The Spelling Bee Kids

What the spelling bee kids can tell us about focus, Generation Z, and South Asian immigrant culture.

Mignon Fogarty
1-minute read
Episode #690

In honor of Bee Week, today we have an interview with Shalini Shankar, a professor of anthropology and Asian American studies at Northwestern University and the author of “Beeline,” a new book about kids who participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

You can listen to the entire interview by clicking the player above or by finding the podcast on any podcasting app, but if you prefer to read it, we also have a complete (rough) transcript.

About the Author

Mignon Fogarty

Mignon Fogarty is the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips and the author of seven books on language, including the New York Times bestseller "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing." She is an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame, and the show is a five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards. She has appeared as a guest expert on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today Show. Her popular LinkedIn Learning courses help people write better to communicate better.