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April 27, 2020
This episode celebrates Autism Acceptance Month with the word, "unorthodox." Miss Lynn talks with family therapist Bonnie Witmer about feeling out-of-place among her 5th grade classmates in, "Do Over: The Lunch Box," and discusses making unconventional theater with Yellow Finch Project creators Tara O'Boyle and Patrick Denny. The episode concludes with autistic poet Benjamin Giroux reading his poem, "I am odd, I am new."  Complete show notes at https://www.patreon.com/posts/36292742/
April 6, 2020
In this episode, specially updated in spring 2020 with content related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Miss Lynn talks about, "edifying." Includes recurring segments, "Ads that Subtract," "Say What?!?" about the expression, "A rising tide lifts all boats," and a "Do Over" discussion with family therapist Emily King about, "The Special School." The episode concludes with the song, "I Contact." Complete show notes for this episode are available at https://www.patreon.com/posts/35340687.
March 23, 2020
Food is front and center as Miss Lynn takes a look at the word, "comestible"! Includes a discussion of the phrase, "Don't yuck someone else's yum," 15-year old Nathaniel's experience living with food allergies, and some funny foodstuffs in, "GET IT?!?!?" The episode concludes with Miss Lynn's song, "Sweet Treat." Complete show notes for this episode at https://www.patreon.com/posts/34805657.
March 9, 2020
Miss Lynn celebrates Women's History Month with the word, "obstreperous," and explains how Christabel Pankhurst was forced to break rules in order to get women the vote. "Activist, You!" host Lindz Amer tells why activists like Greta Thunberg need to be uncooperative, and family therapist Bonnie Witmer discusses how to cope with an unruly little brother in "Do Over: The Board Game." The episode concludes with Stephanie Pepper's poem, "Catfight." Show notes at https://www.patreon.com/posts/34399781/.
February 24, 2020
In this first episode of the third series, host Lynn Hickernell discusses the word, "ultracrepidarian." Includes a passage from Charles Dickens's Nicholas Nickleby, "Do Over" about The Doctor (featuring Book Club for Kids host Kitty Felde), "Embrace Vulnerability," and "GET IT?!?!?" Concludes with a new adaptation of the Alexander Pushkin poem, "The Shoemaker," read by What If World's Eric O'Keeffe. Complete show notes for this episode at https://www.patreon.com/posts/34042918.
February 17, 2020
The Good Words Podcast returns with series 3 in one week! In the meantime, here is a preview of another of Miss Lynn's projects during the GWP hiatus. She has launched a new blog, Hindsight is so 2020, with select posts also available in audio format, or as a "blogcast." Here is the first of these. Enjoy! Find the post from which this episode was taken can be found here: https://hindsightisso2020.net/blog/older-but-wiser
February 3, 2020
In this bonus "earpetizer" of The Good Words Podcast (originally released in 2019), host Lynn Hickernell features an excerpt from Dickens's A Christmas Carol, the poem "The Bells of Shandon" by Francis Sylvester Mahony read by Una Clancy, and a special listener-submitted edition of, "GET IT?!?!?" Complete episode notes are available at https://www.patreon.com/posts/24358519/.
January 20, 2020
Host Lynn Hickernell welcomes the new year with a Kids Listen Sweeps episode of the Good Words Podcast about the word, "retrospective." Featured in this bonus episode: a "Say What?!?" segment about the expression, "Hindsight is 20/20," a poem by Emily Dickinson, a reprise of favorite jokes from past episodes, and, "Clear," from Miss Lynn's song cycle, "Bottle Builder." Show notes for this episode at https://www.patreon.com/posts/33064563.
January 6, 2020
In this bonus episode, host Lynn Hickernell explains the word, "preposterous" with a true story from the Kids Listen podcast, "The Past and the Curious" about meat falling from the sky, some extremely ridiculous riddles in, "GET IT?!?!?" and the Edward Lear poem, "The Table and the Chair." Complete show notes are available at https://www.patreon.com/posts/32408468
December 23, 2019
In this encore episode, host Lynn Hickernell explains the word, "euphonious" with some information about the brass instrument called a euphonium, and lots of examples of things that sound pleasing to different people, both because of the sounds themselves and because of what the sounds signify.  Concludes with the Lewis Carroll poem, "Jabberwocky." Complete show notes for this episode at https://www.patreon.com/posts/31802071
December 9, 2019
Host Lynn Hickernell discusses the word, "temporal" with the poem, "Epitaph" by Alan L. Strang, an overview of the Kids Listen podcast "Timestorm," a temporally-related edition of "GET IT?!?!?" and the song, "Grandfather's Clock" performed by the Haydn Quartet. Complete show notes at https://www.patreon.com/posts/31801831
November 25, 2019
In this bonus episode, host Lynn Hickernell explains the word, "conglomeration" with a "Say What?!?" segment about the Latin phrase, E Pluribus Unum, the traditional song, "Dona Nobis Pacem," and overviews of other kids' podcasts that are part of the conglomeration of podcasters known as Kids Listen. Complete show notes available at https://www.patreon.com/posts/31614121
November 11, 2019
This encore episode, originally released in November 2018, centers on the word, "nescience." Host Lynn Hickernell explains this word in an excerpt from philosopher Herbert Spencer's First Principles, a "Do Over" about The School Play, and concludes with the Miss Lynn song, "Still Learning." Complete show notes at https://www.patreon.com/posts/31118771.
