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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 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, y'all.
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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 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, y'all.
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Texas Podcast Network is brought to you by The University of Texas at Austin. Podcasts are produced by faculty members and staffers at UT Austin who work with University Communications to craft content that adheres to journalistic best practices. The University of Texas at Austin offers these podcasts at no charge. Podcasts appearing on the network and this webpage represent the views of the hosts, not of The University of Texas at Austin.

    "Russia Resurrected": The Paradox of the Perception of Russian Power with Kathryn Stoner

    "Russia Resurrected": The Paradox of the Perception of Russian Power with Kathryn Stoner

    In this episode, Matt is joined by Dr. Kathryn Stoner of Stanford University to talk about her new book, Russia Resurrected: Its Power and Purpose in a New Global Order. The book pushes back at some misconceptions about Russia’s place in the international system while offering a new perspective on how the West should approach Russia. Matt and Dr. Stoner discuss how the book informs ongoing policy challenges related to recent news coming out of Russia.


    ABOUT THE GUEST

    Dr. Kathryn E. Stoner is the Deputy Director at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University and a Senior Fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, and the Center on International Security and Cooperation at FSI. She teaches in the Department of Political Science at Stanford, and in the Program on International Relations, as well as in the Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy Program. Prior to coming to Stanford in 2004, she was on the faculty at Princeton University for nine years, jointly appointed to the Department of Politics and the Woodrow Wilson School for International and Public Affairs. At Princeton she received the Ralph O. Glendinning Preceptorship awarded to outstanding junior faculty. She also served as a Visiting Associate Professor of Political Science at Columbia University, and an Assistant Professor of Political Science at McGill University. She has held fellowships at Harvard University as well as the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC.


    Her latest book can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/Russia-Resurrected-Power-Purpose-Global/dp/0190860715/ref=sr_1_1?crid=9MQKXDSGNDSU&dchild=1&keywords=russia+resurrected&qid=1613682696&sprefix=russia+resurre%2Caps%2C191&sr=8-1



    CREDITS
    Co-Producer: Matthew Orr (Connect: Twitter @More_Orr)
    Co-Producer: Tom Rehnquist (Connect: Twitter @RehnquistTom)
    Associate Producer: Lera Toropin
    Associate Producer: Cullan Bendig
    Assistant Producer: Samantha Farmer
    Assistant Producer: Katherine Birch
    Assistant Producer: Zach Johnson
    Assistant Producer/Administrator: Kathryn Yegorov-Crate
    Recording, Editing, and Sound Design: Michelle Daniel, Charlie Harper


    Music Producer: Charlie Harper (Connect: facebook.com/charlie.harper.1485 Instagram: @charlieharpermusic) www.charlieharpermusic.com (Main Theme by Charlie Harper and additional background music by Charlie Harper)


    Executive Producer & Creator: Michelle Daniel (Connect: facebook.com/mdanielgeraci Instagram: @michelledaniel86) www.msdaniel.com


    DISCLAIMER: Texas Podcast Network is brought to you by The University of Texas at Austin. Podcasts are produced by faculty members and staffers at UT Austin who work with University Communications to craft content that adheres to journalistic best practices. The University of Texas at Austin offers these podcasts at no charge. Podcasts appearing on the network and this webpage represent the views of the hosts, not of The University of Texas at Austin.



    Special Guest: Kathryn Stoner.

    • 35 min
    Poison, Prison, Protests: The Continued Saga of Alexei Navalny with Mark Galeotti

    Poison, Prison, Protests: The Continued Saga of Alexei Navalny with Mark Galeotti

    Once again, Dr. Mark Galeotti joins Matt to discuss yesterday's sentencing of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, and what it means for Russia's short and long term future. Is this the end of the first installment of Navalny’s battle with the Kremlin, which peaked with his poisoning at the hands of the FSB in August 2020? Mark lays out Navalny’s possible next steps, and how the ongoing standoff in neighboring Belarus figures into these events. They also discussed Mark’s latest book, released just last week: A Short History of Russia. We hope you enjoy!!

