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, y'all.

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Episodes and Blog Entries

  • Shades of Red, White, and Blue: Politics and Foreign Policy Today (with Dr. Mark Pomar)

    Episode  |  February 9th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  53 mins 13 secs
    politics, presidential elections, russia, ukraine, us-russia relations

    Dr. Mark Pomar, Russia expert and senior fellow at the Clements Center for National Security, revisits the studio to speak with us about modern-day politics and foreign policy in the US.

  • Bridging the Gap: From Campus to Career (with Tom and Tracy)

    Episode  |  February 1st, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 4 mins
    alumni, careers, intelligence, life after grad school, security

    In this episode, Tom and Tracy team up to talk with three former CREEES / LBJ dual degree grad students who are successfully applying their classroom experience to the real world in very big ways. If you're a student eyeing that scary drop-off after graduation, then this episode is totally for you!

  • The Quintessential S. Ansky // The Sprit of Sakha (ASEEES)

    Episode  |  January 25th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 6 mins
    emigre authors, languages, s. ansky, sakha, yakut, yiddish

    At the 2019 ASEEES Conference, PhD student Raya Shapiro shares with SlavX host Samantha about their research on the Jewish émigré playwright and author S. Ansky. And then, anthropoligist Jenanne Ferguson from the University of Nevada talks about the language of Sakha (Yakut) and the intrinsic spirit of all languages.

  • "The Russia Factor": From Japan to the Crimea Consensus (ASEEES)

    Episode  |  January 22nd, 2020  |  Season 2  |  41 mins 35 secs
    crimea, japan, post-cold war international relations, putin, russia, trump

    Professor Akaha gives us his take on Russia-Japanese relations in the aftermath of the Cold War and the impact that Russia-US tensions play on Japan's geographic well-being. And in the second half of the episode, Dr. Smeltz from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs explains her findings from surveys that reveal Russians still approve of Putin's foreign policy.

  • Winnie the Pooh... and Brezhnev Too // Balkan Blackness (ASEEES)

    Episode  |  January 17th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  30 mins 59 secs
    balkans, blackness, disney, soviet animation, winnie the pooh, yugoslavia

    Dr. Amanbayeva of Kazakhstan takes us into the magical world of Winnie the Pooh... but in the Soviet Union, and in the second segment, Dr. Rucker-Chang discusses the surprising ways in which people see themselves in the Balkans.

  • "Who Needs to Study Soviet Literature?" with Lena and Sasha

    Episode  |  January 14th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  26 mins 28 secs
    emigre journeys, literature, russian film

    Wrapping up our ASEEES conference series, we have a super fun couple's episode with the dynamic duo of Alexander Prokhorov and Elena Prokhorova from Moscow State University who talk about their personal journeys and how they ended up at teaching at College of William & Mary.

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

    Episode  |  January 11th, 2020  |  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!

  • Victims' State // Slavic Folklore in YA Fiction

    Episode  |  January 4th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  33 mins 28 secs
    czech nationalists, german nationalists, habsburg empire, russian folklore, ya fiction

    In this episode, we go from the late Habsburg Empire with Dr. Hsia (of Indiana University Bloomington) to Slavic Folklore in modern young adult literature with Jill Martiniuk (U of H) talking about the romanticized Russian symbols used by authors everywhere.

  • Urban Czech Walk // MTV & Yugoslav Rock (ASEEES 2019 Conference)

    Episode  |  December 20th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  31 mins 6 secs
    czech cultures, live aid concert, mtv, prague, soviet rock, soviet youth, yugoslavia

    From the ASEEES Conference in San Francisco, Professor Chad Bryant of UNC Chapel Hill speaks with us about Czech cultures and in the second half of the episode, Professor Laura Todd of the University of Nottingham lets us in on her research on early 1980s MTV and the Yugoslavian rock scene.

  • "Time is Profoundly Weird" with Craig Campbell

    Episode  |  December 14th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  40 mins 29 secs
    anthropocene, anthropology, geography, geology, photography, polar north, visual ethnography

    In this episode, anthropologist Craig Campbell talks about his interest in the river life of Siberia, the age of the Anthropocene, and how "time is profoundly weird."

  • Carpatho-Rusyn Nationality with Paul Magosci (ASEEES 2019 Conference)

    Episode  |  December 12th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  18 mins 32 secs
    aseees, carpatho-rusyn identity, czechoslovakia, soviet ukraine, soviet union

    At the 2019 ASEEES conference, Ukrainian history expert Dr. Paul Magosci talks with Cullan about Carpatho-Rusyn nationality and his pivotal role as a specialist in this region of the world.

  • 15 Minutes with Vladimir Golstein (ASEEES 2019)

    Episode  |  December 9th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  14 mins 43 secs
    aseees, conference interviews

    SlavX host Lera gets the chance to talk with Professor Vladimir Golstein from Brown University at the 2019 ASEEES conference in San Francisco. Check it out!

  • Голос народа: СМИ, Киргизия, и гражданские права (на русском языке)

    Episode  |  December 5th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  37 mins 45 secs
    central asia, cultural exchange programs, journalists, kyrgyzstan, media

    On this episode, Aigul Adzhieva (Айгуля Аджиева) a TV producer from Kyrgyzstan, joins Matt for a discussion about media challenges today, bride kidnapping, and the role of journalists in her country. Enjoy!

  • A Very Venezuelan Connexion: Cold War, Foreign Investment, and Oil Culture

    Episode  |  December 2nd, 2019  |  Season 2  |  49 mins 19 secs
    cold war, economy, oil trade, venezuela

    As Winter claims the Slavic world (much of it anyway), we thought we'd take a trip south of the equator with this episode on Venezuela with yet another special guest from the History department Latin American expert Marcus Golding. Maybe Tom will expertly find a way to bring us back to home base... or not. Thanks for listening!

  • Journey to Lake Baikal with Dr. Evgenia Wilkins

    Episode  |  November 27th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  49 mins 59 secs
    environmental studies, irkutsk, lake baikal, russian professors in the us, siberia, study abroad programs

    On this episode, we meet the wonderful and charming Dr. Evgenia Wilkins, a native of St. Petersburg, who talks about her upcoming Maymester program in Siberia which will explore the richness of Lake Baikal (no knowledge of Russian necessary!)

  • 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.