Podcast

The Good Words Podcast

The Good Words Podcast is for kids and grown-ups to delight in hilarious, fascinating, wonderful words while we all learn together to use words better, and use better words. It is written and created by Lynn Hickernell, who also writes and performs music for kids and adults under the name Miss Lynn. Learn more and hear lots of her songs at misslynn.com.

Episodes

  • ECHELON (encore)

    Oct 14 2019

    Originally released in July 2018, this updated encore episode focuses on the word, "echelon." Host Lynn Hickernell discusses the instances of levels throughout life. Includes "It Came From the Internet," "Wow, That's a Good Question," and a "Do Over" with family therapist Emily King about, "Epidermis." Concludes with the Miss Lynn song, "The Race." Complete show notes at https://www.patreon.com/posts/30260579/

  • HIATUS (GWP Earpetizer)

    Sep 30 2019

    In this short earpetizer, host Lynn Hickernell discusses the word, "hiatus" with a "Say What?!?" segment juxtaposing the phrases, "Absence makes the heart grow fonder," and "Out of sight, out of mind." Also includes a specifically hiatus-related encore edition of "GET IT?!?!?" and actor Kwana Martinez presenting Lola Ridge's poem, "Interim." Complete show notes for this episode at https://www.patreon.com/posts/30234498

  • JUXTAPOSITION (The Good Words Podcast)

    Sep 16 2019

    Host Lynn Hickernell explicates the word, "juxtaposition" in recurring segments, "Ads that Subtract," "It Came From the Internet," "Embrace Vulnerability," and "GET IT?!?!?" Includes opera singer Nellie Melba's interpretation of, "Home Sweet Home," Nate from "The Show About Science" explaining the Scientific Method, and a speech from Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1. Complete show notes at https://www.patreon.com/posts/29527695/

  • SHAMBOLIC (The Good Words Podcast)

    Sep 02 2019

    In this episode, host Lynn Hickernell expounds on the word, "shambolic" with an excerpt from The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, an overview of library cataloging with Arden Kirkland, a discussion of order and chaos with city planner Scott Adams, an examination of the term, "Autism Spectrum Disorder," and concludes with the song, "Wild Strawberries." Complete show notes at https://www.patreon.com/posts/29397891

  • TRISKAIDEKAPHOBIA (The Good Words Podcast)

    Aug 19 2019

    This episode centers around the fear of the number 13, "triskaidekaphobia."  Host Lynn Hickernell discusses this phenomenon, and other superstitions and phobias, with an excerpt from the Kids Listen podcast, "Unspookable," a "Say What?!?" segment about the expression, "Break a leg," a "Do Over" with family therapist Emily King about "The Dress Shoes," and regular segment, "GET IT?!?!?"  The episode concludes with the poem, "The Supper Superstition" by Thomas Hood, read by "Just Us Weirdos" creat...more

  • CORPOREAL (The Good Words Podcast)

    Aug 05 2019

    Host Lynn Hickernell talks about the word, "corporeal," and explores the question, "What does it mean to have a 'good' body?" Features recurring segment, "Ads that Subtract" as well as a new segment, "Embrace Vulnerability," a story from contributor Pam Mungroo, and a new original song, "Good Body." Complete show notes at https://www.patreon.com/posts/28700500/  

  • EDIFYING (The Good Words Podcast)

    Jul 22 2019

    This episode about the word, "edifying" includes a "Say What?!?" segment about the expression, "It is better to give than to receive," a "Do Over" with family therapist Emily King about, "The Special School," and concludes with the Miss Lynn song, "I Contact." Show notes for this episode are at https://www.patreon.com/posts/28227765.

