Season 1, Episode 2 Hour 2

First Aired: January 5, 2005

Robert MacNeil visits the South in Part 2, listening to everything from Appalachian folk tales to “Texas talk.” More Americans are “speaking country,” as country singer Cody James (an Oregon native) puts it, as the Sun Belt population grows, and MacNeil hears colorful examples of it from comedian Jeff Foxworthy. MacNeill also samples Louisiana's Cajun culture, then crosses into Texas, where English can be “spicy,” says journalist Molly Ivins---and where Spanish is more and more prevalent.

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  • Premiered: January 5, 2005
  • Rating: TV-PG
  • Premise: Three-part linguistic tour of the U.S., conducted by veteran TV newsman Robert MacNeil, who explored the English language's role in the world in the 1986 PBS series `The Story of English.' (more)

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