Uki Life Abroad

Uki Life Abroad

The podcast for all things Ukrainian, discussing Ukraine’s history, culture and traditions as well as what’s happening in the diaspora. Hosted by Andrei and co-hosts: Brianna, Justin, Nathan and Olexa.... Show More

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March 2, 2021 16 min

Last week marked the 7th anniversary of Russia's annexation of Crimea. This year, President Zelenskyy aims to launch a global initiative to de-occupy the peninsula via the Crimea Platform. Will this bring Crimea back into the international spotlight?

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With thousands of churches spread across Ukraine, their unique style of golden domes is instantly recognisable. But where did this originate? Find out in this weeks episode along with two important recent news events. 

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With a long, complex and controversial history, Ukrainians have long fought for the preservation of their national identity. This week we take a look at Ukraine and the impacts that over 1000 years of geo politics has had on it and its' people. 

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With democracy still maturing in Ukraine, how is the country looking to reform its parliamentary structure. In this episode, we look at Zelenkyy's proposal to shrink the membership of the Verkhovna Rada as well as the recent sanctions on pro-Russian propaganda. 

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With Ukrainian video gaming on the rise in 2019, how did the industry traverse 2020 and what does the future hold? This week we share our own gaming experiences and spotlight the works of various developers in Ukraine. 

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This week we discuss the newly expanded language laws and their effectiveness within society. We also look at some interesting changes to Netflix.

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January 19, 2021 14 min

Welcome to 2021

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December 28, 2020 14 min

Join us for a review of the best of Uki Life Abroad content over our 2020 inaugural year and some behind the scenes bloopers.

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December 21, 2020 27 min

In this weeks main event, we tackle the fight for Ukraine to gain IMF funding. President Zelenksyy's administration has pursued additional funding through his term with limited success; we discuss what could happen next. Also what do Harry Potter and Ukrainian Christmas tree's have in common?

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Where do we go to find information about Ukraine? This week we highlight the efforts of Ukrainian research in the diaspora with a look at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies and their work in the creation of the Internet Encyclopedia of Ukraine. Stay tuned after for a discussion of Servant of the People's recent loss in Zelenskyy's home town.   

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What are Ukraine's two biggest exports? This week we dive into the influence of the national dance group Virsky as well as Ukraine's ever developing soccer league. Both have helped to spread the Ukrainian brand around the globe. 

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Ukraine has fallen into a constitutional crisis following a controversial decision from the countries constitutional court. This week we look at President Zelenkyy's high stakes response to this ruling, as well as the shenanigan's happening inside the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone.

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November 23, 2020 23 min

Ukraine has recently joined the Artemis Accords, a US lead effort to return to the moon. We delve into Ukraine's space history and it's ambitions in the field of space exploration. 
Coming back down to Earth, we explore the new streaming platform 'Takflix', which aims to deliver Ukrainian language cinema to your living room.  

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November 17, 2020 33 min

This week, we speak with Australian-Canadian Victor Mishalow - a world renowned Bandurist and Merited Artist of Ukraine. Join Us as we explore his truly diaspora story, growing up in Sydney, discovering a love for the Bandura, moving to Ukraine to study in Soviet times and settling in Toronto.

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November 8, 2020 14 min

In this week's episode we discuss the Petrykivka painting style, its' historical origins and how the artform lives on today.

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We take a look at Ukraine's goal to reclaim its national dish from its Soviet past; additionally, we compare the results of our poll against Zelenskyy's national poll. 

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Kyiv Post turned 25 this month, so we discuss its important role on the voice of Ukraine in the world; and we explore fast food, Crimean style. 

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Join us this week as we interview Stefan Bugryn, a highly-acclaimed Australian-Ukrainian Filmmaker from Melbourne. We discuss the motivation behind his award winning 'War Mothers' film series, some of the production challenges, the experience of working in Ukraine and meeting Ukrainians affected by the ongoing War. 

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October 12, 2020 39 min

Which outcome will benefit Ukraine, a Trump re-election or a Biden victory. This week we discuss what each candidate plans for Ukraine. 

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In part two of our series we explore how the Ukrainian church spread through Canada and how Ukrainians settled the Canadian Prairies. 

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