Saturday, March 8, 2008

A Rhetorics Series by The Word Nerds

Excitement struck when TWN took up Rhetoric, I couldn't wait to write about it. I turned out, this was part of a series and the second part was going to have to wait. Only now, this second part has come out, so I was all set to listen again and go write, when we hit a snag.

By old fashioned tradition, rhetoric is part of language education. It may come with philosophy, but not, to my surprise, in a law school. At least not in mine. So I feel I have a little gap here that has been waiting to be filled. I may not have to be alone - many more people are missing out. Yet we are submitted to rhetoric, Scot Limbaugh and Micheal Moore were mentioned on the show. The other day I saw a discussion about Obama's oratory qualities pass by, cherished and criticized at the same time.

Howard Shepherd is the specialist. He used to travel for an Academic Publisher and reminisces about selling 'Classical rhetoric for the modern student' and reveals the tongue in cheek mangling of this title. And here is what makes TWN such a superb podcast, where is succeeds in educate and entertain at the same time. It is the first time they took a subject and spread it out over more than one episode. I thought it was going to be two, but now it turns out to be three. I did not want to wait with the review, because this is great stuff. I want to encourage you to start listening. And the last chapter will still have to wait.

Previous reviews of TWN on this blog:
Silence and Speechlessness,
Religious Words,
Public Speaking,

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