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A weekly podcast that discusses the latest happenings in Latvia, hosted by Otto Tabuns and Joe Horgan

A weekly podcast that discusses the latest happenings in Latvia, hosted by Otto Tabuns and Joe Horgan

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Latvia

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A weekly podcast that discusses the latest happenings in Latvia, hosted by Otto Tabuns and Joe Horgan

Language:

English

Contact:

(+371) 29814099


Episodes

LW #99: Clocks Fall Back and News from October 21 - 26, 2020

10/26/2020
As Latvia switches its clocks and hour back for the fall, the amount of new COVID-19 cases in Latvia continues to skyrocket. Joe explains all of the newest restrictions and reflects on life in Latvia during the pandemic, while also covering stories such as new environmentally friendly busses for Valmiera, the introduction of young pike to Juglas ezers, and a moose on the loose in the middle of Riga! Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permission

Duration:00:42:01

LW #98: The COVID "Second Wave" Arrives in Latvia, and News from October 9th - 20th, 2020

10/20/2020
Kārlis Streips joins Joe to discuss the worrying rise in COVID cases and new restrictions such as masks in public places and a return to distance learning for grades 7-12. They also discuss other stories from the week such as the new budget for 2021, a new president of the constitutional court, a Latvian-created robot that can do your weeding for you, and an international chess scandal in the tiny town of Valka. Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permission

Duration:00:49:01

LW #97: New Council, New Restrictions, and News from October 4th - 8th, 2020

10/9/2020
Otto and Olevs discuss important domestic and international news stories of the week, such as the re-introduction of COVID-related restrictions in Latvia and the first days of work of the new mayor of Rīga. Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permission

Duration:00:31:10

LW #96: State Visit, the State of Education, and News from September 21 - October 3, 2020

10/4/2020
Join Otto and Olevs as they discuss French President Emmanuel Macron's visit to Latvia along with a number of other important stories from the week, including a worrying rise in the amount of new COVID-19 cases and the implications. Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permission

Duration:00:28:52

LW #95: Saskaņa Shakeup and News from September 15th - 20th, 2020

9/21/2020
The fallout of the Rīga City Council election continues to settle, with former prime minister candidate Vjačeslavs Dombrovskis and fellow Saeima deputy Ļubova Švecova being kicked out of the struggling Saskaņa party in a crackdown on critical voices. Otto and Olevs discuss the implications of this move along with other important news items, such as yet another tragic murder of a lawyer, the future of a major Rīga skyscraper, and more developments with the situation in Belarus. Theme song...

Duration:00:35:34

LW #94: Train Traps, Constitutional Fun, and News from September 2nd - 14th, 2020

9/15/2020
Otto and Olevs discuss the latest drama in the Rīga City Council as well as some interesting stories regarding passenger rail, constitutional issues, and much more!

Duration:00:36:57

LW #93: Back to School in a Time of COVID and News from August 19th - September 1st, 2020

9/1/2020
With school beginning again in person despite some uncertainty due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Joe invites three of his students and one of his colleagues to discuss how they feel about the new study year and a number of other important stories from throughout the last two weeks. Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permission.

Duration:01:10:23

LW Presents: The Results of the 2020 Rīga City Council Election

8/30/2020
Join Otto as he takes a special look at the results of the Rīga City Council extraordinary election, discussing the events of the last few days, breaking down how each party did, and predicting the future coalition which is expected to elect Mārtiņš Staķis as the new mayor of Rīga.

Duration:00:18:50

LW #92: Belarus Protests and News from August 11th - 18th, 2020

8/19/2020
Join Otto and Joe as they take a look through the week's most important stories such as the ongoing violence in Belarus, the opening of a self-driving bus route in Jelgava, a return of vehicular traffic to Tērbatas iela, an apparent pay raise for lecturers this September, and more!

Duration:01:09:12

LW #91: Gentle Waves and News From August 5th - 10th, 2020

8/10/2020
Although Latvia's COVID situation resembles more of the tiny waves seen in a lake on a breezy day than the large "second wave" people have long feared, not everyone agrees about the best way to move forward with the school year imminent. Kārlis and Patrīcija join Joe to discuss the latest situation as well as a number of other news stories from throughout the week including self-driving buses in Jelgava, large amounts of confiscated marijuana, and a surprise exit by one of Latvia's most...

