13 episodes

You probably think that you would never join the military. Think again. Every year thousands of young Americans surprise family and friends, signing long, legally-binding contracts with an organization they know very little about. Many of them join to pay for college. But what happens when pride and optimism turn into regret and refusal to play a role in war? Hear perspectives about the military, the Iraq War and conscientious objection you have likely never heard before. Strong voices in the war against the war. More info on Breaking Cadence the podcast and Breaking Cadence the memoir at rosadelduca.com or https://books2read.com/breakingcadence

Breaking Cadence: Insights From a Modern-Day Conscientious Objector Rosa del Duca

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 19 Ratings

You probably think that you would never join the military. Think again. Every year thousands of young Americans surprise family and friends, signing long, legally-binding contracts with an organization they know very little about. Many of them join to pay for college. But what happens when pride and optimism turn into regret and refusal to play a role in war? Hear perspectives about the military, the Iraq War and conscientious objection you have likely never heard before. Strong voices in the war against the war. More info on Breaking Cadence the podcast and Breaking Cadence the memoir at rosadelduca.com or https://books2read.com/breakingcadence

    Expanding Draft Registration to Women is Progessive, Right? Guess Again

    Expanding Draft Registration to Women is Progessive, Right? Guess Again

    Congress is poised to expand draft registration to young women. Some argue it's a sign of equal rights, of progressive feminist values. But during a panel at the 2021 Peace and Justice Studies Association Conference, three remarkable speakers debunk that theory and explain why the draft should be abolished once and for all. The panel was called “Intersectionality & the U.S. Military Draft" and features Rivera Sun, Edward Hasbrouck, Sebastian Muñoz-McDonald (and Rosa del Duca. )Suppo...

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Unconventional Combat: A Dialogue with Author Mike Messner

    Unconventional Combat: A Dialogue with Author Mike Messner

    The author of Guys Like Me: Five Wars, Five Veterans for Peace has a new book out, focused on women and members of the LGBTQ2S community. It's called Unconventional Combat: Intersectional Action in the Veterans’ Peace Movement. What is "intersectional action" and why is it important? How does "situated knowledge" play a vital role in the next generation of activism? Listen in to find out. Find out more about the book here:https://www.unconventionalcombat.com/Find out more about Mich...

    • 59 min
    Resist: A 1960s Political Activist Reflects

    Resist: A 1960s Political Activist Reflects

    A conversation between a conscientious objector from the Vietnam War and a CO from the Iraq War. Longtime political activist and writer Joel Eis reflects on war resistance, counter-recruitment, and famous protests he was involved in during the 60s and 70s, including the strike at San Francisco State. Also, the debut of a special online Truth in Recruitment program. Coming soon at https://www.beforeenlisting.org/Support the Show.

    • 46 min
    Culture Shock

    Culture Shock

    Three veterans who joined less than a year before 9/11 share their stories of enlistment, service and life after wearing the uniform. Victor Inzunza and Eddie Falcon join host Rosa del Duca in a panel discussion.Victor Inzunza grew up in Stockton, California. In 2001, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and served with 1st battalion 2nd Marines. He did two tours in Iraq, one in 2003 and one in 2004. After his enlistment, he graduated from University of the Pacific with a B.A. in English and recei...

    • 49 min
    But What Would Aristotle Say?

    But What Would Aristotle Say?

    Ethics expert and Santa Clara University professor David DeCosse explains Just War thinking and how it went very wrong in the lead up to the Iraq War. We explore America's martial culture, how PTSD can also be viewed as an ethics issue, and much more. DeCosse is the Director of Campus Ethics Programs at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, a center designed to guide students, business leaders, government leaders, scientists, and others, through ethical decision making in the real world. Ho...

    • 47 min
    A Boy Goes to War: Remembering Michael Mihalakis

    A Boy Goes to War: Remembering Michael Mihalakis

    After living what he saw as a charmed childhood, Michael Mihalakis was bound and determined to find some adversity, and to overcome it. He joined the Army National Guard in 2002, at 17 years old. He was still 17 when he was deployed to Iraq. And then, on December 26th, 2003, the unthinkable. His sister, Kristine Mihalakis shares his story, as well as her family’s journey into the depths of grief, and the struggle to climb back out.Support the Show.

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

faithydoodle711 ,

Breaking Down Barriers

This podcast was insightful. I love that Rosa chose to be brave and interview her members. They are all authentic in their answers to Rosa’s questions, even if their answers stung. Rosa is transparent about her decision to be a conscientious objector, and her views on the war. Can’t wait to listen to more!

ThisWanderingGypsy ,

Great Listen

This is such an interesting podcast. After listening to her sister talk about what she really thought about her becoming a CO I was even more into listening because you can see that she is not only finding people that are going to tell her that what she did was right. This was an all-around view, thought provoking podcast that I would definitely recommend. I also was impressed with the production quality. You can tell that she is passionate about the product that she is putting out.

Canobi-wan ,

Ethics in Conversation

This is a good podcast to listen to if you are interested in the ethical philosophy that drives both public and official opinion on the justification of war, and different opinons on how views of the U.S. military should be discussed and engaged with in society. Overall a very interesting addition to Rosa's podcasts.

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