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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

We’ll look at the human cost of overseas drug tests. Then, New Yorker fiction editor Deborah Treisman and two of the writers who were featured in the 20 under 40 series talk about their work. Phoebe Hoban discusses the unconventional life of unconventional artist Alice Neel. Plus, our resident language expert Patricia T. O’Conner discusses the derivation of holiday words!

Deadly Medicine: Overseas Drug Testing

Vanity Fair contributing editors Donald L. Barlett and James Steele talk about the rise of pharmaceutical testing overseas, where it’s cheap and regulation-free. In “Deadly Medicine,” in the January issue of Vanity Fair magazine, they look at the issues this latest step in globalization raises.

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20 Under 40: Stories from The New Yorker

New Yorker fiction editor Deborah Treisman and writers Karen Russell and David Bezmozgis discuss The New Yorker’s series on young fiction writers. The stories have now published in one volume, 20 Under 40: Stories from The New Yorker.

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The Life and Work of Alice Neel

Phoebe Hoban discusses the artist Alice Neel, who was unconventional both in her life and her work. The biography Alice Neel: The Art of Not Sitting Pretty tells the story of Neel’s life and the portraits she painted, which portray a universe of powerful personalities and document an age—she painted through the Depression, McCarthyism, the Civil Rights Movement, the sexual revolution, feminism, and the 1980s.

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Patricia T. O'Conner on Holiday Words

Our word maven Patricia T. O'Conner discusses holiday words and answers questions on the confounding and colorful English language. An updated and expanded third edition of her book, Woe is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English, has recently been published in paperback, and a paperback version of Origins of the Specious, written with Stewart Kellerman, was just issued.

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Guest Picks: David Bezmozgis

David Bezmozgis stopped by The Leonard Lopate Show to talk about what he's listening to right now.


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Find out what film left a lasting impression on Deborah Treisman, and some of her other favorite things after her recent appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.


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