Growing Pains

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Guest host Julie Burstein explores how having a child changes even the most solid relationships. Then, a woman talks about acting out…as a pre-teen living in a polio hospital in the 1950s. And a photographer tells us about his large-scale images of industrial landscapes. Later on, a writer with a learning disability questions what it means to be “normal.” Plus, word maven Patricia T. O’Conner reflects on how words become taboo.

Blindsided by a Diaper

A new collection of essays titled Blindsided by a Diaper examines how even the most steadfast relationships change with the arrival of a child. Editor Dana Bedford Hilmer joins contributors Amy Sohn and Michael Finkel to talk about how couples navigate the new circumstances.

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Pranks and Polio

In 1950, 11-year-old Susan Richards Shreve was sent to Warm Springs Polio Foundation. She remembers the two years she spent there, and the teenage mischief that led to her departure.

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Manufactured Landscapes

Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky specializes in large-scale images of vast industrial landscapes. He’s here along with director Jennifer Baichwal, who follows Mr. Burtynsky as he travels through industrial China in her documentary "Manufactured Landscapes."

"Manufactured Landsapes" at Film Forum

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The Short Bus

Kids with physical, mental, and learning disabilities often ride the short bus to special-ed classes. Jonathan Mooney rode a short bus because of his learning disabilities. He also went on to graduate with honors from Brown University. Recently he bought an old short bus and traveled across the US ...


Word Maven Patricia T. O'Conner

Word maven Patricia T. O’Conner explores how words become taboo, and answers your questions about the use (and misuse) of the English language. Call 212-433-9692 or post a question or comment during the show. If your question isn’t answered on air, you can email Patricia T. O’Conner directly at ...

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