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If you thought WWI was full of casual sniping, petty self-importance, and disregard for human decency, wait until you hear its Yelp reviews—Britain...

  • Added: Aug 26, 2014
  • Length: :44
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If you thought WWI was full of casual sniping, petty self-importance, and disregard for human decency, wait until you hear its Yelp reviews—Germany...

  • Added: Aug 26, 2014
  • Length: 01:45
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It's the Up Goer Five Challenge! Try to describe something complex using only the thousand most common words in English. It's a useful mental exerc...

Bought by WVPE, WEZU, WSLR, WYAP, WUIS and more


  • Added: Aug 21, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 7
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Shara Morris went to the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Festival in Rumford, Maine to see if she could cut it…or maybe saw it as a lumberjill.

Bought by WABE and New Hampshire Public Radio


  • Added: Aug 19, 2014
  • Length: 05:15
  • Purchases: 2
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Remember a few years ago when Amazon introduced that mysterious device called a Kindle? People worried that electronic readers would replace tradit...

Bought by WVPE, WSLR, WRNC-LP, WEZU, and WYAP


  • Added: Aug 15, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
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When somebody sneezes, you say, Bless you or Gesundheit. But suppose that person coughs. Are you supposed to say something--or are they? Plus, Mex...

Bought by WVPE, WSLR, and KUOW


  • Added: Aug 07, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 3
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A story that began its life under a cloud of controversy.

Bought by KCHW, Spokane Public Radio, KKRN, KMUN, KWMR and more


  • Added: Aug 04, 2014
  • Length: 01:57:58
  • Purchases: 15
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Did you ever wonder why we capitalize the pronoun "I," but not any other pronoun? There's a reason, and it may not be what you think. Also, the rom...

Bought by WVPE, WYAP, WSLR, WEZU, KUOW and more


  • Added: Jul 31, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
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Every politician’s dirty tricks have their own unique stench.

  • Added: Jul 30, 2014
  • Length: 02:15
Caption: Rick Burnside testing graves, Credit: renee wilde
Learn about the ancient art of dowsing for water.

  • Added: Jul 30, 2014
  • Length: 04:57
Caption: Alan DeValerio was a White House butler for Presidents Carter and Reagan., Credit: Alan DeValerio
"The Butler" didn't do it - or so says real-life White House butler Alan DeValerio.

  • Added: Jul 27, 2014
  • Length: 06:15
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Are your nightstand books all over the place? Why not stack 'em into a bookmash? A bookmash is a kind of found poetry formed from book titles! And ...

Bought by WVPE, WSLR, WEZU, WYAP, WUIS and more


  • Added: Jul 25, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
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Can reading poetry make you a better writer? Grant and Martha discuss how reading poetry improves your prose. Also, how linguists guess where you c...

Bought by WVPE, WEZU, WUIS, WSLR, KUOW and more


  • Added: Jul 17, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
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We mark the centennial of the start of World War I with the acclaimed author of 29 books, including the well-known SCHINDLER'S LIST (originally SCH...

  • Added: Jul 17, 2014
  • Length: 29:00
Caption: Francis Scott Key (shown here in a portrait by Theodor Horydczak) was far more than just the author of what would become our national anthem., Credit: Library of Congress
Turns out the author of our national anthem could very well have been nicknamed "Francis Scott Off-Key."

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Jul 16, 2014
  • Length: 03:24
  • Purchases: 1
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Do Americans use the same sign language as the Brits? And what do Japanese people use instead of "umm?" Grant and Martha cover language shifts acro...

Bought by WVPE, WEZU, WSLR, WUIS, KUOW and more


  • Added: Jul 10, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 6
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For the holiday weekend, we look back in history at Sara Payson Willis, a novelist, journalist, and feminist who wrote under the pseudonym "Fanny F...

Bought by WJCU


  • Added: Jul 09, 2014
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
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You dream of writing the great American novel, but to make ends meet, you spend your days writing boring corporate reports. There's a difference be...

Bought by WVPE, KRZA, KAWC, WSLR, WUIS and more


  • Added: Jul 03, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 7
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This week on "A Way with Words": Someone should write a love letter to a new book called "Letters of Note." It's a splendid collection of all kinds...

Bought by WVPE, WETD, WUIS, WSLR, and KUOW


  • Added: Jun 26, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 5
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XPRESSIONS is a series of short, light-hearted features about the origin of popular phrases & sayings of every sort.

  • Added: Jun 23, 2014
  • Length: 01:27
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This week on "A Way with Words": Some of us can't go anywhere without a book or something to read. And one fast food joint hears you: Chipotle is n...

Bought by WVPE, WRNC-LP, WETD, WEZU, WSLR and more


  • Added: Jun 19, 2014
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 7
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What's wrong with this list?

  • Added: Jun 10, 2014
  • Length: 03:24
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XPRESSIONS is a series of short, light-hearted features about the origin of popular phrases & sayings of every sort.

  • Added: Jun 09, 2014
  • Length: 01:41
Caption: Host Martha Burk
Two and one-half minute commentary on D-day in 1941, and the only woman who made the landing at Normandy.

Bought by WSLR and KSQM 91.5 FM


  • Added: Jun 05, 2014
  • Length: 02:30
  • Purchases: 2
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XPRESSIONS is a series of short, light-hearted features about the origin of popular phrases & sayings of every sort.

  • Added: Jun 02, 2014
  • Length: 01:34