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

  • Q is for Qazaqstan: Independent Media, Brain Drain, and the New Alphabet

    Episode  |  November 18th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  48 mins 15 secs
    central asia, free media, journalism, podcasting, politics, radio, youth culture

    Two visiting Kazakh journalists talk with Matt and Tracy about their experiences as independent and international media practitioners, the challenges they face in a country they say whose government tolerates no opposition.

  • London Fog: Brexit and the Dubious Future of the EU

    Episode  |  November 14th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  57 mins 16 secs
    brexit, british politics, climate change security, election, european politics, european union, security policy, ukraine

    With the UK's December 12th vote fogging the European horizon, Tom and Matt invited two of our favorite EU experts, Lorinc Redei and Michael Mosser, to speak about current affairs and what the future may hold.

  • One Million Moments for Democracy in the Czech Republic

    Episode  |  November 11th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  37 mins 36 secs
    andrej babiš, communism, corruption, czech republic, politics

    Our guest today is Czech professor Petra Dominková who has stepped into our studio to talk about the upcoming demonstration on November 16th against the current controversial Prime Minister. Listen and also find out whether the country is branding itself the Czech Republic or Czechia or "Bohemia" (we unanimously veto that one).

  • Kyrgyzstan: Progressive Media, Human Rights, and the Power of Journalism (with Tom and Matt)

    Episode  |  November 7th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  47 mins
    central asian journalists, media, state department exchange program

    On this episode, Tom and Matt talk with two fantastic media professionals from Kyrgyzstan who are wrapping up their month-long stay in the U.S. as part of a State Department exchange program for Central Asian journalists.

  • ROCK THE USSR (with Tom Garza)

    Episode  |  October 28th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 10 mins
    music, russian music history, russian rock, soviet history, subculture

    Returning to the studio, Tom Garza switches rapiers from vampire vanquisher to Russian Rockophile, taking us from the years prior to the fall of the USSR to today itself. And this is not just an academic subject for him - it's his lived experience. (Featuring snippets with legendary music critic Artemy Troitsky!)

  • «Это не Джеймс Бонд»: от Довлатова до Пелевина (на русском языке)

    Episode  |  October 24th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  21 mins 15 secs
    culture, dovlatov, pelevin, russian literature

    Александр Генис присоединяется к нам, чтобы обсудить русскую литературу, от Довлатова до Пелевина ...

  • "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...