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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

On today’s show: Christiane Amanpour, one of the world's most recognizable international correspondents, looks back on some of the high and low points of her decades-long career in journalism. Then, we’ll talk about hoaxers, con artists, counterfeiters and fakers in the literary world. Plus, a Vanity Fair editor takes us behind-the-scenes of 13 iconic Hollywood films. And, word-maven Patricia T. O’Connor answers your grammar questions.

They say brevity is the soul of wit. Can you condense your entire life into six words? Try it, then enter our six-word memoir contest! Find out more and submit your entry here

Christiane Amanpour

For over twenty years CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour has been dispatched to nearly every hot-spot around the globe. She joins us to talk about covering the problems confronting the world today and her life in journalism.

Christiane Amanpour will be in conversation with Irshad Manji

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Faking It

James Frey and JT Leroy stunned readers and publishers when it became clear they weren’t who they said they were, but they were hardly the first to pull a hoax. Paul Maliszewski was one of those literary fakers when he worked for a small business magazine. He explains how he ...

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Film Stories

Every film (whether it's a flop, a cult hit or a box office smash) has a unique story behind it. Vanity Fair contributing editor Sam Kashner reveals some behind-the-scenes stories from 13 iconic films in the book Vanity Fair's Tales of Hollywood.


Word Maven Patricia T. O’Conner

Word maven Patricia T. O'Conner answers your questions about the English language. Today she's focusing on how we count the number of words in our language. Call us at 212-433-9692, or leave a comment below. Patricia T. O’Conner’s Grammarphobia website

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