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'Please Call Stella': The Speech Accent Archive, From Afrikaans to Zulu

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GMU's Steven Weinberger started the Speech Accent Archive, the world's largest online database of speech accents. He says "there's no such thing as a bad accent."
Rebecca Sheir
GMU's Steven Weinberger started the Speech Accent Archive, the world's largest online database of speech accents. He says "there's no such thing as a bad accent."

Want to hear how someone speaks English with an Amazigh accent? How about Kikongo? Or Mortlockese? George Mason University maintains the world's largest online database of English accents. Rebecca Sheir interviews the Speech Accent Archive's founder about where it started, where it's going (hint: iPhone app!), and why it can help everyone from ESL teachers to actors.

[Music: "Stella By Starlight" by Tony Bennett from 40 Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett]

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Remains In Jamestown Linked To Early Colonial Leaders

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The Democracy Of The Diner

Whether the decor is faux '50s silver and neon or authentic greasy spoon, diners are classic Americana, down to the familiar menu items. Rich, poor, black, white--all rub shoulders in the vinyl booths and at formica counters. We explore the enduring appeal and nostalgia of the diner.

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D.C. Council Member David Grosso

D.C. Council Member and Chair of the Committee on Education David Grosso joins us to discuss local public policy issues, including the challenges facing D.C. Public Schools.

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Twitter Faces Challenges As It tries To Balance Profitability, Popularity

The social network Twitter is popular with users, but that's not enough. It also needs to be profitable, and by its 140-character nature that's a challenge.

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