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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Willman talks about the government’s search for the anthrax killer. Then, Jennifer Grant discusses  growing up the daughter of Cary Grant. Elaine Sciolino, longtime Paris bureau chief of the New York Times, describes why understanding seduction is key to understanding France. Plus, our word maven, Patricia T. O’Conner, takes calls on our complicated English language....and the perils of judges using dictionary definitions in their rulings.

The Search for the Anthrax Killer

Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist David Willman tells the gripping story of the hunt for the anthrax killer who terrorized the country in the days that followed the 9/11 attacks. The Mirage Man: Bruce Ivins, the Anthrax Attacks, and America's Rush to War reveals how a seemingly harmless, if eccentric, scientist hid a secret life from his closest associates and family, and how the trail of evidence led to him. Willman also exposes the faulty investigation that led to the public smearing of the wrong man, Steven Hatfill, a scientist whose life was upended by the false allegations against him.

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Jennifer Grant Reminisces about Her Father, Cary Grant

Jennifer Grant, the only child of Cary Grant, discusses her relationship with her elegant, sophisticated father. Good Stuff is a portrait of Cary Grant and his philosophy of life, and the story of a profound relationship between a daughter and her father.

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Elaine Sciolino on La Seduction

France is seductive in its elegance, its beauty, its sensual pleasures, and its joie de vivre. Elaine Sciolino, the longtime Paris bureau chief of the New York Times, explains that seduction is not just a game to the French: it is the key to understanding that country. In La Seduction, Sciolino demystifies the French way of life through a personal narrative that carries us from the neighborhood shops of Paris to the halls of government to the agricultural heartland.

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Word Maven Patricia T. O’Conner on Dictionaries in the Court

Our word maven Patricia T. O'Conner talks about the Supreme Court and the dictionary. She’ll also tackle your questions about the English language and grammar. An updated and expanded third edition of her book, Woe is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English, is now out in paperback, and a paperback version of Origins of the Specious, written with Stewart Kellerman, was recently issued.

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Guest Picks: Jennifer Grant

Find out what Cary Grant's daughter has been into lately.

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