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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 #116: Breaking the Ice, and News from February 25th - March 5th, 2021

3/6/2021
As Latvians watch in wonder as ice jams break up throughout the country's rivers, the government's vaccination actions come under heavy criticism by investigative journalists. Joe and Otto go on a socially distanced walk through Jelgava to discuss these stories and important happenings throughout Latvia this week, including the shutdown of a major international bakery in Riga, more corruption allegations in Ventspils and Ikšķile, a proposed zero tolerance alcohol driving policy, and much...

Duration:01:04:05

LW Interviews: Cian Guckian

3/4/2021
Our revived weekly interview series kicks off with a chat between Joe and our "story of the day" editor Cian Guckian, who has lived between Ireland and Jelgava over the past few years. Cian talks about his experience working as a freelance journalist for the Baltic Times, as well as adapting to life in Latvia. Opening music by Austra Apsīte

Duration:00:28:28

LW #115: Five Years for Lembergs and News from February 19th - 24th, 2021

2/25/2021
A dramatic, 15-year criminal process has resulted in a five-year prison sentence and massive property confiscations for oligarch Aivars Lembergs, but is this truly the end of the road for one of Latvia's most infamous political operators? Otto and Joe break down this court decision as well as other stories, including an increasingly worrying bird flu situation, more bumps on the road toward better cycling infrastructure in Rīga, an international basketball heartbreak, and the latest COVID-19...

Duration:01:00:25

LW #114: €500 per Child and News from February 13th - 18th, 2021

2/18/2021
Among other measure to fight the public health and economic effects of COVID-19, the Krišjānis Kariņš-led government has announced its support for a one-time 500 euro per child payment for families in Latvia. Otto and Joe discuss the implications along with other stories such as record low approval ratings for said government, a plan to vaccinate Latvia's seniors, a visit by Estonia's foreign minister, commemoration of the country's worst ever rail disaster, and more! Theme song "Mēs esam...

Duration:00:38:00

LW #113: Vaccine Hopes, Bird Flu Fears, and News from February 6th - 12th, 2021

2/13/2021
As Latvia' s ministers attempt to lead by example and get vaccinated against COVID-19, Latvia' s poultry farmers have yet another deadly virus to worry about. Otto and Joe break down these stories and others on this week' s episode! 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:01:09:22

LW #112: Vaccine Registration and News from January 30th - February 6, 2021

2/6/2021
The online manavakcina.lv portal is up and running without much of a hitch, but the end of the pandemic is still over the horizon, with the state of emergency being extended until the 6th of April. Otto and Joe break down what this all means, along with some other important domestic and international stories throughout the week. Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permission Closing theme song: Think Tank by Audionautix http://audionautix.com​ Creative Commons —...

Duration:00:43:47

LW #111: Trains to Bolderāja, Jēkabpils Drama, and News from January 19th - 29, 2021

1/29/2021
Otto and Joe discuss the latest developments in Latvia related to COVID-19 and other stories such as a possible restoration of passenger rail to Bolderāja, a political crisis in Jēkabpils, scammers targeting DPD customers, a reduction in the amount of exams students must take, another development in the KPV LV soap opera, and more!

Duration:00:59:49

LW #110: New Minister, New Party, and News from January 6th - 19th, 2021

1/21/2021
Otto and Joe discuss the news of the week including the first actions of the new health minister, a new party founded by populist deputy Aldis Gobzems, the latest COVID19 updates, and more! Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permission Closing theme song: Think Tank by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (creativecommons.org/licenses/...) Artist: audionautix.com/ Music promoted by Audio Library youtu.be/mbV9t1Z0rA8

Duration:00:49:27

LW #109: The Hot Potato Ministry and News from December 31st, 2020 - January 5th, 2021

1/7/2021
With Latvia Weekly' s 2020 person of the year Ilze Viņķele unceremoniously fired just days into the new year, it's not surprising that people aren't falling over themselves to become the next health minister as the pandemic enters its most critical stage yet. Otto and Joe discuss the fallout from Prime Minister Kariņš' momentous decision as well as other important stories from the week. Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permission Closing theme song: Think Tank by...

Duration:01:03:25

Latvia Weekly Presents: 2020 Year in Review — Stories and People of the Year

1/3/2021
Otto and Joe take their yearly look back and count down the top 10 stories of 2020 (9:43), the "people's choice" person of the year (1:05:17), and the official Latvia Weekly person of the year for 2020 (1:20:48).

