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Fading Hearing, A Palace in India, Joan Rivers

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

On today’s show, Katherine Bouton talks about hearing loss—which affects 50 million Americans. Alison Singh Gee tells the story of moving into a crumbling Indian palace. And Joan Rivers discusses her television and comedy work and her place as a biting fashion critic.

Why I Can't Hear You

Katherine Bouton, an editor at the New York Times, talks about gradually losing her hearing, and why audiologists say we’re experiencing a national epidemic of hearing impairment. At present, 17 percent of the population suffers some degree of hearing loss—and it’s not exclusively a product of growing old. In Shouting Won’t Help: Why I—and 50 Million Other Americans—Can’t Hear You looks at the problem personally, psychologically, and physiologically.

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A Palace, a Prince, and the Search for Home

Alison Singh Gee tells the story of meeting and falling in love with Indian journalist who turned out to be a landed prince (of sorts), but his family palace is falling to pieces. Her memoir Where the Peacocks Sing: A Palace, a Prince, and the Search for Home, is about coming to terms with her complicated new family and learning the true meaning of home. 

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The Unstoppable Joan Rivers

The unstoppable Joan Rivers stops by the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about her recent projects—the third season of her reality show “Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best,” her new comedy DVD "Don't Start With Me," and her hit TV show “Fashion Police.” She’ll also tell us about her new online talk show called "In Bed With…" and her upcoming standup shows.

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