podcast #40: Washington’s new tone, Updike’s French Africa, and Benicio del Toro’s many Spanishes

This week’s cast begins with reaction from the Arab world to Barack Obama’s embrace of a language of “respect” toward Muslims. Then, we accompany a group of Upper Midwest dairy farmers on a trip to Mexico, where they learn the languages and culture – and meet the families of their Mexican employees. After that, we take a tour of Latin America’s many Spanish dialects with actor Benicio del Toro (Che). And finally we consider one of John Updike‘s lesser-known books, The Coup. It’s set in a fictional West African state that is obsessed with French language and culture. Listen on iTunes or here.


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