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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

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(+371) 29814099


Episodes

LW #178: Preparing for Latvia's 104th Birthday and News from November 1st - 16th, 2022

11/17/2022
Joe takes a look back through the first half of October including significant potholes in the road to a coalition, major changes to Riga's public transit ticketing system, a shortage of antibiotics, ever-increasing energy prices, and more! To donate to the ENGtegration for Ukraine project: https://gogetfunding.com/my-dashboard/ Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permission Closing theme song: Think Tank by Audionautix audionautix.com​ Creative Commons — Attribution...

Duration:00:44:13

LW #177: An Energy-Focused New Coalition and News from October 2022

11/1/2022
Otto and Joe are back to celebrate the fourth anniversary of the podcast and to break down the major stories of the last month such as the three-party coalition formation process that seems to be in its final stages, major energy initiatives, average speed cameras, the dismantling of more monuments, HIMARS for Latvia, and more! If you would like to donate to the ENGtegration for Ukraine project, you can do it here at the Baltic Security Foundation's webpage here:...

Duration:01:15:13

LW Presents: The Results of the 2022 Saeima Election

10/4/2022
With the 2022 Saeima (parliament) election finally in the books, Otto and Joe sit down for an extended discussion on the results and the many implications for the election's winners and losers, as well as the first steps towards building a new governing coalition. Opening and closing music: "Epic Cinematic" by Scott Holmes Music is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Scott_Holmes/cinematic-background-music/epic-cinematic/

LW #176: Turning Down the Heat and News from September 14th - 30th, 2022

9/30/2022
On the eve of the 2022 Saeima election, Joe and Otto take a look back on some of the most important stories of the last few weeks such as a narrowly avoided teachers' strike, new energy saving measures, major decisions adopted by the outgoing parliament on education, a look at the regional security situation, and much more! Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permission Closing theme song: Think Tank by Audionautix audionautix.com​ Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0...

Duration:00:47:35

LW Presents: Students on the 2022 Saeima Election

9/27/2022
With just a few days to go before the 2022 Saeima Election, Joe sits down with some of his 12th grade students, many of who are about to vote for the very first time in their lives, to find out what issues are most important to them and how they feel politicians are doing at engaging with people their age. Here is a link to the Election Guide spreadsheet and Otto and Joe created that is mentioned in the episode: docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1F…/edit?usp=sharing Opening and closing music:...

LW #175: Strike on the Horizon and News from August 29th - September 13th, 2022

9/13/2022
As a teacher's strike seems imminent, Otto and Joe sit down to discuss major new stories such as the potential elimination of "budget seats" at universities, legal independence for Latvia's Orthodox Church, the demise of Rīga's microbusses, new party polling data, and much more! Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permission Closing theme song: Think Tank by Audionautix audionautix.com​ Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream:...

LW Presents: A Guide to the 2022 Saeima Election

9/11/2022
With Latvia set to vote on a new parliament in less than a month, Otto and Joe sat down for a marathon-length episode to discuss all 19 of the competing parties, as well as a brief introduction to how Saeima (Latvian parliament) works and is elected. If you would like to skip to a specific part of the episode, you can choose a part below: 3:24 What is Saeima (parliament)? 8:56 How the Prime Minister is chosen 14:56 - The guide to the 19 parties 17:54 - 1. Jaunā Vienotība 23:59 - 2. Latvia’s...

Duration:02:28:09

LW #174: A Monumental Week and News from August 9th - 28th, 2022

9/1/2022
Joe returns back to Latvia to discuss with Otto the literally ground-shaking demise of the controversial Soviet Victory Memorial in Rīga, along with a number of other important stories from the previous few weeks! Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permission Closing theme song: Think Tank by Audionautix audionautix.com​ Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: bit.ly/_think-tank​ Music promoted by Audio Library...

Duration:01:10:54

LW #173: Burning Bridges and News from August 4th - 8th, 2022

8/9/2022
With a parliamentary committee labelling Russia as a "terrorist state", visas being denied to almost all Russian citizens, and the seemingly imminent demolition of the country's most controversial landmark, the era of Latvia as a "bridge between east and west" seems to have officially drawn to a close. Otto and Joe discuss the newest low in diplomatic relations between Latvia and it's largest neighbor as well as new energy saving plans, potential lower VAT on food, the first appearances of...

Duration:01:07:35

LW #172: Russia's Gas Games and News from July 27th - August 3rd, 2022

8/4/2022
Concerns grow in Riga about a potential winter gas shortage for certain sectors, while Gazprom announces that it will no longer supply gas to Latvia. Otto and Joe discuss the implications along with a number of other stories, such as a picket protest by representatives of the medical sector, the long-awaited opening of an embassy in Australia, poorly planted trees in Riga, and an exciting "simtgade" (centennial). Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permission Closing...

