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Unstandardized English

51 EpisodesProduced by JPB GeraldWebsite

A podcast working against epistemological whiteness and raciolinguistic ideologies.

51 Episodes | 2019 - 2021

Season 2 Finale, Recap, and Miscellaneous Stories about Racism and Motivation

June 7th, 2021


In this final episode of season 2, host JPB Gerald reviews each episode of the season and some observations from each discussion, and also recounts a few stories of interpersonal cruelty and its connection to …

A System of Saviors, with AMT Gerald

May 24th, 2021


In this episode, host JPB Gerald brings back the hard-to-wrangle co-habitant AMT Gerald. They talk about saviors in nonprofits and the way that the systems supporting charitable and altruistic organizations are set up …

The Purpose, Promise, and Problem of Professional Organizations, with Rob Sheppard

May 10th, 2021


On this episode, host JPB Gerald brings back old friend Rob Sheppard to talk about their roles in professional organizations, specifically in the …

Re-Opening For Who? With Selena Carrión

April 26th, 2021


In this episode, host JPB Gerald speaks with fellow NYCer and Bronx teacher Selena Carrión about the learning loss discourse, the re-open arguments, and exactly who has been leading the conversation, to the great …

Problematizing Early Childhood Education, with Elizabeth King

April 12th, 2021


In this episode, host JPB Gerald speaks with Dr. Elizabeth King about her research in Early Childhood Education on emotion language, but also we talk about the literature in that subfield and the general issues with ECE …

Unsustainable, with Rachel Emas

March 30th, 2021


In this episode, host JPB Gerald talks to guest Dr. Rachel Emas about her work in the field of sustainability and also her experience unlearning …

Talking about Talking about Burma, with Chu May Paing

March 15th, 2021


In this episode, host JPB Gerald and guest Chu May Paing discuss, through the lens of the current situation in Burma, the way that academics and academia prefer to talk distantly about real issues without centering the …

The Academics Doth Protest Too Much, with Cailtin Green

March 2nd, 2021


On this episode, host JPB Gerald brings back Dr. Caitlin Green to talk about some Very Online (and mostly male) Academics who just cannot stop shouting into the internet about wokeness, anti-racism, and, yes, as ever, …

Neurodivergent Narratives, with Ali Oats

February 16th, 2021


In this episode, host JPB Gerald and guest Ali Oats recount their similar but divergent experiences as students, one formally diagnosed with ADHD, one not but clearly so, one white and one Black, how these differences …

The Whiteness of Trivia, with Keith Stewart

February 2nd, 2021


In this episode, host JPB Gerald talks to his old friend Keith Stewart - a professional trivia host - about trivia, something they both love but …

A Critical Analysis of 90 Day Fiance (no, seriously)

January 19th, 2021


I kinda just wanted to do something fun, and consider I've spent way too much time watching that show, I came up with some ideas related to the topics I talk about on this show to discuss. It's actually more compelling …

On the Limits of Whiteness, with Neda Maghbouleh

January 5th, 2021


On this episode, host JPB Gerald discusses the book "The Limits of Whiteness" with its author, Dr. Neda Maghbouleh. The book sheds light on an …

New Language Teacher, with Destiny Alvarez

December 22nd, 2020


Switching perspectives here, host JPB Gerald talks to Des Alvarez about her new career as a language teacher, her plans for the future in the field, and how it's been to begin work in 2020 of all years.

Support the show …

ELT After Whiteness, with Scott Stillar and Vijay Ramjattan

December 8th, 2020


Oh boy! Literally, because there are three men, but still.
Scott Stillar and Dr. Vijay Ramjattan return to help host JPB Gerald envision a world where whiteness is no longer centered in ELT. It's quite an episode!

