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Raw conversations. Global stories. Fresh takes. Eutopya is an international student organization forging a platform for the uncut student voice. Hear what students have to say—both about the latest news cycle and about the topics we want to prioritize. This is new, vanguard media. For inquiries, comments, and submissions, email Maybe you’ll be our next interviewee!
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Episode 12 - Russia’s “Ghost Armies”

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Episode 12 - Russia’s “Ghost Armies”
In this episode, Anya sits down with Dr. Federica Fasanotti of the Brookings Institution and the Italian Institute for International Political Studies to discuss Russian private military companies. These underground groups act as informal—and brutal—strategic players who covertly carry out Russia’s foreign policy aims. Despite their relative lack of mainstream media coverage, the geopolitical implications of PMC involvement worldwide are immensely consequential. This episode was produced—across 2 countries and 2 continents—by Anya Bégué.
September 01, 2022
Environmental Crime, Pt. 1 - Giving a voice to the voiceless: Deforestation in the Amazon and the challenge of documentary filmmaking
In this episode, Lidia and Manju sit down with photographer and journalist Fábio Nascimento for the first instalment of our brand new Environmental Crimes series. Fábio has worked with groups like National Geographic, Greenpeace, The New York Times, and BBC. He recently finished directing and shooting MATA, a documentary that examines the impact of illegal land grabbing on indigenous Brazilians. In this piece, we discuss the nature of environmental crime in Brazil, the problems and processes of activist filmmaking, and the broader challenges (and potential solutions) we face as a society. This episode was produced—across 4 countries and 3 continents—by Lidia Varda, Manju von Rospatt, and Anya Bégué.
August 14, 2022
Episode 11 - Smuggling flash drives into North Korea: A fight for freedom
In this episode, Eutopya sits down with Jiye Seong-Yu of the Human Rights Foundation. She is the Program Manager of Flash Drives for Freedom, which is a program that smuggles flash drives full of information into North Korea—with the aim of giving citizens a taste of the outside world. We talk about what this initiative means, what it’s like to defect from North Korea and the country’s prospects for change. Today’s episode was produced—across four countries and three continents—by Manju von Rospatt, Anya Bégué, Paula Medina Agromayor, and Mario Simmaco. Visit Flash Drive for Freedom’s website at
March 26, 2022
Episode 10 - Death, drugs, and power in the Philippines
In this episode, the team sits down with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Manuel Mogato to discuss Filipino president Duterte’s domestic, and shockingly deadly, war on drugs. This episode was produced—across four countries and three continents—by Anya Bégué, Paula Medina Agromayor, Mario Simmaco, and Manju von Rospatt
February 06, 2022
Episode 9 - STAND: The student-led movement to end mass atrocities
The team recently sat down with Caroline Mendoza, the Student Director of STAND—a youth-led organization combatting genocide—for a conversation about the group’s operations and the state of atrocity prevention today. Since the early 2000s, STAND has become one of the most prominent human rights organizations in the United States. You can check out STAND’s website at . This episode was developed across four countries by producers Paula Medina Agromayor, Anya Bégué, Mario Simmaco, and Manju von Rospatt.
December 26, 2021
2021 Summit Snapshot
After a brief hiatus, we’re back with a new season of Eutopya Podcasts. Our first piece offers listeners a sneak peek of the 2021 Santo Stefano Summit, which Eutopya co-sponsored this past July. A group of summit participants get together to discuss the efficacy and relevance of SDGs. Stay tuned for our brand new content, coming soon!
November 05, 2021
Bump: Santo Stefano Summit 2021
Anya sits down with Manju von Rospatt to discuss the upcoming Santo Stefano Summit. Applications to the conference can be found at
July 01, 2021
Episode 8 - Myanmar, then and now
In March, the team sat down with Dr. Seinenu Thein-Lemelson of UCLA and the Foundation for Psychocultural Research for a deep dive into the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Myanmar following the recent coup. She tracks for us the development of the conflict over decades, assessing the military’s relationship with Burmese civilians and the recent escalation of violence. This episode was developed across 3 countries and two continents, and it was produced by Anya Bégué, Paula Medina Agromayor, and Mario Edoardo Simmaco. Special thanks to Sophia Gaffney.
May 20, 2021
Episode 7 - Protests in Senegal: A new Africa?
