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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz talks about the state of—and propects for—the economy, as part of our ongoing election series The Big Picture. Then, Grammy Award-winning vibraphonist Gary Burton, talks about his five decades in music. Also, R. Tripp Evans discusses the work and legacy of the painter Grant Wood. Plus, our word maven Patricia T. O’Conner takes your calls on the peculiarities of the English language.

The Big Picture: The Economy

Joseph Stiglitz, winner of the Nobel Prize in economics, joins us for this week’s edition of our election series The Big Picture, to discuss the major issue of the midterm elections: the state of the economy. He’ll look at how the recession has played out, the economic solutions being debated on the campaign trail, and what policy changes would lift the country out of its economic slump. His latest book, Freefall: America, Free Markets, and the Sinking of the World Economy, has just been published in paperback.

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Vibraphonist Gary Burton

Grammy award winning vibraphonist and former Executive Vice President of Berklee College of Music, Gary Burton, talks about his five decades in music. His quartets have featured a unique mix of established musicians while discovering and showcasing younger musicians, many of whom would soon become some of the world's most recognizable artists.

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Grant Wood

Art historian R. Tripp Evans discusses the artist Grant Wood, one of America’s most famous regionalist painters recognized mainly for his farm scene, "American Gothic." In the biography Grant Wood: A Life, Evans reveals Wood as a complex man and a deeply complicated artist who became a national symbol.

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Word Maven Patricia T. O’Conner

Word maven Patricia T. O’Conner answers questions about the confounding English language and talks about ungrammatical song lyrics. An updated and expanded third edition of her book, Woe is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English, has recently been published in paperback, and a paperback version of Origins of the Specious, written with Stewart Kellerman, was just issued.

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