Buying the Bull

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

William Cohan, author of the bestseller, House of Cards, returns to our show to talk about the questionable role the Fed and Treasury Department played in the sale of Merrill Lynch to Bank of America. Then, how a con man rewrote the history of modern art. Journalist Alex Dryden talks about his new novel, a roman a clef that examines the making of Vladimir Putin's Russia. Plus, word maven Patricia T. O'Conner takes your calls on the complicated English language.

The Final Days of Merill Lynch

Last September, as panic hit and Wall Street began to crumble, Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis agreed to swallow Merrill Lynch and its spiraling losses. In "The Final Days of Merill Lynch," in the September issue of The Atlantic, William D. Cohan reveals the coercive role ...

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Laney Salisbury, co-author of Provenance, tells the true story of a struggling artist and flamboyant con man who pull off one of the most elaborate scams in the history of art forgery. Not only is the art fake, but so is the documentation supporting it.

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Red to Black

Journalist Alex Dryden watched the statues of Lenin fall across the former Soviet Union after the Berlin Wall came down in 1989. Since then he has charted the transformation of the Russian state. He draws on his years of reporting on Putin's power plays and the new Russia in his ...


Word Maven Patricia T. O’Conner

Our word maven Patricia T. O’Conner answers questions about the English language and grammar. Call us at 212-433-9692, or leave a comment below. Her latest book is Origins of the Specious: Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language.

Visit Patricia T. O'Conner’s Grammarphobia website.

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