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.
Kazakhstan's president is betting that transforming the alphabet will help his country bolster its national identity, ditch its Russian and Soviet colonial past and better integrate itself in the modern world.
Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels have become global hits. They are rife with love and sex and the mob — and commentary about language. This week on the podcast we explore Italy's linguistic history and the tensions between Italian dialects and the lingua franca.
The World's Alex Gallafent tells us about a new kids TV show in Britain called Rastamouse. It's wildly popular, but it's also been criticized for racial stereotyping. So will Rastamouse follow Thomas the Tank Engine and Angelina Ballerina onto US screens?
For Today's Geo Quiz, it helps to speak Irish. Traditional Irish is still spoken in some pockets of Ireland. These districts are scattered up and down the rocky west coast: What's the collective name for all of the country's Irish-speaking districts?
For today's Geo Quiz, we're looking for 'Hell' on earth. Actually, it's the Spanish word for hell, Infierno. It's a community in South America. We want you to name the country this place called 'Hell' is in.
Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with author Stephen Dodson who's been studying languages -- and how to curse in them -- much of his life, and has now co-authored a book called "Uglier Than a Monkey's Armpit:
What does outgoing president Vladimir Putin mean when he says that "A man should teach his own wife how to make cabbage soup"? Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with translator and interpreter Michele Berdy to find out