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If Ben Stein and the Kardashians had a baby that were raised by Janeane Garofalo in a recording studio, you’d have RhetoricLee Speaking, a podcast analyzing cliches in culture, politics, and whatever was on Netflix at 3am. Join hostess with the mostess and professor of Rhetorical Communication, Lee Pierce, to learn the ins and outs of this thing called rhetoric--why certain uses of language have different effects than others and how the cliches we use close our minds off from other ways of thinking.

If Ben Stein and the Kardashians had a baby that were raised by Janeane Garofalo in a recording studio, you’d have RhetoricLee Speaking, a podcast analyzing cliches in culture, politics, and whatever was on Netflix at 3am. Join hostess with the mostess and professor of Rhetorical Communication, Lee Pierce, to learn the ins and outs of this thing called rhetoric--why certain uses of language have different effects than others and how the cliches we use close our minds off from other ways of thinking.

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If Ben Stein and the Kardashians had a baby that were raised by Janeane Garofalo in a recording studio, you’d have RhetoricLee Speaking, a podcast analyzing cliches in culture, politics, and whatever was on Netflix at 3am. Join hostess with the mostess and professor of Rhetorical Communication, Lee Pierce, to learn the ins and outs of this thing called rhetoric--why certain uses of language have different effects than others and how the cliches we use close our minds off from other ways of thinking.

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@rhetoriclee

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Episodes

When Black Women Speak

6/21/2021
Read the blog version: Today's episode is a reading of an excerpt from the introduction of my now defunct book manuscript, "When Black Women Speak: The Politics of White Listening." Enjoy! Read the blog: https://rhetoriclee.com/when-black-women-speak/ *Learn more at https://rhetoriclee.com *Follow the show on Facebook and on Instagram @rhetoriclee *Subscribe to the show on iTunes/Apple Podcasts, on Google Podcasts, on Stitcher, on Youtube, on Spotify, or via RSS *Take 20 seconds to...

Duration:00:15:59

Jargon, Exemplars and Brene Brown

5/27/2021
Takeaways: Jargon, sometimes called buzzwords, sometimes called slang, sometimes called bureaucratese, is basically non-standard language meant to bring into being non-standard thought. Jargon is inclusive and expands our collective understanding about the world when it is used carefully, defined, in tons of examples, and solves a problem by bringing a different awareness than other words in its orbit. However, jargon is exclusive and narrows our collective understanding about the world...

Duration:00:26:22

Language Lowdown: Defending 'I Feel Like'

5/14/2021
This episode is a reading of a recent piece by Amanda Montell for Sunday Edit titled "Language Lowdown: Why Phrases Like "I Feel Like" and "If That Makes Sense" Aren't Actually Bad." Montell's piece discusses patriarchal language standards and the importance of critiquing our norms for "authoritative speech" and it features my two cents about language as something we want to use intentionally not necessarily "correctly" (because standards for correctness are caught up in all kinds of sexism,...

Duration:00:09:32

Free Speech Hate Speech Counter Speech

4/20/2021
The first crossover episode between May it Displease the Court, which looks at corruption in the courts from judges through dark money anti-democratic far-Right donors, and RhetoricLee Speaking, banishing banality one speech at a time. Your co-hosts, Mary and Lee, look at censorship, free speech vs. hate speech, and counter speech. Here are the highlights: 1) as much as we may want the law to recognize hate speech sometimes when truly vile opinions (in our opinions) are being circulated,...

Duration:00:45:38

Linguistic Reparations, Or Why I Don’t Say Ni**

4/6/2021
The problem with phrasing the rules or norms or whatever you want to call them around the word n-i** as a prohibition, as a thou shalt not, is that not only does it NOT address the more implicit racism of feeling entitled to say the word when there’s no one around “to be offended,” but it also begs the very people to transgress that you’re trying to get to stop transgressing because most people--especially people who fancy themselves edgy intellectuals or truth tellers or the last stalwarts...

