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A journey through the memory of a disappeared country, Remembering Yugoslavia explores how the people of the former Yugoslav republics remember and imagine their former homeland, which no longer exists. Created and hosted by Peter Korchnak. New episodes every two weeks.

Remembering Yugoslavia Peter Korchnak

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

A journey through the memory of a disappeared country, Remembering Yugoslavia explores how the people of the former Yugoslav republics remember and imagine their former homeland, which no longer exists. Created and hosted by Peter Korchnak. New episodes every two weeks.

    Secondhand Tito

    Secondhand Tito

    A sea of ink has been spilled documenting the life and times of Josip Broz Tito. But Tito's biographies place his life against that of Yugoslavia, so that reading a biography of Tito means reading the history of the country. If you want to know about Tito the man, you’ll get a broad strokes picture, an outline, a composite, if not a caricature, that everyone fills with the story they want. For details that reveal his human side, you have to sift through texts like a gold prospector.

    There's another way to get to know the peasant who became president: a documentary featuring anecdotes by those who worked for him; a peculiar interpretation of his life style; and a tour of milestones along his revolutionary path. 

    With Ania England, Janja Glogovac, and Danijela Matijević.


    The Remembering Yugoslavia podcast explores the memory of a country that no longer exists. Created, produced, and hosted by Peter Korchnak. New episodes two to three times per month.
    Shownotes/transcript: RememberingYugoslavia.com/Podcast-Secondhand-Tito/Instagram: @RememberingYugoslaviaSUPPORT THE SHOW ›Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/rememberingyugoslavia)

    • 39 min
    Karma Pavilions

    Karma Pavilions

    Yugoslavia lives. It lives, among other things, in the architecture and infrastructure built during its existence. Buildings, roads, and monuments from the Yugoslav era keep that country and the memory of it not just alive but an integral, if sometimes invisible, part of everyday experience in Yugoslavia’s successor countries. The same goes for Czechoslovakia and its progeny. 

    But the two countries also live on in a more poetic way, an ocean away, on an island at the edge of the North American continent. After they served their representative duties as Yugoslavia’s and Czechoslovakia’s pavilions at the Expo 67 world fair, both buildings were repurposed as cultural institutions in small communities on the island of Newfoundland.

    This is their story.

    With Jasmina Cibic, Robert Lodge, Kevin McAleese, Donald Niebyl, and Terezie Nekvindová.

    The Remembering Yugoslavia podcast explores the memory of a country that no longer exists. Created, produced, and hosted by Peter Korchnak. New episodes two to three times per month.
    Shownotes/transcript: RememberingYugoslavia.com/Podcast-Expo67-Pavilions-Yugoslavia-Czechoslovakia/Instagram: @RememberingYugoslaviaSUPPORT THE SHOW ›Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/rememberingyugoslavia)

    • 54 min
    Black Lamb and Grey Falcon at 80

    Black Lamb and Grey Falcon at 80

    Eighty years since its publication, Rebecca West’s Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: A Journey Through Yugoslavia remains the most authoritative (and longest) book of travel writing on that former country. The book, which documents West’s travels through Yugoslavia in the second half of the 1930s, has been described as “astonishing,” “brilliant,” “remarkable,” “a supreme literary monument,” and “one of the most important books written about Europe in the last century.” It’s also been derided as biased, fictional, and factually flawed.
    What’s the big deal about this big book? Who was Rebecca West? And what makes the book relevant a lifetime later?
    With Helen Atkinson (Rebecca West's great-niece), Angela Carlton, and James Thomas Snyder. Featuring music by Gogofski, Paniks, and Undescore Orkestra.

    The Remembering Yugoslavia podcast explores the memory of a country that no longer exists. Created, produced, and hosted by Peter Korchnak. New episodes two to three times per month.
    Shownotes/transcript: RememberingYugoslavia.com/Podcast-Black-Lamb-and-Grey-Falcon/Instagram: @RememberingYugoslaviaSUPPORT THE SHOW ›Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/rememberingyugoslavia)

    • 1 hr 31 min
    The Ghosts of Balkan Ghosts

    The Ghosts of Balkan Ghosts

    Few travel books have had as big a real-world impact as Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History by Robert Kaplan. Published in 1993, this account of Kaplan’s travels through Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Serbia in the late 1980s and 1990 purportedly influenced President Clinton’s policy in the region during the wars of Yugoslav dissolution. Kaplan’s portrayal of the relations among the peoples of former Yugoslavia created “the sense that nothing could be done by outsiders in a region so steeped in ancient hatreds” (Richard Holbrooke). 
    The ancient hatreds thesis, which holds that Yugoslavia disintegrated in war because its constituent peoples have always hated and killed each other, has become a trope of explaining the place. It has also been dismantled over and over by generations of scholars and policy wonks. Balkan Ghosts is one of those books you read so much about you might get a feeling you no longer need to read it because you already know it through and through from all the reviews and critiques.
    What does Robert Kaplan think about the criticisms leveled at his famous book over the past nearly 30 years? About how his book has been utilized? Has he ever defended his work and what does he have to say? Does he care about the book’s impact? How have his views evolved?
    With Robert D. Kaplan. 


    The Remembering Yugoslavia podcast explores the memory of a country that no longer exists. Created, produced, and hosted by Peter Korchnak. New episodes two to three times per month.
    Shownotes/transcript: RememberingYugoslavia.com/Podcast-Balkan-Ghosts/Instagram: @RememberingYugoslaviaSUPPORT THE SHOW ›Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/rememberingyugoslavia)

    • 42 min
    Yugoslav Killer, Qu'est-ce que c'est

    Yugoslav Killer, Qu'est-ce que c'est

    Yugoslavia was the most aggressive among socialist countries in using assassinations as a means of protecting the state and the communist party. Over its 45-year existence, the UDBA, the Yugoslav State Security Service, dropped at least 80 bodies of its political enemies, mostly Croats, abroad. Some with the contracted assistance of Yugoslav mobsters. And after the death of Yugoslavia, members of state security services and their organized crime friends have played important roles in the newly independent states.
    A story of state-sponsored murder, organized crime, and justice.
    With Christian Axboe Nielsen, Paul Vidich, and Maria Vivod.


    The Remembering Yugoslavia podcast explores the memory of a country that no longer exists. Created, produced, and hosted by Peter Korchnak. New episodes two to three times per month.
    Shownotes: RememberingYugoslavia.com/Podcast-UDBA/Instagram: @RememberingYugoslaviaSUPPORT THE SHOW ›Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/rememberingyugoslavia)

    • 1 hr 8 min
    The Great Bosnian Emigration

    The Great Bosnian Emigration

    Bosnians are leaving their country in droves. Why? And what can be done about it?

    With Samir Beharić, Elma Hodžić, Danijela Majstorović, and Nela Porobić Isaković. Featuring music by Dubioza Kolektiv.


    The Remembering Yugoslavia podcast explores the memory of a country that no longer exists. Created, produced, and hosted by Peter Korchnak. New episodes two to three times per month.
    Shownotes: RememberingYugoslavia.com/Podcast-Bosnian-Emigration/Instagram: @RememberingYugoslaviaSUPPORT THE SHOW ›Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/rememberingyugoslavia)

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Billie in Wyoming ,

This is special

Every once in a while, you discover a real gem. Remembering Yugoslavia is just that. The topics, the guests, and the depth are amazing. I don’t know how Peter does, but he does and I am eternally grateful that he does. Do yourself a favor and subscribe to this podcast. Then share it with your friends.

PDX Jonny ,

Great listen

Peter does a great job taking you through the old country. The storytelling is fantastic.

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