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Quiet Juice

Language unites and divides us. It mystifies and delights us. Patrick Cox and Kavita Pillay tell the stories of people with all... more

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Episodes

A brief history of death threats

Until recently, issuing a death threat required some effort. Today, anyone with a phone or computer can make a threat—or receive... more

21 Sep 2022 · 24 minutes
Latin, the undead language

If Latin is dead, why is it easy to find meetups of people speaking it? Why are a group of... more

07 Sep 2022 · 24 minutes
Learning to love apostrophes

Ellen Jovin belongs that rare breed of human with a passion for grammar. You will too if you spend a... more

06 Jul 2022 · 26 minutes
Hello, Goodbye

Steve Jobs' last words were: "Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow." Oscar Wilde went with: "Either that wallpaper goes, or... more

22 Jun 2022 · 35 minutes
How the Ojibwe language survived the pandemic

How do you keep your language alive while also protecting the health of elders? That's been the quandary facing Ojibwe... more

08 Jun 2022 · 26 minutes
Ukraine’s linguistic patriotism

For centuries, Russians have dismissed the Ukrainian language as "Little Russian," its speakers as simple-minded peasants. The Kremlin has sporadically... more

25 May 2022 · 25 minutes
The rare joys of learning Finnish

Kavita Pillay recently moved to Helsinki with her Finnish husband and half-Finnish daughter. While husband and daughter effortlessly embraced their... more

11 May 2022 · 29 minutes
Presenting More Than a Feeling

We can't always find words to describe our emotions—not in English, at least. In this episode, Saleem Reshamwala asks friends... more

27 Apr 2022 · 36 minutes
Will climate change wipe out French in Louisiana?

For hundreds of years, people living in Louisiana's bayou country have spoken French. But rising sea levels are submerging entire... more

13 Apr 2022 · 27 minutes
When did comedians start saying ‘punching up’ and ‘punching down’?

They're not in American dictionaries yet, but the terms, 'punching up' and 'punching down' are on the lips of many... more

30 Mar 2022 · 32 minutes
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Steve Jobs' last words were: "Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow." Oscar Wilde went with: "Either that wallpaper goes, or I do."... more