A Pole-Dancing Terrorist

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Friday, June 22, 2007

Conversation is the glue that holds mothers and daughters together, according to linguist Deborah Tannen. She joins us to today to explain how those conversations can go wrong, and why mothers and daughters tend to miscommunicate. Also: French director Pascale Ferran on her new film adaptation of Lady Chatterley's Lover. Richard Flanagan's new novel about a pole dancer who's mistaken for a terrorist. And journalist Edward Luce tries to make sense of the many contradictions of modern India.


Pascale Ferran, Richard Flanagan, Edward Luce and Deborah Tannen

You're Wearing That?

Conversation is the glue that holds women's relationships together, according to linguist Deborah Tannen. So when mother-daughter conversations go wrong, there can be big problems. Ms. Tannen's book is You're Wearing That?: Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation.

You're Wearing That? is available for purchase at


Lady Chatterley's Lover Goes to France

D.H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover was banned in the US until 1959. Its subsequent publication was considered an important part of the sexual revolution. Now it's been adapted into a new film version by French director Pascale Ferran. It opens today in New York at the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and ...


Past Present: Pralines

Every so often we like to dig into WNYC's vast archives and find some gems that have gone out over our airwaves in years past. Today we're going to play some music that originally aired exactly 60 years and 4 months ago, on February 22, 1947 as part of WNYC's ...


A Pole-Dancing Terrorist

Australian novelist Richard Flanagan's latest, The Unknown Terrorist, is set in modern-day Sydney, in the aftermath of a terror bomb scare. A nightclub pole dancer becomes Australia's most-wanted woman after she's accused of being an accomplice to the attempted bomb attack.

The Unknown Terrorist is available for ...

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India, In Spite of the Gods

India will have more English speakers than the United States by 2050. The country also has a booming tech sector, while three-quarters of the country lives in extreme deprivation. Edward Luce of the Financial Times tries to make sense of modern India and its rise to global power in his ...

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