Michael Rosen on the evocative words used to describe features of the British landscape. Read more
Michael Rosen on the evocative words used to describe features of the British landscape.
What is a pedant, and where does pedantry come from? Michael Rosen talks to Oliver Kamm.
A Language Without Words
Michael Rosen asks Julian Barratt and Steve Oram about creating a language without words.
Naming Family Relationships - Step, Half or 'Blended'?
Michael Rosen and Laura Wright look at the names people give to family relationships.
Michael Rosen and Laura Wright on colour words, how they vary and how they have changed.
Young Women as Linguistic Innovators
Michael Rosen and Laura Wright discuss the role of young women in language innovation.
Food Connections Festival
Michael Rosen and guests perform poems, songs and stories about food.
Michael Rosen and Laura Wright discuss non-verbal communication with Prof Steven Connor.
Michael Rosen and Laura Wright look at how numbers are understood - and misunderstood.
Reading: Print v eBooks
Michael Rosen examines the differences between reading print books and reading eBooks.
Romance and Romanticism
Michael Rosen and Professor John Mullan talk romance, Romantic poets and romanticism.
Inventing Brand Names
Michael Rosen and Dr Laura Wright look into how new commercial brand names are invented.
Michael Rosen and Dr Laura Wright take us through the A-Z of the alphabet.
Gorilla gorilla gorilla: Latin names for animals and plants
Michael Rosen explores the wonderful Latin names used to describe animals and plants.
Language Evolution: A Gene for Language?
Neuroscientist Dr Frederique Liegeois joins Michael Rosen and Dr Laura Wright.
What is slang? Michael Rosen and Dr Laura Wright thrash it out with Jonathon Green.
How Shakespeare Spoke
Michael Rosen and Dr Laura Wright discover how Shakespeare spoke.
The Top 20 Words in English
Michael Rosen and Dr Laura Wright guide listeners through the 20 most commonly used words.
Taking Turns in Conversation
Michael Rosen and Laura Wright discuss how we take it in turns to talk, in conversation.
Mouthpiece: Turning the Spoken Word into Songs
Michael Rosen hears about a project to turn interviews recorded in Parliament into songs.
Talking or Texting?
Michael Rosen on research into the emotional effects of different kinds of communication.
Tip of the Tongue
Michael Rosen on one of the most frustrating language states: tip of the tongue.
Steven Pinker on Language
Steven Pinker joins Michael Rosen to talk about his love of, and life in, language.
Michael Rosen talks to Dr Laura Wright about her new research on popular house names.
Metaphors for the Past: From Dinosaurs to Victorian Values
Michael Rosen on how we talk about historical eras in order to define how we live now.
PR - How Not To Do It
Michael Rosen on the words used in PR that have been rated as the most annoying. Iconic...
Roald Dahl's Language
Michael Rosen on a new Roald Dahl dictionary collecting the amazing words he invented.
Snuck and Sung: Irregular Verbs
Michael Rosen explores the verbs that are called irregular, and how they came to be.
Andrew Graham-Dixon on the naming of art movements
Michael Rosen and Andrew Graham-Dixon on the naming of art movements and what it tells us.
Michael Rosen talks to Keith Houston about punctuation symbols and how they came to exist.
Break Ups and Brexit
The language of making and breaking relationships.
Lost Words and Secret Connections
Michael Rosen on discovering lost words and finding hidden linguistic connections.
Directions: North South East and West
Michael Rosen uncovers how people talk and think about directions in different languages.
Michael Rosen talks to psychotherapist Philippa Perry about the importance of small talk.
Snotrils and Jumpolines: Kids' Invented Words
Michael Rosen on the creative use and misuse of language by children.
Reading: The Science and the Pleasure
BBC LovetoRead campaign: Michael Rosen on the pleasure of and the science behind reading.
Susie Dent on Language
Michael Rosen talks to Countdown's Susie Dent about her love of words and language.
Words Roadshow in Birmingham
Michael Rosen discusses interesting family words and phrases with listeners in Birmingham.
Pet or Pest? The revealing words we use about animals, and dog names
Michael Rosen on the language we use to talk about animals - and the names we give dogs.
Intonation: The Music of Speaking
Michael Rosen explores the tunes we sing when we are speaking, without even realising it.
Emoji: The Future of Language?
Is emoji really the world's fastest-growing language? Michael Rosen finds out.
Like, Totally Awesome: The Americanisation of English
Michael Rosen on the Americanisation of English, with Lynne Murphy and Matthew Engel.
Frenchified: The Influence of French on English
Michael Rosen and Laura Wright find out how much of English comes from French roots.
How Countries Got Their Names
Michael Rosen and Dr Laura Wright find out how countries got their names.
Jacqueline Wilson talks to Michael Rosen about language
Tracy Beaker author Jacqueline Wilson talks to Michael Rosen about her love of language.
Cucks, snowflakes and virtue signalling: the new US political lexicon
Michael Rosen asks George Lakoff about the new political words coming out of the US now.
The Postbag Edition
Michael Rosen answers listeners' language queries from the Word of Mouth inbox and postbag
Game On: The Language of Video Games
Michael Rosen and Laura Wright find out how video games influence language.
