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Word Bomb

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Word Bomb

Word Bomb

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Language moves fast and Word Bomb is here to help. Unpacking one explosive word per week, hosts Pippa Johnstone and Karina Palmitesta talk to experts and dive deep into lived experiences to share stories the dictionary doesn't tell you.

Latest Episodes

Ep. 9 - 'Toronto': Live at Hot Docs

Tkaronto, York, Toronto the Good, T-Dot, Hogtown, the 6ix... Canada's largest city has gone by many names over the years, and Pippa and Karina explore the myths and origin stories behind all of them. This season finale was recorded at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema in Toronto in front of a live audience as part of the annual Hot Docs Podcast Festival.

11 MIN2019 NOV 26
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Ep. 9 - 'Toronto': Live at Hot Docs

Ep. 8 - 'White': The Great YT North

Are Canadians too polite to talk about race? When it comes to whiteness in Canada, it's a conversation worth having. Pippa and Karina explore the surprising origins of the words "white" and "Caucasian," talk about what it really means to be white in Canada past and present, and speak to the woman behind Toronto's first white privilege conference.

33 MIN2019 NOV 19
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Ep. 8 - 'White': The Great YT North

Ep. 7 - 'Drag': From drag balls to RuPaul

Serving realness, throwing shade, reading - RuPaul's Drag Race put drag slang on the map, for better and for worse. Pippa and Karina talk to a drag performer and an anthropology scholar about the aftershocks of appropriated language and the real definitions behind the lingo that's exploded into common usage.

26 MIN2019 NOV 12
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Ep. 7 - 'Drag': From drag balls to RuPaul

Ep. 6 - 'Troll': From the internet to IRL

Being a butt on the internet just isn't what it used to be. From the early '90s to the age of Trump and troll farms, there's a lot to unpack about what we mean when we call someone a troll. Pippa and Karina talk trolling online and in real life with an information and media studies scholar and a vigilante Toronto blogger.

26 MIN2019 NOV 5
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Ep. 6 - 'Troll': From the internet to IRL

Ep. 5 - 'Meme': Weird episode, but OK

LOLcats and starter packs. Evil Kermit and Pepe the Frog. One does not simply record a podcast episode on memes, but they can't stop all of us, let alone 30-50 feral hogs. In this mini-episode, Pippa and Karina talk memes past, present, and future to expand your brain. You love to see it.

13 MIN2019 OCT 29
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Ep. 5 - 'Meme': Weird episode, but OK

Ep. 4 - 'Anthropocene': Naming the climate crisis

As the Earth responds ever more rapidly to human activity, a controversial group of scientists is proposing that we've entered a new epoch: the age of the Anthropocene. Pippa and Karina sit down with earth scientists and a documentary filmmaker to talk about how the crisis is packaged and why word choice is so important to the future of the climate.

27 MIN2019 OCT 22
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Ep. 4 - 'Anthropocene': Naming the climate crisis

Ep. 3 - 'Crazy': How to De-craze Our Conversations

Dude, that's craaazy. In this mini episode, Pippa and Karina discuss one of the most-used adjectives in their vocabulary, what they mean when they use the word "crazy," and the subtle ways that ableist language can creep into casual conversation.

16 MIN2019 OCT 15
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Ep. 3 - 'Crazy': How to De-craze Our Conversations

Ep. 2 - 'Addict': On drug use and language usage

With an opioid epidemic sweeping North America, there has never been a more urgent time to question how we talk about people who use drugs. Pippa and Karina dive into diagnostic manuals to track the history of how doctors have written about addiction, and talk to a methadone user and a self-professed addict on how labels can both help and hurt.

25 MIN2019 OCT 8
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Ep. 2 - 'Addict': On drug use and language usage

Ep. 1 - 'Polyamory': Opening up the vocab of non-monogamy

Polyamory in North America is on the rise-and with it comes a plethora of brand-new words to describe how non-monogamous relationships work, like "polycule" and "compersion". Karina and Pippa talk to a polyamorous reporter and a family lawyer about this linguistic wellspring and the stumbling blocks that poly families face in Canada.

26 MIN2019 OCT 1
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Ep. 1 - 'Polyamory': Opening up the vocab of non-monogamy

Word Bomb is back for Season 2!

Listen to hosts Pippa Johnstone and Karina Palmitesta in season 2 of Word Bomb. Subscribe now!

