The Eurasian Enigma Podcast

The Eurasian Enigma, the Davis Center's podcast, features informal and informative conversations about the region that intrigues us so much. Give us 20 minutes and we’ll give you a chance to learn from the experts—from energy policy to cyber surveillance, from arts and literature to contemporary journalism.

Man tears down Lenin's image
Monday, April 30, 2018

Former Soviet citizens and American scholars discuss the excitement and anxiety that surrounded the fall of the USSR.

Meduza's Anna Veduta
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Anna Veduta of the independent media outlet Meduza discusses the challenges of journalism in Russia and the media landscape surrounding the recent Russian presidential election.

Anne Applebaum is author of "Red Famine"
Sunday, November 26, 2017

Anne Applebaum talks about her new book, Red Famine, in which she argues that the 1932–1933 famine in the Soviet Union was part of a deliberate operation by Stalin to rid the USSR of Ukrainian opposition.

"Gorbachev: His Life and Times" by William Taubman
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Mikhail Gorbachev, revered by many in the West for his commitment to "openness" and democratizing reforms, has a more mixed reputation in Russia, where he is associated with the fall of an empire. 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Eurovision Song Contest was created in 1956 as an opportunity to bring nations and people together in an expressly nonpolitical fashion. Sixty years later, Eurovision has been used as a political tool to reignite recent conflagration between Ukraine and Russia.

Soviet Daughter by Julia Alekseyeva
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Two decades after immigrating from Kiev to Chicago, Julia Alekseyeva found her great-grandmother’s hidden memoirs of a life spanning the Soviet 20th century. With input from comics scholar Hillary Chute, she turned a lifetime of secrets into a work of art.

Zvi Gitelman and his book The New Jewish Diaspora
Friday, June 23, 2017

The vast majority of Russian-speaking Jews today live outside the former Soviet Union. We spoke with Zvi Gitelman about this population, their remarkable impact on the societies that send and receive them, and how old notions of "diaspora" and "homeland" have blurred in our globalized world.

Serhii Plokhii and his book "The Man with the Poison Gun: A Cold War Spy Story"
Thursday, May 18, 2017

In 1959, the KGB, determined to squash the movement for independence in Ukraine, sent Bogdan Stashinsky to assassinate Stepan Bandera using the most unusual of methods. Stashinsky was put on trial in what would become the most publicized assassination case of the Cold War. His story is rousingly...

Ukrainian pop star Ruslana on the Kyiv barricades in February 2014.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Not merely helpers but makers of the revolution: researcher Olena Nikolayenko on the steadfast women who put their lives on the line for Ukraine's future.

Friday, March 10, 2017

At this moment of great geopolitical change, Davis Center Director Rawi Abdelal looks at the fate of globalization through the lenses of great power transitions, national borders, and economic inequality.