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: December 08, 2020 - 24:13
The acronym BIPOC has been around for almost a decade-but does it signal solidarity, or perpetuate erasure?
Air Date: December 01, 2020 - 27:13
Now that we've got your attention: Pippa and Karina investigate how sex is a driving force behind slang creation in the English language.
Air Date: November 24, 2020 - 27:59
Pippa and Karina decode the politics, power dynamics and privilege behind the term "expat."
Air Date: November 17, 2020 - 23:11
Is "organic" food all marketing and markup at Whole Foods, or the future of sustainable farming?
Air Date: November 10, 2020 - 25:55
Pippa and Karina data-mine Twitter, sort through the endless op-eds, and debate the catharsis and consequences of call-out culture.
Air Date: November 03, 2020 - 25:57
How did one of the most popular baby names of the mid-century come to represent the biggest villain of 2020?
Air Date: October 28, 2020 - 20:27
Pippa and Karina take a quick break from doomscrolling to ring in the U.S. presidential election with an episode on the word "Republican."
Air Date: October 20, 2020 - 27:37
Pippa and Karina follow this surface-level word straight into one of the darkest corners of the internet: the manosphere.
Air Date: October 13, 2020 - 22:24
This week on Word Bomb, Pippa and Karina investigate hustle culture, all the way from Jim Crow-era roots to Silicon Valley startups.
Air Date: October 06, 2020 - 26:17
Pippa and Karina dig into divisive debates and far-reaching colonial history to see why the gender-neutral "Latinx" is on the rise.
Air Date: September 29, 2020 - 00:27
Hosts Pippa Johnstone and Karina Palmitesta return for a third season of Word Bomb, unpacking one explosive word per week.