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.

25:12 | Nov 6th, 2018

What happens when landlords evict tenants to renovate their units and triple the rents? Bitter disputes, drawn-out court battles, fierce housing activism - and a brand-new portmanteau that's catching on so fast, it seems poised for dictionary status....Show More

33:16 | Oct 2nd, 2018

What does it mean to "doxx somebody?" Word Bomb hosts Pippa Johnstone and Karina Palmitesta delve deep into the dark history of an ever-evolving culture of online discourse.
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11:53 | Nov 26th

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 Te...Show More

33:26 | Nov 19th

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 ...Show More

26:19 | Nov 12th

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 defi...Show More
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