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73 Episodes
This episode will take you for a ride… on public transportation! And it’s a heck of a lot more interesting than it may seem. With deftness and penetrating insight—and quite a bit of experience—Andrew and Eli examine some of the more colorful aspects of Caucasus life on buses, trams, trolleys, and the ever ubiquitous marshrutkas. … Continue reading "CT63 – A Day in the Caucasus Life #2: Public Transport | The People In Our Neighborhood"
Some of the most mundane places we visit in daily life can actually teach us the most about ourselves if we look closely. Come with us as we visit some everyday places in the North Caucasus and unpack a bit of what they’re about. We think you’ll agree that there’s more than meets the eye! … Continue reading "CT62 – A Day in the Caucasus Life: Playgrounds | The Oldest Postal Woman | Patreon Update | Unveiling BRS Cultural Tours!"
If there’s one thing the Caucasus is not short on, its complexity.  Complexity of languages, cultures, borders, history, politics, religion, even food!  But if there’s one thing that balances that complexity—or maybe just outweighs it—it’s beauty. In Episodes 60 and 61 we take a dip into two of these fabulously complex and equally lovely regions: … Continue reading "CT61 – South Ossetia | Dima from Caucasus Explorer!"
If there’s one thing the Caucasus is not short on, its complexity.  Complexity of languages, cultures, borders, history, politics, religion, even food!  But if there’s one thing that balances that complexity—or maybe just outweighs it—it’s beauty. In Episodes 60 and 61 we take a dip into two of these fabulously complex and equally lovely regions: … Continue reading "CT60 – Abkhazia | “The Caucasus Changed Me” | Dima from Caucasus Explorer!"
“Shurpa without ayran is like throwing your money to the wind.”—Rashid the Wise If you want to know the delicious meaning of this proverb—and you should—just listen to today’s dive into Karachay-Cherkessia Republic. Back in the studio we welcome Rashid (see Episode 23) and this guy, well, he just knows everything. Mountain destinations for the … Continue reading "CT59 – Travel Tips: Karachay-Cherkessia! Beyond Dombay | Unsung Arkhyz | Lovely Kislovodsk | Best Hotels | Salty-Bubbly Yogurt Drink"
Interest in Chechnya is at an all-time high. It is an ancient, fascinating, complex, and little understood place. Our good friend Abdula, local tour guide and couch surfing host, takes us on a virtual tour of his homeland. He delivers expert tips on where to stay, what to eat, and places not to miss. Many … Continue reading "CT58 – Travel Tips: Chechnya! Heart of Chechnya Mosque | Lake Kezenoi-Am | Chepulgash"
Houston, the eagle has landed . . . in Dagestan! Today’s episode comes to you live (we love saying that) from the sunny shores of the Caspian Sea. There half of our team has permanently relocated! Our podcast now officially straddles the Caucasus range. LOTS of good stuff is happening over here. First, Eli unveils his … Continue reading "CT57 – Presenting: Apricot Media & Consulting | Patreon | Logo | Khabib v. Poirier"
We continue our Trans-Caucasus tour with another visit “south of the border,” this time to Georgia. (The country.) Our guest Giorgi actually takes his name from his motherland. An aspiring ethnologist, Giorgi skillfully traces many historical and cultural lines that have given rise to the character of this fascinating country today. Georgia stands out as … Continue reading "CT55 – Georgia: In Their Own Words! with Giorgi the Surprise Ethnologist!"
While not physically in the North Caucasus, the influence of Azerbaijan can be felt throughout region.  Stretching from snow-capped mountains to subtropical citrus groves, it is a country of complex history and rich diversity. Today we enjoy the privilege of hearing from a young Azeri tour guide, Tural Omarov, as well as some clips of … Continue reading "CT54 – Azerbaijan: In Their Own Words! | Oil Baths, Mountains, Beaches, and More"
“In Russia, walking is exalted and extraordinary. It is not mundane. I’m not talking about the word ‘to walk’ (khodit), a verb that merely signifies moving from place to place by foot. This is about the holy of holies in Russian which is to gulyat . . .” Yes, in today’s episode we dip into that … Continue reading "CT53 – “Gulyat-ing”: The Essential Russian Pastime"
