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How Pivotal Moments Change Our Language, Culture
Last month, media outlets around the world had to grapple with how to report a story that President Donald Trump had reportedly referred to Haiti and African nations during a meeting in the Oval Office by using a certain derogatory word.
President Trump denied saying it, but it seemed to mark a shift in what was acceptable to say - and not to say - in public.
Was this a pivotal moment in our culture that we can't’ come back from? Like when Congressman Joe Wilson yelled, "You lie," at President Barack Obama during a 2009 address to Congress.
The Show decided to bring in some deep thinkers to talk more about moments like this — and what they mean for our language and our culture.
Cindy SturtzSreetharan is an associate professor of anthropology at Arizona State University and Neal Lester is senior sustainability scholar and a professor of English at ASU.