Rhetoric | St. Louis Public Radio

Rhetoric

This interview will be on St. Louis on the Air at noon Monday. This story will be updated after the show. You can listen live.

While the art of persuasion and the study of public discourse have enriched human civilization for millennia, negative connotations frequently surround contemporary notions of rhetoric. Politicians are dismissed as “all rhetoric, no action,” and talking heads on TV make everyday people sigh over “all the rhetoric” of the 24-hour news cycle.

But for those who conduct research in the academic field of rhetoric – and everyone interested in the work that words can do – the term “rhetoric” still holds great hope and possibility for society.

On Monday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh will talk with two local scholars about cultural understandings of rhetoric, its positive uses and the ever-shifting ways in which humans communicate.