Wordplay: Encore! Take a Bow

We expect our rock stars to perform an encore, to play their biggest hits after doing the routine of walking off stage for a few minutes. But has that removed the surprise and feeling of the unexpected from our concerts? In the latest edition of Wordplay, the word of the day is “encore,” exploring the…

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Wordplay: I Dream of Dreams

You may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one who has thought about what dreams mean, why they recur, why they seem to predict the future or channel our fears and desires. Filmmakers as diverse as Christopher Nolan and Richard Linklater have explored what it is to dream, each in their…

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Wordplay: Viva La Revolution!

We’re in the middle of a revolution. Politicians are calling for a shift in the status quo, and the public is demanding change. But is that really a revolution? By looking at the words of Nina Simone, John Lennon and the great mind that is Billy Madison, Brian Welk explores in his latest radio column…

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Wordplay: The Art of List Making

“The list is an absolute good. The list…is life.” That quote from Schindler’s List is just one example of how pervasive and powerful list making has become in popular culture. Following the release of the Coen Brothers’ Hail, Caesar! this month, the Internet went overboard in making listicles galore. In this radio monologue, Brian Welk…

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