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Sometimes Just Because

Slate Presents Lexicon Valley

Language is often at the mercy of pure chance.

29 Min

Nov 14, 2017

Should College Athletes Be Paid?

Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates

With Joe Nocera, Christine Brennan, Andy Schwarz, and Len Elmore

50 Min

Nov 1, 2017

Against Strunk & White

Slate Presents Lexicon Valley

It's time to permanently shelve the Elements of Style.

29 Min

Oct 31, 2017

Whence Baby Mama?

Slate Presents Lexicon Valley

John McWhorter answers questions from Lexicon Valley listeners.

34 Min

Oct 17, 2017

Is Western Democracy In Danger?

Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates

With Bernard-Henri Levy, Clive Crook, Yascha Mounk, and Kori Schake

50 Min

Oct 11, 2017

Is the U.S. Healthcare System Terminally Broken?

Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates

With Shannon Brownlee, Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel, Dr. Robert Pearl, and Dr. David T. Feinberg

50 Min

Oct 4, 2017

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Podcast
Time
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33 min
Oct 3, 2017
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After parking in front of a garage, John received a note written in Spanish.

50 min
Sep 20, 2017
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With Gen. David H. Petraeus, Max Boot, Ian Bremmer, Elizabeth Economy, Noah Feldman, and David Shambaugh

34 min
Sep 19, 2017
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John McWhorter discusses the process by which some new languages are born.

28 min
Sep 5, 2017
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Old English was arguably more complicated than Modern English. Is that true of all languages?

20 min
Aug 30, 2017
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One Nation Undecided: A Conversation with Peter Schuck

28 min
Aug 22, 2017
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Languages across the world developed similar words for "mom" and "dad." How is that possible?

31 min
Aug 9, 2017
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Are you willing to change your mind on abortion? What about immigration? Education?

34 min
Aug 8, 2017
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The Language Conservancy's Wil Meya discusses the effort to revive Native American languages.

28 min
Jul 25, 2017
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The history and evolution of "no" and "not."

32 min
Jul 11, 2017
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John McWhorter explains why we love shrinkage.

26 min
Jun 27, 2017
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Former Congressman Mickey Edwards and Host John Donvan discuss the lost art of democratic debate in Congress.

26 min
Jun 27, 2017
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John McWhorter considers the eccentric irregularity of the verb "to be."

51 min
Jun 14, 2017
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With Stewart Baker, Michael Chertoff, John Yoo, and Catherine Crump

35 min
Jun 13, 2017
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John McWhorter interrupts the hosts of Unorthodox to discuss hallmarks and stereotypes of Jewish communication style.

28 min
May 30, 2017
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John McWhorter talks to Ben Zimmer about the Vietnam Graffiti Project and other slangy topics.

50 min
May 17, 2017
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With Daphne Bavelier, Elias Aboujaoude, Asi Burak, and Walter R. Boot

27 min
May 16, 2017
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John McWhorter discusses the near-futile impulse to determine what is, and what is not, a word.

32 min
May 2, 2017
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John McWhorter discusses communication styles with linguist Deborah Tannen, author of You're the Only One I Can Tell: Inside the Language of Women's Friendships.

55 min
May 1, 2017
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With Jamelle Bouie, Ian Bremmer, Kris Kobach, Rich Lowry, and Jennifer Rubin

51 min
Apr 12, 2017
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With John Tierney, Richard K. Vedder, Nelson Lichtenstein, Amy Traub

27 min
Apr 4, 2017
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John McWhorter talks to linguist Neal Whitman about the mash-up of "hey" and "yo."

51 min
Mar 29, 2017
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With Charles Murray, Andrew Stern, Jared Bernstein and Jason Furman

29 min
Mar 21, 2017
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John McWhorter time travels to 1930 and eavesdrops on American English.

52 min
Mar 8, 2017
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With Gary Miron, Jeanne Allen, Julian Vasquez Heilig, and Gerard Robinson

50 min
Feb 15, 2017
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With Madawi Al-Rasheed, F. Gregory Gause, Mark P. Lagon, and James Jeffrey

32 min
Feb 7, 2017
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John McWhorter talks to sociolinguist Alexandra D'Arcy about the spike in our use of like.

