The Lamp of Empathy

Does the whole world speak English? Not quite, not even in France, if you really want to do business. Meet Ben Macklowe, a New York City kid, who grew up as a monolingual English speaker, until he messed up big time and then took matters into his own hands. Now he’s passing The Gift on to his baby boys. The following 14 minutes may light your path:

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Benjamin Macklowe, President, Macklowe Gallery

Benjamin Macklowe, President, Macklowe Gallery

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America the Bilingual partners with America’s hard-working language teachers — The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and its Lead with Languages campaign.

This episode was written by Steve Leveen, and producer Fernando Hernández, who also does sound design and mixing. Our editorial consultants are Maja Thomas and Mim Harrison; research assistance is from Alma Flores-Perez. Our graphic arts are created by Carlos Plaza Design Studio.

Music in this episode by:

Kevin Macleod — Beach Party…er/Beach_Party

Kevin Macleod — Rite of Passage…ite_of_Passage

Kevin Macleod — Quasi Motion…r/Quasi_Motion

Kevin MacLeod — I Knew a Guy

Kevin Macleod — Baltic Levity…/Baltic_Levity

Jason Shaw- Jenny’s Theme…___________-45

Thanks for listening. Our next episode, up in two weeks, is about another English monolingual who learned French, but following a very different journey.

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