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Misophonia, Mondegreens and Miscommunication

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 06 August 2013

An exploration of spoken language and communication in the 21st century. Miscommunication, misophonia and mondegreens.

Chris Ledgard meets people with a condition that isn't that widely acknowledged by many General Practitioners: misophonia. People who have it suffer extreme adverse reactions to sounds created by other human beings; frequently breathing or eating sounds. Chris asks about the scientific research that is being undertaken, both in the UK and abroad.
Stuart Maconie takes a look at mondegreens - aka misheard lyrics - considering classics by Jimi Hendrix and Creedence Clearwater Revival as well as some contemporary musical misunderstandings in a track by the band Hot Chip.
Chris Ledgard also looks at communication in times of crisis and disaster.
Producer: Sarah Langan.


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