Madeleine Albright; White House Press Access; Idioms

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright talks about her memoir Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948and her thoughts on the Clinton-Kerry transition at the State Department. Plus: Politico's Glenn Thrush on the White House press corp's perceived lack of access to the President; and Christine Ammer examines the idiom "turning over a new leaf."

White House Press Access

How secretive is the Obama White House, and should transparency be measured in access to the president? Glenn Thrush, Politico senior White House reporter, discusses the White House Press Corps' perceived lack of access to President Obama.

Reading List: Access to Obama

Politico: "Obama, The Puppet Master" | Washington Post's Erik Wemple | Gawker's Tom Scocca | The Atlantic's Matthew Cooper

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Mapping the Brain

Rafael Yuste, researcher at Columbia University and a leader of the project which the White House has chosen to sponsor, explains the President's proposal to map brain activity and how his work fits into the White House's vision, and takes your calls on what you think.

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Madeleine Albright on Writing and World Politics

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright talks to Brian Lehrer about diplomatic transitions and her memoir, now in paperback, Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948.

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Fashion Month: Forging Identities

Hazel Clark, a professor in the MA Fashion Studies Program and research chair of Fashion at Parsons The New School for Design and the co-author of The Fabric of Cultures: Fashion, Identity, and Globalization, continues the February series on New York's place in the global fashion picture. This week: Fashion forging personal and national identities.

Give us a reading of your "clothing identity." What are your clothes saying about who you are? How do they define your personal or group identity?



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It's Idiomatic

Christine Ammer, author of more than three dozen reference books, including The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms, Second Edition, gets to the heart of American English idiomatic phrases, including newly coined idioms, like "control freak."

Tomorrow's Assignment: Are there idioms you learned incorrectly, like "intensive purposes" or "making ends meat"?  Share your "misheard" idioms.


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Oscar statues at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood

Oscar Bonus: Interviews with Documentary Directors

Each year, The Brian Lehrer Show interviews the filmmakers behind the Oscar-nominated documentary features. Here we've compiled all five interviews into one podcast.


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