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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."
The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies condemns the Russian Federation’s military invasion of Ukraine. We stand in support of the people of Ukraine who are fighting for their lives and sovereignty in the face of the unjustified invasion by Russian military forces.
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The Slavic Connexion The University of Texas at Austin

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 35 Ratings

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."
The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies condemns the Russian Federation’s military invasion of Ukraine. We stand in support of the people of Ukraine who are fighting for their lives and sovereignty in the face of the unjustified invasion by Russian military forces.
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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.

    The Far-Fetched Far Right Non-Story with Andreas Umland

    The Far-Fetched Far Right Non-Story with Andreas Umland

    On this episode, Andreas Umland talks with Lera and Cullan about the Right and the Far Right political movements in Ukraine, addressing the ultranationalist claim propounded by Russian propaganda versus the reality reflected at the election polls in Ukraine since 2014. Dr. Umland convincingly argues that the Far Right narrative, including the alarms raised over the Azov movement as justification for Putin's war, is a "non-story" and largely a "manipulation of consciousness."


    ABOUT THE GUEST

    Andreas Umland is a political scientist studying contemporary Russian and Ukrainian history as well as regime transitions. He has published on the post-Soviet extreme right, municipal decentralization, European fascism, post-communist higher education, East European geopolitics, Ukrainian and Russian nationalism, the Donbas and Crimea conflicts, as well as the neighborhood and enlargement policies of the European Union. He is a Senior Expert at the Ukrainian Institute for the Future in Kyiv as well as a Research Fellow at the Swedish Institute for International Affairs in Stockholm. He lives in Kyiv and is Associate Professor of Politics at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. Follow him on Twitter @UmlandAndreas


    PRODUCER'S NOTE: This episode was recorded on April 27th, 2022 via Zoom.


    If you have questions, comments, or would like to be a guest on the show, please email slavxradio@utexas.edu and we will be in touch!


    CREDITS
    Associate Producer/Host: Lera Toropin (@earlportion)
    Assistant Producer/Host: Misha Simanovskyy (@MSimanovskyy)
    Associate Producer: Cullan Bendig (@cullanwithana)
    Assistant Producer: Sergio Glajar
    Assistant Producer: Zach Johnson
    Executive Assistant: Katherine Birch
    Recording, Editing, and Sound Design: Michelle Daniel


    Music Producer: Charlie Harper (@charlieharpermusic www.charlieharpermusic.com) (Main Theme by Charlie Harper and additional background music by Ketsa, Shaolin Dub, Metre, Tea K Pea, Charlie Harper)


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


    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: Andreas Umland.

    • 46 min
    Operation "Denver" and Russia's Disinformation Playbook with Douglas Selvage

    Operation "Denver" and Russia's Disinformation Playbook with Douglas Selvage

    On this episode, Lera and Sergio speak with Douglas Selvage at the Humboldt University of Berlin about his research on the disinformation cooperation between KGB and STASI during the Cold War and specifically the work of Operation "Denver" in the 1980s. Dr. Selvage talks of how these same Cold War propaganda tactics are nearly verbatim recycled today in Putin's war of aggression in Ukraine. For his recent article, as mentioned in this episode, visit: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/blog-post/moscow-bioweapons-and-ukraine-cold-war-active-measures-putins-war-propaganda.


    ABOUT THE GUEST
    Dr. Douglas Selvage is a Research Associate (wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) at the Institute for History of the Humboldt University in Berlin. He prevously served as acting director for the historical research project, “The GDR, the Ministry for State Security, and the CSCE Process, 1973-1989,” in the Education and Research Division of the Office of the Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Records in Berlin. He has published widely on the CSCE process, Polish-German relations under communism, and the history of the Soviet bloc. Previously, he also directed a grant project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities to translate Warsaw Pact documents into English for the Parallel History Project (PHP) on Collective Security. From 2001-2006, he worked at the Historian’s Office of the U.S. Department of State, where his publications included Foreign Relations of the United States, 1969-1976: European Security, 1969-76, and a co-edited joint publication with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Soviet-American Relations: The Détente Years, 1969-1972.


