Fletcher Powell

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  • Role: Producer/Reporter: Station-Based

Recent Pieces from Fletcher Powell

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Final Exams (29:00)
From: KMUW

As we head into summer, we'll take a look back to see if we can remember what we've learned over the past year.
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The Defining Words of the Spelling Bee (28:59)
From: KMUW

After this year's thrilling spell-off in the National Spelling Bee, we try to tease out the definitions of some of the words that won the contest.
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The Oldest of Old Worlds (28:58)
From: KMUW

This week, we're talking about some of the very oldest words in the English language, and how little some of them have changed over thousands of years.
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Smooshed-up Words (29:00)
From: KMUW

We're looking at words that were made by smooshing together other words, but it all happened so long ago that we completely forgot about it.
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Escher Sentences (And Other Nice Ways of Saying Nothing) (29:00)
From: KMUW

We'll look at phrases that seem at first glance to mean something, but are actually complete nonsense.
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Return of the Confusables (29:00)
From: KMUW

We get back to one of our favorite topics: words that sound a lot like other words but that mean totally different things.
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Psilence! (29:00)
From: KMUW

We run through a few of the many, many English words that contain silent letters. And we'll hear some of the baffling reasons we pronounce those words the way we do.
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The Latin Craze (29:00)
From: KMUW

We dig into why certain words are spelled ridiculously, thanks to a bunch of scholars a few hundred years ago who got a little too nutso about making everything look Latin.
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Sneaky Rules We Don't Know We Follow (28:59)
From: KMUW

Some of us like to be rule breakers, but here are a few rules of the English language we can’t help but follow. And we probably don’t even know they exist.
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You're Saying It Wrong: An Introduction (28:59)
From: KMUW

Who are we? What are we doing here? This episode will introduce listeners to host Fletcher Powell and language experts Kathy Petras and Ross Petras and will give them a taste ...