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Episode 52 | S3 E2: A Bird In The Hand

Mario Hines June 20, 2023

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This week on Appraise The Phrase:

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This week, Mario and Twenty unveil the origin, confirm the meaning, and assess the value of a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

Watch as Mario and Twenty are joined by Huff Post Senior Editor Phil Lewis to appraise a phrase that reminds him of his path becoming a journalist.

Phil Lewis is a journalist from Detroit, Michigan. He is currently a senior front-page editor at HuffPost. Before his role at HuffPost, he was a staff writer and programming editor at the Millennial-based digital news outlet Mic in New York City. He was also a 2017 participant in the prestigious Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellowship program. His newsletter, What I’m Reading, is available on Substack.


0:00 Pop-Up Shoe Shop
1:09 Intro
1:41 Roll Call: Maturity and hats
4:20 Meet Phil Lewis
16:39 Confirm the Meaning: Merriam- Webster’s and
23:39 Unveil The Origin – Proverbs of Ahkbar
31:54 Unveil The Origin – Medieval Falconry
40:55 Unveil The Origin – The Fresh Prince of Bird-In-Hand?
44:31 Assess The Value
49:59 Dictionary of Misinformation: Emancipation Proclamation

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