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, politics, and culture from the Slavic world and beyond in digestible episodes. The Slavic Connexion is a 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."

The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies condemns the Russian Federation’s military invasion of Ukraine. We stand in support of the people of Ukraine who are fighting for their lives and sovereignty in the face of the unjustified invasion by Russian military forces.

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  • "Lukashenko Has No Future" with David Marples

    October 11th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  47 mins 37 secs
    belarus, dictators, history, protests, revolution, russia

    We're back to Belarus with this episode, but this time we take an in-depth look at the still-thrumming situation from the dictator's perspective with one of the foremost experts on the region, Dr. David Marples. Dr. Marples talks about the potential end of the dictator while rounding out the context for the current revolution, allowing us to see just how and why Alexander Lukashenko came into power. We hope you enjoy!

  • Siberian Overtones: Stories and Songs from Tuva with Dr. Susan Crate

    October 6th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  32 mins 57 secs
    culture, musical heritage, siberia, throat singing, tuva

    Dr. Susan Crate returns to the show to share her 1990 journey to Tuva, the geographic center of Asia. She shares with us original recordings of Tuvan throat singing, labor songs, ovaa prayers, a bear dance ritual, and much more. We hope you enjoy!

  • Living in a Post-Truth World: How Did We Get Here?

    October 3rd, 2020  |  Season 3  |  38 mins 6 secs
    climate change, covid-19, disinformation, education, media literacy, philosophy, politics, science denial

    Philosopher, professor, and writer Dr. Lee McIntyre joins us virtually from Boston to discuss his highly relevant book Post-Truth (MIT Press), the purpose of propaganda, science denial in English-speaking nations, and the ubiquitous problem of disinformation in today's world. We ask Dr. McIntyre how did we get here and what (if anything) can we do about it?

  • The Greater (Dysfunctional) Western Family with Leonid Ragozin

    September 29th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  36 mins
    democracy, investigations, putin, russia, ukraine

    Prominent independent journalist Leonid Ragozin graciously joins us from Latvia to discuss the perception of Russia in the West, the origins of Western xenophobia towards Russia, his view of Vladimir Putin in 2000, and his experience working as a freelance journalist on the investigations of high profile figures murdered in Ukraine. We hope you enjoy!

  • Post-Election Passivity and the Poisonous Politics of Petrostates with Maria Snegovaya

    September 24th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  47 mins 49 secs
    belarus, civic engagement, educational exchange, elections, navalny, russia, venezuela, youth

    In this episode, Matt discussed with Dr. Maria Snegovaya the leading issues of the day in the Slavic region. Namely, the aftermath of Russia's recent regional elections, the Kremlin's response to Alexei Navalny's poisoning, and the ongoing spectre of Russian intervention in Belarus's post-election crisis. We hope you enjoy!

  • The Hidden Green Men with Kiril Avramov

    September 19th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  53 mins 2 secs
    belarus, bulgaria, corruption, mass protest, mercenaries, russia

    In this insider's episode hosted by Matt and newbie host Katherine, Intelligence Studies Project fellow Dr. Kiril Avramov discusses his new book, “Russia’s Hidden Armies,” Belarusian turmoil, and the anti-corruption protests continuing within Bulgaria. This was a packed session, so we hope you're ready for this. Enjoy!

  • The Second Libyan Civil War and the Russia Connexion with Mohamed Abufalgha

    September 11th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  37 mins 23 secs
    civil war, libya, mercenaries, russia

    Tom and Matt have the great opportunity to speak with Libyan national Mohamed Abufalgha and expert on the conflict that has been going on for several years now in this oil-rich, war-torn country. Mohamed helps us unpack the Russian-Libyan connection and exactly how many countries have their fingers--and fighters--in Libya. We hope you enjoy!

  • "Rival Power: Russia's Challenge to the West in the Balkans" with Dimitar Bechev (BALKAN CIRCLE series)

    September 7th, 2020  |  33 mins 53 secs
    balkan circle, balkans, bosnia, china, great power politics, russian foreign policy, serbia, soft power

    On this first session of the Balkan Circle, a lecture series of the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Dimitar Bechev talks about his book "RIVAL POWER" and Russia's current foreign policy, particularly its role in the Balkans.

