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Why We Curse

Why We Curse
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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Wednesday, March 14, 2012       Listen 897

The Great Back Bay Blackout
After a smoky electrical transformer fire knocked out power to about 21,000 homes and businesses, sections of the neighborhood are getting back online. But problems are expected to persist into tonight. We’ll have the latest.

Guests:
  Garrett Quinn, WGBH contributor and author of the Less is More blog on Boston.com
  Meg Mainzer-Cohen, president of the Back Bay Association
  Marcia Gregg, a Back Bay resident who (along with her family) lost power (and still doesn’t have it)
  David Jacobs, publisher and editor The Boston Courant, covers Back Bay, South End Beacon Hill and Fenway

The Baffler Is Back
The self-described “journal that blunts the cutting edge” is back in print after a two-year hiatus. The Baffler’s latest issue of scathing media, political and cultural criticism hits newsstands tomorrow. And no cow is sacred. (Not even the one that pays its bills).

Guests:
  John Summers, editor of The Baffler
  Thomas Frank, journalist and author of books like What’s The Matter With Kansas? and most recently, Pity The Billionaire. Founding editor of The Baffler

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