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Municipal Equation is a podcast about cities and towns in changing times.

A new episode every other week.

Brought to you by the N.C. League of Municipalities.

Host, producer, music: Ben Brown. 

May 15, 2018

For our 50th episode, we're taking a break from the frequent talk of policy, economics and technology to tour the local dialects of the United States, the spoken identifiers of a city or region. Why do people in Chicago, or St. Louis, or the Outer Banks of North Carolina sound the way they do? What's in a voice? And what's happening that's changing those dialects or accents forever? 

Walt Wolfram and "Talkin' Tar Heel" - https://www.talkintarheel.com/index.php

Edward McClelland and "How to Speak Midwestern" - http://edwardmcclelland.com/

Library of Congress, The Center for Applied Linguistics Collection - https://www.loc.gov/collections/american-english-dialect-recordings-from-the-center-for-applied-linguistics/about-this-collection/

Garden & Gun's Whole Hog podcast feat. Walt Wolfram - https://soundcloud.com/garden-and-gun-magazine/episode-5-a-trip-to-s-town-alabama

CityLab, Edward McClelland, "Why City Accents are Fading in the Midwest" - https://www.citylab.com/life/2018/04/why-city-accents-are-fading-in-the-midwest/555152/

CityLab, "Techies Are Destroying Raleigh's Southern Accent" - https://www.citylab.com/life/2015/07/techies-have-destroyed-raleighs-southern-accent/399734/

Podcast Engineering Show, Session 91, feat. Ben Brown - https://podcastengineeringschool.com/ben-brown-pes-091/

Atlas Obscura, "How a Fake British Accent Took Hollywood by Storm" - https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/how-a-fake-british-accent-took-old-hollywood-by-storm

Philadelphia Story scene - https://youtu.be/nH2DKZ-2m74