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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Charles James Ball Gowns, 1948. Charles James Ball Gowns, 1948. (Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph by Cecil Beaton, Beaton / Vogue / Condé Nast Archive. Copyright © Condé Nast/Metropolitan Museum of Art)

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.

Lance Armstrong's 'Lieutenant' on Biking and Doping

George Hincapie — 17-time Tour de France participant, 5-time Olympian, and key witness in the Lance Armstrong doping case — talks about his career and a sports era defined by performance-enhancing drug use.

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Churchill's First War

An account of Winston Churchill's early military career fighting in the 1890 Afghan campaign offers revealing parallels into today's war in Afghanistan.

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The Scientific Revolution of the Ball Gown

Couturier Charles James' sculptural, scientific and mathematical approaches forever changed the world of high fashion. The Metropolitan Museum is showcasing his decades of work, including wrap-over trousers, figure-eight skirts, body-hugging sheaths, ribbon capes and dresses, spiral-cut garments, poufs and, of course, the gowns.

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Word Maven Patricia T. O'Conner

Patricia T. O'Conner answers 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.

Leave your questions about language and grammar!

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Guest Picks: Jan Glier Reeder

Jan Reeder, Consulting Curator for the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, discussed the exhibition "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" on May 28, 2014. She shared a few of her favorite things with us.

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Guest Picks: Harold Koda

Harold Koda, Curator in Charge of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, was here to talk about the exhibition "Charles James: Beyond Fashion." His Guest Picks reveal his wide range of interests.

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