Language and Legacy

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

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On today’s show: Roy Blount, Jr., talks about the English language and his particular form of wordplay. Brianna Karp describes her time as a homeless woman, and her efforts to blog her way back to employment. Then, we’ll listen to some of the sounds from New York City that have disappeared. Plus, we’ll take look at the family of Winston Churchill.

Alpha Better Juice

Roy Blount, Jr., talks about the “etymological goulash” that always simmers on the back burner of his mind. His new book Alpha Better Juice is full of his dexterous wordplay, linguistic tricks and his particular take on language.

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The Girl's Guide to Homelessness

Brianna Karp tells how she became homeless after she lost her job during the economic collapse. Her memoir, The Girl's Guide to Homelessness, is an account of landing, then losing, her dream job as an executive assistant. When the hundreds of job applications led to no offers, she lost her home and ended up living in an inherited Winnebago in a Walmart parking lot.

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Tony Schwartz and the Sounds of the City

Matthew Barton, Curator of Recorded Sound at the Library of Congress, and Anthology Film Archives archivist Andrew Lampert, pay tribute to "Tony Schwartz and the Sounds of His City." Still best known for creating the infamous 1964 “Daisy” presidential campaign ad, Tony Schwartz primarily earned a living in advertising and media consultancy, but his true passion was recording the sounds and people of New York City. In 2007, the Library of Congress acquired the Tony Schwartz Collection and undertook the enormous task of cataloging and preserving it. We’ll hear sound clips from that collection during the course of the interview.

Tony Schwartz and the Sounds of the City

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The Churchills

Winston Churchill was recently voted "The Greatest Briton." Mary Lovell looks at his failures and triumphs and discusses the history of his extraordinary family. The Churchills: in Love and War, recounts Winston Churchill’s successful political and military campaigns, the building of great houses, the domestic tragedies, and his happy marriage, set against the disastrous unions of most of his family.


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