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Wisconsin Film Festival

Friday, 12 April 2013 | A Public Affair
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On Friday April 12th, Jan Levine Thal hosted a special Film Festival edition of A Public Affair. She spoke with three directors whose films were featured at this years Wisconsin Film Fest. more »

Broom Street Theater Wants You!

Wednesday, 10 April 2013 | buzz
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Today, April 10, 2013, on the 8 O’Clock Buzz, Jan Levine Thal, subbing in for Jan Miyasaki, was joined by Artistic director of Broom Street Theater, Heather Rakin.   Rakin talks about their on going programs at Broom Street. Listen to the interview to learn about the upcoming season and how you can get involved in performance, writing, or behind the scenes experimental theater.       more »

Wisconsin Film Festival 2013

Wednesday, 10 April 2013 | buzz
Four Star Video Heaven

On the 8 O’Clock Buzz this morning, host Jan Levine Thal (subbing for Jan Miyasaki), was joined by Lisa Brennan of Four Star Video Heaven. Yes, it’s time once again! Lisa Brennan will be opening the doors to Four Star Video Heaven to filmmakers and WORT radio hosts. Every year, on the Friday of the Wisconsin Film Festival (this Friday), WORT goes on the road to Video Heaven to interview filmmakers whose films are in the festival. Listen to the interview to get a preview of what you can expect this Friday. more »

Lavinia, First Woman Admitted To The Wisconsin State Bar

Wednesday, 10 April 2013 | buzz
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       Today, April 10, 2013, on the 8 O’Clock Buzz, Jan Levine Thal, subbing in for Jan Miyasaki, was joined by local playwright, Betty Diamond.     Betty Diamon has a new play called, “Lavinia.” R. Lavinia Goodell was the first woman admitted to the Wisconsin State Bar in 1897. Listen to the interview below to find out more about the play.     more »

Joan Houston Hall: Dictionary of American Regional English

Friday, 21 December 2012 | buzz
Dictionary of American Regional English

On Friday, December 21, our guest host Jan Levine Thal speaks with Joan Houston Hall, Chief Editor of the Dictionary of American Regional English. She speaks about the new companion volume to the dictionary, Volume 7. The volume features “212 ways of saying someone is stalling.”   Joan talks about the regional variations of a single word, such as a ‘sub sandwich’, which can also be called a gyro, hoagie or grinder. The new volume matches the regional words to their respective places on the maps, on the same page, so one can easily detect the regional variations. An online version will be launched at the end of 2013.     Joan speaks about regional words. ‘Scrid’, for example, is a New England word which means ‘fragment of something.’ She finds that “it seems that when a word is introduced that fills a need, it is adopted widely across the country very quickly.” The word “grid-lock,” Joan says, was quickly adopted across the country wherever situations like that came up. However, “the words that are regional that we use with our friends and families, tend to stay regional.” Joan provides the example of grandparents: from granny, grandma, nana, meema, to oma, “those are family words and ethnic words that reflect our backgrounds and those are not the kind of words that will be used as formal words.” Such words remain in their regions and do not become so widespread.     Jan also talks about American words that can be traced back through history with origins from multiple languages. For example, the Louisiana word “lagniappe” means “small bonus, or tip.” The word comes from French, but the French word came in through Spanish, which came in through Quechua.     Listen to more regional terms, audio, trivia, and quizzes at dare.news.wisc.edu Visit the official website for the Dictionary of American Regional English.     Listen to the entire interview here:   more »

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