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Seg. 1: Mo Willems. Seg. 2: German Dialects In Kansas.

Segment 1: Comedy is comedy for kids and adults.

Mo Willems has written for Sesame Street and has authored many children's books with iconic characters such as Pigeon and Knuffle Bunny. We talk with him about the many emotions and lessons depicted in his books. His most recent exhibit, The Pigeon Comes to Topeka!, is on display until January 4th.

  • Mo Willems, children's book author and illustrator

Segment 2, beginning at 30:37: German immigrants in Kansas are preserving old dialects.

A linguist studying German speakers in Kansas has discovered that their isolation preserved regional dialects of origin. But that could be changing with increased mobility and globalization.

  • William Keel, professor of German, KU
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