Reaching for Peace

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

iran, pollution, tehran, skyline A bird flying in front of buildings in the Iranian capital Tehran. (Atta Kenare/Getty)

Julie Burstein fills in for Leonard Lopate. On today’s show: Middle East experts Flynt and Hillary Leverett argue that we need a new, more direct engagement with Iran. André Aciman discusses his latest collection of personal essays. Adam Mansbach, the author of the wildly popular Go the F*ck to Sleep, talks about his latest novel, Rage is Back. Plus, our word maven Patricia T. O’Conner looks at the vocabulary that emerged from Watergate and answers your questions about the sometimes vexing English language.


Julie Burstein

Coming to Terms with Iran

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André Aciman's Essays on Elsewhere

André Aciman talks about his new book of essays, Alibis: Essays on Elsewhere, about time, place, identity, art, and the power of memory.

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Go The F*ck to Sleep Author on New 'Rage'

Adam Mansbach, author of the bestselling Go the F*ck to Sleep, talks about his new novel, Rage Is Back, a tale of revenge, redemption, and the golden era of subway graffiti.

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Patricia T. O'Conner on Watergate Words

Our word maven Patricia T. O'Conner talks about the words and phrases that emerged from the Watergate scandal 40 years ago—“inoperative,” “stonewall,” “Deep Throat,” “follow the money,” “a cancer on the presidency,” and all the -gates that have been created since the original. She’ll also answer questions about 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 available in paperback, as is  Origins of the Specious, written with Stewart Kellerman.

If you have a question about language and grammar, leave a comment or call us at 212-433-9692!

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