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

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" -

Edward McClelland and "How to Speak Midwestern" -

Library of Congress, The Center for Applied Linguistics Collection -

Garden & Gun's Whole Hog podcast feat. Walt Wolfram -

CityLab, Edward McClelland, "Why City Accents are Fading in the Midwest" -

CityLab, "Techies Are Destroying Raleigh's Southern Accent" -

Podcast Engineering Show, Session 91, feat. Ben Brown -

Atlas Obscura, "How a Fake British Accent Took Hollywood by Storm" -

Philadelphia Story scene -