Word Bomb

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.


Air Date: November 26, 2019 - 11:53
In Word Bomb's first live show, Pippa and Karina explore the myths and origin stories behind the many names of the city of Toronto.
Air Date: November 19, 2019 - 33:25
Are Canadians too polite to talk about race? When it comes to whiteness in Canada, it's a conversation worth having.
Air Date: November 12, 2019 - 26:18
Serving realness, throwing shade, reading - RuPaul's Drag Race put drag slang on the map, for better and for worse.
Air Date: November 05, 2019 - 26:32
From the early '90s to the age of Trump and troll farms, being a butt on the internet just isn't what it used to be.
Air Date: October 29, 2019 - 13:37
LOLcats and starter packs, Evil Kermit and Pepe the Frog: Pippa and Karina talk memes past, present, and future. You love to see it.
Air Date: October 22, 2019 - 28:00
A controversial group of scientists is proposing that we've entered a new epoch: the age of the Anthropocene.
Air Date: October 15, 2019 - 16:37
Dude, that's craaazy. Pippa and Karina discuss the subtle ways that ableist language can creep into casual conversation.
Air Date: October 08, 2019 - 25:19
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.
Air Date: October 01, 2019 - 26:03
Polyamory in North America is on the rise-and it's a linguistic wellspring of new words for Pippa and Karina to discuss.
Air Date: September 26, 2019 - 00:58
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