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

  • INFORMATION WARS Symposium Part 5: "Annexation Agenda" and Protests in Russia and Belarus (Speaker - Aliaksandr Herasimenka)

    Episode  |  May 15th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  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  |  Season 1  |  20 mins 58 secs
    information wars, rt, trust me

    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 .

  • Budem na svyazi! (Будем на связи): Russian online with Heather Rice

    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.

  • The Monkey Cage

    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".

  • 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.