We're working on a new version of PRX. Want a sneak peek?

Modern Language Association

GroupAccount image

Established in 1883 to promote the study and teaching of the modern languages and literatures, the MLA seeks to enhance public understanding of the ways that language and literature enrich people’s lives. The MLA is a not-for-profit membership organization with 28,000 members, most of whom teach in colleges and universities in the United States. Through its radio program, What’s the Word? the MLA has served a national audience of public radio listeners who have an interest in reading and talking about language and literature. In April 1997, the first thirteen What’s the Word? programs were made available to public radio stations.  After producing 305 programs, the series ceased production in 2010. What’s the Word?'s half-hour programs were written, produced, and hosted by Sally Placksin. They feature scholars and writers speaking about everything from Shakespeare and other classics to contemporary fiction, from detective novels to the lyrics of the blues, and from learning a foreign language to slam poetry.

Pieces

Caption: PRX default Piece image
An exploration of writers and characters of mixed race

Bought by WMUU-LP


  • Added: Sep 02, 2010
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: PRX default Piece image
Three novels that explore Trujillo's influence on life in the Dominican Republic and in the diaspora

  • Added: Sep 02, 2010
  • Length: 29:00
Caption: PRX default Piece image
An exploration of the African novel

Bought by WMUU-LP


  • Added: Sep 02, 2010
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: PRX default Piece image
Three writers whose work explores the intersection of religion and the state

Bought by KMRE-LP


  • Added: Sep 02, 2010
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
Piece image
Three members of Ojibwe communities, which reach from Michigan to Montana in the United States and from Quebec to Saskatchewan in Canada, share the...

Bought by WNMU-FM, KMRE-LP, WRIR, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, KMRE-LP and more


  • Added: Oct 20, 2009
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 16
Piece image
Three representations of the events of September 11th.

Bought by KMRE-LP, KMRE-LP, RadioFreePalmer, Moab Public Radio, KFOK-LPFM and more


  • Added: Aug 19, 2009
  • Length: 28:58
  • Purchases: 8
Piece image
A look at how the events of September 11th changed the way we read Shakespeare's plays about politics and leadership.

Bought by KMRE-LP, KMRE-LP, KFOK-LPFM, KSFR, WTIP and more


  • Added: Aug 06, 2009
  • Length: 28:58
  • Purchases: 6
Piece image
How do those who have experienced the direct presence of God capture this heightened state in words?

Bought by KMRE-LP, KMRE-LP, KUT, Marfa Public Radio, CKMO and more


  • Added: Mar 04, 2009
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 7
Piece image
The poetry we hear—and create—as children teaches us about the power of words.

Bought by KMRE-LP, KMRE-LP, KMXT, KGNU, KHNS and more


  • Added: Mar 04, 2009
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 13
Piece image
How did slaves resist their oppression? Three works explore what it means to resist and to survive.

Bought by KMRE-LP, WRPI, KFAI, KMRE-LP, Red River Radio Network and more


  • Added: Jan 07, 2009
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 10
Piece image
Explores issues of national and cultural identity central to Puerto Rican literature

Bought by KMRE-LP, KHNS, WFIU, and WGCU


  • Added: Aug 05, 2008
  • Length: 29:45
  • Purchases: 4
Piece image
During the early and mid-twentieth century, many Latin American writers engaged with international literary and cultural movements.

Bought by KMRE-LP, KMRE-LP, KRZA, KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio, WRNC-LP and more


  • Added: Aug 05, 2008
  • Length: 29:45
  • Purchases: 6
Piece image
Rhyme in Arabic, English, and French poetry

Bought by KMRE-LP, WRGY, KMRE-LP, KRZA, KMXT and more


  • Added: Mar 14, 2008
  • Length: 29:45
  • Purchases: 10
Piece image
Three poets share their work and discuss contemporary language poetry.

Bought by KMRE-LP, KMRE-LP, 90.5 WSNC, and Marfa Public Radio


  • Added: Mar 14, 2008
  • Length: 29:45
  • Purchases: 4
Piece image
Three powerful films about American veterans returning home.

Bought by KMRE-LP and KMRE-LP


  • Added: Oct 30, 2007
  • Length: 29:45
  • Purchases: 2
Piece image
A look at three landmark Amercian plays dealing with the AIDs crisis

Bought by KMRE-LP, WRNC-LP, and KPFA


  • Added: Sep 17, 2007
  • Length: 29:45
  • Purchases: 3
Piece image
Hip-Hop in Cuba, South Africa, and the Islamic world

Bought by KMRE-LP, KMRE-LP, KMXT, KISU, 90.5 WSNC and more


  • Added: Sep 17, 2007
  • Length: 29:45
  • Purchases: 8
Piece image
Carmen, Eugene Onegin, Falstaff, and their literary predecessors

Bought by KMRE-LP, KMRE-LP, KPIP-LP, KHNS, WFIU and more


  • Added: Sep 17, 2007
  • Length: 29:45
  • Purchases: 6
Piece image
American road trips in literature and film

Bought by KMRE-LP, KMRE-LP, Red River Radio Network, WBEZ, KDUR and more


  • Added: Jul 23, 2007
  • Length: 29:45
  • Purchases: 6