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What You Can't Say on the Radio
John McWhorter, Columbia University linguistics professor, host of the Lexicon Valley podcast at Slate and the author of Nine Nasty Words: English in the Gutter: Then, Now, and Forever (Avery, 2021), joins to discuss his new book on profanity, where swear words come from and why they hold so much power.
NYC's Next Mayor? Economy & Equity: Eric Adams
Brooklyn Borough President and 2021 mayoral hopeful Eric Adams, talks about his plans for the City's economy, both in recovering from the pandemic losses and in addressing pre-existing inequality.
How Was Ramadan This Year?
Imam Khalid Latif, university chaplain for New York University, and executive director of the Islamic Center at NYU, talks about this year's celebration of Eid Al Fitr as Ramadan 2021 comes to a close and hears from listeners about how their holiday plans.
Thursday Morning Politics: Rep. Rice on the GOP Leadership Shakeup & Wind Farms
Kathleen Rice, United States representative for New York's 4th congressional district, talks about the latest news from Washington, including the development of offshore wind farms, and the ouster of Liz Cheney as a GOP party leader.
Cicadas Are Having Their Own 'Hot Vax Summer'
Gene Kritsky, Dean of the School of Behavioral and Natural Sciences at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati and author of Periodical Cicadas: The Brood X Edition (Ohio Biological Survey 2021), talks about the coming of trillions of cicadas from underground into parts of the Northeast and Midwest and the science behind why they only emerge every 17 years.
Honoring Those Who Died Over Twenty Years in Afghanistan
As the Biden Administration works on the planned withdrawal from Afghanistan, Paul Rieckhoff, activist and veterans advocate, founder and president of Righteous Media, host of Independent Americans podcast, founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) and frequent contributor on CNN and MSNBC, and Allison Jaslow, adjunct professor at the Hart Leadership Program at Duke University, Iraq war veteran and former executive director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) honor the lives lost over 20 years of war, and talk about what the US may be leaving behind.