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The Vocal Fries

A Society, Culture and Education podcast

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The podcast about linguistic discrimination. Learn about how we judge other people's speech as a sneaky way to be racist, sexist, classist, etc. Carrie and Megan teach you how to stop being an accidental jerk.
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Recent Episodes

1

Carrie and Megan talk with Paul Reed, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communicative Disorders at the University of Alabama. They discuss Appalachian English (and how it's the Southerniest of Southern), hollers, and Jack tales.

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2

Megan and Carrie talk with Carmen Fought about Chicano English, why it matters, and why it isn't the same as Spanglish. Carmen Fought is a Professor of Linguistics at Pitzer College.

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Carrie and Megan chat with award-winning Chicano Poet Alberto Álvaro Ríos about living on the border between the US and Mexico and between English and Spanish.

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Megan and Carrie chat about superstitions, special numbers and the real meaning of 'witch hunt', all while (mis?)pronouncing triskaidekaphobia. It's the spookiest episode yet!

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Do Siri or Alexa have problems understanding you? Learn why, with Carrie and Megan. They talk to Dr. Rachael Tatman about Automatic Speech Recognition (the technology responsible for Siri and Alexa) and why it might be as biased as humans are.

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