16. Bilabial Plosives & Embodied Rhetoric

This might be the best one yet (do we say that every time?) Rhetorician and friend of the podcast Maggie M. Werner joins us to talk about her brilliant book, Stripped: Reading the Erotic Body. Maggie blows our minds talking about embodied knowledge and the importance of sometimes shutting the F- up and listening. She also enlightens us about Canadian tuxedos (denim vest, jeans, white tee) and explains to us about bilabial plosives which is not what you think it is. In our latest script development session, Maggie and Phyllis imagine Temptation Island for Academics, which is like the original but without sexy people. Then, we reminisce about Midwestern homophobia in the 90’s and that time Phyllis made everyone gay. For a genuine taste of Macomb life, check out the Heritage Days 2021 poster on our website. Community Strong Abraham Lincoln says: We can DO IT.

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15. Relaxing is Resistance

In this episode we welcome Kathryn Rosenberg, MBA, DD (Data Detective) to talk with us about work, vocation and avocation – the things we do to pay the bills and the things we do to thrive. You don’t need to listen to know that job searching during a pandemic sucks… but there’s more to it than that, as Kathryn teaches us that professionals know how to do things, and we all come to understand that flowers are pretty. She also offers us some mind-blowing recommendations for Broadway musicals and we collaborate on a script treatment for a non-heteronormative Disney princess movie about an epic quest to overcome the fear that everyone is mad at you. This episode has a soundtrack! Hear women shout sing about wanting careers AND babies and discover the difference between Let it Go and Let it Snow at https://tinyurl.com/RippeySistersOnBroadway

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14. Sex Robots are the New Awesome

Sex Robots are the New Awesome: Talking Trends with Devon Powers. Very informative graph of three data points illustrated with legs wearing blue tights.

On this episode we welcome Devon Powers, Temple University Professor of Advertising and author of Writing the Record: The Village Voice and the Birth of Rock Criticism and On Trend: The Business of Forecasting the Future. Together we explore the moral, economic and political dynamics inherent in futurism, with a few digressions to consider interior design games, hugging machines and sex robots. Also, it turns out that nanoinfluencers are a thing: we know that there are them, and we are in fact them. Two very important mysteries are solved as Devon weighs in on whether Rosalie invented the abbreviation “JK” and helps Phyllis explain what “fungible” means. Among Devon’s own predictions is “the great shorn” – #baldisbeautiful2021. On a serious note, Detective Data does it again with an update to the audience readiness score reported about in previous episodes. Where on the 0-100 scale are audience members rating their willingness to return to in-person events? There’s only one way to find out: LISTEN TO THIS EPISODE.



On Trend: The Business of Forecasting the Future.

Writing the Record: The Village Voice and the Birth of Rock Criticism (2013

Blowing Up the Brand: Critical Perspectives on Promotional Culture 

Faith Popcornhugging machines

Cowboy Sex Robots

Pierre Bourdieu (sp???) term

Bald is beautiful 2021

Afrofuturism – overview from UCLA.edu

Sinofuturism – Discussion in SFRA Review

Hannah Arendt – The Human Condition

Diffusion of innovation model 

Two Step Flow Theory

Glamour Shots

March Mammals Madness

I Saw What You Did: Is it good or was I just horny?

Welcome to Your Fantasy

13. When You Start Talking About Race White People Go Crazy

In this episode we welcome activist, organizer, researcher and Ph.D. candidate Karine Coen-Sanchez to blow our minds with her anti-racist truth bombs. Think we missed Black History Month? As Karine says, “I don’t stop being Black in March.” Topics: White supremacy in education, Black scholarship and innovation, polite racism in Canada (and beyond), and de-personalizing the conversation so we can work together for justice. Concepts we explore include racialization, academic freedom of BIPOC people, white people’s discomfort, accountability for impact, and disrupting the mode of production through anti-racist outcry. It’s a serious conversation, with our proprietary blend of swear-words. A new “Letters from Listeners” sparks a conversation about post-colonialism and the way our culture reinforces life-threatening eating disorders. Rosalie is on tenterhooks as Phyllis is all, #FreeBrittney. We end with four recommendations: 1) do meditation and 2-4) rate/review/share our podcast!

This amazing portrait was published by UOttawa Gazette

12. Keep the wahoos away from my hoo-ha

In this episode we share our journeys towards radical self-acceptance and denounce anti-fat bias and its connection to racism, ableism and neoliberalism…to name a few. Fat shaming is bad! But don’t worry, we still think it’s ok to poke fun at yourself and others. Like Australia’s Judith Lucy, we are overwhelmed, dying, and VERY INTERESTING. Is Holland the new Berenstain Bears theory? Were Irish names always pronounced that way? Why is Phyllis riding Aristotle? Russell Brand: not sure who he is, but boy do we like him. And we like you too. Thanks for listening.

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