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, teach music, and perform around Austin. 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 cross-cultural 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. For more information about music lessons or to book entertainment for your wedding or other event, please reach out via the contact page. Thanks!