Jan 10, 2013 — In his new book, Jared Diamond describes how readily people in small-scale societies learn to speak many distinct languages. After reading Diamond's book, commentator Barbara J. King takes time to consider what we in the U.S. may lose in a sea of monolingualism.
May 3, 2012 — Language is a social tool, shaped by cultural values more than fixed biology — so says one linguist whose work in the Amazon stirs controversy. Commentator Barbara J. King explains why this debate about the underpinnings of language makes for good science.
Aug 4, 2011 — In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, an update on Syria, and the affects of a no-cost birth control mandate. In the second hour, linguist John McWhorter talks about his book, What Language Is, and filmmaker Greg Barker talks about his HBO documentary, Koran By Heart.