Are you being watched right now? And if so, what are you going to do about it? In this episode of Zeugma, Beck Wise explores the world of surveillance, from robot baristas to naked body scanners, and the ways people respond to these increasingly prevalent, and increasingly invasive, technologies.

Our first segment introduces you to one of the creepiest technologies on campus, an automated coffee robot that seems like it's making your caffeination process just a little bit easier -- but turns out to be keeping, and sharing, more of your personal information than you might be comfortable with. And we talk with Simone Browne, a professor of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas, about the raced and gendered experience of surveillance -- and about the ways that surveilled communities use social media and art to turn the surveillant gaze back on the dominant culture.

This episode features music from thefakesaltychips, Peter Chiykowski, and Michael Adams.

Image credit: TSA Communication Plate by Evan Roth. Licensed under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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Following the 2014 State of the Union address, this episode considers presidential rhetoric in its political and historical context. PhD student Duncan Moench interviews Jeffrey Tulis, author The Rhetorical Presidency. Moench asks Tulis's view of Obama's biggest rhetorical successes and failures thus far.

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