Cross Talk

May 26, 2013
(was 08.26.2012)

There’s no English translation for the Dutch word “Gezellig."

Are there things that can never be understood, expressed or experienced outside their home culture?

We’re wandering the unmarked maps of cultural translation!

  1. Gezellig!

    Can you know a culture if you don’t speak the language? 

    In this cross- inter- multi- cultural age, we’re surveying the map of global culture, attempting to see what’s lost – or made new – in translation.
    Our friends at The State We're In from Radio Netherlands kick us off with an attempted translation of "gezellig!"
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  2. Food in Translation with Jonathan Gold

    What's the oddest - or most delicious - translation of traditional food that you've sampled?

    LA Times food critic Jonathan Gold has spent his career seeking out the best plates of authentic – or reinterpreted – culture. Anne Strainchamps asked him about food in translation.
    Listen to the UNCUT interview here. We recommend having some snacks on hand!
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  3. Timely Translations of the Talmud

    Culture's shaped by geography, language, class and clan. It’s also shaped by time.

    Ruth Calderon has been studying Jewish texts and stories since she was a child. She talks with Steve Paulson about reinterpreting the stories for contemporary life. 
    And we hear a little regional Americana from the audio archives of Dictionary of American Regional English.
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  4. Listening to Zambia

    Have you had culture shock? Did it hit when you were travelling or when you were at home?

    Writer Josh Swiller says, as a young man, he often felt outside his home culture. 
    He decided to leave the U.S. altogether and found a whole new world of challenging inter-cultural communication.
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  5. J-Pop! Music East and West

    America has a thing for Japanese culture. And since the U.S. and its allies occupied Japan after WWII, some Japanese have had a thing for American culture, music in particular.

    Michael Bourdaghs talks with Jim Fleming about trading tunes across the Pacific.
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  6. Political Culture Divide

    Perhaps one of the most obvious and important cultural divides in the United States is between the political right and left.

    Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt talks with Steve Paulson about his research into the fundamental differences between Democrats and Republican, and how we might begin to speak across the gap.
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    Average: 3.4 (10 votes)