Q is for Qazaqstan: Independent Media, Brain Drain, and the New Alphabet

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Kazakh journalists Aigerim Toleukhan and Yelnur Alimova, visiting Austin on a State Department exchange program, enlighten Matt and Tracy about their experiences as independent and international media practitioners, the challenges they face in a country they say whose government tolerates no opposition.
We definitely learned a lot from their perspectives and personal anecdotes. Thanks to the Central Asian Journalist-in-Residence program (CAJIR) for making their visit to our studios possible!

See here for a BBC article from 2017 on the alphabet change in Kazakhstan which is dictating the change in spelling to Qazaqstan: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41800186

NOTE: Episode was recorded on October 28th, 2019 at the University of Texas at Austin.

CREDITS
Co-Producer: Matthew Orr (Connect: facebook.com/orrrmatthew)
Co-Producer: Tom Rehnquist (Connect: facebook.com/thomas.rehnquist)
Associate Producer: Tracy Heim
Associate Producer: Lera Toropin
Supervising Producer: Kathryn Yegorov-Crate
Music Producer: Charlie Harper (Connect: facebook.com/charlie.harper.1485 Instagram: @charlieharpermusic Visit him on the web: www.charlieharpermusic.com)
(additional original background music from John Bartman, Philip Gross, Glad Rags, Loyalty Freak Music, and Lobo Loco )
Executive Producer & Creator: Michelle Daniel (Connect: facebook.com/mdanielgeraci Instagram: @michelledaniel86) www.msdaniel.com

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Special Guests: Aigerim Toleukhan and Yelnur Alimova (Елнур Алимова).

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