Episode 11,

Politically Correct

Kathleen Hall Jamieson, John Hamilton McWhorter & Josh Blue

The “Politically Correct” Edition of Truth Politics and Power examines the origins of “PC” on the fringes of the American Left in the 1930s, how it evolved into catch-all insult hurled from the right at the left and how it came to take a central role in the election of Donald Trump. Conversations with Kathleen Hall Jamieson, an expert on political rhetoric, linguist John McWhorter and with comedian Josh Blue, whose act requires exquisite attention to what’s PC, what isn’t, and when to cross the line to challenge his audience.



Kathleen Hall Jamieson is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication. Professor Jamieson's research areas include political communication, rhetorical theory and criticism, studies of various forms of campaign communication, and the discourse of the presidency.



John Hamilton McWhorter, is an American academic and linguist who is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where he teaches linguistics, English, American studies, comparative literature, philosophy, and music history.



Josh Blue, Comedian perhaps best known as the comedian who puts the cerebral in Cerebral Palsy, Josh Blue centers much of his self-deprecating act around his disability.