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Past Interviews

The Paradoxes of Lviv

Guest: Tarik Cyril Amar is an Associate Professor of History at Columbia University specializing in the Soviet Union, Russia, and Ukraine. He’s the author of The Paradox of Ukrainian Lviv. A Borderland City between Nazis, Stalinists, and Nationalists. Music: Danger Doom, “Space Ho’s,” The Mouse and the Mask, 2005....

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Autocracy, Marriage, and Power in Early Modern Russia

Guest: Russell Martin is a professor of History at Westminster College focusing on autocracy, marriage, power and the Romanov dynasty in early modern Russia. He is the author of many books and articles. His most recent book is A Bride for the Tsar: Bride-Shows and Marriage Politics in Early...

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Love, Sex, and Porn in Russia

Guest: Natalia Antonova is a pundit, playwright and sometime journalist living in Russia. You can read her blog where she comments a wide variety of topics, including sex, at nataliaantonova.com. Her most recent article is “Russia’s Porn Stars Aren’t Just Hot, They’re Also Ostracised And Exploited” on Open Democracy....

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Managing the Russian Hajj

Guest: Eileen Kane is an Associate Professor of History at Connecticut College where she specializes in empires, migrations, religion and historical connections between the Russian and Ottoman empires. She’s the author of Russian Hajj: Empire and the Pilgrimage to Mecca. Music: The Roots, “Adrenaline!” Things Fall Apart, 1999. Podcast: Play...

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Alexander Shlyapnikov: An Old Working Class Bolshevik

Guest: Barbara Allen is an associate professor of history at La Salle University where she specializes in the Russian revolutionary movement and the early Soviet regime. Her research interests include the history of working-class opposition to the Soviet Communist Party’s dictatorship. Her most recent book is Alexander Shlyapnikov, 1885-1937:...

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Russia’s Foreign Policy Trajectories

Guest: Andrei Tsygankov is a Professor in the departments of Political Science and International Relations at San Francisco State University where he teaches Russian/post-Soviet, comparative and international politics. His most recent book is Russia’s Foreign Policy: Change and Continuity in National Identity. Music: The Heptones, “Message from a Black...

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The Use and Abuse of Nagorno-Karabakh

Guest: Ryan McCarrel is a Ph.D. Candidate at University College Dublin’s School of Geography where he focuses on geopolitics, borders and world (dis)order. He’s written articles for Foreign Affairs, The Diplomat, Eurasia.net and blogs at the Accidental Geographer. His most recent article in Foreign Affairs is “The United Nations...

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The Political Life of Vodka in Russia

Guest: Mark Schrad is an Assistant Professor in Political Science at Villanova University. He’s the author of Vodka Politics: Alcohol, Autocracy, and the Secret History of the Russian State, which was just released in paperback. Music: Beastie Boys, “Brass Monkey,” Licensed to Ill, 1986. Podcast: Play in new window...

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The Gangs of Russia

Guest: Svetlana Stephenson is a Reader in Sociology at London Metropolitan University. Her research has involved studying informal and criminal social networks in Russia as well as perceptions of social justice and human rights in a comparative context. She is the author of Gangs of Russia, From the Streets...

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Soviet Virtuosi in the Cultural Cold War

Guest: Kiril Tomoff is a professor of history at the University of California Riverside where he specializes in the history of Soviet music and its place in Soviet culture and society. His first book Creative Union: The Professional Organization of Soviet Composers, 1939-1953 provides the first ever in-depth analysis...

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