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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Reading Peter Mendelsund, Knopf's associate art director, explores how we visualize images from reading works of literature. (Copyright: LoloStock/Shutterstock)

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!

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on Vaccines

He examines the research literature on the preservative Thimerosal and argues that it should be removed from the vaccines that still contain it.

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North Koreans Have Wedding Photographers, Too

They also have smiling school kids and synchronized dance festivals. A professional photographer shares her view of everyday life in the world’s most isolated country.  

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How Words on a Page Become Images in Our Minds

Peter Mendelsund, Knopf's associate art director, explores how we visualize images from reading works of literature and talks about designing book covers.

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Bolster, Explicate and Amplify Your Vocabulary

Ben Zimmer quizzes us on what words mean and explains some of the most often misunderstood common words.

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