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Semantic Reactions

Semantic Reactions is the official podcast of the Institute of General Semantics

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Episode 21 Featuring An Interview With Peggy Cassidy
Our May 2024 episode features an interview with Dr. Margaret Cassidy, the newly elected president of the New York Society for General Semantics, and the author of Bookends: The Changing Media Environment of American Classrooms; and of Children, Media, and American History: Printed Poison, Pernicious Stuff, and Other Terrible Temptations. Peggy Cassidy is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at Adelphi University, and a past president of the New York State Communication Association, and the Media Ecology Association. In conversation with IGS Trustees Lance Strate and Thom Gencarelli, the discussion deals with dance and choreography, language and the arts, symbolic form and musical notation, orality and literacy, education and communication, technology and psychotherapy, leadership and administration, and of course general semantics.
80:32 5/19/24
Episode 20 Featuring An Interview With Paul Guzzardo
Our April 2024 episode features an interview with lawyer, media activist, and artist-designer Paul Guzzardo. The conversation ranges across topics such as digital arts and deep fakes, the music of Ustad Imrat Khan, Henry Ford and the United Steel Workers labor union, Marshall McLuhan and Walter Ong, Patrick Geddes and Aldous Huxley, Josephine Baker, Walter Winchell, Giovanni Piranesi, and of course general semantics, and takes us on a trip from Guzzardo’s hometown of St. Louis to his current residence in Buenos Aries, Argentina, with stops along the way in places such as New York City, Edinburgh and Dundee in Scotland, and Calcutta, India.
59:35 4/26/24
Episode 19 Featuring a Discussion With Laura Trujillo-Liñán, Gustavo Navarro, Thom Gencarelli, and Lance Strate
Our March 2024 episode features a discussion held in the media lab at Panamericana University in Mexico City with Panamericana's Media Lab Director Gustavo Navarro, IGS Trustee and Panamericana Philosophy Professor Laura Trujillo-Liñán, and visiting IGS Trustees Thom Gencarelli and Lance Strate. Their conversation covers media ecology, new media, education, general semantics, and more.
57:37 3/29/24
Episode 18 Featuring an Interview With Michelle Shocked Part 2
Our February 2024 episode features the second part of an interview with singer-songwriter and activist Michelle Shocked. In conversation with IGS trustees Lance Strate and Thom Gencarelli, they discuss Michelle's career and music, and issues regarding copyright, media and technology, artists' rights, and human dignity (and includes a bit of salty language). The episode concludes with a live performance and a prerecorded song. If you haven't heard episode 17, you may want to listen to that one first.   
89:24 2/11/24
Episode 17 Featuring an Interview With Michelle Shocked
Our January 2024 episode features an interview with singer-songwriter and activist Michelle Shocked. In conversation with IGS trustees Lance Strate and Thom Gencarelli, they discuss Michelle's background and music, and issues regarding copyright, media and technology, artists' rights, and human dignity, and concludes with a live performance.
74:43 1/28/24
Episode 16 Featuring an Interview With Steve Stockdale
Our December 2023 episode features an interview with former IGS Executive Director and Trustee Steve Stockdale. In conversation with IGS President Lance Strate, Stockdale discusses his background and connection to general semantics, his experiences setting up a MOOC and teaching a course on general semantics online, and his initiative known as “calling out the symbol rulers”. 
69:56 12/27/23
Episode 15 Featuring an Interview With Marcy Axelrod
Our November 2023 episode features an interview with author, public speaker, and strategy management consultant Marcy Axelrod. The interview, conducted by IGS President Lance Strate, focuses on her new book, entitled How We Choose to Show Up, her work as a business consultant, and the importance of speech, relationships, and personal presence.
54:27 11/28/23
Episode 14 Featuring An Interview With Nora Bateson
Our October 2023 episode features an interview with Nora Bateson, who is an IGS Trustee and President of the International Bateson Institute. The interview, conducted by IGS President Lance Strate, focuses on her new book, entitled Combining, a volume that includes essays, poems, and artwork. Their conversation touches on topics such as systems theory, the ecology of communication, learning and interdependence, relationships and contexts, and poetry and forms of expression.
50:40 10/31/23
Episode 13 Featuring a Roundtable Discussion With Eva Berger, Susan Drucker, Thom Gencarelli, Michael Plugh, and Lance Strate
Celebrating the one year anniversary of the launch of our podcast, our September 2023 episode features a roundtable discussion with IGS trustees Eva Berger, Susan Drucker, Thom Gencarelli, Michael Plugh, and Lance Strate, as they take up the one of the most basic questions for the discipline of general semantics: What is going on? Their discussion touches on problems such as racism and retribalization, information overload and political polarization, chaos and complexity, AI and regulation, and how to make things better.
63:31 9/30/23
Episode 12 Featuring An Interview With Paul Soukup
The twelfth episode of Semantic Reactions, the official podcast of the Institute of General Semantics, features an interview with Paul Soukup, SJ, a professor of communication at Santa Clara University, and the author of seven books, including Communication and Theology; Christian Communication; Media, Culture and Catholicism; Mass Media and the Moral Imagination; Fidelity and Translation: Communicating the Bible in New Media; Out of Eden; and most recently, A Media Ecology of Theology. The interview is conducted by IGS president Lance Strate, and their discussion ranges across topics such as education, language, environmentalism, religion, and media.
