Full story - March 13, 2019
Chinese sci-fi blockbuster The Wandering Earth is coming to Netflix.
In the West, we are used to sci-fi written by English-speakers who dream up English-speaking utopias and dystopias. Often in the final reel, humanity is saved by English-speaking heroes. So what should we expect from China's newly-thriving sci-fi scene?
Full story - October 10, 2018
Yes or No
When American Lynne Murphy says "sure" to her British husband, he thinks she means "not really."
Full story - September 04, 2018
Ira Lightman at a poetry reading in Manchester, UK, at an event organized by Poets and Players. Lightman moonlights as a poetry plagiarism detective. 
Ira Lightman is a hero to some in the literary world, a villain to others.
Full story - August 08, 2018
Scientist Joshua Miele demonstrates a virtual wireless Braille keyboard attached as an input device to an Android phone.
Some people believe technology will render Braille obsolete and that blind people will choose talking apps and audiobooks over embossed dots. But Braille has been written off many times before and each time, it has come back stronger.
Full story - June 18, 2018
Fans watching the Germany-Mexico FIFA World Cup game at a fan fest in Saint Petersburg, Russia on June 17, 2018.
Professional soccer used to export its English-language terminology, giving other languages words like "penalty" and "goal." But now, the roles are reversed. English-speakers use expressions loaned from other languages to describe skill moves: "rabona," "panenka," "gegenpress."
Full story - May 23, 2018
A performance from the Netherlands-based comedy improv group Easy Laughs.
Ever wondered about people who can improvise on stage? Neuroscientist Charles Limb and comedian Anthony Veneziale did. First came the bromance, then Veneziale found himself improvising inside an fMRI machine.
A picture of a Basque Shepherd
This week on the podcast we talk about Basque. How did this language survive the military dictatorship of Francisco Franco when speaking and writing and reading were illegal? With more than six dialects, how did Basque develop a language standard? And how has this minority language thrived and even grown in the years since Francisco Franco’s dictatorship ended?
Full story - May 17, 2018
a baby sitting on steps and a child on a cobblestone street
Karolina lives in Boston but grew up in several countries and speaks a bunch of languages. Her English is perfect but she doesn’t feel completely at home in it, or in American culture. Welcome to the world of third culture kids, a fast-growing group of people who fit in everywhere and nowhere.
Full story - May 08, 2018
Alina Simone's daughter Zoe teaches her Russian-speaking grandfather some basic Chinese.
Alina Simone was born in the Soviet Union to Russian-speaking parents. She has given up on passing the language on to her daughter.
Full story - April 25, 2018
A humpback whale surfacing from the water surrounded by seagulls
What's the meaning of all those howls and growls? Is it language? This week on the podcast, NOVA's Ari Daniel explores how three species communicate.