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Reclaiming the Wampanoag Language

Reclaiming the Wampanoag Language
Everything about a culture can be found in its language, according to some anthropologists. So, what happens when a language becomes dormant?

Since 1993, linguist Jessie Little Doe Baird, of Mashpee, Mass., has been working to reclaim the Wampanoag ancestral language, which had been dormant for six generations. Jessie's work enabled the Womapnoag language to become the first American Indian language to reclaim itself with no living speakers. In 2010, she was awarded a MacArthur "Genius" Grant for her work reviving her native tongue, and now there’s a documentary that captures her life’s work in progress.

View a clip from "We Still Live Here" a documentary film by Makepeace Productions about the Wampanoag Language Reclamation Project:




GUESTS:
  Jessie Little Doe Baird is the founder and director of the
Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project. In 2010, Jessie won a MacArthur “Genius” grant for her work on reviving her native tongue.
  Noam Chomsky is a world-renowned linguist and a professor emeritus in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT.
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*Originally aired 11/02/12
Walter Mosley on The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey


Walter MosleyLate last year, Walter Mosley joined us to talk about his latest novel, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Mosley’s protagonist, Ptolemy Grey, is an old, ailing recluse living in a dump of a cluttered apartment. His mind, on a downward spiral of dementia, is equally cluttered with a mashup of memories: the death of his wife, the lynching of a friend, his service in World War II. Then everything changes when he’s offered a Faustian bargain—a drug that will restore his brain in exchange for a shorter life. He takes the plunge, hoping mental clarity will help him solve a murder. Though Mosley may be best known for detective novels, his writing spans all genres: literary fiction, science fiction, crime and social commentary. In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Mosely uses threads from all of these styles to tell the story of mortality and morality. 

GUEST:
  Walter Mosley: writer

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