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    Panel Discussion on the English Language

    Allan Metcalf, author of From Skedaddle to Selfie: Words of the Generation, and Robert Alden Rubin, author of Going to Hell in a Hen Basket: An Illustrated Dictionary of Modern Malapropisms talked…

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    Culture as a Weapon

    Nato Thompson talked about his book Culture as Weapon: The Art of Influence in Everyday Life, in which examines how business and government use art to influence. He spoke with art critic…

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    After Words with Emrys Westacott

    Professor Emrys Westacott talked about his book The Wisdom of Frugality: Why Less Is More - More or Less, in which he explores the philosophy behind frugal living. He is interviewed by…

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    The Word Detective

    John Simpson talked about his book The Word Detective: Searching for the Meaning of It All at the Oxford English Dictionary, in which he remembers his close to forty years at the Oxford…

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    Dennis Prager on Happiness and Goodness

    Author and radio host Dennis Prager spoke about his keys to happiness and goodness. He spoke at the 2017 Rancho Mirage Writers Festival in Rancho Mirage, California.

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    Pageants, Parlors, and Pretty Women

    Blain Roberts talked about her book Pageants, Parlors, and Pretty Women: Race and Beauty in the Twentieth-Century South, in which she looks at the role of beauty in the racial conflicts in the South during…

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    Words on the Move

    Professor John McWhorter talked about his book Words on the Move: Why English Won’t - and Can’t - Sit Still (Like, Literally), in which he examines how language and word meanings change…

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    What the F

    Benjamin Bergen talked about his book, What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves, about why people use profanity and the physical effects it has on their brains.…

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    Atlas Obscura

    Ella Morton, co-author of Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders, talked about her book. She spoke at the 2016 Wisconsin Book Festival, held at the Central Branch…

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    The New Better Off

    Courtney Martin talked about her book The New Better Off: Reinventing the American Dream, in which she examines what the term “better off” means to Americans. This program contains language…

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    Abandoned America

    Photographer Matthew Christopher talked about his book Abandoned America: Dismantling the Dream, about his collection of photographs depicting American schools, factories, zoos, theaters,…

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    The Winchester

    Laura Trevelyan talked about her book The Winchester: The Gun That Built an American Dynasty, in which she reports on the Winchester Repeating Arms Company, from its inception in the mid-19th…

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    After Words with Mark Thompson

    Mark Thompson talked about his book Enough Said: What’s Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics?, in which he argues that the shift towards condensed and immediate language is fueling a…

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    Thanksgiving

    Melanie Kirkpatrick talked about her book Thanksgiving: The Holiday at the Heart of the American Experience, in which she provides a history of Thanksgiving.

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    Drinking in America

    Susan Cheever talked about her book Drinking in America: Our Secret History, in which she provides a history of alcohol consumption in America. In her book, she describes the Pilgrims who imbibed…

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    Progress

    Johan Norberg talked about his book Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future, in which he argues that despite what he calls and endless stream of bad news, there is every reason…

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    In Search of the City on a Hill

    Professor Richard Gamble talked about his book, In Search of the City on a Hill: The Making and Unmaking of an American Myth. This interview, recorded on the campus of Hillsdale College in…

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    Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman

    Miriam Horn talked about her book Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman: Conservation Heroes of the American Heartland, in which she looks at conservation in America through the livelihood of five…

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    Mark Twain's America

    Harry Katz talked about his book Mark Twain’s America: A Celebration in Words and Images, a collection of photographs, illustrations, and newspaper clippings that depicts the world that inspired Mark…

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    The Witch of Lime Street

    David Jaher talked about his book, The Witch of Lime Street, in which he recalls how, in the early 20th century, American’s became fascinated with Spiritualism, a belief based on purported…

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