Why Don’t We All Speak the Same Language? (Earth 2.0 Series)

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Season 7, Episode 9

This week on Freakonomics Radio: there are 7,000 languages spoken on Earth. What are the costs — and benefits — of our modern-day Tower of Babel?

Plus: the search for a common language goes back millennia, but so much still gets lost in translation. Stephen J. Dubner asks, “Will technology finally solve that?”

To find out more, check out the podcasts from which this hour was drawn: “Why Don’t We All Speak the Same Language? (Earth 2.0 Series)” and “What Would Be the Best Universal Language? (Earth 2.0 Series).”

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