41 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
    • 4.9 • 9 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.

    It's time to reevaluate resilience

    It's time to reevaluate resilience

    Well into the second year of the pandemic, is "resilience" really what we need to be cultivating? Pippa and Karina are joined by Julie S. Lalonde, a women's rights advocate and author of the memoir "Resilience Is Futile." Together they tackle the trap of resilience, and why it shouldn't be doing all the heavy lifting in the face of real systemic problems. They also touch on disaster studies, brain plasticity, and more.

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    • 20 min
    Is our culture getting more culty?

    Is our culture getting more culty?

    What sets a cult apart from a religion? Is it a harmless groupthink, or something much darker? And why are cults having such a moment right now, from pop culture to politics? Pippa and Karina drink the Kool-Aid and venture deep into wild, wild country with the help of Marianne Boucher, author of the graphic novel 'Talking to Strangers: A Memoir of My Escape from a Cult.'

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    • 22 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Ben Hustis ,

Great etymology studies

Fresh perspectives on parts of our language we take for granted.

mermaid0dreamer ,

Words for thought

I’m really enjoying this podcast! Very interesting and thought provoking. I came for the ‘fat’ episode because Sophie Carter Kahn rocks, but became fascinated and stayed for the rest. I also appreciate the shorter length of the shows. They’re perfect for my breaks at work. Can’t wait to listen to more!

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