This week on The World in Words podcast, producer Lidia Jean Kott cracks open a case of fortune cookie theft. How did fortunes become a staple at Chinese restaurants in the US? And why are fortune cookie fortunes never really fortunes?
What pronouns do you use? Have you ever been asked? Do you ask others their pronouns? This week on the podcast, we hand over the reins to our talented summer intern, Paulus van Horne, to share a very personal story about pronouns. In the spring of 2016, Paulus came out as non-binary at college, asking friends and teachers to use the gender neutral pronouns they/them/their. This summer at The World, Paulus came out for the first time at a workplace. This is their story.
Many people call the jihadist group claiming responsibility for the Paris and Beirut attacks, ISIS. Alternatively they've been called ISIL and even the Islamic State. But many in the Arab speaking world, and increasingly Western leaders have taken to calling the group Daesh. So what does Daesh mean?
If you want to revive vanishing languages, don't just document them. Get people to speak them on stage-- and then videotape it.