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A fresh Slavic and Eurasian chat show meant to share research, ideas, and culture within and between academic institutions. Each week we feature faculty, students (both undergraduate and graduate) from the University of Texas at Austin, and speakers of note from other institutions around the world. The Slavic Connexion is a student-driven production of the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies within the College of Liberal Arts at UT. Diplomacy Starts Here.

A fresh Slavic and Eurasian chat show meant to share research, ideas, and culture within and between academic institutions. Each week we feature faculty, students (both undergraduate and graduate) from the University of Texas at Austin, and speakers of note from other institutions around the world. The Slavic Connexion is a student-driven production of the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies within the College of Liberal Arts at UT. Diplomacy Starts Here.
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A fresh Slavic and Eurasian chat show meant to share research, ideas, and culture within and between academic institutions. Each week we feature faculty, students (both undergraduate and graduate) from the University of Texas at Austin, and speakers of note from other institutions around the world. The Slavic Connexion is a student-driven production of the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies within the College of Liberal Arts at UT. Diplomacy Starts Here.

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Episodes

International Religious Freedom and the Case of Uzbekistan: Trading the Hammer-and-Sickle for the Moon and Star

4/17/2019
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The future Dr. Ashlyn Hand dialogues with Matt about the super fun topic of religious freedom in U.S. foreign policy and the specific case of post-USSR Uzbekistan. And she says nobody wants her at the dinner table... About the Guest: Ashlyn Hand is a fourth-year doctoral student at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. Ashlyn’s research interests involve the intersection of women’s political representation and issues of religious liberty. Ashlyn received her Master’s in Public...

Duration:00:29:30

Black Widows of the Black Sea

4/15/2019
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On this episode, Tom hosts half-Russian graduate student Lucia Winkeler as they talk all things Caucasus and how many times she has to explain to people that it's not Czechia, it's CHECHNYA as in the First and Second Chechen Wars. Lucia is a dual-degree CREEES and LBJ Global Policy Studies graduate student who is primarily focusing her research on female terrorists originating in the North Caucasus region. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University and is fluent in Russian with a working...

Duration:00:25:29

Inside Dugin's Beard with Tom & Matt

4/11/2019
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In this episode Matt and Tom discuss everything you probably NEVER wanted to know about Alexander Dugin. But who is Dugin and what does he want? Wikipedia says simply "[he] is a Russian political analyst and strategist known for his fascist views." High commendation, indeed. But Dugin and his concept of Eurasianism is far too complicated for us in general. However, Tom could write a book about this subject... and he probably will, so this ought to be interesting. Books mentioned: 1)...

Duration:00:32:03

Сeва Новгорoдцев - Рyсская слyжба Би-би-си (на русском языке)

4/9/2019
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For more information on Seva Novgorodsev (DJ with the BBC Russian Service), visit his website www.seva.ru. Watch the interview on our YouTube channel with English subtitles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZ7t-TDkR-M&t=650s CREDITS Co-Producer: Matthew Orr (Connect: facebook.com/orrmatthew) Co-Producer: Tom Rehnquist (Connect: facebook.com/thomas.rehnquist) Music/Sound Design: Charlie Harper (Connect: facebook.com/charlie.harper.1485 Instagram: @charlieharpermusic...

Duration:00:31:28

Adventures in Communism with Susanne Sternthal

4/8/2019
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The indomitable Dr. Susanne Sternthal joins host Matt Orr in the studio to discuss her breadth of experience from New York to Moscow. Please visit her guest page for more on her bio and published works. https://www.slavxradio.com/guests/sternthal Movie mentioned by Susanne: GET OUT https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5052448/ Book mentioned by Susanne: D.H. Lawrence's THE RAINBOW...

Duration:00:57:13

Turbofolk: The Music of Balkan Identity with Vladislav Beronja

4/4/2019
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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. For more on how nostalgia (such as "Yugo-nostalgia") directs politics and dialogue, check out the following website of digital scholarship by Dr. Beronja: https://nostalgiaandpop.omeka.net/introduction Clips played in the episode are from the following...

Duration:00:22:04

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

3/30/2019
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One of the most unique rising scholars at the University of Texas, John Gleb talks with host Tom Rehnquist about the development of the U.S. State Department in terms of American diplomacy and also on the tie with dollar diplomacy. To quote Tom: "Judging by [John's] input in class, this should be a very rich conversation." Books mentioned include: 1) Fighting for American Manhood: How Gender Politics Provoked the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars by Kristin L. Hoganson 2) From...

Duration:00:34:10

Polls, Politics, and Presidents with Matt & Tom

3/23/2019
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With the Ukrainian presidential election just a week away (at the release of this episode), hosts Tom and Matt felt they had to give a rundown of the leading candidates and draw comparisons (because they can't help themselves) to US political struggles and trends. And while they know it's a wee bit early to talk American presidential elections, Matt and Tom just had to touch on a few of the many, many White House hopefuls who have thrown their proverbial hat into the ring. Who's their...

Duration:00:28:40

David Foster Wallace Goes to Russia... in Print

3/22/2019
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Matt and Tom discuss the late great DFW: David Foster Wallace and have another of their generally pessimistic conversations about modern-society in this mini-episode. Recommended works by David Foster Wallace: The Infinite Jest (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0316066524/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0) "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do"...

Duration:00:12:57

On Democracy in Eastern Europe with Austin Sappington

3/18/2019
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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. Having visited these regions, Austin has had much insight into the regional politics and on-the-ground opinion of Eastern Ukraine. His opinion as an undergraduate is particularly valuable as it reflects the sentiments of...