Duration:01:17:00

LW #90: A Political Start to August and News from July 29th - August 4th, 2020

8/4/2020
Kārlis Streips joins Otto and Joe on a rainy afternoon for a jumbo-sized episode where they discuss a number of different topics including brand new polling data in the Rīga City Council elections, a presidential proposal to move public media away from ad revenue, a new way to find fresh food, plans for a new major wind farm, updates to the COVID situation, and much more! Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permission

Duration:01:23:05

LW Presents: Rīga Election 2020 Guide Part 2 — The Challenger Parties

7/30/2020
Otto and Joe return for part two of their series breaking down the Rīga City Council elections, this time looking at the parties not currently in city council who are attempting to get elected into it. Parties covered in this episode include: Politiskā partija "Alternative" Politiskā partija "KPV LV" Jaunā Saskaņa Zaļo un Zemnieku savienība "Latvijas Krievu savienība" Partija "Vienoti Latvijai" Nacionālā Savienība TAISNĪGUMS Rīcības partija "Centra Partija" Music: "Prelude" by Yakov Golman:...

Duration:00:44:58

LW Presents: Rīga Election 2020 Guide Part 1 — The Incumbent Parties

7/30/2020
In the first installment of their guide to the 2020 Rīga City Council Elections, Otto and Joe take a look at the programs of the six parties who are already in the council, as well as explain a bit about their backgrounds. Parties covered: "Saskaņa" sociāldemokrātiskā partija Partija "Gods kalpot Rīgai" Jaunā konservatīvā partija Nacionālā apvienība "Visu Latvijai!"-"Tēvzemei un Brīvībai/LNNK", Latvijas Reģionu Apvienība Attīstībai/Par!, "PROGRESĪVIE" Jaunā VIENOTĪBA Music: "Prelude" by...

Duration:01:03:48

LW #89 The ABC's of Returning to School and News From July 21st - 28th, 2020

7/28/2020
Kārlis Streips joins Joe on a sweltering summer afternoon to discuss major happenings throughout Latvia such as the ministry's hot-off-the-press plans "A, B, and C" to return Latvia to school, the blockbuster new EU budget, another planned teachers' strike, renovations for train stations, and, of course, the latest COVID situation. Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permission Weather theme: Smooth Jazz (am) by Backing Track Ninja Source:...

Duration:01:10:09

Latvia Weekly Interviews: Journalist Kārlis Streips

7/26/2020
Daudz laimes dzimšanas dienā! In honor of Kārlis Streips' birthday, we are uploading an interview Joe did with our esteemed co-host about the many hats he has worn in Latvian media, his experience moving to Latvia from America and then living in Rīga throughout the entire post-occupation period, and his work as a literature translator.

Duration:00:42:59

LW #88 An Unpredictable Summer Continues and News From July 15th - 20th, 2020

7/21/2020
The Summer of COVID in Latvia continues without any major spikes in cases so far, but the pandemic situation remains just as unpredictable as the upcoming Rīga City Council election, or the weather for that matter. Join Otto and Joe as they manage to talk through the latest developments while looking after Joe's newborn daughter, and find out why Koknese might be the best Latvian town worth visiting this summer! Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permission Weather...

Duration:00:50:51

LW #87: A Small COVID Bump and News From July 7th - 14th, 2020

7/15/2020
What was feared to be a COVID-19 spike here in Latvia seems to have been more of a bump or a blip, with reported daily cases back down to the low single digits after a worrisome few days of double digit positive cases. Otto and Joe discuss the ongoing situation and its effects on the economy and society, as well as a wide range of other stories including a potential year-round toll for visitors of Jūrmala, radars to trap drivers blowing red lights, a steep discount for people looking to buy...

Duration:00:59:19

LW #86: University Merger, Potholes of Doom, Giant Catfish, and News from June 29th - July 6th, 2020

7/7/2020
Join Otto and Joe as they discuss the potential implications of a planned merger between Latvia's smaller universities in Jelgava, Daugavpils, and Liepāja, as well as other important stories from throughout the week. Please remember to stay safe as you go swimming this summer! Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permission Weather theme: Smooth Jazz (am) by Backing Track Ninja Source: https://backingtrackninja.bandcamp.com/track/smooth-jazz-am

Duration:01:02:15

LW #85: Pandemic Summer Travel Guide and News from June 22nd - 28th, 2020

6/29/2020
With vacationing on the mind of many, Otto and Joe offer seven great places to visit here in Latvia this summer before discussing seasonal stories such as heat records, poisonous snakes, ferry travel, and much more! Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permission Weather theme: Smooth Jazz (am) by Backing Track Ninja Source: https://backingtrackninja.bandcamp.com/track/smooth-jazz-am

Duration:00:43:24

LW #84: The Pitfalls of Travel at Midsummer and News from June 13th - 21st, 2020

6/22/2020
Joe is back with Otto just in time for the midsummer festival of Līgo/Jāņi and to discuss the dangers of traveling within and outside of Rīga, with more sinkholes opening throughout the city and the yearly risk of intoxicated drivers. They also argue about the future of a planned acoustic concert hall and talk through other important stories from the week such as a somewhat surprising increase to doctors' and teachers' salaries, a very suspicious shooting range, and a brand new prosecutor...

Duration:01:11:37