50 min
Feb 7, 2017
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With Clive Crook, David Frum, Gayle Trotter, and Michael Waldman

30 min
Jan 24, 2017
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John McWhorter discusses the subject of his new book, Talking Back, Talking Black: Truths About America's Lingua Franca.

50 min
Jan 18, 2017
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With Gloria Browne Marshall, Heather Mac Donald, Marq Claxton, and Harry Stern

29 min
Jan 10, 2017
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Mark Seidenberg, author of Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why So Many Can’t, and What Can Be Done About It, discusses the fallout from the so-called reading wars.

25 min
Dec 27, 2016
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When "hath" gave way to "has," the original meaning of "merry," and other insights from popular Christmas carols.

50 min
Dec 14, 2016
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The debaters are Lawrence Lessig, David Super, Mark Meckler, and Walter Olson

27 min
Dec 13, 2016
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In "Arrival," Amy Adams plays a linguist who discovers that language can radically alter one's perception of reality. But is that true?

50 min
Dec 7, 2016
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With Eliot Cohen, Derek Chollet, Kristen Silverberg, and Vikram Singh

30 min
Nov 29, 2016
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Are the slang, sounds, and syntax of Black English a kind of lingua franca for America's youth?

50 min
Nov 23, 2016
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With Caroline Fredrickson, Nolan McCarty, David Daley, and Chris Jankowski

29 min
Nov 15, 2016
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What can we learn about English from Bill Clinton, the two Bushes, and other leaders of the free world?

50 min
Nov 2, 2016
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With Angela Kelley, Steven Camarota, Marielena Hincapié, and Rich Lowry

33 min
Nov 1, 2016
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How our rich and complex system of second person pronouns got whittled down to just "you."

53 min
Oct 19, 2016
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With Ezekiel Emanuel, Lori Reilly, Neera Tanden, and Paul Howard.

31 min
Oct 18, 2016
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What Bette Davis, FDR, and Ralph Kramden have in common when it comes to speech.

24 min
Oct 4, 2016
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John McWhorter on what the intricacies of the future tense tell us about the unwritten rules of pronouns.

50 min
Sep 21, 2016
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With Timothy Carney, Jennifer Rubin, Ben Domenech, and Bret Stephens

22 min
Sep 20, 2016
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John Simpson, former editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, talks about life as a lexicographer.

50 min
Sep 14, 2016
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With Charles McConnell, Carl Pope, Michael Nasi, and Jody Freeman.

22 min
Sep 6, 2016
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What does "Hickory Dickory Dock" really mean? John McWhorter makes linguistic sense of seemingly arbitrary children's verse.

34 min
Aug 23, 2016
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How Words Hook Up and Make New Ones

43 min
Aug 8, 2016
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John McWhorter talks with author Jack Lynch about the sacrilege of modified Shakespeare.

37 min
Jul 26, 2016
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Gretchen McCulloch talks to John McWhorter about the big meaning behind our favorite little pictograms.

6 min
Jul 13, 2016
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With David Brooks, Laura Ingraham, Mickey Edwards, and Ralph Reed

25 min
Jul 12, 2016
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Ann Patty, author of "Living With a Dead Language: My Romance With Latin," talks about her transformative experience of learning Latin.

28 min
Jun 29, 2016
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Rules Are Made to Be Spoken

46 min
Jun 24, 2016
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With Roger Clegg, Deborah Archer, Stuart Taylor, Jr., and Erwin Chemerinsky

35 min
Jun 17, 2016
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In this final episode of the podcast series, final words of advice are offered to college-bound students.

51 min
Jun 15, 2016
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With Michael McConnell, Adam Cox, Carrie Severino, and Eric Posner.

25 min
Jun 14, 2016
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Etymologist and poet Anatoly Liberman says that English is one of the most difficult languages to spell. But we can change that.

21 min
Jun 2, 2016
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Host Julie Lythcott-Haims and Parke Muth of the University of Virginia, answer listener questions.

