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We’ve focused on speaking and speechwriting in the podcast — but there’s more than one way to connect with an audience. And one of the best is the venerable op-ed piece.

Dr. Mira SucharovAbout my guest: Today’s guest knows op-ed pieces better than anyone I know: Professor Mira Sucharov is the author of Public Influence, and a prolific writer of op-eds published in such outlets as Haaretz, The Forward, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The Ottawa Citizen, The Daily Beast and Huffington Post.

Dr. Sucharov is an associate professor of political science at Carleton University, and the author of several other books, including serving as co-editor of Social Justice and Israel/Palestine: Foundational & Contemporary Debates. She’s is a four-time teaching award winner, including receiving the 2017 OCUFA award for teaching excellence — the highest university teaching award in Ontario. And she won the 2019 Carleton University Faculty of Public Affairs award for Excellence in Public Commentary.

Cover of the book Public Influence by Mira SucharovLinks: Public Influence: A Guide to Op-Ed Writing and Social Media Engagement is Dr. Sucharov’s terrific book on writing op-eds and making them a springboard to productive conversation. It’s available on Amazon (U.S., Canada, U.K.), Indigo/Chapters, the University of Toronto Press and fine booksellers everywhere. I highly recommend it.

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Incidental music by Lee Rosevere ( including “Sad Marimba Planet,” “Betrayal,” and “Not My Problem.” Used under a Creative Commons license.

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