Modern Language Association

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Established in 1883 to promote the study and teaching of the modern languages and literatures, the MLA seeks to enhance public understanding of the ways that language and literature enrich people’s lives. The MLA is a not-for-profit membership organization with 28,000 members, most of whom teach in colleges and universities in the United States. Through its radio program, What’s the Word? the MLA has served a national audience of public radio listeners who have an interest in reading and talking about language and literature. In April 1997, the first thirteen What’s the Word? programs were made available to public radio stations.  After producing 305 programs, the series ceased production in 2010. What’s the Word?'s half-hour programs were written, produced, and hosted by Sally Placksin. They feature scholars and writers speaking about everything from Shakespeare and other classics to contemporary fiction, from detective novels to the lyrics of the blues, and from learning a foreign language to slam poetry.

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A series of programs that can be aired for Women's History Month in March

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Two shows exploring the power of poetry -- from our earliest childhood rhyming games to expressions that attempt to capture in words the spiritual connection with the divine.

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The art of poetry, from classical Arabic ode to twentieth-century experimental poems.

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Two half-hour programs celebrating Hispanic heritage through Puerto Rican and Latin American Literature

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Two half-hour programs honoring National American Indian and Alaska-Native Heritage Month

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Two half-hour programs commemmorating September 11th

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Four literary works that reflect and influence the way we talk about race and resistance.

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Two half-hour programs exploring Shakespeare's powerful women and an American actor's mission


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Works by female writers from Muslim countries offer us important perspectives on questions of religion, nationalism, and the role of women in Islam...

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  • Added: Feb 22, 2006
  • Length: 29:10
  • Purchases: 12
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In 1405 Christine de Pisan wrote a landmark book called _The Book of the City of Ladies _in response to works that attacked and slandered women.

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  • Added: Feb 21, 2006
  • Length: 29:07
  • Purchases: 7

  • Added: Jan 04, 2006
  • Length: 29:10
  • Purchases: 19
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A look at how many contemporary ideas about love come from the love sonnets of fourteenth-century Italian poet Francesco Petrarch

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  • Added: Jan 04, 2006
  • Length: 29:17
  • Purchases: 8
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Michael S. Harper talks about what he teaches in his poetry classes and reads some his favorite poems.

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  • Added: Apr 08, 2005
  • Length: 09:54
  • Purchases: 8

  • Added: Apr 01, 2005
  • Length: 29:48
  • Purchases: 20

  • Added: Apr 01, 2005
  • Length: 30:03
  • Purchases: 11

  • Added: Mar 24, 2005
  • Length: 29:43
  • Purchases: 8

  • Added: Mar 24, 2005
  • Length: 30:01
  • Purchases: 8
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Blues lyrics give us unique insight into the African American experience.

Bought by Peconic Public Broadcasting, KMUN, Peconic Public Broadcasting, KMRE-LP, KPIP-LP and more


  • Added: Feb 03, 2005
  • Length: 29:10
  • Purchases: 21