I recently came across The Eastern Border podcast, a relatively new podcast by 25-year old Latvian Kristaps Andrejsons. This podcast, which is currently at 7 episodes (plus an introduction) gives a variety of topics on both modern-day Russia and Baltic politics, specifically in relation to the USSR. It is designed for Western (specifically American) audiences, which, he says, “love to talk about what is going on in Russia currently,” as well as comparing Latvian culture to Western culture.
From the About the Project section:
Greetings, Tovarischi! [Comrades!] I’m Kristaps Andrejsons. I live in Riga, Latvia, I have a master’s degree in western philosophy from the University of Latvia (and I’m working on my PhD), and this is my podcast about the politics and the history of the eastern Europe – including, but not limited to the current state of Russia, politics of the EU, history of the USSR and the region in general. Well, currently it’s about the history and the life in the Soviet Union, but we mention current political events sometimes. And make sarcastic remarks about them, remembering how we wanted to do actual political episodes a while ago. So, sit down and enjoy – we have beer, pelmenyi, and the best midsummer festivities ever!
This podcast offers a rare, native look at the Baltics and Russia. This isn’t a podcast from a professor who studied Eastern Europe, but from a man who has lived there.
The latest episode, Episode 7, was released on December 23, 2015, so these hour-long podcasts can certainly tide you over until he releases the next one.
Additionally, another podcast, which you can find on iTunes, is Mark Schauss’ Russian Rulers History podcast, which details all of Russian history, from the days of the Slavic tribes to President Putin’s rise in power. It is over 160 episodes long, and will continue for the foreseeable future. I highly recommend each episode. Click here for the podcasts on iTunes, and here on Podhoster.