October 28, 2019
In this short bonus episode, host Lynn Hickernell introduces the word, "peripeteia" with a feature on Kids Listen podcast, "The Past and the Curious," recurring segments, "Embrace Vulnerability" and "GET IT?!?!?" Concludes with the Robert Frost poem, "The Road Not Taken." Complete show notes at https://www.patreon.com/posts/30782149/
October 14, 2019
Originally released in July 2018, this updated encore episode focuses on the word, "echelon." Host Lynn Hickernell discusses the instances of levels throughout life. Includes "It Came From the Internet," "Wow, That's a Good Question," and a "Do Over" with family therapist Emily King about, "Epidermis." Concludes with the Miss Lynn song, "The Race." Complete show notes at https://www.patreon.com/posts/30260579/
September 30, 2019
In this short earpetizer, host Lynn Hickernell discusses the word, "hiatus" with a "Say What?!?" segment juxtaposing the phrases, "Absence makes the heart grow fonder," and "Out of sight, out of mind." Also includes a specifically hiatus-related encore edition of "GET IT?!?!?" and actor Kwana Martinez presenting Lola Ridge's poem, "Interim." Complete show notes for this episode at https://www.patreon.com/posts/30234498
September 16, 2019
Host Lynn Hickernell explicates the word, "juxtaposition" in recurring segments, "Ads that Subtract," "It Came From the Internet," "Embrace Vulnerability," and "GET IT?!?!?" Includes opera singer Nellie Melba's interpretation of, "Home Sweet Home," Nate from "The Show About Science" explaining the Scientific Method, and a speech from Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1. Complete show notes at https://www.patreon.com/posts/29527695/
September 2, 2019
In this episode, host Lynn Hickernell expounds on the word, "shambolic" with an excerpt from The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, an overview of library cataloging with Arden Kirkland, a discussion of order and chaos with city planner Scott Adams, an examination of the term, "Autism Spectrum Disorder," and concludes with the song, "Wild Strawberries." Complete show notes at https://www.patreon.com/posts/29397891
August 19, 2019
This episode is about the fear of the number 13, "triskaidekaphobia." Miss Lynn discusses this, and other superstitions and phobias, with an excerpt from, "Unspookable," a "Say What?!?" segment about the expression, "Break a leg," a "Do Over" with family therapist Emily King about "The Dress Shoes," and concludes with the poem, "The Supper Superstition" by Thomas Hood, read by "Just Us Weirdos" creator and host, Charlie White. Show notes at https://www.patreon.com/posts/28996825
August 5, 2019
Host Lynn Hickernell talks about the word, "corporeal," and explores the question, "What does it mean to have a 'good' body?" Features recurring segment, "Ads that Subtract" as well as a new segment, "Embrace Vulnerability," a story from contributor Pam Mungroo, and a new original song, "Good Body." Complete show notes at https://www.patreon.com/posts/28700500/
July 22, 2019
This episode about the word, "edifying" includes a "Say What?!?" segment about the expression, "It is better to give than to receive," a "Do Over" with family therapist Emily King about, "The Special School," and concludes with the Miss Lynn song, "I Contact." Show notes for this episode are at https://www.patreon.com/posts/28227765.
July 8, 2019
Host Lynn Hickernell presents the word, "ostentatious," including an excerpt from Mark Twain's The Innocents Abroad, "Say What?" about the phrase, "Dressed to the nines," and an overview of cosplay and historical costuming from contributor Glynnis. The episode concludes with Sean McCollough's song, "Rag Doll." Show notes for this episode are available at https://www.patreon.com/posts/28002152/
June 24, 2019
This episode for Kids Listen's Pride-themed sweeps is full of collaborations with other KL podcasts! Miss Lynn explains the word, "squelch" with help from Little Stories for Tiny People's "Tad and Fish," a poem read by What If World's Mr. Eric, and a "Do Over" about "The Boob Tube," with Circle Round's Rebecca Sheir. Also a discussion with family therapist Emily King, and "Say What?" about the phrase, "Wear your heart on your sleeve." Show notes for this episode at https://www.patreon.com/posts/27632193
June 10, 2019
In this episode, about the word, "ubiquitous," host Lynn Hickernell introduces a new segment to the podcast, "Ads That Subtract." Also included is "Say What?" about the phrase, "Every cloud has a silver lining," author Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket) on the ubiquity of emotions, and an excerpt from a previous "Do Over" discussion with family therapist Emily King. The episode concludes with the Miss Lynn song, "Itty Bitty Nitty Gritty." Show notes at https://www.patreon.com/posts/27226148.
