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 when Heaven is an endless aisle 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 some of the key storylines from the two films. The conversation focuses more so on the way this story affirms and values 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 a crisis that is looking for a blame game in separating families. Is it possible for us to set politics aside?

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.

Persuasion 137: When Living Your Best Life Is Mocked on Twitter

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson talk about being mocked on Twitter. They also consider the components we embrace for living our best life and what those components say about our values, our dreams, and our vision of the good life.

Persuasion 136: You Hear Yanny. I Hear Laurel. Let’s Fight.

A recording of a word demanded us to choose sides. What we heard became the only real and rational response, making us frustrated by those who heard the other. Erin and Hannah summarize the Yanny/Laurel debate and the reactions it produced, and how it mirrors the debates we have about issues of much greater import.

Persuasion 135: College Students Beware! Real Life Ahead

In this ounce of Persuasion fast chat, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson share their wisdom of adult life. Each shares a bit of the shock that descended when they saw real life ahead! Listen to what happened when post-college life kicked in and how they transitioned to (somewhat) responsible adult.

Persuasion 134: Alexa Obeys My Every Command and So Should You

In this episode of Persuasion, Erin Straza and Hannah Anderson consider the ways that our modern communication styles are shaping the way we think and talk. Will Alexa give us practice using our commanding voice? Will it cause us to forget social graces?

Persuasion 133: How DARE You Look Beautiful

In this ounce of Persuasion fast chat, Erin and Hannah discuss the ways that we demand perfection from our celebrities, from Duchess Catherine to Carrie Underwood, but then criticize them for fulfilling our demands.