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The Dictionary Of American Regional English (Rebroadcast)

The fifth volume of the Dictionary of American Regional English covers "slug" to "zydeco." It is part of a 50-year project to capture regional dialects. Joan Hall, chief editor of the dictionary, and linguist Ben Zimmer join Diane to discuss what our language reveals about who we are.

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Pakistan's 'Burushaski' Language Finds New Relatives

Robert Siegel talks to professor Ilija Casule of Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. His research shows that a language spoken by about 90,000 people in a remote area of Pakistan is Indo-European in origin. He explains how 20 years of research has tied this isolated group of people to a migration that started in the Balkans and moved East 3,000 years ago.
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Plans For 'Chuck Brown Park' Move Forward

Plans to honor D.C. music legend and "Godfather of Go-Go" Chuck Brown with a park in his name are coming to fruition, after D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray submitted legislation to the D.C. Council do to just that.

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Five Facts About Pie That Might Surprise You, And A Survey

The first pies were called "coffins" and full of meat, but for modern Americans, it's all about apple pie. Help us prepare for NPR's Pie Week by taking our survey and voting for your favorite pie.
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Alexandria Library Receives Gift Of 1796 Map

Alexandria Library is receiving a piece of the city's history: a map and ledger detailing the ample land holdings of one of the city's namesakes, Charles Alexander. 

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Teaching The War Of 1812 Different In U.S., Canada

Monday marks the 200th anniversary of the start of the War of 1812. Even though it's a conflict that inspired our national anthem and in which the British burned down the White House, the war remains a forgotten chapter in U.S. history. But not so in Canada. Robert Siegel talks with two history teachers — one from the U.S., the other from Canada — about teaching the War of 1812 in their classrooms.

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