John McWhorter

John McWhorter is a Manhattan Institute senior fellow in public policy studying race and ethnicity, and a past associate professor of linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley. He has written several books, including Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America and Spreading the Word: Languages and Dialects in America, and his articles are frequently published in—among other periodicals—The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He earned his Ph.D. from Standford University and his B.A. from Rutgers University.


The Worth of Words: Preserving and Caring for Language

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In this Anthology, Ken Myers speaks with guests John McWhorter, Marilyn Chandler McEntyre, and Craig Gay about our world's linguistic ailments. They recognize the power of language to enrich our relationship with God, with each other, and with all of Creation and suggest habits rooted in recognition of the glorious possibilities of words lovingly and thoughtfully employed. 65 minutes. $6.


Volume 69

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Guests on Volume 69: John McWhorter, author of Doing Our Own Thing: The Degradation of Language and Music and Why We Should, Like, Care, on the death of formal speech; Douglas Koopman, on the mis-steps and misunderstandings that hampered the Bush administration's implementation of Faith-Based Initiatives; Daniel Ritchie, on the survival of “Great Books” programs at religious colleges; Vincent Miller, on how the commodification of everything affects our sense of religious faith and practice (and on how we can resist); and Barrett Fisher, on the sources of humor in the two versions of The Ladykillers, and on the history of very serious thinking about what makes something funny.