Latvia Weekly Interviews: Journalist Kārlis Streips


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Daudz laimes dzimšanas dienā! In honor of Kārlis Streips' birthday, we are uploading an interview Joe did with our esteemed co-host about the many hats he has worn in Latvian media, his experience moving to Latvia from America and then living in Rīga throughout the entire post-occupation period, and his work as a literature translator.



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  1. Really enjoyed this program as I felt I could relate to several points (plus perhaps I wish I too had been a journalist and moved to Latvia in the 90s). Joe's comment about the archaic Latvian of exiles really resonated... I will never forget the assessment of my young cousin and his friends that my Latvian was quaint and old fashioned (did I sound like the Latvian equivalent of a hillbilly?) after which I decided using English with them was the better option. The identity question of children of exiles also struck a chord with me; particularly as it was only my mother who was Latvian. It took many years for me to reconcile the issue of my identities. I would have liked to hear Kārlis talk more about his perspective on the LGBT experience in Latvia; to which he referred to somewhat obliquely. Great show... thank you for producing Latvia Weekly. I was supposed to spend three months in Latvia later this year, which won't be happening now due to the COVID-19 travel ban. At least I have you guys to connect me with Latvia!

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  2. Thanks for the feedback! I've been planning an LGBT in Latvia episode for quite some time now and that will happen in the not too distant future, but for now I didn't want to focus on it since he's already done about a gajillion interviews that focus on his sexuality and I didn't want this to be just another one. We hope to see you in Latvia sooner or later!

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