A Way With Words on RADIO IQ with BBC

A Way With Words is a weekly, hour-long, national, caller-based program about language. Author Martha Barnette and lexicographer Grant Barrett take calls about slang, grammar, linguistic heirlooms, old sayings, word origins, regional dialects, family expressions, and speaking and writing well.

By looking at the world through the lens of language, A Way With Words offers a brand-new perspective on politics, pop culture, history, sports, music, science, literature, and foreign cultures.

Funny, informative, and fast-paced, each hour-long episode includes a word puzzle and slang quiz. 

Grant Barrett is radio host, public speaker, lexicographer and journalist.

He is co-host of the language-related public radio show A Way with Words, independently produced in and distributed from San Diego and broadcast each week to hundreds of thousands of listeners in including those tuned to our RADIO IQ and RADIO IQ With BBC News networks.

words@waywordradio.org

Martha Barnette is co-host of the public-radio show A Way with Words, heard each week by listeners in more than 230 cities across North America, and around the world by podcast. The program is about words and how we use them — word and phrase origins, slang, regional dialects, grammar, writing well, books and reading, and that weird thing Grandma used to say.

Martha is a longtime journalist who’s passionate about language and lifelong learning. She’s a graduate of Vassar College with an A.B. in English. She did graduate work in classical languages at the University of Kentucky and studied Spanish in Costa Rica at the ILISA Language Institute.

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Education
12:32 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

"Fakes"- A Creative Writing Forum

We navigate the modern world through language:  Texts, tweets, forms, documents and disclaimers of all sorts.  But a new anthology raises a powerful question. question.

Matthew Vollmer reads from the introduction to his new collection titled “Fakes”.

“Fakes” is anthology of short essays by acclaimed writers including George Saunders, Lorrie Moore, Donald Bartleme and others.  Each one, a fictionalized or fantastical take on a familiar form.

“So I’ve been thinking about forms for another form of writing.”

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General Assembly
9:48 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Payday Lending

Many lawmakers and advocates still have abolishing predatory lending practices in Virginia on their agenda… although it hasn't been discussed much this legislative session. But one organization says that since the General Assembly passed reforms, fewer people have been trapped by the high-interest loans that were supposed to be temporary assistance for those with a financial crisis.

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Transportation
2:20 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Transportation Bill Update

The Virginia Senate has voted for a transportation-funding bill that increases the gas tax, removes most of Governor McDonnell’s proposals, and allows Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads to raise extra revenue.  

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Arts & Culture
4:16 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Killing Lincoln

On the heels of Steven Spielberg’s acclaimed film about Lincoln comes another movie about the nation’s 16th president - this one airing on the National Geographic Channel February 17th. 

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Arts & Culture
3:27 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

A Valentine's Day Gift of Song

For many, Valentine’s Day is a time to remember a loved one with a special gift. 

This year a Roanoke firefighter decided to surprise his fiancée a little early with a song. 

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Law & Crime
12:08 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Victims of Gun Violence Attend State of the Union

While the Newtown, Connecticut shooting has gotten the most media attention of late, last night at the State of the Union address two Virginia lawmakers honored the victims of the Virginia Tech shooting.

Peter Read of Annandale, Virginia lost his daughter Mary in the Virginia Tech shooting. He says he was honored to be the guest of Congressman Gerry Connolly at the State of the Union address.

“It’s hugely meaningful to me and obviously for my daughter Mary and for the other Hokie families.”  

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