57 s2019 SEP 26
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Word Bomb is back for Season 2!

Latest Episodes

Ep. 9 - 'Toronto': Live at Hot Docs

Tkaronto, York, Toronto the Good, T-Dot, Hogtown, the 6ix... Canada's largest city has gone by many names over the years, and Pippa and Karina explore the myths and origin stories behind all of them. This season finale was recorded at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema in Toronto in front of a live audience as part of the annual Hot Docs Podcast Festival.

11 MIN2019 NOV 26
Comments
Ep. 9 - 'Toronto': Live at Hot Docs

Ep. 8 - 'White': The Great YT North

Are Canadians too polite to talk about race? When it comes to whiteness in Canada, it's a conversation worth having. Pippa and Karina explore the surprising origins of the words "white" and "Caucasian," talk about what it really means to be white in Canada past and present, and speak to the woman behind Toronto's first white privilege conference.

33 MIN2019 NOV 19
Comments
Ep. 8 - 'White': The Great YT North

Ep. 7 - 'Drag': From drag balls to RuPaul

Serving realness, throwing shade, reading - RuPaul's Drag Race put drag slang on the map, for better and for worse. Pippa and Karina talk to a drag performer and an anthropology scholar about the aftershocks of appropriated language and the real definitions behind the lingo that's exploded into common usage.

26 MIN2019 NOV 12
Comments
Ep. 7 - 'Drag': From drag balls to RuPaul

Ep. 6 - 'Troll': From the internet to IRL

Being a butt on the internet just isn't what it used to be. From the early '90s to the age of Trump and troll farms, there's a lot to unpack about what we mean when we call someone a troll. Pippa and Karina talk trolling online and in real life with an information and media studies scholar and a vigilante Toronto blogger.

26 MIN2019 NOV 5
Comments
Ep. 6 - 'Troll': From the internet to IRL

Ep. 5 - 'Meme': Weird episode, but OK

LOLcats and starter packs. Evil Kermit and Pepe the Frog. One does not simply record a podcast episode on memes, but they can't stop all of us, let alone 30-50 feral hogs. In this mini-episode, Pippa and Karina talk memes past, present, and future to expand your brain. You love to see it.

13 MIN2019 OCT 29
Comments
Ep. 5 - 'Meme': Weird episode, but OK

Ep. 4 - 'Anthropocene': Naming the climate crisis

As the Earth responds ever more rapidly to human activity, a controversial group of scientists is proposing that we've entered a new epoch: the age of the Anthropocene. Pippa and Karina sit down with earth scientists and a documentary filmmaker to talk about how the crisis is packaged and why word choice is so important to the future of the climate.

27 MIN2019 OCT 22
Comments
Ep. 4 - 'Anthropocene': Naming the climate crisis

Ep. 3 - 'Crazy': How to De-craze Our Conversations

Dude, that's craaazy. In this mini episode, Pippa and Karina discuss one of the most-used adjectives in their vocabulary, what they mean when they use the word "crazy," and the subtle ways that ableist language can creep into casual conversation.

16 MIN2019 OCT 15
Comments
Ep. 3 - 'Crazy': How to De-craze Our Conversations

Ep. 2 - 'Addict': On drug use and language usage

With an opioid epidemic sweeping North America, there has never been a more urgent time to question how we talk about people who use drugs. Pippa and Karina dive into diagnostic manuals to track the history of how doctors have written about addiction, and talk to a methadone user and a self-professed addict on how labels can both help and hurt.

25 MIN2019 OCT 8
Comments
Ep. 2 - 'Addict': On drug use and language usage

Ep. 1 - 'Polyamory': Opening up the vocab of non-monogamy

Polyamory in North America is on the rise-and with it comes a plethora of brand-new words to describe how non-monogamous relationships work, like "polycule" and "compersion". Karina and Pippa talk to a polyamorous reporter and a family lawyer about this linguistic wellspring and the stumbling blocks that poly families face in Canada.

26 MIN2019 OCT 1
Comments
Ep. 1 - 'Polyamory': Opening up the vocab of non-monogamy

Word Bomb is back for Season 2!

Listen to hosts Pippa Johnstone and Karina Palmitesta in season 2 of Word Bomb. Subscribe now!

57 s2019 SEP 26
Comments
Word Bomb is back for Season 2!
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