    PRODUCER'S NOTE: This episode was recorded on October 10th, 2021 and April 28th, 2022 via Zoom.


    If you have questions, comments, or would like to be a guest on the show, please email slavxradio@utexas.edu and we will be in touch!


    CREDITS
    Associate Producer/Host: Lera Toropin (@earlportion)
    Assistant Producer/Host: Sergio Glajar
    Assistant Producer: Misha Simanovskyy (@MSimanovskyy)
    Associate Producer: Cullan Bendig (@cullanwithana)
    Assistant Producer: Zach Johnson
    Assistant Producer: Taylor Ham
    Executive Assistant: Katherine Birch
    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 Holizna, Tea K Pea, Uncan, TAG)


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


    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: Douglas Selvage.

    • 35 min
    Youth Political Engagement in the 2019 Ukrainian Presidential Election

    Youth Political Engagement in the 2019 Ukrainian Presidential Election

    In this special episode, we feature Drs. Mary Neuburger and Oksana Lutsyshyna, and former SlavX hosts Matthew Orr and Lauren Nyquist who together undertook a phenomenal investigative project in spring 2019 to examine and closely follow Ukrainian youth political engagement during the presidential election in which Volodymyr Zelenskyy ultimately beat incumbent Petro Poroshenko. The team discusses the fascinating process by which they began their research, how they connected with Ukrainian students via Skype (not Zoom!), and what it was like when they eventually traveled to Ukraine itself. The lasting relationships and connections they made during that memorable month abroad in summer 2019 inform their thinking and processing of the War in Ukraine today. Take a listen!


    PRODUCER'S NOTE: This episode was recorded on March 14th, 2022 for The Other Side of Campus podcast at UT Austin. Visit https://www.texasptf.org/28 for more information and to listen to the original episode.


    ABOUT THE GUESTS
    Dr. Mary C. Neuburger is a Professor of history, the Director of the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREEES), and the Chair of Slavic and Eurasian Studies at the University of Texas of Austin. She is the author of The Orient Within: Muslim Minorities and the Negotiation of Nationhood in Modern Bulgaria (Cornell 2004), and Balkan Smoke: Tobacco and the Making of Modern Bulgaria (Cornell, 2012). Dr. Neuburger is also the co-editor with Paulina Bren of Communism Unwrapped: Consumption in Cold War Eastern Europe (Oxford, 2012) and has authored numerous articles on Bulgarian history. Her latest book, Ingredients of Change, is a cultural history of food in Bulgaria and recently came out with Cornell University Press. She is also co-editor of the Journal of Contemporary History.


    Dr. Oksana Lutsyshyna was born in Uzhhorod in 1974. She is a writer and translator, and lecturer in Ukrainian studies at the University of Texas in Austin, where she teaches Ukrainian language and Eastern European literatures. She holds a PhD in comparative literature from the University of Georgia. Lutsyshyna's most recent novel Ivan and Phoebe (2019) won two of the most prestigious literary awards in Ukraine, in 2020 and 2021, respectively: the Lviv City of Literature UNESCO Prize and Taras Shevchenko National Prize in fiction. The novel is forthcoming in the English translation by Nina Murray from Deep Vellum Publishing in 2022. Oksana Lutsyshyna's poetry collection, Persephone Blues, in the English translation, was released in 2019 by Arrowsmith.


    Matthew Orr is a Eurasia analyst at RANE, a risk intelligence company that provides geopolitical information and consultation to consumers and corporate clients with business interests around the globe. Prior to starting at RANE, Orr received dual Master’s degrees in Global Policy Studies and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at The University of Texas at Austin.


    Lauren Nyquist is a former undergraduate student at UT Austin and is currently pursuing her PhD in Geography at Texas A&M University.


    PRODUCER'S NOTE: This episode was recorded on March 14th, 2022 via Zoom.
    If you have questions, comments, or would like to be a guest on the show, please email slavxradio@utexas.edu and we will be in touch!


