language http://wnpr.org en Sumptuous Silence Transcription http://wnpr.org/post/sumptuous-silence-transcription <p></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:56:34 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 24584 at http://wnpr.org Sumptuous Silence Transcription The Lure of Letters http://wnpr.org/post/lure-letters <p>Tab Hunter and Joyce DeWitt, Elizabeth Taylor and James Earl Jones, Sigourney Weaver and Jeff Daniels, Samantha Bee and Jason Jones from "The Daily Show," Timothy Hutton and Elizabeth McGovern: I could go on and on. These are all couples who have acted together in A.R. Gurney's play, "Love Letters."</p><p>The play is amazingly elastic. Do you want to see Larry Hagman and Linda Gray together one more time post-Dallas? Well, they did "Love Letters."&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:55:22 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 23506 at http://wnpr.org The Lure of Letters The Art and Power of Poetry http://wnpr.org/post/art-and-power-poetry <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When the great poet Maya Angelou died last Wednesday, we learned about it during a conversation about the death penalty.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Maybe you learned about it while reading about deadly violence in Ukraine, or the search for the kidnapped girls in Nigeria.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Her death was sad news, to be sure. We don’t think we're the only ones who felt forced to step back from the news and consider the beauty and power of words. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This hour, in memory of Maya Angelou’s spirit, we welcome a group of Connecticut poets into our studio to read their work and try to measure the art and power of poetry.</span></p><p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 22891 at http://wnpr.org The Art and Power of Poetry Maya Angelou, Poet, Activist And Singular Storyteller, Dies At 86 http://wnpr.org/post/maya-angelou-poet-activist-and-singular-storyteller-dies-86 Poet, performer and political activist Maya Angelou has died after a long illness at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. She was 86. Born in St. Louis in 1928, Angelou grew up in a segregated society that she worked to change during the civil rights era. Angelou, who refused to speak for much of her childhood, revealed the scars of her past in <em>I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings</em>, the first of a series of memoirs.<p>Growing up in St. Louis, Mo., and Stamps, Ark., she was Marguerite Johnson. It was her brother who first called her Maya, and the name stuck. Wed, 28 May 2014 13:43:43 +0000 Lynn Neary 22644 at http://wnpr.org Maya Angelou, Poet, Activist And Singular Storyteller, Dies At 86 Promises, Promises, Promises: Who Keeps Them? http://wnpr.org/post/promises-promises-promises-who-keeps-them <p>Promises, promises -- all politicians make them, but they don't always keep them. Just last month, Gov. Dan Malloy canceled the $55 tax rebate he’d promised residents earlier this year.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 15 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 21842 at http://wnpr.org Promises, Promises, Promises: Who Keeps Them? The Spirit Level http://wnpr.org/post/spirit-level <p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">a&nbsp;</span>terza<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>rima<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> for the New Britain Industrial Museum</span></em></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Hard hittin' New Britain, </em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">some of my students intone</span><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">to describe their home for a few years or a lifetime</span><br /><span style="line-height: 1.5;">in that depressed part of Hartford County once known</span></p> Thu, 08 May 2014 20:01:29 +0000 Ravi Shankar 21130 at http://wnpr.org The Spirit Level Twitter CEO Hopes To Attract Users By Clearing The Clutter http://wnpr.org/post/twitter-ceo-hopes-attract-users-clearing-clutter Twitter is growing and its brand is spreading but Wall Street is unimpressed. On Tuesday, the company announced it had doubled its quarterly revenue from a year ago to $250 million. The social networking site also increased its number of active users to 255 million, up 25 percent from a year earlier.<p>But despite the gains, Wall Street analysts have called the growth tepid. Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:25:00 +0000 NPR Staff 21084 at http://wnpr.org Twitter CEO Hopes To Attract Users By Clearing The Clutter 3 Pitfalls To Avoid When Talking About Race http://wnpr.org/post/3-pitfalls-avoid-when-talking-about-race My first hint that a recent <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/04/21/305477556/dominated-by-1-point-of-view-late-night-tv-needs-new-voices" target="_blank">column on diversity in late-night TV</a> had made an impact came when I saw a tweet from an old acquaintance.