Spun out from ABC RN’s AWAYE! programme, Word Up is a short-form podcast in the best sense – offering a single, clear thought in whatever time it takes (typically, two to ten minutes). Each episode exposes a word from one of the many languages of Aboriginal Australia, chosen weekly by guests who expand on why the word carries meaning or intrigue for them.
In addition to its rich and focussed explorations of language and culture, something unique to Word Up is simply its geographic diversity – rarely heard in any podcast, let alone in a country as notably vast as ours.
Producer Daniel Browning spoke to us about the series, saying: ‘Keeping languages alive is not a nostalgia project. In our languages, Aboriginal people are central – not peripheral – and for me, that’s why we need to retain them.’ We’re listening.