about re:verb

re:verb is a podcast focused on how rhetoric, communication, and language shape contemporary politics and culture. 

Contemporary issues have complex human dimensions. Humanist perspectives help us understand those dimensions and chart a way forward. re:verb is a platform for amplifying and circulating voices from humanities fields to talk about current events, historic issues, and ideas. 

re:verb is partially inspired and informed by its predecessor The Silver Tongue , a blog that published "rhetorical criticism for the engaged citizen." Former Silver Tongue editor Doug Cloud shares his thoughts on rhetoric and its possibilities for the public in our first episode. 


our editorial team

Alex Helberg, Co-Executive Producer


Alex is a Ph.D. candidate in Rhetoric at Carnegie Mellon University. He is interested how language-use in local spaces affects broader social change, particularly as it applies to food justice movements.

Top 3 Current Podcast Favorites:

  • Citations Needed

  • The Dollop

  • 99% Invisible


Calvin Pollak, Co-Executive Producer

Calvin is also a candidate for CMU’s Ph.D. in Rhetoric. His research explores how public discourses about intelligence-gathering and other national security policies have changed in the wake of the Snowden/NSA leaks.

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  • Champagne Sharks

  • Office Hours with Tim Heidecker

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Ryan Mitchell, Producer


Ryan is a Rhetoric Ph.D. candidate at Carnegie Mellon. In his dissertation, Ryan charts the ways in which gay men living during the earliest years of the AIDS epidemic deployed ad hoc visions of an AIDS-era gay intimacy as a strategy to redraw the boundaries of expertise, citizenship, and advocacy.

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  • Ear Hustle

  • How Did This Get Made?

  • Criminal


Editors Emeritus:

Derek Handley

Ana Cooke

Audrey Strohm



re:verb editorial team