Lisa C. Hayden
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Lisa C. Hayden Espenschade
P.O. Box 6635
Scarborough, Maine 04070
lisahesp@yahoo.com

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  • February 16, 2010: Virtual Museum: Communal Living in Russia

    Video “excursions,” excerpts from fiction, and much more show life in Soviet communal apartment buildings.


  • November 9, 2008: St. Petersburg Studio of Documentary Films

    Clips from Russian documentary films. I found this site after reading about Alina Rudnitskaya’s “Vixen Academy.” (That clip even has English subtitles.)


  • May 1, 2008: MirTV

    MirTV offers streamed Russian-language TV and radio programming.


  • April 10, 2008: Omniglot

    Omniglot covers “writing systems & languages of the world.” It includes a page with audio of Russian phrases (it takes time to load) as well as a list of translations of “my hovercraft is full of eels” into languages from Afrikaans to Welsh. Look no further for party fun!


  • April 2, 2008: Moskva FM

    Moskva FM and its twin Piter FM are clearinghouses of Russian radio: they show what’s been playing on various stations. Set up an account and save songs from an eclectic list in an online collection.


  • March 28, 2008: Zhurnal'nyi zal

    An eclectic collection of Russian literary journals available online.


  • Janury 1, 2008: WMPG: Zvuki Russi

    Artur’s Russian music radio show is on Fridays 1.30-3.00 Eastern. (Schedule subject to change.) Always a great selection from Portland, Maine!


  • November 16, 2007: Gidromettsentr Rossii

    Official site of the Russian weather service. This “prognosis” page allows you to view weather forecasts for most countries. There is even a setting for Portland, Maine, so go wild!


  • November 9, 2007: Radio Kul’tura

    Online radio with programs that cover literature, music, cinema, and other topics.


  • November 2, 2007: A Taste of Russian

    Free online Russian lessons with audio and texts. I listened to a portion of one and thought the explanations were more difficult than the texts, but they’re great practice for intermediate and advanced students!


  • October 19, 2007: Russian Postal Service

    Official site of the Russian postal service. It looks like some of the package/parcel rules have changed since our textbook was written!


  • October 12, 2007: “Lost in Translations”

    I usually post only Russian-language sites, but an article from Newsweek about War and Peace is too good to pass up!


  • September 14, 2007: Tretyakov Gallery

    One of Russia’s most famous art museums. Be sure to use the Russian version of the site: I don’t think you can look at the paintings on the English version!


  • May 4, 2007: Audio of Khlebnikov’s Poetry

    mp3 recordings of many poems by Velimir Khlebnikov. Much of the rest of the site is under construction.


  • April 27, 2007: Educational Internet Resources

    A long list of links to educational sites. Whether you’re looking for Russian-language literary terminology or Visual Basic for children, this is the site for you.


  • April 20, 2007: List of Poets

    This site lists many Russian poets of various centuries, linking to their poems, biographies, and other information.


  • March 29, 2007: The Russian Museum

    One of Russia’s best museums, devoted to Russian art. The collection is shown on-line and includes some of the most famous Russian art. It’s one of my favorite places in Russia.


  • March 23, 2007: Joseph Brodsky

    The collected works of (some of the poetry of) Joseph Brodsky. Many poems are missing, but there are some interesting items posted here, including interviews discussing changes under Gorbachev.


  • March 16, 2007: V.V. Maiakovskii

    A site devoted to Maiakovskii. Includes poems, a play, and photographs.


  • March 9, 2007: A.S. Pushkin

    A site devoted to Pushkin. Includes many poems, prose, and illustrations.


    March 2, 2007: StihoPhone.ru

    A small site, but many classic poems are read by their authors in old recordings. Be sure to click on “mp3” instead of the author’s name when you download!


  • February 23, 2007: Viktor Pitsman’s Poetry Site

    Pitsman’s poetry site includes thousands of poems, organized by poet and with occasional annotations, plus a calendar listing commemorative dates. Pitsman also notes favorites and posts his own poems, many of which are parodies.