<p>He runs a website and blog devoted to covering television and had decided to write a <a href="http://thetvpage.com/2014/04/22/critic-many-white-guys-late-night" target="_blank">post</a> based on my audio story on late-night TV. Sat, 26 Apr 2014 14:31:49 +0000 Eric Deggans 20851 at http://wnpr.org 3 Pitfalls To Avoid When Talking About Race Book News: Polish Poet With Mission To 'Create Poetry After Auschwitz' Dies http://wnpr.org/post/book-news-polish-poet-mission-create-poetry-after-auschwitz-dies <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>Polish poet and playwright Tadeusz Różewicz, who was a member of the resistance during Germany's occupation of Poland in World War II, has died, according to <a href="http://www.thenews.pl/1/11/Artykul/169109,Poet-Tadeusz-Rozewicz-dies-aged-92">reports in the Polish press</a>. He was 92. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 16:21:06 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 20788 at http://wnpr.org Book News: Polish Poet With Mission To 'Create Poetry After Auschwitz' Dies Poems Celebrate Hartford's Collective Identity http://wnpr.org/post/poems-celebrate-hartfords-collective-identity <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It was evident from Saturday’s grand finale of "Hartford Loves Poetry: A Community Celebration" that the city loves the sound and soul of its many voices. It was also proof that people are thirsty for authentic human stories told aloud by their neighbors that creatively reflect ancestry and history.</span></p><p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:23:24 +0000 Ed Wierzbicki 20527 at http://wnpr.org Poems Celebrate Hartford's Collective Identity Writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Who Gave Voice To Latin America, Dies http://wnpr.org/post/writer-gabriel-garcia-marquez-who-gave-voice-latin-america-dies Latin American author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 1982, died Thursday. He was 87. Garcia Marquez, the master of a style known as magic realism, was and remains Latin America's best-known writer.<p>His novels were filled with miraculous and enchanting events and characters; love and madness; wars, politics, dreams and death. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:28:58 +0000 Mandalit del Barco 20344 at http://wnpr.org Writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Who Gave Voice To Latin America, Dies 5 Points Where Poetry Meets Jazz http://wnpr.org/post/5-points-where-poetry-meets-jazz <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6bKgljhvR0</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:36:50 +0000 Pamela Espeland 19994 at http://wnpr.org 5 Points Where Poetry Meets Jazz Poetic Take On Black Boxer Lands Punches With Broad Appeal http://wnpr.org/post/poetic-take-black-boxer-lands-punches-broad-appeal <em>April is National Poetry Month, and Code Switch is celebrating by writing about great poets of color and their poems that address issues of race, culture and ethnicity. We began the series with an invitation to our readers to help us build a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/04/10/301409226/writers-of-color-flock-to-social-media-for-a-new-way-to-use-language">collaborative</a></em> <em><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/04/10/301409226/writers-of-color-flock-to-social-media-for-a-new-way-to-use-language">poem</a>. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:36:38 +0000 Camila Domonoske 19996 at http://wnpr.org Poetic Take On Black Boxer Lands Punches With Broad Appeal New Yorker Cartoon Editor Explores What Makes Us Get It http://wnpr.org/post/new-yorker-cartoon-editor-explores-what-makes-us-get-it Bob Mankoff has been contributing cartoons to <em>The New Yorker</em> ever since 1977 and now, as cartoon editor, he evaluates more than 500 cartoons submitted to the magazine each week.<p>Mankoff is proud of the many cartoons that have been published under his aegis. "Sometimes I take my aegis out of my drawer just to admire it," he writes.<p>His most well-known cartoon shows an executive looking at his desk calendar, saying to someone on the phone: "No, Thursday's out. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 18:36:00 +0000 editor 18940 at http://wnpr.org New Yorker Cartoon Editor Explores What Makes Us Get It How Do You Pronounce the Capital of Ukraine? http://wnpr.org/post/how-do-you-pronounce-capital-ukraine <p>With the situation in Ukraine as bad as it is, semantics are not high on the list of priorities. But it's something that inevitably comes up for journalists when we discuss names and locations in other parts of the world.</p><p><a href="http://wnpr.org/post/ukraine-crisis-and-russian-relations-chris-murphy-discusses-recent-trip-kiev" target="_blank">U.S. Senator Chris Murphy was on WNPR's <em>Where We Live</em></a> to talk about his recent trip to Ukraine's capital of Kiev, or Kyiv (more on that later).</p><p>Murphy pronounces the name of this city as "Keev."</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:24:32 +0000 Tucker Ives 18749 at http://wnpr.org How Do You Pronounce the Capital of Ukraine? Forget Speed-Reading. Here's Speed-Writing http://wnpr.org/post/forget-speed-reading-heres-speed-writing Speed-reading all rage. Suddenly many speed-reading apps. <a href="http://www.spritzinc.com/faq/" target="_blank">Spritz</a>. <a href="http://www.spreeder.com/" target="_blank">Spreeder</a>. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 17:11:00 +0000 Linton Weeks 18377 at http://wnpr.org Forget Speed-Reading. Here's Speed-Writing It's Grammar Day! Is My Exclamation Point Wrong? http://wnpr.org/post/its-grammar-day-my-exclamation-point-wrong <p></p><p>It's National Grammar Day, a time to take stock of the current status of the English language, and possibly get into bitter fights.</p><p>I'm old school. I'm the kind of person who will only use "not only" if I intend to follow it with "but also." That's probably a convention that died the quiet death of a feverish sloth many years ago. But I know what's right, and sometimes it feels like I'm helping to hold the language together even as it drifts into chaos.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 16:58:41 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 17867 at http://wnpr.org It's Grammar Day! Is My Exclamation Point Wrong? A Judge, Rendered Homicidal by Grammar http://wnpr.org/post/judge-rendered-homicidal-grammar <p><em>The Colin McEnroe Show</em> is featuring an episode on grammar next Tuesday.&nbsp;</p><p>Below we&nbsp;have a "fatal" example of a misplaced modifier.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">I'm fairly certain the judge didn't do any of those horrible things. (h/t R.R. Cooper)</span></p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 14:12:38 +0000 Colin McEnroe 17699 at http://wnpr.org A Judge, Rendered Homicidal by Grammar State's Obamacare Website Now Up In Spanish http://wnpr.org/post/states-obamacare-website-now-spanish <p>We recently told you about the challenge of getting a Spanish language enrollment website up and running for the state’s Obamacare agency, Access Health CT.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now,</span><a href="https://www.accesshealthct.com/AHCT/LanguageSwitch?languageCode=es" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank"> it appears that site is live</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:34:13 +0000 Jeff Cohen 17456 at http://wnpr.org State's Obamacare Website Now Up In Spanish The Man Behind The Dialect Quiz http://wnpr.org/post/man-behind-dialect-quiz With just 11 days before the end of 2013, The New York Times posted a dialect quiz on its website that drew in millions of readers, making it the site&#8217;s most popular page for the year. The quiz is designed to pinpoint the quiz-taker&#8217;s exact region, based on the words he or she uses.<p>The graphics intern who created the mapping algorithm, Josh Katz, was hired for a full-time position and <strong>Bert Vaux</strong>, the linguist who created the data for the test, began to see an uptick in the activity on his website.<p>Vaux, a linguistics professor at Cambridge University in England Wed, 19 Feb 2014 19:50:00 +0000 editor 17214 at http://wnpr.org The Man Behind The Dialect Quiz Still No Obamacare Website for State's Spanish Speakers http://wnpr.org/post/still-no-obamacare-website-states-spanish-speakers <p></p><p>The Spanish-language website that will enroll state residents in Obamacare is still facing delays. In fact, officials say it could be another two weeks until it is operational.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 16:57:13 +0000 Jeff Cohen 17203 at http://wnpr.org Still No Obamacare Website for State's Spanish Speakers The Language of Mental Health; 50 Years of Anti-Smoking Efforts; Archaeology Tech at UConn http://wnpr.org/post/language-mental-health-50-years-anti-smoking-efforts-archaeology-tech-uconn <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With mental health issues at the forefront of local and national discussion, the phrase "the mentally ill" has become commonplace in media headlines. But does it really belong there -- or anywhere, for that matter? We talk with Tufts Medical Center’s Psychiatrist-in-Chief about the importance of the words we use when talking about mental illness.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 14:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 15349 at http://wnpr.org The Language of Mental Health; 50 Years of Anti-Smoking Efforts; Archaeology Tech at UConn Amiri Baraka's Legacy Both Controversial And Achingly Beautiful http://wnpr.org/post/amiri-barakas-legacy-both-offensive-and-achingly-beautiful One of America's most important — and controversial — literary figures, Amiri Baraka, died on Thursday from complications after surgery following a long illness, according to his oldest son. Baraka was 79.<p>Baraka co-founded the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s. His literary legacy is as complicated as the times he lived through, from his childhood — where he recalled not being allowed to enter a segregated library — to the 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 22:16:00 +0000 Neda Ulaby 15229 at http://wnpr.org Amiri Baraka's Legacy Both Controversial And Achingly Beautiful What Do You Mean, Coding? http://wnpr.org/post/what-do-you-mean-coding-0 <p>Our schools teach a variety of foreign languages: Spanish, French, even Latin. But should we be focusing on the <a href="http://www.wired.com/opinion/2013/09/ap_code/">language of computer programming?