Michael Rosen explores the origins of English in the Anglo-Saxon world. Read more
Michael Rosen explores the origins of English in the Anglo-Saxon world.
Michael Rosen returns to explore how metaphors shape our lives with author James Geary.
Communicating Climate Change
Michael Rosen talks to George Marshall about how best to communicate climate change.
Michael Rosen talks to Professor Dawn Archer about how we might tell when someone is lying
NHS language use
Michael Rosen on how the NHS chooses words on its website and in consultants' letters.
Michael Rosen talks to conversation analyst Elizabeth Stokoe about the science of talk.
Michael talks to comedian Sindhu Vee about her life in language.
The power of telling stories
Michael Rosen talks to storyteller Clare Muireann Murphy about the wonder of stories.
The Language of the Pandemic
Professor Tanya Byron examines the language of Covid-19 with author Mark Honigsbaum.
The language of power and inequality in education and leadership
Jeffrey Boakye talks with Iesha Small on the language of power and inequality in education
Words Used About Women
From hussy to bossy, spinster to slut, Professor Deborah Cameron on words used about women
Othering through the centuries: Translation to acronyms
Sabrina Mahfouz talks to Tobi Kyeremateng and Katherine Harloe about othering in language.
Talking to Strangers
Professor Tanya Byron sitting in for Michael Rosen on talking to strangers.
Black masculinity and language
Jeffrey Boakye on the language of black masculinity in a post-colonial world.
Sabrina Mahfouz talks about protest slogans with Siana Bangura and Zoe Buckman.
Talking disability with Samantha Renke
How to Disagree
Michael Rosen and Darren Chetty explore ways of disagreeing that could help to unite us.
Being a Polyglot
Michael talks to Alex Rawlings about being a polyglot
Adam Bradley: The Poetry of Pop
Adam Bradley joins Michael from Los Angeles and talks about the poetry of pop
Bulls and Bears: animal metaphors in business language
Michael Rosen asks why there are so many terms related to animals in the business world.
Hilary Mantel in conversation with Michael Rosen
Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall, talks to Michael Rosen about her life in language.
Chloe Davis, creator of The Queen's English dictionary of LGBTQIA+ slang, talks to Michael
Michael Rosen and historian Judith Flanders talk categories and more.
Michael Rosen and BBC presenter Ben Boulos talk changing names.
Dr Elisabeth Carter talks to Michael about the language used by romance fraudsters.
Michael Rosen talks to Ralph Keyes about how words and phrases are coined.
Speech and Language Therapy
Michael Rosen talks to the speech and language therapist who helped him after Covid-19.
The Shipping Forecast: Internet Fandom
Michael Rosen talks to internet linguist Gretchen McCulloch about online fandom language.
Why is English so weird?
Michael Rosen hears why our language is a bit of a mess from linguist Arika Okrent
The Art of Inventing Languages
Michael Rosen is joined by David J. Peterson, language creator for Game of Thrones.
Michael Rosen asks Dr Sophie Harrison about the special language used by doctors.
Michael Rosen and Amanda Montell on who uses it and why.
Michael Rosen asks Devyani Sharma about the latest research into accent bias in the UK.
When people get your name wrong
Michael Rosen on why personal names are mistaken or misspelled, in conversation and online
Digital body language: how to work online
Michael Rosen gets advice from Erica Dhawan on the best ways to communicate on-screen.
Words from World War I
Michael Rosen and Professor Lynda Mugglestone explore the new language from World War I.
When Words Fail Us
Kathryn Mannix and Michael Rosen on how to talk tenderly and and listen well.
It's language, Jim, but not as we know it
Michael Rosen talks to science communicator Dr Hannah Little.
Remembering Mother Tongues
Michael Rosen asks Julie Sedivy about what happens when we lose our first language.
Dropping the Mic and Jumping the Shark: Where Do Modern Idioms Come From?
Michael Rosen talks to Dr Gareth Carrol about the surprising origins of modern idioms.
John McWhorter on Language
John McWhorter, author and linguist at Columbia University, joins Michael Rosen.
Talking to Computers
Michael Rosen talks to Lane Greene about advances in language technologies.
The Language of Sci-Fi
Michael Rosen explores how the vocabulary of sci-fi has entered everyday speech.
3 Ways to Speak English
Dr Jamila Lyiscott describes to Michael Rosen the 3 ways in which she speaks English.
The language we use about children in care
Adoptive parent Margaret Reynolds talks about the language used around children in care
The many different ways we use to talk about the weather
Nathan Filer on the ways we talk about mental health
Nathan talks with Michael about words we use when talking about mental health.
What is language actually good for?
Nick Enfield and Michael Rosen on language being good for lawyers but bad for scientists.