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.

Nat Erb-Satullo's team at a dig site in the hills of western Georgia
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Archeologist Nat Erb-Satullo went to Georgia looking for evidence of how and why people of the ancient world put down their bronze objects and moved into the iron age. What he found sheds light on the social forces that spark innovation.

A woman is photographed during the protests at the Maidan, Kiev, Ukraine. By Anastasia Taylor-Lind.
Friday, November 18, 2016

In 2014, British photographer Anastasia Taylor-Lind and Ukrainian journalist Alisa Sopova were both in Ukraine, questioning how to represent the ongoing conflict. When they met, they developed a creative collaboration that allowed them to do just that.

Infant ward in a Kabul hospital in the 1960s
Friday, October 7, 2016

Historian Timothy Nunan takes us to Cold War Afghanistan—where Soviet and European rivalry played out not through tanks and guns, but through opposing ideas about international development and humanitarian aid.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Decades after the theories of Soviet agronomist Trofim Lysenko were discredited, his name is back on the tongues of some Russian scientists. Historian of science Loren Graham explores Lysenko’s political legacy and the extent to which new developments in microbiology validate his claims.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Stalin’s death in March 1953 took the world by surprise.His passing marked a major turning point, but did it lead to lasting change? Joshua Rubenstein discusses his latest book, The Last Days of Stalin.

Friday, July 1, 2016

How has the iconic image of standing in line shaped Russian identity? Literary scholar Jillian Porter examines how the queue has wound its way through narratives of revolution and continues to find expression in Russian political, social, and cultural life today.

Friday, June 3, 2016

From the Harlem Renaissance to Black Lives Matter to Pussy Riot, literary scholar Jennifer Wilson discusses intersections between critical race theory and Russian studies.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Is the Internet in Russia a tool of totalitarianism or of freedom? Investigative reporters Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan—authors of The Red Web: The Struggle Between Russia's Digital Dictators and the New Online Revolutionaries—say perhaps it is both.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Lives as well as words can be lost in translation. Three years after the Boston Marathon bombings, Masha Gessen, author of The Brothers: The Road to an American Tragedy, discusses identity, immigration, and her own experience navigating translation and censorship in Russia and America.

Monday, May 9, 2016

What happens to the oil flowing across international borders as political relationships get chilly? What does the future hold for Russia and Turkey? Davis Center Director Rawi Abdelal discusses how state and commercial interests shape Russia’s place on the world stage.