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Thank you for visiting my personal site! I am a writer, musician, and podcast producer based in Austin, Texas. I have many interests and passions, including Russian history, language, and culture. But these days, having spent nearly two decades as a performing artist and storyteller, I primarily produce podcasts and help people set up their own. While undertaking graduate studies at the University of Texas at Austin, I focused on the history of radio broadcasting to the Soviet sphere, primarily investigating the history of the BBC and their groundbreaking development of radio diplomacy during World War II. I have thus developed an indelible interest in traditional media and the applications of history to modern radio and–you guessed it–podcasts.

In tandem with my research, I launched an international academic podcast for the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at UT Austin called The Slavic Connexion (visit http://www.slavxradio.com for more information or check out the link in my sidebar) which has listeners in over 70 countries worldwide. I now use the show as a model for other podcasts I have been spearheading to build “sound networks,” which is just my unnecessarily fancy term for crosscultural audio exchanges. If you’re interested in starting a podcast and need a little assistance with setup, feel free to reach out. Otherwise, check out my blog for some podcasting essentials. Thanks again!

Articles

https://www.rbth.com/education/332059-teaching-russian-online-texas

https://www.rbth.com/lifestyle/330841-american-music-russia-language

https://economics.hse.ru/en/io/news/297328889.html

Radio

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Since getting on the public diplomacy path in early 2019, I have spearheaded the development of more educational podcasts to bring academia into the public sphere. Why podcasts? Why not YouTube? YouTube is great, but there’s just nothing like the power of sound, the power of listening to get people to connect and understand each other a little better. Here are a few podcasts I’ve had the privilege to produce…

The Slavic Connexion (Austin, TX)
An international podcast in chat show format from the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin meant to share research, ideas, and culture in digestible episodes within and between academic institutions globally. Each week we feature faculty, students (both undergraduate and graduate), and speakers of note from various academic institutions. The Slavic Connexion is a student-driven production of the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies within the College of Liberal Arts at UT. Diplomacy Starts Here. Available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, TuneIn, and more!

Stuck in the Media With You (Moscow, Russia)
Media literacy series (in Russian) from the American Center in Moscow (www.amc.ru). Funded by the U.S. Department of State and hosted by media literacy fellow Joe Crescente. Available Fall 2019 on platforms everywhere via the AMC Podcast Channel and the upcoming AMC Education website.

It’s A Longhorn Life! (Austin, TX)
Official podcast of the UT Graduate School, hosted by grad students and featuring current and former politicians and other figures of note. Starting Fall 2019!

Non-fiction Projects

SEVA: The DJ Who “Brought Down the USSR”

Any list of the BBC’s biggest radio DJs must include Seva Novgorodsev, famous all over the former Soviet Union for broadcasting pop music across the Iron Curtain and poking fun at the regime. On Friday, after 38 years on air, he hung up his headphones for good. ” https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-34157596#

Radio Diplomacy, Revolution, and Anarchy

Contact

Literary Representation:

Agent: Amanda Jain
Book Ends Literary

For Film/TV Rights Inquiries:

Aaron Magnani Productions
info@aaronmagnaniproductions.com
http://www.aaronmagnaniproductions.com