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

  • Turbofolk: The Music of Balkan Identity with Vladislav Beronja

    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.

  • SPECIAL BONUS EPISODE: Sevaoborot (Texas Edition) (по-русски)

    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

  • The Currency of Diplomacy and State Department "1.0" with (the one and only) John Gleb

    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.

  • Polls, Politics, and Presidents with Matt & Tom

    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.

  • David Foster Wallace Goes to Russia... in Print

    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.

  • On Democracy in Eastern Europe with Austin Sappington

    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.

  • Brexit: An EU Insider's Perspective with Lorinc Redei

    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.

  • Connexion is happening... Thank you to our guests!

    Article  |  March 13th, 2019
    By Tom
    internet problems, production, professors, recording, student life, technology

    A brief account of our progress and thank yous to our guests!

  • From Radio Free Europe to the US Russia Foundation with Mark Pomar

    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.

  • Baltics and Basketball with Audrius Rickus

    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.

  • Let's Talk Nationalism with Jonathan Parker

    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.

  • The Vietnam Connexion with Mark Lawrence

    Episode  |  March 11th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  38 mins 16 secs
    history, politics, vietnam war

    Vietnam expert Professor Mark Lawrence dialogues about Soviet-Vietnam relations during the Cold War.

  • The Full Scoop on Bulgarian Yogurt with Mary Neuburger

    Episode  |  March 11th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  28 mins 57 secs
    balkan region, bulgarian yogurt, cultural history

    Balkan historian Dr. Mary Neuburger dishes on Bulgarian yogurt with host Milena.

  • "Don't argue with a geographer" with Bella Bychkova Jordan

    Episode  |  March 11th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  34 mins
    cultural geography, culture, geography, geopolitics, international affairs, languages, post-soviet, religion

    Dr. Bella Bychkova Jordan chats about her amazing journey from Siberia to Austin, TX and her choice to become a cultural geographer, wherein all her many interests, talents, and languages intersected.

  • The International Breakdown with Dr. Michael Mosser

    Episode  |  March 11th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  28 mins 17 secs
    churchill, civics, democracy, economy, elections, eu, european union, gardening, geostrategic, government, international relations, military, nato, normative, russia, space, superpower, trump, ukrainian elections, voting

    Dr. Michael W. Mosser talks with TSC host Lauren Nyquist about democracy on the international playing field.

  • "Soviet Union Lite" - The Mark Pomar Trailer

    Episode  |  March 11th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  2 mins
    cold war, communism, democracy, russia, voice of america

    Brief snippet of Dr. Pomar's longer interview.