    For Galeotti's previous episode with us, listen to "In Moscow's Shadows": https://www.slavxradio.com/galeotti


    ABOUT THE GUEST
    Dr Mark Galeotti has been researching Russian history and security issues since the late 1980s. Educated at Cambridge University and the LSE, he is now an Honorary Professor at UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies and a Senior Associate Fellow at RUSI. He also remains a senior non-resident fellow at the Institute of International Relations Prague and for 2018-19 a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute. He is also the director of the consultancy firm Mayak Intelligence. Previously he has been Head of the Centre for European Security at the Institute of International Relations Prague, Professor of Global Affairs at New York University, head of the History department at Keele University in the UK, an adviser at the British Foreign Office and a visiting professor at MGIMO (Moscow), Charles University (Prague) and Rutgers (Newark), as well as a visiting fellow with the ECFR. His books include We Need To Talk About Putin (Ebury) and The Vory: Russia’s super mafia (Yale University Press), several Osprey books, and the edited collections The Politics of Security in Modern Russia (Ashgate) and Russian & Soviet Organized Crime (Ashgate) and he is a regular contributor to Jane’s Intelligence Review, Oxford Analytica and many other outlets. He is a columnist for Raam op Rusland and the Moscow Times.


    NOTE: This episode was recorded February 3rd at 10am CST via Zoom.


    CREDITS
    Host/Co-Producer: Matthew Orr (Connect: facebook.com/orrrmatthew)
    Co-Producer: Tom Rehnquist (Connect: Twitter @RehnquistTom)
    Associate Producer: Lera Toropin
    Associate Producer: Cullan Bendig
    Assistant Producer: Samantha Farmer
    Assistant Producer: Katherine Birch
    Assistant Producer: Zach Johnson
    Assistant Producer/Administrator: Kathryn Yegorov-Crate
    Recording, Editing, and Sound Design: Michelle Daniel


    Music Producer: Charlie Harper (Connect: facebook.com/charlie.harper.1485 Instagram: @charlieharpermusic) www.charlieharpermusic.com (Main Theme by Charlie Harper and additional background music by Charlie Harper, Ketsa, Blue Dot Sessions)


    Executive Producer & Creator: Michelle Daniel (Connect: facebook.com/mdanielgeraci Instagram: @michelledaniel86) www.msdaniel.com


    DISCLAIMER: The Texas Podcast Network is brought to you by The University of Texas at Austin. Podcasts are produced by faculty members and staffers at UT Austin who work with University Communications to craft content that adheres to journalistic best practices. The University of Texas at Austin offers these podcasts at no charge. Podcasts appearing on the network and this webpage represent the views of the hosts, not of The University of Texas at Austin.

    Special Guest: Mark Galeotti.

    • 47 min
    From Red to Green: The True Nature of Environmental Activism in Russia with Angelina Davydova

    From Red to Green: The True Nature of Environmental Activism in Russia with Angelina Davydova

    From St. Petersburg, Angelina Davydova, Environmental journalist and head of the German Russian Office of Environmental Information, graciously joins us to give us the surprising facts on environmental activism, protests, and reforms in Russia. She talks about the very real effects of climate change in that part of the world, including the fires in Siberia, the record high temperatures, and the meteorological phenomena in Vladivostok. This was an eye-opening but uplifting conversation in many ways. We learned a lot and we hope you will too!


    ABOUT THE GUEST

    Angelina Davydova is a renowned journalist, civil society expert, educator and change-maker with more than 20 years of experience in Russian and international media, international non-governmental organizations, think-tanks and the academy. Her main focus is on climate and environmental policies, efforts and solutions. She is regarded as an expert in Russian climate/environmental policy, “green” civil society initiatives and grass-root movements, environmental/climate journalism and communication, sustainable and resilient urban development.


    She is regularly contributing for Russian and international media outlets, while also editing a quarterly “Environment and Law”. In addition to this, she is also a director of an NGO “Office of environmental information” (based in St.Petersburg, Russia) and an expert with the DRA e. V. (Berlin). She teaches at the St. Petersburg State University (School of Journalism), the European University in St. Petersburg, School of Architecture March (Moscow) and gives guest lectures and seminars in universities in Germany and the USA. Since 2008 Angelina Davydova has also been an observer of the UN Climate Negotiations (the UNFCCC).


