What's in a word? Linguistic anthropologist Liza Bakewell spent decades chasing after the many meanings of the Spanish word "madre" as its used in Mexico. In her memoir she chronicles the relationship between religion, nationhood and language and celebrates the role of the creative female in a sexist culture. Rebroadcast from December 1, 2010.
Liza Bakewell, a linguistic anthropologist at Brown University and author of MADRE: Perilous Journeys with a Spanish Noun