  • The Białowieża Forest and "Pompik the Bison" with Tomasz Samojlik

    September 4th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  42 mins 27 secs
    belarus, bison, environment, environmental activism, environmental history, forest, poland

    On this episode, Cullan speaks with Dr. Tomasz Samojlik, an environmental historian and researcher at the Mammal Research Institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Białowieża. In addition to his research, Dr. Samojlik spoke with us about his work popularizing science and scientific knowledge using books, comics and graphic novels for children. Enjoy!

  • "The Strategist": The Legacy of Brent Scowcroft with Dr. Bartholomew Sparrow

    August 29th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  52 mins 38 secs
    cold war, gorbachev, intelligence, iraq war, national security, scowcroft, soviet union

    On this episode, Tom speaks with UT's own Professor Sparrow about his 2015 book on legendary multi-administration US National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft who sadly passed away recently on August 6th, 2020. This is a great conversation, remembering the unassuming but brilliant strategist who was so integral during the late Cold War period. Hope you enjoy!

  • "In Moscow's Shadows" with Dr. Mark Galeotti

    August 24th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  42 mins 21 secs
    anti-corruption, belarus, navalny, russia, russian protests

    In this episode, Matt spoke with Dr. Mark Galeotti about the pressing issues of the day in Eurasia: the suspected poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the ongoing protests in the far-eastern city of Khabarovsk, and the Kremlin's view on the post-election crisis in Belarus. We hope you enjoy! Using his keen understanding of the Kremlin's decision-making process, Dr. Galeotti provides a number of timely insights for our listeners. We eagerly await your feedback!

  • SPECIAL EDITION: The Fate of Alexei Navalny

    August 21st, 2020  |  Season 3  |  30 mins 38 secs
    anti-corruption, dissidents, elections, navalny, politics, russia

    On this episode recorded August 21, 2020, Matt and Lera speak with Alexei Navalny's close co-collaborator on anti-corruption in Russia, Maxim Mironov. They discuss the current situation with Alexei Navalny's alleged poisoning and also Russian state corruption in a broader, global context. Thank you for listening.

  • Belarus Elections 2020: The End of Europe's Last Dictator?

    August 6th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  43 mins 1 sec
    alexander lukashenko, belarus, democracy, elections, former soviet states, svetlana tikhanovskaya

    Is this the end of Europe's Last Dictator? Find out in this special current events episode featuring Belarusian political scientist Aliaksandr Herasimenka about the exciting presidential elections in Belarus, where embattled Alexander Lukashenko faces the most organized opposition in the history of his 26 years as president.

  • "A True Gentleman" with Seva Novgorodsev

    July 10th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  49 mins 35 secs
    biopics, culture, language, music, seva novgorodsev

    BBC's Seva Novgorodsev joins us once more just in time for his 80th birthday! This time, we gather around Zoom, but the conversation is, as always, entertaining and unexpected--one never knows where Seva will lead us and what he will teach us. We hope you enjoy!

  • Intelligence with a Human Face (featuring Stephen Slick)

    June 1st, 2020  |  Season 2  |  43 mins 20 secs
    balkan history, diplomacy, intelligence, soviet history, yugoslav wars

    Former CIA officer Stephen Slick joins us to talk about his nearly three decades in intelligence, spent largely overseas, to his role as an educator at the University of Texas at Austin in building the Intelligence Studies Project--a first of its kind in the United States. We hope you enjoy!

  • Voices of the Past: Songs from Rural Ukraine (with Susan Crate)

    May 13th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  32 mins 31 secs
    anthropology, ethnomusicology, folklore, ukrainian culture, ukrainian language

    Dr. Susie Crate returns! This time, Dr. Crate spoke with SlavX host Katya about her experiences collecting ethnomusicological material from 1989–1990 in the Kharkiv oblast in Eastern Ukraine, then still part of the Soviet Union. This work was part of a larger project to collect and preserve songs unique to particular villages. Hope you enjoy!