The Roots of Change

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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai explains how planting millions of trees has revitalized Kenya. And a political science professor argues that the red state / blue state divide can be explained by economics. Later on, we’ll find out how one largely forgotten man helped launch Time magazine. Then, a new documentary investigates what happened at Jonestown—the site of the largest mass suicide in modern history. And to start it all off, word maven Patricia T. O’Conner takes your calls.

Rich State, Poor State, Red State, Blue State

Columbia statistics and political science professor Andrew Gelman argues that the red state / blue state divide can be explained by the voting habits of each state's wealthiest residents. He and his researchers have found that rich people in poor states are more likely to vote Republican, while rich people ...


Words Fail Me

Word maven Patricia T. O’Conner explores the complexities of the English language. Today, she answers some listener mail and talks about the language of Halloween.

Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English is available for purchase at


The Man Time Forgot

Isaiah Wilner examines the role Briton Hadden—now a largely forgotten figure—played in launching Time magazine.

The Man Time Forgot is available for purchase at

Events: Isaiah Wilner will be reading and signing books
Wednesday, October 18 at 7 pm
Astor Place Barnes & Noble


Why Did Jonestown End in Mass Suicide?

On November 18th, 1978, the largest mass suicide in modern history took place in Guyana. Stanley Nelson investigates what happened at Jonestown in his new documentary, “Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple.

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Tree Change

Wangari Maathai, winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize, explains how networks of rural women are revitalizing Kenya--by planting millions of trees. Her new memoir is Unbowed.

Unbowed is available for purchase at


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