Cycling, Doping, and Designing Dresses

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Charles James Ball Gowns, 1948.

American cyclist “Big George” Hincapie talks about competing in the Tour de France a record 17 times, cycling in the Olympics, and his role in the Lance Armstrong doping case. Con Coughlin discusses Winston Churchill’s early military career. Curators Harold Koda and Jan Reeder talk about the exhibit “Charles James: Beyond Fashion,” on show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. And our “word maven” Patricia T. O’Conner takes your calls and questions about the idiosyncrasies of the English language.