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Friday, June 15, 2012

On today’s show: Our resident horticulturist Gerard Lordahl takes calls and shares tips on how to develop your green thumb and tend to your summer garden. We’ll take a look at how various American texts—from the Constitution to presidential speeches to the novels of Ayn Rand—have influenced the American culture wars. Buzz Bissinger talks about raising twin boys, born minutes apart, but living incredibly different lives. And this week’s Please Explain is all about tattoos!

Green Thumb Gerard Lordahl

Gerard Lordahl, Greening Director of GrowNYC, gives tips and advice on planting summer gardens.

If you have questions about planting, pruning, picking, or pest prevention, leave a comment or call 212-433-9692!

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How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define Us

Stephen Prothero talks about putting together The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation, an exploration of texts that unite, divide, and define Americans today. He includes works such as Thomas Paine's Common Sense, Maya Lin's Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Twain’s Huck Finn, the speeches of Presidents Lincoln, Kennedy, and Reagan, and the novels of Harriet Beecher Stowe and Ayn Rand.

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Buzz Bissinger's Father's Day

Buzz Bissinger, best-selling author of Friday Night Lights and Three Nights in August, talks about his new memoir, Father’s Day: A Journey into the Mind and Heart of My Extraordinary Son. His twin sons were born three minutes apart and are extremely different—Gerry is a graduate student at Penn, while Zach has spent his life attending special schools, challenged by serious intellectual deficits. Bissinger shares revelations about his own parents, fatherhood, and the price of ambition and its effect on his twins.

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Please Explain: Tattoos

Tattoo artist Scott Campbell, of Saved Tattoo in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and Dr. Lars Krutak, of the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution, discuss the history of tattoos and body decorations, the mechanics of getting a tattoo, the art of tattoo design, and how they can be removed.

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What We Learned This Week

Some choice quotations about bicycles, art, and tattoo care heard on this week's show.

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