First of all: WOW. We did our live show at NPR HQ this week, and it was wonderful, and all of you who attended made a fantastic audience. You'll be hearing the live show in two segments over the holidays while we take a rest, but in the meantime, we've got a brand-new show to roll out.
Our first topic is the Disney film Frozen, which raises some of the same princess questions as Wreck-It Ralph, but in different ways. Glen has an unusual spin, let's say, on the movie's best-received song, and the guys in general find themselves a bit underwhelmed by the story. I, on the other hand, tell them they are emphatically wrong. Trey also makes a sloth reference that you should know if you don't already.
We also take the occasion of the death(ish) of a character on Family Guy to talk about character deaths, whether they arise from unexpected off-screen events or a decision to change direction. Now, BE WARNED, there are some old shows — including Buffy and Star Trek: TNG and MASH — where we discuss significant character deaths, because it's the only way to do the segment. But we stayed away from new stuff.
As always, we close the show with what's making us happy this week. Stephen cites his kids' wish lists (totally pop culture!) before citing a recent Deadspin piece you should definitely read as long as you enjoy swears. Trey mentions the comedy stylings of a favorite actress, and he also has a lot to say about squirrel trivia. Glen very much enjoyed a movie that didn't sound like it was made for him. I very much enjoyed a trailer that came before Frozen, and I also shouted out our new merch, which isn't online yet but is available for sale in the shop in the lobby at NPR HQ — which now includes glasses and shakers in addition to the awesomely soft shirts.
We communicate with each other in all sorts of ways, spoken and unspoken. In this hour, TED speakers reflect on how our words and methods of communication affect us, more than you might expect.
Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Spoken And Unspoken.
About Mark Forsyth's TEDTalk
Etymologist Mark Forsyth shares the surprising back story on the term "president."
About Mark Forsyth
Mark Forsyth is an author, blogger, journalist, proofreader and ghostwriter. On his blog, the Inky Fool, he dispells grammar myths. His book The Etymologicon takes "a circular stroll through the hidden connections of the English language" by history of one word or phrase with each chapter.
Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Spoken And Unspoken.
About Amy Cuddy's TEDTalk
Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how "power posing" can affect our brains, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.
About Amy Cuddy
Amy Cuddy is a professor and researcher at Harvard Business School, where she studies how nonverbal behavior and snap judgments affect people. Her research reveals we can change other people's perceptions — and even our own body chemistry — simply by changing body positions.
Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Spoken And Unspoken.
About John McWhorter's TEDTalk
Does texting mean the death of good writing skills? Linguist John McWhorter says that there's much more to texting — linguistically, culturally — than it seems, and it's all good news.
About John McWhorter
Linguist John McWhorter studies language through the lens of social, historical and technological developments. McWhorter teaches at the University of Columbia and is also a contributing editor at The New Republic and TheRoot.com. He's the author of What Language Is (And What It Isn't and What It Could Be); Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English; and Winning The Race: Beyond The Crisis In Black America.