Why Learn Esperanto? (Special Feature) (Ep. 302)

An estimated 2 million people speak Esperanto worldwide. Around 1,000 are native speakers. (Photo: Philip Brewer / Flickr) Our latest Freakonomics Radio episode is called “Why Learn Esperanto? (Special Feature).”...

What Would Be the Best Universal Language? (Earth 2.0 Series) (Ep. 301)

...the 19th century, a Jewish ophthalmologist named Ludovik Lazarus Zamenhof created a language both idealistic and pragmatic. L. L. Zamenhof, or Doktoro Esperanto, invented Esperanto in 1887. (Photo: Wikimedia) SCHOR:...

Why Don’t We All Speak the Same Language? (Earth 2.0 Series) (Ep. 300)

...have as many of those languages as possible. We throw around some nominations for a universal language … SCHOR: It’s called Esperanto because that was his pseudonym — Doktoro Esperanto...

Freakonomics Radio Archive

...irascible). And he thinks the Trump Administration is wrong on just about everything. 9/28/17 50:29 302 Why Learn Esperanto? A language invented in the 19th century, and meant to be...

What Would Be the Best Universal Language? (Earth 2.0 Series)

...Esperanto! The search for a common language goes back millennia, but so much still gets lost in translation. Will technology finally solve that? To find out more, check out the...

Has American Pop Music Displaced Local Culture?

...that nationwide U.S. newscasts, with TV anchormen speaking in their flat midwestern tones, would wipe out regional accents. That didn’t happen. Nor, somehow, did Esperanto manage to conquer the globe....