TSP104 – Digging Words: CONSERVATISM – Trapped in amber.

 
 
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The nature of conservatism is more complicated than current polarized thinking would suggest. From its political beginnings after the French Revolution to populist America and Britain, the impulse to remain true to inherited tradition is both a stabilizing force and one prone to ossification.

Duration – 35:19

VoxBox: Rowan Atkinson – excerpt from Conservative Conference on YouTube

Music Credit: The Kinks – Well Respected Man

TSP098 – Time Trek: Optics, near and far.

 
 
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Man’s quest to explore beyond the limits of the senses led to the evolution of optical theory and eventual development of telescopic and microscopic devices. Enhancing our vision, both outer and inner, profoundly changed our perspective of our universes, large and small.

Duration – 26:41

VoxBox: Youtube segment on the ‘Life of Galileo Brecht’

Music Credit: Joni Mitchell – Woodstock

TSP097 – Digging Words: PORTMANTEAU – Two’s company.

 
 
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Packing more into less is the basis for the creation of portmanteau words. From motel to hazmet to liger and beyond, these linguistically blended words, pro or con, have become part of our lexicon.

Duration – 28:31

VoxBox: Youtube segment featuring Norm Crosby on the Dean Martin Show

Music Credit: Men At Work – People Just Love To Play With Words

TSP092 – Digging Words: BUT – Au Contraire.

 
 
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One of the unsung workhorses of the English language, the word ‘but’ is frequently overused. But, this seemingly insignificant three letter word packs a whole lot of punch.

Duration 20:55

VoxBox: Harry Posner – Ode To But

Music Credit: Lewcinda Williams – Everything But The Truth

TSP087 – Digging Words: SYMBIOSIS – You scratch my back…

 
 
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From the simple notion of mutual dependence the idea of symbiosis has expanded to include a variety of relationship dynamics, that surrounds us at every turn. Running the gamut from parasitism to mutualism, symbiosis encompasses more than the obvious benevolence.

Duration: 26:13

VoxBox: Audio segments from YouTube – Elvis Presley, Ted Talk & Cheers segments

Music Credit: James Brown – It’s A Man’s, Man’s, Man’s, World

TSP082 – Digging Words: BRAGGADOCIO – Bigger, yet often smaller, than life.

 
 
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First used in 1590, the word ‘Braggadocio’ has come to represent the epitome of human vanity. Our history and our modern world is replete with examples of this rarely used and archaic word.

Duration: 27:29

VoxBox: Audio segments from YouTube – Muhammad Ali clips, The Braggarts Dilemma & Donald Trump clips.

Music Credit: Carly Simon – You’re So Vain

TSP073 – Digging Words: AMBEDO – Deep diving in the shallows.

 
 

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Human beings have created words for untranslatable experiences since the dawn of language. We explore a brand new word from an unusual new dictionary created by John Koenig.

Duration – 27:38

VoxBox: Audio segment from YouTube – John Koenig’s video and TedTalk on his word, Ambedo

Music Credit: Joni Mitchel – Woodstock

TSP068 – Digging Words: RISIBLE – I amuse you, I make you laugh?

 
 

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In unpacking the word RISIBLE, we discover the importance of humour in helping us deal with our day to day living and life in general. From health benefits to tech humour, the range of risibility is all encompassing.

Duration – 29:29

VoxBox: The Nonna (Paola) that couldn’t use Siri

Music Credits: Donavon Frankenreiter – Life, Love & Laughter

TSP063 – Digging Words: ZEITGEIST – The air we breath.

 
 

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How the zeitgeist informs our evolution. Pointing out the varying zeitgeists that underpin our recent history.

Duration – 24:37

VoxBox: Peter Joseph Interviewed on ‘The Marker’ – Tel Aviv TV | The Zeitgeist Movement

Music Credit: Nicky Wire – I killed the Zeitgeist

TSP059 – Digging Words: UBIQUITOUS – It’s everywhere.

 
 

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Take a word, any word. There’s a world of meaning waiting to be mined. Join Peter and Harry as they dig their vocabulary shovels into the word ‘ubiquitous’.

Duration – 21:39

VoxBox: On YouTube – He’s everywhere – Chicken Man & On You Tube – 3 DICKS ON A BENCH discuss ubiquitous

Music Credits: On YouTube – FUNNY SONG #3 – The Long Word Song & Fleetwood Mac – Everywhere