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 globally. The Slavic Connexion is a graduate production of the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies within the College of Liberal Arts at UT Austin.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Episode | March 21st, 2019 | Season 1 | 12 mins 57 secs
literature, politics, social media, society
Matt & Tom talk about the late American author David Foster Wallace who for the first time is being published in Russia in Russian.
Episode | March 18th, 2019 | Season 1 | 32 mins 24 secs
culture, czech, eastern europe, eastern ukraine, geopolitics, international relations
Czech-American Austin Sappington, a Clements Center Undergraduate Fellow for 2018-2019, talks about his identification with the local Austin Czech community, Russian influence in the EU, Ukrainian democracy, the Czech Republic, and threats to Ukraine's economic well-being.
Episode | March 16th, 2019 | Season 1 | 54 mins 36 secs
brexit, british politics, current events, european union, josh tucker, uk, ukraine elections
Dr. Lorinc Redei, an expert on the foreign policy of the European Union, gives his insightful take on the current trajectory of the EU, the destructive influence of Brexit on the EU, and Ukraine's prospects of joining either the EU or NATO.
Article | March 13th, 2019
internet problems, production, professors, recording, student life, technology
A brief account of our progress and thank yous to our guests!
Episode | March 12th, 2019 | Season 1 | 45 mins 46 secs
civics, democracy, education, elections, politics, putin, russia, trump, ukraine, voting
Dr. Pomar discourses on a full breadth of topics, including his experiences living in the Soviet Union under Brezhnev and the ideological bent of Radio Free Europe after the collapse of the USSR.
Episode | March 12th, 2019 | Season 1 | 21 mins 34 secs
basketball, current politics, history, lithuania
Grad student Audrius Rickus talks about the upcoming Lithuanian elections, his research, and... basketball.
Episode | March 12th, 2019 | Season 1 | 20 mins 34 secs
czech history, identity politics, nationalism
PhD candidate Jonathan Parker from the History Department at the University of Texas talks with Tom about his research on Czech nationalism.