Part 2: "Analyzing Twitter Bots" (Speaker - Denis Stukal)

    Episode  |  April 28th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  11 mins 6 secs
    anti-government protests, corruption, eastern europe, online information, russia, trust me, twitter

    Dr. Denis Stukal of NYU speaks at the Info Wars symposium on Twitter bots and the SMaPP Lab project at NYU. https://smappnyu.org/

  • INFORMATION WARS Symposium Part 1: "Heads will Troll" (Speaker - Joshua Tucker)

    Episode  |  April 25th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  20 mins 7 secs
    information wars, trust me

    Dr. Joshua Tucker of NYU presents his most recent research at the 2019 Trust Me: Information Wars symposium. Follow Dr. Tucker on Twitter: @j_a_tucker

  • Trust Me: The Politics of Conspiracy Theory with Kiril Avramov

    Episode  |  April 25th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  53 mins
    conspiracy theory researchers, intelligence studies project, russia, ukraine

    As a kickoff to the Information Wars Social Media Conference here at the University of Texas today, we are releasing this episode featuring one of UT's own speakers, Dr. Kiril Avramov, who is not only brilliant but one of the most caring and engaging educators on these Forty Acres! Listen to find out why he is easily one of students' favorite professors.

  • Человек с Дальнего Востока (The Man From the Far East)

    Episode  |  April 23rd, 2019  |  Season 1  |  39 mins 39 secs
    china-russia relations, international relations, russia-japan, russia-north korea, vietnam-russia relations, международные отношения

    Matt visits with special guest and East Asia expert Dr. Artyom Lukin about Russian geopolitics in the Asia-Pacific region. Этот эпизод на русском языке.

  • The Man From Vladivostok: Russia and the Asia-Pacific with Artyom Lukin

    Episode  |  April 22nd, 2019  |  Season 1  |  38 mins 14 secs
    china, far east russia, foreign policy, international relations, north korea, politics

    "In Russia, we don't see North Korea as a threat," says Dr. Artyom Lukin, an expert on Russian foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific region. A contributing writer to Washington Post, Huffington Post, and more, Dr. Lukin clears up American misconceptions about the Far East with some unique Russian perspective.

  • International Religious Freedom and the Case of Uzbekistan: Trading the Hammer-and-Sickle for the Moon and Star

    Episode  |  April 17th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  29 mins 30 secs
    human rights, post-communist countries, religious freedom, u.s. foreign policy, uzbekistan

    Fourth-year-PhD student Ashlyn Hand dialogues with Matt about the super fun topic of religious freedom in U.S. foreign policy and the specific case of post-USSR Uzbekistan. And she says nobody wants her at the dinner table...

  • Black Widows of the Black Sea

    Episode  |  April 15th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  25 mins 29 secs
    azerbaijan, black widows, caucasus, chechen republic, chechnya, counterterrorism, ethnicity, female terrorism, georgia, religion, soviet union, twins of the caucasus

    On this episode, Tom hosts half-Russian graduate student Lucia Winkeler as they talk all things Caucasus and how many times she has to explain to people that it's not Czechia, it's CHECHNYA as in the First and Second Chechen Wars.

  • Inside Dugin's Beard with Tom & Matt

    Episode  |  April 11th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  32 mins 3 secs
    alexander dugin, eurasianism, fourth political theory

    On this installment of Matt and Tom (Tom and Matt) they talk about Eurasianism and Duginism. What exactly are these things? Well, it's kind of a long story... But hopefully this episode will help to break it down for you.

  • Сeва Новгорoдцев - Рyсская слyжба Би-би-си (на русском языке)

    Episode  |  April 9th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  31 mins 28 secs
    cold war, communism, cultural icon, radio broadcasting, seva, soviet union

    Our first episode in Russian features the legendary rock music DJ from the BBC, Seva Novgorodsev! Please visit our YouTube channel for the English-subtitled version.

  • Adventures in Communism with Susanne Sternthal

    Episode  |  April 8th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  57 mins 13 secs
    communism, dogs in russia, politics, soviet society

    The indomitable Dr. Susanne Sternthal joins host Matt Orr in the studio to discuss her breadth of experience from New York to Moscow.

  • Turbofolk: The Music of Balkan Identity with Vladislav Beronja

    Episode  |  April 4th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  22 mins 4 secs
    cultural identity, nostalgia, public history, turbofolk, yugoslavia, культурная идентичность, ностальгия, публичная история, турбофолк, югославия

    Dr. Beronja talks about the fascinating musical genre of Turbofolk which emerged during the tumultuous 80s in the former Yugoslavia, expanded to mass popularity in the 90s under Slobodan Milošević, and aligned itself with Balkan identity. Listen for a few clips of some of the most popular songs of the era.

  • SPECIAL BONUS EPISODE: Sevaoborot (Texas Edition) (по-русски)

    Episode  |  April 2nd, 2019  |  Season 1  |  53 mins 53 secs
    seva novgorodsev, sevaoborot, сева новгородцев

    Seva Novgorodsev reprises his long-running show "Sevaoborot" while at the University of Texas at Austin. He is joined by Harvard-alum Dr. Thomas Garza of the university who specializes in Russian Language and popular culture and directs the Texas Language Center. www.seva.ru

  • The Currency of Diplomacy and State Department "1.0" with (the one and only) John Gleb

    Episode  |  March 30th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  34 mins 10 secs
    dollar diplomacy, foreign service, human rights, state department history

    Straight from the University of California, Berkeley to the Forty Acres of UT Austin, John Gleb gives us a comparative development of diplomacy, foreign policy, and human rights in the U.S. and Europe pre-World War II.

  • Polls, Politics, and Presidents with Matt & Tom

    Episode  |  March 23rd, 2019  |  Season 1  |  28 mins 40 secs
    corruption, elections, politics, russia, ukraine, united states

    Beginning a new format, hosts Tom Rehnquist and Matt Orr bring to the studio current events and political debates ripe for discussion, and so today that means the Ukrainian presidential elections. Find out which candidate is Matt's chosen "horse" in this episode.