Pushkin House Podcast

  • Borimir Totev

I started the Pushkin House Podcast and was its host, editor and producer for 3 consecutive series, recording over 25 interview episodes with subject-matter experts, artists, authors, academics and thought leaders in the fields of history, politics, art and culture. Here are some episodes you may enjoy:

Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

I took to the streets of for a social experiment to figure out what the public sees, while an outdoor projection animated the exterior wall of Pushkin House on Bloomsbury Square, during the opening night of 'Icebreaker Dreaming', a new solo exhibition by the artist Ruth Maclennan.

Listen to 'Icebreaking on Bloomsbury Square' on Apple Podcasts.
What would you ask Gorbachev if you ended up in the same room?

I talk with British documentary film-maker and anthropologist, André Singer, about his film ‘Meeting Gorbachev’, in which Mikhail Gorbachev, former President of the Soviet Union, discusses talks to reduce nuclear weapons, the reunification of Germany and the dissolution of his country.

Listen to 'In a Room with Gorbachev' on Apple Podcasts.
An audio guide to the 'In Paradise’ exhibition by Margarita Gluzberg

I follow artist Margarita Gluzberg, as she navigates 'the Zone' of her 'Stalker' (1979) inspired exhibition.

Listen to 'Exhibition Guide: In Paradise' on Apple Podcasts.
An audio guide to the 'Mother Tongue’ exhibition by Yevgeniy Fiks

I follow New York-based Russian artist Yevgeniy Fiks, as he explores the historical gay Russian argot. This coded language dates back to Soviet times. We reclaim and celebrate Soviet-era Russian gay argot as a unique cultural phenomenon and give a historical context to today’s post-Soviet LGBT+ community, whose language partially evolved from it.

Listen to 'Exhibition Guide: Mother Tongue' on Apple Podcasts.
Don't be so quick to blame King George V. There's more to the Romanovs story.

I talk with Helen Rappaport, author of 'The Race to Save the Romanovs: the Truth Behind the Secret Plans to Rescue Russia's Imperial Family', about the Romanov family, the assumptions, and the important anniversaries.

Listen to 'Saving the Romanovs' on Apple Podcasts.
Are we living in an Animal Farm like Orwellian present?

I talk with ex-BBC Russian Service features editor Masha Karp about her new George Orwell biography and the parallels we can draw to our contemporary reality.

Listen to 'An Orwellian Today' on Apple Podcasts.
What is it like to live in the most polluted city in Russia?

I talk with curator Anya Stonelake about the Russian city of Norilsk. The city’s collective memory includes traumas that are inscribed into its expansive housing blocks, infinite mines, quarries, and factories, and a permafrost extending towards the horizon in every direction.

Listen to 'Where the Rivers Ran Red' on Apple Podcasts.