The Great American Scoundrel

January 6, 2013
(was 03.11.2012)

Are you a knave? Scalawag?  A varlet? Are you a scoundrel?  Maybe you’re not but secretly you want to be. Being a scoundrel kind of has a ring to it. It’s romantic. Rebellious.

  1. Erin McKean on the definition of scoundrel

    We needed a working definition of the word “scoundrel”.   For that, we headed to lexicographer Erin McKean.  She’s the founder and CEO of the online dictionary Wordnik.  She was also the Principal Editor of The New Oxford American Dictionary.  Steve Paulson sat down with her.

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  2. James Hessler on "Sickles at Gettysburg"

    We might not have the perfect definition of the word “scoundrel” but we can certainly agree on one thing – Civil War General and US Congressman Daniel Sickles was the epitome of a scoundrel.

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  3. Alan Huffman on Opposition Research

    “Scoundrel” is such an old-fashioned word.   I mean, who uses it anymore?  Aren’t there any scoundrels today?  We looked no further then the world of political opposition research.

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  4. Elizabeth Mahon on Women Scoundrels

    Where are the female scalawags?  The lady rogue? Well, Anne Strainchamps set out to find out.  She called up Elizabeth Mahon, author of the blog and the book of the same name: “Scandalous Women.”

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  5. Rev. Ivan Stang on The Church of the SubGenius

    We found a modern-day huckster. His name is Rev. Ivan Stang and he’s the co-founder of a cult called The Church of the SubGenius.

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