If you …

Radicalizing Literacies and Languaging, with Ale Babino and Mandy Stewart

November 24th, 2020


In this episode, host JPB Gerald discusses the brand new and vital book, "Radicalizing Literacies and Languaging," with authors Dr. Mandy Stewart and (returning guest) Dr. Ale Babino. The authors walk listeners through …

The Eugenicist's Best Friend

November 10th, 2020


First solo episode of the season!
In this episode, host JPB Gerald reflects on how the racism he experienced, particularly his positioning as the One …

Language Access, with Anar Parikh

October 27th, 2020


 In this episode, host JPB Gerald and guest Anar Parikh (@anarparikh) discuss the many issues with discrepancies in language access and the impact …

A Brief Trip to Lovecraft Country, with Keisha Weil

October 21st, 2020


Spoilers ahead! Beware!
Host JPB Gerald and guest Keisha Wiel dive into the many fascinating aspects of HBO's Lovecraft Country, which you really …

Some Critical Thoughts on Epistemology and Scholarship

October 13th, 2020


In this meta-episode, JPB examines the reasons why he chooses to analyze whiteness in his research and scholarship, and mostly ends up being very …

Language Teaching and the white Working Class, with Nicole Pettitt

September 29th, 2020


In this episode, host JPB Gerald discusses English Language Teaching and its conceptualization among the Midwestern American white working class.
With …

The Numbers Game, with Rebecca Campbell-Montalvo

September 15th, 2020


We all rely on numbers to back up our points, right? And one of the ways we rely on quantitative statistics is to advance anti-racist and …

Cancel 'Cancel Culture' Culture, with Caitlin Green

September 1st, 2020


In the Season Two premiere, host JPB Gerald reflects on the work he has engaged in this summer and then discusses the white hegemonic nonsense of the …

Season 1 Finale and Recap

June 8th, 2020


In this episode, host JPB Gerald combs through the entire first season of the show, including snippets from every single episode. Enjoy! We'll be back at the end of the summer with a show that has learned lessons and …

These Uncertain Times, with AMT Gerald

June 2nd, 2020


In this very special episode, host JPB Gerald and his special guest, AMT Gerald, discuss how these times are only "uncertain" for folks whose lives …

Critical Covid Conversations #7: Kelsey Swift

May 26th, 2020


In this episode, host JPB Gerald and guest Kelsey Swift discuss historical constructions of English and a lot of other things about the posible future ahead of us.

Language and Barbados

May 19th, 2020


In this special episode, host JPB Gerald speaks with Dr. Rebecca Shapiro and several of her students in Barbados on what they have learned about language and dialect in their just-concluded semester. Definitely a …

Critical Covd Conversations #6: Ale Babino

May 12th, 2020


Another week inside, another episode.
This week, host JPB Gerald speaks to Dr. Ale Babino about the construction of bilingual education and dual language programs, the intersection of gifted and talented designations, …

We Need To Talk About Karen

May 5th, 2020


Joined by former guests Kelly Wright and Maureen Kosse, as well as Kelly Yoshida Nuttall in the background, this episode is a free-flowing conversation about "Karen," how it's NOT the n-word, why these non-slurs …

Critical Covid Conversations #5: Betsy Sneller

April 28th, 2020


In the next episode of this ongoing series, host JPB Gerald speaks with Dr. Betsy Sneller about the value of linguistic analysis in the present and future.

New York

April 21st, 2020


Host JPB Gerald reflects, alone, on his experiences being at arm's length for NYC's two decades of ongoing disasters, his love for the city, his gratitude and guilt, his realization that impresses different types of …

Critical Covid Conversations #4: Chey Davis

April 14th, 2020


In this 4th episode of an ongoing series (I really am going to try to keep it going as long as we're all inside), host JPB Gerald speaks with Chey Davis, Associate Professor of English. They discuss her teaching on race …

Critical Covid Conversations #3: Mariam Durrani

April 7th, 2020


In this episode, host JPB Gerald and guest Dr. Mariam Durrani discuss her work in on anti-Muslim racism, feminist and public anthropology, American …

Critical Covid Conversations #2: Abby Bajuniemi

March 31st, 2020


In this second episode of the self-isolation period, host JPB Gerald speaks with Dr. Abby Bajuniemi about her work at the intersection of tech and …

