In “Ascent of the A-Word,” linguist and "Fresh Air" commentator Geoffrey Nunberg considers a word that has divided, offended and fascinated its users for the last 60 years. What is its essence? And what does it say about our values, impressions and relationships with other people? Nunberg joins us to discuss one of the culture’s most commonly hurled vulgarities and its place in society.
Also this hour, we continue our exploration of new electric cars with a drive in a 2012 Coda Sedan, and Michael Fagin joins us with a hike that's perfect for the week's weather forecast.