In Other Words

PBS (ended 2006)


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The key to the good life is effective communication. Such a principle was the guiding force behind In Other Words, a now-classic 12-part instructional television series from AIT in Bloomington, Indiana. Stephanie Edwards, who had hosted Math Wise, returned at the behest of AIT and producer Thom Eberhardt to host In Other Words. The title bore meaning from the humorous tease that began each program. Two people, usually wearing yellow shirts, would not communicate on the same level. After this misunderstanding, Stephanie Edwards would segue into a humorous drama with more poor communications skills. The show would leave the other characters (and the humor) to present a real-life situation: people on the job would get their message across effectively. Stephanie would put in a few words before introducing another character in a different vignette. That person would demonstrate good ways to speak, write, critique, whatever. Finally, the show would return to the other vignette (the one following the tease) and observe the former victims get their thoughts across the right way. In Other Words ws one of three series (along with WhatAbout and It Figures) that comprised Phase II of AIT's Skills Essential to Learning Project (SEL II). Like many of AIT's productions, In Other Words was developed through the resources of a consortium of state and provincial education agencies and organized and managed by AIT. All In Other Words shows were produced under the management of AIT at KOCE, Huntington Beach, California, and KRMA, Denver, by The Thom Eberhardt Company, Newport Beach, California. ©1983 AITmoreless