Two makers of modern dictionaries discussed their always challenging task (decisions, decisions, decisions!) and the questions of why and how all languages are always in the process of changing. The discussion dates back to 2003 and, to say the least, our language has not stopped doing so.
Some of the earliest dinosaurs from which the later and larger ones evolved, were found in the U.S. by Paul Sereno of the University of Chicago. Here he is in a discussion from 2004 telling us how he and his student assistants went about finding them and extracting them from the ground and (very important!) dating them.
In 2004, Jack Germond, one of the great print and TV journalists focused upon national politics, takes an equally cynical (but amused) look at the unreliability of his journalistic brethren—particularly as they offered their quick and dramatic appraisals on week-end TV.
In 2000 we were joined by Sergei Khrushchev, Nikita’s son, who had by then become a professor at Brown University and had just published a definitive volume on his father’s personal history and political career, his role in the Cold War and his ultimate fall from power. We were joined, in discussion with this fascinating guest, by John Bushnell, professor of Russian history at Northwestern University.