  • OSTENTATIOUS (The Good Words Podcast)

    Jul 08 2019

    Host Lynn Hickernell presents the word, "ostentatious," including an excerpt from Mark Twain's The Innocents Abroad, "Say What?" about the phrase, "Dressed to the nines," and an overview of cosplay and historical costuming from contributor Glynnis. The episode concludes with Sean McCollough's song, "Rag Doll." Show notes for this episode are available at

  • SQUELCH (The Good Words Podcast)

    Jun 24 2019

    This episode for Kids Listen's Pride-themed sweeps is full of collaborations with other KL podcasts! Miss Lynn explains the word, "squelch" with help from Little Stories for Tiny People's "Tad and Fish," a poem read by What If World's Mr. Eric, and a "Do Over" about "The Boob Tube," with Circle Round's Rebecca Sheir. Also a discussion with family therapist Emily King, and "Say What?" about the phrase, "Wear your heart on your sleeve." Show notes for this episode at https://www.patreon.com/posts/...more

  • UBIQUITOUS (The Good Words Podcast)

    Jun 10 2019

    In this episode, about the word, "ubiquitous," host Lynn Hickernell introduces a new segment to the podcast, "Ads That Subtract." Also included is "Say What?" about the phrase, "Every cloud has a silver lining," author Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket) on the ubiquity of emotions, and an excerpt from a previous "Do Over" discussion with family therapist Emily King. After "GET IT?!?!?" the podcast concludes with the Miss Lynn song, "Itty Bitty Nitty Gritty." Complete show notes for this episode are...more

  • MEMENTO (The Good Words Podcast)

    May 27 2019

    In this episode of the Good Words Podcast, host Lynn Hickernell expounds on the word, "memento" in a "Say What?!?" segment about the phrases, "Mind like a steel trap/sieve," and "One man's trash is another man's treasure," an excerpt from the poem, "Mementos" by Charlotte Brontë, and the song, "Sunsphere" by Sean McCollough (featuring Molly Ledford.)  Also includes recurring segment, "GET IT?!?!?" Complete show notes for this episode at https://www.patreon.com/posts/26937448

  • Kids Listen Summer Sampler! (GWP edition)

    May 24 2019

    Salutations, Logophiles!  I am delighted to share this collaboration with a group of my colleagues at Kids Listen.  This special episode features 5-minute ear-petizers from 10 KL members:  What If World, Story Spectacular, Noodle Loaf, Book Power for Kids, Little Stories for Tiny People, Be Calm on Ahway Island, Cool Facts About Animals, Circle Round, The Good Words Podcast, and Girl Tales. Links to all these shows can be found in the show notes for this episode at https://www.patreon.com/post...more

  • FUNGIBLE (The Good Words Podcast)

    May 13 2019

    In this episode, host Lynn Hickernell explains the word, "fungible" with excerpts from the book Henry Ford's Own Story by Rose Wilder Lane, a "Do Over" about "The Popular Girls," and concluding song, "Black Socks."  As always, it also includes, "GET IT?!?!?" Complete show notes for this episode at https://www.patreon.com/posts/26551534

  • ANTEDILUVIAN (The Good Words Podcast)

    Apr 29 2019

    In this episode about the word, "antediluvian," host Lynn Hickernell includes excerpts from the books The Velveteen Rabbit and The 14th Goldfish (courtesy of the folks from Book Power for Kids!), "Say What?" about the expression, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks," "It Came From the Internet," "GET IT?!?!?" and the Miss Lynn song, "Studebaker Truck." Complete show notes for this episode are available at https://www.patreon.com/posts/26203823.

  • MAGNANIMOUS (The Good Words Podcast)

    Apr 15 2019

    In this episode about the word, "magnanimous," host Lynn Hickernell features recurring segments, "Say What?" and "GET IT?!?!?" as well as stories about magnanimity from secret philanthropist Ronald Read, athlete Ivan Fernandez Anaya, author Darcey Rosenblatt's novel Lost Boys, and Alex Manugian on donating a kidney. The episode concludes with the poem, "A.B.A." by Louisa May Alcott. Complete show notes available at https://www.patreon.com/posts/25891247

  • VERISIMILITUDE (The Good Words Podcast)

