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Patricia T. O'Conner

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Word Maven Patricia T. O'Conner

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Word maven Patricia T. O’Conner answers your questions about the English language! Give us a call at 212-433-9692 (212-433-WNYC) or leave a comment at wnyc.org.

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Layered Look

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Find out why energy policy is one of the hot topics of the Democratic convention in Denver so far. Also, we look at art conservation as a forensic science. Plus, the poems of W.S. Di Piero. And word maven Patricia T. O'Conner takes your calls on the English language.

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Word Maven Patricia T. O'Conner

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Word maven Patricia T. O'Conner takes your calls on the English language. A few things she wants to talk about today are the words "ask" vs. "axe," and how the word "subprime" made it into the OED. Call 646-778-3729 to ask Patricia a question.

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A Whole New World

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

John Harwood, the chief Washington correspondent for CNBC, tells us who wields the most influence in our nation’s capital..from strategists to fundraisers to lobbyists. Also: policy analyst Kenneth Pollack's grand strategy for America's role in the Middle East. Laurie Anderson on her new piece, “Homeland.” And word maven Patricia T. ...

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Across the Pond

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Trash vs. rubbish. Truck vs. lorry. Underwear vs. pants. Word maven Patricia T. O'Conner talks about the differences between English in the U.S. and in the U.K.!

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Word Maven Patricia T. O’Conner

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Word maven Patricia T. O’Conner answers your questions about the English language. Today she wants to talk about nicknames! Call us at 212-433-9692 or leave a comment below.

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Undercover

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Find out how organized crime all over the world is influencing our lives in many unexpected ways. Also: a fictionalized version of the life of Robert Frost. Pras Michel, formerly of The Fugees, on the time he spent undercover as a homeless man for a new documentary. And word maven ...

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Word Maven Patricia T. O’Conner

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Word maven Patricia T. O’Conner answers your questions about our wacky English language. Call us at 212-433-9692 or leave a comment below.

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Never Give In

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Senator Arlen Specter talks about how he dealt with a cancer diagnosis while serving in the Senate. Also: we hear about a mysterious bat-killing disease striking caves throughout the Northeast. States of the Union is all about Wyoming. And word maven Patricia T. O’Conner takes your calls on ...

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Word Maven Patricia T. O’Conner

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Word maven Patricia T. O’Conner answers your questions about the English language. Today she's focusing on office-speak - like "shoot me an e-mail" or "let's dialogue." Call us at 212-433-9692, or leave a comment below.

Weigh in: Give us some examples of office-speak you've come across in your workplace.

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The New Asian Hemisphere

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

How will the growing strength of Asia affect world politics, economics, and history? We also look into what the West could do to stay competitive with Asia. Plus: a father and son talk about how meth addiction can tear apart families. We hear about a historical novel based on the ...

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Word Maven Patricia T. O’Conner

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Word maven Patricia T. O’Conner answers listeners’ questions about the English language. You can leave a comment below, or call us at 212-433-9692.

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Surviving Foster Care

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent much of her childhood bouncing among fourteen different foster homes. She explains how the system failed her, and what she’s doing now to help out today’s foster kids and parents. Also: artist Maira Kalman. Word maven Patricia T. O’Conner. And writers Zadie Smith, Vendela Vida, and George ...

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Life After Prison

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Barry Gibbs and David Shepard spent years in prison for crimes they didn’t commit. They've both been exonerated, but freedom hasn't been easy. Find out why it’s so difficult to return to the outside world. Also: what jokes can teach us about philosophy. On States of the Union, the election ...

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Word Maven Patricia T. O’Conner

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Word maven Patricia T. O’Conner answers your questions about the English language. Lately Patricia has been thinking about the word "heart" as a verb, as in "I heart New York." Share your thoughts on that by leaving a comment below, or you can call us at 212-433-9692.

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Cartoon Cornucopia!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

All entries are in for the Leonard Lopate Show Thanksgiving cartoon contest....now it's time to find out who won! You can see the winning results here. Plus: find out what it's like to suddenly inherit millions of dollars in family money you never knew existed. We also talk ...

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Patricia T. O’Conner

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Have you ever bought a computer or piece of furniture - only to be so confused by the instruction booklet that you couldn't figure out how to put it together? Today word maven Patricia T. O’Conner talks about badly written instructions, and what makes them so confusing. Call 212-433-9692 or ...

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Kings of Nonfiction

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Radio host Ira Glass says we’re living in a golden age of nonfiction writing. He’ll share some of his favorite stories – from the well-known to the obscure. Then, word maven Patricia T. O’Conner talks about badly written instructions, and takes your questions on the use and misuse of the ...

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Patricia T. O’Conner

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Word maven Patricia T. O’Conner responds to recent reader mail and answers your questions about the use and misuse of the English language. Call 212-433-9692 or post a question or comment during the show. If your question isn’t answered on air, you can email Patricia directly by going to her ...

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Tiki Talks

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

On today's show, Tiki Barber talks about the ups and downs of playing professional football. Then, we'll look at the 40th anniversary of the musical "Hair." And a veteran journalist investigates his own family's dark history. Plus, word maven Patricia T. O'Conner answers your questions on the use and misuse ...

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