Duration:00:32:24

Brexit: An EU Insider's Perspective with Lorinc Redei

3/16/2019
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Watch the full interview with Dr. Redei on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LC7VI-Lk9eo)! During this episode, Dr. Redei mentions the following group, FOR OUR FUTURE'S SAKE, which we at The Slavic Connexion are particularly excited about, not for its purpose or rhetoric necessarily, but its youthful composition. Brexit or no, this is an interesting development where youth are getting organized and trying to make their voices heard. Please check out their website: https://ffsakes.uk/...

Duration:00:54:36

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

3/12/2019
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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. CREDITS Producer & Creator: Michelle Daniel (Connect: facebook.com/mdanielgeraci Instagram: @michelledaniel86) Co-Producer: Tom Rehnquist (Connect: facebook.com/thomas.rehnquist) Associate Producer: Lauren Nyquist (Connect: facebook.com/lenyquist Instagram: @nyquabbit) Associate Producer: Matthew...

Duration:00:45:46

Baltics and Basketball with Audrius Rickus

3/12/2019
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Vilnius-born Audrius Rickus gives us a look at the Lithuanian presidential elections with a comprehensive run-down of the candidates. CREDITS Producer & Creator: Michelle Daniel (Connect: facebook.com/mdanielgeraci Instagram: @michelledaniel86) Co-Producer: Tom Rehnquist (Connect: facebook.com/thomas.rehnquist) Associate Producer: Matthew Orr (Connect: facebook.com/orrmatthew) Music/Sound Design: Charlie Harper (Connect: facebook.com/charlie.harper.1485 Instagram: @charlieharpermusic...

Duration:00:21:34

Let's Talk Nationalism with Jonathan Parker

3/12/2019
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Jonathan Parker breaks down Czech nationalism for us, getting into the historical depth and the many facets of this issue as it pertains to the trend of nationalism as a broader global movement. CREDITS Producer & Creator: Michelle Daniel (Connect: facebook.com/mdanielgeraci Instagram: @michelledaniel86) Co-Producer: Tom Rehnquist (Connect: facebook.com/thomas.rehnquist) Associate Producer: Matthew Orr (Connect: facebook.com/orrmatthew) Music/Sound Design: Charlie Harper (Connect:...

Duration:00:20:34

The Vietnam Connexion with Mark Lawrence

3/11/2019
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In his humble and articulate manner, Dr. Lawrence provides the expert's view on Soviet reactions to U.S.-Vietnam relations during the Cold War. CREDITS Producer & Creator: Michelle Daniel (Connect: facebook.com/mdanielgeraci Instagram: @michelledaniel86) Co-Producer: Tom Rehnquist (Connect: facebook.com/thomas.rehnquist) Associate Producer: Lauren Nyquist (Connect: facebook.com/lenyquist Instagram: @nyquabbit) Associate Producer: Matthew Orr (Connect: facebook.com/orrmatthew) Associate...

Duration:00:38:16

The Full Scoop on Bulgarian Yogurt with Mary Neuburger

3/11/2019
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Who knew there was so much history behind a spoonful of yogurt? Balkan historian Dr. Mary Neuburger gives us the wholesome truth and nothing but in this delicious episode about Bulgarian yogurt. CREDITS Producer & Creator: Michelle Daniel (Connect: facebook.com/mdanielgeraci Instagram: @michelledaniel86) Co-Producer: Tom Rehnquist (Connect: facebook.com/thomas.rehnquist) Associate Producer: Lauren Nyquist (Connect: facebook.com/lenyquist Instagram: @nyquabbit) Associate Producer: Matthew Orr...

Duration:00:28:57

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

3/11/2019
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Everybody loves Bella! And in this episode, you'll see why. Dr. Bella Jordan hails from Siberia and you'll never meet a more splendid converesationalist. Her stories are amazing, and no matter how many times you talk to her, you'll find out something new every time that will astonish. CREDITS Producer & Creator: Michelle Daniel (Connect: facebook.com/mdanielgeraci Instagram: @michelledaniel86) Co-Producer: Tom Rehnquist (Connect: facebook.com/trehnquist) Associate Producer: Lauren Nyquist...

Duration:00:33:59

The International Breakdown with Dr. Michael Mosser

3/11/2019
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Dr. Mosser discusses his views on the democracy question, Ukrainian presidential elections, and the European Union's evolution in the current geostrategic landscape. Dr. Michael W. Mosser is is an Assistant Professor of Instruction with a joint appointment in the Department of Government, the Center for European Studies, and the International Relations and Global Governance (IRG) program at the University of Texas at Austin. https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/irg/faculty/mwm849 CREDITS Producer...

Duration:00:28:17

"Soviet Union Lite" - The Mark Pomar Trailer

3/11/2019
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To see the video of Dr. Pomar's full interview with host Tom Rehnquist, visit The Slavic Connexion's YouTube Channel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auO4Nc8J1cU&t=62s CREDITS Producer & Creator: Michelle Daniel (Connect: facebook.com/mdanielgeraci Instagram: @michelledaniel86) Co-Producer: Tom Rehnquist (Connect: facebook.com/trehnquist) Associate Producer: Lauren Nyquist (Connect: facebook.com/lenyquist Instagram: @nyquabbit) Associate Producer: Matthew Orr (Connect:...

Duration:00:02:00

All About Civics (with Matthew Orr)

3/11/2019
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Graduate student and researcher Matthew Orr talks about civic education and discourse in modern-day Russia and Ukraine. Books referenced include THE BET by Anton Chekhov. Available on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Bet-Anton-Chekhov-Illustrated-ebook/dp/B074P937ZH/ref=sr11?keywords=the+bet+chekhov&qid=1552589351&s=gateway&sr=8-1 CREDITS Producer & Creator: Michelle Daniel (Connect: facebook.com/mdanielgeraci Instagram: @michelledaniel86) Co-Producer: Tom Rehnquist (Connect:...

Duration:00:44:43