Books by John McWhorter
NPR stories about John McWhorter
Humans have been speaking thousands of years longer than they have been writing. Yet many assume the written word is superior to the way we speak. In What Language Is: And What It Isn't And What It Could Be, John McWhorter argues that most of our assumptions about language are wrong.
As the presidential election approaches, Talk of the Nation will ask guests to make the case for the two candidates on foreign and domestic policy. John McWhorter, a linguistics professor and senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, explains why Barack Obama is the right choice in 2008.
A new generation of activists have used hip hop music and culture to get young people into politics. But author John McWhorter has a new book, which argues that hip hop provides hindrances, not help, to black America.
Writer John McWhorter says that what's gone wrong in black America demands rethinking. He suggests that black leaders excuse problems like crime and poverty, instead of solving them.