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  • A Portable History of the English Language

    It’s often said that the English language is the hardest to learn. What makes English so strange and why does it seem that the language was created without any plan or rules? We’ll find out this hour with Seth Lerer, Avalon Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University and author of “Inventing English: A Portable […]

  • Dispatches from Bedlam Farm

    Got pets? Jon Katz does – four dogs, four donkeys, a cat, several chickens, a herd of sheep, and a giant steer named Elvis – although he considers some of them livestock. Katz, who frequently writes about his menagerie for the online magazine Slate, will be our guest this hour. His latest book about the […]