    She has graduated from The St.Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance in 2000 and completed a number of international educational and professional development programs, including the Thomson Reuters Foundation programme in Oxford University (2006), City of Hamburg Young Leaders Internship Program (2009), Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program (UC Berkeley, California, 2012) and Humphrey Fellowship (UC Davis, 2018-2019.


    Angelina Davydova is a member of the Global Reference Group (Bread for the World, development and relief agency of the Protestant Churches in Germany) and a virtual fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (DC, 2020-2021).


    She is a member of the World Future Council since October 2020. https://www.worldfuturecouncil.org/p/angelina-davydova/


    Check out Angelina's journalism here: https://www.reuters.com/journalists/angelina-davydova


    NOTE: This episode was recorded on November 23rd, 2020 via Zoom.


    CREDITS
    Co-Host/Associate Producer: Cullan Bendig
    Co-Host/Assistant Producer: Zach Johnson
    Co-Producer: Matthew Orr (Connect: facebook.com/orrrmatthew)
    Co-Producer: Tom Rehnquist (Connect: Twitter @RehnquistTom)
    Associate Producer: Lera Toropin
    Assistant Producer: Samantha Farmer
    Assistant Producer: Katherine Birch
    Associate Producer/Administrator: Kathryn Yegorov-Crate
    Recording, Editing, and Sound Design: Michelle Daniel, Charlie Harper


    Music Producer: Charlie Harper (Connect: facebook.com/charlie.harper.1485 Instagram: @charlieharpermusic) www.charlieharpermusic.com (Main Theme by Charlie Harper and additional background music by Charlie Harper, Ketsa, Scott Holmes, The Polish Ambassador, Michelle Daniel Trio)


    Executive Producer & Creator: Michelle Daniel (Connect: facebook.com/mdanielgeraci Instagram: @michelledaniel86) www.msdaniel.com


    DISCLAIMER: Texas Podcast Network is brought to you by The University of Texas at Austin. Podcasts are produced by faculty members and staffers at UT Austin who work with University Communications to craft content that adheres to journalistic best practices. The University of Texas at Austin offers these po

    • 50 min
    Russia's Mercurial Role in Southeast Europe (with Dimitar Bechev)

    Russia's Mercurial Role in Southeast Europe (with Dimitar Bechev)

    Samantha chats with Dr. Dimitar Bechev on the geopolitics of the Balkans and the stratagems of Russia in the region. Dr. Bechev also discusses Russia's relationship with Turkey and Turkey's ties with the US and how these affect the countries nested in the Balkans which have fallen out of US foreign policy priority since the George W. Bush administration.


    ABOUT THE GUEST

    Dimitar Bechev is the director of the European Policy Institute, a think-tank based in Sofia, Bulgaria. Previously, he held research fellowships at Harvard University, University of Oxford and the London School of Economics, and headed the Sofia office of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). Dr. Bechev has written extensively on EU’s external relations, the politics and modern history of Turkey and the Balkans, and Russia’s foreign policy. His book Rival Power: Russia in Southeast Europe (Yale University Press, 2017) explores Russia’s geopolitical role in the Balkans, Greece, Cyprus, and Turkey. He is a regular contributor to Al Jazeera, the American Interest, Politico, Foreign Policy, and Open Democracy.


    Check out Dr. Bechev's book "Rival Power: Russia in Southeastern Europe"



    NOTE: This episode was recorded on September 30th, 2020 via Zoom.


    CREDITS
    Host/Assistant Producer: Samantha Farmer
    Co-Producer: Matthew Orr (Connect: facebook.com/orrrmatthew)
    Co-Producer: Tom Rehnquist (Connect: Twitter @RehnquistTom)
    Associate Producer: Lera Toropin
    Associate Producer: Cullan Bendig
    Assistant Producer: Katherine Birch
    Assistant Producer: Zach Johnson
    Associate Producer/Administrator: Kathryn Yegorov-Crate
    Recording, Editing, and Sound Design: Charlie Harper, Michelle Daniel


    Music Producer: Charlie Harper (Connect: facebook.com/charlie.harper.1485 Instagram: @charlieharpermusic) www.charlieharpermusic.com (Main Theme by Charlie Harper and additional background music by Charlie Harper)


    Executive Producer & Creator: Michelle Daniel (Connect: facebook.com/mdanielgeraci Instagram: @michelledaniel86) www.msdaniel.com


    DISCLAIMER: Texas Podcast Network is brought to you by The University of Texas at Austin. Podcasts are produced by faculty members and staffers at UT Austin who work with University Communications to craft content that adheres to journalistic best practices. The University of Texas at Austin offers these podcasts at no charge. Podcasts appearing on the network and this webpage represent the views of the hosts, not of The University of Texas at Austin.
    Special Guest: Dimitar Bechev.