</a> Even NBA star Chris Bosh <a href="http://www.wired.com/opinion/2013/10/chris-bosh-why-everyone-should-learn-to-code/">is asking everyone</a> from young kids to the homeless to learn to code. Why aren’t we teaching it more? It seems like President Obama needs an army of coders to fix the glitchy <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/">HealthCare.gov </a>website.</p><p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Tucker Ives, John Dankosky & Catie Talarski 14587 at http://wnpr.org What Do You Mean, Coding? End of Bilingual Education in Windham Forces English Language Learners to Cope http://wnpr.org/post/end-bilingual-education-windham-forces-english-language-learners-cope <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the number of Hispanic students in Connecticut's schools continues to rise, the achievement gap between these students and their white classmates remains. Gaps can be found in every grade, in every subject, in just about every school district in the state.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The highest percentage of English language learners can be found in the town of Windham. In the past year, there have been&nbsp;big changes there to the way Hispanic students are being taught.</span></p><p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 21:09:56 +0000 Diane Orson 12775 at http://wnpr.org End of Bilingual Education in Windham Forces English Language Learners to Cope Picture This: Selfie Is 'Word Of The Year' http://wnpr.org/post/picture-selfie-word-year Oxford Dictionaries has decided that <a href="http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2013/11/word-of-the-year-2013-winner/" target="_blank">2013's word of the year is selfie</a> — and if you don't know what the word means, you may not be a somewhat self-absorbed type who likes to share photos you take of yourself. (Just kidding, selfie fans!)<p>According to the experts at Oxford, "the decision was unanimous ... with little if any argument. ... It seems like everyone who is anyone has posted a <em>selfie</em> somewhere on the Internet. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 14:10:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 12647 at http://wnpr.org Picture This: Selfie Is 'Word Of The Year' When Will CBS Do More Than Apologize? http://wnpr.org/post/when-will-cbs-do-more-apologize <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Once again we start the week with a show that we planned on the fly based on stories that grabbed us over the weekend.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 15:02:29 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf 12234 at http://wnpr.org When Will CBS Do More Than Apologize? Bill Clinton, Mark Zuckerberg and Snoop Dogg Agree: Learn to Code http://wnpr.org/post/bill-clinton-mark-zuckerberg-and-snoop-dogg-agree-learn-code <p>It may not be enough anymore to just be tech-literate. There is a mainstream push to teach people, both kids and adults alike, to be code-literate. On an episode of <i>Where We Live</i>, there was a discussion with people who code, making the case for more code education.</p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 18:59:31 +0000 Tucker Ives 10747 at http://wnpr.org Bill Clinton, Mark Zuckerberg and Snoop Dogg Agree: Learn to Code What Do You Mean, Coding? http://wnpr.org/post/what-do-you-mean-coding <p>Our schools teach a variety of foreign languages: Spanish, French, even Latin. But should we be focusing on the <a href="http://www.wired.com/opinion/2013/09/ap_code/">language of computer programming?</a> Even NBA star Chris Bosh <a href="http://www.wired.com/opinion/2013/10/chris-bosh-why-everyone-should-learn-to-code/">is asking everyone</a> from young kids to the homeless to learn to code. Why aren’t we teaching it more? It seems like President Obama needs an army of coders to fix the glitchy <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/">HealthCare.gov </a>website.</p><p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 15:04:54 +0000 Tucker Ives, John Dankosky & Catie Talarski 10638 at http://wnpr.org What Do You Mean, Coding? It Takes A Classroom To Learn The Family Language http://wnpr.org/post/it-takes-classroom-learn-family-language Call it a linguistic identity crisis.<p>Growing up in Westchester, N.Y., 25-year-old Danielle Alvarez says, she and her two siblings didn't have much need for Spanish. With few other Hispanic families around, she got by with the few phrases she had picked up from her Mexican-born father: good night, put a coat on, be careful.<p>Her half-Colombian mother didn't speak Spanish either; it wasn't a big priority. Alvarez says she felt inadequate, though, when she was around her cousins — all of whom did speak Spanish. "I didn't feel quite as Mexican or Colombian compared to my cousins," she says. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 15:50:28 +0000 editor 10018 at http://wnpr.org