Duration:01:26:20

LW #108 New Year Curfew, People of the Year, and News from December 25th - 30th, 2020

12/30/2020
As Otto and Joe get ready for the strangest New Year's Eve of their lifetimes, they take a look back on some of the most important stories of the week and your nominations for the 2020 "Person of the Year" here in Latvia. Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permission Closing theme song: Think Tank by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (creativecommons.org/licenses/...) Artist: audionautix.com/ Music promoted by Audio Library...

Duration:01:10:33

LW #107: "Klusie Ziemassvētki" and News from December 17th - 24th, 2020

12/24/2020
"Kluss" (quiet) is the word of the week as the government institutes a "quiet three weeks" of the strictest measures Latvia has seen yet during the COVID-19 pandemic. Otto and Joe take a socially distanced walk through Jelgava to discuss the deteriorating situation as well as other stories including more than 400,000 euro raised to fight domestic violence, the passing of a Latvian rock legend, and the legend of the world's first Christmas tree decorated hundreds of years ago in Rīga! Theme...

Duration:00:55:58

LW #106 A SNOW-VID Winter and News from December 9th - 16th, 2020

12/17/2020
Snow is finally in the air, but so is the COVID-19 virus which continues to spread through the country at an alarming rate. Joe and Otto discuss the latest updates and decisions as well as other stories such as a major fire at a home improvement store, a surprising potential new supporter of expanded LGBT rights, another postponement of controversial changes to health care, and more! Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permission

Duration:01:10:09

LW #105 Restriction Backlash and News from December 2nd - 8th, 2020

12/9/2020
Otto is back with Joe to discuss public backlash against controversial new restrictions such as limits over what cannot be bought in supermarkets and distance learning from grades 5-6. Other important stories include the passing of the 2021 budget, mandatory national defense classes, and a further disintegration of the KPV LV party. Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permission

Duration:01:15:09

LW #104: "Friends, it's not good" — News from November 25th - December 1, 2020

12/1/2020
As Prime Minister Krišjānis so succinctly put it in a phrase that has gone viral all over the Latvian speaking web, the country's COVID-19 situation is growing increasingly grim. TV24's Kārlis Streips joins Joe to discuss the latest restrictions as well as a few other important stories from the week, such as a call by the teacher's union for Minister of Education Ilga Šuplinska's resignation, a potential Kaliningrad - St. Petersburg rail line, and a new opportunity to watch some of Latvia's...

Duration:00:53:58

LW #103: 500 Euro Minimum Wage and News from November 17th - 24th, 2020

11/24/2020
Join Joe as he covers the biggest stories of the week, such as a forthcoming increase to minimum wage, a suspected human trafficking scheme at the Baltics' largest baking company, Latvia's placement on a questionable international English proficiency ranking, and the latest COVID-19 updates. Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permission

Duration:00:48:34

Latvia Weekly Presents: A Socially Distanced Proclamation Day Special

11/23/2020
For those of you who were unable to join Otto and Joe on Facebook live for their 18th of November special, you can listen here on their and others' reflections regarding the importance of proclamation day here in Latvia.

Duration:01:11:39

LW #102: Pūce's Parking Predicament and News from November 9th - 16th, 2020

11/16/2020
After continuing to use his Rīga City Council parking privileges years after no longer serving on local government, Minister of Environmental Protection and Regional Development Juris Pūce has paid what might be the most expensive parking ticket in city history — one that has cost him his job, and a path to the prime ministership. Otto and Joe break down this story and a number of others such as a major court victory for Latvia's LGBT community, a daycare scandal, and the latest in the...

Duration:01:27:39

LW #101: Lāčplēša diena lockdown and News from November 1st - 8th, 2020

11/8/2020
As we all continue fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, Latvia remembers the brave people who fought in the War of Independence 100 years ago by celebrating "Lāčplēša diena" on the 11th of November. Otto and Joe discuss the importance of this day in history and cover the latest updates to the COVID-19 situation and other news stories throughout Latvia. Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permission

Duration:01:34:54

LW #100: A Centennial Special and News from October 27th - 31st, 2020

11/2/2020
Olevs (Baltic Security Foundation), Kārlis (Rīga TV24), and Kristaps (Eastern Border Podcast) join Otto and Joe to discuss the news of the week and to celebrate Latvia Weekly's 100th episode! Theme song "Mēs esam ārzemnieki" by Aarzemnieki, used with permission

Duration:01:14:29