31 min
May 31, 2016
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Benjamin K. Bergen, author of the upcoming What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves, discusses the science of cursing.

13 min
May 26, 2016
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What juniors should be doing the summer before their senior year.

13 min
May 19, 2016
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Listener mail about application pressure, teacher recommendations, and a lower GPA after a head injury.

55 min
May 18, 2016
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With Anthony Licata, Catherine Semcer, Wayne Pacelle, and Adam Roberts

25 min
May 17, 2016
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How an American Revolutionary War figure spawned a new name for a very old game.

30 min
May 13, 2016
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Our college-bound seniors talk about what they’re most excited about in the year ahead.

25 min
May 6, 2016
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The podcast breaks down the differences between the SAT and ACT, and how to decode the scores

26 min
May 3, 2016
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Linguist John McWhorter argues that it makes perfect sense for the speech of black and white Americans to have subtle differences.

13 min
Apr 28, 2016
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Listener questions about AP classes, college counselors, and finding the best fit.

8 min
Apr 21, 2016
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An admissions expert weighs in on how school districts factor into college acceptance

22 min
Apr 19, 2016
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How did Clupea harengus come to signify a diversionary tactic?

36 min
Apr 14, 2016
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Why an HBCU or MSI may be the right fit for you.

54 min
Apr 13, 2016
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With Jack Abramoff, Kate Gordon, Zephyr Teachout, and Michael Lind.

28 min
Apr 7, 2016
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High school seniors share their joys and disappointments during college acceptance letter season.

27 min
Apr 4, 2016
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The earliest known citation for “shit show” is from an English-language translation of a 1970s criminal trial in Germany. But what was the word or phrase being translated?

31 min
Mar 31, 2016
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Host Julie Lythcott-Haims and Getting In expert Steve LeMenager hear an update from Getting In senior Jordana Meyer and they answer listener questions.

51 min
Mar 23, 2016
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With Andrew Keen, Jaron Lanier, James Hughes and Martine Rothblatt

13 min
Mar 17, 2016
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A traditional four-year college isn’t the best fit for everyone.

34 min
Mar 11, 2016
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How many colleges to apply for, tuition discounts, and more.

29 min
Mar 8, 2016
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A phrase with roots in Ancient Rome has confounded English speakers for centuries.

51 min
Mar 8, 2016
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With Wendy Kaminer, Shaun Harper, John McWhorter, and Jason Stanley

37 min
Feb 26, 2016
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Financial aid, scholarship strategies, plus an update from Getting In senior August Graves

28 min
Feb 22, 2016
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Donald Trump calls people (and publications) he doesn’t like sad. When did that word become an insult?

24 min
Feb 19, 2016
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Senior year course selection, forming relationships with teachers who could serve as references, and more.

24 min
Feb 12, 2016
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Host Julie Lythcott-Haims and expert Amy Young react to the criticism that's bubbled up around the Harvard report proposing sweeping changes to college admissions.

53 min
Feb 10, 2016
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With Ian Ground, Aubrey de Grey, Paul Root Wolpe, and Brian Kennedy

32 min
Feb 8, 2016
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A peculiar insult from the north of England has the Oxford English Dictionary stumped.

35 min
Jan 27, 2016
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A pronoun that English borrowed from its Scandinavian neighbors gets new life as a gender neutral alternative to he and she.

50 min
Jan 20, 2016
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With Robert Ford, David Frum, David Miliband, and Jessica Vaughan

36 min
Jan 11, 2016
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Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo talk about a mystery word or phrase with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.

32 min
Dec 28, 2015
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Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo talk to editors at Oxford, Merriam-Webster, and Dictionary.com about their picks for Word of the Year.

29 min
Dec 14, 2015
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Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the early 20th-century origins of a bizarre food-industry code with lexicographer Ben Zimmer.

52 min
Dec 9, 2015
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With Roger Clegg, Deborah Archer, Erwin Chemerinsky, and Stuart Taylor, Jr.

28 min
Nov 30, 2015
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Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo discuss the energetic history of the word sleep.