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StudioTulsa
5:20 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

"The Story of Ain't: America, Its Language, and the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever Published"

Aired on Monday, September 30th.

On our show today, we speak by phone with David Skinner, an editor and writer whose work has appeared in The Weekly Standard, The Wall Street Journal, The New Atlantis, Slate, The Washington Times, and other publications. He's also the editor of Humanities magazine, which is published by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and he joins us to discuss his book, "The Story of Ain't: America, Its Language, and the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever Published," which is just now out in paperback.

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StudioTulsa
12:09 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

"Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Friday, March 22nd.

(Please note: This program originally aired last year.) On this installment of our show, better living through savvy verb deployment. Our guest is Constance Hale, the bestselling author of "Sin and Syntax" and other books on language, writing, and word choice. A veteran journalist and teacher, Hale has a new book out called "Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch: Let Verbs Power Your Writing." It's a work in four chapters, each as informative as it is entertaining, and it's that rare example of a "how to" book on English usage that's genuinely accessible from start to finish.

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StudioTulsa
5:19 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

"Words and Phrases Coined or Popularized by America's Presidents"

Aired on Friday, January 11th.

Talk about the influential use of language.... Did you know that "bloviate," "lunatic fringe," "iffy," "military-industrial complex," "Anglophobia," "public relations," and "ottoman" are all terms or phrases that have been either coined or popularized by various U.S. Presidents over the years?

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StudioTulsa
1:19 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

"Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch"

Aired on Thursday, November 1st.

On this installment of our show, better living through savvy verb deployment. Our guest is Constance Hale, the bestselling author of "Sin and Syntax" and other books on language, writing, and word choice. A veteran journalist and teacher, Hale has a new book out called "Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch: Let Verbs Power Your Writing." It's a work in four chapters, each as informative as it is entertaining, and it's that rare example of a "how to" book on English usage that's genuinely accessible from start to finish.

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StudioTulsa
12:16 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

"The Search for the World's Most Extraordinary Language Learners" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Friday, June 8th.

On this edition of our show, which originally aired back in February, we hear from the writer and linguistic scholar Michael Erard, who's written about language for Science, Seed, Wired, The Atlantic, The New York Times, New Scientist, and other publications.

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