Monday, July 23, 2007

Manic Monday - Part 3

To round out the Monday Madness...

I just finished a live segment as a guest on "From the Headlines" on Washington Post Radio with anchors Hillary Howard, an Emmy-winning reporter, and Bob Kur, who has been a substitute anchor on Today, NBC News at Sunrise, as well as a moderator and panelist on Meet The Press. My participation in the segment was with relation to the recent article that ran in Sunday's paper.

Hillary and Bob were kind enough to mention the full title of the book, "From Our Lips to Your Ears: How Interpreters Are Changing the World", several times during the brief (6-minute-long) segment.

As is commonplace with live segments, there was not nearly enough time to share everything that one would like to share, but I did manage to convey a couple of key points, including the fact that being an interpreter requires a lot more than just being able to speak two languages. Also, I was able to point to the 2000 U.S. Census data, which shows that Montgomery County has a large number of individuals who speak languages other than English at home (about 31% of the total population), and that there are more than 5,000 speakers of West African languages in the county.

You can download the audio file here.

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