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The Sporkful

What Makes A Sandwich A Sandwich?

Monday, April 27, 2015

Is a buttered roll a sandwich? Is it still brunch if it’s 2 pm? Dan debates food and language with Peter Kim from the Museum of Food and Drink and Helen Zaltzman from The Allusionist.

The Takeaway

ISIS Propaganda, Now Available in English

Thursday, April 09, 2015

The self-proclaimed Islamic State has launched a series of English-language broadcasts on the al-Bayan radio network. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Leonard Picks a Bone with the Punderdome

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Fred and Jo Firestone return with another pun competition. Today’s pun topic: the human body.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Mary Norris

Monday, April 06, 2015

Mary Norris was on our show April 6, 2015 to talk about her decades at The New Yorker and her new book, Between You & Me. Here are a few of her favorite things!

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On The Media

Speaking in Tongues

Friday, March 27, 2015

Receiving a cancer diagnosis can be like entering a foreign land where you don't speak the language. 

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On The Media

Share Your Thoughts on Cancer With OTM

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Tell us what you think about the language used to describe cancer, and how cancer is portrayed in movies. 
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On The Media

The History of a Fearful Word

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Guardian's David Shariatmadari chronicles the fraught history of the word "terrorism." 

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On The Media

The Semantics of Terrorism

Friday, February 20, 2015

Bob talks with Scott Shane of the New York Times about the criticism of President Obama's language when describing acts of violent extremism.

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On The Media

Safe Words

Friday, February 20, 2015

Why the language of terrorism is so divisive. Also, how Fifty Shades of Grey introduced America to the kink community.

Spinning on Air

Other Languages

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Songs come at our brains from two directions: music and words. But to be meaningful, words don't always need to be understood. David Garland presents unusual songs in other languages.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Accent Slam!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Do you have the best New York City accent?

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The Takeaway

What's Lost When a Language Dies

Friday, January 23, 2015

Half of the world's 6,000 languages will be extinct in the next 50 years. We explore what's lost when a language dies.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: The Vaccine Debate, An American Summer Icon, and Losing Language

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Takeaway explores a measles outbreak in California, we celebrate the 58th anniversary of the Frisbee, and we look at what's lost when a language dies.

On The Media

Free Speech in France

Friday, January 16, 2015

Brooke speaks with Celestine Bohlen, a columnist for the International New York Times, about how the cries of double standards in France are competing with those of free speech for all. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Importance of Talking to Kids About... Well, Anything!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

New Yorker staff writer Margaret Talbot addresses the so-called "word gap."

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The Takeaway

The 30 Million-Word Gap Between Rich and Poor Children

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

A marked disparity in the vocabularies of children of low-income and high-income parents has been shown to have lasting effects throughout their lives.

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On The Media

Your Morals Depend on Language

Friday, December 19, 2014

Would you sacrifice one person to save the lives of five others? Your answer may depend on whether you consider the problem in your native tongue or a secondary one.

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The Takeaway

The Worst New Words of 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Every year, new words take off and old ones die. Some are preposterous. Some actually make sense. We walk through some of the big ones of 2014 with the Jargonator's Ben Schott.

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On Being

Joy Ladin — Gender and the Syntax of Being: Identity and Transition [remix]

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Gender defines us from the moment we’re born. But how is that related to the lifelong work of being at home in ourselves? We explore this question through her story of transition from male to female — in an orthodox Jewish world.

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On Being

[Unedited] Joy Ladin with Krista Tippett

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Gender defines us from the moment we’re born. But how is that related to the lifelong work of being at home in ourselves? We explore this question through her story of transition from male to female — in an orthodox Jewish world.

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