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Word Wars And The 'Story Of Ain't'

Writer David Skinner tells Weekend Edition host Rachel Martin about the creation of the dictionary commonly known as "Webster's Third." Its full title is Webster's Third New International Dictionary of the English Language. The dictionary was published in 1961, and immediately caused a frenzy with its newfangled approach to language. Skinner's book is called The Story of Ain't.

Michael Feinstein: What I Learned From The Gershwins

The musician and educator spent six years as Ira Gershwin's cataloger and archivist. His experience forms the basis of a new book, The Gershwins and Me, in which he explores George and Ira's work and influence.
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Author Lois Lowry

Kojo talks with award-winning children's and young adult author Lois Lowry.

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Dinaw Mengestu On The African Immigrant Experience

The acclaimed novelist and 2012 MacArthur Fellow Dinaw Mengestu discusses his writing, his heritage and the immigrant experience.


Emma Thompson Revives Anarchist 'Peter Rabbit'

After more than 80 years, Emma Thompson's The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit brings Beatrix Potter's beloved character back for a romp around the Scottish countryside — and lots of rule breaking. Thompson says Peter Rabbit's "disrespect for authority" is one of the things she loves about him.

'Signal' And 'Noise': Prediction As Art And Science

Statistical analyst Nate Silver says humility is key to making accurate predictions. Silver, who writes the New York Times' FiveThirtyEight blog, has just written a new book called The Signal and the Noise.