DC, Friedman, Franklin School Building discussed on Consider This from NPR


Jonathan. Have you heard? The. Much anticipated planet word. Open today in. DC. Yes. Yes. Back in twenty seventeen DC mayor Muriel Bowser, and a team of advisers picks philanthropist and Friedman to restore the historic Franklin school building a gorgeous building. By the way, millions of dollars have gone into restoring the national historic landmark much of it. Friedman's own money to create a place where people can explore are evolving language. Now, that restoration didn't happen without a couple of shall we call them hiccups along the way city officials halted construction for quite some time after discovering. That the project's developer violated DC's strict historic preservation rules but all of that is wrapped up now in the museum is officially open to the public WMU senior editor gay. Bullard got an early look at the museum and he's here to take us on a little tour as you turn off K.. Street and walk into the courtyard of planet word you're showered in language. There's an art exhibit in which Willow Tree made of speakers plays a mix of languages from around the world. Inside the historic Franklin school building has been given a thirty five, million dollar restoration the preserved stare tiling wainscoting and a few other flourishes Nantou the building century and a half of life. But the displays are exceedingly high tech I up a twenty foot high wall of carved words brought to life through powerful projectors and narration. The tells the history of the English language. The exhibit invites you to say a word from the wall like smog or sport to get a quick etymology lessons on. Board. Shorts. Burns over. In the next room, a giant globe of lights is surrounded by screens each with a friendly face of person who will teach you about their spoken or signed language. I tapped on Venezuela and got to try a regional tongue twister. And? Eric Kahn. Areas Cigar. A Nice in the gallery on humor, you can play word games or help and artificial intelligence right captions for new. Yorker. Cartoons according to my analysis. This caption about cannibalism mine database says that cannibalism is usually very serious, but sometimes, it can be funny to take something serious and pretend it is not serious. This is called dark humor in the library. Visitors can grab a book from the Shelf, set it on a table and be treated to an animation and narration explaining something about the text the technology can be dazzling but museum founder and Friedman says, it's in service of a larger purpose to reinvigorate excitement for literacy maybe with technology and with sort of the wow factor, we could make books and words and language sort of. Them and. With their imaginations captured visitors will think more about language for now the museum is working on virtual events for those who can't make an in person for those who can plan at word is open four free but you'll need to preregister for a time to get in admission is limited to twenty five people per hour. An Hour. Each hour I'll have to go back and check for WMU I'm gay bullard honestly I didn't really know what to expect when I heard about a museum all about words even though I love words I spend all day with. This museum actually sounds pretty freaking cool and I WANNA go some of the bigger museums in the city are starting to open their doors again, the Smithsonian National Art Museum the National Museum of African American History and culture the National Portrait Gallery the American History Museum, the National Museum of the American Indian all open now after being closed since mid March, because of the pandemic, the US Holocaust memorial museum will also reopen on October twenty sixth. Though to be clear, visiting museums isn't exactly going to be quite what it was before the pandemic. Now safety guidelines about social distancing face coverings, and these museums have time entry systems that require people to reserve passes in advance to maintain that smaller capacity inside that, we're all having to get used to so get down to what is your favorite museum in DC great question. I love the her short. That's the Smithsonian's modern art museum. I've never had a bad time there and they have that great sculpture gallery outside my favorite building is the national. Museum I love the outside of that building. But in terms of the actual content of the museums, you know I have a pretty short attention span and I have little kids. So let me go with the Classic Natural History Museum there dinosaurs in their case you haven't heard that is a very cool museum what is your favorite word and I'll share mine I I. I've a two way tie for first. It's either kerfuffle which I even said to you earlier this week or maybe noodle. But when it's used as a verb like, let me noodle over this and I'll get back to you I like the word nevertheless because it's three words, it's not just a compound. Where is three different words? There you go. Yeah, it's a three for one deal got eleven deal. Thanks for joining us for consider this from NPR listen again time, we'll make sense of the major stories happening in the Washington region and elsewhere in your world I'm John Wilson and I'm Rachel courteous..

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