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Friday, March 04, 2011

Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) use sticks and scraps of plastic to construct makeshift shelters at Intifada transit camp near Nyala in South Darfur. (USAID/Wikipedia Commons)

Rebecca Hamilton discusses the grassroots campaign to raise awareness of the plight of Darfur’s people. And this week's Please Explain is all about accents and dialects!

Fighting for Darfur

Rebecca Hamilton describes the six-year grassroots campaign to draw global attention to the plight of Darfur’s people. Fighting For Darfur: Public Action and the Struggle to Stop Genocide looks at the advocacy efforts of everyone, from college students who galvanized entire campuses, to celebrities such as Mia Farrow, who spurred politicians to act. She tells the story of the crisis in Darfur, our moral dilemma, and shows the promise and perils of citizen engagement in a new era of global compassion.

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Please Explain: Accents and Dialects

Today's Please Explain is all about accents in the English speaking world--how did Australians come to sound different than New Zealanders? Why do some people lose their accents quickly...while others can hold on to them for decades? NYU Professor of Linguistics Gregory Guy and North Carolina State University Distinguished Professor of English Walt Wolfram will discuss the various accents in the English-speaking world and even analyze some samples from volunteers!

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