  • February 16, 2007: Tiutcheviana

    A very complete site on Fedor Tiutchev that inludes translations into many languages. The poetry (stikhotvoreniia) section has mp3s of many, many poems, including Sue’s.


  • February 9, 2007: Anna Akhmatova Poetry Audio

    Recordings of Anna Akhmatova poetry: includes Akhmatova reading her own work plus songs set to her poetry -- these can be “interesting”! NB: Only the “Poema bez geroia” section seems to work on the page where Akhmatova reads.


  • December 1, 2006: Memocast

    Memocast streams hundreds of Russian movies and music videos, some of which are quite recent. Many are available for the (monetarily) low cost of watching frequent and strange commercials; you can pay to watch without ads or to download. All content is evidently legal, and there are plenty of classic and new films as well as TV series.


  • November 16, 2006: Cheburashka Fan Site

    Music and other items related to Cheburashka. Lyrics to the birthday song are available (here), and Wikipedia has a lot of Cheburashka-related information (here).


  • November 10, 2006: Apartment Design Studio

    Architecture and interior design company site.


  • November 3, 2006: Feng shui

    What could be better than a Ukrainian feng shui site in Russian?


  • October 27, 2006: Baltika Brewery

    Photos and information about Baltika beer. Although not all the “virtual Baltika” section works, there are TV commercials in the Museum section.


  • October 20, 2006: Echo of Moscow Radio

    This is a good, serious radio station that specializes in news and interviews. This is the “listen” page.


  • October 13, 2006: NTV

    The archived video page for the “independent” TV channel NTV.


  • October 6, 2006: ATV

    This Russian television channel has a “videoteka” with an odd combination of archived shows.


  • September 29, 2006: RussianTVOnline

    Although this is a paid subscription site, you can watch two- or three-minute previews for free. News broadcasts are also free; there is usually a one-day lag for archiving two daily newscasts. If you pay, you can watch lots of shows, including live hockey and soccer matches.


  • March 31, 2006: Zoomagazin

    You can learn words for pet-related items from this Russian online pet store.


  • January 27, 2006: Kuking.net

    This cooking site has tons of recipes and often features seasonal dishes for holidays.


  • January 20, 2006: IKEA Russia

    Learn the names of household items from the IKEA site.


  • December 9, 2005: The Moscow Metro

    A very detailed look at the Moscow Metro, covering history, fares, and maps. My favorite part is the “Stantsii" section, which includes photos, many historical, of stations and their neighborhoods.


  • December 2, 2005: The Kremlin

    The Kremlin website combines news items with information about the president and the Russian presidency. My favorite page is the transportation section of "atributy." You can also send a letter to President Putin.


  • November 18, 2005: Prazdniki

    This site lists birthdays of famous people. The site’s owners invite visitors to send birthday greetings to certain people shown on the site; they deliver the greetings along with flowers.


  • November 11, 2005: Rambler

    Rambler is one of the most popular portals in the Runet (Russian Internet). Among other things, you can get your horoscope, send e-postcards, watch archived video, and listen to streamed radio stations.


  • November 4, 2005: The Hermitage

    The Hermitage website has hundreds of images of works of art. My favorite part of the site, though, is the virtual visit, which includes photos taken from the roof.


  • October 28, 2005: Lenta.Ru

    This news site posts short, informative articles that discuss politics, world events, and human interest stories.


  • October 21, 2005: Channel One Russia

    The Channel One site includes many “videofragments” with news items. Most video links pop up a window with an article and a video player.


  • October 14, 2005: RTR.Planeta.com

    Rtr-Planeta.com streams video from two Russian television stations, including Kul’tura. Its programming varies: among other things, you’ll find news, soap operas, talk shows, pre-recorded sports matches, and documentary films. There is no registration fee; you’ll need Windows Media Player.
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