May 27, 2019
In this episode of the Good Words Podcast, host Lynn Hickernell expounds on the word, "memento" in a "Say What?!?" segment about the phrases, "Mind like a steel trap/sieve," and "One man's trash is another man's treasure," an excerpt from the poem, "Mementos" by Charlotte Brontë, and the song, "Sunsphere" by Sean McCollough (featuring Molly Ledford.) Also includes recurring segment, "GET IT?!?!?" Complete show notes for this episode at https://www.patreon.com/posts/26937448
May 24, 2019
Salutations, Logophiles! I am delighted to share this collaboration with a group of my colleagues at Kids Listen. This special episode features 5-minute ear-petizers from 10 KL members: What If World, Story Spectacular, Noodle Loaf, Book Power for Kids, Little Stories for Tiny People, Be Calm on Ahway Island, Cool Facts About Animals, Circle Round, The Good Words Podcast, and Girl Tales. Links to all these shows can be found in the show notes for this episode at https://www.patreon.com/posts/27023318.
May 13, 2019
In this episode, host Lynn Hickernell explains the word, "fungible" with excerpts from the book Henry Ford's Own Story by Rose Wilder Lane, a "Do Over" about "The Popular Girls," and concluding song, "Black Socks." As always, it also includes, "GET IT?!?!?" Complete show notes for this episode at https://www.patreon.com/posts/26551534
April 29, 2019
In this episode about the word, "antediluvian," host Lynn Hickernell includes excerpts from the books The Velveteen Rabbit and The 14th Goldfish (courtesy of the folks from Book Power for Kids!), "Say What?" about the expression, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks," "It Came From the Internet," "GET IT?!?!?" and the Miss Lynn song, "Studebaker Truck." Complete show notes for this episode are available at https://www.patreon.com/posts/26203823.
April 15, 2019
In this episode about the word, "magnanimous," host Lynn Hickernell features recurring segments, "Say What?" and "GET IT?!?!?" as well as stories about magnanimity from secret philanthropist Ronald Read, athlete Ivan Fernandez Anaya, author Darcey Rosenblatt's novel Lost Boys, and Alex Manugian on donating a kidney. The episode concludes with the poem, "A.B.A." by Louisa May Alcott. Complete show notes available at https://www.patreon.com/posts/25891247
April 1, 2019
Kids Listen Sweeps "April Fool's" episode! Host Miss Lynn introduces the theme word, "verisimilitude." Features an excerpt from the podcast, "How Do We Fix It?" on the topic of confirmation bias, a "Do Over" with Emily King about "The Bully," "GET IT?!?!?" and the debut of a new segment, "Say What?!?" about the phrase, "A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing." The episode concludes with an original poem, read by Tara Bahna-Outman. Complete show notes for this episode at https://www.patreon.com/posts/25530324
March 18, 2019
In this episode, host Lynn Hickernell expounds upon the theme word, "kerfuffle." Featuring an excerpt from Kids Listen podcast "The Past and the Curious," as well as "Do Over" segment entitled, "The Short Story," and "GET IT?!?!?" The Good Words Podcast is a proud member of KidsListen.org. Full show notes for this episode available at https://www.patreon.com/posts/25182961
March 4, 2019
Series 2 of the Good Words Podcast kicks off with this episode about "QUOTIDIAN." Host Lynn Hickernell explains the word's two related meanings, with the help of an excerpt from James Boswell's journal regarding Dr. Samuel Johnson, and poems by Emily Dickinson and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Also featuring, "GET IT?!?!?" and the song, "Toothbrush Dance." The Good Words Podcast is proud to be a part of kidslisten.org! Show notes for this episode are available at https://www.patreon.com/posts/24934966
February 11, 2019
In this bonus "earpetizer" of The Good Words Podcast, host Lynn Hickernell features an excerpt from Dickens's A Christmas Carol, the poem "The Bells of Shandon" by Francis Sylvester Mahony, and a special listener-submitted edition of, "GET IT?!?!?" Complete episode notes are available at https://www.patreon.com/posts/24358519/
January 21, 2019
In this bonus episode, host Lynn Hickernell uses leftover bits of previous episodes to explicate the word, "detritus." Featuring excerpts from John Muir's The Yosemite, James Blish's "The Thing in the Attic," and quotations from Nick Offerman and Dwayne Johnson. Complete show notes available at https://www.patreon.com/posts/23900070.
