21-14 Segment 2: Alphabetical Arrangement

Organizing people or items by A to Z is a common method all over the world. It’s used in schools, businesses, libraries and more. But why is this the predominant method today? What are some other systems that people of the past used? Historian Judith Flanders joins us this week to shed some light on the fascinating study of alphabetization.

20-41 Segment 2: Why Is English So Hard To Learn?

We all know the rule: “I before E, except after C,” but it’s not applicable in “weird” or “science” or many other words. The English language has many exceptions to its rules and these irregularities make it a difficult language to learn. Two language experts join Viewpoints this week to share the many frustrations of English and the rules at play today.

19-06 Segment 2: The Written Word: A history of storytelling

Throughout history, stories have been told but sometimes preserving them for future generations has proven difficult. We examine the ways stories have been passed down, and the role the written word has played in shaping our civilizations.

18-28 Segment 2: Breaking Down The Pesky English Language

The English language can be hard to spell since it often follows conflicting rules. We trace the origins of this tricky language, and explain how these difficulties came to be.

17-24 Segment 2: The Complications of Spelling English

The rules of the English language always seem to have an exception or ten. We explored how the language got so complicated.

15-42 Segment 2: Slang, Jargon and Colorful Expressions

  Synopsis: Slang is often thought of as a lower-class way of speaking, although we use it all the time and it does make our language more colorful and vibrant. But how does it come into being? We talk to a linguist and to an author about why slang and jargon are part of our … Continue reading 15-42 Segment 2: Slang, Jargon and Colorful Expressions