Video & Audio

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 @ 5:24PM

Anna Luisa Daigneault from Living Tongues Institute

Anna Luisa Daigneault from the Living Tongues Institute sits down with Lee Ballard of the FLA for a chat about language endangerment, activism, revitalization, talking dictionaries, and two notable events: Mother Language Day and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

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Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 @ 10:04PM

Becky Ballard on Learning Spanish, the Difficulty of Chinese, and International Travel

FLA editor Lee Ballard sits down with his sister, Becky, to discuss language in the US and globally. What have been Becky’s experiences in over 30 countries, with learning Spanish, and in DC? What are the most beautiful languages to her, and should there be a national language in the US?

Monday, June 25th, 2012 @ 9:43PM

Dr. Harry Hollien on Intoxication and Speech

Dr. Hollien, forensic phonetics, acoustics, and speaker identification expert, speaks about the challenges in determining intoxication levels from speech samples in the Exxon Valdez case. Meeting clients’ expectations, while maintaining your integrity within a community of academics, as an expert trial witness, can present interesting challenges.

Monday, June 25th, 2012 @ 9:39PM

Dr. Harry Hollien on a Career in Forensic Communications and Related Sciences

Dr. Hollien, author of “The Acoustics of Crime: The New Science of Forensic Phonetics,” among many other books and academic articles, and foremost expert in forensic phonetics, speaker identification, and acoustics, reflects on a lifetime career in the forensic sciences. Harry Hollien is a pioneer in the field and longtime professor, author, expert trial witness, and researcher.

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012 @ 10:27PM

Hicham Chami on Music & Language

In another episode connecting music and language, Lee Ballard interviews ethnomusicologist and qanun virtuoso Hicham Chami about Arabic classical music, Morocco, and language during the Arabesque Music Ensemble’s residency at the University of Florida School of Music. To find out more, visit

Sunday, May 13th, 2012 @ 11:49PM

Raymond Chobaz on Music & Language

Lee Ballard interviews a University of Florida professor of music and discusses issues related to music and language. Take a listen, take-a-listeners!

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