David Walliams Special
David Walliams talks to Michael Rosen about writing both children's books and comedy.
Eat My Words: How to Describe Food Flavours
Michael Rosen asks Andi Oliver and Niki Segnit how they describe the flavours of food.
Malorie Blackman on Language
Malorie Blackman, author of Noughts and Crosses, talks in depth to Michael Rosen.
Are we all speaking football?
Lifelong Arsenal supporter Michael Rosen talks football cliches with Adam Hurrey.
Autism and Communication
Michael Rosen finds out what can be learnt about communication from people with autism.
Robert Macfarlane tells Michael Rosen about his 'word-hoard' of endangered nature words.
Language and Our Genes with Dr Steve Jones
Michael Rosen talks to Steve Jones about language and our genes.
Michael Rosen and Dr Laura Wright explain how pubs got their names.
Hello! Is it me you're looking for? - The art of greetings
Michael Rosen and Laura Wright start a new series with hellos and greetings.
Michael Gets Voice Training
Vocal coaches Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher give Michael Rosen a thorough workout.
Best wishes, kind regards or none of the above?
Best wishes or kind regards? What is the new etiquette for written communication?
Michael Rosen and Dr Laura Wright explore how diseases are named.
Language and Gender Identity
Michael Rosen talks language and gender identity with CN Lester, author of Trans Like Me.
Michael Rosen is joined by Paul Anthony Jones of popular etymology blog Haggard Hawks.
Michael Rosen asks if we are living through a crisis of language in public debate.
Not My Type
How do fonts change the meaning of a message? Michael Rosen is joined by Sarah Hyndman.
Michael Rosen talks to Tiffany Watt Smith about the words we use to describe our emotions.
Me, Myself & AI
Michael is joined by Tom Hewitson, conversation designer for the likes of Siri and Alexa.
The Words That Saved Me
Sally Bayley talks to Michael Rosen about how words came to her rescue during childhood.
How to talk like a Samaritan
Michael Rosen talks to the Samaritans about how language can help people in crisis.
Michael Rosen and Laura Wright look at the history behind and wordplay used in shop names.
Stephen Fry and Michael Rosen talk language
Stephen Fry talks to presenter Michael Rosen about their mutual obsession with language.
Give 'em an inch... imperial and metric
Michael Rosen and Laura Wright talk to Rob Eastaway about imperial and metric measurements
Lane Greene on Editing
Economist Johnson language columnist Lane Greene talks to Michael Rosen and Laura Wright.
Multicultural London English
Michael Rosen and Dr Laura Wright talk Multicultural London English with Ismail Einashe.
Michael Rosen discusses slogan T-shirts with Amber Butchart and Caryn Franklin.
Communication and Dementia
Michael Rosen finds out how best to communicate with people with dementia.
Raymond Williams' Keywords
Michael Rosen talks to academic Colin MacCabe about Raymond Williams' book Keywords.
How to talk funny with Elis James
Michael Rosen talks to comedian Elis James about how to make language funny.
Demystifying the language of the courtroom
Family law barrister Lucy Reed talks to Michael Rosen about the language of the courtroom.
Solving crime with forensic linguistics
John Olsson talks to Michael Rosen about how he uses authorship analysis to solve murders.
Talk of the Town: How Places Got Their Names
Michael Rosen and guests explore the origins of the UK's town and village names.
Michael Rosen talks in depth about dyslexia with expert Professor Maggie Snowling.
Listen and learn: how to make better conversation
Michael Rosen talks to the authors of The Talking Revolution about improving our dialogue.
Michael Rosen and Laura Wright look into the weird and wonderful world of biscuit names.
Jeffrey Boakye on black-related words
Jeffrey Boakye talks to Michael Rosen about exploring black identity through language.
The Language of Comics
Michael Rosen explores the visual language of comics, with comics theorist Neil Cohn.
Damian Le Bas talks to Michael Rosen about the Romani language.
The First Language
What was the earliest language and how did it evolve? Michael Rosen investigates.
Michael Rosen meets acclaimed poet Raymond Antrobus.
The most powerful word
Michael Rosen explores the strange history of 'The', the most influential word in English.
Michael Rosen explores the sound and rhythm of English with poet Glyn Maxwell.
Michael Rosen discovers how the Vikings changed English.
Philosophy in English
Michael Rosen looks at philosophy in English, from John Locke to corporate slogans.
Michael Rosen meets London-born writer Gabriel Gbadamosi, to talk Dickens and dialect.
The Language of Science
Michael Rosen looks at how English is used in Science.
Michael Rosen explores the origins of English in the Anglo-Saxon world.
The legacy of the Trojan War
Why do the legendary walls of a Bronze Age city still cast such a long shadow?
Legacies of 1619
Mary Prince and Sally Hemings
To mark the 400 years since the arrival of African slaves to America, authors reflect.
Kieran Yates with Views on the News
Kieran is in for Mobeen to discuss the most surprising news stories from the week.
No Such Thing As Elis and John
No Such Thing As A Fish and Elis James & John Robins chat podcasting with Amanda and Luke.
Charli Howard considers whether to boycott - or not to boycott - the fashion industry.