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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Today, we follow the path of gang members from Central America who have migrated to Los Angeles and then settled in Hempstead, Long Island. Academy Award–winning composer Elliot Goldenthal talks about writing the score for the new film "Public Enemies." Then we take a look at the lasting mystique surrounding John Dillinger. Plus, Word Maven Patricia T. O'Conner answers your questions about grammar and the English language. .

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Gangs in Garden City

In her book Gangs of Garden City, journalist Sarah Garland follows the migration of two Central American gangs (Mara Salvatrucha and 18th Street) from El Salvador to Los Angeles and finally to suburbs of Hempstead, Long Island.

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Scoring "Public Enemies"

Academy Award-winning composer Elliot Goldenthal joins us to talk about writing numerous film scores, including music for the new film about John Dillinger, "Public Enemies."

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Dillinger's Wild Ride

Elliot Gorn examines the significance of Dillinger's fame and the endurance of his legacy. In Dillinger’s Wild Ride: The Year that Made America's Public Enemy Number One, he explains that Dillinger's story reveals an American fascination with outlaws, violence, and crime, and shows how America was transformed by ...

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Word Maven Patricia T. O'Conner

Patricia T. O'Conner answers questions about the English language and grammar. Today she's focusing on words that have come back from the dead. Call us at 212-433-9692, or leave a comment below. Her new book is Origins of the Specious: Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language.

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