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A World Without Words


It's hard to imagine, right? We hear sounds of kids playing, trees blowing in the wind, and people eating everyday. But how would you tell someone between a fly (the insect) and a fly (your zipper)?

Well, this week's Radiolab on member station WNYC explores a world void of simple chatter and talking with:

...a woman who taught a 27-year-old man the first words of his life, and we hear a firsthand account of what it feels like to have the language center of your brain wiped out by a stroke. Plus: a group of children invent an entirely new language in Nicaragua in the 1970s.

And regular contributors Will Hoffman and Daniel Mercadante created a short to accompany the episode. Check it out — it's pretty breathtaking, to say the least.