Breaking Cadence: Insights From a Modern-Day Conscientious Objector
By Rosa del Duca
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You probably think that you would never join the military. Think again. Every year thousands of young Americans surprise family and friends, signing long, legally-binding contracts with an organization they know very little about. Many of them join to pay for college. But what happens when pride and optimism turn into regret and refusal to play a role in war? Hear perspectives about the military, the Iraq War and conscientious objection you have likely never heard before. Strong voices in the war against the war. More info on Beaking Cadence the podcast and Breaking Cadence the forthcoming book at rosadelduca.com
||ExplicitA Boy Goes to War: Remembering Michael Mihalakis||After living what he saw as a charmed childhood, Michael Mihalakis was bound and determined to find some adversity, and to overcome it. He joined the Army National Guard in 2002, at 17 years old. He was still 17 when he was deployed to Iraq. And the...||1/13/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAlone Together: The Music of Breaking Cadence||Hear songs like "Ft. Lee, VA," "Firestarter," and "Orion" explained. "Ft. Lee" was inspired by the strange experience of celebrating the 4th of July during boot camp. "Orion" is a tribute to all those suffering from PTSD, the war after the war. Rosa...||12/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitAh Youth||That junior and senior year of high school, the pressure is on to make some big decisions that will affect the rest of our lives. And yet we often make those decisions based on whims, on chance, or incomplete pictures. In our late teens, we are stil...||12/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
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||CleanHabeas Corpus||Steven Collier, a San Francisco lawyer, represented the first public conscientious objector in the Iraq War. He also went up against the federal government and won two habeas corpus proceedings for conscientious objectors. What is habeas corpus? In ...||11/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDifferent Decade, Same Problem||Fanny Garcia, photographer, artist and veteran, tells us her story of becoming a conscientious objector during the Iraq War. She joined out of a desire to escape a small, confining life. Later, she realized she was a conscientious objector. And she ...||10/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Deal||In the fall of 2000, I was a low-income, high school senior, itching to get out of my small town. Strong-willed, independent and a know-it-all, I impulsively signed a six-year contract with the National Guard to pay for college. My escape route was ...||10/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
The issue is systemic.
After listening to the episode "Habeus Corpus," I was hooked. The legal ramifications of what it means to be a conscientious objector prove to be such a kafka-esque mess that is only that way because there is unwavering denial of liberty at the heart of army enlistment. I was struck by the actual legal terminology that is used to describe conscientious objection, and how this legal terminology differs from one military position to another. There is a double standard here; there is definitely a difference in how those in power see people like Rosa who object versus those who are in higher positions in the military.
Rosa's podcast is well crafted balanced, and you get the feeling that she and her guests are committed to really disecting all angles of this issue, and it is not simply pandering to certain party politics. Definitely reccommend!
Important and Insightful
The Breaking Cadence podcast sheds light on a difficult topic from a perspective we often ignore as a society. While Rosa is telling her own story, it’s one that applies to many others and she doesn’t shy away from other’s perspectives—even when they’re criticizing her choices. The interviews give voice to alternative viewpoints and open up an important dialogue between Rosa and others, including a Vietnam veteran, another Conscientious Objector, an attorney, and an activist. Episode 5, The Deal, wherein which Rosa interviews her family, was a particularly emotional listen. This podcast is honest, insightful, and thought-provoking.
This is a high quality podcast. I appreciate Rosa’s bravery in shedding light on an important issue, while respectfully listening to others that don’t always agree with her. The podcast feels like a safe space to fully explore this topic from all sides and leaves me pondering the questions raised long after the episode is over.