Is this podcast going to teach my cat Russian or what?
Not quite! Russian for Cats is a fully-cast, light-hearted drama about a bilingual cat named Nadia.
She escapes from a secret lab and finds refuge with Brian (a hoarder with a heart of gold).
She teaches him Russian and helps him clean up his house and he helps her stay ahead of the spy agency hunting her.
The first half of every episode is the story followed by a discussion between Pam (the podcast creator) and Elena (a native Russian speaker) about how to use the Russian words Nadia is teaching Brian in the story.
Each episode is about 25 minutes long and there are 6 episodes in Season One.
Who is this Podcast for?
Listeners who just want a fun, cute story that also makes them feel smart will love it.
Listeners who want to rapidly become fluent in Russian are better served elsewhere, as Russian for Cats introduces Russian words slowly and carefully.
Despite the whimsical premise, this is not a children’s story. Listeners will hear “asshole”, “dammit” and “hell” a few times and there is one murder late in season one. No sex, no gore, nothing gross.
Who made Russian for cats?
Here are the people behind the Podcast. Each actor worked remote from his/her own country.
Pam cameron (Creator)
Pam was sitting in her living room using an app to study Russian vocabulary and she wondered if there might be a way to use an engaging story to teach foreign vocabulary words. She started writing.
Twenty-one months later, she finally had season one of Russian for Cats. She recruited voice talent through Reddit and Upwork and did all the editing herself.
Pam created Russian For Cats because she believes language learning can be fun and wanted to prove it. She lives and works in Little Rock, Arkansas with her husband and two cats.
ALEXANDER DODDY (NARRATOR)
Born in Lancaster to Irish parents, studied at the University of Leeds. He began acting at an early age but focussed on academics. Upon graduating Alexander returned to acting and has recorded more than 25 audiobooks as well as commercials, music videos for several bands including the Kaiser Chiefs and The Libertines, on stage in A Midsummer Night's dream, Sense and Sensibility and Dracula as well as various features, shorts and TV.
Olga Kochetkova (Nadia)
My name is Olga and I'm the voice of Nadia. I live in Minsk, Belarus. After years in marketing strategy I took a break to become a freelance graphic designer to have more control over how I spend my time. In my time free from working, being a mom and a wife I record acoustic covers of my favorite songs. And the word is - I never sleep.
Kyle Teichmann (Brian)
Hailing from Texas, Kyle aspires to truly connect with audiences from around the world. Graduating with a business degree at University of North Texas and an analyst job in hand, he sought out to find his passions in life. From traveling to rock climbing and martial arts classes, Kyle has enjoyed many different hobbies and finally struck gold when taking an acting class.
Elena Vakhtina (Ruby)
I’m Elena Vakhtina, Ukrainian in passport but international in soul. Currently , I live and work in Paris as a Sales Assistant in Tourism industry, speak 4 languages so far and won’t mind taking up the 5th one. I always try to be on the run, enjoy meeting new people and wouldn’t miss a chance to hop up on a plane to travel this exciting world.
I truly believe that the world is your oyster, and even the sky is not the limit!
Heather Henning (Nadia's ARTist)
Heather Henning is an animator and designer based is Tulsa, Oklahoma. An alum of Savannah College of Art and Design, she graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Heather is passionate about bringing personality and expression into every project she tackles. More of her work can be found at hahanimation.com
jeff callahan (Podcast Consultant)
Jeff Callahan has been podcasting since 2015. He has been married to Pam Cameron since 2014.
When he's not giving sage advice on how to create engaging podcasts, he's busy running his company, Become More Compelling where he helps people become more powerful communicators.
Peter Smith (S1 Ep4)
Darko Rajchin (S1 Ep 5)
Darko Rajchin (S1 Ep 5)