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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

On Today’s Show: Lawyer Philippe Sands on how a memo from Donald Rumsfeld set the stage for the Bush Administration’s circumvention of the Geneva Conventions, the Torture Convention, and international law. Then, historian Simon Schama on conflicting narratives in the lives of American historical figures. And, Tony Horwitz on what happened in the New World between Columbus’s sail in 1492 and the arrival of the pilgrims in 1620. Plus, word maven Patricia T. O’Conner answers your questions on our often confusing English language.

Torture Team

In his book, Torture Team, attorney Philippe Sands takes an in-depth look at the now infamous "Rumsfeld Memo." Issued on December 2, 2002, by then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, the memo authorized eighteen techniques of interrogation that meet international definitions of torture. Sands investigates how the memo set the ...

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The American Future

Historian Simon Schama looks at four themes in American history as they played out in the lives of historical figures—like Civil War general Montgomery Meigs—in his book The American Future.

Event: Simon Schama will be reading and signing books
Wednesday, May 20, at 7:00 pm
Barnes & Noble, ...

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A Long and Strange Voyage

Do you ever wonder what happened in North America between Columbus's sail in 1492 and the arrival of the Pilgrims in 1620? Tony Horwitz answers that question through the stories of the brave and often crazed explorers who roamed the New World in A Voyage Long and Strange: On ...

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Patricia T. O'Conner

Word maven Patricia T. O'Conner answers your grammar questions. Her new book is Origins of the Specious: Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language.

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