65:09 8/24/23
Episode 11 Featuring An Interview With Marleen Barr
The eleventh episode of Semantic Reactions, the official podcast of the Institute of General Semantics, features an interview with novelist, literary scholar, and science fiction critic Marleen Barr. Dr. Barr is the author of two novels, Oy Pioneer! and Oy Feminist Planets, and a number of works of feminist science fiction, including Alien to Femininity: Speculative Fiction and Feminist Theory; Lost in Space: Probing Feminist Science Fiction and Beyond; Feminist Fabulation: Space/Postmodern Fiction; and Genre Fission: A New Discourse Practice for Cultural Studies. Her most recent book, just published by Dark Helix Press, is a short story collection entitled This Former President: Science Fiction as Retrospective Retrorocket Jettisons Trumpism. The  discussion covers feminism, literary theory, science fiction, and politics.
81:13 7/30/23
Episode 10 Featuring an Interview with Mary P.. Lahman
The tenth episode of Semantic Reactions, the official podcast of the Institute of General Semantics, features an interview with writer, educator and general semantics expert Mary P. Lahman.  Dr. Lahman is Professor Emerita of Communication Studies at Manchester University in Indiana, and the author of Awareness and Action, published by the Institute of General Semantics. She is also a member of the IGS Board of Trustees. The discussion deals with communication as a field of study, the theory and practice of listening, and teaching on the topic of general semantics.
55:49 6/30/23
Episode 9 Featuring an Interview with Martin H. Levinson
The ninth episode of Semantic Reactions, the official podcast of the Institute of General Semantics, features an interview with author and Past President of the Institute of General Semantics Martin Levinson. Their conversation covers Levinson’s background in general semantics, his career in education, and his writing, centering on his satirical work. Levinson shares a reading from his latest book, Lunch with the American People: Satirical Food for Thought.
59:24 5/23/23
Episode 8 Featuring an Interview with Gary Gumpert
The eighth episode of Semantic Reactions, the official podcast of the Institute of General Semantics, features an interview with Gary Gumpert, Professor Emeritus of Communicastion at Queens College of the City University of New York and President of the Urban Communication Foundation, conducted by Lance Strate and Thom Gencarelli. The conversation  covers the entirety of Dr. Gumpert’s life and times, from his childhood escaping from the Holocaust, to his early career in radio and television broadcasting, to his work as a communication scholar. Along the way, we find a consistent emphasis on the themes of community and connection.   LinksGet Embed PlayerDownload Audio File  
73:40 4/24/23
Episode 7 Featuring an Interview with Renee Hobbs
The seventh episode of Semantic Reactions, the official podcast of the Institute of General Semantics, features an interview with media literacy maven and communication studies scholar Renee Hobbs, conducted by Lance Strate and Thom Gencarelli. The conversation ranges across topics such as propaganda, media education, communication technology, and general semantics today.
79:25 3/28/23
Episode 6 Featuring an Interview with Stephen Roxborough
The sixth episode of Semantic Reactions, the official podcast of the Institute of General Semantics, features an interview with poet, author, and recordiong artist Stephen Roxborough. The conversation focuses on the recent release of Roxborough's Poetic Dystopia, an album available on CD and digital download, featuring spoken word poetry, with music by Karl Blau.
71:52 2/27/23
Episode 5 Featuring An Interview With Paul Levinson
The fifth episode of Semantic Reactions, the official podcast of the Institute of General Semantics, features an interview with author and media scholar Paul Levinson conducted by Lance Strate. The conversation ranges across topics that include science fiction, science, language and media, politics, and free speech, and concludes with a reading by Levinson of his alternate history short story about the Beatles, "It's Real Life".
93:47 1/24/23
Episode 4 Featuring Corey Anton, Nora Bateson, Eva Berger, Thom Gencarelli, & Lance Strate
The fourth episode of Semantic Reactions, the official podcast of the Institute of General Semantics, features a freewheeling discussion with IGS trustees Corey Anton, Nora Bateson, Eva Berger, Corey Anton, and Lance Strate, on media and technology in general, and especially computers, artificial intelligence, and Chat GPT, and their effects on human communication, consciousness, and culture.
68:19 12/27/22
Episode 3 Featuring Interviews with Susan Jasko and Stephanie Bennett
The third episode of Semantic Reactions, the official podcast of the Institute of General Semantics, features interviews of Susan Jasko of the University of Alabama, and Stephanie Bennett of Palm Beach Atlantic University, conducted by Lance Strate during the annual meeting of the National Communication Association in New Orleans, November 17th to 20th, 2022. The conversations range across topics such as science communication, the weather, policing, speech, civility, religion, language, and of course general semantics.
49:04 11/22/22
Episode 2 Featuring an Interview with Christopher Mayer and Reading by Adeena Karasick
The second episode of Semantic Reactions, the official podcast of the Institute of General Semantics, features Christopher Mayer, author of How Do You Know: A Guide to Clear Thinking About Wall Street, Investing, and Life, and most recently, Dear Fellow Time-Binder: Letters on General Semantics, interviewed by Thom Gencarelli and Lance Strate, followed by a reading by celebrated poet Adeena Karasick from her latest book, Massaging the Medium: Seven Pechakuchas. 
62:00 10/26/22
Episode 1 Featuring an Interview with Nora Bateson
The first episdoe of Semantic Reactions, the official podcast of the Institute of General Semantics, features Nora Bateson, author, filmmaker, educator, and president of the International Bateson Institute, interviewed by Lance Strate and Michael Plugh. The episode begins with a reading from the first book by IGS founder Alfred Korzybski, Manhood of Humanity, originally published in 1921, read by Eva Berger. The episode concludes with a poetry reading by Martin Levinson from his recently published collection, Signal Reactions.
90:13 8/29/22