The Brian Lehrer Show

BL Weekend: Introverts in Love; 4th-Wave Feminism; Accent Slam

Friday, February 13, 2015

ICYMI: Three of our favorite segments from the week. First: advice for introverts in love; Fourth-wave feminism (Starts at 19:18) + a NYC accent slam (starts at 40:17).
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Accent Slam!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Do you have the best New York City accent?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Why Do You Code-Switch?

Monday, February 02, 2015

Immigrants trying to assimilate, Southerners looking to avoid stereotypes, and people who ditch slang at the office—we asked to hear your "true" voices, and these were your responses.

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Josie Long Plans On Staying Here Illegally

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

The British writer and comedian is ready to be an American, and she has the perfect plan: fix her accent, join the mafia, and get her face on Mt. Rushmore.

The Takeaway

Mastering the Boston Accent is Wicked Hard

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

What does it take to sound like a Bostonian? Johnny Depp is getting flack for his Boston accent in the upcoming film "Black Mass" about crime boss Whitey Bulger. A longtime Boston casting director breaks down what makes the Boston accent so unique.

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StoryCorps 373: Going Home

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

When the StoryCorps Mobile Booth visited Durham, North Carolina in 2006, David Wright decided to interview his friend, Eddie Lanier, Jr.



Creed from 'The Office;' Lady Live; When Accents Disappear

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

In this episode: As the popular sitcom The Office comes to a close, we talk with actor and musician Creed Bratton, who portrays the delightfully creepy character Creed on the show — and in real life is a former member of the ‘60s band The Grass Roots. 

Plus: Singers Terri Walker and Nicole Wray front the new classically soulful band Lady. The duo joins us to sing a stripped down set in the studio.

And: Contributor Faith Salie delves into a puzzling musical mystery: Why accents seem to disappear in song.


    Solving Your Musical Mysteries: Why Do Accents Disappear When We Sing?

    Wednesday, April 10, 2013

    Contributor Faith Salie volunteers to get to the bottom of your unanswered musical questions. Such as: Why do accents seem to disappear in song? 

    We hear from three experts: Bill Beeman, professor of linguistics at the University of Minnesota; Andy Gibson, researcher at the Auckland University of New Zealand; and Sasha Frere-Jones, music writer for the New Yorker. 


    The Brian Lehrer Show

    That Changing Philly Accent

    Tuesday, April 09, 2013

    Do people make fun of you for how you say "water"? You may be from Philly! William Labov, professor of linguistics at University of Pennsylvania, and Josef Fruehwald, PhD candidate, discuss the study they co-authored on how Philadelphians' speech patterns and accents have changed over the past century, titled One Hundred Years of Sound Change in Philadelphia: Linear Incrementation, Reversal, and Reanalysis


    Years of Sound Change in Philadelphia: Linear Incrementation, Reversal, and 

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    Please Explain: Accents and Dialects

    Friday, March 04, 2011

    Today's Please Explain is all about accents in the English speaking world--how did Australians come to sound different than New Zealanders? Why do some people lose their accents quickly...while others can hold on to them for decades? NYU Professor of Linguistics Gregory Guy and North Carolina State University Distinguished Professor of English Walt Wolfram will discuss the various accents in the English-speaking world and even analyze some samples from volunteers!

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    The Takeaway

    Assignment: The Way We Say Things

    Monday, November 08, 2010

    Is it "PEE-kan" or "pee-KAHN"? "MO-bill" or "mo-BYLE"? The way we pronounce words is changing all the time and we're trying to track it. In the U.K., the British Library is trying to record how British accents are evolving by sending people to special recording booths. We think think it's worth doing with American accents, and we're suggesting The Takeaway iPhone app to do the recording.

    Here's the assignment: Record yourself or someone you know saying a word that you think sounds different from the way most people say it. Is there a word that people correct you on all the time? Or is it one that others have trouble understanding? Record it and send it to us.

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    Studio 360

    Sounding Black

    Friday, October 24, 2008

    Black is not just a skin color; it’s a quality of voice. Sarah Jones, the Tony Award-winning performer, talks with linguist John McWhorter about what it means to sound black today. They look at how Barack Obama has used “blaccent” to drive audiences wild. ...

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