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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Premier Zhao Ziyang was one of China’s leading liberal reformers until he was purged from the government and arrested after the Tiananmen Square Protests. On today's show, we’ll talk to veteran human rights activist Bao Pu, the editor and translator of a new book based on secret tapes made by Premier Zhao that were smuggled out of the country. Then, a survivor tells the story of Air New England flight 248, which crashed on Cape Cod thirty years ago. And Isabel Fonseca discusses her novel Attachment, about a woman’s midlife crisis on a remote island in the Indian ocean. Plus, word maven Patricia T. O’Conner takes your calls about grammar and the English language.

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Prisoner of the State

Political commentator and veteran human rights activist Bao Pu tells the story of Premier Zhao Ziyang, a man tried to bring liberal change to China and who tried to prevent the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989. He was disgraced and spent the last sixteen years of his life under house ...

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Down Around Midnight

Robert Sabbag survived the crash of Air New England flight 248, which went down on Cape Cod on June 17, 1979. Down Around Midnight: A Memoir of Crash and Survival is his account of what happened that night and the lasting emotional repercussions of the crash for him and ...

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Isabel Fonseca on her first novel, Attachment, a story that reaches from the Indian Ocean to London to New York. About a woman's midlife crisis on an island in the Indian Ocean, the book is an unflinching depiction of desire, of the responsibility that comes with age and family, ...

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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 the language of the news media and the new AP style book. Call us at 212-433-9692, or leave a comment below. Visit Patricia T. O'Conner’s Grammarphobia website.

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