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This is for the CV

This is for the CV

By Larsen and LaStrape
Conversations about life, liberty, and the pursuit by Rebecca Larsen and Anthony LaStrape.

A podcast by professors in Communication and Political Science about politics, pop culture, education, and things in between.

Note: This is for the CV is a private project by two Texas Tech University professors. We do not speak as the university nor in our official capacity as educators for the university.
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17 - Featuring Dr. Brian Ott

This is for the CV

17 - Featuring Dr. Brian Ott

This is for the CV

45 - The More a Man Knows
In this month’s episode, Anthony and I sit down for a much needed catch up and we chat about politics, TV, and Texas.
October 22, 2021
44 - Featuring Dr. Marian Houser
Dr. Marian Houser is a Professor at Texas State University in the Department of Communication. She joins us to share her knowledge on motivating and connecting with students, helicopter teaching, swearing in the classroom, and living mental wellness.
September 17, 2021
43 - Featuring Dr. Timothy Nokken
This month we are joined by Dr. Timothy Nokken. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Texas Tech University, and the Department Chair. He joins us to talk about his career researching Congress and we explore topics of trust, deliberation, and party dynamics as they relate to Congress.
August 21, 2021
42 - Featuring Dr. Michael Edward Burns
This month we are joined by Dr. Michael Burns. He is a communication professor at Texas State University, where he is also the Director of Career Readiness in the Department of Communication Studies, Co-Director of CoSearch, and co-curator of TEDxTexasSateUniversity. He shares with us about being a professional agitator, his collaborative problem-solving research program, covering the Olympics, the importance of general education courses and rural education, and of course throwing a birthday party for the pap smear.
July 16, 2021
41 - Featuring Dr. Ryan Neville-Shepard
In this month’s episode we are joined by Dr. Ryan Neville-Shepard. He is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and the Director of Graduate Studies at the at University of Arkansas. He speaks with us about third party candidates, conspiracy theories, and his path to education.
June 18, 2021
40 - Vaccinated Introverts
We’re back after a short break! In this month’s podcast, we chat about changes to the podcast so that we can keep this going, and we dive into the Supreme Court and some of our summer binges. New monthly release schedule: Every third Friday of the month. Thanks for listening! 
May 21, 2021
39 - Getting Back to Normal America
This week we talk about being fully vaccinated, the Johnson and Johnson pause, and getting back to some of America's "normal" problems - like shootings, voting restrictions, and corporations as people. 
April 16, 2021
38 - One Year in Pandemic Podcasting
This week is our one-year podcast anniversary. We reflect on you, our guests, and the unique things that have occurred over the year. We also chat Chauvin trial, shootings, and vaccinations. Thanks for spending some time with us!
April 2, 2021
37 - Featuring Dr. Clarence Williams
This week we are joined by Dr. Clarence Williams. He joins us to talk about his path through and to education. He shares his experience and wisdom as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and now administrator at all different levels of K-12 education in the Dallas Fort Worth area, and explains his life-giving approach to research through his work on a new documentary that tells the often untold stories of the DFW sound and the impact it has had on the world.
March 20, 2021
36 - High Off the People
This week on This is for the CV, we chat governors. We talk about Greg Abbott’s executive order to reopen Texas to 100% and end the mask mandate, and explore Andrew Cuomo’s recent descent through personal and political scandal.
March 5, 2021
35 - Storm 2021
This week we were not able to do a regular episode due to the storms across the country. Here in Texas things degraded quickly. We talk about our experiences (we were lucky), state leadership, and ways we can all help. Below are links referenced in the episode. Some ways to help if you can: Submit your public comment on the statewide power outage. You can share your experience and opinions to the Texas House of Representatives concerning a hearing they will have on statewide blackout factors and responses: Volunteer to check in on people to see if they are ok and have power, water, and food. Powered by the People, Travis County Democrats, and other political parties across Texas are organizing these phone banking efforts. You don’t have to be a Texas resident or have any specialized knowledge to make calls. Places to donate: Any location: This is a google sheet started by Sharon McMahon where people can share their needs and people can venmo them help. Direct support person to person.*w_ZR9F4umpdseTrfHD1ybA In Waco:  Waco Foundation in partnership with the City of Waco, launched the Winter Storm Community Relief Fund to receive contributions and provide support for individuals and families who were significantly impacted by Winter Storm Uri and do not have resources for basic needs and vital home repairs. To seek or give support: Mission Waco: (Write “Meyer Center” or “cold weather” in the comment section) St. Alba's has now closed their centers and outreach.  In Austin: Austin Mutial Aid. Venmo- austinmutualaid Austin Area Urban League: In Dallas: Feed the People Dallas Mutual Aid. Venmo- feedthepeopledallas. Cashapp- $feedthepeopledtx DFW Mutual Aid. Venmo/Cashapp- dfwmutualaid In San Antonio: Trinity Mutual Aid. Venmo- @Trinitymutualaid Para Mi Gente. Venmo/Cashapp: pmgmutualaid In Houston: Houston Mutual Aid: mutualaidhou Houseless Organizing Coalition.
