39 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
    • 4.5 • 144 Ratings

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.

    Deaf or deaf? Capitalizing a community

    Deaf or deaf? Capitalizing a community

    What a difference capitalization makes: Pippa and Karina dive into the hotly debated and deeply personal terminology around being Deaf/deaf. They're joined by deaf podcaster Caroline Mincks to break down the spectrum and diversity of the deaf and hard-of-hearing experience, and why words matter when labeling members of this community. Along the way, they touch on the cochlear implant debate, sign language, person-first language, and "deaf gain."

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    • 23 min
    Sorry, we're at capacity

    Sorry, we're at capacity

    When and how do we decide that someone can't make their own decisions? As the "grey wave" of aging baby boomers approaches, ,capacity, has become an all-important metric. Pippa and Karina speak to Laura Tamblyn Watts, the CEO of seniors' advocacy organization CanAge, to break down mental capacity assessments for seniors, as well as the capacity of our health care system.

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    • 26 min
    Don't you know that you're toxic?

    Don't you know that you're toxic?

    From relationships, to workplaces, to masculinity, "toxic" is a label we've embraced enthusiastically for the last few years. Pippa and Karina trace this overused metaphor from a 1980s fringe men's movement all the way to the Britney song we know and love.

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    • 14 min
    Defining the mission of abolition

    Defining the mission of abolition

    The abolition movement has hit the mainstream, and calls to disarm, defund, and dismantle the system as we know it have never been louder. Rinaldo Walcott, author of "On Property," joins Pippa and Karina to imagine a world without police or prisons, discuss the problem of property, and decode the language of reform.

    Rinaldo Walcott is the director of the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto and the author of "On Property" (Biblioasis, 2021).

    If you're interested in reading more on the topic of abolition, Rinaldo's recommended booklist includes, "We Do This 'til We Free Us," by Mariame Kaba; Golden Gulag by Ruth Wilson Gilmore; and "Are Prisons Obsolete?" by Angela Davis.

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    • 23 min
    Homing in on houselessness

    Homing in on houselessness

    Amid an affordable housing crisis, the language around homelessness is changing - but is it helping? With insights from housing activist Lorraine Lam and Toronto Drop-in Network coordinator Diana Chan McNally, Pippa and Karina track the rise of alternatives such as "unhoused," and break down the spectrum of homelessness and housing precarity.

    Thank you to our guests Diana Chan McNally, a training and engagement coordinator at the Toronto Drop-In Network, and Lorraine Lam, who is a housing activist and outreach worker at Sanctuary TO.

    If you’re interested in the Canadian-specific definition of homelessness, the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness has broken it down into four main typologies: unsheltered, emergency sheltered, provisionally accommodated, and at risk. They also have a separate definition for Indigenous homelessness in Canada.

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    • 21 min
    We're simps for semantics

    We're simps for semantics

    Pippa and Karina embark on a totally hard-hitting investigation into the past, present, and future of the word "simp," from 1970s hip-hop to 1990s rap to Tiktok. With its overtones of misogyny, toxic masculinity, and homophobia, this of-the-moment insult takes them back into the territory of Nice Guys and the "manosphere." Where did simping get its start? And might there be a chance for a rare redemption arc?

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    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
144 Ratings

144 Ratings

@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!!!

Maxkitto ,

Chinatown

Hi guys! Love this podcast! I’m wondering if you could do one on the word Chinatown, is it outdated?

KatKenz ,

Great show!

Excellent concept and well executed! Love it!

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