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!