February 19, 2021
34 - The Dope Show is Over
This week we chat about the rifts in the GOP, Marilyn Manson, DACA, and the minimum wage. We also began recording on Wednesday nights, so our new release time will be Friday evenings.
February 5, 2021
33 - In Order to Form a More Perfect Union
This week, as we record on the day before the inauguration of the 46th President of the United States, we reflect on the attack on the Capitol, how we got here, impeachment, and the final days of the Trump presidency. We also look to some of the things that keep us hopeful. 
January 21, 2021
32 - They Are On the Ride Now
In our first episode of 2021, we chat about our intentions for this year, what we binged over the holidays, the Georgia run-off elections, the phone call between Trump and the Georgia Secretary of State, and the future of the Republican Party and politics in general.  Note: We recorded this episode on Tuesday 1/5, the day before the attack on the United States Capitol. We are angered and saddened along with most of the rest of the country. 
January 8, 2021
31 - Featuring Dr. Kristina Mitchell
This week we are joined by Dr. Kristina Mitchell, an expert in curriculum and publishing, instructor of political science, and former boss lady of Rebecca at Texas Tech. She joins us to talk about equity in higher education. We chat about parental leave, evaluations, and best practices. Content Warning: sexual assault is discussed briefly in the episode. This will be our final episode of the year. We are grateful to our guests who shared their time and expertise with us and to our listeners for supporting us as we tried to stay connected and engaged this year. Thank you for listening! 
December 17, 2020
30 - Yippee Ki-yay
This week we talk PhD programs and vaccine hopes. We keep it a bit lighter by chatting about what we’ve been watching, including Fargo, the Mandalorian, and the transformative experience of Selena.
December 3, 2020
29 - To Remind You of My Love
This week we talk about our voting process, the transition of the presidency, Covid-19 spikes and vaccines, and the early days of party in-fighting.
November 20, 2020
28 - It Gets Better with Math
This is an impromptu, unedited episode to discuss our take on the week of election results, where we are, and where we go from here. 
November 6, 2020
27 - Featuring Dr. TJ Geiger
This week we are joined by Dr. TJ Geiger, an Assistant Professor of English at Baylor University. He joins us to talk about inoculation in political arguments, religious rhetoric, maintaining the humaneness in education, and hope. 
October 29, 2020
26 - Featuring Dr. Erik Bucy
This week we are joined by Dr. Erik Bucy, a Marshall and Sharleen Formby Regents Professor of Strategic Communication at Texas Tech University. He joins us to talk about media participation, how to have better political discourse, the primacy of visuals in presidential campaigns, and real leadership vs. visuals of dominance. 
October 15, 2020
25 - The Danger is Inside the House
This is an impromptu episode to discuss Trump, Covid-19, and the dangers of his dismissiveness and misinformation. We'll be back next week at our usual Thursday release with a full episode. 
October 6, 2020
24 - You Thought this was a Democracy
This week we reflect on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, shenanigans in the U.S. Senate, Trump's taxes, and the lack of indictments for the killing of Breonna Taylor. 
October 1, 2020
23 - America Needs a Hug
This week we talk about hysterectomies of immigrant women, capitalism and Covid, and how we are in need of a serious leadership hug.
September 17, 2020
22 - RNC
This week we dive into the RNC. We also reflect on the final days of the DNC, push back on the framing of the injustice in Kenosha, and Anthony schools us on police union contracts. 
September 3, 2020
21 - DNC
This week will be our last weekly episode. With the end of summer, we are shifting to releasing episodes every other week. In this episode, we breakdown the first night of the DNC, Kamala Harris as VP pick for the Democratic ticket, and those Sopranos. 
August 20, 2020
20 - The Joker
As our intro jokes about, Anthony and I had very different reactions to the film The Joker. This week we get to the bottom of why  and argue about whether this film was great or not.
August 13, 2020
19 - Political Ads Part 2
In part two of our political ad pod, we look at ads from the Lincoln Project. The Lincoln Project is a group of conservative individuals who are not fans of President Trump. 
August 6, 2020
18 - Political Ads Part 1
