20 episodes

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.

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    • Society & Culture

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    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.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

@MaddyBoothby#1 ,

My thoughts on your podcasts!!!

Hi my name is Maddy Boothby. I am twelve years old and I am in the seventh grade. I think that it was an amazing idea to start a podcast that talks about different words and there meanings. To be honest I am really glad that you both amazing people decided to do this because I didn’t even know that anthropocene was a word, you both helped my out with the pronounciation and you helped me learn a little bit about that word!! Thank you so much you guys!!!

HistoryNerd941 ,

My favourite

I have really looked forward to the surprises that emerge from every episode of this podcast. I have learned a lot from the unfamiliar words and even more from the words I thought I knew. Moreover, the rapport between the two hosts is utterly charming.

Hannah Micaela ,

I Love This Podcast!

As soon as a new podcast comes out from Word Bomb I listen to it right away and often end up sharing it with friends and have referenced it multiple times in discussions at school because it explores words that hold so much meaning and history within society. It is always relevant and important. I continue to learn from this program and also look at how I use words and language in my own life and their impact. Not only is this a really educational podcast but it also weaves together personal narrative with both the guests and podcasters (Pippa and Karina) that can be emotional, reflective and often funny, multiple times I have started laughing by myself walking along the street :). Listen to every episode it is amazing and you will absolutely leave with new knowledge and perspectives.

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