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Word Up expands listeners' linguistic understanding, "one word at a time." Hosted by Daniel Browning, a long-time news producer and director, the program is designed to uplift "the diverse languages of Black Australia," and does so by sharing personal accounts of guests' stories about language. Most episodes are around five minutes long, so even busy readers can find time to listen and learn something new. Each guest shares several words that are meaningful to them. For example, actor and theater director Shari Sebbens shares words from grandmother's language, Bardi, an endangered Australian Aboriginal language from the Dampier Peninsula (see the February 13, 2021 episode). In the February 27, 2021 episode, artist Vincent Namatjira discusses Western Arrernte, a language family from central Australia. Select episodes also highlight themes in language; for instance, shortly after the Macquarie Dictionary selected its Word of the Year, Word Up released a program about "healing words," including the Pitjantjatjara word "ngangkari" (see the December 7, 2019 episode). The show is available on ABC Listen, Google Podcasts, and Apple Podcasts.
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April 9th, 2021
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March 25th, 2021 at 1:30pm
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April 6th, 2021 at 10:18am
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