The Pun Also Rises: A Defense of the Pun


    Hour 2

    Are you a punster?  Do you appreciate a good pun or do they simply make you groan?  Well, today we’re paying homage to beloved and sometimes reviled pun and the important role it’s played in our language, culture – even in our politics.  In fact, recently at a White House Correspondents’ dinner, President Obama used wordplay to highlight the threat of NPR’s federal de-funding: “No Things Considered,” and “Wait Wait, Don’t Fund Me!”   Now former presidential speechwriter (under Bill Clinton) and world pun champion JOHN POLLACK has written a defense of puns.  This hour, Marty talks to Pollack about his book, The Pun Also Rises: How the Humble Pun Revolutionized Language, Changed History, and Made Wordplay More Than Some Antics.

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