Welcome to Episode 1 of “America the Bilingual”: The Lamp of Empathy
Does the whole world speak English? Not quite, not even in France, if you really want to do business. Meet Ben Macklowe (pictured below), a New York City kid who grew up as a monolingual English speaker, until he messed up big time and then took matters into his own hands. Now he’s passing The Gift on to his baby boys. The following 14 minutes may light your path.
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This episode was written by Steve Leveen and producer Fernando Hernández, who also does sound design and mixing. Our editorial consultants are Maja Thomas and Mim Harrison; research assistance is from Alma Flores-Perez. Our graphic arts are created by Carlos Plaza Design Studio.
Music in this episode is by Kevin Macleod ("Beach Party," "Rite of Passage," "Quasi Motion," "I Knew a Guy" and "Baltic Levity") and Jason Shaw ("Jenny's Theme").
Thanks for listening. Our next episode, up in two weeks, is about another English monolingual who learned French, but following a very different journey.
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