Interview: Professor Nick Paliewicz on Extraction Politics

On this special Pledge Drive edition of the program, your host, Justin Mog, digs deep into Extraction Politics with University of Louisville professor of Communication, Nick Paliewicz, author of the brand new book “Extraction Politics: Rio Tinto and the Corporate Persona” (Penn State Press - Series in Transdiciplinary Rhetoric). The book argues that Rio Tinto is a global extractive colonial actor that creates different place-based rhetorical personae to pass as a valued member of the public without having to settle in these communities and bear the costs of extraction.

Nick studies argumentation and public discourse with emphases on environmental rhetoric, public memory, and social movements. He is co-author of three previous books: 1. The Securitization of Memorial Space: Rhetoric and Public Memory; 2. Racial Terrorism: A Rhetorical Investigation of Lynching; and 3. Memory and Monument Wars in American Cities: New York, Charlottesville, and Montgomery. Catch up with Nick at

Two hardcopy versions of Nick’s new book, Extraction Politics, will be available for bidding at the Silent Auction taking place during Forward Radio’s 7th Birthday Party on Saturday, April 13th from 5:00 to 8:00pm at Logan Street Market! Don’t miss this chance to take home a copy of Nick’s thought-provoking text while supporting the station that made you aware of it!

As always, our feature is followed by your community action calendar for the week, so get your calendars out and get ready to take action for sustainability NOW!

Sustainability Now! is hosted by Dr. Justin Mog and airs on Forward Radio, 106.5fm, WFMP-LP Louisville, every Monday at 6pm and repeats Tuesdays at 12am and 10am. Find us at

Source: Interview: Professor Nick Paliewicz on Extraction Politics (Sustainability Now!, Forward Radio 106.5fm, April 8, 2024)