    Apr 01 2019

    Very special Kids Listen Sweeps "April Fool's" episode!  Host Lynn Hickernell introduces the theme word, "verisimilitude."  Features an excerpt from the podcast, "How Do We Fix It?" on the topic of confirmation bias, a "Do Over" with Emily King about "The Bully," "GET IT?!?!?" and the debut of a new segment, "Say What?!?" about the phrase, "A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing." The episode concludes with an original poem, read by Tara Bahna-Outman. Complete show notes for this episode at https://www.pat...more

  • KERFUFFLE (The Good Words Podcast)

    Mar 18 2019

    In this episode, host Lynn Hickernell expounds upon the theme word, "kerfuffle."  Featuring an excerpt from Kids Listen podcast "The Past and the Curious," as well as "Do Over" segment entitled, "The Short Story," and "GET IT?!?!?" The Good Words Podcast is a proud member of KidsListen.org. Full show notes for this episode available at https://www.patreon.com/posts/25182961

  • QUOTIDIAN (The Good Words Podcast)

    Mar 04 2019

    Series 2 of the Good Words Podcast kicks off with this episode about "QUOTIDIAN."  Host Lynn Hickernell explains the word's two related meanings, with the help of an excerpt from James Boswell's journal regarding Dr. Samuel Johnson, and also poems by Emily Dickinson and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  Also featuring, "GET IT?!?!?" and the song, "Toothbrush Dance." The Good Words Podcast is proud to be a part of Kids Listen!  Find out more at www.kidslisten.org. Complete show notes for this episode ...more

  • UPROARIOUS (GWP Earpetizer)

    Feb 11 2019

    In this bonus "earpetizer" of The Good Words Podcast, host Lynn Hickernell features an excerpt from Dickens's A Christmas Carol, the poem "The Bells of Shandon" by Francis Sylvester Mahony, and a special listener-submitted edition of, "GET IT?!?!?" Complete episode notes are available at https://www.patreon.com/posts/24358519/

  • DETRITUS (The Good Words Podcast)

    Jan 21 2019

    In this bonus episode, host Lynn Hickernell uses leftover bits of previous episodes to explicate the word, "detritus."  Featuring excerpts from John Muir's The Yosemite, James Blish's "The Thing in the Attic," and quotations from Nick Offerman and Dwayne Johnson. Complete show notes available at https://www.patreon.com/posts/23900070.

  • ANNUS MIRABILIS (The Good Words Podcast)

    Dec 31 2018

    In this bonus episode, host Lynn Hickernell reviews her favorite moments from the past year on the Good Words Podcast.  Also features excerpts from the John Dryden poem, "Annus Mirabilis." Show notes for this episode can be found at https://www.patreon.com/posts/23476011/

  • APPROBATION (The Good Words Podcast)

    Nov 26 2018

    In this final episode of the first series of the podcast, host Lynn Hickernell expounds on the word, "approbation."   It features a passage from Pride and Prejudice, Miss Lynn's recommendations for additional podcasts that have gained her approbation, the William Cowper poem, "The Nightingale and the Glow-Worm," and "GET IT?!?!?"   Complete show notes for this episode are available at https://www.patreon.com/posts/22699064

  • NESCIENCE (The Good Words Podcast)

    Nov 12 2018

    Are you familiar with the word, "nescience"? If not, you are in an ideal position to enjoy this brand-new episode about it! Host Lynn Hickernell describes this word with the return of the "Do Over" feature, with family therapist Emily King, as well as recurring segment, "GET IT?!?!?" Complete show notes for this episode are available at https://www.patreon.com/posts/episode-13-notes-22496816

  • SPLURGE (The Good Words Podcast)

    Oct 29 2018

    In this episode, host Lynn Hickernell unpacks the word, "splurge."  Includes a story from David Greenburg about something he saved up to buy in his childhood, and recurring segment, "GET IT?!?!?"  Complete show notes for this episode are available at https://www.patreon.com/posts/episode-12-show-22208021.

