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For Candidates, An Accent on Authenticity

What do Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Sarah Palin, George W. Bush, and John Edwards have in common? They've all been criticized for the way they speak. Linguist Geoff Nunberg has some thoughts about candidates and regional cadence.

22:46

Speech Therapist Sam Chwat on Changing Accents

Chwat's "New York Speech Improvement Services" attracts 200 to 250 clients a week. He taught Robert DeNiro how to gain an Appalachian accent for his role in "Cape Fear." Julia Roberts sought him out to relearn her southern drawl for "Steel Magnolias." He helped another southerner, Andie McDowell, after her lines for "Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan" were dubbed by Glenn Close. Chwat also assists people in business, politics, and communications to lose their accents and learn Standard American English.

22:44

Speech Therapist Sam Chwat Discusses Accents.

Speech Therapist Sam Chwat. Chwat's New York Speech Improvement Services attracts 200 to 250 clients a week. He taught Robert DeNiro how to gain an Appalachian accent for his role in "Cape Fear." Julia Roberts sought him out to relearn her southern drawl for "Steel Magnolias." He helped another southerner, Andie McDowell, after her lines for "Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan" were dubbed by Glenn Close.

16:14

British Film Actor Michael Caine.

Actor Michael Caine. He's made over 70 films, from "Alfie" to "Sleuth" to "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" and "Hannah and Her Sisters." Caine has worked with such esteemed directors as Brian DePalma, John Huston, and Woody Allen. His autobiography, "What's It All About?" (Random House) is coming out in paperback in January of 1994. (Rebroadcast of 11/17/1992)

46:43

British Film Actor Michael Caine

Caine has made over 70 films, from Alfie to Sleuth to Dirty Rotten Scoundrels to Hannah and Her Sisters. He has a new autobiography called "What's It All About?," and will be appearing in the upcoming Muppet's Christmas movie.

59:30

On Accents in Movies.

Linguist Geoffrey Nunberg examines the curious speech rules that Hollywood uses when it casts biblical era epics. (Rebroadcast. Original date 4/29/87).

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