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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.

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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AUSTIN, TX

Description:

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.

Twitter:

@SlavXRadio

Language:

English

Contact:

5129878264


Episodes

"A True Gentleman" with Seva Novgorodsev

7/10/2020
BBC's Seva Novgorodsev joins us once more just in time for his 80th birthday! This time, we gather around Zoom, but the conversation is, as always, entertaining and unexpected--one never knows where Seva will lead us and what he will teach us. We hope you enjoy! If you wish to check out any of Seva's books and his latest audiobook "Настоящий джентльмен" (A True Gentleman), visit his site https://seva.ru/store/?id=16. https://seva.ru/img/ngcover.jpg NOTE: This episode was recorded on April...

Duration:00:49:34

Intelligence with a Human Face (featuring Stephen Slick)

5/30/2020
Former CIA officer Stephen Slick joins us to talk about his nearly three decades in intelligence, spent largely overseas in Ukraine, the Balkans, and East Germany. Professor Slick also discusses his return Stateside to a position in Langley just one week before 9-11 occurred and his present role as an educator at the University of Texas at Austin in building the Intelligence Studies Project--a first of its kind in the United States. We hope you enjoy! ABOUT THE GUEST...

Duration:00:43:20

Voices of the Past: Songs from Rural Ukraine (with Susan Crate)

5/13/2020
Dr. Susie Crate returns to The Slavic Connexion! This time, Dr. Crate spoke with SlavX host Katya about her experiences collecting ethnomusicological material from 1989–1990 in the Kharkiv oblast in Eastern Ukraine, then still part of the Soviet Union. This work was part of a larger project to collect and preserve songs unique to particular villages in the Kharkiv oblast. The types of songs recorded include kozats’ki pisni (Cossack songs), wedding, balada (ballad), chastivka (joking),...

Duration:00:32:31

"Disunited Nations" with Peter Zeihan

5/11/2020
Renowned geopolitical strategist Peter Zeihan (www.zeihan.com) graciously joins us via Zoom for an intensive breakdown of the current world order and his predictions for the future concerning the economic and political directions of America, Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and other nations. This is a true international whirlwind, and a must-listen for any student or aficionado of global policy and IR theory. We hope you enjoy! ABOUT THE GUEST...

Duration:00:59:05

Вокруг света с Жанной Немцовой

5/7/2020
В этом эпизоде Мэтт беседует со знаменитой российской журналисткой Жанной Немцовой о многих темах, от ее времени в Америке до Украины. Надеемся, вам понравится слушать! Фонд Бориса Немцова за свободу: https://nemtsovfund.org/ Летняя школа журналистики и социокультурных исследований: https://summerschool.nemtsovfund.org/apply/ Статья о коронавирусе и рейтинге власти, которую мы обсуждали:...

Duration:00:56:26

World War "C": Covid, Cognitive Dissonance, and Communism (with Markos Kounalakis)

4/29/2020
Columnist, radio host, and Hoover Institution fellow Dr. Markos Kounalakis joins us via Zoom to talk about California's early response to Covid-19, the cognitive dissonance of beautiful Hungary, his experience in Central and Eastern Europe in the late 80s/early 90s as a journalist, and much more! And if you haven't yet and are looking for a decent read, check out Dr. Kounalakis's recommendation World War Z by Max Brooks. ABOUT THE GUEST...

Duration:00:51:14

"It Is What It Is": Western Media, the End of the USSR, and Russia Today (with Jeff Trimble)

4/25/2020
Jeff Trimble, Moscow Bureau Chief for US News & World Report during the late Soviet period, talks to us about his wild experiences reporting from behind the Iron Curtain and witnessing the dissolution of the USSR. A radio professional as well (and earnest space aficionado and Star Trek fan) he certainly brings some extra finesse to yet another Zoom session. Hope you enjoy! NOTE: This episode was recorded via Zoom on April 15th, 2020. (Pictured below, guest Jeff Trimble with famed lead singer...

Duration:00:49:20

From Media Literacy to Karaoke Diplomacy (with Joe Crescente)

4/21/2020
Joining us via Zoom from self-isolation in Moscow, New Jersey native Joseph Crescente talks to us about his area of expertise as the media literacy fellow at the US Embassy/American Center in Moscow. This is a fascinating and relevant discussion on how to navigate the media landscape in today's COVID-19 information-rich and facts-poor environment. Take a listen! NOTE: This episode was recorded via Zoom on April 10th, 2020. CREDITS Co-Producer: Tom Rehnquist (Connect:...

Duration:00:35:37

"To Russia and Beyond!" (featuring RBTH Editor-in-Chief Vsevolod Pulya)

4/16/2020
If you're at all a Russophile and you've never visited Russia Beyond (rbth.com), find out what you've been missing as we connect with the editor-in-chief of this amazing, culturally-focused international publication that now boasts 5 million readers worldwide. (Also, the alternate title for this episode is "Pants Challenge", courtesy of Tom -- you'll have to listen all the way to the end to find out who wins the pants challenge or at least who clearly does not.) Thank you for listening!...

Duration:00:52:44

Between Diplomacy and Propaganda: Global Engagement in the Digital Age (with Nicholas Cull)

4/13/2020
Joining us via Zoom is the authority on public diplomacy from University of Southern California, Nicholas Cull. Having written the primary resource on the subject as used by the US State Department, Dr. Cull defines public diplomacy for us and expounds on how it has changed and will continue to change in this digital age. (Note: this is one of Tom's favorite interviews.) ABOUT THE GUEST https://pressroom.usc.edu/files/2012/09/Cull_Nick_October.jpg Nicholas J. Cull is Professor of Public...

