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

  • "The Continuity of Everything..." with John Gleb (and Matt & Tom)

    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.

  • Turbofolk 2: Revenge of the Balkan Divas

    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!

  • "This is NOT Propaganda..." with Peter Pomerantsev

    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".

  • Albania Mania: Football to Rap to Racism with Cultural Anthropologist Chelsi West Ohueri

    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!

  • One Maidan, Two Maidan, Three Maidan, Four... with Olga Onuch and Emma Mateo (Parts 1 and 2)

    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.

  • The Final One... of Season One

    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  |  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.

  • 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.