When I was a kid my favorite record was a collection of sounds of the city: sirens, cooing pigeons, jack hammers, bicycle bells, dogs barking, horns honking, etc. I would play this record, much to the sheer agony of my parents, ad nauseum, making up a story for each sound. I like to think that was the first hint of a career in public radio. I joined The World's newsroom in 2013 after working as an independent producer/reporter. Prior to that I had a penchant for joining corps; first the Peace Corps in Romania and then traveling around the U.S. in an Airstream trailer as a facilitator for StoryCorps. When I'm not enlisting in yet another corps, you may find me baking pie, eating pie, and pretty much thinking about pie.
When you don't speak English, going to the hospital in the US, can be a frightening experience. This was the case for many Mexican farm workers living and working in the Salinas Valley who neither spoke English nor Spanish. Natividad Hospital in Salinas found that four of the most popular languages spoken in the hospital were Native Mexican languages. So, the hospital piloted a program to train indigenous language speakers to become medical interpreters.
'Gaslighting' has been all over the press lately, mainly in reference to Donald Trump. But the term dates all the way back to the 1930s.
The millions of Spanish-speaking Americans who caught the presidential debate last night on Univision are familiar with the voice of Vicente de la Vega. He's been interpreting Trump for weeks.
During the era of silent film, many thought that medium would be the language to unite us all. Is rapid, wide translation a better idea?
This week the right-wing Polish governing party proposed a new law to outlaw the use of phrases like "Polish death camp" or "Polish concentration camp."
Hawaiian is often offered up as a language revitalization success story, a model for other endangered languages to follow. But language revitalization isn’t so simple. While activists are reviving the Hawaiian language, opening up pre-schools, teaching thousands of second language learners, there still is a small group of native speakers who have never lost the language, a group of native Hawaiians from the island of Niihau.
This week, The World in Words podcast tries to figure out how an illegible book with no clear meaning became something of a classic.
An amicus brief in a copyright case went viral last week because it was written using Klingon phrases. But the language choice wasn't just for show.
An Australian computer scientist claims to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the inventor of Bitcoin. But one crypto-currency expert isn't convinced.
Soccer's governing body FIFA asked Harvard professor John Ruggie for guidelines on how to handle human rights issues. The big question now is whether FIFA follows his recommendations.