Duration:00:47:28

Музыкальное путешествие со специальным гостем Артемием Троицким

4/12/2020
Artemy Troitsky was scheduled to come to Austin and visit us at the University of Texas just a few weeks ago, but of course, due to enforced travel restrictions and a host of unforeseen coronavirus complications, his visit has been postponed until the Fall of 2020, hopefully. However, we decided to check in with him via Zoom, anyway, and he was gracious enough to join us not once but twice in both English and Russian to discuss music past and present and also biopics about the most famous...

Duration:01:02:55

Rock the USSR Part 2 (with Artemy Troitsky and Tom Garza)

4/9/2020
Back for more via Zoom, Tom Garza joins Matt and Tom once again to discuss Russian rock during the late USSR period to modern-day Russia, the power of nostalgia, and the role of music in COVID-19. And this time legendary music critic Artemy Troitsky also joins from Estonia. To listen to the previous episode in this short series, follow this link: https://www.slavxradio.com/sovietskyrock As always, thank you for listening, and we hope you enjoy!! RAW and UNEDITED Zoom video: For the episode...

Duration:00:55:21

"Everything is Going Extremely Well..."

4/5/2020
On this episode, Tom, Matt, and Graham reunite to discuss more about Covid-19, the continuing oil drama between Russia and Saudi Arabia, and the ways in which the pandemic will permanently affect our world. As Dave from 2001 A Space Odyssey said, "Everything is going extremely well." NOTE: This episode was recorded on March 31, 2020 via Zoom. Thanks for listening and if you like us and support open academic programming, please take a second to rate the show on Apple Podcasts, TuneIn, or on...

Duration:00:49:25

"The Shadow in the East" with Aliide Naylor

4/2/2020
On this episode, we meet with freelance journalist Aliide Naylor who joins us for our first Zoom interview from London to discuss her experiences in Russia, Ukraine, and her newly released book on Putin and the Baltics. This is our 80th episode, and we want tthank you for listening wherever you are in the world. We hope you enjoy! ABOUT THE GUEST: Aliide Naylor https://0.academia-photos.com/360830/12370189/13770105/s200_aliide.naylor.png Aliide Naylor is a freelance journalist focusing on...

Duration:00:46:26

Soviets, Slovaks, and the Pope (with James Felak) // The Post-Socialist Effect (with Kateřina Kolářová)

3/28/2020
At this time, we understand the world is in chaos, but it's still a good idea to take a break from the headlines every once in a while and feed your Slavic mind! (Almost as important as washing your hands and responsible social distancing!!) So, while we get our Zoom on, please enjoy some of our squirreled away interviews that we've saved for such a time as this. On this episode, Cullan has a great conversation with the engaging Dr. James Felak, Central European historian at the University...

Duration:00:36:35

The Future is Viral: Putin, Petroleum, and the Pandemic

3/13/2020
On this episode, Tom and Matt are joined by returning guest Graham Reblitz to delve into the meaty headlines of the day: Russian politics, the conflict between Russia and Saudi Arabia, and the WHO-declared pandemic that is sweeping the globe. NOTE: This episode was recorded on March 11, 2020 at the University of Texas at Austin. Thanks for listening and if you like us and support open academic programming, please take a second to rate the show on Apple Podcasts, TuneIn, or on our Facebook...

Duration:00:42:32

"Our Generation" (featuring Christian Ray Flores... and his music)

3/7/2020
Christian Ray Flores is an entrepreneur, world traveler, and philanthropist who was an international music "supernova" during the 90s in post-Soviet Russia. Though he may have, by his own estimation, been a short-lived phenomena in Russia he continues to make tremendous impact globally to this day. From charities to start-up ventures to churches to film, Christian does it all and has (quite literally) seen it all! Listen to his amazing, highly-entertaining story on this episode. ABOUT THE...

Duration:01:07:46

The Filmmaker and the First Tsar: The Legend of Sergei Eisenstein (with Joan Neuberger)

2/27/2020
On this episode we have the privilege of speaking with History professor and Eisenstein expert Dr. Joan Neuberger who among many things is also co-host and co-creator of 15-Minute History podcast and the public history project Not Even Past. ABOUT THE GUEST: https://minio.la.utexas.edu/colaweb-prod/person_files/0/373/joan_neuberger_profile_image.jpeg Dr. Neuberger received her PhD from Stanford University in 1985. She is currently a professor in the History Department at the University of...

Duration:00:53:27

A Little Bit Cosmopolitan (with Graham Reblitz)

2/23/2020
On this episode, we have the pleasure of getting to know the president of UT's International Affairs Society, Graham Reblitz, who brings his broad, cosmopolitan perspective to our studio and discussing everything from geopolitics in Europe to sports on the international plane. ABOUT THE GUEST: Graham Reblitz https://www.clementscenter.org/media/k2/items/cache/d53aa7f89db2d1935feed7588780d953_L.jpg Graham is a senior from Lakewood Ranch, Florida currently studying Economics and Government at...

Duration:00:25:35

Timeless Secrets of Ancient Romania

2/20/2020
On this episode, we have the privilege of speaking with a modern-day archaeologist Dr. Adam Rabinowitz and archaeology grad student Susan Crane. Both take us into the ancient world of Romania through their exciting (and sometimes not-so-exciting) archaeological expeditions and unbelievable discoveries. ABOUT THE GUESTS Adam T. Rabinowitz https://minio.la.utexas.edu/colaweb-prod/person_files/0/304/adam_t_rabinowitz_profile_image.jpeg Adam Rabinowitz is an Associate Professor in the Department...

Duration:00:37:17