December 31, 2018
In this bonus episode, host Lynn Hickernell reviews her favorite moments from the past year on the Good Words Podcast. Also features excerpts from the John Dryden poem, "Annus Mirabilis." Show notes for this episode can be found at https://www.patreon.com/posts/23476011/
November 26, 2018
In this final episode of the first series of the podcast, host Lynn Hickernell expounds on the word, "approbation." It features a passage from Pride and Prejudice, Miss Lynn's recommendations for additional podcasts that have gained her approbation, the William Cowper poem, "The Nightingale and the Glow-Worm," and "GET IT?!?!?" Complete show notes for this episode are available at https://www.patreon.com/posts/22699064
November 12, 2018
Are you familiar with the word, "nescience"? If not, you are in an ideal position to enjoy this brand-new episode about it! Host Lynn Hickernell describes this word with the return of the "Do Over" feature, with family therapist Emily King, as well as recurring segment, "GET IT?!?!?" Complete show notes for this episode are available at https://www.patreon.com/posts/episode-13-notes-22496816
October 29, 2018
In this episode, host Lynn Hickernell unpacks the word, "splurge." Includes a story from David Greenburg about something he saved up to buy in his childhood, and recurring segment, "GET IT?!?!?" Complete show notes for this episode are available at https://www.patreon.com/posts/episode-12-show-22208021.
October 15, 2018
This episode explores the word and concept of DICHOTOMY, with an excerpt from the audiobook War Horse, a musical arrangement of the fairy tale "Jack Sprat," and of course, the recurring segment, "GET IT?!?!?" Show notes for this episode at https://www.patreon.com/posts/episode-11-show-21908893
October 1, 2018
In this episode of The Good Words Podcast, host Lynn Hickernell expounds on the literal and figurative meanings of the word QUAGMIRE, including examples from the musical, "Hamilton," A Series of Unfortunate Events, and an excerpt of a Robert Burns poem in Scots, "Elegy on Captain Matthew Henderson." Also featuring recurring segment, "GET IT?!?!?" and a true story from Miss Lynn's youth, "The Eighth Grade Quagmire." Full show notes for this episode at https://www.patreon.com/posts/21582188/
September 17, 2018
Host Lynn Hickernell explores the word, "audacity." Featuring an excerpt from Kat Shepherd's "Babysitting Nightmares" title, The Shadow Hand, a "Do Over" conversation about "The Invention," and recurring segment, "Get It?!?!?" Show notes for this episode are located at https://www.patreon.com/posts/21141033/
September 3, 2018
In this episode, host Lynn Hickernell introduces the trickiest word of the series to date. Also featuring a bonus word, "disingenuous," "It Came From the Internet," an excerpt of the poem, "Beautiful Body" by Natalie Patterson, the Miss Lynn song, "Beautiful," and of course, "GET IT?!?!?" Show notes linked from goodwordspodcast.com.
August 20, 2018
In this episode, host Lynn Hickernell discusses her own foibles, as well as those of Charlie Brown as portrayed in "A Charlie Brown Christmas." Includes bonus word, "subjective," and recurring segments, "Do Over," and "Get It?!?!?" Complete show notes for this episode are available at https://www.patreon.com/posts/20655755.
August 6, 2018
This episode of the Good Words Podcast concerns the word, "zeugma." Host Lynn Hickernell also introduces bonus words, "idiom," and "homophone." Includes recurring features, "It Came From the Internet," and "GET IT?!?!?" Complete show notes available at https://www.patreon.com/posts/20293621.
July 23, 2018
In this episode of The Good Words Podcast, host Lynn Hickernell examines the word LACHRYMOSE, as well as bonus words, "denotation," "connotation," and "disparaging." Featuring recurring segments, "It Came From the Internet," and "Get It?!?!?" Find out more at goodwordspodcast.com and patreon.com/goodwordspodcast. Complete show notes for this episode are at https://www.patreon.com/posts/20015233.
June 25, 2018
In this episode, host Lynn Hickernell discusses the word "euphonious." Find out more about this episode at www.goodwordspodcast.com or patreon.com/goodwordspodcast. Complete show notes for this episode are at https://www.patreon.com/posts/19489749.
June 11, 2018
This episode examines the different ways things operate, from cars to families to one regional culinary tradition. Including a "Do Over" of a conversation from Miss Lynn's childhood, and a variety of riddles in "Get It?!?!?" Complete show notes for this episode at https://www.patreon.com/posts/19141751
May 28, 2018
In this inaugural episode of the Good Words Podcast, host Lynn Hickernell features the theme word INEFFABLE with music, discussion, and some jokes in a segment called, "GET IT?!?" Complete show notes for this episode at https://www.patreon.com/posts/18749072.
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