For 30 years, Robert Siegel has pretty much been the voice of All Things Considered. He steps down from the host chair on Jan. 5.
During his career, one of the recurrent themes of his reporting has been language — and how we speak.
Back in 1993, he reported on what he heard as something new in speech.
"I heard it mostly from young women, but it was spreading among men, too: the phenomenon of making statements that sound like questions, a rising intonation," he tells All Things Considered co-host Audie Cornish.