Word of Mouth

January 7, 2020

BBC Radio 4

How and why we live, breathe and think in metaphors


And here's a little squib from the BBC Radio 4 website on the pervasiveness of metaphor in everyday life

The Art of Manliness podcast

July 3, 2019

Why we need wit more than ever these days, and what you can do to start being a bit more witty


May 31, 2019
On serendipity, intellectual playfulness, and the importance of wit in everyday life


March 4, 2019

The Jefferson Exchange
A conversation with Geoffrey Riley about the relationship between wit and meditation, juggling as a contemplative practice, and some truly awful/wonderful puns from his listeners


January 9, 2019

A conversation with Doug Fabrizio about Shakespeare's puns, witty tricksters, how wit might work in the brain, the relationship between attention and wit, and whether you need to suffer to be funny

Monocle 24 Sunday Brunch

December 23, 2018
Wit and writing under formal constraints, and why we need wit (starts 22:30) — now more than ever

The Gist

December 5, 2018
How do you explain wit, and why Buster Keaton is a master of the form

Here and Now

November 30, 2018
Why wit matters - from puns to partisanship


November 20, 2018
As It Happens
Why puns are the height of wit — plus watch the pun-off video between CBC hosts Jeff Douglas and Gavin Crawford

Writer's Bone

November 16, 2018
A Friday Morning Coffee conversation about wit, writing, and the liberating energy of working within formal constraints

Wisconsin Public Radio

November 12, 2018
Central Time
The Worth of Wit


August 1, 2018
The case for puns as the most elevated display of wit

Politics and Prose • Washington, DC • January 5, 2019

PBS Newshour

January 1, 2017
Post-election, how should newsrooms shift focus?

Radio New Zealand

October 19, 2016

The Jesse Mulligan Show

Metaphor, the 1970s TV show Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, and the origins of the phrase 'scared shitless'

The Guardian Edinburgh Book Festival Podcast

Aug. 18, 2012
Translation and Metaphor

Boston Phoenix

Feb. 22, 2012
Page Views Q&A 

Boston Globe

Feb. 18, 2012
G Force Q&A

The Kathleen Dunn Show

Feb. 22, 2011

Wisconsin Public Radio
The surprising importance of metaphor in our daily lives

Studio 360

Feb. 18, 2011
Metaphors are his sun, moon, and stars

Marie Claire

Feb. 11, 2011
Metaphor and Martha and the Vandellas

Editorial Intelligence

Feb. 10, 2011

Thought for The Day

Why do we use metaphors?

Find out who the participants were

Business Matters

Feb. 10, 2011
Metaphor and the business of language

The Wall Street Journal

Feb. 8, 2011
Author James Geary Gets Metaphorical On Us

Worldstreams Radio

Feb. 24, 2010
Around the World in Aphorisms

The Michigan Daily

Feb. 8, 2010
The Art of the Aphorism

BBC World Service

July 5, 2009
The World Today
Does humor have a place in politics? Find out in this excerpt from The World Today, hosted by Rebecca Kesby, with Vitali Vitaliev and James Geary.

A young boy's depiction of my gig at the

Swindon Festival of Literature

May 2006


Oct. 25, 2008

From the Genoa Science Festival
Politicians hate aphorism


Oct. 24, 2008
e=mc2 e un aforisma

BBC Radio 4

March 12, 2008

On the Philosophy and the Aphorism conference

Voice of America


Geary's Guide to the World's Great Aphorists
Part 1 - Oct. 16, 2007

Part 2 - Oct. 23, 2007

National Public Radio

Oct. 2, 2007
All Things Considered

Geary's Guide to the World's Great Aphorists

Oneword Radio

July 12, 2006
Between the Lines

BBC Radio 4

Dec. 2, 2005
Word of Mouth

Writing and reading aphorisms

National Public Radio

Nov. 1, 2005
Morning Edition

The World in a Phrase: A Brief History of the Aphorism