Radiolab Imagines a World Without Words

Radiolab logoSusan Schaller, author of A Man Without Words, recently appeared on WNYC’s Radiolab for a show about language. Fans of Radiolab will love this episode, which examines the conundrums of language in its trademark irreverent style.

Schaller describes her experiences teaching Ildefonso, a 27-year-old deaf man who had lived his entire life without any comprehension of words, to use sign languageā€”a story she recounts in the book. Listen to the broadcast and find out why Schaller believes that teaching Ildefonso was “the best idea she ever had in her life.”


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