    CREDITS
    Associate Producer/Host: Lera Toropin (@earlportion)
    Assistant Producer: Misha Simanovskyy (@MSimanovskyy)
    Associate Producer: Cullan Bendig (@cullanwithana)
    Assistant Producer: Sergio Glajar
    Assistant Producer: Zach Johnson
    Executive Assistant: Katherine Birch
    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, Holizna, Scott Holmes, Shaolin Dub, and Exetexe)


    Executive Producer & Creator: Michelle Daniel (Connect: facebook.com/mdanielgeraci Instagram: @michel

    • 45 min
    Putin's War in Ukraine: Russian Roulette with Leonid Ragozin

    Putin's War in Ukraine: Russian Roulette with Leonid Ragozin

    Journalist Leonid Ragozin joins us to talk about the irrationality of Putin's invasion of Ukraine and Zelensky's steadfast resistance which has led to the present stalemate situation that we now have. Ragozin states, "History will show whether Zelensky was right in this game of chicken to collide with Putin..." Ragozin calls Putin's gamble a suicidal move ("complete insanity"), not just for Putin's regime but for Russia itself. "I don't see how... they [can] win in the way they want to win." Boldly he says that no one has done more to harm Russia's interests since World War II than Putin himself who falsely calls himself the protector of Russophones in Ukraine -- "Putin is fighting his own people." See Ragozin's Al-Jazeera article here: https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2022/2/24/is-putins-gamble-on-ukraine-rational


    ABOUT THE GUEST
    Leonid Ragozin was born in Moscow on October 28, 1972. From 1989 to 1994, he studied in the prestigious Moscow State University, majoring in geology and foreign languages. He worked as an English-to-Russian translator and a travel agent till 1998. From 1998 to 2006, he worked for BBC as a journalist in Moscow and London. Later, he was a reporter and later an editor with Russian Newsweek magazine till 2010. From 2010 to 2013, he worked as a producer for BBC’s English-language office in Moscow. After 2013, he worked with Lonely Planet. As a freelance journalist, he writes op-eds for many major outlets, including Al-Jazeera, Bloomberg, Guardian, Politico, The New Republic, Time, Washington Post, and other English-language media. Follow him on Twitter @leonidragozin.
    https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2022/2/24/is-putins-gamble-on-ukraine-rational
    https://www.politico.eu/author/leonid-ragozin/


    If you would like to make a donation to help the people of Ukraine, we highly recommend the Ukraine Relief Network, providing essential and immediate help to war refugees on the ground. Check out http://www.ukrainereliefnetwork.org/.


    PRODUCER'S NOTE: This episode was recorded on March 12th, 2022 via Zoom.


    If you have questions, comments, or would like to be a guest on the show, please email slavxradio@utexas.edu and we will be in touch!


    CREEES STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY
    The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies condemns the Russian Federation’s military invasion of Ukraine. We stand in support of the people of Ukraine who are fighting for their lives and sovereignty in the face of the unjustified invasion by Russian military forces.


    CREDITS
    Assistant Producer/Host: Sergio Glajar
    Assistant Producer/Host: Misha Simanovskyy (@MSimanovskyy)
    Associate Producer: Lera Toropin (@earlportion)
    Assistant Producer/Host: Zach Johnson
    Associate Producer: Cullan Bendig (@cullanwithana)
    Recording, Editing, and Sound Design: Michelle Daniel (@M_S_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 TAG, techtheist, Anna Centauri, Polkavant, Uncan)


    Executive Producer & Creator: Michelle Daniel (Connect: facebook.com/mdanielgeraci 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: Leonid Ragozin.

    • 41 min
    Putin's War in Ukraine: "Truth will be told" with Alex Kokcharov

    Putin's War in Ukraine: "Truth will be told" with Alex Kokcharov

    Returning guest, Alex Kokcharov, joins us from London to share his personal views and stories on the war in Ukraine. He talks of the stark informational divides that have arisen between Russia and the West, wherein even family on both sides of the Ukraine-Russia border cannot agree on what is happening in this conflict or why. Putin's Propaganda machine "brainwashes" Russian people outside of Moscow and St. Petersburg that even those with family in the midst of shelling in Russian-speaking cities like Mariupol do not believe that Russia is at all responsible. Follow Mr. Kokcharov on Twitter: @AlexKokcharov .


