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Nuclear Arms and Safety; Linda Ronstadt; Back-to-School with Patricia T. O'Conner

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Military personnel observe a nuclear weapons test in Nevada, the United States, in 1951. Military personnel observe a nuclear weapons test in Nevada, the United States, in 1951. (U.S. Government/flickr)

Investigative journalist Eric Schlosser looks into the management and near-misses of our nuclear arsenal—and how we ensure that our nuclear missiles aren’t stolen, sabotaged, or detonated by accident. Linda Ronstadt talks about her life and her career—and her recent announcement that she has Parkinson’s disease and will never perform again. Plus, our word maven Patricia T. O’Conner takes your calls and questions about the intricacies and idiosyncrasies of the English language!

Nuclear Weapons and Safety

Investigative journalist Eric Schlosser uncovers secrets about the management of America’s nuclear arsenal and reveals how the combination of human fallibility and technological complexity still poses a grave risk to mankind. His new book Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety explores the dilemma that has existed since the dawn of the nuclear age:  how do you deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them? 

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Linda Ronstadt on Her Varied Career

"I wasn’t a good singer for a long time. I didn’t sing with a certain kind of freedom and a certain kind of abandon, where you’re absolutely lost."

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Word Maven Patricia T. O'Conner Goes Back to School

Our word maven, Patricia T. O’Conner, talks about new words and back-to-school words. She’ll also answer questions about language and grammar. An updated and expanded third edition of O’Conner’s book, Woe is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English, is available in paperback, as is  Origins of the Specious, written with Stewart Kellerman.

If you have a question about language and grammar, leave a comment or call us at 212-433-9692!

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Guest Picks: Linda Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about her remarkable career, collaborating with everyone from Aaron Neville to Dolly Parton, and losing her voice a few years ago to what was later diagnosed as Parkinson's Disease. Find out what Linda Ronstadt's reading and listening to these days!

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