Hanna Rosin Discusses 'The End of Men'

After a long summer hiatus, we are back with an exciting interview with the journalist Hanna Rosin about her controversial new book The End of Men.
Sep 11, 2013 /

Lauren Berlant Discusses Love/Desire.

In this episode we’re talking with Lauren Berlant about her new book, Love/Desire.  This is the first interview we recorded as hosts of The Critical Lede and it’s nice to begin with an interview such as this.  This book is a short, but very theoretically rich book. Enjoy!
Jun 2, 2013 /

The Transition Episode

This is the transition episode in which Ben and Des chat with the new co-hosts about what's in store for The Critical Lede.
May 20, 2013 /

Last Ben and Des episode...

It is with a heavy heart that I'm announcing our very last episode. You will have to forgive us, but this is about as self-indulgent as we could possibly get. It's 90 minutes of us interviewing each other. Listen at your own risk.
May 1, 2013 /

Austin, Searle, and Derrida Walk Into a Bar

We chat with Johanna Hartelius about her recent Review of Communication article, "Models of Signification and Pedagogy in J.L. Austin, John Searle, and Jacques Derrida."
Apr 26, 2013 /

Prankster Art and the Temporary Services Project

We take a look at Joesph Hassert's "The Library Project and the Gift of Prankster Art" in the latest issue of Text and Performance Quarterly.  We also mentioned some additional images that were not included in the original publication.
Apr 17, 2013 /

Academic Drag and the Queer Project

We change it up a bit this week and interview co-authors Alyssa Samek and Theresa Donofrio about their article, "'Academic Drag' and the Performance of the Critical Personae: An Exchange on Sexuality, Politics, and Identity in the Academy" in Women's Studies in Communication. The authors talk through their writing process, the queer project, and the implications for professional socialization. Take a listen, and let us know what you think.
Apr 3, 2013 /


This week we have a very interesting interview with Annamarie Jagose, author of Orgasmology. We talk queer theory, political agency, and of course - orgasms. It's a bit NSFW, so...wear headphones.
Mar 21, 2013 /

Leaning, Interviewing, and Qualitative Research

This week we turn towards the new issue of Qualitative Inquiry. Check out our discussion of the ethics of teaching qualitative interviewing in Hoskins and White's "Relational Inquiries and the Research Interview: Mentoring Future Researchers."
Mar 9, 2013 /

Big Brother and Gay Representation

In this episode we talk through Ragan Fox's article "You are Not Allowed to Talk about Production": Narratization on (and off) the Set of CBS's Big Brother". There is lots of interesting stuff here, from production details to Fox's analysis of the tropes of gay representation.
Feb 27, 2013 /

The Gift of Freedom

In this episode we talk with Mimi Thi Nguyen, author of The Gift of Freedom about the relationship between refugees, empire, and postcoloniality.
Feb 15, 2013 /
Acts of Gaiety

LGBT Performance and Queer Neoliberalism

This episode centers on Sara Warner's book, Acts of Gaiety: LGBT Performance and the Politics of Pleasure. We discuss queer neoliberalism, Valerie Solanas, performance zaps, and much more. It's an interesting discussion for anyway invested in queer theory or performance studies. Let us know what you think!
Feb 6, 2013 /


Ben and Des work through "Lady: Still a Feminist Four Letter Word?" in the most recent Women & Language. This is a new journal for us, so we were excited to talk through such an interesting and provocative piece. We'd love to hear your feedback.
Feb 2, 2013 /

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