  • DICHOTOMY (The Good Words Podcast)

    Oct 15 2018

    This episode explores the word and concept of DICHOTOMY, with an excerpt from the audiobook War Horse, a musical arrangement of the fairy tale "Jack Sprat," and of course, the recurring segment, "GET IT?!?!?" Show notes for this episode at https://www.patreon.com/posts/episode-11-show-21908893

  • QUAGMIRE (The Good Words Podcast)

    Oct 01 2018

    In this episode of The Good Words Podcast, host Lynn Hickernell expounds on the literal and figurative meanings of the word QUAGMIRE, including examples from the musical, "Hamilton," A Series of Unfortunate Events, and an excerpt of a Robert Burns poem in Scots, "Elegy on Captain Matthew Henderson."  Also featuring recurring segment, "GET IT?!?!?" and a true story from Miss Lynn's youth, "The Eighth Grade Quagmire."  Full show notes for this episode at https://www.patreon.com/posts/21581082

  • AUDACITY (The Good Words Podcast)

    Sep 17 2018

    Host Lynn Hickernell explores the word, "audacity."  Featuring an excerpt from Kat Shepherd's "Babysitting Nightmares" title, The Shadow Hand, a "Do Over" conversation about "The Invention," and recurring segment, "Get It?!?!?" Show notes for this episode are located at https://www.patreon.com/posts/21141033/

  • PULCHRITUDE (The Good Words Podcast)

    Sep 03 2018

      In this episode, host Lynn Hickernell introduces the trickiest word of the series to date. Also featuring a bonus word, "disingenuous," "It Came From the Internet," an excerpt of the poem, "Beautiful Body" by Natalie Patterson, the Miss Lynn song, "Beautiful," and of course, "GET IT?!?!?" Find complete show notes for this episode at patreon.com/posts/20937451.

  • FOIBLE (The Good Words Podcast)

    Aug 20 2018

    In this episode, host Lynn Hickernell discusses her own foibles, as well as those of Charlie Brown as portrayed in "A Charlie Brown Christmas."  Includes bonus word, "subjective," and recurring segments, "Do Over," and "Get It?!?!?" Complete show notes for this episode are available at https://www.patreon.com/posts/20655755.

  • ZEUGMA (The Good Words Podcast)

    Aug 06 2018

    This episode of the Good Words Podcast concerns the word, "zeugma."  Host Lynn Hickernell also introduces bonus words, "idiom," and "homophone."  Includes recurring features, "It Came From the Internet," and "GET IT?!?!?" Complete show notes available at https://www.patreon.com/posts/20293621

  • LACHRYMOSE (The Good Words Podcast)

    Jul 23 2018

    In this episode of The Good Words Podcast, host Lynn Hickernell examines the word LACHRYMOSE, as well as bonus words, "denotation," "connotation," and "disparaging."  Featuring recurring segments, "It Came From the Internet," and "Get It?!?!?" Complete show notes for this episode are at https://www.patreon.com/posts/20015233.

  • EUPHONIOUS (The Good Words Podcast)

    Jun 25 2018

    In this episode, host Lynn Hickernell discusses the word "euphonious."  Find out more about this episode at www.goodwordspodcast.com or patreon.com/goodwordspodcast.   Complete show notes for this episode are at https://www.patreon.com/posts/19489749.

  • MODUS OPERANDI (The Good Words Podcast)

    Jun 11 2018

    This episode examines the different ways things operate, from cars to families to one regional culinary tradition. Including a "Do Over" of a conversation from Miss Lynn's childhood, and a variety of riddles in "Get It?!?!?" Complete show notes for this episode at https://www.patreon.com/posts/19141751

  • INEFFABLE (GWP earpetizer)

    May 28 2018

    In this inaugural episode of the Good Words Podcast, host Lynn Hickernell features the theme word INEFFABLE with music, discussion, and some jokes in a segment called, "GET IT?!?" Complete show notes for this episode at https://www.patreon.com/posts/18749072