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Podcasts to Broadcasts: The Rhetoric of Radio

PWR 1AB - Winter 2018 - Instructor: Angela Becerra Vidergar

Using examples from NPR to War of the Worlds, we will examine the unique rhetoric of radio writing and audio production. We'll read about radio in modern society from scholars and media experts such as David Foster Wallace and Henry Jenkins. We'll look at radio in literature and film, the importance of equipment and engineering, and examples of radio used to instigate action (i.e. public service, activism, disaster response) and bring research to the public. Possible topics include the place of radio in historical moments, development of audio technology, uses of medical podcasting, and other creative, political, and cultural perspectives on a medium of global significance.

Media Resources


Use these subject terms to find books on your topic:

  • Internet Radio broadcasting
  • International broadcasting
  • Podcasting
  • Radio broadcasting
  • Radio in propaganda
3rd ed. Heidelberg : Springer-Verlag, ©2010.
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New York : Berghahn Books, 2004.
Green Library » Stacks » PN1991.5 .M67 2004
Berkeley, Calif. : University of California Press, c2011.
Green Library » Stacks » PN1991.5 .M69 2011
Washington, D.C. : Woodrow Wilson Center Press ; Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, c2010.
Green Library » Stacks » HE8697.45 .E852 J64 2010
First edition.
Green Library » Stacks » HE8694 .D83 2013
New York, NY, USA : Semiotext(e), c1993.
Green Library » Stacks » PN1991.6 .R33 1993
2nd ed. Berkeley, CA : Peachpit Press, c2006.
Green Library » Stacks » TK5105.887 .F37 2006

Background and reference sources

Encyclopedias and dictionaries

Use these resources for background information or to define terms, investigate people and places.

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San Diego, Calif. : Academic Press, 2003.
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Cambridge ; Malden, MA : Polity, 2012.
Green Library » Stacks » P90 .D467 2012

Article resources

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Ipswich, MA : EBSCO Pub.
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Chester, Vt. : NewsBank, inc.
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[Miamisburg, OH] : LexisNexis, division of Reed Elsevier
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[Ann Arbor, Mich.] : ProQuest Information and Learning Company.
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