Series exploring the world of words and the ways in which we use them
Tue 10 May 2022
Nick Enfield and Michael Rosen on language being good for lawyers but bad for scientists.
Tue 3 May 2022
Nathan talks with Michael about words we use when talking about mental health.
Tue 26 Apr 2022
The many different ways we use to talk about the weather
Tue 19 Apr 2022
Adoptive parent Margaret Reynolds talks about the language used around children in care
Tue 12 Apr 2022
Dr Jamila Lyiscott describes to Michael Rosen the 3 ways in which she speaks English.
Tue 5 Apr 2022
Michael Rosen explores how the vocabulary of sci-fi has entered everyday speech.
Tue 22 Feb 2022
Michael Rosen talks to Lane Greene about advances in language technologies.
Tue 15 Feb 2022
John McWhorter, author and linguist at Columbia University, joins Michael Rosen.
Tue 8 Feb 2022
Michael Rosen talks to Dr Gareth Carrol about the surprising origins of modern idioms.
Tue 1 Feb 2022
Michael Rosen asks Julie Sedivy about what happens when we lose our first language.
Tue 25 Jan 2022
Michael Rosen talks to science communicator Dr Hannah Little.
Tue 18 Jan 2022
Kathryn Mannix and Michael Rosen on how to talk tenderly and and listen well.
Tue 11 Jan 2022
Michael Rosen and Professor Lynda Mugglestone explore the new language from World War I.
Tue 24 Aug 2021
Michael Rosen gets advice from Erica Dhawan on the best ways to communicate on-screen.
Tue 17 Aug 2021
Michael Rosen on why personal names are mistaken or misspelled, in conversation and online
Tue 10 Aug 2021
Michael Rosen asks Devyani Sharma about the latest research into accent bias in the UK.
Tue 3 Aug 2021
Michael Rosen and Amanda Montell on who uses it and why.
Tue 27 Jul 2021
Michael Rosen asks Dr Sophie Harrison about the special language used by doctors.
Tue 20 Jul 2021
Michael Rosen is joined by David J. Peterson, language creator for Game of Thrones.
Tue 13 Jul 2021
Michael Rosen hears why our language is a bit of a mess from linguist Arika Okrent
Tue 11 May 2021
Michael Rosen talks to internet linguist Gretchen McCulloch about online fandom language.
Tue 4 May 2021
Michael Rosen talks to the speech and language therapist who helped him after Covid-19.
Tue 27 Apr 2021
Michael Rosen talks to Ralph Keyes about how words and phrases are coined.
Tue 20 Apr 2021
Dr Elisabeth Carter talks to Michael about the language used by romance fraudsters.
Tue 13 Apr 2021
Michael Rosen and BBC presenter Ben Boulos talk changing names.
Tue 6 Apr 2021
Michael Rosen and historian Judith Flanders talk categories and more.
Tue 16 Feb 2021
Chloe Davis, creator of The Queen's English dictionary of LGBTQIA+ slang, talks to Michael
Tue 9 Feb 2021
Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall, talks to Michael Rosen about her life in language.
Tue 2 Feb 2021
Michael Rosen asks why there are so many terms related to animals in the business world.
Tue 26 Jan 2021
Adam Bradley joins Michael from Los Angeles and talks about the poetry of pop
Exploring creative descriptions for wind, rainfall and sunny spells from around the world
We need to find new ways of talking to each other “virtually”.
Exploring the hidden histories of obscure words, and common buzz phrases.
Michael Rosen puts the language of science under the microscope.
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Series of programmes examining key phrases in public debate.
Some facts about emoji - possibly the world's first truly global form of communication.
Have a look at some of the fantastic words that children invent and reimagine.
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