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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

On today’s show, we’ll look at why only one-tenth of the executive-level chef positions in the United States are held by women. Then, on our Underappreciated summer reading series, New Yorker fiction editor Willing Davidson discusses the life and work of Henry Roth. David Rabe talks about his career as a novelist and a playwright. And Ben Zimmer, the "On Language" columnist for the Sunday New York Times Magazine, looks into words that people invent: like Sarah Palin's “refudiate.”

Women Chefs

When this year’s James Beard award winners were announced, it was hard to ignore the fact that they were all men. Joining us to talk about why women only hold one-tenth of executive-level chef positions in the United States are: Joyce Goldstein, James Beard award winner and current James Beard award committee member, food journalist Laura Shapiro, author of the book Perfection Salad: Women and Cooking at the Turn of the Century, and Anita Lo, executive chef of the Michelin-starred restaurant Annisa and a former Iron Chef winner.

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Underappreciated: Henry Roth

For this week’s Underappreciated, New Yorker fiction editor Willing Davidson discusses the life and work of Henry Roth. Roth’s first novel Call it Sleep was first published in 1934 to mixed reviews. However, when it was published again thirty years later, it was a great success: selling over a million copies. Roth didn’t write another novel until the multi-volume Mercy of a Rude Stream came out in the mid-1990s. His final novel An American Type was published posthumously. Davidson assembled it from a stack of nearly 2,000 unpublished pages.

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David Rabe on the Stage and on the Page

David Rabe discusses his career as both a novelist and a playwright. His play “A Question of Mercy,” is currently playing at Atlantic State 2. Based on the journal of Dr. Richard Selzer, it tells the story of a doctor trying to help a young man dying of AIDS end his life, rather than suffering alive. Rabe’s latest novel, Girl by the Road at Night, is his first work of fiction set in Vietnam.

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Ben Zimmer Refudiates Fake Words

Ben Zimmer, the On Language columnist for the New York Times Sunday Magazine, discusses recent invented words: from Sarah Palin’s recent use of the word “refudiate,” to words like "ginormous," which have become part of the popular lexicon. We’ll be taking calls!

What are some of your favorite—or least favorite—made up words? Tell us by leaving a comment!

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Guest Picks: David Rabe

What is David Rabe's favorite novel? Read more to find out what he revealed to us after his appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.

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