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To Russia With Love (TRWLpodcast)
54 minutes | Nov 5, 2020
S3E5 - Halloween
Welcome to TRWL's 3rd annual Halloween Episode featuring spooky writings from Russian literature throughout the years. Dave and Grant highlight some of their favorite horror stories and read excerpts from each of them.
8 minutes | Sep 21, 2020
Bobok Part 1
Part 1 of Bobok by Fyodor Dostoevsky. Read by David Schmidt.
77 minutes | May 6, 2020
S3E3 - Dickie Zapad
Many people say the 90s in Russia were like the Wild West. David and Grant experienced the tail end of the crazy "lawless" times in Russia and tell their tails in this episode. Special guest interview with Kirk Faulkner.
10 minutes | Apr 13, 2020
Sleepy Part 2
David reads part two of "Sleepy" by Anton Checkhov.
10 minutes | Apr 10, 2020
Sleepy Part 1
David reads "Sleepy" - a short story by Anton Chekhov. Become a patron and partner with us in creating TRWL. As a patron gain access to all of our original music, including "Bayu Bayushki" as featured in this story. www.patreon.com/trwl_podcast
12 minutes | Apr 7, 2020
The Bet Part 2
Part two of David reading Anton Chekhov's The Bet.
11 minutes | Apr 6, 2020
The Bet Part 1
Part one of David reading The Bet by Anton Chekhov.
66 minutes | Mar 26, 2020
S3E2 - Quarantin
Right now Covid 19 and the Corona Virus are spreading around the world causing so many people to practice social isolation and put themselves in quarantine. Back in 2004 David spent 3 weeks quarantined at the hospital battling sickness. In this episode he tells Grant all about his experience and what "macha" means in Russian. Take care of yourselves out there. Stay home if you are able, check in with your friends, family, and neighbors and let's flatten the curve together! https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/new-maps-show-how-1889-russian-flu-rode-the-rails-to-circle-the-globe-in-months/ https://www.ijidonline.com/article/S1201-9712(08)00369-X/fulltext https://circulatingnow.nlm.nih.gov/2014/08/11/mapping-the-1889-1890-russian-flu/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3867475/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1889%E2%80%9390_flu_pandemic
63 minutes | Feb 28, 2020
S3E1 - Oi Moroz, Moroz
Some like it hot, some like it cold. A common myth about Russia is that it is always cold. David and Grant talk about the weather they experienced in Southern Russia and how the summer heat drives away the frost so often experienced during winter months in the motherland. Become a Patron of TRWL at https://www.patreon.com/trwl_podcast Articles Cited in this episode: https://www.russianlife.com/stories/the-russia-file/russians-celebrate-epiphany-in-ice-cold-water/?utm_source=Russian+Life&utm_campaign=c6d7a193c3-TWERF&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2e99ba62b2-c6d7a193c3-191314893&goal=0_2e99ba62b2-c6d7a193c3-191314893&mc_cid=c6d7a193c3&mc_eid=8251c08e25 https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-50677161 https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/02/07/camel-pulls-car-out-of-snow-in-russia-saving-driver-video-a64435 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dg41CuwLKxo https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/lowest-temperature-inhabited?fb_comment_id=957394674288768_2259891097372446 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2018/01/30/the-temperature-in-siberia-rose-more-than-100-degrees-in-two-weeks/ https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/capital-weather-gang/wp/2018/01/16/in-the-coldest-village-on-earth-eyelashes-freeze-dinner-is-frozen-and-temperatures-sink-to-88f/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siberian_Yupik
22 minutes | Jan 6, 2020
S2E9 - Ë (Christmas Episode)
In this special Christmas Episode David and Grant discuss the Russian letter Ë and recall celebrating Western Christmas as well as Orthodox Christmas while living in Russia.
61 minutes | Oct 31, 2019
S2E8 - Vedmy Halloween
What's up witches?! It's Halloween here at TRWL. David and Grant talk about being cursed by witches and share a dramatic reading titled "The Dead Magpie" about fighting darkness with darkness. This is the final episode of Season 2. Be sure to stay connected with us through our social media.
67 minutes | Oct 3, 2019
S2E7 - Erotica, Yes?
SEX. In episode 7 we talk about sex. Erotica, cultural norms, nudity - David and Grant cover it all. We don’t get extremely explicit, but this one deserves a NSFW tag! Enjoy!
64 minutes | Aug 19, 2019
S2E6 - Sibir
Grant visited Siberia without David back in 2004. In this episode he shares his thoughts about swimming in Lake Baikal, nude banya visits, and pooping your pants thousands of miles away from any double-ply toilet paper.
54 minutes | Jun 26, 2019
S2E5 - BOB
In this episode of TRWL David and Grant talk about the Second World War, known in Russia as The Great Patriotic War, through the perspective of 3 Russian songs.
40 minutes | May 14, 2019
S2E4 - Efiopiya
What could a country in the heart of Africa have in common with Russia? Surprisingly, a lot. David tells Grant about his recent trip to Ethiopia, an ancient culture that he found remarkably familiar.
98 minutes | Apr 23, 2019
S2E3 - Marshrutka
How drunk can you be and still operate a trolleybus? Which exotic animals are permitted on public transportation? Is marijuana an acceptable currency to pay for a taxi cab? We answer these questions and more in this episode devoted to our adventures with public transit in Russia. Links in episode: https://www.newsweek.com/russian-mayor-bus-public-transport-late-1286626 https://themoscowtimes.com/news/mayor-trying-to-persuade-residents-to-use-public-transport-arrives-to-work-2-hours-late-64095 https://themoscowtimes.com/news/camel-pulls-car-out-of-snow-in-russia-saving-driver-video-64435?utm_source=Russian+Life&utm_campaign=2228e73b83-Russia_File_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2e99ba62b2-2228e73b83-191314893&goal=0_2e99ba62b2-2228e73b83-191314893&mc_cid=2228e73b83&mc_eid=8251c08e25
69 minutes | Apr 8, 2019
S2E2 - Zhenshchiny
In honor of International Women's Day TRWL celebrates Russian women. Grant hears from Alesha Dawson about her perspective on women in Russia. Visit https://www.screendoorreview.com/ to view the literary journal she curates. Articles cited: http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180515-requiem-how-a-poem-resisted-stalin https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2019/03/08/this-womens-day-its-not-her-fault-a64741 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2k_F68iT9b0&app=desktop https://www.rejectedprincesses.com/princesses/lyudmila-pavlichenko https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Women's_Day
10 minutes | Apr 2, 2019
April Fools(Bonus Episode)
Dave shares a Russian poem in celebration of spring. Enjoy!
61 minutes | Mar 5, 2019
S2E1 - Gitler Kaput
It wasn't all fun and games for David and Grant while living in Russia. In this first episode of Season Two of To Russia With Love they tell about their encounters with the skinheads culminating in a stand-off between Grant and David and the Russian nationalists. Thank you to Andre Abramov for additional original music. Articles cited: www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=4614 https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2018/04/18/russians-are-actually-getting-less-xenophobic-at-least-outside-of-moscow/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.fffbb4350121 en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/19243 https://www.sova-center.ru/en/xenophobia/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racism_in_Russia
4 minutes | Dec 23, 2018
Christmas Greeting(Bonus Episode)
A Christmas greeting from David and Grant, hosts of To Russia With Love. We hope you all have a wonderful holiday season. Keep an eye out for Season 2, coming soon in 2019! Merry Christmas.
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