Join public radio’s lively show about language for a fantastic event! Slang, dialect, word origins, language change, new words, and a whole lot more. Martha and Grant will explore the amazing oddities of English, from the very old to the very new — plus host a language Q&A where you can find out what you’ve always wanted to know. You’ll come away enlightened and inspired!

August 27, 2020, 4 p.m. PDT — At Home with Martha and Grant: Lemonade Anyone? — An entertaining online event of language and stories, streamed through multiple platforms. More information here!
These are packed, lively occasions filled with language-y wows, linguisticky goodness, and bookish goofing around. We already wowed them with packed houses in New York City, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis, Dallas, San Diego, San Antonio, Milwaukee, Reno, Madison, Wisconsin, Arcata, California; Portland, Oregon; and Huntsville, Alabama.

Are you a listener who wants the show to come to your town? Then take this survey to let us know you want us to come to your town. If enough people in a place ask for A Way with Words, we’ll do our best to make it happen!

Are you an organization interested in booking Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett? Call (619) 567-9673 or email to inquire. You may also contact their tour agent, Josh Lindgren at CAA, (424) 288-2000, ext. 2726, or


“Words Alive could not have chosen a more perfect team in Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett to emcee our Annual Authors’ Luncheon. Held every year as the centerpiece event of our organization, the luncheon celebrates literacy, Words Alive’s role in the community, and its supporters. Few speakers have been able to connect their message to Words Alive’s audience in a more passionate, impactful way as Martha and Grant. We’re truly grateful for their participation – and are convinced that their participation played a significant role in making the event a major success!” —  Patrick Stewart, Executive Director, Words Alive literacy organization, San Diego, California

“Speaking from my experience, you’ll love their presentations and the opportunity to ask them direct questions during the question and answer period at the end of their presentations. You’ll be able to personally explore with them expressions/words specific to your region/city or to ask about those ‘fabled’ family expressions. Maybe you can even stump them, although I doubt it! Don’t miss it!” — Barbara Alexander, San Antonio, Texas

Choose Your Own Event and Audience

Typical Topics

  • Language change and new words
  • Word histories, etymology, and word origins
  • Regional dialects and language differences
  • Language differences across eras and generations
  • Slang, youth language, and what’s new with it
  • Language diversity: why we don’t all speak alike, never have, never will, and why that’s just fine
  • The reading life: books, libraries, and learning
  • Taboo, naughty, and forbidden language
  • Anything-goes Q&A
Typical Events

  • Lively presentations/lectures/speeches
  • Emceeing and hosting
  • Schools (we have a killer slang presentation!)
  • Corporate events (Martha’s diversity talk is in high demand)
  • Professional conferences
  • Panels (as moderator)
  • Formal interviews (as interviewer)
  • Academic conferences (as plenary speakers)
  • Workshops
  • Commencement addresses
  • Charity dinners
  • Awards presentations
Typical Audiences

  • The general public
  • Your clients
  • Your donors
  • Corporate staff
  • Professional staff
  • Classrooms
  • College students
  • High school students
  • K-12 assemblies
  • Church groups
  • Business fraternities
  • Youth groups

For more information on what Martha and Grant can do:


  • Wayword, Inc., the nonprofit on whose behalf Martha and Grant appear, is paid a fee for their public appearances.
  • Expenses, including accommodations, airfare, transportation, and other incidentals, are covered by the client organization.
  • Martha and Grant fly out of San Diego.