Subverting Stereotypes

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

On today’s show, journalists from The Washington Post discuss their year-long exploration of what it’s like to be a black man in America. Then, a professor of psychiatry who's also a chronic paranoid schizophrenic explains how she's managed to lead a full and productive life. Also, a writer explains how Homer’s The Odyssey influenced his literary debut. And word maven Patricia T. O’Conner explores pronunciation errors and takes calls from listeners.


Patricia T. O'Conner

Being a Black Man

Over the past 50 years, black men have been perhaps the most studied and dissected population subgroup in America. The Washington Post recently wrapped a year-long series exploring what it’s really like to be a black man in America. The series has been compiled into a book, Being a Black ...


Living With Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is often associated with a life of isolation and torment. But Elyn R. Saks has achieved a full life as both a professor of psychiatry and a chronic paranoid schizophrenic. In her memoir, The Center Cannot Hold, she describes living with schizophrenia.

The Center Cannot Hold is available for ...

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The Suitors

Ben Ehrenreich explicitly draws from Homer’s The Odyssey for his literary debut, The Suitors. It's set in a land that blends contemporary America and classical antiquity.

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Patricia T. O’Conner

Word maven Patricia T. O’Conner explores pronunciation errors (including her own), and she 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 directly by going ...

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