Duration:00:25:20

BONUS: Listen to Lee on the Unapologetically Unleashed Podcast

3/30/2021
I chatted recently with Nadeje of the Unleashed Unapologetically podcast about thought work, rhetoric, tension, cliches, and internal debate. The episode is called "The Thoughts About the Thoughts." Click on the link below to listen. Listen on Spotify Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Anchor Listen on the Web

Duration:00:01:14

The Whitewashing of Amanda Gorman

2/18/2021
Black women remain subjects who must recite power to have any power even though the power of the reciter is never the power of the subject who originates the lines to be recited. Amidst the praise that critics have rightfully heaped upon “The Hill We Climb” since January 6, only a few critics, mostly Black women, have noticed how her language testifies to American slavery, 1619-present. For example, Gorman’s opening lines contain several middle passage metaphors, including “the loss we...

Duration:00:32:34

Smut Yr Mouth: Dirty Talk Like a Rhetorician

2/2/2021
In honor of National Sex Ed Day on February 2nd, I’m teaching you how to talk dirty! You’re welcome. Let me tell you who this episode is for. It is for people who are excited about the idea of dirty talk, or sexy talk, or explicit talk but have no idea how to start or aren’t sure if their partner is receptive or have had a bad experience or been turned off by stereotypes in the media. It is for people whose sex life has gotten stale but role playing and expensive toys and one-size-fits-all...

Duration:00:32:42

The Myth of Dr. King’s Absolute Nonviolence

1/18/2021
The Myth of Dr. King’s Absolute Nonviolence There is a story about Dr. King, apparently true, that during one of his Christian leadership conferences a man jumped out of the audience and started punching him repeatedly in the face. King just stood there. When King’s supporters tried to interfere, King told them to stay back. He was getting the absolute shit knocked out of him and he kept saying “‘Don’t touch him, don’t hurt him.’” It wasn’t until King was clearly in mortal peril that people...

Duration:00:24:48

Pro Black Anthems 2020 Ranked by Cliche

1/5/2021
When you’re talking about anything pro-Black in America, you’re going to run into a crossroads between making Black culture accessible, translatable to White hegemony or making it about elevating and celebrating Black culture in its distinctness from Whiteness. There is no right answer here. It’s just an ever-present decision. One of the ways that tension gets navigated is the degree to which a text uses cliches. From comforting reassurance and quippy banality to unsettling juxtaposition...

Duration:00:28:53

Suddenly Nothing Changed: Why Epiphanies are Cliche

12/22/2020
With New Year’s fast approaching, we are all in store for our usual turning-of-the clock epiphany. Suddenly, everything changes and, at that moment, we just know. Except not. Epiphanies are cliches that keep us from doing the hard work of understanding how persuasion happens. The epiphany collapses the event that happens with our response to it as opposed to the rhetorical figure peripeteia, which marks an event as an opportunity for change. Joe Biden used both epiphany and peripeteia in...

Duration:00:24:03

I Come to Eulogize Kobe, Not to Praise Him

8/25/2020
Back in January, basketball legend Michael Jordan gave a eulogy for other basketball legend Kobe Bryant after Kobe died tragically in a plane crash with his daughter Gianna. Commentators praised the speech because it was “tearful,” “moving,” and “heartfelt.” I agree that Jordan’s speech is AN example of a eulogy. But I disagree that it is a model for ALL eulogies. It praises Kobe for a bunch of different attributes, all of those attributes are probably what anyone would select if asked to...

Duration:00:33:59

Announcing The Big Rhetorical Podcast 2020

8/24/2020
It's the last week of August 2020 and the #rhetoricnerds are sending summer off in style with the inaugural week of The Big Rhetorical Podcast Carnival! Eight podcasts are participating this week on the theme The Digital Future of Rhetoric and Composition including yours truly. In addition to checking out this week's episode of RhetoricLee Speaking, be sure to check out the other podcasts participating in the carnival, including: https://globalrhetorics.com...

