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Fri. 7/6/12
Summer Reads

Fri. 7/6/12
Summer Reads

The Emily Rooney Show

We hear from area authors and literary insiders who reveal what’s on their summer reading lists. Plus we open up the phone lines and take your recommendations.

Thurs. 7/5/12
White House Burning

Thurs. 7/5/12
White House Burning

The Emily Rooney Show

We're joined by the authors of White House Burning, which argues that the national debt is eating away at America's future and that the consequences will be dire.

Wed. 7/4/12
Elizabeth The Queen: The Life Of A Modern Monarch

Wed. 7/4/12
Elizabeth The Queen: The Life Of A Modern Monarch

The Emily Rooney Show

In honor of Independence Day, we aired a special rewind episode about Elizabeth the Queen.

Wed. 7/4/12
Rebecca Eaton's 'Masterpiece'

Wed. 7/4/12
Rebecca Eaton's 'Masterpiece'

The Emily Rooney Show

A special rewind episode featuring Masterpiece Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton in the studio to discuss Downton Abbey's success and how she plans to stay on top.

Tues. 7/3/12
In The Studio With Dan Bern

Tues. 7/3/12
In The Studio With Dan Bern

The Emily Rooney Show

Our resident provocateur Steve Almond returns with an in-studio performance by Dan Bern and his backing band, Common Rotation.

Tues. 7/3/12
One On One With Tom Hamilton

Tues. 7/3/12
One On One With Tom Hamilton

The Emily Rooney Show

Tom Hamilton joins us – ahead of Aerosmith’s North American Tour – to explain what keeps him, Steven Tyler and the rest of the “Bad Boys From Boston” going after 40 years.


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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Swearing_Prohibited_Sign.JPGLast week the town of Middleborough voted to enforce a decades-old law that bans cursing in public spaces. Now if you swear in public in Middleborough, you could be fined twenty dollars. This decision was brought on by group of local teenagers who apparently hang out in town and say offensive stuff. Well, we thought this story begged a discussion about offensive language. Why are certain words profanities and others not? Why is it that certain words are OK for TV today, but ten years ago would have made most of us blush? We invited some wordsmiths on the show today to talk about language.

Guests:
  Peter Sokolowski, editor-at-large of Merriam-Webster
  Timothy Jay, psychology professor at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and author of Cursing in America and Why We Curse

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