Full story - October 28, 2016
A Doukhobor festival in Castlegar, British Columbia. For hundreds of years, the Doukhobors' oral cultural was enshrined in songs and prayers.
The Doukhobors emigrated to Canada in the early 1900s after becoming outcasts in Russian society. They no longer use their Russian dialect, except when they sing.
Full story - October 25, 2016
A La Carreta restaurant, a popular Cuban cuisine franchise in the Miami area.
One linguist says in a way, the Magic City feels some shame about its Latin heritage.
Full story - October 20, 2016
Maisam Hosseini and his teacher
In Afghanistan, survival meant escaping the Taliban. In Belgium it means learning Dutch.
Full story - October 14, 2016
Myaamia Chief Doug Lankford (right), linguist David Costa (center), and Myaamia Center director Daryl Baldwin (left), watching a traditional Stomp Dance in Oxford, Ohio.
What happens when the last native speaker of a language has died? Is that language "dead" or just "sleeping?" And can it be woken up again?
Full story - September 14, 2016
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?
Full story - September 09, 2016
Lily Bui and her Vietnamese-born mother who arrived in the United States as a refugee in the 1980s.
A Vietnamese-American woman stays in touch with her cultural roots through language and song. But which languages will she pass on to her own children?
Full story - August 18, 2016
Anne Jimmie grew up speaking Ktunaxa, only to lose much of the language when she was removed from her family and placed in a boarding school. In 2006, the Canadian government compensated Jimmie and about 80,000 other First Nations people as part of a clas
Many Ktunaxa lost their native tongue when they were sent to church-run boarding schools. Now the Ktunaxa language is making a modest comeback at a local school where both First Nations and white students study it.
Full story - August 08, 2016
What pronouns do you use? Have you ever been asked? Do you ask others their pronouns? This week on the podcast, we hand over the reins to our talented summer intern, Paulus van Horne, to share a very personal story about pronouns. In the spring of 2016, Paulus came out as non-binary at college, asking friends and teachers to use the gender neutral pronouns they/them/their. This summer at The World, Paulus came out for the first time at a workplace. This is their story.
Full story - July 28, 2016
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.
Full story - July 14, 2016
First and second grade Arabic class in New York
Arabic is a language, not a violent ideology. Some Americans who know this are having a lot of fun learning this culturally rich and diverse language.