Historian Matthew Dallek looks at the history behind the Office of Civilian Defense, the country's first agency for homeland security, and the competing visions of those tasked with spearheading the department: New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.
Two experts on American English, Allan Metcalf, author of How We Talk (Houghton Mifflin) and Joseph Pickett, editor of the American Heritage Dictionary (Houghton Mifflin), join Diane to talk about regional dialects and how they’re changing, new words entering our vocabulary, and everything else that sets the English spoken in the U.S. apart from the rest of the Anglophone world.
- Joseph Pickett editor of the "American Heritage Dictionary" (Houghton Mifflin) and expert on American English
- Allan Metcalf author of "How We Talk" (Houghton Mifflin) and expert on American English
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