Anna Sale Guest Hosts; Selling Guns on Reddit; Isabella Rossellini on "Green Porno"; Muslim in America; Word Maven

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Isabella Rossellini in "Green Porno" at BAM (Jody Shapiro/BAM)

Anna Sale fills in for Leonard Lopate. On today’s show: reporter Mark Follman explains how  the popular online forum Reddit has become a gun marketplace. Isabella Rossellini talks about adapting her Sundance Channel series, “Green Porno,” for the stage. One woman shares her story of growing up as a Muslim in America. Plus, our word maven Patricia T. O’Conner takes your calls and questions about the intricacies of the English language.


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How Reddit Became a Gun Market

Reporter Mark Follman investigates how the online forum Reddit has become a gun marketplace. The article “How Reddit Became a Gun Market—and Authorized Its Logo on Assault Rifles” is in Mother Jones.

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Isabella Rossellini Acts Out Underwater Mating Rituals

Isabella Rossellini talks about the one-woman stage adaptation of her Sundance series Green Porno. She acts out the surprisingly kinky and strange mating rituals of insects and marine life — the praying mantis eats its partner while copulating, the male bee loses his penis when he mates; and the shrimp’s foreplay involves shimmying out of its shell.

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Burqas and Baseball: Being Muslim in America

Ranya Tabari Idliby discusses her experience being Muslim in America and how her family faces challenges in schools, friendships, and with neighbors. They are challenged by both Muslims who speak for them and by Americans who reject them. In her memoir, Burqas, Baseball, and Apple Pie, Idliby explores life as a Muslim  in a world where hostility towards Muslims is common.

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Our Word Maven Looks for Lost Words

Our word maven, Patricia T. O’Conner, talks about “lost” words—words that once had a literal meaning but are now used only in their metaphorical senses, like “masthead” and “loophole”.

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