    • 28 min
    "Mixed Messages": The Survival of the Buryat Language with Kathryn Graber

    "Mixed Messages": The Survival of the Buryat Language with Kathryn Graber

    Амар мэндээ or hello and Happy New Year! Dr. Kathryn Graber of Indiana University Bloomington joins the show to talk about her research on the Buryat language and minority-language media in Russia’s Buryat territories, a multilingual region of eastern Siberia on the Mongolian border. Her fifteen years of research in this area is the foundation of her new book, Mixed Messages: Mediating Native Belonging in Asian Russia. Enjoy! Ехэ баярлаа!


    ABOUT THE GUEST
    Kathryn Graber, PhD, is a linguist, sociocultural anthropologist, and assistant professor of Anthropology and Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University Bloomington. Dr. Graber’s geographic focus is on post-Soviet Eurasia, and her research lies at the intersection of two clusters of problems. The first is indigenous language shift, endangerment, and revitalization, which she has been studying in Russia’s Buryat territories, a multilingual region of eastern Siberia on the Mongolian border, since 2005. This research was the basis for her first book, Mixed Messages: Mediating Native Belonging in Asian Russia (Cornell University Press, 2020). Mixed Messages shows how language and the production, circulation, and consumption of media are practices by which residents of the Buryat territories perform and negotiate competing possible identities. The book integrates production data from Buryat media institutions with consumption/reception data from audiences and linguistic analyses of texts and transcripts, employing a novel holistic approach to elucidate how the language used in institutional settings circulates from and into other domains of daily life. The second, related cluster concerns materiality, technology, circulation, and notions of property. Dr. Graber is
    particularly interested in how value is interactionally negotiated across different nodes in a global commodity chain, which she has been studying in the Mongolian cashmere industry since 2014. She is also currently working on a large collaborative project on the cultural afterlives and anticipatory pre-lives of infrastructural projects in Siberia.


    Mixed Messages: https://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/9781501750519/mixed-messages/#bookTabs=3
    As part of Cornell Press’ “Top 10 Most Viewed Books This Month" special, you can use the promo code 09TRENDING to save 44% on a copy of Mixed Messages. After this special promotion ends, you can use 09FLYER to save 30% (in the UK, Europe, Asia,
    Middle East, & Africa, use code CS09FLYER).


    Join the Siberian Collaborative Research Network: https://siberiannetwork.com/


    Check out Golosa, Chicago's Russian folk choir with whom Dr. Graber first traveled to Buryatia in 2001: http://www.golosa.org/


    Katya used Телекомпания АТВ’s Буряадаар дуугараял (“Let’s talk Buryat”) series to learn a little Buryat. You can find the 16-part lesson series (taught in Russian) here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRwkvBgxoEEmblwL2Z5-Ime8K_Ip5cflq


    For folks without knowledge of Russian and knowledge of English, you can check out SRAS’s Folkways “Talking Buryat Phrasebook” here: http://folkways.today/talking-buryat-phrasebook/


    NOTE: This episode was recorded November 20, 2020 via Zoom.


    CREDITS
    Host/Associate Producer: Kathryn Yegorov-Crate
    Co-Producer: Matthew Orr (Connect: facebook.com/orrrmatthew)
    Co-Producer: Tom Rehnquist (Connect: Twitter @RehnquistTom)
    Associate Producer: Lera Toropin
    Associate Producer: Cullan Bendig
    Assistant Producer: Samantha Farmer
    Assistant Producer: Katherine Birch
    Assistant Producer: Zach Johnson
    Recording, Editing, and Sound Design: Michelle Daniel