After protests erupted across Senegal last month, the team sat down with Thiat—rapper, activist, and co-founder of Y’en a Marre, an organization that has been leading Senegalese social movements for years. Senegal has a roaring civil society, a big part of which is its hip hop culture. Our conversation quickly turned from the demonstrations to neocolonialism and Thiat’s broader aspirations for a new Pan-African unity. This episode was developed across 4 countries and 3 continents and produced by Anya Bégué, Paula Medina Agromayor, and Mario Simmaco. You can find Thiat’s hip hop group and music by searching Keurgui Crew on any streaming platform.
April 18, 2021
Special Episode: A coup in Myanmar
After yesterday’s dramatic events, the team developed a special episode to talk with Carlo Ferrari, President of the Association of the Italy-Burma Friendship to discuss the ongoing coup in Myanmar. We cover the reputation of Aung San Suu Kyi, the nature of the Myanmar-China relationship, the military’s involvement in the Rohingya genocide, and everything in between. This episode was produced by Anya Bégué and Mario Simmaco.
February 01, 2021
Episode 6 - Omar Alshogre and the power of small actions
From age 17 to 20, Omar Alshogre was detained as a political prisoner by the Assad regime—simply for attending opposition demonstrations. Syria is known for its brutal torture prisons; Omar spent time in the nation’s most notorious detention center, Saydnaya, where Syrian people are systematically executed. Listen to our conversation with Omar as he describes his three years of incarceration and his inspiring resilience after being released. This episode was developed across 4 countries and 2 continents and produced by Paula Medina Agromayor, Anya Bégué, and Mario Edoardo Simmaco.
February 01, 2021
Erased, Pt. 2: The incredible story of the Diego Garcia US military base and the Chagossians
Anya sits down with Professor David Vine of American University of Washington D. C., author of Island of Shame, to discuss the history of the Chagos Islands. In 1965, the UK and the US conspired to set up a military base on one of the archipelago’s islands, Diego Garcia. It’s a story of imperialism, deportation, and immense suffering. This episode was produced—across 4 countries and 2 continents—by Paula Medina Agromayor, Anya Bégué, and Mario Edoardo Simmaco.
January 22, 2021
Episode 5 - Cyprus, revisited
In this episode, Anya talks with two students from southern Cyprus, Velislava Vasileva and Ioannis Sterckx, about their thoughts on Turkey, Cyprus, and the international community. This installment was produced—across 6 countries and 3 continents—by Paula Medina Agromayor, Anya Bégué, Adam Kiela, and Mario Simmaco. You can contact us at or through our social media (@eutopya.worldwide).
January 04, 2021
Bump: Western Sahara
A three-decades-old ceasefire has been broken. Now, a frozen conflict might be erupting.  What will happen to Western Sahara?  Special thanks to our host and editor, Paula Medina Agromayor
November 24, 2020
Erased, Pt 1: Cyprus
This is the first installment of our new miniseries, Erased, wherein we profile unheard voices of the world. In this episode, we talk to Hazal Say Otun, who tells us what it’s like to live in a country that doesn’t legally exist. Please note that our conversation was recorded before the recent Cypriot elections. This episode was produced—across 5 countries and 3 continents—by Paula Medina Agromayor, Anya Bégué, and Mario Edoardo Simmaco. Special thanks to Oliver Cutts. For more information, check out our social media @eutopya.worldwide - and be sure to follow our podcast! 
November 15, 2020
Episode 4 - How are students feeling?
We sit down with a group of students from the UK to talk about school, Covid-19, and everything in between. This episode was produced across four countries. For more information, check out our social media @eutopya.worldwide. See you soon!
November 08, 2020
Episode 3 - The future of GDP
In this episode, we hear from student Paula Medina Agromeyor, who discusses how the coronavirus outbreak has demonstrated the failings of a GDP-centric global system.  This episode was produced—across two continents and three countries—by Paula Medina Agromeyor, Anya Bégué, and Mario Edoardo Simmaco. For more information, visit our website at or tweet us @EutopyaPodcast. See you next time!
September 22, 2020
Bump: Mauritius
Our first Bump is here!  1,000 tons of oil spilled in the Indian Ocean. A wetland zone of international importance at high risk. Thousands of livelihoods pending. How can the ocean be global by definition but not respond to any global rules?
September 12, 2020
Episode 2 - “Human beings, being human”
This episode is a conversation with "icanyoucantoo" founder and financial professional Nilesh Dosa, who tells us how his personal life and career have intertwined, his experience navigating a nonprofit through the age of Covid-19, and his own advice for all of us in the post-pandemic world. Special thanks to editor Mario Simmaco and developer Paula Medina Agromayor.
June 30, 2020