For anyone interested in Russia, the SRB podcast provides history, context, and insight, all presented in a lively and engaging manner by host Sean Guillory.
This podcast is must-listening for anyone who claims to follow, study, or hold expertise on Russia. Sean talks to everyone you’d want to hear discuss Russia. Except for the Kevin Rothrock interview. That guy is boring.
Love the show, just found it two days ago, and have blown through 6 episodes. The song at the end is always a treat.
Wish I had class with Sean when I was a student
Covers a myriad of topics and Sean does an excellent job of facilitating a dialogue
I am a graduate student of Russian & Eastern European studies, and I think I learn more from this podcast than from my classes. It offers loads of balanced, well-research information about Russia and Eurasia, on a huge variety of topics. I highly recommend this podcast to anyone who's interested in that part of the world.
I've never been to Russia, but have had an amateur interest since high school. This blog does a great job of discussing real current issues thoughtfully with qualified people. A lot of US coverage takes a sort of automatic Cold War view of the country, and that's that. SRB covers a big complex country with nuance, which is amazingly rare.
Very interesting when Sean does Soviet history. The current affairs/foreign policy episodes are not interesting.
Sean's Russia Blog Podcast is far and away the best podcast you will find on all matters Russia and Eastern Europe. As a scholar (historian w/ phd) who has lived in and worked on Russia/EE for the past 15 years, there is no better podcast I can recommend to learn about the fascinating, complex, and often times difficult history and politics of the region. What makes this podcast great is both breadth of the subject matter and the range and knowledge of its host. You will find an array of topics on the podcast from left-wing politics and the Maidan revolution to youth politics in Russia to the history of the Gulag. Sean brings in historians, policy makers, journalists, and many other leaders in their fields to present on numerous important issues relevant to Russia and the region. While the topics and guests alone would make this podcast a must listen, Sean's balanced, thoughtful, and probing questions and analysis always bring out the best in his guests, making the podcast even better. Given the breadth of the topics covered on the show, it requires a host with a great skill-set to tap into all of these fields. Whether its economics or the Russian revolution, Sean always has something relevant to add to the discussion. It takes someone with great erudition to pull this off. Sean's interviewing technique is equal parts scholar, journalist, and just interested educated interlocutor. The show never feels too wonky or too much like you're stuck in a never-end grad seminar. I recommend people getting interested in the region for the first time, as well as scholars, students, and policy makers. You won't find anything else better out there on Russia and Eastern Europe.
I listen to Sean's Russia Blog to keep up with the situation in Russia. The blog goes deep into the rivalry and inter political conflicts in Russia.