Grammar

Ep. 1 Nobody Listens to Paula Poundstone

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Guests: 
Mario Soto
Guests: 
Melissa Brandzel

On our inaugural episode, ping-pong enthusiast Paula Poundstone talks to sports psychologist Mario Soto about “the yips” and how to cure them. Grammarian Melissa Brandzel helps us talk good and also, punctuate good. And Paula and Adam watch Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation to help you decide if you should blow your hard-earned cash on the new one, Mission: Impossible - Fallout.

GUESTS
Mario Soto- Sports Psychologist
@mariosportsdoc
sportsycperformance.com

Melissa Brandzel - Grammarian
@MediaChickEdits
mediachick.com

John Grab - Trombone
John doesn't have a large social media footprint, but he often plays with The Orchestre Surreal

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Show credits
Paula Poundstone - Host
Adam Felber - Co-host
Jorge Reyes - Engineer

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Adam Ruins Everything Episode 33: Anne Curzan Talks Grammar and the Flexibility of Language

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We've all done it. Corrected someone for saying 'literally' when they weren't being literal or for saying 'good' instead of 'well'. Professor Anne Curzan, who is this week's podcast guest, says it's normal to notice dialectical differences between different communities but we shouldn't shame people for talking as they do.

Anne, who appeared on Adam Ruins What We Learned in School, explains how grammar rules are not fixed in the English language. Language is constantly evolving and we’re the ones who get to shape it -- not dictionaries! So we can all stop correcting each other and just appreciate our different ways of speaking. On the podcast, Anne and Adam discuss how we should think of the dictionary as a field guide rather than the authority on language, how young people think about language and texting, and how Anne helped choose 2000's word of the millennium! Anne is an English Professor at the University of Michigan where she researches the history of English and lexicography. She is also a member of both the American Heritage Dictionary’s Usage Panel and the American Dialectical Society.
 

Adam is on Twitter @AdamConover and you can find past episodes and bonus content from the TruTV show at AdamRuinsEverything.com.
Produced by Shara Morris for MaximumFun.org.

Judge John Hodgman Episode 9: The Parenthetical Petition

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Judge John Hodgman decides the case of a couple who disagree: do parentheses have a place in fiction?

Recorded live at The Talent Show in Brooklyn with guest bailiff Elna Baker.

David Mitchell on The Queen's English

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If only the grammar-related emails from public radio listeners were as charming as past TSOYA guest David Mitchell.

Via Hodgman

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