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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Why do some people succeed, while others never seem to reach their full potential? Malcolm Gladwell talks about how luck, skill, and hard work affect your chances at success. Also: we look into the ongoing debate over who owns the past. Hear about a new theater piece that deals with the Department of Homeland Security. And Patricia T. O’Conner answers your questions about the English language!

Thanksgiving is coming right up - if you want some suggestions on what to serve with the turkey, check out our Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipe Swap from last week!

Guests:

Malcolm Gladwell and Patricia T. O'Conner

Malcolm Gladwell on the Secret of Success

Why do some people succeed, while others never reach their full potential? Malcolm Gladwell talks about how luck, skill, and hard work affect your chances at success. His new book is Outliers.

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Owning the Past

Hear the latest in the ongoing debate over who owns the past, and what should happen to stolen antiquities - from the Elgin Marbles in London, to Egyptian mummies. Former New York Times culture correspondent Sharon Waxman is author of Loot.

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If You See Something Say Something

Mike Daisey ‘s one-man show at the Public Theatre, “If You See Something Say Something,” investigates the secret history of the Department of Homeland Security. It runs through Nov. 30; for info and tickets call (212) 967-7555 or visit publictheater.org.

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Word Maven Patricia T. O’Conner

Patricia T. O’Conner takes your calls on the English language. Today she focuses on the oddities of pairs – why we call it a “pair of eyeglasses” but not a “pair of brassieres.” Call us at 212-433-WNYC or leave a comment below.

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