September 6th: What's On Today's Show : Blog Of The Nation In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, wildfires in Texas, and reviving home economics class. In the second hour, poet Philip Schultz talks about his memoir, My Dyslexia, and linguist Ben Zimmer talks about the evolving use of the term "ground zero'.
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September 6th: What's On Today's Show

In today's second hour, we talk with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Philip Schultz. After seven books, he was diagnosed in his 50's with dyslexia. hide caption

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In today's second hour, we talk with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Philip Schultz. After seven books, he was diagnosed in his 50's with dyslexia.

Texas Wildfires
Raging wildfires continue to sweep across central Texas, destroying over 1,000 homes — the worst of the fires centered in Bastrop County, outside of Austin. Thousands of people were forced to evacuate as firefighters battled flames that have already engulfed over 25,000 acres of land. Strong winds have pushed flames rapidly into populated areas, killing a number of people. Texas, along with California and Arizona, have been hit with devastating fires in recent months due to prolonged droughts. Neal Conan talks with guests about how firefighters are coping and the prospects of containing the fires.

Reviving Home Economics
Home Economics used to be a staple at many schools, but changing social mores and tighter budgets lead many schools to drop home ec. Helen Zoe Veit of Michigan State University argues that today, most of us remember only the stereotype of home economics: "bland food, bad sewing and self-righteous fussiness." Veit tells host Neal Conan that it's time to revive a 21st century home economics class, and that it would help address America's growing obesity problem.

'My Dyslexia'
Poet Philip Schultz' diagnosis with dyslexia answered some troubling questions. Growing up, he often felt dumb. In 2008, he won a Pulitzer Prize for his poetry. Yet, he couldn't read until he was eleven. The International Dyslexia Association estimates that nearly 1 in 5 people suffer from dyslexia, a learning disability that makes reading difficult. And many people with dyslexia are undiagnosed. By the time he learned of his condition, Philip Schultz was 58, had graduated from college, started a family, and written a number of books of poetry. He writes about his experience in his new book, My Dyslexia. Host Neal Conan speaks with Schultz about how he has coped with dyslexia and what others can learn from his experience.

The Language Of 'Ground Zero'
In the days following September 11, 2001, the term "ground zero" circulated swiftly and soon became shorthand for the site of the terrorist attacks in New York. The term has a history that dates back to 1946, when it appeared in print in reference to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but it's also been used in politics and in reference to natural disasters. And ten years later, many New Yorkers look for new ways to describe the place that will soon hold a new tower and a new memorial to Sept. 11. Host Neal Conan talks with Zimmer about the language of 9/11 and the evolving use of "ground zero."