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Popzara Podcast E.163 Benjamin K. Bergen Talks F-Words and Brains

Nathan talks with professor Ben Bergen about naughty words, cognitive science, and trigger warnings.

Our guest on today’s uncensored episode of the Popzara Podcast is Benjamin K. Bergen, professor of cognitive science and director of the Language and Cognition Laboratory at the University of California, here to talk about his new book that attempts to use his psycho-linguistic powers to discover the link between naughty words and our brains: What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves, out now from Basic Books.

If you think that’s a mouthful, you haven’t heard anything yet. A word of warning for those easily offended: no bleeps, beeps, or any other verbal sanitation are to be found in today’s show. If such etymological conversations make you woozy, you may want to seek your podcast pleasures elsewhere. Consider this your trigger warning.

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