131. Of Them and Us

After quite a while we throw another glimpse at the work of Prof Stephen Reicher, researcher of group behaviour at the University of St. Andrews.

Roger continues to explain the key aspects illustrating them with Donald Trump's methods and success as a leader.
And we are going to learn the secret of being a leader which boils down to a pretty simple recipe afterall: group identity!

One important concept mentioned only in passing is that of "othering" as explained in the introductory paragraph of this Wikipedia entry.

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130. Of tweeting opinion

Roger is back in the studio to tackle the topic of Donald Trump's use of twitter together with RoPeCast technician Chris. Roger presents some interesting studies and analyses that show how Trump's usage of the social internet platform has evolved over time. Join them now and listen in!

Two linguists use their skills to inspect 21,739 Trump tweets
Use this link if you want to read up on the studies which Roger referenced.

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129. Of Tremendous Trump and Opportunity Obama

These days it seems everybody is talking about the impeachment process and party politics in the US.

We are taking a big step back to look differently at the picture and approach two American presidents from an entirely different angle. Roger has read articles and done some of his own research on their linguistic peculiarities: How do they speak and act and what words do they use?

Chris, who's today's guest in the studio, is quite surprised about the linguistic evidence, and maybe so are you ..? Listen in!

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128. Of different perspectives on cultures

Ginny is back in the studio, but this time with Peter. He's presenting his personal take on the differences between German or European and US culture to her.

Their views on things turn out to be rather contrary, particularly when it comes to boundaries and the attitude towards enclosed spaces in the two cultures.

Listen in now to learn from a lively illustrated example how the same aspect of a culture can appear totally different and only depend on your personal perspective and stance towards it.

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127. A journey to the centre of the universe

Why not join Roger and his colleague Ginny on a journey to the centre of the universe?

Ginny shares her impressions of what it's like when you first come to China as a westerner, when English eventually fails as lingua franca and so does standard Chinese, i.e. Mandarin.

But not to despair, people who live in the centre of the universe will know what you need. It's food and always food in China.

That much at least they do have in common with the Saarlanders producing this podcast! ;-)

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