The Dissolution of Yugoslavia (Podcast Ep. 85)

Why did Yugoslavia fall apart?

The Twists and Turns at Trebević: Renovation of the Sarajevo Olympic Bobsled Track

The bobsledders sported black-and-blue bodysuits and full helmets but the Union Jack plastered on the hull gave them away.

Sarajevo, USA (Podcast Ep. 84)

One in three Bosnians live outside of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Ask Me Anything (Podcast Ep. 83)

In which I answer listener questions…about anything (but strictly Yugoslavia-related).

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The Secret of Rakija (Podcast Ep. 82)

Rakija is the distilled essence of the Balkan soul. More than a spirit, quintessential as it may be, rakija has a long history. Lately it has seen both threats to its survival and a resurgence.

K67: The King of Kiosks (Podcast Ep. 81)

The K67 Kiosk is a symbol of Yugoslavia. Once ubiquitous in its thousands, only a few hundred units remain around the former country, many in various state of disrepair, and a handful of others around the world.

Collective Nostalgia (Podcast Ep. 80)

Yugonostalgia as a collective emotion is a sentimental longing for a positively remembered past of the former country and life in it.

Diaspora Voices 6: Music and Love (Podcast Ep. 79)

Diaspora Voices is an occasional series of conversations with ex-Yugoslavs living abroad. In this installment, a Canadian and an Australian with Croatian Serb heritage share stories about longing and belonging.

Inspired by Yugoslavia #4: Designers (Mostly) (Podcast Ep. 78)

The country of Yugoslavia may no longer appear on any physical maps, but it remains on many people’s mental maps; though Yugoslavia may be dead forever as a political entity, it lives on as a cultural project.

Searching for Tito’s Punks (Podcast Ep. 77)

In 1981, an obscure English punk band recorded a song whose cover by an Istrian punk band became famous in the former Yugoslavia. It took three decades and serendipity for the dots to connect.

Celluloid Retro (Podcast Ep. 76)

Films made after 1991 set in socialist Yugoslavia keep the former country present in popular culture. From Tito and Me (1991) to How I Learned to Fly (2022), from Slovenia to Serbia and beyond, from nostalgic tales to dark thrillers…

On Trauma (Podcast Ep. 75)

There’s an invisible way of remembering the former country and especially how it fell apart: in your body.

Vladimir Nazor: Dalmatian Poet, Croatian Politician, Yugoslav Partisan (Podcast Ep. 74)

Vladimir Nazor was a poet, Partisan, and politician. His greatness and popularity endured through five regimes/countries. Who was Croatia’s greatest children’s writer and first president?

Remembering 25 May, Dan Mladosti (Day of Youth) (Plus Podcast Ep. 73)

Dan mladosti (Youth Day or Day of Youth) was one of the biggest holidays in socialist Yugoslavia. It continues to be commemorated today.

I’m From a Country That No Longer Exists

This essay first appeared in audio form in the Slovak original on the program “Esej” (Essay) of Rádio Devín, on May 16, 2023.

An Incomplete Guide to (Post)Yugoslav Cinema (Podcast Ep. 72)

Let’s go to the movies! Yugoslav and post-Yugoslav cinema is a port window projecting the region’s cultures and history.

Yugonostalgia: Past, Present, and Future (Plus Podcast Ep. 71)

Yugonostalgia is like a vessel that everyone fills with their own ideas and meanings. What is it and why does it exist? How does it manifest and how do different people experience it? And where is it headed?

Rockin’ Sarajevo

This essay first appeared in audio form in the Slovak original on the program “Odinakiaľ” (From Elsewhere) of Rádio Devín, on April 19, 2023.

The Jews of Sarajevo (Podcast Ep. 70)

Jews have been part of Sarajevo’s human tapestry since the 16th century, only to be “discovered’ by the rest of the world during the Bosnian War. This is their story.

Diaspora Voices 5: Searching for Identity and Community (Podcast Ep. 69)

Diaspora Voices is an occasional series of conversations with ex-Yugoslavs living abroad.

Inspired by Yugoslavia #3: Partisans (Podcast Ep. 68)

The country of Yugoslavia may no longer appear on any physical maps, but it remains on many people’s mental maps; though Yugoslavia may be dead forever as a political entity, it lives on as a cultural project.

Inspired by Yugoslavia #2: New Belgrade (Podcast Ep. 67)

The country of Yugoslavia may no longer appear on any physical maps, but it remains on many people’s mental maps; though Yugoslavia may be dead forever as a political entity, it lives on as a cultural project.

Inspired by Yugoslavia #1 (Podcast Ep. 66)

The country of Yugoslavia may no longer appear on any physical maps, but it remains on many people’s mental maps; though Yugoslavia may be dead forever as a political entity, it lives on as a cultural project.

Yugoslav Humor: Jokers to the Right (Podcast Ep. 65)

What do you call Yugoslavia after Tito? Titanic. It’s the end of the year, time to get serious about humor.

Burek in Space (Podcast Ep. 64)

Burek is a pastry dish comprising thin layers of dough and a variety of fillings—a quintessential Balkan breakfast staple, late night snack, or anytime-anywhere fast-food delight, really.

