Persuasion 153 | Blue Christmas

From Hallmark Christmas specials to receiving the perfect gift from that perfect someone, we’ve all taken in ideals that lead our hearts to unavoidable disappointment at Christmas.

Persuasion 152 | Live Talk

Our digital age allows us to handle a lot of life devoid of live, in-person conversation. We simply don’t need to converse with each other face to face.

Persuasion 151 | Church Talk, with C. Christopher Smith

Can the church lead the way in restoring the art of good conversation? C. Christopher Smith joins Persuasion to cast a grander vision for our church talk.

Persuasion 150 | Tech Talk

Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson continue their Talking about Talk series discussing the pros and cons of technical speech in our conversational bubbles.

Persuasion 149 | Funny Talk, with Ben Fort

Erin and Hannah invite Ben Fort to the conversation to discuss the important and needful role of humor in our conversations.

Persuasion 148 | Small Talk

What is it about small talk that makes us so uncomfortable? Is small talk even necessary? Erin and Hannah continue their “Talking about Talk” series in this week’s episode.

Persuasion 147 | Table Talk

Erin and Hannah continue their “Talking about Talk” series by sorting out the role our families play in shaping our conversational style.

Persuasion 146: Let’s Talk

With all the talking happening in the world today, you might think it best to keep your own thoughts and words to yourself. But would society be better served by silence?

Persuasion 145: Joy Is Finding a Public Power Outlet

Erin and Hannah examine the realization that joy is finding a public power outlet when our mobile devices send us into survival mode with a low battery.

Persuasion 144: When Heaven Is an Endless Aisle of School Supplies

In this ounce of Persuasion fast chat, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson gush over endless aisles of school supplies and how their annual appearance marks the most wonderful time of year for many who are no longer students.

Persuasion 143: Being a Disruptive Witness, with Alan Noble

Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson invite Professor and CaPC EiC Alan Noble to the conversation to sort out the issue on how our social discourse may be loud, it is rarely effective in advancing understanding or reducing conflict.

Persuasion 142: The Incredibles Teach Us How to Be Human

In this ounce of Persuasion fast chat, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson chat (spoiler free) about how the Incredibles films affirm and value the unique role of the individual while inspiring the individual to be part of the team.

Persuasion 141: Get Appointed to Your Dream Job (No Experience Necessary)

In this ounce of Persuasion fast chat, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss dream jobs that, like being appointed to the Supreme Court, have zero requirements. For Hannah, it’s being a justice; for Erin, it’s being a food critic.

Persuasion 140: The Blame Game in Separating Families

Erin and Hannah discuss the way our public discourse has become about winning and sides rather than solving the crisis in separating families at our border. Is it possible for us to set politics aside?

Persuasion 139: Why Twitter Cares about IHOP’s IHOb Campaign

In this ounce of Persuasion fast chat, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson assess the IHOP / IHOB’s failed online communication to a previous conversation discuss the need for better online engagement.

Persuasion 138 | You Can’t Say That!

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson discuss several recent free speech kerfuffles covered in the news and online, including recent comments by Rosanne Barr and Samantha Bee and the NFL’s anthem ruling.