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LITHUANIA

More than a million Lithuanians live abroad. The physical and mental distance allows them to see the country from a fresh perspective. This podcast invites you to hear, challenge and be inspired by it.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

Eglė Malinauskaitė

Eglė was the sole protester when the Lithuanian president, who opposes same-sex marriage, came to visit the community in Chicago. But they are much more than "Nausėda yra homofobas" newsflashes captured.

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DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA

Gražina Bielousova

The former priest and current religion scholar at Duke University remembers her childhood in 1990s Vilnius – when her Russian surname suddenly became a problem.

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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

Silvia Foti

A teacher in Chicago found out that her grandfather signed documents bringing hundreds of Lithuanian Jews to ghettos. She invites Lithuanians to research their own family histories, but not everyone is happy about it.

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“I love America more than any other country in the world and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually,” James Baldwin famously wrote. We start this series with a similar attitude. We deeply care about Lithuania. That’s why we look for ways for it to grow.

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