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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

On today’s show, we’ll learn about a former high level Taliban official from the two translators of his autobiography. Then, we’ll find out which inexpensive wines scored higher in taste tests than really high-priced bottles. And Adam Haslett talks about his critically acclaimed debut novel Union Atlantic. Plus, word-maven Patricia T. O’Conner joins us to discuss the complexities of our mother tongue.

My Life with the Taliban

My Life with the Taliban is the autobiography of Abdul Salam Zaeef, a former senior member of Afghanistan's Taliban. Alex Strick van Linschoten and Felix Kuehn, foreign researchers and writers based in Kandahar, translated Zaeef's story from Pashto, and they discuss his account of joining the jihad against the ...

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The Wine Trials

Robin Goldstein talks about this year’s best wines under $15. He’s co-author of The Wine Trials 2010, a bestselling guide to inexpensive wines tested by a double-blind panel of wine experts and consumers.

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Union Atlantic

Adam Haslett, author of the critically acclaimed collection of stories You Are Not a Stranger Here, discusses his debut novel, Union Atlantic. It’s the story of an ambitious young banker, money, and a property dispute with an eccentric retired school teacher.


Word Maven Patricia T. O'Conner

Our word maven, Patricia T. O’Conner, answers questions about the English language and grammar. An updated and expanded third edition of her book Woe is I has recently been published. Call us at 212-433-9692 or leave a question below.

Visit Patricia T. O'Conner's Website.

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