Ex-YU Rock Center (Podcast Ep. 63)

Rock music is a huge part of Yugoslavia’s legacy. Soon, there will be a place in Sarajevo bringing Yugoslav rock back to life.

Bosnian Ice Hockey (Podcast Ep. 62)

When you think of sports in Yugoslavia, ice hockey doesn’t exactly skate to mind. But not only does hockey have a tradition in the former Yugoslavia, in one unexpected part of the disappeared country the beautiful game is on the… Continue Reading →

The Lost (and Last) Yugoslavs of Astoria, Oregon (Podcast Ep. 61)

A story of a tiny immigrant community in the first permanent American settlement west of the Mississippi.

Yugoslavia Lives!

This is a translation of an essay by Aleksej Kišjuhas which appeared in his column at Danas.rs on July 4, 2021 under the Serbian-language title “Jugoslavija živi!”

Performing YU and EU in Kosovo (Podcast Ep. 60)

A close look at how Yugoslavia and the European Union, both supranational entities with uneven economic development and riven by nationalism, strive(d) to change institutions, structures, economies as well as behavior and practices in Kosovo

Island, Bared: The Goli Otok Prison and Its Memory (Podcast Ep. 59)

A barren island in the Adriatic Sea was between 1949 and 1956 the site of an internment camp where Tito’s regime sent its opponents for “re-education.”

Lepa Brena: A Yugoslav Woman (Plus Podcast Ep. 58)

Lepa Brena was the most popular and best-selling Yugoslav singer of the 1980s, Yugoslavia’s Madonna. She continues to personify Yugoslavia for many to this day.

Fićo Goes Back to the Future (Podcast Ep. 57)

There’s a Yugoslav car that was even more important than the Yugo for the country and for the country’s memory. Better known by its nickname, Fića / Fićo / Fićko, Zastava 750 was the first Yugoslav car.

Slavenka Drakulić: A European Person (Podcast Ep. 56)

A conversation with journalist and writer Slavenka Drakulić.

Diaspora Voices 4: Third Culture Kids (Podcast Ep. 55)

The scars of the Siege of Sarajevo have marked an entire generation of Sarajevans—and their children. How do children of Bosnian refugees growing up abroad, the third culture kids, form their identity?

Jovanka vs. Melania (Podcast Ep. 54)

In the last 75 years, two Yugoslav-born women were the First Lady of their respective countries: Jovanka Budisavljević was the third wife of Josip Broz Tito and Melania Knavs is the third wife of Donald John Trump.

I Am Jugoslovenka (Podcast Ep. 53)

Generations of Yugoslav women fought for Yugoslavia and then against the patriarchy in it. Many of them were artists, whose primary medium for their work were their own bodies.

Remembering Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympics (Plus Podcast Ep. 52)

The Sarajevo 1984 Winter Olympics AKA XIV Olympic Winter Games AKA Sarajevo 1984 were Yugoslavia’s proudest moment in the final years of its existence.

Balkan Travel Writers (Podcast Ep. 51)

When it comes to travel writing and the Balkans, the vast majority of literature is by Western authors; travel writing about the Balkans. What’s much less known

Here Yugo Again: The Yugo Car Goes to America (Podcast Ep. 50)

The Yugo car headlined the inaugural episode of Remembering Yugoslavia. A part of the little Yugoslav car’s story remained unexplored, the part that made the Yugo one of the best known automobiles in history—and turned it into a legend.

History of Yugoslavia 101 (Podcast Ep. 49 – Bonus)

Croatian historian Ivo Goldstein gives a short lecture on Yugoslavia’s history in an attempt to answer the question, “Was Yugoslavia good or bad for its peoples?”

Yugoslav Cuisine (Podcast Ep. 48)

There was Yugoslav cuisine the same way there is European cuisine. At best, Yugoslav cuisine was an amalgam of cuisines of Yugoslavia’s constituent peoples

The Specter of Dayton (Podcast Ep. 47)

Yugoslavia continues to disintegrate. There’s Kosovo, there’s lingering territorial and financial disputes among successor countries…and there’s Republika Srpska.

Two Schools Under One Roof (Podcast Ep. 46)

In 2016, a cantonal government decided that, in one of the secondary schools in Jajce, which was following a Croatian curriculum for all the students, a separate school would be established

Secondhand Tito (Podcast Ep. 45)

A sea of ink has been spilled documenting the life and times of Josip Broz Tito.

Karma Pavilions (Podcast Episode 44)

Yugoslavia lives. It lives, among other things, in the architecture and infrastructure built during its existence.

Wild Westoslavia: The Red Gentleman Returns Yet Again

Few childhood heroes feature as prominently in Central/Eastern Europeans’ imaginations as Winnetou, the Chief of the Apaches AKA the “Red Gentleman”

Black Lamb and Grey Falcon at 80 (Podcast Episode 43)

Eighty years since its publication, Rebecca West’s Black Lamb and Grey Falcon: A Journey Through Yugoslavia remains the most authoritative (and longest) book of travel writing on that former country.

Flag This: Marching Under Striped Rectangles

Few things set Yugoslav hearts aflutter like expressions of Serbian nationalism. Red flags went up twice this week across the Balkans.

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