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  • A Portable History of the Language

    Archive from 7/16/07 – It’s often said that the English language is the hardest to learn. What makes English so strange and why does it seem that the language was created without any plan or rules? We talked last month with Seth Lerer, Avalon Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University and author of “Inventing […]

  • Dispatches from Bedlam Farm

    Archive from 7/16/07 – Got pets? Jon Katz does – four dogs, four donkeys, a cat, several chickens, a herd of sheep, and a giant steer named Elvis – although he considers some of them livestock. Katz, who frequently writes about his menagerie for the online magazine Slate, was our guest last month to discuss […]