Since 2005, I’ve provided critical commentary on Russia’s past and present on my blog, Sean’s Russia Blog.
These many years of blogging proved to me that there is general public interest beyond the academy and expert community for critical, nuanced, and thoughtful commentary on Russia. In 2015, I decided to take advantage of this hunger and start the SRB Podcast that features academics, journalists, policy makers, and pundits on Eurasia’s past and present.
The mission for the SRB Podcast is simple:
- To provide a space for the many, many interesting thinkers who do amazing work to express their views, discuss their work, and contribute to the larger public discussion on the region.
- To give the public access to the wonderful and growing body of research that is crucially important, especially as tensions in the region flare, for painting a picture of Eurasia in all its complexity.
It is my hope that the SRB Podcast will make a modest contribution to the spread of this knowledge to an interested public.
The podcast has been more successful than I’ve anticipated. So far I’ve conducted 67 interviews which have garnered over 222,000 dowloads. Monthly listens average around 15,000. Once again this proves there is an audience for this knowledge.
I’m convinced that getting people access to this knowledge is not a problem of content, but of form.
The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Many listeners have told me that they appreciate the diversity of guests, views, and topics on the show.
The success of the SRB Podcast has reached a point where I must ask listeners for their financial support.
The SRB Podcast is produced at a low cost. But a cost nonetheless. Expenses include equipment, server hosting, and subscriptions to various social media platforms. In addition to these direct monetary costs, the podcast takes time to prepare and produce. I do everything myself: contact with publishers and guests, interview preparation, conducting the show, recording, editing, and production, and promotion and social media (though this last part is also done with the much appreciated help of listeners, for which I am extremely grateful). Any other labor that goes into making the SRB Podcast possible is thanks to guests devoting their precious time to talk to me and the great amounts of work they devote to producing their knowledge.
Given its mission, the SRB Podcast will always remain free and open access.
So if you enjoy the SRB Podcast and want to help realize it its mission, I ask that you make a financial contribution to help support, expand and sustain its ongoing work.