Weapons vs. Weapons; Candidate Carrion; Noam Chomsky; School Words

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Why are some deadly weapons deemed worse than others? John Isaacs, executive director of the Arms Control Center, looks at the history and rationale behind weapons bans. Plus: Independence Party candidate for mayor Adolfo Carrion, Jr.; an hour with Noam Chomsky; and academic words.

A History of Weapons "Red Lines"

From biological weapons to nuclear non-proliferation efforts, John Isaacs, executive director of the Arms Control Center looks at the history of weapons of mass destruction and the efforts to curb their use.


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Adolfo Carrion, Jr.: Independent Candidate for Mayor

Adolfo Carrion, Jr., former Bronx Borough President, discusses his campaign on the Independence Party ticket. 

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An Hour With: Noam Chomsky

This segment originally aired live on September 18, 2013. An edited version was included in a best-of episode of The Brian Lehrer Show on December 24th. The unedited audio can be found here. 

Noam Chomsky, professor of linguistics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the author of many books including, with Andre Vltchek, On Western Terrorism: From Hiroshima to Drone Warfare, talks about his new book, his body of work and his take on recent events, plus listener calls.

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Top Words on Campus

Merriam-Webster has noted that there's an increase in online searches for certain words at the start of the school year, and they've put together a list of "Top 10 Big Words on Campus". Peter Sokolowski, Merriam-Webster editor at large who was recognized as one of TIME’s Best Twitter Feed’s of 2013, reviews the list of most searched-for terms by college students on Merriam-Webster's site.

Students: what was the last word that you looked up? Professors: which words do you commonly assign? Do they mostly learn toward cultural literacy? Are the words on this list typical? 212-433-WNYC, 212-433-9692.

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