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Philip Shenon on the Kennedy Assassination; Actress Lupita Nyong'o; Victoria Loustalot's Memoir; Our Word Maven

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

On today’s show: Philip Shenon shares his secret history of the Kennedy assassination—and tries to answer questions about President Kennedy’s death that people are still asking 50 years later. Lupita Nyong’o talks about her breakout role as Patsey in the film “12 Years a Slave.” Victoria Loustalot describes making peace with her father’s memory by taking the trip he had promised to take her on before he developed AIDS and died. And our “word maven” Patricia T. O’Conner takes your calls and questions about the idiosyncrasies of the English language.

Philip Shenon on a Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination

November 22 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy, and questions have haunted our nation since: Was there a single gunman? Was Lee Harvey Oswald part of a conspiracy? Did the Warren Commission discover the whole truth of what happened? Investigative journalist Philip Shenon looks into these questions and provides many of the answers. His book A Cruel and Shocking Act: A Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination discloses information that was withheld from the Warren Commission by the CIA, FBI and others in power in Washington. Shenon also argues that Chief Justice Earl Warren was more committed to protecting the Kennedy family than getting to the full truth about what happened on that tragic day.

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Lupita Nyong’o on "12 Years a Slave"

Lupita Nyong’o discusses playing the role of Patsey in “12 Years a Slave.” Nyong'o is also a filmmaker, who was the creator, director, editor, and producer of the award-winning feature-length documentary, “In My Genes,” which follows eight Kenyans born with albinism, a genetic condition that causes a lack of pigmentation.

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This Is How You Say Goodbye

Victoria Loustalot discusses her memoir, This Is How You Say Goodbye, about grieving for difficult and charismatic father. When Victoria Loustalot was eight years old her father swept her up in a fantasy: a trip around the world. But it never happened, because her father was HIV positive and would die within three years. Some 15 years later, Victoria went to Stockholm, to Angkor Wat, and to Paris, the places they were meant to see together, to make peace with her father.

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Word Maven Patricia T. O’Conner's Brand New

Our word maven, Patricia T. O’Conner, talks about the word "brand" and the ways it's evolved. 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: Stacy Keach

Actor Stacy Keach was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his long and varied career in television, movies and on the stage. He also told us what he's been reading recently. 

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Guest Picks: Anjelica Huston

Anjelica Huston was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about the first volume of her memoirs, A Story Lately Told. She shared some great stories on the air -- and the new author shared what she's been reading recently. 

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Guest Picks: Lupita Nyong'o

Actress Lupita Nyong'o was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about her breakout role as Patsey in the film, 12 Years a Slave. She also told us what she's been reading and listening to. 

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John F. Kennedy, photographed in the Oval Office

Kennedy Aides Remember the 1963 Assassinaton

Members of the Kennedy Administration remember the president they served and his untimely death 50 years ago.

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