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Beyond a Song (Series)

Produced by ISOAS Media

Most recent piece in this series:

Beyond a Song: John Shipe (Part 1)

From ISOAS Media | Part of the Beyond a Song series | 01:00:00



Beyond a Song host Rich Reardin interviews Oregon singer/songwriter John Shipe.

Musical selections include:  What Do I Owe, Water This Dark, Gold Into Yarn, The Rest of Me, Pit Bull Blues, By Now, Counting Song

For more information, visit BEYOND A SONG.COM

The Emotion Roadmap: Take the Wheel & Control How You Feel (Series)

Produced by Chuck Wolfe

Most recent piece in this series:

Optimal Performance and the Emotional Intelligence Consortium

From Chuck Wolfe | Part of the The Emotion Roadmap: Take the Wheel & Control How You Feel series | 54:11

Wolfe_ei_picture_for_web_small In this interview with Cary and Rob Emmerling, the new Director of the Consortium, you will learn about the collection of thought leaders, members of the Consortium, and how their work, along with others led to the publication of Optimal, which provides guidance on how to live a more fulfilling life. The interview begins with an engaging description of the Consortium, and around the 38-minute mark focuses on how to regularly achieve optimal performance.

A Way with Words (Series)

Produced by A Way with Words

Most recent piece in this series:

Clever Clogs (#1539)

From A Way with Words | Part of the A Way with Words series | 54:00


Hourglass valley, ribbon fall, gallery forest, and ephemeral creek may not be in standard dictionaries, but they're terms often used in parts of the United States to denote features of the landscape particular to various places. Writers Barry Lopez and Debra Gwartney have gathered more than 800 of these terms and asked well-known authors to research and write short entries about each of them. The result is Home Ground: A Guide to the American Landscape, a lovely compilation that poses the question: What do we lose if these words are forgotten. 
Victoria in Madison, Wisconsin, is curious about the expression It's a thing, meaning that a particular phenomenon exists or is genuine. This phrase has been around since at least the time of Jane Austen, who used it in Pride and Prejudice. Other phrases involving the word thing include my thing is meaning "what concerns me is" and the thing of it is meaning something along the lines of "the most significant element is."
Annie in Bend, Oregon, says that while living on a narrowboat in England several years ago, she encountered some intriguing slang: clever clogs, a slightly derogatory term for someone who's a bit too smart for their own good, and pop your clogs, a euphemism that means "to die." Clever clogs was preceded by a similarly sarcastic term clever britches. 
Inspired by Noah Webster's spelling reform, Quiz Guy John Chaneski came up with a puzzle that involves removing the letter U from one word to form another For example, what two words are clued by the following statement? I used to live in a building meant for human habitation, but now I live in a flexible tube for carrying water. 
Barbara in Norfolk, Virginia, wonders why Southerners speak with a drawl. A great resource on how people perceive others' dialects is the work of linguist Dennis Preston and his book Perceptual Dialectology.
The term blind creek refers to evidence of a waterway that's dried up, although water can still be found if you dig far enough. It's one of more than 800 terms defined in Home Ground: A Guide to the American Landscape.
Mark in Indianapolis, Indiana, wonders about the history of the second person singular and plural in English. At one time, thee and thou were singular, and you and ye were plural. By the early 17th century, thou and thee as familiar terms of address had been replaced almost entirely, except in certain dialects.
Greg in New York, New York, says that when he looked a bit disheveled, his mother would say You look like Willie off the pickle boat. The phrase goes at least as far back as the 1890s, and the proper name has varied. The person on the pickle boat has been, among others, Annie, Molly, Charlie, and Chauncey. A pickle boat is the last boat in a race.
An email from Sam Rittenberg in New York, New York, describes his mother's use of borrowed day, a term so closely associated with her that her family had it inscribed on her tombstone.
John from Bremerton, Washington, is puzzled by a radio announcer's use of the hortatory phrase Powder River! Let 'er buck! The rollicking, rootin'-tootin' story of this phrase is told in Western Words: A Dictionary of the American West, an acclaimed collection of cowboy lingo and folklore, by historian Ramon F. Adams.
An open book is a rock formation that looks just like its name. This specialized term is one of hundreds collected and explained in the book Home Ground: A Guide to the American Landscape. Such a rock formation is also called a dihedral.
Susan in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, recalls that when someone looked less than presentable, her mother would tell them they looked like who did it and ran. Variants include who did it and ran away or who messed you up and ran away. The common thread is the suggestion that some kind of altercation occurred and the person who's still present was on the losing end.
In colonial times, a sugarloaf was refined sugar molded into a cone. The term sugarloaf later extended to a mountain that resembled one.
Holiday calls from Carlsbad, California, to ask about the term bitchin', or bitchen, meaning "great." In the 1920s, the word was negative, but like bad, sick, ill, and wicked, this word developed a positive sense. Surprisingly enough, the earliest record we have of the word used in this sense is from 1957 in the oh-so-wholesome series, Gidget! 
This episode is hosted by Grant Barrett and Martha Barnette.