    If you would like to make a donation to help the people of Ukraine, we highly recommend the Ukraine Relief Network, providing essential and immediate help to war refugees on the ground. Check out http://www.ukrainereliefnetwork.org/.


    PRODUCER'S NOTE: This episode was recorded on March 5, 2022 via Zoom. Mr. Kokcharov appears here in a personal capacity, speaking to his own views, experiences, and connections.


    If you have questions, comments, or would like to be a guest on the show, please email slavxradio@utexas.edu and we will be in touch!


    CREEES STATEMENT OF SOLIDARITY
    **The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies condemns the Russian Federation’s military invasion of Ukraine. We stand in support of the people of Ukraine who are fighting for their lives and sovereignty in the face of the unjustified invasion by Russian military forces.**


    CREDITS
    Associate Producer/Host: Lera Toropin (@earlportion)
    Assistant Producer/Host: Zach Johnson
    Assistant Producer: Misha Simanovskyy (@MSimanovskyy)
    Associate Producer: Cullan Bendig (@cullanwithana)
    Assistant Producer: Sergio Glajar
    Executive Assistant: Katherine Birch
    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 )


    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: Alex Kokcharov.

    • 48 min
    Putin's War in Ukraine: The History of the Conflict with David Marples

    Putin's War in Ukraine: The History of the Conflict with David Marples

    With the unconscionable Russian invasion of Ukraine ordered by Russian president Vladimir Putin, we will be focusing the next several episodes on Ukraine. These episodes will aim to provide our global listeners, who are seeking to inform themselves truthfully about the war, with background, context, analyses, and historical appreciation of this country and why the world absolutely must care and must combat Putin's revisionist and disinformationist campaigns.


    On this episode, the first of our Ukraine-focused series, returning guest Dr. David Marples, professor of history at the University of Alberta, graciously joins us to help unpack, if not understand, Putin's full-scale invasion of Ukraine by providing a basic yet thorough overview of the conflict's history. Visit slavxradio.com/ukraine for a list of trusted organizations addressing this humanitarian crisis. We highly recommend the Ukraine Relief Network, providing essential and immediate help to war refugees on the ground. Check out http://www.ukrainereliefnetwork.org/.


    ABOUT THE GUEST

    Dr. David R. Marples is a former President of The North American Association for Belarusian Studies (2010–15) and was formerly Director of the Stasiuk Program on Contemporary Ukraine at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (2004–14), University of Alberta. In 2014 he was a Visiting Professor at the Slavic and Eurasian Research Center, Hokkaido University, Japan. At the University of Alberta he is a recipient of the J. Gordin Kaplan Award for Excellence in Research (2003) and the University Cup (2008), the university's highest award. He is regarded as one of the leading Western authorities on the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe (social and political aspects), Lukashenko's regime in Belarus, and contemporary Ukraine. Follow him on Twitter @drmarples for more insights.




    PRODUCER'S NOTE: This episode was recorded on March 3rd, 2022 via Zoom.
    If you have questions, comments, or would like to be a guest on the program, please email slavxradio@utexas.edu and we will be in touch!



    The Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies condemns the Russian Federation’s military invasion of Ukraine. We stand in support of the people of Ukraine who are fighting for their lives and sovereignty in the face of the unjustified invasion by Russian military forces.


    CREDITS
    Associate Producer/Host: Lera Toropin (@earlportion)
    Associate Producer: Cullan Bendig (@cullanwithana)
    Assistant Producer: Zach Johnson
    Assistant Producer: Misha Simanovskyy (@MSimanovskyy)
    Assistant Producer: Sergio Glajar
    Assistant Producer: Taylor Ham
    Recording, Editing, and Sound Design: Michelle Daniel & Charlie Harper


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


    Executive Producer & Creator: Michelle Daniel (Connect: facebook.com/mdanielgeraci)


    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: David R. Marples.

    • 46 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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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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