Mike Vuolo

Mike Vuolo is a radio and podcast producer and the host of Lexicon Valley.

Lexicon Valley
April 10 2014 11:09 AMThe Real Story Behind The New Yorker's "Pronoun Envy" Poem
Live at Politics & Prose
March 28 2014 12:14 PMFive Came BackMark Harris discusses his new book at Politics & Prose. 
Live at Politics & Prose
March 14 2014 1:32 PMWords Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy RiotMasha Gessen discusses her book at Politics & Prose in Washington, D.C.
Five-Ring Circus
Feb. 19 2014 4:12 PMSouth Korea’s Kim Yu-na Is Going for Gold. Or Is It Kim Yuna? Yuna Kim?
Lexicon Valley
Jan. 28 2014 11:32 AMLexicon Valley: Where Did the Word Dude Come From?
Lexicon Valley
Dec. 30 2013 10:52 AMWhy Is No Among a Child's First Words?Listen to Slate's show about the surprisingly complex taxonomy of simple negation.
Lexicon Valley
Dec. 10 2013 1:56 PMWill Learning a "Logical" Language Make You Think More Logically?Listen to Slate's show about an invented language that forces you to choose your words carefully.
Nov. 15 2013 10:30 AMWho Wrote JFK's Inaugural?Does it matter?
Lexicon Valley
Oct. 16 2013 2:00 PMWhat Happens When a Language Has No Numbers?
Cool Story
Oct. 1 2013 9:30 AMThe Birth of CoolCoul, coole, koole: How we got from cool temperatures to cool cats.
Lexicon Valley
Sept. 4 2013 11:30 AMHere Come the Word Nerds! Introducing Slate’s Language Blog, Lexicon Valley.
Brow Beat
July 24 2013 3:47 PMWhen Did "Bend You Over" Become a Sexual Phrase?
Lexicon Valley
June 17 2013 1:01 PMA Brief History of SwearingListen to Slate’s podcast about profanity and obscenity with author Melissa Mohr.
Lexicon Valley
Sept. 18 2012 2:40 PMWho You Callin’ A**hole?Slate’s show about Geoffrey Nunberg’s new book Ascent of the A-Word, now with transcripts.
Lexicon Valley
June 18 2012 3:51 PMDoes Your Writing Style Have a Fingerprint?Listen to Slate’s show about the surprising way mathematicians can determine authorship.
Live at Politics & Prose
April 7 2014 10:27 AMWalter Kirn Discusses Blood Will Out, His New Book
Live at Politics & Prose
March 21 2014 1:36 PMDinaw Mengestu on All Our Names, His New Novel
Lexicon Valley
March 14 2014 10:09 AMOur Next Witness, Your Honor: The DictionaryListen to Slate’s show about court cases in which the dictionary played a starring role.
Lexicon Valley
Jan. 29 2014 3:56 PMWhen Is Masturbation Onanism? (When It Makes the News.)
Lexicon Valley
Dec. 30 2013 11:17 AMLet's Resolve in the New Year to Stop Using That Expression About Breaking Eggs and Making Omelets
Lexicon Valley
Dec. 17 2013 12:45 PMThe Crowdsourcing of JFK’s Most Iconic SpeechListen to Slate's show about the crafting of President Kennedy’s inaugural address.
Lexicon Valley
Nov. 21 2013 12:08 PMThe Germans Have a Word for It: Reißverschlusssystem
Lexicon Valley
Nov. 7 2013 2:10 PMWatch This 1925 Silent Film About the Creation, Literally, of the OED
Lexicon Valley
Oct. 3 2013 12:41 PMLMAO: A History That Dates Back to Dickens
Lexicon Valley
Sept. 23 2013 4:13 PMThe Most Controversial Dictionary Ever Published
Lexicon Valley
Aug. 6 2013 8:30 PMGrammar Scolds Unite!Embracing the hand-slapping, prescriptivist schoolmarm in all of us.
Lexicon Valley
July 1 2013 1:16 PMCan Geography Affect Language?The uncanny correlation between altitude and language development.
Lexicon Valley
Nov. 1 2012 1:27 PMHow Jews Grew HornsListen to Slate’s show about the all-important role that language translation (and mistranslation) plays in our lives.
Lexicon Valley
July 2 2012 2:42 PMTalking About the Past in the Present TenseListen to Slate’s show about Seinfeld’s masterful use of a time-honored narrative technique.
Lexicon Valley
June 11 2012 9:57 AM“Lord Grantham, Don Draper’s on Hold”The algorithm that finds anachronisms in Downton Abbey, Mad Men, and Edith Wharton.




Meet the New Bosses

How the Republicans would run the Senate.

The Government Is Giving Millions of Dollars in Electric-Car Subsidies to the Wrong Drivers

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Cheez-Its. Ritz. Triscuits.

Why all cracker names sound alike.

Friends Was the Last Purely Pleasurable Sitcom

The Eye

This Whimsical Driverless Car Imagines Transportation in 2059

Medical Examiner

Did America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda?  

A high-profile study points the finger at artificial sweeteners.

The Afghan Town With a Legitimately Good Tourism Pitch

A Futurama Writer on How the Vietnam War Shaped the Series

  News & Politics
Sept. 21 2014 11:34 PM People’s Climate March in Photos Hundreds of thousands of marchers took to the streets of NYC in the largest climate rally in history.
Business Insider
Sept. 20 2014 6:30 AM The Man Making Bill Gates Richer
Sept. 22 2014 8:07 AM Why Haven’t the Philadelphia Eagles Ever Won a Super Bowl?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 4:58 PM Steubenville Gets the Lifetime Treatment (And a Cheerleader Erupts Into Flames)
  Slate Plus
Sept. 22 2014 8:08 AM Slate Voice: “Why Is So Much Honey Clover Honey?” Mike Vuolo shares the story of your honey.
Sept. 21 2014 9:00 PM Attractive People Being Funny While Doing Amusing and Sometimes Romantic Things Don’t dismiss it. Friends was a truly great show.
Future Tense
Sept. 22 2014 7:47 AM Predicting the Future for the U.S. Government The strange but satisfying work of creating the National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends report.
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Sept. 22 2014 5:30 AM MAVEN Arrives at Mars
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.