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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Elliott Forrest fills in for Leonard Lopate. On today’s show: We'll find out how the language we speak shapes the way we think. Then, Lisa Birnbach looks at how the preppy world has changed over the past 30 years. And 17-year-old Jessica Watson talks about being the youngest person to sail solo around the world. Plus, the gurus of how-to, Al & Larry Ubell, answer your home repair questions!

Why the World Looks Different through Other Languages

Acclaimed linguist Guy Deutscher looks at the thorny question of how—and if—culture and language shape each other. His new book Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different through Other Languages re-examines the long discredited belief that our native tongues influence the way we see the world. He argues that the words we have and expressions we use can profoundly shape our understanding of everything: from color, to gender to morals.

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True Prep

Lisa Birnbach, the author of the best-selling phenomenon The Official Preppy Handbook which debuted thirty years ago, is back with an update. True Prep: It’s a Whole New Old World, designed by Chip Kidd, is a contemporary look at how the old guard preppies are adapting to the new order of things.

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Sailing Solo

Sixteen-year-old Jessica Watson talks about being the youngest person to sail solo, unassisted, and nonstop around the world—a 210-day journey of more than 22,000 nautical miles. In True Spirit: The True Story of a 16-Year-Old Australian Who Sailed Solo, Nonstop, and Unassisted Around the World, she describes her voyage in a 33-foot boat, and how she prepared for it.

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The Gurus of How-To

Larry Ubell and Al Ubell, the Gurus of How-To, answer your questions about home repair. Call 212-433-9692 with your questions or leave a comment.

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Guest Picks: Jessica Watson

Find out some of Jessica Watson's favorite picks after she came on The Leonard Lopate Show

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