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

Grant Barrett

User image
My vCard
  • Username: grantbarrett
  • Host/Producer
  • Role: Producer Group Staff

Recent Pieces from Grant Barrett

Piece image

Happy as Larry (#1488) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

New research shows that you may be less influenced by superstitious behavior like walking under ladders or the magic of four-leaf clovers if you're reading about it in ...
Piece image

A Shoo-In (#1475) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

This week it’s butterflies, belly flowers, plot bunnies, foxes, and cuckoos. Also, writing advice from Mark Twain and a wonderful bit of prose from Sara Pennypacker's book ...
Piece image

Noon of Night (#1474) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Pranks, cranks, and chips. As a kid, you may have played that game where you phone someone to say, "Is your refrigerator running? Then you better go catch it!" What's the ...
Piece image

Naked as a Jaybird (#1473) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

What's the best way for someone busy to learn lots of new words quickly for a test like the GRE? Looking up their origins can help. Or record yourself reading the words and ...
Piece image

Hot Dog, Cold Turkey (#1472) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Why do we call a frankfurter a "hot dog"? It seems an unsettling 19th-century rumor is to blame. Also, if someone quits something abruptly, why do we say they quit "cold ...
Piece image

Brand Spanking New (#1487) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Taking a look back at some notable words and phrases from 2017: Remember path of totality? How about "milkshake duck"? Also, a committee has to choose a new mascot for a ...
Piece image

The Last Straw (#1486) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Books for word lovers, plus the stories behind some familiar terms. Want a gift for your favorite bibliophile? Martha and Grant have recommendations, from a collection of ...
Piece image

Skedaddle (#1471) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

The months of September, October, November, and December take their names from Latin words meaning "seven," "eight," "nine," and "ten." So why don't their names correspond to ...
Piece image

Coast is Clear (#1470) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

In the military, if you've "lost the bubble," then you can't find your bearings. The term first referred to calibrating the position of aircraft and submarines. And the ...
Piece image

Hidden Treasures (#1485) (54:00)
From: A Way with Words

Civil War letters and the opposite of prejudice. A new online archive of Civil War letters offers a vivid portrait of the everyday lives of enlisted men. These soldiers ...