17-44 Segment 1: Stutters, Stammers, and Vocal Blunders

 

If you’ve had to speak in public, you know the nerves that come with public speaking. So you probably also know the pain of umming, uhhing, or misspeaking. We explore where these vocal blunders come from and what they might mean.

Guest:

  • Michael Erard, author of Um: Slips, Stumbles and Verbal Blunders and What They Mean

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17-44 Segment 2: American Borders: How our states got their shapes

 

There are 48 states in the continental United States. Some of them have borders that make a lot of sense, like Illinois which is flanked by rivers. But what about Michigan, Rhode Island, and so many others? We talk to writer Mark Stein about the borders that we’ve come to take for granted.

Guest:

  • Mark Stein, author of How the States Got Their Shapes

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Culture Crash 17-44: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and John Green’s “Turtles All The Way Down”

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