Broadcasting Treason

Friday, August 19, 2011


Fifty years ago this summer, Mildred Gillars was released from prison.  Known more widely as Axis Sally, Gillars broadcasted pro-Nazi propaganda during World War II on German state radio.  After the war, she became one of the only women ever convicted of treason in the United States.  Brooke spoke to historian Richard Lucas, who wrote Gillars’ biography, about her broadcasts, her trial, and her quiet life in Ohio after her imprisonment.

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Amir Soleimani from Tehran, Iran

Just finished listening to the whole show as it's one of my favorite NPR programs.
However, speaking of gaffes—and it was made in the "Broadcasting treason" segment, Brooke, I'd like to know where you found the pronunciation "iks-HORT" for the word "exhort?" It was made in the following sentence: "Frequently in her broadcasts to the Americans at home she is exhorting them to use a kind of tough love to defy the country."
First, the "H" must be silent there, and second, the "X must have a "GZ" sound rather than a "KS" one.
See what a picky gaffe-sniffer I am? That's all due to your fantastic show! Brooke, do you still want to become NPR's executive? <smile>

Aug. 20 2011 09:05 AM

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