Dear friends,

In the years that we’ve been working together, we have developed a mutual understanding about our obligations as hosts of a growing national show.

That understanding has many parts, but at the core of it are three basic ideas:

  1. It’s not about us. It’s about other people.
  2. Treating people with humanity is a part of really knowing how language works.
  3. Language and respect — language and fairness — language and justice — they’re all tied together.

This document elaborates on those points. We put it together with each other, the board of our nonprofit, our staff, and through interactions with listeners. Everyone who works or volunteers for Wayword, Inc., and A Way with Words is included.

It’s about who we really are — or who we strive to be as we constantly work to improve ourselves, our radio program, and our communities.

One way to show us that you endorse these ideas — that you can get behind them and help us change the way the world thinks about language and the way it communicates — is to support the show with a donation. Even one dollar more moves everyone closer to the goal.

Together we can be a voice for respect, fairness, and justice.

Thank you!


Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett
co-hosts of A Way with Words

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