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Episode 1532

Off the Turnip Truck

It’s hard to imagine now, but there was a time when people disagreed over the best word to use when answering the phone. Alexander Graham Bell suggested answering with ahoy! but Thomas Edison was partial to hello! A fascinating new book about...

political tourism

political tourism  n.— «There was revival of Khrushchev-style political tourism after Mikhail Gorbachev was elected General Secretary of the Central Committee. Mikhail Sergeevich’s visits nostalgically recalled Nikita Sergeevich’s tours...