If Elbrus is the crown jewel of the Caucasus, Dagestan has to be the treasure chest. And who to better unpack that for us than our guest today Vladimir Sevrinovsky. A National Geographic editor and photographer, a filmmaker, writer, and tour guide, Vladimir has canvased Dagestan for years and knows it inside and out. And … Continue reading "CT52 – Travel Tips: Dagestan! With National Geographic Photographer Vladimir Sevrinovsky"
North Ossetia, like its crown jewel capital city Vladikavkaz, sparkles like a small gem in the North Caucasus. Tucked in at the feet of some of the most spectacular mountains in the range, it offers a spread of options to travelers. Tourists may enjoy the history and local flavor of Vladikavkaz, or prefer alpine hikes … Continue reading "CT51 – Travel Tips: North Ossetia! Vladikavkaz | Dargavs | Midagrabin Falls | Ossetian Pies!"
Listeners, thanks to your partnership, we have reached our 50th episode! For this our golden episode (hence the background color) today’s interview could not be more appropriate. Dr. Maria Polinsky, a professor at the University of Maryland, shares about her deep linguistic work on Dagestani languages, specifically Tsez/Didoi. Little else captures the heart and soul … Continue reading "CT 50 – The Dazzling Languages of Dagestan with Dr. Maria Polinsky"
The Nart sagas lie like bedrock, or like groundwater, deep under the surface of the cultures here in the Caucasus. It is our immense privilege to welcome our esteemed guest Dr. John Colarusso to the podcast today. Dr. Colarusso ranks as the world’s leading expert on the Narts. He is the only person to have … Continue reading "CT49 – Dr. John Colarusso on the Narts Sagas"
Where can you find gentle wooded mountains, miles of walking paths, sulfur baths, bubbly mineral waters, food from every part of the Caucasus, and the original Lobster Man? Welcome to the Caucasus Mineral Waters Region. Today’s Travel Tips come from yours, truly. We love and are proud of our little corner of the Caucasus. It’s … Continue reading "CT48 – Travel Tips: Caucasus Mineral Waters! Mineralnye Vody, Pyatigorsk, Kislovodsk, Essentukie, & Zheleznovodsk | MRV Airport"
If you’re looking for expert advice on travel in Kabardino-Balkaria, today’s Travel Tips are for you. We are joined once again by our good friend Shannon from Elbrus Elevation in Nalchik. He truly has the inside scoop on the nooks and crannies of this majestic Caucasus republic.
Quiz: What do the North Caucasus, Germany, and South Dakota have in common? Yep: MEAT. Today we hear from our wonderful guest Marnette about how a fascinating turn of history led Germans settlers in Russia out to the territory that became South Dakota. And with them they brought the wonderful tradition of shashlik—but with a … Continue reading "CT46 – The Chislic Circle: The Story of How German Settlers Brought Shashlik to South Dakota with Special Guest Marnette from Heritage Hall Museum"
With their republic all but in our back yard, the Karachai are among our near neighbors and good friends. It’s high time we hear from them! Today we welcome three Karachai into the studio to share many surprising insights into their culture. Did you know many Karachai don’t call their children “my son” or “my … Continue reading "CT45 – Karachai “In Their Own Words!” | Public Displays of Affection | Lezginka in Brooklyn"
The people of Chechnya are probably some of the least well-understood in the Caucasus to outsiders. In the spirit of our ongoing series “In Their Own Words,” today we give the mic to our Chechen friend and tour guide to share about his place and people from his own perspective. Aside from being an experienced … Continue reading "CT44 – Chechnya “In Their Own Words!” | Abdullah the Tour Guide & Couchsurfing Expert"
We are continually amazed at what a global community exists with strong ties to the North Caucasus. The cultures here reach out like branches across continents, as today’s guest demonstrates. Daria Kulesh—Moscow-born Russian, descended from Ingushetia, now living in the UK—makes her living singing songs about her Caucasus roots. Inspired by her beloved Ingush grandmother … Continue reading "CT43 – Award-Winning UK Singer Daria Kulesh Tells Stories of Ingushetia"
Comments (2)

Abdurrahim Djenne

I think that was "kezenoy am" lake you were talking about

Feb 22nd

Ben Vegh

absolutely love these guys

Feb 24th
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