Talk Eastern Europe

Episode 1: Latvia - Interview with Inga Žolude

In the first episode of Talk Eastern Europe, co-hosts Adam Reichardt and Maciek Makulski open the podcast with a discussion on current issues in the Baltic states and how literature can give a view into a nation's identity. Adam Reichardt interviews Inga Žolude - a Latvian writer and winner of the European Union Prize for Literature in 2011.


Inga Žolude at Latvia Literature:

European Union Prize for Literature 2011:

New Eastern Europe: 


Episode 2: 1918. The year of independence

In this episode, co-hosts Maciek Makulski and Adam Reichardt discuss the newest issue of New Eastern Europe which has the theme of 1918 and memory of the end of the First World War from the Eastern European perspective. The hosts also discuss other threads in the issue including some interesting pieces on social and economic developments in Russia as well as a discussion on Belarus in the eyes of its neighbours.



New Eastern Europe issue 6/2018:

“The decline of the West and the joy in the East” - Interview with Andrzej Chwalba, Polish historian:

“1918 – A geopolitical catastrophe for Ukraine”. By Yaroslav Hrytsak:

“Is the blockchain revolution starting in Russia?” By Agnieszka Pikulicka-Wilczewska:


Episode 3: Ukraine on the defence, Moldova on the cusp & Transnistrian identity

In this episode hosts Maciek Makulski and Adam Reichardt look at some current developments in the region. Maksym Khylko, chairman of the board at the East European Security Research Initiative Foundation and Senior Research Fellow at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, provides his commentary on the situation with the Russian capture of three Ukrainian vessels and the imposition of Martial Law in Ukraine.  Maciek Makulski looks at the newest book on Transnistrian identity by Piotr Oleksty – a Polish expert. Adam Reichardt then interviews Oleksy, about the current political developments in Moldova and they discuss his new book.

Read the article “Old Moldova in New Europe” online:



04.23 Commentary by Maksym Khylko on Russian attack on Ukrainian naval vessels in Kerch strait

12.10 – interview with Piotr Oleksy author of “Old Moldova in New Europe” and the recent book Naddniestrze. Terror tożsamości


Music featured in the podcast licensed under the Creative Commons license 3.0

Opening theme: Sum of My Fears by Dazie Mae:

Also in this podcast:

Dark Water by Podington Bear:

Swing Gitane by The Underscore Orkestra:


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Episode 4: Estonian politics, Eesti 200 and the Russian minority

This episode looks at Estonian politics as well as gives an idea about the situation related to the Russian minority in the Baltic States with a particular focus on Estonia where parliamentary elections will be held in March 2019. The background for our discussion will be a conversation between Filip Rudnik, a Polish journalist, and Kristina Kallas, leader of a new political party called Eesti 200.



04.25: Eesti 200 – what does it stand for?

12.02: Discussion about EKRE and populism in Estonia

20:57: Eesti 200 education proposals and how to deal with Russian minority issue


Music featured in the podcast licensed under the Creative Commons license 3.0

Opening theme: “Sum of My Fears” by Dazie Mae:

Also in the podcast: “Thatched Villagers” by Kevin MacLeod



Episode 5: Ukraine elections, murder of Gdańsk mayor and public intellectuals

In this episode of the Talk Eastern Europe podcast, co-hosts Maciek Makulski and Adam Reichardt give a preview of the upcoming presidential elections in Ukraine; discuss the tragic events in Gdańsk with the murder of the mayor Paweł Adamowicz; and go through the newest issue of New Eastern Europe magazine which focuses on public intellectuals and their role in Central and Eastern Europe today.



1.30: Ukraine presidential elections preview

7.00: Discussion of the murder of the Gdańsk Mayor Paweł Adamowicz

14.00: Public intellectuals and the new issue of New Eastern Europe


Show notes and links

Ukraine elections coverage:

“Local governments are the foundation of democracy” A conversation from 2016 with Paweł Adamowicz (the late mayor of Gdańsk):

“Pawel Adamowicz: Gdansk mayor and standard-bearer for civil rights and liberal values in Poland” Adam Reichardt’s obituary in The Independent:

Issue 1/2019: Public intellectuals. What is their place, role and responsibility today?

“Where there is word, there is responsibility for mankind” .A conversation with Basil Kerski, director of the European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk.

“The dramatic turn of political discourse in Romania” By Paul Gabriel Sandu:


Music featured in the podcast licensed under the Creative Commons license 3.0

Opening theme: Sum of My Fears by Dazie Mae:

Railroad's Whiskey Co by Jahzzar:


Episode 6: Religion and politics - Ukraine edition

In this episode, Adam Reichardt sits down with Harvard University’s George Soroka to discuss the political, geopolitical and also spiritual implications of the granting of Autocephaly to the newly created Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

George Soroka is a lecturer in the Department of Government at Harvard University, where he is also affiliated with the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, and the Institute for Quantitative Social Science.


A house divided. Orthodoxy in post-Maidan Ukraine” by George Soroka. Published in New Eastern Europe issue 3-4/2019

Poroshenko has achieved a second independence from Russia” by Taras Kuzio. New Eastern Europe 15 October 2018

Ongoing coverage of Ukraine’s presidential election:

Music featured in the podcast:

Opening theme: Sum of My Fears by Dazie Mae:

Liturgy of the Faithful / Ukrainian Orthodox chant