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A podcast dedicated to the practice, pedagogy, and public circulation of rhetoric in our lives.



Produced by graduate students in Syracuse University’s Composition and Cultural Rhetoric program, this project focuses on rhetorical analyses of contemporary public events and academic trends in the field of writing studies.

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A podcast dedicated to the practice, pedagogy, and public circulation of rhetoric in our lives.



Produced by graduate students in Syracuse University’s Composition and Cultural Rhetoric program, this project focuses on rhetorical analyses of contemporary public events and academic trends in the field of writing studies.

    Episode 33: Cruz Medina Interviews Ana Castillo

    Episode 33: Cruz Medina Interviews Ana Castillo

    This summer, Cruz Medina reached out to This Rhetorical Life to share an interview he had done with Ana Castillo. As Medina states in this episode: As a writer, Ana Castillo’s work is the art that identifies subject matter before those of us who are academics and scholars are able to apply lenses or qualify and [...]

    • 36 min
    Episode 32: Queer Public Cultures & the Rhetoricity of Sex Museums

    Episode 32: Queer Public Cultures & the Rhetoricity of Sex Museums

      “Homonormativity has had two kind of strains of theoretical emphasis, one of which has been the focus on neoliberal prerogatives and priorities into institutions and everyday life, and gay and lesbian formations in particular, and I say gay and lesbian for a reason. And the development of a prescriptive set of social codes that [...]

    • 38 min
    Episode 31: An Interview with Ira Shor—Part Two

    Episode 31: An Interview with Ira Shor—Part Two

    In any event, first [thing] we have to make contact with is the situation that we are entering and what kind of context we are teaching in, and for. And we have to then educate ourselves into the context. In addition, the other thing is, the political conditions not only change from place to place; [...]

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    Episode 30: An Interview with Ira Shor

    Episode 30: An Interview with Ira Shor

    Image of Ira Shor from BBS Radio In part one of our interview, Ira Shor tells us about growing up in the Bronx, his early experiences of education, joining social movements, practicing critical pedagogy, and his first encounters and early collaboration with the Brazilian educator Paulo Freire. I discovered what it was like to sit [...]

    • 46 min
    Episode 29: Reflections on Rhetoric and Citizenship

    Episode 29: Reflections on Rhetoric and Citizenship

    I just don’t understand why we have to talk about every mode of belonging as some kind of citizenship. It just doesn’t make any sense to me. I’m interested in people’s practices of resistance. I’m interested in people’s practices of belonging. […] I’m interested in people’s practices of world-making.  — Karma Chavez I’m increasingly persuaded [...]

    • 29 min
    Episode 28: Transcription // Translation

    Episode 28: Transcription // Translation

    We tend to assume that captioning is objective. It’s just copying down. We tend to privilege speech sounds, and there’s just something about speech that sort of makes it seem easier to transcribe. It’s straightforward and objective, but it’s so much more complex than that—especially when you add in non-speech sounds, especially when you consider that everybody has a [...]

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

trainspottter ,

Awesome insight

Great material and variety in this field! Good production too.

A brown listener ,

Smart & Mobile Rhet/Comp Talk

I agree with the other reviewer, and if you do too, then you should rate this podcast.

BlanchotMG ,

Great For the Field

This podcast is a great way for young members of the field (i.e. grad students) to become aware of the problems facing the field, and the way scholars are working on these issues. The podcast is built on an NPR model, which means that while there aren't a ton of bells and whistles, the base production value remains very high. This podcast is important not only for its content, but for what it represents as an accessible, professional demonstration of the media competence involved in rhetoric and composition.

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