Eisenhower speechwriter dies

Former President Eisenhower speechwriter Bob Kieve died on Sunday, at 98. He served in Eisenhower’s first term before going on to a colorful career as an independent radio station owner in San …

Book Review: A Feast of Speeches

Review of: Transatlantic Rhetoric – Speeches from the American Revolution to the Suffragettes by Tom Wright For more than 10 years, Tom Wright of the University of Sussex has concentrated his scholarly energies on …

What Would Churchill Do?

I was asleep at 9:00 p.m. but was awakened a couple of hours later, and there’ll be no sleep for awhile. As I have asked myself so many times in …

Commencement speech podcast fest, May 15

Commencment-speech-a-palooza is taking place on May 15.  Put on by iHeartRadio, Commencement Speeches 2020 will include virtual talks by a couple dozen celebrities, from Hillary Clinton to Pitbull. “High school and college …

Rhetorical Recap: You’ve Got a Friend

We’ve lost hold of the anchoring and orienting forms by which we connect to politics. Guess who to the rescue, for Democrats at least. The day after Bernie Sanders endorsed …