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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

How will the growing strength of Asia affect world politics, economics, and history? We also look into what the West could do to stay competitive with Asia. Plus: a father and son talk about how meth addiction can tear apart families. We hear about a historical novel based on the family of Henry Ward Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe. And word maven Patricia T. O’Conner takes your calls on our complex English language!

Check out the latest in our Political Projections film series! On Tuesday, March 4, we'll talk about how Hollywood has showcased American cynicism about politics. You can watch the selected films and weigh in on the conversation.

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Patricia T. O'Conner

The New Asian Hemisphere

Professor Kishore Mahbubani of the National University of Singapore says that Western domination is ending, and Asia is poised to become a major driver of world politics, economics, and history. Professor Mahbubani’s recent book is The New Asian Hemisphere: The Irresistible Shift of Global Power to the East.

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A Father Struggles with His Son’s Meth Addiction

Nic Sheff was a bright and capable teenager before he became addicted to meth. In a new book, Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Meth Addiction, his father David Sheff writes about the painful process of his son’s recovery and how Nic’s struggles with meth affected their ...

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Scandal in the Beecher Family

Patricia O’Brien’s historical novel Harriet and Isabella takes readers through a 19th century scandal involving the remarkable family of Henry Ward Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe.

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Word Maven Patricia T. O’Conner

Word maven Patricia T. O’Conner answers your questions about the English language. Today she's focusing on office-speak - like "shoot me an e-mail" or "let's dialogue." Call us at 212-433-9692, or leave a comment below.

Weigh in: Give us some examples of office-speak you've come across in your workplace.

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paul hildner from New York

Here's the answer to the question of why we say "5 million" and not "5 millions". As my mother the English teacher taught me, this is a case of an incomplete phrase describing " 5 million of something". So we need to complete the phrase to understand the reason we don't put an "s" on million. For example, " 5 million dollars". As opposed to "5 minutes" which is the actual something.

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