Zeugma (general)

Have you heard the one about the Lacanian who made a podcast on laughter? They say it's hysterical.

Thank you, thank you. We'll be here all week.

In this episode of Zeugma, Jake Cowan digs into just what tickles our funny bones. To lend a hand, Jake asked Charles Rogers--the co-writer and director of the award-winning satirical film Fort Tilden--and Austin comedian Justin Davidson to talk about just what cracks them up.

Direct download: Laughing_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:05pm CST

In this episode, Megan Eatman talks with members of the Digital Writing and Research Lab's Digital Archiving Group, as well as a co-chair of the Rappaport Center's Human Rights and Archives Working Group, to learn more about their approaches to and struggles with, archiving. The lab's Cole Wehrle and Sarah Frank discuss the challenges of building an archive from a wide variety of digital and physical materials, and the Rappaport Center's Charlotte Nunes provides suggestions for how scholars can approach archival work in a more radical way.

Direct download: Archiving.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:31pm CST

In this episode of Zeugma, Axel Bohmann explores the world of sports and fan cultures. A number of fantasy sports players talk about their respective leagues, their motivations for joining them, and the way being a league member has influenced their perspective as fans. We also take a look at roller derby, which has come a long way from its humble beginnings on Austin's 6th Street to currently being the fastest growing sport in the world. Derby announcers Koolaid and Chip Queso explain how the culture of the sport has taken some decisive turns over its history and why derby is about so much more than just sports.

Direct download: sUPporting_mixdown2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:44pm CST

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.

Direct download: Surveilling.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:30am CST

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.

Direct download: Bully_pulpitting_Final_Mixdown_2_10_14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:03pm CST

"You cannot grow a beard in a moment of passion," wrote G.K. Chesterton. As unfortunately true as that may be, people today are increasingly passionate about beards, mustaches and generally men's grooming, especially in Austin, Texas. During this second episode of Zeugma's second season, group members Andy Uzendoski and Jake Cowan take on the technology and visual rhetoric surrounding facial hair in honor of Movember.


Direct download: MustachingFinal.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:59pm CST

Welcome to the second season of Zeugma, the podcast hosted by the Digital Writing and Research Lab at the University of Texas at Austin. In the season's first episode, Frightening, producer Michael Roberts looks at the role of sound in horror films. We start off with live footage from two horror film conventions, where participants describe their favorite horror sounds and the effects these sounds have on them. Next is an interview with Spencer Hickman, founder and head of Death Waltz Records, a label dedicated to pressing old horror movie soundtracks to vinyl. We conclude the episode with a review and discussion of the film Berberian Sound Studio, in which a sound engineer loses his mind over a horror film production. All of these segments engage the question what it is about certain sounds that at once chills our bones and at the same time draws us to them.

Direct download: Frigthening3.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:21pm CST

This episode of Zeugma focuses on the rhetoric of food, taking the prodigious food and restaurant scene of Austin, Texas (the podcast's hometown), as a starting point. We talk with a University of Texas instructor who taught a class on the rhetoric of food, an Austin-based food podcaster, and the executive chef of Contigo, an Austin restaurant. In all these interviews, we consider the way food gets rhetorically framed, constructed, discussed, and consumed. In short, what do we talk about when we talk about food?

Direct download: Eating.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:53pm CST

This episode of Zeugma brings together a number of elements and subjects: First comes an interview about tactical media and digital activism with Dr. Rita Raley, Associate Professor of English at the University of California-Santa Barbara. Next, the University of Louisville's Ryan Trauman and Harley Ferris explore ways of incorporating audio assignments into undergraduate rhetoric and composition courses. Finally, we consider the productive forms of risk and failure that come with bringing new media into such courses, with various members of the DWRL offering their own experiences of techno-pedagogical failures.

This episode features music from Aesthetic Evidence and Maciej Bether. All music obtained via Jamendo and used under a Creative Commons license.

Direct download: Multimediating.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:52pm CST

In this episode, the Zeugma team explores the various ways "myths" are made and spread via digital and analog technologies. We start by considering of the prevalance of Internet cat memes, especially those featuring cats as mythic figures. After that, Zeugma team member Axel Bohmann interviews documentary maker Ben Steinbauer about his film Winnebago Man, which focuses on the spread of a pre-web meme. Finally, Axel talks with University of Texas graduate student Anne Stewart about her work tracing the spread of myths about birth control on the Internet.

A word of warning that some segments of this episode contain adult language that may be inappropriate for some listeners.

Direct download: Mythmaking.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:22pm CST