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The human range of emotions stretches beyond our vocabulary

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You probably know when you’re feeling happy, sad, or angry. But our range of emotions stretch beyond the language we have for them.

This hour, we learn about what emotions are, and give names to ones you’ve probably felt, but never knew what to call.


  • Edgar Gerrard Hughes - Researcher at London's Queen Mary Centre for the History of the Emotions and editor of “The Book of Emotions”
  • John Koenig - Author of “The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows”

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Colin McEnroe, Jonathan McNicol, and Cat Pastor contributed to this show.

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Lily is the senior producer for 'The Colin McEnroe Show'. She first worked at Connecticut Public as an intern, in 2014. She has previously worked for WBUR, KUNC, and as a producer for the New England News Collaborative's weekly show 'Next.'
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