In part one of a conversation where we listen to and review presidential ads, this week we discuss ads directly from the Trump campaign and the Biden campaign. Rebecca is also finally watching the Sopranos and Anthony is jealous. 
July 30, 2020
17 - Featuring Dr. Brian Ott
This week we are joined by Dr. Brian Ott. He is Head of Communication at Missouri State University and a leader in the field of communication. He joins us to talk about what inspired his career as an accomplished scholar, how passion drives his research, and his recent book the Twitter Presidency. Also, it turns out that we all need to watch the film the Bothersome Man.
July 23, 2020
16 - Sacrifice the Teachers
This week we talk about cancel culture, re-opening the schools at the expense of a lot, and Anthony's special connection to Bruce Lee. 
July 16, 2020
15 - Featuring Dr. Kyle Eichas
Dr. Kyle Eichas is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Tarleton State University. He joined us this week to talk about mentoring, motivation, perspective in a pandemic, and why he doesn’t give multiple choice tests. You can find his research at
July 9, 2020
14 - Stream of Consciousness
This week we have a chat like we used to pre Covid times, where we would pop into the other’s office and say “Can you believe this?” and “Did you hear about that?” Our stream of consciousness covers bounties on American soldiers from Russia, recent Supreme Court decisions, exponential growth of Covid-19 in our communities, and push polls.
July 2, 2020
13 - The Confederacy: Monuments, Flag, and "History"
This week we talk all things Confederacy – the Civil War, Lost Cause revisionism, meanings of monuments and the context around which they emerged, and the Confederate flag.
June 25, 2020
12 - Featuring Dr. David Perlmutter
This week our guest is Dr. David Perlmutter who is the Dean of the College of Media and Communication at Texas Tech University. He is the author of ten books, including Policing the Media and Blog Wars. He is currently serving as President for the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Dr. Perlmutter talks to us about political polarization, the politics of Covid-19, and how Covid-19 is shaping higher education responses at the administrative level, from budgetary concerns to advice for recent graduates to our economy going forward.
June 18, 2020
11 - Police, Protests, and Property
This week we talk about policing in 2020, how power normally responds to social movements and why this moment is much different, and the hard conversation America is having about what we were, who we are now, and if we want to be any different in the future.
June 11, 2020
10 - Featuring Fernie Ceniceros
This week we have our first guest, Fernie Ceniceros, to talk faith, work, education and when the three converge. He shares his path to the Diocese of El Paso and the important work he's apart of in support of his city during refugee policies, a mass shooting, and a pandemic. 
June 5, 2020
9 - Waco - The Show, The Town, The Myth
This week we talk all things Waco. The show, the town, the myth. At the top, we also process some initial reactions to the murder of George Floyd. 
May 29, 2020
8 - Crap Job Pod
This week is crap job pod. We talk bad bosses, crap pay, and terrible work. 
May 21, 2020
7 - Graduation Episode Part 2: Graduate School
This week we talk about how graduate school ain’t undergrad but why you should still consider it. Still don’t even mention Covid-19, but we do get honest about money, feeling like an impostor, and why Bs are OK.
May 14, 2020
6 - Graduation Episode Part 1: Undergrad
This week we talk all things going to college and share our own experiences deciding to go, applying, paying for college, getting through, and what to do when facing graduation. We don’t even mention Covid-19 once. Promise.
May 7, 2020
5 - What’s a Little Comorbidity Between Friends?
Our case against the death penalty, reopening Texas, comorbidity, and the one and only Bryan Stevenson.
April 30, 2020
4 - Grocery Games and Other Things
In this week's episode, we chat: protests, synthesizing, them new Biden ads, Grocery Games, Velocipastor, and of course the Shia LaBeouf. 
April 24, 2020
3 - One Month in Quarantine
This week we reflect on hitting the one month mark of quarantine, monopoly money and economies, capitalism in the context of livable wages and risk vs. reward, and why The Wire is still such good television.
April 16, 2020
2 - Parasitic Levels
In our second episode, still recording from the car and home office, we cover the film Parasite that Anthony finally watched and how everything really is an analogy. Speaking of, Covid-19 is not acting like an equalizer, instead its shining a spotlight on the levels we always knew existed.
April 9, 2020
1 - From the Car
In our first episode recorded from the car in a garage and from the office with a puppy, we talk about how people are ignoring shelter in place orders locally and in faith communities, how well (read: disastrously) our online Zoom classes are going, our divergent views of health care in America, living check to check, and of course Tiger King. 
April 1, 2020
Two professors from different disciplines, backgrounds, and world views decide to make a podcast while in quarantine. You know, like everyone else.
March 31, 2020