Critical Covid Conversations #1: Jessica Sierk on Niceness and Whiteness

March 24th, 2020


In the first installment of an impromptu series recorded during the early stages of NYC's self-isolation from Covid-19, host JPB Gerald speaks to Dr. …

The Union of Theater and Language Education

March 17th, 2020


In this episode, host JPB Gerald speaks with Jade Cintron about her experiences incorporating her experience with and passion for dramatic arts into her language teaching work. She speaks of her work in Spain navigating …

The Ideal Employee

March 10th, 2020


In this episode, host JPB Gerald welcomes back Dr. Vijay Ramjattan to discuss another of his specialties, the topic of what constitutes "employability" and "professionalism," and how these concepts are, like everything …

Exceptional Merit

February 25th, 2020


In this episode, host JPB Gerald analyzes his theorized connections between ELT, racism, white fragility, and meritocratic ideologies, positing that …

Racialization Experiences as ELT Professionals

February 11th, 2020


In this episode, host JPB Gerald speaks with Alice Kim about her experience as a fellow racialized ELT professional who has taught abroad and also, unlike the host, spent time teaching students in her home context who …

Concepts of Academic Integrity/Language of Greater Communication

January 29th, 2020


In this episode, host JPB Gerald speaks with Brendan DeCoster about the concept, and troubling nature, of the "language of greater communication," …

Towards a Pedagogy of Heretical Whiteness

January 20th, 2020


In this special, personal episode, host JPB Gerald expounds upon his "problem of practice" upon entering his doctoral program, his research goals, and his hopes for refining a pedagogy he calls "heretical whiteness." …

Chasing Encounters Crossover

January 14th, 2020


In this episode, host JPB Gerald completes his conversation with Chasing Encounters podcast host Yecid Ortega. The first half of the conversation can be found on his podcast page (link it here!). They discuss some of …

The Language of White Supremacy

December 24th, 2019


In this episode, host JPB Gerald speaks with Maureen Kosse about the insidious ways white supremacy and the alt-right use language to lure people, what led to our current predicament, and where we might go from here.

Discriminating Outcomes

December 11th, 2019


In this episode, host JPB Gerald speaks with Kelly Wright about her article "Language and Discrimination: Generating Meaning, Perceiving Identities, and Discriminating Outcomes." Linguistic discrimination is everywhere, …

The Altruistic Shield, LIVE

November 27th, 2019


Live presentation of the Altruistic Shield paper at NYS TESOL, 11/15/19. Yay!

An 'accurate' conversation about 'fluency'

November 13th, 2019


In this episode, Scott Stillar joins JPB to discuss the concept of fluency and how it can be used as a judgement and a barrier.

Bad Rap

November 3rd, 2019


An exploration of Ibram Kendi's conceptualization of 'cultural racism' via experiences of having linguistic dismissal of 'rap' used as a socially …

'What can we actually do about native speakerism?'

October 23rd, 2019


If you are in the field of language education, you know that native speakerism is a prevalent form of discrimination. But we've been talking about it forever and it continues to bedevil the field. In this episode, JPB …

'Black and/or smart'

October 9th, 2019


In this slightly different episode, host JPB Gerald speaks to his experiences being classified as 'smart' from a young age and how that has often been placed in opposition to his status as Black.

"Everyone has an accent"

September 25th, 2019


In this episode, host JPB Gerald discusses accents with newly-minted PhD-holder Dr. Vijay Ramjattan, who has conducted considerable research on the …

"The many acronyms of language education"

September 11th, 2019


In this episode, host JPB Gerald and guest Lydia Villaronga discuss several acronyms within the field of language education, including ESL, ELL, TESOL, and others. Many of these acronyms seem harmless but serve primarly …


August 29th, 2019


Welcome to Unstandardized English. In this inaugural episode, host JPB Gerald and guest Rob Sheppard discuss the word 'expat,' its meanings and implications, inclusions and exclusions. Ultimately, who is allowed to be …

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