Duration:00:43:32

LW #171: Expensive Energy and News from July 19th - 26th, 2022

7/26/2022
As energy costs continue to soar throughout the region, Latvia gets serious about conserving fuel and finding alternatives to unreliable Russian natural gas. Otto and Joe discuss the ongoing international energy crisis as it relates to Latvia, along with other important stories such as continued inflation, new measures against speeding, urban bee farms on the roofs of cities, and much more! Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permission Closing theme song: Think Tank...

Duration:00:56:42

LW #170: Blocked-off Beaches and News from July 10th - 18th, 2022

7/19/2022
"Pludmale" is the word of the week, with many of Latvia's most popular beaches closed to swimmers due to low water quality amid a series of heatwaves. Otto and Joe discuss this and a number of other stories including high costs for the planned Soviet monument demolition, possible changes to Latvia's parental leave system, the trashiest criminal in Jēkabpils, and much more! Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permission Closing theme song: Think Tank by Audionautix...

Duration:01:13:31

LW #169: Plans for Conscription and News from June 28th - July 9th, 2022

7/8/2022
"Iesaukt" (conscript) is the word of the week as Minister for Defense Atis Pabriks announces plans for obligatory military service that could be introduced as soon as next year. Otto and Joe discuss the implications for Latvia's society and security situation along with other major stories from the previous week such as cyberattacks on Latvian infrastructure, new poll data on attitudes towards Russia's invasion of Ukraine, a walrus vacationing in the Baltic sea, and much more! Theme song...

Duration:01:13:59

LW #168: A Sweltering Midsummer and News from June 11th - 27th, 2022

6/28/2022
As Latvia suffers through a massive heatwave, Otto and Joe discuss some of the biggest stories of the week including a looming teacher's strike, trouble with KNAB for Ainārs Šlesers LPV party, new electric trains (finally!) and much more! Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permission Closing theme song: Think Tank by Audionautix audionautix.com​ Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: bit.ly/_think-tank​ Music promoted by Audio...

Duration:01:04:42

LW #167: A Trip through the News from May 16th - June 9th, 2022

6/10/2022
Now that Otto and Joe are back from a number of "komandējumi" (business trips) and the busy school year is over, they sit down and take a look back through some of the biggest stories of the past few weeks! Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permission Closing theme song: Think Tank by Audionautix audionautix.com​ Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0 Free Download / Stream: bit.ly/_think-tank​ Music promoted by Audio Library youtu.be/mbV9t1Z0rA8

Duration:01:05:42

LW #166: Time Running Out for Soviet Memorials and News from May 7th - 15th, 2022

5/15/2022
"Skriet" (to run) is the word of the weeb in honor of Otto's and Olevs's participation in Riga Marathon events. Before running to go run his distance, Otto joins Joe via audio call to run through the biggest stories of the week including planned demolition of Riga's major Soviet war memorial, political fallout from events on the 9th and 10th of May, promised electric train deliveries, Liepāja being tipped as a European Culture Capital, and much more! Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by...

Duration:00:49:42

LW #165: Celebrating Renewed Independence, Securing Energy, and News From April 26th - May 6th, 2022

5/7/2022
"Atjaunot" is the word of the week as Latvia celebrates 32 years since the restoration of independence. Otto and Joe discuss the meaning of the 4th of May in Latvia along with other major stories such as alternative heating and electricity to Russian gas, the dismantling of more Soviet monuments, donated bussed to Kyiv, and much more! Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permission Closing theme song: Think Tank by Audionautix audionautix.com​ Creative Commons —...

Duration:00:45:19

LW #164: (A)typical Latvian Spring and News from April 16th - 24th, 2022

4/25/2022
As the typical smell of grass fires fills the spring air despite the unusually cold weather, Otto and Joe discuss some of the biggest stories of the week such as new cycling routes, the establishment of natural gas reserves, war supporters potentially being stripped of citizenship, possible dismantling of "victory" monuments in Ogre, and much more! Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permission Closing theme song: Think Tank by Audionautix audionautix.com​ Creative...

Duration:00:53:07

LW #163: Monumental Safety Concerns and News from April 6th - 16th, 2022

4/16/2022
"Nojaukt" is the word of the week as the governing coalition begins seriously discussing proposals to take down the controversial Soviet war memorial in Rīga which has been temporarily blocked off for "safety concerns". Otto and Joe discuss this issue along with new party ratings, liquid natural gas plans, bridge closure headaches for rīdzinieki, a whale of a tale, and much more! Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permission Closing theme song: Think Tank by...

Duration:01:04:13

LW #162: Switching Off the Gas and News from March 31st - April 6th, 2022

4/6/2022
"Piegāde" (delivery) is the word of the week as the Baltic states lead the way in ending natural gas imports from Russia. Otto and Joe break down this major action as well as amendments banning "Z" and "V" symbols, the end (for now) to most COVID restrictions, speed cameras checking for expired technical certificates, the closure of Russian consulates, and much more! Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permission Closing theme song: Think Tank by Audionautix...

Duration:00:49:39