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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

Customer Reviews

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.

Eye Opening

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.

Breaking Cadence: Insights From a Modern-Day Conscientious Objector
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  • Category: Society & Culture
  • Language: English

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