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204. On a Mission to Help Struggling and Reluctant Readers

My guest today is Danny Brassell. He’s a former inner-city school teacher in the US, and now does many things as a writer, coach, and speaker. But I’d asked him if we could focus on his efforts to increase the habit of reading by children. He was a pleasure to talk to: articulate, enthusiastic, and funny too.

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Posted in: 2022

94. Two Aspects of the Singular They, and How Texting Is Not Destroying Your Kids’ Literacy

Today’s episode is a continuation of my conversation with Dr. Valerie Fridland, who is a professor of linguistics in the English department at the University of Nevada, Reno. She’s also more publically engaged than many linguists, with a regular column in Psychology Today, and an upcoming book called Like, Literally, Dude. In this second part of our chat, we concentrate on a couple of language things that Professor Fridland was happy to discuss and elucidate. And BTW the first part of our conversation can be found as episode 93 from Wednesday.