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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Language of Spring with Patricia T. O'Conner

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Our word maven Patricia T. O’Conner returns! She’ll discuss the language of Spring and of the seasons.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Jeepers Creepers, Gee Whiz, and Gosh Almighty!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Our word maven Patricia T. O'Conner shan't be bleeped as she teaches us the history of mild, euphemistic oaths.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Surviving the NFL, Chicken Wing Etiquette, and the Origin of "Gee Willikers!"

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Andy Borowitz guest hosts. George Koonce, Jr. on life after the NFL. Claude Knobler on adopting an Ethiopian son. Dan Pashman on wings. Patricia T. O'Connor on euphemistic oaths.

The Takeaway

The Changing Definition of a Dictionary

Thursday, January 15, 2015

More than 50 years after it was published, Webster's dictionary is getting a major update. It will no longer be a reference book. Instead, its database will live entirely online.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Mitt in 2016, Oscar Nominations, and The Dictionary

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Takeaway explores a possible presidential run for Mitt Romeny, we have the details on the 2015 Oscar nominations, and we explain why the dictionary is going online-only.

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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The Leonard Lopate Show

“Manspreading,” “Vape,” and Other Notable Words of 2014

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Language columnist Ben Zimmer talks about ways the English language has evolved -- and devolved -- over 2014. Main takeaway: no clear front-runner for Word of the Year. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Explaining the Past Year's Words, Next Year's Events, and the Future of Space Travel

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Ben Zimmer on the words of 2014. Ron Friedman on workplace productivity. The Amazing Kreskin offers predictions for 2015. Charles Fishman on the International Space Station. 

The Takeaway

Our Passwords Tell Our Stories

Monday, December 29, 2014

The endless updating. The re-setting and re-tweaking. The incessant worrying. Passwords are terrible nuisance, but they're often born out of a deeply personal place in our lives.

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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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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Cross Examining Dick Cheney, Elizabeth Warren Takes on Dems, and The Best & Worst Words of 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Takeaway hears from a Guantánamo Bay defense attorney, we find out why Sen. Warren is fighting with Democrats, and we get a vocabulary lesson on awful business jargon.

The Takeaway

The Takeaway Weekender: Christmas Trees, Internet Phenomena, and Jargon

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender!

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Slate Culture Gabfest

"Oh, Grow Up!" Edition

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss A.O Scott's article which asks, "Who or what killed adulthood?", fingerprint words, and whether Apple Watch is the beginning of our wearable future.

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On The Media

“Climate Change” vs. “Global Warming”

Friday, June 06, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency recently rolled out the Obama administration’s ambitious proposal to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants 30% by 2030. This proposal could bring renewed worldwide attention to climate change. Trouble is, we still haven’t sorted out how to talk about the issue. Is it “Climate Change” or “Global Warming”? Bob speaks to Anthony Leiserowitz, Director of the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication, and the principal investigator of the new study, “What’s In a Name? Global Warming Versus Climate Change.”

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Listen to Lucy

Gongs for the year’s greatest guff

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Gongs for the year’s greatest guff

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Story of English in 100 Words

Friday, December 27, 2013

Linguistics expert David Crystal looks at 100 words that best illustrate the wide variety of sources, influences and events that have shaped the English language. His book The Story of English in 100 Words takes readers on a tour of the winding byways of our language via the rude, the obscure, and the downright surprising.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

New Words for How We Live Now Part 2

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Liesl Schillinger, culture critic, blogger and the author of Wordbirds: An Irreverent Lexicon for the 21st Century (Simon & Schuster, 2013), shares her neologisms for things like a person who overdoes the teeth-bleaching (brightbite) and introduces a new listener suggested word.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Gambling in NY; Robert Gibbs; Legal Realism; Density in NYC; New Words

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

There's a ballot referendum in New York about whether to allow seven new casinos in the state. Find out the pros and cons. Plus: former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs; Judge Richard Posner on legal realism; New York Times reporter Charles Bagli on density and development in NYC; and new neologisms.

The Brian Lehrer Show

New Words for How We Live Now

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Culture critic, blogger and the author of Wordbirds: An Irreverent Lexicon for the 21st Century (Simon & Schuster, 2013), Liesl Schillinger, shares her neologisms for things like a person who overdoes the teeth-bleaching ("brightbite") or an old boyfriend who won't go away ("polterguy").  

Have you coined a word to fill a 21st century need or have you come across new situations that need a word to describe them?  

Liesl Schillinger will read tomorrow at 7PM at the Powerhouse Arena in DUMBO.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Cory Booker; Human Evolution; Neologisms; Shutdown Latest

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Newark mayor and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senator from New Jersey Cory Booker discusses his campaign ahead of Wednesday's election. Plus: Harvard evolutionary biologist Daniel Lieberman on his new book The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease; new neologisms with New York Times culture writer Liesl Schillinger; and the latest on the government shutdown and talks over raising the debt ceiling with Buzzfeed's Kate Nocera.