The Roundtable
11:12 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Steven Pinker's Writing Guide

  Why is so much writing so bad, and how can we make it better? Is the English language being corrupted by texting and social media? Do the kids today even care about good writing? Why should any of us care?

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The Roundtable
11:45 am
Mon October 20, 2014

'Shortcut: How Analogies Reveal Connections, Spark Innovation, And Sell Our Greatest Ideas'

  Analogies are far more complex than their SAT stereotype and lie at the very core of human cognition and creativity. Once we become aware of this, we start seeing them everywhere—in ads, apps, political debates, legal arguments, logos, and euphemisms, to name just a few.

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Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Classical Music According to Yehuda #112

    In this week’s Classical Music According to Yehuda, Alan Chartock and Yehuda Hanani discuss Bartok and music as language.

Celebrating “White Nights” of the Russian tradition, pianist Vassily Primakov and Yehuda will present a program of Russian masters Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky, in the inaugural concert of Close Encounters With Music at the Clark Sunday, July 14 at 3 PM.

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The Roundtable
11:45 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Let's Bring Back: The Lost Language Edition

    In the past, expressions like "horsefeathers," "blinkers," and "coxy-loxy" were all the go around towin, but they have since largely disappeared from the English lexicon in favor more pedestrian modern expressions.

Lesley Blume is looking to bring such language back – we speak with her about her efforts.

The Roundtable
9:00 am
Fri April 26, 2013

4/26/13 - Panel

  This morning's panelists are WAMC's Ray Graf, David Guistina, and Joe Donahue.

In this abbreviated panel we're asking listeners to call in with their language pet peeves.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Mon March 25, 2013

"The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language" by Natalie Goldberg

    Natalie Goldberg, teacher and author of Writing Down the Bones, joins us to talk about her new book: The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language.

She offers writing guidance learned from years of teaching and practice in the second part of the hour.

WAMC Programs
3:06 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

The Book Show #1284 - Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd

    In 1973 in the offices of The Atlantic Monthly in Boston, a young freelance writer named Tracy Kidder came looking for an assignment. Richard Todd was the editor that encouraged him.

After much success they have written the new book, Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction, which explores three major non-fiction forms: narratives, essays, and memoirs.

The Roundtable
10:12 am
Fri January 18, 2013

"Iffy" coined by FDR and more "Words from the White House"

  The founding fathers felt that coining words and creating new uses for old ones was part of their role in creating a new American culture and language, distinct from the prescriptive King's English.

Ever since, American presidents have enriched our vocabulary with words, phrases, and concepts that we have since put to general use. Acclaimed lexicographer Paul Dickson has compiled the first collection of new words and lexical curiosities originating on Pennsylvania Avenue.

His new book is Words from the White House: Words and Phrases Coined or Popularized by America's Presidents.

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch: Let Verbs Power Your Writing by Constance Hale

Writers know it instinctively: Verbs make a sentence zing. Grammar gurus agree: Drama in writing emerges from the interplay of a subject (noun) and a predicate (verb).

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Slang: The People's Poetry

Michael Adams teaches English language and literature at Indiana University. He is the author of Slayer Slang: A Buffy the Vampire Slayer Lexicon and editor of From Elvish to Klingon.