    Music Producer: Charlie Harper (Connect: facebook.com/charlie.harper.1485 Instagram: @charlieharpermusic) www.charlieharpermusic.com (Main Theme by Charlie Harper and additional background music by Charlie Harper, Ketsa,

    • 34 min
    "How to Lose the Information War" with Nina Jankowicz (Wilson Center)

    "How to Lose the Information War" with Nina Jankowicz (Wilson Center)

    In this episode, Matt and Tom talked to Nina Jankowicz of the Wilson Center about her new book, How to Lose the Information War, and how it serves as a useful primer for understanding the disinformation challenges facing the US today, particularly in the aftermath of the 2020 election. To read some of Nina's work, click the links below and do be sure to follow her on Twitter @wiczipedia . Thank you for listening!


    https://www.forbes.com/sites/jessedamiani/2020/07/23/to-win-the-information-war-we-first-have-to-understand-what-it-is-and-how-were-losing-it-book-review/?sh=474cb0da762f
    https://cepa.org/democratic-offense-against-disinformation/
    https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2020/05/estonia-america-congress-online-pandemic/612034/


    ABOUT THE GUEST

    Nina Jankowicz is a Washington DC-based writer and analyst who studies the intersection of technology and democracy in Central and Eastern Europe and Beyond. Her first book How to Lose the Information War: Russia, Fake News, and the Future of Conflict will be published by Bloomsbury’s IBTauris in Summer 2020. She currently serves as Disinformation Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Previously, she served as a Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellow, a role in which she provided strategic communications guidance to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry. She has also managed democracy assistance programs to Russia and Belarus at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, a frequent target of Russian disinformation. Her writing has been published by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, BuzzFeed News, Foreign Policy and others.


    Nina received her MA in Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, where she was a Title VIII and FLAS scholarship recipient, and her BA in Russian and Political Science from Bryn Mawr College, where she graduated magna cum laude. She has lived and worked in Russia and Ukraine, and speaks fluent Russian and proficient Polish and Ukrainian. Nina was a 2017 Foreign Policy Interrupted Fellow. You can check out her website https://wiczipedia.com/ for much more on her publications, research, and media appearances.



    NOTE: This episode was recorded on December 4th, 2020 via Zoom.


    CREDITS
    Host/Co-Producer: Matthew Orr (Connect: facebook.com/orrrmatthew)
    Host/Co-Producer: Tom Rehnquist (Connect: Twitter @RehnquistTom)
    Associate Producer: Lera Toropin
    Associate Producer: Cullan Bendig
    Assistant Producer: Samantha Farmer
    Assistant Producer: Katherine Birch
    Assistant Producer: Zach Johnson
    Assistant Producer/Administrator: Kathryn Yegorov-Crate
    Recording, Editing, and Sound Design: Michelle Daniel


    Music Producer: Charlie Harper (Connect: facebook.com/charlie.harper.1485 Instagram: @charlieharpermusic) www.charlieharpermusic.com (Main Theme by Charlie Harper and additional background music by Charlie Harper, )


    Executive Producer & Creator: Michelle Daniel (Connect: facebook.com/mdanielgeraci Instagram: @michelledaniel86) www.msdaniel.com


    DISCLAIMER: The views expressed on this episode do not necessarily reflect those of the show or the University of Texas at Austin.
    Special Guest: Nina Jankowicz.

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

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A+ for The Slavic Connection Podcast!

This is an excellent podcast. I started listening to understand what is happening in the Ukraine, and have found an entire coterie of knowledgeable people ready and more-than-able to share their knowledge on what is happening in that area of the world. This includes Russia, Belarus, etc.
Three cheers for the excellent job of those involved (particularly the engaging hosts)!

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The grad student run podcast to end all grad student run podcasts

I love this podcast. Interesting guests, educated and well spoken hosts, and superb production and sound design from the executive producer. Even if you're not deep in the Russian/East European/Eurasian studies world, I would absolutely recommend this pod for the informative and interesting interviews.

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Siberia Explained!!!!

I know this podcast is not solely about Siberia but there are a lot of great podcasts about Siberia. For those who think it is a frozen wasteland— be informed—Slavic Connexion is the place to learn. In addition this podcast has a diversity of well researched topics with guests who are experts in their field!! Do not miss an episode! Спасеба за вниманиях!!

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