Tuesday, May 28, 2013
The New Mexico-based folk duo A Hawk and A Hacksaw has built its reputation on performing music rooted in Eastern European folk traditions. Hear a performance in the studio.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Middle Europe has always been a kind of melting pot, as well as a crossroads through which travelers passed, bringing with them, and often leaving, influences of foreign lands and cultures. As a result, the culture of Eastern Europe is extraordinarily rich and has produced some of the world’s most important and powerful art. Its music is perhaps the greatest example, with composers from the Czechs Smetana and Janacek, to the Hungarians Bartok and Kurtag, creating in notes languages as expressive as their own mother tongues.
Monday, January 28, 2013
Peter Georgescu tells of his journey from childhood captivity in a Romanian labor camp to his role as CEO of the world-renowned advertising agency Young & Rubicam. His traumatic youth led to a lifelong struggle to understand humanity's moral nature. His book The Constant Choice: An Everyday Journey From Evil Toward Good is a reflection on human behavior and an exploration of how we choose to do good or evil every day.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Pulitzer Prize-winner Anne Applebaum discusses how Communism took over Eastern Europe after World War II and transformed the individuals who came under its sway. Her history Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944–56 draws on newly opened East European archives, interviews, and personal accounts translated for the first time to show in detail the dilemmas faced by millions of individuals trying to adjust to a way of life that challenged their beliefs and took away everything they had.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
George Ayittey, one of Foreign Policy's Top Global Thinkers of 2009 and an advisor to the Obama administration on Africa, talks about his book Defeating Dictators: Fighting Tyranny in Africa and Around the World and looks at what the fall of dictators in Eastern Europe and North Africa might promise for South-Saharan Africa.
Thursday, January 06, 2011
Adam LeBor, Budapest correspondent for the London Times and the Economist magazine, gives us an update on the political situation in Hungary, including a new law passed by parliament that gives the government tighter control over the media.
Thursday, January 06, 2011
The year 2011 marks the 20th anniversary of Moldova—a nation created after the break-up of the Soviet Union and the subsequent reshuffling of borders. On this week's Backstory, Charles King, Professor of Government and International Affairs at Georgetown University, discusses Moldova's struggle to define itself. He's the author of the book The Moldovans: Romania, Russia, and the Politics of Culture, and of Odessa: Genius and Death in a City of Dreams, to be published in February.