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Monday, October 05, 2009

Today’s show is live from WNYC’s Jerome L. Greene Space! Up first, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band performs songs from their new album. Then, we’ll speak with comic actor David Alan Grier. And Colman Domingo talks about his play "A Boy and His Soul." Plus, former editor of the Oxford English Dictionary and an etymology expert answer your language questions.

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Guests:

David Alan Grier

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, one of the most influential and innovative artists in American roots music, performs songs from their new album, Speed of Life, their first in five years.

Event: The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is performing
Tuesday, October 10th, at 8:00 pm
B.B. King ...

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Barack Like Me

Comic actor David Alan Grier muses on politics, culture and tells stories from his life -- from being rejected by the Black Panthers to working on "In Living Color" to his recent stint on "Dancing with the Stars." In his new book Barack Like Me: The Chocolate-Covered Truth, Grier ...

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A Boy and His Soul

Colman Domingo discusses his one-man play "A Boy and His Soul," which he wrote and performs in. It’s about the life experiences of a young African-American man in 1970s and '80s Philadelphia, and is moved by classic soul, R&B and disco. Domingo won rave reviews for his performance in "Passing ...

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Word Crazy

Have you ever wondered how a word finds its way into the dictionary? Or who decides how a word is defined? Judy Pearsall, a former editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, and word nut Ammon Shea, who has written two books on obscure words and is also the author of ...

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