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Aug 28, 2017

After being taken for fake journalists at a local campaign rally, Lauren and Brian reflect on the nature of podcasting as a popular medium, the various models from which podcasters can draw their credibility, and the tension between rigor and accessibility in academic podcasting.

May 29, 2017

In recent months Donald Trump has taken to labeling news stories and outlets that criticize him as "fake news." The term, which only a few months ago had been used to describe online hoaxes masquerading as news stories, now has become nearly impossible to define. Dr. Lauren Neefe returns to cohost, and together we make...

Feb 21, 2017

Donald Trump claims to be not only a presidential candidate but also the leader of a historical movement to "make America great again." The day after his inauguration, however, millions marched in cities across America in order to show that Trump's movement does not speak for them. We interview participants at...

Dec 20, 2016

As Barack Obama's presidency comes to an end, first drafts of his legacy are already being written. In this episode I'm joined by three scholars who are contributors to one such draft—an upcoming book called Reconsidering Obama: Reflections on Rhetoric. Professors Jennifer Mercieca, Mark McPhail, and David Frank...

Oct 31, 2016

"Political correctness" has been a devil term for Donald Trump's presidential campaign, but the term's meaning is far from clear. In this episode I offer a history of political correctness, and suggest that, like every other part of Trump's campaign, his use of the term is like nothing we've seen before.