Duration:00:01:30

Fake it Till You Make It: Ethos and Code Switching in The Walking Dead

7/28/2020
Of all the leaders on The Walking Dead, which is a show that takes place in a zombie apocalypse, I would choose the flamboyant, Shakespearean Black man with the giant tiger. Why? Because he, who goes by the name King Ezekiel, is the most rhetorical character. When I say that Ezekiel is the most rhetorical character, I mean that he is the most aware that meaning is something that has to be created--that there is no such thing as the “right” belief or the most “authentic” person. There are...

Duration:00:36:36

BONUS: Juxtaposition and the Obama-Trump Inaugural Photos

7/26/2020
Quick announcement after a long hiatus! A lot is going on in the world. It’s a wonderful and terrible time to be a rhetorician #blacklivesmatter and #stillpodcasting RhetoricLee Speaking will be back soon with a new episode feat. King Ezekiel of The Walking Dead. In the meantime, head over to the podcast Rhetoricity hosted by fellow rhetorician Eric Detweiler and check out a new episode featuring several analyses of juxtaposition (putting two things side by side to make an...

Duration:00:02:30

Anecdon’ts and Instafails: Social Media Marketing Cliche

5/26/2020
An anecdote is not a story. An anecdote is a quick, “this thing happened to me.” An anecdote is a one-dimensional series of facts that people call a story when they don’t know better. An anecdote may have had a point. It might even have some concrete detail. But the one thing it doesn’t have is the one thing that a good story can’t exist without: Plot. Structure. What’s missing from the anecdote is what we call in rhetoric “vicarious experience.” The whole reason stories exist is to trick...

Duration:00:34:49

Some Pain, Some Gain: Cancel Culture, Persona, and Chris D'Elia

5/13/2020
Corny-ass comedy: I'm here for it! Comedian Chris D’Elia’s new standup, “No Pain,” which premiered on Netflix a few weeks ago and was unanimously a let down to everyone who analyzed it. D’Elia has been a mid-level stand-up for a while now. He really took off last year as the host of the podcast, “Congratulations with Chris D’Elia.” At its best, “No Pain” transgresses and pokes fun at the expectation that people have to suffer to be interesting. That’s a totally worthy theme. D’Elia even...

Duration:00:47:42

TRAILER: RhetoricLee Speaking Podcast

5/13/2020
What’s up Rhetoric Nerds! Welcome to RhetoricLee Speaking--a podcast about banishing banality, one speech at a time. I am your hostess with the mostess, Lee Pierce, she/they pronouns, lover of rhetoric, professor of communication, and loather of cliches. Join me most Tuesdays on YouTube, your favorite podcast app, or my blog at rhetoriclee.com for a whirlwind tour of the banality in culture, politics, and whatever was on Netflix at 3am. Be sure to subscribe wherever you watch or listen so...

Duration:00:01:11

Drink Analogies Not Bleach: Fresh Prince and Trump’s Lysol Moment

4/28/2020
Get a great list of fast and dirty strategies for constructing a kick ass analogy and listen to me mini rant about how Democrats ought to be out visiting the victims of bleach poisoning, sympathizing with those poor people who are so terrified that grasp at a desperate solution, instead of shitting all over them for being idiot sailors led by Captain Idiot on the idiot cruise. Kicking off with Britta’s hilarious explanation of analogies from the recently revived Community, RhetoricLee...

Duration:00:38:24

Tiger Kink Part 2 of 2--Tiger King, Transgression, Trump

4/21/2020
Part 2 of a 2-part episode defending only the first ⅗ of the very first episode of “Tiger King.”: A piece of cultural criticism as epic as “Tiger King” is not. Tiger King bashing--which is not the same as nuanced cultural criticism--is demophobia to the core. Demophobia means a fear of the demos. Tiger King gives you pleasure, at least in the first ⅗ of the first episode, because it toes the line of kink--of queer transgression around sexual identity and practice. Not in a mean, sad way...

Duration:00:42:25