Communicating and Communing

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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Linguist Deborah Tannen talks about how mothers and daughters communicate with one another. Then, a new novel set in colonial New York brings to life the tension and violence caused by rumors of a slave revolt in 1741. And a documentary takes us inside one of the most ascetic monasteries in the world. Plus, word maven Patricia T. O’Conner takes your calls!

How Mothers and Daughters Communicate

In You’re Wearing That?, linguist Deborah Tannen talks about the ways in which mothers and daughters communicate, and explains why they misunderstand each other so often.

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Rumors of a Slave Revolt

Mat Johnson shares his new novel, The Great Negro Plot, set in 1741—when rumors of a slave revolt in New York City led to violence, arrests, and dozens of deaths.

The Great Negro Plot is available for purchase at

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Silence and Solitude

German filmmaker Philip Groning reveals what daily life is like in an ascetic Carthusian monastery in the French Alps—where monks spend most of their lives in total silence—in his documentary “Into Great Silence”.


Word Maven Patricia T. O'Conner

Word maven Patricia T. O’Conner talks about the City Council’s symbolic ban on the N-word. Plus, she takes your calls on all things grammatical. Call 212-433-9692.


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