The World in Words

The World in Words 44: Haruki Murakami's fans, a kanji-holic and kwassa kwassa

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This week, we check out a claim that with the aid of a super-computer, it's possible to predict which words will become extinct in a few centuries. We also have a report on the extraordinarily devoted fans of Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami. That's followed by a conversation with Eve Kushner, a devoted fan of those Japanese characters known as kanji. Finally, Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig on his favorite phrase out of Africa: kwassa kwassa.

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