Language and Imagination, Images and Isolation

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Peter Mendelsund, Knopf's associate art director, explores how we visualize images from reading works of literature.

On today’s show: Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Dr. Mark Hyman examine the scientific research on the preservative Thimerosal, used in some vaccines. Photojournalist Julia Leeb describes documenting the culture, people, and architecture of the mysterious and closed country of North Korea. Ben Mendelsund, Knopf’s associate art director, discusses what we see when we read. Ben Zimmer, linguist, lexicographer and language columnist for the Wall Street Journal, quizzes me and our listeners to see how good our vocabulary is!