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A Way with Words

A Way with Words is a nationwide, weekly public radio show about language, originally produced by KPBS in San Diego, CA, from 1998 to 2007. The show was originally hosted by authors Richard Lederer and Charles Harrington Elster. After five and a half years, Elster left the show and was replaced by journalist and writer Martha Barnette. In October 2006, Lederer announced his retirement from the show. He was replaced by writer and lexicographer Grant Barrett starting in January 2007.

On August 2, 2007, KPBS announced it would stop producing of A Way with Words. KPBS said it did not have the manpower, funds, or expertise necessary to take the show to even more stations across the U.S. and Canada.

In September, 2007, Martha Barnette, Grant Barrett, co-hosts of A Way with Words, and producer Stefanie Levine announced they had created a production company that would continue the show. KPBS has also agreed to continue to broadcast the show. New episodes began airing the weekend of November 24th and 25th, 2007.

Broadcast Stations

  • KPBS-FM 89.5, NPR member station in San Diego, California
  • WFYI-FM 90.1, an NPR member station in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • WRFA, Jamestown, New York

On the Wisconsin Ideas Network on Wisconsin Public Radio:

  • KUWS 91.3 FM, Superior, Wisconsin
  • WEPS 88.9 FM, Elgin, Illinois
  • WHA 970 AM, Madison, Wisconsin
  • WHAD 90.7 FM, Delafield and Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • WHBM 90.3 FM, Park Falls, Wisconsin
  • WHDI 91.9 FM, Sister Bay and Door County, Wisconsin
  • WHHI 91.3 FM, Highland and Dodgeville, and 90.9, Madison, Wisconsin
  • WHID 88.1 FM, Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • WHLA 90.3 FM, La Crosse, Wisconsin
  • WHWC 88.3 FM, Menomonie, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • WLBL 930 AM, Auburndale, Stevens Point, Wisconsin
  • WRFW 88.7 FM, River Falls, Wisconsin
  • WRST 90.3 FM, Oshkosh, Wisconsin
  • WSHS 91.7 FM, Sheboygan, Wisconsin


"What's That You Say" American Way magazine, March 1, 2008
New A Way With Words homepage.
Old A Way With Words homepage.
Grant Barrett's comments about the show's continuance.
News regarding changes in production of A Way With Words.

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