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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

We’ll discuss the overuse of antibiotics in animal feed, and the Food and Drug Administration’s recent calls for limiting the practice. Then, this year’s first installment of our Underappreciated summer reading series looks at the one-time bestselling German writer Hans Fallada. Also, filmmaker Tamra Davis tells us about her documentary “Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child,” about the late artist’s meteoric rise and fall. Plus, our resident word maven, Patricia T. O’Conner, reveals the winners of our Bad Sign Language contest and takes your calls on the vagaries of the confusing English language.

Meat on Drugs

The Food and Drug Administration recently called for limiting the overuse of antibiotics in farm animals, over concerns that the practice is leading to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Time magazine staff writer Bryan Walsh and Maryn McKenna, author of Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA, discuss the practice of putting antibiotics in animal feed, the public-health problems it poses, and the challenges the FDA faces in issuing stricter policies for reducing the practice.

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Underappreciated: Hans Fallada

For this year’s first segment of our Underappreciated series, Dennis Johnson discusses the life and literary work of the German writer Hans Fallada.

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Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

Filmmaker Tamra Davis discusses her film “Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child,” about the dramatic rise and fall of her late friend, the painter Jean-Michel Basquiat, who died of a heroin overdose when he was just 25 and at the height of his career. Davis details the mysteries that surround this charismatic, talented painter whose rollercoaster life reflected the downtown scene he seemed to embody. “Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child” opens July 21 at Film Forum.

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Our Word Maven, Patricia T. O'Conner

Our word maven, Patricia T. O’Conner, picks the winners of our Bad Sign Language contest! And she answers your questions about 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 us a question.

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